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Mars Hill Blog Category: Meditation (30 posts)


Mars Hill Church | 23rd May 2017 | Soul Food
  Introduction Let’s Get Real. That’s the message God is giving us. That’s what Authentic Love means. Authentic Love isn't just a snappy title or a cool graphic that has put together: it’s something that is at the heart of God. It’s something that God is wanting us to grasp. It’s something that will change the church and impact our world like no other. The world was turned around by 11 ordinary guys, later passed on to a small church of around 120 who were devoted to Jesus, lived authentically, and cared about others more than themselves, so that the power of the Holy Spirit was at work among them. They knew what it was to get real…   Key Verse For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. (Leviticus 11:44) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phil 1:21).   Some Thoughts What does it mean to get real with ourselves, with each other and with God? What will this kind of authenticity look like? What prevents us from being real? What lies do we need to destroy, and what relationship do we need to build so that we can become a church that is not made up of glossy facades, but is real from the inside out?...

Mars Hill Church | 02nd January 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction New Year is often full of new years resolution; some are kept but many are broken. New diets, New exercise plans. New ideas and new dreams. In the midst of all this God is still in the business of making things new - us, and our world. But how can we live more in the reality of this? Key Verse And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) Some Thoughts What does it mean when God says he is making all things new? What would it mean to have a new kind of life, with a new relationship with God and those around us? To have new lives with no sickness and a new world with no brokenness? How can we live more in the reality of this?...

Mars Hill Church | 12th December 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction If you have ever seen the book where’s Wally, you will know its basically a book with different pictures in, and the pictures are super crowded and you have to find this guy called Wally in it. He is wearing a red and white stripy hat, jumper and scarf and he wears glasses. To make it even more difficult they put other people in that look similar to Wally. Sometimes life can be like that, Jesus is there but we just cant see him; he is hidden in the crowd, noise and busyness of life. When you are school and the people around you are giving you a hard time - where is Jesus? You loose your job - where is Jesus? You are having trouble with a loved one - where is Jesus? Then to make it even worse the devil comes and tries to deceive us and tare us away from Jesus. He tries to look like Jesus - like the false Wally’s, but they aren't the real thing - and the devil does the same; he comes looking like Jesus to tare us away from the real Jesus. Today I want to encourage us to train our eyes to see the real Jesus - the real Jesus who is part of your life, the real Jesus who turns up in the most unusual of places.   Key Verse Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. (2 Colossians 1:24-29).   Some Thoughts What unusual places is Jesus turning up in that we might be ...

Mars Hill Church | 05th December 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction I have a dream of a church that is all about Jesus: a church that loves Jesus, serves Jesus, lives out Jesus to one another and in the communities God has placed us. A church that is Jesus centred, Holy Spirit dependant, and Father Glorifying, trusting in the infallibility of this book, the Bible. A church that loves each other enough to serve one another, to be real honest and raw with one another. A church with authentic love, that speaks life and is generous in everything. A church that loves God’s church enough to get up, get involved and makes a difference. I have a dream of a church that lives out and speaks out the gospel, knowing it is the only hope of salvation for this town in which we live. A church that is missional in everything it does and is creative and innovative. I have a dream of a church that burns with the power and passion of the Holy Spirit, of an army with shields on their backs, spears in their hands, and the fire of God burning in their hearts and on their heads as they march to the beat of God’s drum. A church that is open to everyone, although not everyone will stay. I have a dream of a church that is so full of the Holy Spirit anointing that even when their shadows fall on the sick, they will become well, and that miracles will be as common as rainy days. A church whose hearts break for the broken, hurt for the hurting, and help those who are poor, marginalised and oppressed. A church that lives in freedom and points others to the freedom that can only be found in Christ. I have a dream of a church that gives sacrificially of their time, talents and tithes because they care more about others than they do their own pockets or agendas. I have a dream of a church that is alive, creative, and growing both spiritually and numerically, planting new churches and infiltrating new communities, until the fame and name of Jesus is known again in this land...   Key Verse Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuad...

