The Unexpected

A Unexpected Reality For most of his life on earth Jesus lived in quiet Nazareth, not by accident, but by God's purpose
(Reading: Matthew 2:13-23)
Simon Harris 30 Dec 2012
An Unexpected Name The name of Jesus was common enough in His time, but it's meaning was extraordinary.
(Reading: Matthew 1:18:21)
Simon Harris 25 Dec 2012
Unexpected Visitors After His birth, Jesus was visited by Shepherds and by Magi from "The East" Simon Harris 24 Dec 2012
An Unexpected Bed A manger is an unexpected bed, but it's deeper than that. Simon Harris 23 Dec 2012
An Unexpected Place Even in familiar stories, the unexpected is significant. Did anyone expect the place of Christ's birth?
(Reading: Luke 2:1-7)
Simon Harris 17 Dec 2012

iRelate

Hospitality Hospitality is one of the ways we can show God and be like God
(Readings: Romans 12:9-16, Hebrews 13:1-8)
Simon Harris 09 Dec 2012
Friendship Friendship is a vital element of discipleship, and a key part of Christian life Simon Harris 02 Dec 2012
Sexuality and Pornography Sexuality and Pornography are not common sermon topics, but they are important
(Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12 - 7:5)
Simon Harris 26 Nov 2012

Other

A crucial encounter Simon Peter's encounter with Jesus on the lake led to the biggest decision of his life
(Reading: Luke 5:1-11)
Jim Hamilton 18 Nov 2012

iRelate

Across All Divides The radical love of Jesus is a love that crosses the divide between friend and enemy
(Reading: Matthew 5:38-48)
Simon Harris 11 Nov 2012
Communion Communion is a key relationship in Christian community, and it's based on a few basic principles
(Readings: Mark 4:12:26, Ephesians 1:3-7, 1 Corinthians 11:23-28)
Simon Harris 04 Nov 2012
Faith How does life in the 21st century affect our faith?
(Readings: Matthew 6:25-34, Matthew 16:5-12, Matthew 17:14-20)
Eddie Vass 28 Oct 2012
His Story Through My Story Paul told God's story through the story of his life
(Reading: Acts 17:16-26)
Linda Pepper 21 Oct 2012
Parenting Parenting is moving children from dependence on us to dependence on God
(Readings: Deutoronomy 6:1-12, Matthew 19:13-15, Hosea 11:1-11)
Simon Harris 14 Oct 2012
Singleness Being single is not just the absence of marriage, it's an opportunity to live a life devoted to God
(Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:1-9)
Simon Harris 07 Oct 2012
Marriage Marriage reflects the relationships in the Trinity, and relies on a servant attitude
(Readings: John 4: 7-26, John 4: 39-42)
Simon Harris 30 Sep 2012
iRelate ... to the world God promised Abraham he would bless everyone from all nations, Solomon prayed that God would answer the prayers of visiting foreigners, and Christ called his followers to go and make disciples of everyone
(Readings: 1 Kings 8: 22-30, 1 Kings 8: 41-43)
David Pepper 23 Sep 2012
The fruits of our labours offering the first fruit of the harvest to God shows a relationship of trust, dependence and expectancy
(Reading: Leviticus 23)
Simon Harris 16 Sep 2012
To be known in His image If God is relational, and we are created in his image, we are relational too.
(Reading: Phil 2:1-18)
Simon Harris 09 Sep 2012
To Know Him Getting to know the triune Godhead, and the relationships at the core of existence
(Reading: John 3:1-20)
Simon Harris 02 Sep 2012

Building Community

A community on Mission The BELLS acrostic can help focus on mission
(Reading: Matthew 5:1-16)
Simon Harris 26 Aug 2012
Building Community Community at the Childrens' Weekend
(Reading: Acts 2: 42-47)
Claire Earl and Heather Barrington 22 Jul 2012

Live It!

Live it and take your stand To live the Jesus life is to take a stand against the evil one
(Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20)
Simon Harris 15 Jul 2012
Live it where you are Mission is not somewhere you go, but the way you do things where you are
(Reading: Ephesians 5:21 - 6:9)
Simon Harris 08 Jul 2012
Living in the light Paul presents Christ's teaching on how to live your life to the churches in the province of Asia Minor
(Reading: Ephesians 4:17-32)
Simon Harris 01 Jul 2012
Living in your gifts We may all have a different mix of gifts, but we all have gifts and should recognize and use them
(Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16)
Simon Harris 24 Jun 2012

Other

Introduction to a child called Ipswich Introduction to a child called Ipswich
(Reading: Matthew 9:18-26)
15 Jun 2012

Live It!

