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Mars Hill Blog Group: Soul Food (96 posts)


Mars Hill Church | 08th April 2020 | Soul Food
In 1666 London suffer a huge fire that devastated the city, leaving only 1/5th of the building standing. Although the Great Fire was a catastrophe, it did cleanse the city. The overcrowded and disease ridden streets were destroyed and a new London emerged. We see that although fire can be devastating, it can also bring cleansing, it can bring light, it can bring life, and as we turn to Jesus message on the mountain we see how he uses a similar analogy to show his followers what they should be like in the world....

Mars Hill Church | 08th April 2020 | Soul Food
Introduction:In 1666 London suffer a huge fire that devastated the city, leaving only 1/5th of the building standing. Although the Great Fire was a catastrophe, it did cleanse the city. The overcrowded and disease ridden streets were destroyed and a new London emerged. We see that although fire can be devastating, it can also bring cleansing, it can bring light, it can bring life, and as we turn to Jesus message on the mountain we see how he uses a similar analogy to show his followers what they should be like in the world.   Key Verse: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 5v13-16).   Some Thoughts:How can you burn brighter everyday with the love and power of Jesus. What dark places does God want you to shine your light into? What is preventing you from doing this and how can you overcome it as Salt and light to this world?  ...

Mars Hill Church | 21st May 2019 | Soul Food
Introduction:Israel have been hurt and hurt bad - basically their relatives are coming against them, rather than helping them. The Edomites were descendants of Esua, Jacobs twin, whom Israel descended from. They were to be friends and allies, yet Edom had got proud, they didn’t believe they needed anyone, and in their pride thought they were untouchable even by God, so they persecuted the Israelites. Last week we saw how pride starts in the heart and plays out in; your position, in what you have, over your relationships, over your knowledge/intellect, over your strength/abilities. We will now see more ways in which pride affects our life, and how humility is the option that brings Grace - Gods riches, blessings and freedom to our lives.   Key Verse:But do not gloat over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune; do not rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their ruin; do not boast in the day of distress. (Obadiah v12) Some Thoughts:How can we live so that our fears and insecurities don’t lead to pride. What insecurities does God need to replace with his love and truth? How can we extend this love to people even those who wrong us, so that we even want what’s best for them?...

Mars Hill Church | 09th April 2019 | Soul Food
Introduction:Have you ever been in a really dark place? Have you ever wondered if God really existed? Have you ever blamed God for stuff just not working out? Have you ever faced such a big mountain that you did not know how you was going to get passed it? Being a Christian as we saw last week, although is the best thing the world has the promise of hardship (1 Peter 1, 4). Peter Tells us not to be surprised when the trial comes. Why because trial produce faith and faith produces dependance and dependance produces perseverance perseverance that will enable you to move mountain. (2 Peter 1v6). Life throws curve balls, life has mountain and giants and moments of utter darkness and how do we navigate our way through them, how do we soo God in the midst of them and how to hold on and stand firm. Key Verse:And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation. (Luke 22v40). Some Thoughts:The two great weapons of our warfare is the word of God and prayer - praying in and through the bible shifts something in us and also the things around us. So how easy do you find it to pray? What is prayer to you? How can you make more prayer more of a priority in your life?...

Mars Hill Church | 03rd April 2019 | Soul Food
Introduction:The Greatest showman was very popular last year, and continues to be popular as famous artists bring out remixes of the various songs. But why was it so popular? Because it’s a great show and a great story. Everyone likes the underdog coming through, and everyone likes a good show in the process. Well the events of Easter is one of those stories - the underdog comes through, disaster turns to victory. Death gets defeated by life, sin a Saviour, Satan a redeemer, goodness overcomes evil - now that is truly the greatest show. Key Verse:let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. (Luke 22v26). Simon, Simon, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. (Luke 22v31-32) Some Thoughts:Do you believe the statements of Jesus above or are you still proving yourself by your achievements. Do you believe the worlds lies of title, power, money, success is what make a person, or Jesus truth that to love, to serve, to lay down, to be the least is what makes you great? How can you replace the lies with truth? How does Jesus words to Simon Peter also comfort you in this journey? How is God using he bad situations to strengthen your faith?  ...

