May 20

This past Sunday we gathered as a church to sing songs of praise to our God.  We sang the following songs, that celebrated the mercy of God we have received:

 

Nathan Smith preached a message in our “Believe & Live | Gospel of John” series from John 8:12-30, entitled: Jesus, Light of the World. You can now download it or listen to it from here.

 

 

 

Feb 10


The sermon audio from yesterday (Sunday 9th February 2014 is now available.  Take a listen to Nathan Smith unpack John 6:35-40 and tackle the question: Can you lose your salvation? in this sermons entitled, “Who Jesus Saves, Jesus Keeps.

Get it here.

Here’s the quotes that were used too:

 

Mike Bullmore:
“Those who truly believe in Jesus are kept in faith and grace, all the way until the end, by the unconquerable power of Jesus.”

Canon of Dort; 5th Point of Doctrine; The Perseverance of the Saints, Article 8:
“So it is not by their own merits or strength but by God’s undeserved mercy that they neither forfeit faith and grace totally nor remain in their downfalls to the end and are lost. With respect to themselves this not only easily could happen, but also undoubtedly would happen; but with respect to God it cannot possibly happen, since his plan cannot be changed, his promise cannot fail, the calling according to his purpose cannot be revoked, the merit of Christ as well as his interceding and preserving cannot be nullified, and the sealing of the Holy Spirit can neither be invalidated nor wiped out.”

Charles Spurgeon:
“It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument-it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee.”

 

 

Feb 01

Last Sunday (26th Jan) we finished our new year preaching series entitled: “The Church: God’s People Together.”

In this 4-week series we want to go back to the New Testament and consider afresh what it means to be God’s people together by studying the four main images that the biblical authors use to describe God’s church:

The Body
The Building
The Bride
– The Family

 

Nathan preached the fourth and final part of the series with a sermon from Ephesians 2:1-22, on The Family.  The audio for that message can be listened to and downloaded from here.

 

 

Jan 21

We’re currently working our way through a preaching series entitled: “The Church: God’s People Together.”

In this 4-week series we want to go back to the New Testament and consider afresh what it means to be God’s people together by studying the four main images that the biblical authors use to describe God’s church:

The Body
The Building
– The Bride
– The Family

 

Matt preached the third part of the series on Sunday 19th January with a sermon from Ephesians 5:25-32, on The Bride.  The audio for that message can be listened to and downloaded from here.

 

 

Jan 21

We’re currently working our way through a preaching series entitled: “The Church: God’s People Together.”

In this 4-week series we want to go back to the New Testament and consider afresh what it means to be God’s people together by studying the four main images that the biblical authors use to describe God’s church:

The Body
– The Building
– The Bride
– The Family

 

 
Peter preached the second part of the series on Sunday 12th January with a sermon from 1 Peter 2:4-10, on The Building.  The audio for that message can be listened to and downloaded from here.

And here’s the quotes he used:

A.W. Tozer:
“The Christian Church seems to have a variety of concerns, but in reality it has only one reason for being and that is to show forth the life and mercy and grace of Jesus Christ.”

J.I. Packer:
“We should not think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual Luxury an optional addition to the exercises of private devotion. We should recognize rather that such fellowship is a spiritual necessity for God made us in such a way that our fellowship with himself is fed by our fellowship with fellow Christians, and requires to be so fed Constantly for its own deepening and enrichment.”

R.C. Sproul:
“It is both foolish and wicked to suppose that we will make much progress in sanctification if we isolate ourselves from the visible church. Indeed it is commonplace to hear people declare that they don’t need to unite with a church to be a Christian. They claim that their devotion is personal and private, not institutional or corporate. This is not the testimony of the great saints of history; it is the confession of fools.”

Charles Spurgeon:
“I know there are some who say, “Well, I have given myself to the Lord, but I do not intend to give myself to any church.” Now, why not? “Because I can be a Christian without it.” Are you quite clear about that? You can be as good a Christian by disobedience to your Lord’s commands as by being obedient? There is a brick. What is it made for? To help build a house. It is of no use for that brick to tell you that it is just as good a brick while it is kicking about on the ground, as it would be in the house. It is a good-for-nothing brick. So you rolling stone Christians, I do not believe that you are answering your purpose. You are living contrary to the life which Christ would have you live, and you are much to blame for the injury you do.”

John Piper:
“Is our worship spiritual? If not, it is not acceptable to God. If it is, he will accept it, not because it’s perfect – it never will be in this age – much less because it’s refined or well – crafted, but because it comes “through Jesus Christ.” spiritual sacrifices are sacrifices from Christ and through Christ and for Christ. They get their power from the Spirit of Christ, they get their content from the Word of Christ, and they have their goal in the glory of Christ. And they flow only from a heart devoted to his power and his word and his glory.”

 

 

Jan 21

We’ve begun a new series for 2014 entitled: “The Church: God’s People Together.”

In this 4-week series we want to go back to the New Testament and consider afresh what it means to be God’s people together by studying the four main images that the biblical authors use to describe God’s church:

– The Body
– The Building
– The Bride
– The Family

 

 
Nathan began the series on Sunday 5th January with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, on The Body.  The audio for that message can be listened to and downloaded from here.