Mars Hill Church | 28th November 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction Michael Jackson in his song; Man in the Mirror, recognises that he has become the victim of a selfish kind of love, but now he realises that there is more to life than himself. So he is going to look at the man in the mirror, and make the change… The bible encourages us to do the same. James 1:23 talks about someone looking in a mirror then forgetting what they look like. This is all too common; the Holy Spirit illuminates something in our lives, we see it, we are impacted by it, but we then walk away and forget to do anything about it. Walking by the Spirit is a conscious decision on a daily bases, until it becomes who we are. This is what the Mars Hill values are about; realising that a church is not an abstract concept, or bricks and mortar, but real people, with real lives and real hearts, and that we want to recognise, value, love and respect each other as God wants us to. We want to be a people whose heart is Jesus, and from that we see each other and life differently. This enables us to realise that we have all been caught up in a selfish kind of love, but now in Jesus we have realised that we need to look at the man, or woman, in the mirror and through the power of the Holy Spirit in us, make that change.   Key Verse My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? (James 2:1-5).   Some Though...

Mars Hill Blog | 21st November 2016 | Sermons
  Introduction Over the next couple of weeks we are going to take a look at our vision and values.  In the film Shrek, Shrek explains to Donkey that Ogres are like onions:  they have layers, they are complex people with a heart.  Onions have hearts, and the church has a heart: at the heart of the church is Jesus, because Jesus sets both the vision and the values.  So if someone asked, 'What's at the heart of Mars Hill?' the answer would be Jesus.  Then if the next question was, 'What does that look like?' the answer would be in our vision and values. This Sunday we looked at our values.  Our values are split into three areas: Looking up, Looking in and Looking out.  This Sunday we Looked at the first two.   Key Verse “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40).   Some Thoughts How do you connect with God?  What allows you to grow close to him?  How easy do you find this or are you distracted by other gods?  How can you make Jesus more of a priority?  Apply the verses to our Values below:   Looking up: Jesus Centred, Holy Spirit dependent, father Glorifying people. The inerrancy of the bible - Teach, receive, and live out.   Looking in: Authentic Love - To respect, trust and build authentic relationships with each other. Speak Life - Encourage one another whilst being honest. Generous - Serve, not just be served.  Selfless not selfish.  Giving, not just receiving....

Mars Hill Church | 14th November 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction: Over the last few months we have talked a lot about perspectives, and when we have a narrow perspective its really hard to see what is really going on. Most of us are pretty consumed with whats in front of us, the next dream, or the recent crisis. These things although important can become so big that they cloud out everything, even how we view people and their motives, or how we understand a situation. The danger of this, is that we can make wrong decisions or come to unhelpful conclusions. We need to see things differently, we need to see as God sees.   Key Verse: From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5v16-17). Some Thoughts: What does it mean to not look at anyone according to the flesh, but that the family of God are New Creations in Christ? How can we change our perspective so that we love each other as God does, because we see each other as God does?...

Mars Hill Church | 08th November 2016 | Soul Food
  Deserts and Streams Introduction: Life can often feel like a roller coaster with its ups and downs. Sometimes it can feel like it just one big uphill battle. But should it really be like this? Is there a way in which we can live where no matter what life throws we still have peace, and life is still being lived to the full? On Sunday we looked at a message that God gave Jeremiah as we encourage each other to put down deep roots into God, so that we are continuously living in his fullness and provision. Key Verse: Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”(Jeremiah 17v5-8). Some Thoughts: What can we learn from Gods message to Jeremiah? How can we apply it to every situation in life. What does this all look like in practice on a daily basis    ...

Mars Hill Church | 31st October 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction Americans spend 7-8 billion dollars on Halloween. It is the second or thirds biggest holiday. Its also rising the charts in the UK, with it now being the third biggest holiday, with us Brits spending £300-to-400 million. If you go into a supermarket, you will be treated with books on how to be a witch and how to do spells. It’s a night where people dress up as ghosts, zombies or anything scary and try to get as many sweets as possible, or scare as many people as possible. So the question is; is it just harmless fun or something more sinister. What is a Christians response to Halloween?   Key Verse Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17). “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16).   Some Thoughts Prayerfully consider your response to Halloween this year. How will you shine brighter than the darkness. In what ways will you do this on a daily basis making most of every opportunity even those that seem dark and evil.  ...

