God needs us to know Him before we get busy doing His work – before mission can come through us, it has to come to us. Sarah opens Isaiah 42 & 43 to look at the way that Jesus brings renewal and breaks our cycles of idolatry and oppression, releasing us to be the witnesses God has created us to be.
Mark brings our Mission series into a focus of personal witnessing. When religion is seen as values rather than knowledge, and it is awkward to talk about your faith, how can followers of Christ stand confidently in Jesus as the way, truth and life?
Sarah brings a word especially for the Red 5pm service. Looking at Matthew 22:1-13 she speaks about putting aside action and busyness to instead wait on God and be dressed properly for the banquet he's inviting us to.
As we seek to understand mission, we must have a true understanding of who God is. Sarah explores the holiness of God and why understanding His holiness – especially in relation to His love and judgement – impacts how we move we forward in mission.
Week one of our sub-series, Follow Me: in going out. Sarah introduces our focus on Mission, which is all about the reconciliation of heaven and earth, bringing back together what God created.
As we celebrate Hospitality Sunday, Sarah shares a timely and powerful message about the difference between community and fellowship – and why fellowship in Christ is so much deeper, more lasting and more satisfying!
In Genesis 11 we see the way God disrupts humanity's plans for power at Babel. There is division and frustration. In Revelation 21 we get a glimpse of a future where people, cultures and cities are redeemed and once again united under Christ. And at Pentecost, in Acts 2, we see how the coming of the Holy Spirit undoes the curse of Babel and shapes God's people for unity and true worship, pointing to the future outlined in Revelation.
The Holy Spirit comes to give us blazing intimacy with Jesus, disciples who know the full and passionate love of God towards us.
Continuing in our series Follow Me: the Way of the Spirit, Mark looks at how the ministry of the Holy Spirit throughout the Old Testament points to the ways that the Spirit is at work among God's people today.