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  • A Framework For Prayer Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Mar 6, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,122 views

    We are to pray for one another with thankfulness for God’s grace being shown in our lives; with confidence that God is watching over us and will vindicate us in the end. We are to pray that God might see in us the fruit of his Spirit, that he might bring

    Today we begin a short series, looking at the prayers of St Paul. What I hope we’ll discover over these 5 Sundays in January is a pattern of prayer that might help us in our own private praying as well as in our communal prayer times together. The framework: Today I want to look at ...read more

  • Praying For The Church Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Mar 6, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 924 views

    The knowledge of the will of God is both the thing that will guide our living and the thing that’ll assure us of our final destiny. But it’s primarily a means to an end. It’s the means by which we can do what is pleasing to God. It’s the means by which we

    The reason we’re following this series on the prayers of St Paul is first because if we’re going to pray to God, then it’s good to know something about the God we’re praying to. You could say that the way we pray shows the way we think about God. If your view of God is of someone a bit like Santa ...read more

  • Praying For Excellence Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Mar 6, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,074 views

    Paul prays that his readers love might overflowmore and more wit hfull knowledge and insight

    What could you pray for someone who’s new in the faith? What could you pray for someone who’s been a Christian for 50 years? What could you pray for your best friend, or for your husband or wife? What could you pray for those people you’ve never met but who your link missionaries have told you ...read more

  • Praying To A Sovereign God Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Mar 6, 2006
    based on 18 ratings
     | 8,008 views

    God’s sovereignty is an incentive to prayer because it assures us that when we pray for things that accord with his will, he’ll gladly do them.

    Let me ask you something. Did you notice who’s at the centre of Paul’s thinking as he begins this letter to the Ephesians? Who is it who takes centre stage in the life of the Church? Who is it that the church is entirely dependant on for their very existence? There’s the answer in the first ...read more

  • Praying For Power Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Mar 6, 2006
    based on 2 ratings
     | 975 views

    Paul prays for power, not for specific situations but for the power to know the enormity of the love of God.

    I wonder if you remember that time in the 80s when there were a string of books published with the idea of power in the title. Here are some examples: Power Evangelism, Power Preaching, How to Release God’s Healing Power Through Prayer, Hidden Power of Speaking in Tongues, Confronting Powerless ...read more

  • All Things Good Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Mar 6, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,619 views

    To be human means to be made in God’s image, to reflect his character, his goodness, his creativity, his love. It means to relate with others and with God at a personal level. It means to bear the responsibility for his creation, for tending it and caring

    What does it mean to be human? Is there any reason for thinking that human life might be more valuable than, say, that of dolphins or whales? Why are we here? How did we get here? Where did we come from? These are the sorts of questions that scientists and philosophers have been arguing about for ...read more

  • God's Never-Ending Love Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Feb 16, 2006
    based on 8 ratings
     | 8,138 views

    Throughout salvation history, God acts out his loving nature. He continues to call people out of ’Egypt’: out of fear, out of oppression, out of loneliness, out of meaninglessness, out of bondage of every kind. He never gives us up.

    Sermon by Di Appleby Many of us have heard a parent’s anguish when talking about their teenager. Perhaps you were the teenager I am about to introduce to you. Perhaps you’re the parent. A 16 year old and the parent are engaged in constant battles. At this point in the story, she is barely ...read more

  • True Wisdom Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Feb 16, 2006
    based on 12 ratings
     | 7,762 views

    True wisdom involves understanding your position before God and turning to him in repentance, asking him to restore you.

    Sermon by Camille Lang Are you wise? Who do you consider wise? What is wisdom? Here are some random wise sayings I found on the internet The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom - H.L. Mencken Men and nations behave wisely once they have ...read more

  • What Is The Gospel

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Feb 16, 2006
    based on 3 ratings
     | 864 views

    The gospel is the message, the good news, that God’s promise of salvation has been accomplished. It’s the message that those who have been in exile from God’s presence are to be brought back. It’s the message that for those who believe in Jesus Christ, wh

    Mark begins his account of the life of Jesus with these words: "The beginning of the good news (or the gospel) of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." So the question I want to ask today is this: what do you understand by that word Gospel? Is it just the life of Jesus, like a potted history? Or is it ...read more

  • Love Incarnate

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Feb 16, 2006
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,053 views

    Advent is a time when we’re reminded of the need to prepare, to get ready. We’re not just waiting, we’re preparing. How do we prepare for that day? By purifying ourselves, just as he is pure. By continuing to rejoice that God has come among us. By getting

    The opening chapter of Luke’s gospel is full of excitement and anticipation. For Theophilus, to whom the gospel is written in the first place, there’s the anticipation of discovering the facts behind all the things he’s heard about this man Jesus. For Elizabeth and Zechariah there’s the excitement ...read more

  • Thanksgiving For The Spread Of The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Nov 8, 2005
    based on 9 ratings
     | 1,391 views

    The Church that receives the Gospel has a responsibility to pass it on. The Church that passes on the gospel must first embody it. It’s no use speaking the words if the actions that go with the words don’t agree.

    Today we start a new series, on Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. This is probably the first letter Paul wrote, although the date of Galatians could be either a few years before or after the date of this letter. In any event, it seems to have been written while Paul was in Corinth. You’ll ...read more

  • How To Serve The Church Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Nov 8, 2005
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,902 views

    The way to serve the church, the way to serve God in the church, is to build it up by proclaiming the gospel, by helping those who come to faith to grow, and by encouraging them to become mature believers who in turn can bring others into the kingdom.

    Bill is a 19 ½ year old Uni Student. He’s been a Christian for some 5 or 6 years, having been converted through his youth group. He volunteers as a leader of the youth group on a Friday night. His friends call him Blue because he has red hair. Violet is a 67 year old retiree. She’s still ...read more

  • Delegation Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Nov 8, 2005
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,719 views

    Jesus return is the motivation for remaining holy and blameless to be ready when he appears so we can join him, so we’re worthy of him. Paul’s prayer is that Jesus would provide the power to do it.

    As we read this section of 1 Thessalonians we get a real sense of Paul’s love for the people he ministered to. There’s no sense of this being made up, no pretence. Rather it feels quite genuine. He really misses them. He’s distressed that he’s had to abandon them just as they were becoming a stable ...read more

  • Final Instructions - How To Be A Gospel Church Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Nov 8, 2005
    based on 4 ratings
     | 989 views

    How to be a gospel church; how to live lives that are appropriate for people who are waiting for Christ to return to take us to be with him forever.

    We’re going to be thinking today about how to be a gospel church; how to live lives that are appropriate for people who are waiting for Christ to return to take us to be with him forever. Last week you were reminded that even if we don’t know exactly when Jesus will return, he is coming and that ...read more

  • Behold What Manner Of Love Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Nov 8, 2005
    based on 12 ratings
     | 4,936 views

    God’s love is a powerful love. It’s a love that reaches out to us even while we’re being unfaithful. It’s a love that willingly pays the cost to win us back. But in the end it’s a love that must be taken up by those to whom it’s offered.

    I’ve known a number of men over the years whose wives have left them. I remember one man who came home from work one day to discover his wife had had the removalists in and they’d taken everything apart from his personal belongings. I remember one man whose wife left him and his children for ...read more