From the opening chapters of Genesis onwards, the practice of tithing – giving God the first tenth – has been a distinguishing hallmark of God’s covenant people. But is tithing still relevant? Is it outdated now we’re part of a new covenant? Or is it a timeless, eternal principle to be taken-up by the church today? This message provides biblical answers to these questions, together with practical experience and a testimony of God’s goodness and faithfulness over many years. We discover that tithing is God’s way of releasing us from self-effort, materialism and the anxieties that grip so many people, and releasing into peace, security, blessing, revelation and growth!….
For many of us, fear can be one of the most controlling influences in our lives. However 1 John 4:18 tells us that “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” In this message Stephen shares what this ‘perfect love’ is that dispels all fears. We look at how to foster, experience and develop this love in our lives and how it can move us towards a fearless life, full of joy and triumph.
In his letters, John focuses on the life, light and love of God. In living out the divine life of God, every believer can also expect to live in His light and love. We take time to see how we can enjoy and express a fullness of truth AND love.
In the first of two messages from John’s letters, looking at the world – how we relate to it and how we should live in it – we start with John’s instruction not to love the world. Firstly looking at what John and the other NT writers meant by ‘the world’, and then considering the 3 fundamental elements John describes as being ‘in the world’. We trace them back to their roots in Genesis, so that we can see how they came between God and humanity, and how as God’s children we can now live differently, showing others the way back to Him.