Mars Hill Church | 06th March 2019 | Soul Food
Introduction:The gospel is under attack in our churches today, not necessarily from outside the church, but from within. The traditions that people have fought and died for are being lost and people are preferring a more open, inclusive less threatening gospel. But when ever did Jesus say the gospel was inclusive and non threatening. He said narrow and long is the way to eternal life. He said if you want to save your life you need to loose it. He said unless you pick up your cross and die you cant be a disciple. The gospel is a message of hope, of life, of healing of freedom, but it comes at the cost of self. We must never water down or minimise the gospel. Especially when it cost Jesus everything. It cost him becoming human, it cost him taking on the weight of every sin, it cost him his life. We must never water it down, but we must live and preach the gospel.   Key Verse:Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15v1-2).   Some Thoughts:What is the gospel? How does it affect your life and the life of those around you? What does it mean by being saved - Spirit, Soul and Body? What is the process, and how can we let this gospel affect and infect our lives and everyone we come in contact with....

Mars Hill Church | 08th February 2019 | Soul Food
Introduction:Have you ever got out of the shower after it’s been on for a while and then gone over to the mirror and its all fogged up. So you try and wipe it, which improves the image you see, but it’s still a bit distorted. So it is with our view of God and life and ourselves. Doesn’t it feel at times that what we see or now is just unclear, blurred? Maybe everyone whether we know it or not are looking for something to make sense of this world and life. We are looking for our understanding to be sharper.   Key Verse:Iron sharpens iron,    and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27v17)   Some Thoughts:What can we do to gain a sharper image of Jesus and therefore ourselves and those around us? What things distort this view; mindsets, people, situations? What can we do to avoid these? Finally how can we encourage each other, spur each other on in love, as we sharpen each other to look like Jesus....

Mars Hill Church | 22nd January 2019 | Soul Food
Introduction:So we looked at Faith being the foundation of Vision and that this year we need to expect the unexpected. Last week we looked at a vision to be - a living sacrifice, that faith and therefore vision is accessed through sacrifice. This week we are looking at a vision to be - a servant of Christ. As we sacrifice our lives to Jesus and walk by faith the position of of a disciple is servanthood. Now to be a servant we also need to understand that we are also a son, a child of God.   Key Verse:And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10v42-45) Some Thoughts:What does it mean to serve Jesus not to be accepted, but because we are already loved and accepted? How does this change the way you do things and see things? How can you nurture your relationship with Jesus so that you see yourself as a child of God and live from that place of security?...

Mars Hill Church | 18th January 2019 | Soul Food
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Mars Hill Church | 26th November 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:When we think of prophecy , many people think its a bit of mumbo jumbo. Stick your finger in the air, and guess which way the wind is blowing. Yet prophecy is Gods very will and word to us, that can unlock the realm of heaven to collide with earth. Prophecy is not just guessing or hedging your bets, but it is specific and purposeful, able to redirect the course of our lives for good. Today I want us to see how accurate prophecy is, that we are all able to speak prophetically over our lives, and our church, as well as others. Prophecy ultimately is the Spirit of the Lord upon us, anointing us to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the broken hearted and bring liberty to the captives. Speaking prophetically or speaking life, is what we should be doing all the time in every situation. Just as God spoke hundreds of years ago about his arrival on earth…   Key Verse:And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.(Isaiah 7v13-14). Some Thoughts:How do you hear God? In what ways does He speak to you? Do you always hear him and know its him speaking? As we think about the coming of Jesus and how God speak to people hundreds of years before its happening - what can we learn about how God speaks, and how can we become more in tune with his voice?...

Mars Hill Church | 19th November 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Love is one of those strange words; it can mean so many different things. From liking something a little to being infatuated with something or someone. So its one of those often over used, or wrongly used words, that can often loose its meaning or significance. For example I love steak, and I also love Lucy my wife. Does that mean I have the same feeling for both steak and Lucy? No it means I really enjoy eating steak, I love the taste of it, but Lucy I actually do love her; I care for her, want the best for her, I want to prefer her over myself and my desires. I want to protect her and spend time with her, keep getting to know her. The love that I have for her is not dependant on what she does, or how she is. Even if she gets in a mood or says something to me that hurts me, that doesn’t cause me to stop loving her, or wanting to pursue her. Which is very different to steak, because I only love steak if its a good cut of steak and cooked well. My love of it is dependant on something, but true love, when we truly love someone its actually unconditional. We all need a love that keeps giving, pursuing, spending itself on behalf of someone else, whatever the cost, and regardless of the reward. Now that is the kind of love we are talking about, because that is the kind of love that God is made of.   Key Verse: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.(1 Corinthians 13v7). Some Thoughts:Spend time tacking aspects of this chapter and asking yourself is that the kind of love I am showing to those around me regardless of who they are? If not what can you do so that you live every day in and with this love?...

