John 15:5 says " I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing. At our Mid-East AM Service Mark kicks off a new sermon series: New Wine - Contending for Renewal. He calls us to move from consuming to contending and teaches us five ways to do this.
As we continue with our PM Series: Love Like Waves, Mark shares of how God wants to come like a wave over us with love. Describing this as a tide coming back with a holy powerful force and something that convicts, changes and helps us to imagine who we think we are and could be. He quotes James Burns, 1902 and likens this to "The divine detergent to cleanse and refresh" and sees conviction as God saving us from ourselves.
The Prize of surrender is revelation. At our PM Service, Terry Walling speaks of how sometimes it's hard to be honest with ourselves. He speaks of how there are two ways of doing life and asks us whether we have the courage to join God in the work that He wants to do in each of us.
This week at our combined Mid-East and Outer East AM Service, we had the privilege of hearing from Terry Walling. Sharing from John 21:1, he asks "what do you need to go on with Jesus?". God wants to take you forward - the question is do you trust Him to take you to a place you've never been before?
This week Sarah Deutscher gives us a diagnosis of how we've ended up as a generation with a worldview based on Individualism and Secular Humanism. How the two combined have shaped and formed us to think that we're on the throne, that we can flourish without God. Yet, there is a tremendous chaos within us and unprecedented levels of anxiety more than ever before. Sarah shares from Haggai 1: 2-6 and like the Israelites, we need a new vision, understanding and definition of who God is. That is is through sanctification, He wants to bring newness into your life, returning your trust to the Holy King.
In the wrap-up to The Living Presence Sermon Series, Ryan asks: who sits on the throne of your life? Wisdom comes from God, not man and we only find richness in walking the kingdom life through an unrelenting submission to the will of God.
We've hit a pivotal moment in our Mid-East PM Service, sensing the Lord asking us to push into a breakthrough moment - feeling that His love is coming like a powerful wave; to cleanse, heal and refine us. This week, Mark kicks-off this sermon series for our 5 PM Service about moving from a lost generation to a renewed generation.
How do we live a kingdom life when we aren't socially conditioned for kingdom living? This week, Bjorn recognises that we aren't meant to do this alone. He shares some disciplines highlighted in one of his favourite movies in the art of mentoring and discipleship.