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Christopher Alton

The Outlook From Antioch

By Central

Acts 11:19ff & 13:1-3 – The church in Antioch, was expansive and outward looking from its beginnings. Aptly described as a ‘church bursting its banks’, Luke’s account gives us a clear picture of the prevailing culture and values that made this the epicentre of a gospel explosion across the Roman world. In this message we explore these features of such a vibrant, multi-gifted church to see what made them instinctively outward looking, Christ-centred and fruitfully nurtured – a place where ‘living stones’ had room to grow!

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A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken

By Market Harborough, Supernatural Church

Hebrews 12:18-29: The writer to the Hebrews points back to the time of the prophet Haggai, who spoke of God’s intention to shake everything in this world, in order that ‘treasures of the nations’ would come into His kingdom and His house would be filled with glory. In Hebrews we see that this remains God’s plan, and we consider (i) The Context in which we live, (ii) The Company in which stand and (iii) The Core of who we are … a ‘Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken’, ready to reach out to a world in need of hope!

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God’s Promised Rest

By Central

Over recent months the Lord has been drawing us further into His presence, around the throne, where there is everything we need. One of those essential things is God’s Promised Rest. In fact, we find in the letter to the Hebrews (3:7-4:11), that there is an ever-present invitation to join Him in ‘His’ rest. From here we take a journey through the Scriptures to see want this means, and how finding this rest will impact our past, present and future.

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Approaching The Throne

By Central

Hebrews 4:14-16 – Approaching the Throne of God is an awesome thing! Thankfully we can do so because we have One who has gone before us, securing our inheritance and our acceptance forever. As we approach we need to hold fast to a confession based on the Word of Truth about who He is, and who we now are (in Him). By embracing Jesus’ humanity, as well as knowing we are accepted we can also know we are fully ‘understood’. By a revelation of such things we can learn how to lay hold of the Grace of God, in its various forms, not only for ourselves, but also for the world He loves and came to save!

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Build According To The Pattern Shown To You

By Central

In these days the Lord is impressing upon us the importance of spending time around His throne together. The writer to the Hebrews (8:1-7) shows us the reality of what this means, whether we gather in twos or two-hundreds. It is a place of REVELATION – where the Lord wants to show us who He is and who we are in Him, of TRANSFORMATION – where our line of sight and our thinking comes into line with Spiritual realities, and COMMISSION – where the Lord wants to equip and instruct us, so that we can build according to the pattern He has shown us around His throne. From this place Mission becomes for us, simply an overflow of the Holy Spirit’s life within us.

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The Destiny Of Israel

By Central

The story of the Israelites is the story of ‘our forefathers’ says the Apostle Paul (1 Co 10), laden with warnings and promise. From God’s first promise to Abraham, the Apostle traces the history of his own people, including the ups and the downs, to show us God’s intended fulfilment through Abraham’s Seed, Christ Jesus. It is the story of a loving and faithful God whose GRACE to Jew and Gentile alike is displayed, and of RESTORATION, as Paul shows us God’s great plan to bring a future remnant from Israel back to Him, through Jesus.

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The Mission Of The Cross

By Central, The Cross & The Crown

Recently the Lord has been speaking to us about seeing all things through the Cross, but also moving out of ‘maintenance mode’ into ‘mission mode’. At the heart of the Mission, is the Cross. And the purpose of the Cross is the Mission. We have been co-Missioned by Jesus, to continue His great work of restoring all things to God. In this message we look at Paul’s words, to the Philippians (2:6-11), describing how Jesus embraced His own co-Mission from the Father, by embracing the Cross – inviting us to do the same. We consider how we should therefore view the Mission through the ‘lens’ of the Cross, and approach the Cross in light of the Mission.

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The Power of the Covenant Meal

By Central

In this message we explore the power of the meal which we share to mark Jesus’ death and resurrection, the New Covenant in His body and blood. We consider the ‘Power of REMEMBRANCE’, the ‘Power to REALISE’ His love for us, the ‘Power to RENEW’ our love for Him, and lastly the ‘Power to RECLAIM’ that which we’ve lost, or let go of, from the promises of His Covenant. If God did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us, how much more will He not give us all things (Rom 8:32). We shouldn’t therefore settle for anything less than God’s best for our lives!

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Refreshed In The Lord

By Central

Our God-given mandate is to reach out to the Harvest; to be a REFUGE for the Needy, to REFRESH the Weary, to RESTORE the Broken and to REDIRECT the Lost. In this message we look at what it means to be REFRESHED in the Lord ourselves, by being rooted in Jesus, … in the dry place, the hostile place, and most of all in times of prosperity. We daily face the decision of whether to be sustained from the Fountain of Living Water, or to dig our own leaky wells!

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Created For Covenant

By Central

We were ‘Created for Covenant’ – to enjoy the love which the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have shared together for eternity. In this message we consider how Covenant formed the cradle of creation; we step back to see it as the unstoppable wave of God’s purpose through world history, and look ahead to understand how it also holds the key to our future, maturing into our God-intended true potential as His children, within our Covenant relationship with Him.

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God our Refuge

By Central

Our God-given mandate is to reach out to the Harvest; as a REFUGE for the Needy, to REFRESH the Weary, to RESTORE the Broken and to REDIRECT the Lost. In this message we look at what it means for us to know God as OUR REFUGE. Only then can we offer what we have to others – A Refuge from SIN that holds creation in bondage, the SHIFTING SANDS of the world and the SECRETS of men. Like the Cities of Refuge from the Old Testament God wants us to be accessible, prominent and prepared.

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Reaching Out to the Harvest

By Central

We have the divine Seed within us to enable us to fulfil our Mission of filling the earth with God’s glory. Motivated by the unmatchable love of Jesus to move in the unstoppable power of the Holy Spirit, we consider in this message 4 ways in which the Lord wants us to reach out to the Harvest; (1) as a REFUGE for the Needy, to (2) REFRESH the Weary (3) RESTORE the Broken and (4) REDIRECT the Lost.

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