Mars Hill Church | 06th November 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Over the last few years vampire type moves have been very popular in our cinemas - from Interview with a vampire to Van Hellsing to the more recent Twilight series. The fascination with the extra ordinary has always motivated peoples imagination. Even the early church where branded as crazy and weird because of practise they did called communion, The Lords Supper and also known as the eucharist meaning thanksgiving. Christians would drink wine which was Jesus blood and eat bread which was Jesus body, and so people literally thoughts they were drinking real blood and eating real human flesh and that these Christians were some kind of cannibal or vampire. The Chinese whispers went around as they totally missed the point of what these Followers of Jesus were actually doing. So why is this practice so important and significant? What are Christians actually doing? And what does it all mean?   Key Verse:For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[ you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.(1 Corinthians 11v23-26). Some Thoughts:So what is so significant about communion? Why is it important for us to share this meal together as Christians? What does the New Covenant mean for you today? How can you live in the love and oneness that this represents?...

Mars Hill Church | 31st October 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Micah our youngest use to have a favourite phrase every time his older brother or sister tried to boss him around or tell him what to do. He would say ‘You’re not the boss of me’. Unfortunately it crept into his reply to me and Lucy when he didn’t want to do something we asked of him. Inherently we don’t always like the idea of someone telling us what to do. Some of us are better depending on our personalities, but everyone whether we realise it or not find ourselves pushing against authority. And even that word for some sends shudders down your spine. The word Authority isn’t liked, yes the bible is full of this concept of authority and submission and todays passage brings this to light.   Key Verse:Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.(1 Corinthians 11v2-3). Some Thoughts:What does it mean to be under the authority of God? In what ways do you kick against this and in what ways do you embrace this? How can you find your freedom and purpose through Gods authority of protecting you and of raising you up?...

Mars Hill Church | 31st October 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Micah our youngest use to have a favourite phrase every time his older brother or sister tried to boss him around or tell him what to do. He would say ‘You’re not the boss of me’. Unfortunately it crept into his reply to me and Lucy when he didn’t want to do something we asked of him. Inherently we don’t always like the idea of someone telling us what to do. Some of us are better depending on our personalities, but everyone whether we realise it or not find ourselves pushing against authority. And even that word for some sends shudders down your spine. The word Authority isn’t liked, yes the bible is full of this concept of authority and submission and todays passage brings this to light.   Key Verse:Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.(1 Corinthians 11v2-3). Some Thoughts:What does it mean to be under the authority of God? In what ways do you kick against this and in what ways do you embrace this? How can you find your freedom and purpose through Gods authority of protecting you and of raising you up?...

Mars Hill Church | 22nd October 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Its interesting that on the week we talk about worship all our worship leaders are unavailable to lead us in musical worship. Its funny that when we think of worship as Christians we think of singing, yet worship has nothing to do with singing and I don't believe that when the bible talks about worship that the early church saw singing, a choir, a band was what it was. So when we gather with no choir, no band, no worship leader we still gather to worship.   Key Verse:So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10v31). Some Thoughts:Who or what do you give most of your time, money and thoughts too? Why is this? The only person we are to worship is Jesus, what does this mean and look like on a daily basis?...

Mars Hill Church | 25th July 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:No two people will agree on the same things, they wont agree on everything, but how we agree or disagree, or what we agree or disagree on can be important. The bible talks about us being united together as one body, one people, in unity, which is the sweetest thing. To actually get a group of people from different backgrounds, from different walks of life, with all the good and the bad, and see them united - well it would be the greatest achievement in the world - yet this is what the bible encourages us with, and in fact tells us is both possible and important.   Key Verse:I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1v10).   Some Thoughts:How can we be more united as a body, as a church, where there are no wrong types of division, but we work together for the Glory and mission of Jesus. ...

Mars Hill Church | 06th July 2018 | Soul Food
Soul Food - Authentic love 2017 Introduction: For two years we have had the vision of Radical love; exploring how we can demonstrate Gods overwhelming love to each other and our communities. Linked to this was creativity, and the myriad of ways God has created and gifted us to share this amazing truth. This year God has refined this vision to - Authentic love. This crazy outrageous love of God needs to be real, genuine - authentic. It’s not about us being crazy in what we do to show love, but its about our actions and words coming from an authentic heart   Key Verse: Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (Romans 12v9).   Some Thoughts: What does Authentic love look like for you? Is this something you find easy or hard. In what ways can you culture more authentic relationships with Jesus and his church? How can this flow out to those who do not know Jesus yet?...

