Approved by God? | 2 Timothy 2:14-26
What does it mean to be a worker approved by God? No matter if you are a gospel worker or a congregation member Stephen Macdonald reminds us all not to be distracted from the work of the Gospel and to be active in pursuing holiness because it will not just happen on its own. It's when we work hard at pursuing righteousness that we will be useful to the Lord for the good works he has prepared for us.
False religions and false worldviews deny Jesus Christ and, in doing do, rob people of everlasting life. The gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction and those who enter by it are many. Rev Paul Gibson explains how the Apostle John shows that God has testified that Jesus Christ is the annointed Saviour of his people and his only begotten Son. What did John mean by water and blood and the Spirit?
There is a proper delight to be in the house of the Lord. It is all to do with loving the Lord of the house! Our church buildings may be pretty plain yet the joy is there because it is where we meet with others to worship the Lord. Rev David Randall Snr preaches on Psalm 84
All of Grace | Communion
If we are to grow in assurance of our salvation, and therefore in our love of God, we need to repeatedly go back to basics and remind ourselves of the fundamental basis on which we have been saved; by grace, through faith.
There is no better demonstration of this than in Jesus' words to the penitent thief on the cross. Rev Paul Gibson preaches on how this passage shows us the sovereign grace of God in salvation and the power of the gospel to save sinners.
You can't watch the news for long without hearing about wars, natural disasters, droughts, starvation; tragedy is never far away. Yet there is one disaster that surpasses all others. In fact, it led to all the others. The historic fall of Adam and even in the garden when they rebelled against God and ate the forbidden fruit.
Listen to Rev. Paul Gibson preach on the monumental significance of this tragic event in history.
Q. 13. Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?
A. Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God.
Q. 14. What is sin?
A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.
Q. 15. What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?
A. The sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein thy were created, was their eating the forbidden fruit
The Fruit of Regeneration | 1 John 5:1-5
You've heard the phrase "born again." What does it mean? Why does it matter?
All people are dead in their trespasses and sins and need to made spritually alive. Everyone who has been brought out of darkness and into the light of the kingdom of God has been born again, i.e. supernaturally raised to spiritual life by the power and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Listen to Rev Paul Gibson preach on how this works out in the lives of believers in faith, love and obedience.
How we live and serve is important. Serving the Lord is a serious matter but there is no greater joy. Even when we may be called to suffer, our unhindered focus must be on pleasing the Lord and passing on His truth to others, untarnished. Stephen MacDonald brings an encouraging word from 2 Timothy Chapter 2.
God is Love | 1 John 4:7-21
Genuine Gospel-centred love is a fundamental of the faith and this Christian love is truly central to the life of the church. Listen to Rev Paul Gibson preach on the foundation and source of all true love, the supreme manifestation of God's love as well as the wonderful consequence of that love.
Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? What was life like in the beginning, prior to the fall of humanity in Genesis 3?
Rev Paul Gibson preaches and teaches on Q12 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, explaing that when God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience; forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death.
Test the Spirits! | 1 John 4:1-6
We live in a world where there are many counterfeits. Nowhere is that more dangerous than in the context of the church. False teachers are wolves in sheep's clothing whose sole purpose, knowingly or unknowingly, is to distort the truth of Christ in order to lead people away from Jesus Christ himself. How do we recognise who these false teachers are and what should we do about them?
The Vileness of Sin | Galatians 5:16-26
A thematic sermon from Rev Robert Walker explaining the doctrine of sin.
Have you ever experienced being overwhelmed with a feeling of intense sorrow and oppression; with a sense of deep darkness and despair; of hopeslessness? Perhaps it was because of the extent of the evil in a fallen world and our awareness of that evil? Perhaps it was because of the personal and direct attacks of the devil? Or perhaps it's because of an acute sense of our own failings in life as believers? You are in good company.
Listen to Rev Paul Gibson preach on how the Lord Jesus Christ in his undefiled and sinless humanity, suffered something akin to this, in the garden of Gethsemane.
Remember Jesus Christ | 2 Timothy 2:8
In 2 Timothy 2:8, the Apostle Paul writes, "Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead..."
Rev David Randall Snr preaches on the heart of the Gospel of God; the power of the word of God; and the mission of the Church of God.
Exclusively Christian Love | 1 John
1 John 3:11-24
All people are able to practise acts of kindness and demonstrate love to others; they are made in the image of God. Yet there is a distinct kind of love which is absolutely exclusive to Christian men and women who are alive in Christ which Jesus says will demonstrate we belong to his church by virtue of our union with him.
Disgruntled with God | 1 Kings 19:1-18
Have you ever experienced a profound disappointment with God? Have your expectations of God not worked out the way you had hoped? Rev Harry Mealyea draws lessons from the depression Elijah faced after Mount Carmel and the comfort that only God can provide through his compassion.
Children of God | 1 John 2:28 - 3:3
Is your faith truly genuine? When we are made to feel disatisfied with our Christian experience, our thinking can often focus on what we think we don't have. Harry Mealyea helpfully encourages us to remember the greatest possession that believers do have; our relationship with God since we have been adopted into His family as sons and daughters.
Jesus calms the storm | Mark 4
Mark 4:35-41; Psalm 107:23-32
The details in Mark's account of this miracle show the commitment and the urgency of Jesus in his ministry. We also see the awsome power of Christ over the forces of nature and the disciples' continuing lack of faith. Mr Neil White draws some lessons that we can apply to our own lives today as well as some comfort that we can enjoy from Christ's patience with their unbelief.
After darkness, Light | Matthew 28
Matthew chapter 28 describes the fact of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the first fabrication that tried to suppress the truth of it, and the fruit that comes from it. Rev Paul Gibson preaches the supreme authority of Christ over heaven and earth, the proclamation of the Gospel and the salvation it brings.
The Blessed God | 1 Timothy 1:11
The Apostle Paul wrote about "the gospel of the glory of the blessed God" in the book of 1 Timothy Chapter 1. Rev Robert Walker preaches about blessedness and glory and the doctrine of divine impassibility which teaches that God, unlike human beings, is not affected by external circumstances in such a way as to produce an emotional response akin to pain or sorrow.
Trinitarian Righteousness | 1 John
One of the ways a Christian can have assurance in the faith is understanding the fact that a true believer is one who practices righteousness. Rev Paul Gibson encourages Christians to remember what God has done for us, and in us, through the work of each person of the Trinity.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God…For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”