Mars Hill Church | 24th October 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction In these end times, the bible encourages us to live our lives by faith and that faith without works is dead. Part of our work of faith are the words we speak. Our words can create the lives we want as well as give a reflection of where we are in our walk of faith. Key Verses The Righteous ones (Just), Shall live by faith. (Hebrews 10:35-39, James 2:14-20, Romans 10:14-17, Proverbs 18:20-21, Luke 6:43-45). Some Thoughts We are encouraged to let our speech be with grace and seasoned with salt, meaning we need to be deliberate about the words we speak. We ought to speak words of faith that build us up as well as encourage those around us. Reassess the words that you speak and those that you listen to, and allow God to transform your words.  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 17th October 2016 | Sermons
    Introduction 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 packman 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?   Key Verse “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:12-13, 22).   Some Thoughts If Jesus is coming back any day now, what should that mean in terms of our sense of urgency to tell others about him? Are we looking forward to him coming again and are we ready? Who is it that God asking you to pray for and speak to, so that they can know the love of Jesus for themselves?...

Mars Hill Church | 10th October 2016 | Soul Food
  Introduction 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?   Key Verse But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (Philippians 3:7-12).   Some Thoughts What does it mean to gain the life of Jesus? How can we pursue his love because we know only he satisfies. How can we develop a spiritual hunger for him, so that our mortal lives become swallowed up with Jesus and his immortal life?...

Mars Hill Church | 03rd October 2016 | Soul Food
  Introduction 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?   Key Verse For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (2 Corinthians 5:4). Some Thoughts What does it mean to have our mortal lives swallowed up by life or immortality? What does Jesus resurrection mean for us and the world? What hope does it bring? How can we live in the reality of the resurrection life of Jesus every day?...

Mars Hill Church | 26th September 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction Jesus is to be our first love. I believe this is what is at the heart of the churches condition to love each other and be effective in the world - without it we just love ourselves and our mission is lost. 2016 is to be a Year of Radical Love, year of creativity, a year of vulnerability, a year of building true relationships, a year of true sacrifice, where Jesus is our first love.   Key Verse “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lamp stands. “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’ (Revelation 2:1-7).   Some Thoughts What do you love most in life? How can you make Jesus your first love?...

Mars Hill Church | 19th September 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction 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".   Key Verse There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18) The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:14)   Some Thoughts What are you most afraid of? What is that Gd says about that fear? How can you position yourself in Gods love to enable you to see you situations differently. What would it look like to walk on complete peace?...

Mars Hill Church | 11th September 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction 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?   Key Verse And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47).   Some Thoughts What does it mean to be church in the 21st century? How can we build real and raw, authentic relationships? What does it mean love Jesus first, so that we can love each other and the world? ...

Mars Hill Church | 04th September 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction 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?   Key Verse Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 3:3-5 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. Romans 8:18-19   Some Thoughts What does God want to reveal to you about his nature through the testing times? What are the promises we can hold on to through pain and grief? How can we stay strong when being persecuted for our faith?...

Mars Hill Church | 22nd August 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction We are in a battle, a battle that is not waged with planes, tanks, ships and guns. A battle that is not based on human intellect, strength or strategic prowess. But a battle that is a spiritual battle; one that breaks down every power of darkness and brings people into light and life. We are called to bring the gospel of Jesus to everyone and anyone - to have our hearts break with the heart of God, which brings us to our knees and makes us willing to even give up our very lives, for the lives of those around us. Today we are reminded that time is short and the mission field is large - there is no time to waste…   Key Verse For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,a my kinsmen according to the flesh (Romans 9:1-3). How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:14-15).   Some Thoughts How do we wage a war that is Spiritual? How do we operate dependant on the Holy Spirit where its about his power and not ours? How do we position ourselves for our hearts to be broken for the lost? How can we live in the reality of bringing Gods Kingdom on a daily basis? Who has god called us to reach out to and how are we going to go about i...

Mars Hill Church | 01st August 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction 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?   Key Verse As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5). For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:6-8). Some Thoughts What does evangelism look like for you on a daily basis? What stops you from responding to the promoting of the Holy Spirit? How can you be more in tune with him and step out boldly in his power through; words, signs and wonders?...

