Christmas family gatherings can be great, or they can be a nightmare: fro some, Christmas is the loneliest time ever. Jesus came to restore relationships and transform community. God is the creator and giver of relationship. He works through relationships and families to make his Kingdom visible. The challenge for the church is to create […]
Christmas is typically a time of excess and over indulgence. How do we manage our eating and drinking responsibly? Interestingly, Jesus ate and drank his way through the Gospels – so it can’t be all bad. Think about this: the wonder of food should point us to something more, something greater – our hunger for […]
Some think churches need to ‘build up Christians’ before they can engage in outreach and mission. Others believe that outreach is all important, and internal focus is insular and counterproductive. Jesus does not share these views. He calls his church to make disciples by baptizing and teaching. You can’t be doing one without the other. […]
Embodying Jesus at our recent AGM Dave outlined some of the major emphases of what we’re calling Gateway’s Re-Vision. This sermon looks at the second aspect: Embodying Jesus. Do you ever find yourself wondering how to make your walk with Jesus more a feature of your everyday life, yet struggle to see how that can […]
Transformed Disciples at our recent AGM Dave outlined some of the major emphases of what we’re calling Gateway’s Re-Vision. Given that Hope Community Church has been released in early September, we thought it timely to undertake a review of Gateway’s vision. This sermons looks at the first aspect of the Re-Vision: Transformed Disciples.We’ll examine the powerful call […]
While expectations placed on us by others is one thing, the capacity for us to trust in our own performance is quite another. Paul had every reason to be confident: he had industrial strength spirituality. What was it worth? Pretty much a pinch of the proverbial… So, where does our confidence before God really lie?
…not even on a leash. What is Paul talking about here? What is this reference to mutilators of the flesh? And circumcision? How easily expectations and traditions become our security. Our idol. The ‘dogs’ of Paul’s day mutilated people’s bodies in them name of religion. Today’s ‘dogs’ do worse: they are messing with people’s souls.
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