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Mars Hill Blog Category: If Jesus Series (19 posts)


Mars Hill Blog | 16th October 2016 | Sermons
There have been a number of movies about the end times, or at least disaster movies where the world might get wiped out. Independence day, The day after tomorrow, Armageddon, Deep impact, even the left behind series. There is a film called 2012, yet here we still are in 2016. So how is it all going to end - cosmic explosion, meteor disaster, freak catastrophic weather phenomenon, or is ET, or maybe even Pacman going to come back with all his mates and destroy the world. Make no mistake about it, the end is coming, we are in the last days, but what will the last day actually be like, if Jesus came to earth again?...

Mars Hill Blog | 10th October 2016 | Sermons
Last week we looked at; If Jesus rose from the dead - we looked at the significance of the resurrection - How Jesus defeated death through rising to life, and I began to develop the idea of immortality. This week we are going to build upon this idea as we look at; If Jesus… is seated in heaven as King. We will ask the question; what is his position in our lives? Is Jesus enthroned on out hearts or is something or someone else? How can we develop our vision of Jesus and who he is? How can we put him in his rightful place?...

Mars Hill Blog | 02nd October 2016 | Sermons
Our world is fascinated by the afterlife - what is like, is it real, where will I end up. Thrown into the mix is this desire for eternal life; how we can stay young, how we can evade old age and maybe even death. We have creams that promise reduced wrinkles and youthful looking skin. We have diets and tablets that say they reduce the signs of ageing. Films have been made about the cradle of life, or the fountain of youth. Although in desperate times people want to end their life, in general there seems to be a belief that life goes on, that death is not the end, or even the way it should be. Its as if eternity has been inscribed into our DNA, but we can't quite put our finger on it. So what is the truth, how should we live in this world, should we embrace mortality, should we embrace death? What did Jesus accomplish not just from dying on the cross but also rising to new life? What does Jesus resurrection mean for us today?  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 18th September 2016 | Sermons
Mental health issues including anxiety and depression are the number one healthcare problem in the the UK. More and more people are coming down with stress related illnesses, and the age in which this is happening is getting younger. More children are now being diagnosed and medicated then ever before. We worry more then ever; we worry about having too much money and loosing it, having not enough money and getting it. We worry about what we look like, eat, where we live, what others think, who we are going to date and marry. We worry about our spouses, our children, our jobs, our schools, our friends. We worry about our futures, our pasts and our present. We worry about everything and worry leads to fear. So what is the Christians response to this? What do we have to offer a fearful world. Some might say we need to let people know fear is a sin and so you need to stop it. Others may want to embrace some kind of childhood problem that needs to be dealt with, but what is the real answer to real fear? Today we are going to try and answer these question as we look at "If Jesus was Afraid".  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 12th September 2016 | Sermons
  The church, in general, is in danger of loosing what set it apart in the first place; People overwhelmed by the love of God, totally devoted to Jesus, living in community together reaching out to a world with the love, power and presence of God. Many people think the church is outdated and not relevant to today - from the Sunday service to the mid week meetings - many people are trying to find new ways of doing things - fresh expressions. This can often involve Churches trying to soften the musical worship times, reduce preaching slots, thinking people wont connect because it is not relevant. Many people are trying to think of new ways of presenting Jesus, the church and services. But are they really working? Is it all just another form of religion - and religion kills the flow of the Spirit. Although Jesus was not part of a church as we know today, he gives us some understanding of what we his people should be like, which is then practically demonstrated through the early church. Today we are going to look at; if Jesus did mars hill church what would it look like?...

Mars Hill Blog | 04th September 2016 | Sermons
Jesus was not immune to suffering pain and grief. He knew what it was to lose a best friend to death. He knew what it was to be betrayed by those who love him the most. He knew what it was to be accused of something he didn’t do, to be persecuted as an impostor, to be both physically and verbally abused. Jesus experienced the lot and yet remained focused on the goal. He never gave up, he never became bitter, he never stopped loving, he always lived for others. So what can we learn from Jesus as we go through our own heartbreak, suffering, pain and grief?...

