The story of Jonah and God’s amazing love: exploring the amazing depth and breadth of God’s love and grace towards us, whilst recognising the tension that lies in us ultimately needing to make a choice – are we running from God or running towards Him?
On this Mothers Day, Jonathan Conrathe reminds us of the role mothers and women play in the Bible story and in the life and growth of the church. And, assuring us of the faithfulness of God towards them and all of us, he shares the good news of hope and healing for everyone through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This message has great power for all of us…
The second big theme of our ‘His House, Our Home’ series is LEADERSHIP and is in two parts. In this first session we consider what the Bible shows us about the nature and purpose of leadership and what we mean by authority and government in the church and the related ideas of headship and submission. This is followed by personal reflections on the functions and tasks of the two primary expressions of government in the church – that of the apostles and the elders.
‘Mission Possible’ is an inspirational and practical message to encourage us all to share our faith in our own way. Explaining the unlimited resources of heaven who partner with us in our mission and reminding us of the constant presence of The Spirit of Jesus to empower and enable us to accomplish our mission -‘Should We Choose To Accept It!
Come and follow me is the call all believers hear from Jesus as we put our faith in Him, but what does it mean to be a disciple? How do we follow him closely and how does God expect me to be discipled? To help with this process of discipleship we have launched an app called LRC Grow. In this message we’ll explore the need to be devoted disciples of Jesus and how this new tool can help us to do that.
We review episodes 1 & 2 of Things That Make You Go Mmmm where we looked at Rewards & Riches and Insightful Imagery, and then look at a group and an individual who are Named & Shamed by Jesus Himself! As we look at these themes in the letters to the churches we can learn about what God wants for us and how we can live fully for Him.
One of the things we can expect to receive when we take the bread and the wine at the Lord’s table is healing. In this message Nick shares his own testimony of seeing healing power as he regularly took the bread and wine. Although his life group, friends, family and the elders of the church prayed, it was when Nick regularly took bread and wine that he started to see his breakthrough. Why? Here’s 10 declarations that Nick confessed at the time, and shared with us:
I was a sinner and have been redeemed by Jesus blood that was shed as he died for me on the cross. (Romans 3:23)
I have been bought with a price. I am not my own. (1 Peter 1:18-20)
I am looking to His return. Jesus will come back victorious. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
I am not fighting against flesh and blood. (Ephesians 6:12)
I am raising a banner
I am under Gods authority. (Matthew 28:18)
I am a child of the Heavenly Father, the almighty God. (John 1:12)
I had no part in my redemption, it is the work of Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
I am loved beyond measure. (John 3:16)
I am worshiping when I take the bread and wine.
Reading Zechariah 3, we discover that God is ready to forgive us and dress us in clean clothes, and that the accusations of Satan have no power over a child of God. We find that God gives us freedom and prepares places where we can walk. We also learn that the people of God should invite their neighbours to sit peaceably with them and share the goodness of God.
In Isaiah 35 God speaks of a progressive revival that leads to restoration. We learn that we are to be (and how to become) a people of courage, conviction, consecration and celebration. That a community who live this out will pull on God and bring about restoration in the earth and beyond!
Jesus tells us to receive the Kingdom like ‘like children’ (Mark 10:15). To do this it requires Faith and totally trusting in what God tells us. But what does this look like? Listen as Toby continues with our series ‘Deeper, Stronger, Higher’ on FAITH.
The story of Israel and the Golden Calf is one of the most absurd events in the nation’s history. Why would a people who were powerfully loved, rescued and provided for by the Living God stop short of following him into all the blessings he had for them, and choose to bow down to a cow-statue instead? Jesus Christ is our all-sufficient saviour and his promises for us are beyond compare. Let’s not stop short of moving in to all that he has and allow ourselves to be distracted by the things that compete with him for 1st place in our heart.