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Great families don’t arrive by accident. Great families follow God’s plan.

Whatever has value to us we make a plan for its future. If your bank balance is important, you make a financial plan. If your home is important, you make a house plan. If your body is important, you make a fitness plan. If your family is important to you, make a family plan. Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us in the dark about how to build a great family. He outlines His plans for the family in His Word. When we follow Gods plan we will build great families.

Although this series will primarily encourage parents with kids at home, it will help every member of a family discover their role in building a great family. This will be an inspiring and practical series for parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, brothers, sisters, married couples and those who would like to be married one day.

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JESUS IN THE PICTURE

In the gospels, when Jesus steps into the events of people’s lives, His presence changes the whole picture. He brings peace to the anxious. He embraces the lonely. The condemned are set free and the downcast receive new hope. Our lives may look a little different than 2000 years ago but our hearts still struggle with the same feelings and Jesus is still in the picture….always to the very end of the age.

He will never leave you nor forsake you. In this series we will pause to recognise Jesus presence with us and learn to listen to His voice in the midst of our current reality. As we reflect, He will minister to our heart and change our perspective.

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Faith at Work

Faith at Work is a 7-week series in the book of James (including Thanksgiving Day) to encourage and empower people to put their faith into practice in the workplace and any other places of influence where God has positioned them.

“Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead…..Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds” (James 2:17-18)

James is an extremely practical book, bringing an action-oriented perspective of trusting God in every situation and working for the benefit of others in need. If our faith is real and we truly trust God, then our faith will lead to all kinds of practical actions that point people to Christ in our workplace and neighbourhood.

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A Better Story

We live in a world of stories. Great stories are everywhere. Stories through books, films, media, music, theatre, the arts, philosophy and education all tell us about how we see the world, what it is to be human, and how we live with meaning and purpose. These stories shape us in profound ways and shape every decision we make. Right now, the story we are in is reaching a crisis point. Anxiety is at a pandemic level. Despite our wealth and education, we are less happy and society is more fractured than ever. The secular story of human hope is failing.

But there is another story. A better story.

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Teach us to pray

 

Prayer was not an unfamiliar concept to the disciples. In their culture prayer was a common part of everyday life and practise. Yet, despite their experience with prayer, there was something in the life and practise of Jesus that caused them to ask “Lord, teach us to pray”. So for 8 weeks, our church will be asking the same question.

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No Limits

 

We all live with limits in our mind of how much we can give, how many we can help and how much we can achieve. God reminds us that He is a God who knows NO LIMITS. He gives His Spirit without limit. He loves without limit. There are no limits to what He can provide and there are no limits to His power. God’s heart is for His people to break through earthly limitations and learn to live by faith in His unlimited love and power.

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Invitations From Jesus

Jesus invites us to rest in His presence when we are weary, giving Him the burdens of our heart to carry. Jesus invites us to surrender our earthly lives to Him, dying to ourselves, so we can live in the abundance of eternal life with Him. Jesus invites us to drink living water, that will refresh our thirsty soul. And Jesus invites us to follow Him closely, walking in relationship with Him every day.

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Return

“They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart” Jeremiah 24:7

As life begins to return to something that resembles normal, we know that God is with us and for us. Throughout the bible, we see people return, whether that be to a physical place or even a relationship with God. We see that through prayer and faith, God is guiding his people, giving them the strength, wisdom and peace to return well

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LOVE NEVER FAILS

If love is easy, why do we find it so hard to do? If love is our natural disposition, why does Jesus continually remind His disciples to obey the Great Command? Every one of us has a way of naturally putting our own interests above others. We may love the idea of love, but in the end, we are often unwilling to pay the cost. We are unwilling to forgo our own comfort, preferences and desires for the sake of others. True love is a sacrifice. True love is always offered without demanding anything in return.