Live in your calling Jesus asked us to do what he did, Paul asked us to do it where we are
(Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21)
Simon Harris 10 Jun 2012
Following Paul's example In Ephesians 3 Paul gives us examples to follow
(Reading: Ephesians 3:1-13)
Jon Stannard 03 Jun 2012
Living in community Sharing your life with a family group is a vital part of Living It!
(Reading: Ephesians 2)
Claire Earl 27 May 2012
Alive in Christ Some early verses in Ephesians help to remind us that we are blessed,chosen and loved, with a destiny chosen by God
(Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14)
Simon Harris 20 May 2012
A Missional Movement About the author and recipients of "Ephesians", and what the book means to us
(Reading: Acts 20:1-20)
Simon Harris 13 May 2012

Other

Three Strikes and You're Out Jehoash was not a bold King of Israel, but he sought advice from from God when the prophet Elishah was on his deathbed
(Reading: 2 Kings 13:10-25)
Bob Moulton 06 May 2012

Heaven and Hell

Hell Jesus went to a lot of trouble to rescue us from Hell, what do we need to do about it?
(Reading: Luke 16: 19-31)
Simon Harris 29 Apr 2012
Heaven Is Heaven really a boring eternity of clouds, harps and endless hymns?
(Reading: 1 Cor 2:6-16)
Simon Harris 22 Apr 2012

Following Jesus

Follow Jesus to the Resurrection The Resurrection shows how Christ's sacrifice can bring brightness, even to our darkest times
(Reading: Luke 24:1-12)
Simon Harris 08 Apr 2012

Other

Jesus as the new Moses An exploration of how Jesus death fits in with Jewish thinking Matthew Firth 05 Apr 2012

Following Jesus

Follow Jesus to the Cross An exploration of some deeper meanings of Holy Week
(Reading: Luke 23:32-49)
Simon Harris 02 Apr 2012
Follow Jesus like a child To reach God's kingdom we need to be like children: compassionate, humble, intimate, full of life, and determined
(Reading: Luke 18:1-34)
Simon Barrington 25 Mar 2012
Follow Jesus to discover God's heart What is God like? A compassionate father who watches, waits and welcomes.
(Reading: Luke 15:11-24)
Simon Harris 18 Mar 2012
Follow Jesus to a broken heart True repentance is a change of heart, not just a struggle to change or conceal behaviour
(Reading: Luke 11:29 -13:35)
Simon Harris 11 Mar 2012
Follow Jesus to a prayer-filled life The disciples asked Jesus to "teach us to pray" - and he did for us too. Prayer is vital, even though the powers of darkness gather to make it difficult.
(Reading: Luke 11:1-13)
Simon Harris 04 Mar 2012
Follow Jesus to a new mission Jesus called people to love God. Mission is not just about getting more bodies through the church door.
(Reading: Luke 8-10)
Claire Earl 26 Feb 2012
Follow Jesus to surprising people Jesus surprised religious people by blessing a centurion, a widow and a sinful woman
(Reading: Luke 7:1-17)
Simon Harris 19 Feb 2012
Follow Jesus to a radical lifestyle Jesus explains that the poor and the weeping experience the Kingdom of God
(Reading: Luke 6: 17-42)
Claire Earl 12 Feb 2012
Follow Jesus to a new kind of balance Jesus shared and taught with his disciple. To live like Jesus we need to balance our "in", "up" and "out"
(Reading: Luke 6:12-19 )
Julie Kite 05 Feb 2012
Follow Jesus to a new way of thinking Jesus argued with religious people, and broke or ignored rules they had added to God's word. What rules do you follow?
(Reading: Luke 5:33 - 6:11)
Simon Harris 29 Jan 2012
Follow Jesus to all the parties When Jesus called Levi to follow him he showed his disciples (and us) the importance of engaging with the unloved and marginalized
(Reading: Luke 5:27-32)
Simon Harris 22 Jan 2012
Follow Jesus with Everything A Rabbi in the time of Jesus was expected to take the best students as disciples. The disciples in turn were expected to abandon everything and follow the Rabbi everywhere
(Reading: Luke 5:1-11)
Simon Harris 15 Jan 2012
Follow Jesus into the Desert Jesus started his public ministry by seeking solitude, fasting and Spirit-guided reflection in the desert. There he dealt with the temptations of the Devil and emerged refreshed and prepared
(Reading: Luke 4:1-13)
Simon Harris 08 Jan 2012