This Sunday: Facing Floods, Part 3: Ride it Out

Sunday 12 November - 9:30am

Two weeks ago we talked about seeing the floods, or challenges, coming and understanding that there is a better life on the other side. Last week we talked about preparing for the floods, or challenges, by making sure that we are walking hand in hand with God and following Him wherever He leads us. This week we are going to talk about being in the middle of the flood itself, coping with the challenges as we experience them. In the midst of struggle we suffer from doubt but the Lord’s promise is that He has prepared you and that He will bring you through alive, to find a new beginning. There is no challenge that you cannot overcome.

This Sunday: Facing Floods, Part 2: Get Ready

Sunday 5 November - 5:00pm

Noah has been told by God that a flood is coming that will destroy everything and everyone, except for those people and animals that God saves on the ark that He tells Noah to build. There are times when we know something big is coming. The Lord can help us to get ready and help us to keep safe what is most important.

This Sunday: Facing Floods, Part 1: See It Coming

Sunday 29 October - 9:30am

Spiritual growth is a destructive process. Without the destruction of old habits, old ways of thinking, old wants and desires, there would be no room for the Lord to build us up as angels. Over the next four Sundays we will be exploring this topic of spiritual destruction and reconstruction using the story of Noah’s Flood. This story offers powerful insight into how we deal with the spiritual floods that come our way. In the course of this story we’ll talk about seeing the flood coming, how to get ready for it, riding it out, and then the beautiful things the Lord creates when we get to the other side. For this Sunday our focus will be on the first part: seeing the flood coming.

This Sunday: Get More Out of the Bible, Part 3: The New Testament

Sunday 22 October - 9:30am

The New Testament is the last section of the Bible that we haven’t talked about yet in our series about getting more out of the Bible. On Sunday we’ll talk about things like how the New Testament differs from the Old Testament, whether all the books in the New Testament are equally authoritative, why there are four Gospels, etc. It will be fun and I hope it will help you to get more out of reading the New Testament.

This Sunday: Get More Out of the Bible, Part 2: Prophets and Psalms

Sunday 15 October - 9:30am

Some of the most difficult parts of the Bible can be found in the Prophets. It can be hard to get much out of these sections. The teachings for the New Church say that this is because in the prophets the real spiritual meaning is often hidden under layers of symbolic language. So what do we do with this? Do we have to decode the prophets? Can we avoid them altogether? This Sunday we will explore how we can get more meaning out of reading the prophetical books of the Word.

This Sunday: Get More Out of the Bible, Part 1: Genesis to Kings

Sunday 8 October - 9:30am

A lot of people when they open the Bible find it hard to get much out of it, particularly the Old Testament. There are hard to pronounce names and strange and sometimes disturbing stories. What are we supposed to do with it? How do we make sense of it? The goal of this 3 part sermon series is to help you have a better understanding of what you’re looking at and how it can have relevance to you today. This Sunday we’re going to be focusing on the first big chunk of the Bible, the Old Testament stories in Genesis through 2 Kings.

This Sunday: Healing Spiritual Leprosy

Sunday 1 October - 5pm

This Sunday we are going to talk about the disease of leprosy in the Bible. Having this disease would result in becoming an outcast, cut off from the community and from God. Yet the Lord reached out to a leper, even physically touching him, to bring him back into the community and into a relationship with God. When we have made choices that cut us off from the Lord and from others, this is the miracle that He can perform: to reach out to us in our shame and draw us back into His loving embrace.

This Sunday: Healing Spiritual Blindness

Sunday 24 September - 9:30am

This Sunday we’re going to be looking closely at an amazing story of the Lord healing a man who was blind from birth. It’s an amazing story because the Lord did an amazing miracle but also because it’s clearly also about people who are spiritually blind or spiritually unable or unwilling to see. With the help of this story we’re going to try to understand how we might be spiritually blind and how the Lord can heal us and help us to see in a new way.

This Sunday: God’s Healing Forgiveness

Sunday, 10 September -- 9:30

We all have times when we become paralyzed by evil and falsity. We want desperately to be good but for some reason we cannot seem to let go of harmful thoughts and feelings. The Lord’s forgiveness offers us a way out of this spiritual paralysis: when we raise our thoughts to Him, He heals us through His forgiveness, and in that healing we find freedom for our minds.

This Sunday: Helping Each Other, Part 3: Offering Spiritual Support

Sunday, 3 September - 5pm

This Sunday evening we’re going to be concluding the Helping Each Other series by talking about how to offer spiritual support. It sounds so good–offering spiritual support. And it is so good and can make such a difference when it’s done well. But offering spiritual support can also be done badly–people can be arrogant, controlling, clueless, etc. in the ways they approach “trying to help” and they can end up actually making things worse. But the answer isn’t that we should stop trying. Let’s learn what the Lord teaches about how to avoid common pitfalls and how we can best approach offering spiritual support to others.