What we have looked at previously…
Below you will find more details of our previous sermon series’ that we have studied. You can listen in to some of the sermons by checking out our Podcast page here>
Entering GROW 2015 I’m physically the healthiest I’ve been for a while. Having made excuses for too long I finally decided to do something about my growing waistline and poor health. With a bit of discipline, a lot of help from others, some new habits and a good amount of new learning, things have started to change and I really feel the benefits.
Entering Grow 2015, In a similar way to physical training, I know that surrounding myself with the right people, picking up some new habits, having discipline and being serious about learning would help to create the environment for a healthier spiritual life.
Living well takes hard work; ask any professional athlete. When living as ‘A Pro’ everything is impacted by their aim to give their best. What they eat and do, how they live and how they work, rest – It’s all affected. They do this for a prize which won’t last; Records are beaten, trophies passed to others and glory fades. We however are living for a prize that lasts for ever. Isn’t it time then to seek to live like a ‘Pro’ by having God reign in every part of life?
In 1 Timothy 4 Paul writes, “Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.”
During GROW this season, we are going to look at some other sayings in the bible from the book of Proverbs. We’re going to seek to live like ‘Pros’ by seeing what proverbs has to say. We’ll look at a whole range of topics from relationships to anger, from work to recovering from wounds. We will encourage you to link with a small group and to learn from a book not many of us may have read before. We challenge you to take the Proverbs 31 challenge: A chapter a day in May and to then Share how the wisdom of Proverbs has helped you to live like a Pro.
Paddy Harris 2015
Stories and challenges in Luke to encourage a deeper faith.
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. James 2:14-18
Everything in our spiritual lives are improved by holding on to amazement at who God is. When we are amazed at His power, mercy, love, compassion, grace, holiness, character and creativity our worship is enlivened and our prayer lives naturally increase, after all what else can we do in response to so great a saviour? Being amazed at how God blesses motivates us to bless, being amazed at how God loves, increases our love for others.
Have you ever got somewhere and thought, “Huh.. Is this it?” I’m still not that keen to go back to Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight. People had told me the colourful sands were ‘incredible’ but when I got there on a cloudy and wet spring day all I could say as I surveyed the dull dirt was, “Huh… Is this it?”.
With faith we can feel this too. We get told God has amazing plans for us and yet sometimes as years pass and nothing much changes we can ask, “Huh… Is this it?”
If you’ve ever felt like this as a believer than GROW is for you! It’s a chance to discover what God wants to do in your life now and set aside time to do it!
Easter Series 2013
Our series into Easter is called Cross the line. It aims to help us to see that the cross matters in everything. Too often the cross is one dimensional. We’re however are going to cross the line.
24th Feb Why does God allow suffering? The Cross: a place of suffering.
3rd March What about other religions? The Cross: a place that’s unique.
10th March How could God accept me? The cross: The place of forgiveness.
17th March How does Christianity change you? The cross: Not a place but a journey.
24th March How green should a Christian be? The cross, a victory party.
31st March Easter Baptismal service!!!
Philippians: Win Win
Have you ever wished life was more ‘win win?’ It’s tough out there sometimes. There are times in family, in work and even in church where it feels like we just have to compromise to get along. There is no ‘win win’ just a whole lot of trying to minimise loses.
Download the full outline here Philippians series here
Sermon on the mount
Jesus’ sermon on the mount, which is his most famous, but probably his least well practiced sermon. This series is not for the faint hearted as Jesus speaks plainly about difficult subjects such as divorce, lust, money, revenge and anger. We are going to listen clearly to what Jesus has to say about these hugely relevant topics and then ask for help from the Holy Spirit that we might find forgiveness, help and hope to live out what Jesus asks of us.
One Big Family
‘A BIG family in a BIG story, the BIG story of the OT in 12 talks’. Like the show, ‘Who do you think you are’ many Christians, though familiar with the New Testament, find the Old Testament a lot harder to get stuck into, but without learning from our ancestors we miss out if we don’t know the story of where we come from. Download the full BIG family, BIG Story sermon outline here
1 Peter – Suffering in the world these things all press in on us. Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to faith while facing them. It’s not that you don’t believe it’s just well… it’s hard to live it out. Download the full 1 Peter sermon outline here