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To the ends of the earth and beyond

Throughout the Bible, we see that God is a sending God. He sent Abraham from his home to a new land of promise. He sent Moses to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. He sent prophets like Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah to proclaim the Word of God to His people, and ultimately, He sent His one and only Son on a great rescue mission to redeem us from our sin. Jesus’ final words to His followers, and to all Christians, before ascending to heaven were ‘sending’ words – the Great Commission. He sends all of us to be his witnesses, making disciples to the ends of the earth and beyond.

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No Other Name

A name tells us a lot about a person. The name we use to address someone reveals the level of intimacy we have with that person and the authority that they hold. A name can reveal an aspect of someone’s character or tell a story of their past exploits. The Bible uses different names for God to convey His authority and reveal His character and the intimacy that we are invited to have with Him. There is no other name, other than the name of Jesus, that can save us from sin and invite us into a relationship of intimacy with God.

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Disruption – 6PM

This season has seen disruption on a scale that none of us have experienced before. Disruption to our relationships, careers and study, spiritual walks, even our perspective on life and the future. Disruption is often seen as an inconvenience, something that takes us away from what we want to do, from the people we want to be with, from our normal routines, our calling and our destiny. While disruption can be inconvenient, disruption can also be an invitation.

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Joy

The book of Philippians is a letter that Paul wrote to the first church planted in Europe – the first in that continent to hear the Good News about the crucified and risen King Jesus. It was written by Paul while he was in prison and encourages these new Christians to continue to find the incredible joy that comes from knowing Jesus, serving Jesus and imitating Jesus in their life and service. And we too can experience this joy! Even in times of suffering and uncertainty, we discover joy when we know Jesus, serve Jesus and imitate Him in our life and service.

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Presence

Deep in the heart of every person is a longing for the presence of God because deep in the heart of God is a longing to be present with His people. From the beginning of the Bible to the very end, God chooses to be present with His people. God in his grace has made a way for all people to enjoy His presence every day. Unfortunately we get busy doing. We get distracted earning. We get satisfied with inferior pleasures and miss out on experiencing the life-transforming presence of God.

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Story

 

This series will be based in one song (Psalm 107) but we will unpack the stories being sung from other places in Scripture. These are old stories from an old song but God invites us all into His eternal story today through faith in His son, Jesus. Jesus came to earth to redeem all people (not just Israel) from the power and punishment of sin.

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Parables

Jesus Regularly spoke in parables. He used stories of everyday people and places to point to an unseen spiritual reality. The people and places Jesus described in His parables are culturally different to our context today. We will explore the cultural understanding and the modern equivalent of the truth Jesus is teaching to help us see the reality of the unseen Kingdom of God in our everyday.

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Encounter

Throughout the Gospels, people encounter Jesus and their lives are profoundly changed. This is the great purpose of God. He enters our world to rescue and redeem us. The Bible’s great narrative is that despite our rejection of God, and the pain it causes, He pursues us. No matter the circumstances, failure, success, or pain, Jesus has the power to transform every person’s life. We are all invited to look to Jesus and find our joy in an encounter with Him, our Saviour.

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One Another

 

Dozens of times throughout the New Testament we find Jesus’ followers instructed in the life they are to live and experience with One Another. In promoting unity, love, care, forgiveness, humility, service, encouragement and grace it is clear God’s heart for his people is that we would learn to live well within the community of people where we have been placed.

 

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No One is Beyond Reach

When Jesus walked the earth, He reached out to those who were seen as untouchable, unlovable, unreachable and living without hope. When Jesus died, He died to forgive the sins of all mankind. When Jesus comes again, the picture He has given us to look forward to is a gathering of people from every nation, every tribe and every language. No one is beyond the reach of God’s heart and no one is beyond the reach of His power to save.

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Salvation

Celebrate the joy of our eternal salvation in Jesus reflected in the saving of Israel recorded in the book of Exodus. Be reminded of the urgency to pray for our nation to be saved and be equipped to share the story of salvation with those that we live work and laugh with.

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