Sunday, 9 October 2016

BREAKING FREE FROM BONDAGES

Pastor Andrew Russell preaches on Colossians 3:5-9. As Christians concentrate on Christ, they learn to live a holy life. Christians do not become perfect immediately. Christians have a new nature but they still have old habits. Their old nature died with Christ. But evil desires still tempt them (James 1:13-15). Christians can now refuse to obey those evil desires (Romans 6). Christ’s new life in Christians has more power than evil desires (Romans 8:1-14). God created sex for a man and his own wife. All other sex is wrong sex. Lust is the desire for wrong sex. Greedy people want to satisfy their own desires. People can be greedy for food. They can be greedy for money or even for honour. Sin destroys people’s lives. Sin separates people from God. Christians are responsible for the way that they behave towards other people. Christians must not behave how they used to behave, there must be a change from inside to out.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

THE HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE

Pastor Andrew Russell preaches on Colossians 3:1-4. Paul explained in this passage what had happened to the Christians at Colossae at their baptism. Now he explained how they should live this new life. ‘The things that are above’ refer to Christ and spiritual things. For the Christians, Christ himself is their new life (verse 4). So, Christ should be in the centre of their lives. They should concentrate on him. Christ rules the world with God. So, Christians should discover what pleases Christ. Verses 3-4 This world and our physical lives are temporary. They will end when Christ returns. Christ and ‘the things that are above’ are real and permanent. When a person receives new life from Christ, nobody can see this new life. Nobody can explain it. It is not a physical thing. It belongs to God. However, when Christ returns, Christians will be able to see their spiritual life. And every Christian will receive glory from Christ. So, Christians should now pursue the things that are above.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

PARABLE OF THE LOST SON

Our Guest Speaker Mark Kilner preaches on Luke 15:11-32 also know of the Parable of the Lost Son. This chapter contains three linked parables that explain why Jesus associates with sinners. The linkage is evident in the terms lost and found and rejoice and celebrate The other parables are the Parable of the lost Sheep and the Parable of the lost Coin. The third parable of Luke 15 is a more elaborate treatment of the seeking-of-sinners theme. The parable's popular title "prodigal son" probably puts the focus in the wrong place. Actually the story gives more attention to the father and his reaction than to the son's return. The father's response to the elder son's resentment also shows how central a character he is in the parable. So a better title might be "the parable of the forgiving father" or "the parable of the lost Son."

Sunday, 18 September 2016

LOVE GOD AND LOVE PEOPLE

Special service with Guest Speaker Pastor Bill Welsh from the Refuge Calvary Chapel Huntington Beach, California. Bill preaches on Psalm 126 and Luke 10:25-37 and his theme is: LOVE GOD AND LOVE PEOPLE.
                                             To live above with the Saints we love,
                                             Ah, that is the purest glory.
                                             To live below with the Saints we know,
                                             Ah, that is another story!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

DEALING WITH LEGALISM AND FREEDOM FROM FALSE TEACHING

Pastor Andrew Russell preaches on Colossians 2:16-23. Here in this ancient city of Colossae, almost two thousand years ago, the same attack was being made upon Christian faith as we find in our country today. In this passage, beginning in verse 16 of chapter 2, we will discover the dangerous traps that await us on every side as we journey toward the goal of a personal relationship and ultimate union with God. We learn there are no new heresies. It is beyond the mind of man to invent new error. We find the same error, the same things that can derail the spiritual life, repeated cyclically through the centuries. These early Christians faced the same problem of spiritual error, a mish-mash of philosophy and misleading ideas, some from Jewish backgrounds, some from Gentile, some arising from pagan superstitions and some from the teachings of the Far East. We, too, face this same kind of mixture of wrong ideas in our world today.