In Colossians 1:13 we read “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son”. We often talk about “Kingdom”, and “the Kingdom of God”, but what does it mean and how does it affect us as children of God? The Kingdom of God is the fulfilment of God’s will on earth. We know this because Jesus prayed – “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) In other words, it is His will to bring heaven to earth. For all of us we have the ability to get off this planet, to be free from the past, and the issues that so easily pull us off track. We are all ready for launch!
As we continue to discover more about our identity as followers of Christ, now that we are new creations, we see that thankfulness is something that we can now have, and can see more of, in our lives. Colossians 2:6-7 tells us that thankfulness is actively grateful language, an act of worship, and something that can overflow in our lives, in order that we come into the fulness of Jesus! In this message Benj unpacks this and highlights 7 things that thankfulness does in our lives.
God doesn’t want us to be barely alive – He wants us to be “fully” alive. We read in Colossians 2:13, you were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. We can achieve this by Let (ting) your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:7)
Are you alive this morning? We don’t need to, and must not keep having “an event” to be barely alive – an occasional shot in the arm, the occasional defib! God doesn’t want us to be “roller Coaster Christians. But instead to put on your new nature, and be renewed “as you learn” to know your Creator and become like him. (Colossians 3:10) “As we learn – it is a process and a journey, to become better, stronger, faster
Together around tables we take a further look at the ‘envelope’ and start of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, uncovering some of the heart of the author and the nature of this young church; seeing that we too are a holy family, in Market Harborough, in Christ, set apart for God and specially useful to Him for such a time as this. We are qualified by the Father, secured in the Son and equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit!
In Colossians 1:27 we read that God wants everyone to know an amazing secret – if we choose to follow Jesus, He comes to live inside us and comes to transform us so that we are more like him every day. In this message we look at what it means for Christ to live in us; the same Jesus Christ who was there at the very beginning of the bible, the Jesus who is God and desires to be with us! We look at how he raises us to life and how we can experience his presence, his purpose, his provision, his peace and his power.
As we kick off a new series looking at the books of Colossians and Ephesians, Stephen takes time to read through the 4 chapters of Colossians. We look at the major themes that we find in the book and discover some of the things that will help shape our lives as we dive deeper into the series!
In the latest Meet The Family message Steve shares all about his journey to finding Jesus and how he has discovered his true identity as a child of God.
In this podcast, Phil gives some personal reflections on what it is about the church that should make our hearts beat a little faster and fill us with a genuine sense of excitement every time we gather!
Being a Christian means being a part of the body of Christ. Its like the human body in that each part is important and needs the other parts to function effectively and well. We all need each other to grow and this can be demonstrated in our sharing of the Covenant Meal.
In this message we continue our Meet The Family series and get to know Pete & Jenni. We hear about how they met, their upbringing in Christian households, and their passion for mums and dads in our local community.
Join our church family as we interactively explore the story of a little boat devoted to Jesus and see how it illustrates something of what it means to be devoted to Jesus ourselves. Jesus has a plan for us because He has a purpose for the world!
*Spoiler alert* includes highlights from the Gospels of Mark, Luke & John, Acts 2:42-47, a dinghy, a big catch or two and a shoreside breakfast invitation. Waterproofs optional!
When Jesus encountered the paralysed man in Mark 2, we read about the faith that was found in his friends, and the faith that was raised in the house. The man was saved and healed, and he walked out carrying his mat – a physical demonstration to all who were watching that Jesus did a miracle in his life. In this message we hear about how we can build a house of faith today; we hear stories of God’s goodness and we dream about what a church looks like where we regularly hear the phrase “we have never seen anything like this”.
Scripture often describes the church as being ‘family’. Today, we are meeting one of the family! Listen as Kate Boden talks about her early years, and how meeting and knowing Jesus has enabled her to embrace the challenges of life.
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?
In this all-age gathering, we look at the bible account of Daniel’s life and how, despite his circumstances, he was able to keep his eyes fixed on God’s promise of good for His people.
In Acts 2:42 we read about “The Fellowship of the Believers”, and whilst this teaches us valuable lessons concerning how the community of believers should operate it is important to remember that a doctrine cannot be taken from one passage of scripture, and that the bible interprets itself and has numerous themes running through it
This morning we are going to discover how community, being together and fellowship are vital to the life of the chirch and that this theme and purpose runs through scripture starting at Genesis
In John chapter 15, Jesus describes his relationship with his followers as being like a vine and branches. We look at 7 things that Jesus said of himself and his disciples and ask ‘can we bring our own YES’, in faith, to all he says.
Today we look in Luke 7 at the extravagant outpouring of worship to Jesus from Mary who knew Jesus as a teacher, friend, healer and the one with power over life & death. Her revelation as to who Jesus was meant that despite her past, she was saved by faith in Him.
The Father’s Love – when we start to understand it, and allow it to effect us – it changes our lives forever! We move into a different realm of faith, of hope, of security. It sets us free!
In Luke’s account of Jesus calming a storm, Jesus asks his disciples ‘Where is your faith?, implying that the disciples had faith but it couldn’t be seen. In today’s all-age gathering we consider ways in which we can stir our own faith so that it is visible to ourselves and those around us.
Roger & Dianne Aubrey join us for our 2022 Momentum conference and share about Hope & Faith.