Mars Hill Church | 18th July 2016 | Soul Food
  Introduction 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.   Key Verse And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).   Some Thoughts Why does it mean to be adopted in Gods family? What does it mean to be a co heir with Christ? What should church family look like? How should we relate to each other and the world in the light of all this?...

Mars Hill Church | 11th July 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction 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. Key Verse But God has so composed the body, giving greater honour to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:24-27) Some Thoughts Why has God made you the way you are? What does it mean to be part of a body? How should you relate to the other parts of the body? What would true love and unity look like? ...

Mars Hill Church | 04th July 2016 | Soul Food
    Introduction 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.   Key Verse As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full (John 15:9-11). No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthian 10:13).   Some Thoughts How can we abide in the love of Jesus so that temptation and sin has no power?...

Mars Hill Church | 27th June 2016 | Soul Food
  Introduction God has really been stirring something in me over the past few months - and that is a passion to see this nation changed. Many people look at me when I say this and reply with something like "but it's got so bad." Do you know what my response to that is... great, why?Because we've got to the stage now where it is only through the power of God that this nation can be changed. There is no other way - God is now the only hope for this nation and to me that sounds like an amazing hope. God is raising His church to become the beacon of hope that it is meant to be; a place where the people already within it are living their lives in tune with God and those being added to it are changed, restored and redeemed and given a new hope and a new future.   Key Verse “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-3   Some Thoughts What does it mean to live our lives as a Living Sacrifice? How can we begin to think about the world differently? What part does this have to play in the church becoming a beacon of hope to the world around us?...

Mars Hill Church | 20th June 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction 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? Key Verse No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.. (John 15:15-17) Some Thoughts How are you showing friendship to everyone, but developing just few close friends? Is Jesus one of your closest friends and how are you developing a relationship with him? What does it mean to have a friendship the enables us to ask anything of God and he will give it to us? ...

Mars Hill Church | 13th June 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction 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?   Key Verse If anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christ's and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. (Matt 24:23-24)   Some Thoughts In what ways can we be distracted from Jesus and what he calls us too? Think about even good or Godly things, that actually end up distracting from the truth. How can we remain focused on Jesus, so that we love him and live his mission each day?  ...

Mars Hill Church | 29th May 2016 | Soul Food
  Introduction: 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, volunteer roles that need filling. How do we balance this with Christian ministry? 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 hectic lives we live. 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 his life and work?   Key Verse: But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ (Acts 26 v 16-18).   Some Thoughts: How can we involve the Holy Spirit in every part of our lives? In what areas of your life do you compartmentalise your faith? What can you do to change this? How can we be more aware of what God is doing, and in faith make use of every opportunity we face?...

Mars Hill Church | 23rd May 2016 | Soul Food
  Introduction 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?   Key Verse And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only son from the Father, full of grace and truth… And from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace (John 1 v 14 and 16).   Some Thoughts What is the significance of Jesus (God), coming in the flesh. Being born as an ordinary baby to ordinary parents, in some kind of animal shed? What does it mean to your life and the life of those around you?  ...

Mars Hill Church | 09th May 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction: 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 ?rst. What if Jesus was God?   Key Verse: Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For ?esh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16v12-17).   Some Thoughts: Who do you believe Jesus to be? And do you believe that whatever he says in the bible is True, both about him and about you? Are there any things that you Question or doubt and why? What can you do about these questions? In what ways does knowing who Jesus really is affect who you are and how you live?...

Mars Hill Church | 01st May 2016 | Soul Food
Introduction 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. Jesus life modelled discipleship, and so it is from his life that we learn how to really live…   Key Verse And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27And the men marvelled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” (Matthew 8v26-27). So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise (John 5v19).   Some Thoughts What can we learn from Jesus? What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? What does it mean to only do what the father tells us? In what ways can we apply these truths on a daily basis?...

Mars Hill Church | 29th April 2016 | Soul Food
The Bible tells us to taste and see that the Lord is Good. It gives us the encouragement that if we read the bible through the inspiration of the Holy spirit it becomes like food to our souls - it does us good. Soul Food is therefore our weekly mediation, an opportunity for us to read and allow Scripture, the bible, to become part of our lives. So we encourage you to read or listen, ask questions and apply to your life. Please tune in each week and Nourish Your Soul…   ...