Remembering Relationships.... It's just what we do

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SUNDAY 05 MAY 2019

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Whether it’s a national or international day of remembrance or a personal anniversary - remembering relationships is something we all do. Liam speaks to us about the call to remember the covenant relationship God has promised His people through the story of Exodus and the whole biblical narrative.

Covenant Relationship

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SUNDAY 07 APRIL 2019

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This morning James explores Exodus chapter three and the covenant relationship God makes with the Israelites - that these people were called to be a different type of people in the world, that they were part of a different family, and that their God was going to bless them if they kept His commands.

What Voice is Shaping you Identity?

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SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2019

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Each and every voice has a set of around 100 characteristics that determine what it sounds like. Half of those are physical characteristics – height, size of the lungs, shape of the mouth and throat – and the other half are behavioural characteristics – sound and words used. Your voice is unique entirely to you.

But there are also voices what shape who you believe you are - your identity. What voices are you listening to? The voices from your childhood that made you believe you had to do or be someone to fit in, to be accepted, to be loved? Or the voices that are on repeat daily in the advertising we see everywhere. These voices that tell you are what you have, or you are what you achieve. But there is an alternative - the voice of the Good Shepherd:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

- Psalm 23

Faith isn’t an easy journey. Faith doesn’t mean that you won’t have sickness, death, trial, pain. Faith means in those spaces of darkness, fear, unknown and death you will have someone with you, protecting and comforting you. That is the voice that offers to define your identity. - one of protection. It is also a voice of prosperity - that regardless of circumstance that can be a peace that surpasses all understanding. Regardless of what is current happening in your life, there can be a sense of joy that is deeper than the pain. There is a promise in this voice that says you will never have to be alone. The promise of constant presence regardless of whats happening around you.

Get a Dog

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SUNDAY 20 JANUARY 2019

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“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” - John Lennon

Where you are is where you are. Who you are is who you are. That is the place God meets you, the place he is at work in others around you. It’s the place from which you respond. The encouragement and challenge I feel for this year is to be there. To be present. To trust.

Why do we do this?

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SUNDAY 09 DECEMBER 2018

Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.

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Today we are blessed to have James wrap up our year long journey through the book of Ephesians where we have explored the themes of what it means to be a child and heir of God, how the Gospel story reshapes every part of our story and empowers us to be ambassadors of grace and peace in a dark and broken world.

Ephesians 6:18-24
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you. Peace to the brothers and sisters, c and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.

Called to Identity

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SUNDAY 02 DECEMBER 2018

Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.

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Ephesians 6:10-24
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.
Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love

A Tale of Two Bosses

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SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2018

Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.

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Today we continue our exploration of relationships in Ephesians 6, specifically verses 5-9: Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

In the garden there were no slaves, and work was God ordained. That’s still the same now. As we step into our identity as a loved and liked child of God, this needs to influence our hearts and our attitudes, whether we are employee or employer.

No matter our position, we are called to love and serve our God with your whole heart and create environments around you, as much as you have influence, that reflects we are not slaves: we are free. We are called to love, respect and honour; because as we do that it changes the atmosphere within in which we work, and as we do that it creates a person with whom God can trust, and when God trusts you He can grow your influence.

Parents, Children and Cabbage Trees

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SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2018

Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.

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Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honour your father and mother’– which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’ Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. - Ephesians 6:1-4

Today we are talking about parenting. And no one wants to talk about parenting, cause parenting is hard.

Today we will be using the word parent today, and for some people that has pain attached, but instead of holding that to one side, bring it all and may we know the Grace and Peace of Jesus in the midst of it all.

Relationship Dynamics

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SUNDAY 04 NOVEMBER 2018

Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.

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Today we continue in Ephesians chapters 5 and 6, looking at the dynamics of relationship. 

We are called to live out of our true identities in all of our interactions with people whether that is a spouse, a child, friends or a workmate.  Today we seek to understand the reasons why that can go wrong and how we can be empowered to live fully.