Mars Hill Church | 28th August 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction: There are lots of people and places offering healing and wholeness. Some think that the energy in the stone will make people well, or by channelling the spirits people can be made well. Many people will pay for this as they are desperate to get better. People go to these places, because they offer hope. They are assured that what they do works, and at times, not always, they get results. But they are bold unashamed and open. How many churches have you seen with boards outside saying prophetic reading, healing etc??? Yet what we offer is the real thing, what we offer has lasting results, what we offer can change not just the temporal life of someone, but the eternal life. If Jesus was a spiritual healer, what would it look like today?   Key Verse: Now in the neighbourhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. (Acts 28v7-9).   Some Thoughts: What does Christian Spiritual healing look like? How can we operate in this through love? What does this look like on a daily basis? Would the church be ready for people to flock to it in search of answers and when they do find the love and healing power of Jesus?    ...

Mars Hill Blog | 28th August 2016 | Sermons
There are lots of people and places offering healing and wholeness. Some think that the energy in the stone will make people well, or by channelling the spirits people can be made well. Many people will pay for this as they are desperate to get better. People go to these places, because they offer hope. They are assured that what they do works, and at times, not always, they get results. But they are bold unashamed and open. How many churches have you seen with boards outside saying prophetic reading, healing etc??? Yet what we offer is the real thing, what we offer has lasting results, what we offer can change not just the temporal life of someone, but the eternal life. If Jesus was a spiritual healer, what would it look like today?   ...

Mars Hill Blog | 31st July 2016 | Sermons
  There is this popular term amongst Christians and churches and that is evangelism, Many churches have evangelism departments, courses and even groups. Certain people are identified as evangelists and are counted on to reach the ‘lost’ for the church. But is that what God intended for his church? Did he just want a few people reaching the masses? And not only that what is evangelism and what does this look like? Have we made it look like seeker sensitive services - these are the only services we are allowed to take people to, as if our other services are going to put people off. Have we made it look like street evangelism - using boards and banners, or drama and song? Is it mobile Mars, where we take the church outside of its walls into the community? Is it speaking to our friends, work colleagues or neighbours? Is it feeding the homeless, helping the addicted and working with the broken? Is it multimedia advertising and tele-evangelists? Is it crusades, tent meetings and open air testimonies? Is it the odd event we do here and the odd conversation we have there? If Jesus did evangelism would it look anything like what we are doing today?  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 25th July 2016 | Sermons
    Introduction There is a huge craze sweeping the digital world and that is Pokémon Go. If you haven't seen it, its a game where you go about looking for characters called Pokémon and try and catch them. You can have all sorts of games and battles, but the big idea is to get people out of their houses and mingling with other people. So If Jesus played Pokémon Go what could we learn from him? Would it be a tool to connect with more people? In Jesus we see how he was able to culturally connect with people without compromise; he brought the reality of the love of God to every area of society.     Key Verse For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).   Some Thoughts How can we live in the world, but not become like it, to be transformed but not conform? What does it mean to live in the world culturally connecting with those around us, whilst not compromising on Jesus or His Gospel?...

Mars Hill Blog | 17th July 2016 | Sermons
Some of us have siblings, and for some this is a joy, for others a challenge… So what should family actually look like? What does it mean to be part of the family of God and to have Jesus as big brother? How should that affect the way we live our lives on a daily basis? Family was an important part of life for Gods people and this continued through the Israelites, to the Jews, into the church today. Being part of a family gave you identity, meaning, hope, provision and protection. There were strict guidance on how to look out for each other, and as part of that how inheritance was passed down through the generations. Today we will look at what it means to have Jesus as a big brother. ...

Mars Hill Blog | 10th July 2016 | Sermons
Have you ever wondered what it meant when God said we were made in his image? What Paul meant when he wrote; God predestined us to be conformed to the image of his son? Have you ever wondered what you were called to be and to do, why you think the way you do, why you get on with some people, and then rub up against others? Why we all seem so different, and yet God tells us to live in harmony? We have all heard of Myers Briggs, how we understand our personality type so that we can understand how we and others work. Today our message is called if Jesus did Myers Briggs, and we are going to look at why Jesus made us the way we are, and how we can, in the light of this, relate and work together more effectively as a church....

