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Saints In Christ

  • Posted on: 6 August 2017
  • By: Andrew Smith
Saints In Christ

"To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father." (Colossians 1:2)

This is a verse that is often skipped over, but one which holds a huge truth. Every christian is a saint and a member of the family of God. When we meet together as Christians, it’s a time to celebrate this fact. In doing so, we celebrate something that the reformer Martin Luther called The Great Exchange:

Despising The Shame

  • Posted on: 9 May 2017
  • By: Andrew Smith

Sometimes we speak of the cross event so commonly that we begin to lose the scandalous and offensive and horrendously shameful nature of the event. Hebrews talks of Jesus “despising its shame” and those words are often lost on us. We need to recover the shame of the cross to understand its significance.

The Whole Point of the Church Is The Gospel

  • Posted on: 10 December 2016
  • By: William Woods
the church equals the gospel

As the Gospel community, living within the kingdom of God, the Church should seek to prioritise the kingdom purposes. These kingdom purposes are the Invitation to join the Kingdom (Evangelism), the Participating in the Kingdom (Edification), Sharing the Kingdom (Social Concern), and Celebrating the King (Worship). These four purposes are the primary priorities of the Church.

The Christ of Christmas – What Does It Mean For Me?

  • Posted on: 23 December 2015
  • By: Peter Law

A Christmas without Christ would just be another holiday. Yet for many, even in our western society that still claims faint allegiances to the biblical story surrounding this season, Christmas will be little more than a break from the regular routines of life – a time for family, feasting and festivity rather than of heart-felt worship and thanksgiving to the God of heaven for the gift of His Son.

The Joy of Christmas – How Can I Have It?

  • Posted on: 11 December 2015
  • By: Peter Law

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Only Believe

  • Posted on: 7 November 2015
  • By: David Carr

Salvation is obtained through complete belief and faith in Jesus Christ alone, the God of the Bible; and what HE did for ALL humanity. Not baptism, not works, no physical acts, sacrifice, just being a good person, or anything that we humans can do to provide OURSELVES a seat in heaven; the sole requirement is pure and total faith in God and HIS sacrifice for mankind; accepting God into your heart.

Music In Worship

  • Posted on: 26 October 2015
  • By: Andrew Smith

If you have ever set foot inside a church, you will have encountered people who are undecided about the role of music in the worship life of the family of God. To avoid silly arguments, its best to look at the bible rather than peoples personal taste. The bible does not give us specific guidelines about songs and genres of music. What it does give us, however, are principles regarding the holiness of God, and the nature of worship, and if we believe that the bible is the inspired word of God, we are to cling to those principles.

To Be Alone With You - Singleness

  • Posted on: 12 October 2015
  • By: Andrew Smith

Before we set off down the road of what God says about the interactions between men and women in His word, a few things need to be made very clear. The church has often placed a great deal of value and emphasis on people who are not single, often because it is slow to understand the culture that surrounds it. Focussing on being a “family friendly church” often leads to those who are single feeling less welcome.

Adolescence

  • Posted on: 5 September 2015
  • By: Andrew Smith

(I will preface this by saying that as a man, I do not experience or understand all the ins and outs of what it means to be a biblical woman. I am writing this specifically to males, and to be helpful to those who interact with and are the parents of males. I hope it will be helpful in understanding what God, as a loving heavenly father, expects of His sons)

“And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.”
(Luke 1:80)

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