The Life of a Disciple

Commission

Sam Brown

25/07/22

Sam Brown speaks from Matthew 28: 16 – 20 on these final words of Jesus in Matthew’s gospel – reminding us of the authority and power with which we are commissioned to make disciples of all nations. As part of our call to make disciples we are to baptise and teach. We do this in the knowledge and with the assurance of the presence of Jesus with us. Who has God put on our hearts to share the gospel with today?

 

Worship

George Eapen

18/07/22

George Eapen speaks from Matthew 26: 6 – 13 on the importance of worship; even more important than serving the poor is our worship of Jesus. Mary pours extravagant perfume over Jesus and washes His head. In this act of worship, we are challenged to ask the question: how much do we prioritise our worship of Jesus over and above all else?  How can we lavish our love on Jesus?

 

Compassion

Dan Bright

11/07/22

Dan Bright speaks from Matthew 25: 31 – 46 about compassion: feeding the hungry, caring for the refugees and visiting those in prison are all part of what it means to be a disciple. Jesus tells us that in serving others in this way, we are serving and worshipping Jesus himself. How are we obeying these challenging words of Jesus in our lives?

 

Readiness

Natalie Worsfold

04/07/22

Natalie Worsfold speaks from Matthew 25: 1 – 13 on being ready for Jesus’s return. We do not know the hour or the day, but we are to be people who are ready for that day when He will work out His perfect judgement. As shown in the parable of the ten virgins, there is a warning against “becoming drowsy and falling asleep” (25:5). Are we ready for Jesus’ return? Do we live our lives expecting His return?

 

Humilty

Natalie Worsfold

27/06/22

Natalie Worsfold speaks from Matthew 23: 1 – 12 on how we need to guard ourselves from unauthentic teaching, so our words of worship match our actions. Do we show Jesus to the world through our humility or self-importance? Do we practise what we preach?

 

Love

George Eapen

20/06/22

George Eapen speaks from Matthew 22: 34 – 40 on how we are to love God, in the ways we serve Him, worship Him and think about Him. We are also to love our neighbours. How do we show our love for God each day? What are the ways in which we are tangibly loving our neighbours?

Generosity

John Freeman

13/06/22

John Freeman speaks from Matthew 19: 16 – 24 on Jesus challenging a man to lay down his wealth in order to follow him. Are we building our lives with Jesus as our foundation? As disciples of Christ, we need to be all in: fully signed up to Jesus and fully signed off from other things. What idols do we need to repent from and let go of? God already knows and wants to set us free.

 

Power

Dan Bright

06/06/22

Dan Bright speaks from Acts 2: 1-4 and Matthew 10: 1-20 on how God continues to fill us with his Holy Spirit so we can share something of his presence to those around us.

 

Expectancy

Alyssa Carey

31/05/22

Speaking from Matthew 9:18-26, Alyssa explores what it means for us to live lives of expectant faith. A ruler and a sick woman show us how to live expectant of Jesus’s action, power and sovereignty in the face of disappointment. Ultimately we should be expectant of Jesus, but not surprised when He works in His own way and in His own time

 

 

 

Forgiveness

Natalie Worsfold

23/05/22

Natalie Worsfold speaks from Matthew 9: 1 – 8 on forgiveness: Jesus reveals his identity as he heals and forgives the paralysed man. The teachers of the law accuse Jesus of blasphemy because only God can heal. Little do they know that Jesus is God incarnate. He calls himself the Son of Man showing his mission to serve humanity, bringing forgiveness through the cross. Where have we got stuck with forgiveness? Where do we need God’s forgiveness in our lives?

 

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