Mars Hill Blog | 03rd July 2016 | Sermons
Temptation has been around since the earth was created. The fact that we have choice, means we can choose to do good or bad to full into temptation or resist. We see this right at the start in the book of Genesis. We see this with King David - a man after Gods own heart. In fact we see this in the life of almost every Godly person in the bible from Abraham to Esau to Sampson to the disciples everyone one of them at times resisted and other times fell into the snare of temptation.   We see this in our lives today - well known pastors and preachers tempted into adultery, not to mention the temptations we all give into every day of our lives. Jesus himself was tempted, but never fell into sin, today we will see how Jesus was able to resist so that we can do so too....

Mars Hill Blog | 19th June 2016 | Sermons
Friendship are complicated affairs, often full of extremes where there is fun joy, excitement, or devastation tears and despair. Friendships seem to be important for some people and not for others. Some people love to invest time and energy into people, while others just couldn't care less. Relationships require effort and investment, they need to be two sided and worked at. So what can we learn from Jesus on friendship?  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 12th June 2016 | Sermons
  We are fast approaching voting day, where we as a nation need to decide whether we are in or out of the European Union. As this time has drawn near more and more information has come out about whether we should stay or go; political and economic battle lines have been drawn by all parties involved. Within this mix the Christian voice has also been raised, with a warning cry about the European union and how this may relate to biblical prophecy.   But is this all just a distraction from what God wants of us?...

Mars Hill Blog | 29th May 2016 | Sermons
One of the biggest challenges for any Christian is how do we live a life that faithfully and compellingly witnesses Jesus whilst juggling life and work. Regardless of who we are we have commitments, things we need to do in life; it might be the school run, going to college, university or school. We may have jobs that we need to go to, families to look after, volunteers roles that need filling. How do we balance this with bringing Jesus wherever we go. So many of us struggle with time, struggle with compartmentalising life. Jesus is for Sunday and connect groups, and maybe the morning quiet time and prayer, but when Im in the office or school, well Jesus needs to wait until I get back home. Today we are going to look at Jesus and ask how do we live compellingly the life Jesus has given us in the midst of the business and distractions of our daily lives. As we look at… What if Jesus worked as a labourer in his dads business? we will ask the question what can we learn from Jesus style of life and work.   ...

Mars Hill Blog | 22nd May 2016 | Sermons
Due to technical issues with the camera, there is no video this week. But because the sermon illustration definitely worth seeing, below are some photos from today's service (click on the images to view larger). Check out this week's Soul Food for more on this topic!     Last week we looked at Jesus as God, and how the bible time and time again affirmed that Jesus was God, but that's not the only thing the bible has to say about Jesus. It also says he was human. This mind-blowing truth has stirred questions, debate and even outrage throughout the centuries. Could God really give up his throne and become an ordinary baby?  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 08th May 2016 | Sermons
Many people, religions and faith backgrounds have many things to say about Jesus: He was a good man, a prophet, an angel, a type of god or demi-god. But who do you believe Jesus was and is? Was He more than these things? Does the bible teach us that He really was God? We can’t start a series about Jesus without looking at His divinity first. What if Jesus was God? ...

Mars Hill Blog | 01st May 2016 | Sermons
  There was a famous song released in 1995 and it went something like this:  What if God was one of us, Just a slob like one of us, Just a stranger on the bus. Trying to make His way home? If God had a face, what would it look like? And would you want to see? If seeing meant that you would have to believe In things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints and all the prophets? Ironically God did become one of us and turned up in the dusty towns of Galilee. He had a face, hands, body and legs, he would have sweated, struggled with B.O., got tired, and had relationship struggles. He worked in his dads business as a carpenter, and went with his family to church each week. He had friends, as well as enemies. He knew what it was to be homeless and homed, loved and hated. He had times when he was full of faith and hope, as well as times surrounded by fear. If Jesus… looks at the life of Jesus in all its rawness and reality and asks the question; if Jesus was one of us, what would his life look like today.  Today we look at the introduction to the new series.  ...