Mars Hill Church | 11th June 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Have you ever bit into an apple and realised its rotten? It looks good on the outside but once you get in, you realise its full of decay – it’s just plain nasty. This is what Jesus is getting at as he starts to bring his mountain message to a close. Jesus is asking us not to judge but to discern people by their fruit: not by what they say or do, but by discerning whether Jesus is at the centre. The Bible tells us that in these last days, false prophets will arise to even deceive the elect, so how can we know if something or someone truly is from God?   Key Verse:On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’(Matthew 7v22-23). Some Thoughts:What does it mean to not wear a mask, and how can this be a reality in our lives? How can we live from a place of being rather than doing? How can we spot what is true and false without being judgmental? How can we operate by the Holy spirit in discerning who or what is from God and who or what is not?...

Mars Hill Church | 05th June 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:In life we all have to make judgments; Judgments about whether some thing is good or bad, helpful or not helpful. The problem is when these turn into judgmentalism, when we judge the heart and motives of people and base decisions on this. These kinds of judgments are often unhelpful, dangerous and even hypocritical, so lets learn from Jesus about how we are and are not meant to judge.   Key Verse:“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?. (Matthew 7v1-3). Some Thoughts:What can we learn from these verses? How can we make the right kind of judgments, and how can we live in a way that we show love to people in the same way God has shown love to us?...

Mars Hill Church | 24th May 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:You need to talk to someone if you want to get to know them. We all know that… In todays culture face to face conversations are being replaced by social media, by virtual chats, even churches are online communities with no need to actually gather together. We have email, facebook, texts, snapchat, twitter, WhatsApp, instagram…You no longer need to tell someone what you have been up to you can see and read it from what you had for lunch, to that weird growth on your big toe. The art of conversation has been lost, seen as archaic, out dated, so last year. In the same way prayer seems to be a thing of the past, its not on trend, but outdated, archaic - something left for a few highly religious people. And for the few of us who do pray, we are not sure how to pray, so prayer becomes a list of requests, something we do before bed to park all our concerns and worries, as well as our hopes and dreams. A one sided wish list being sent out to an omnipresent father Christmas. Or its a confession list of things we have done wrong, letting God know - as if the omniscient one doesn't already know everything, but in some way it makes us feel better. But what if prayer was meant to be more than that, something more exciting, more vibrant, more real and authentic, something that would enable us to actually have a relationship with the eternal omnipotent, all powerful God.   Key Verse:Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6v9-13). Some Thoughts:How can we make prayer more about relationship than confession or request? How would that change our view on prayer and ultimately our prayer life?...

Mars Hill Church | 24th April 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:My daughter once said to me that she loved me to death - It got me thinking that’s exactly how much God loves us. God want to love us until death - a pruning that produces death to everything that hinders us and holds us back. He wants to love us until there is death to our sin, our sickness, our insecurities, our fear. This will in turn cause us to love God and others. However, the paradox will be the more we love God, the more we will love people, the more we will be persecuted, and even hated for it.   Key Verse:That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick (Matt 8v16)… …all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region (Matt 8v34). That I may know him and the fellowship of his suffering (Phil 3v10).   Some Thoughts:Are we prepared to be misunderstood and even hated by people, just because we love Jesus and them? Are we will willing to count the cost to make Jesus our goal and pleasing him our ambition - even if it means sacrificing the very things we love most? Spend time in Philippians 3 asking the Holy Spirit to create the same heart in you....

Mars Hill Church | 20th March 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:About 35 percent of adult church members in Britain are single, so clearly the subject of singleness has considerable personal interest to many people in our churches. Each single person will have a different experience. There are age differences. There are circumstantial differences. And there are experiential differences. What does the Bible say to all these people and what does it mean to be the body of Christ with all the different people that make the body, whether married or single?   Key Verse:Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. (1 Corinthians 7v17).   Some Thoughts:How can we Glorify God with our lives in general? What does it mean to be part of a church family? How can we have Jesus as our goal and discipleship as our mission everyday?...

Mars Hill Church | 13th March 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Most books on marriage are written about how to make each other happy, what makes each other tick, how to speak each others love language - they are centred on us, and how we feel. But what if that was not the primary purpose of marriage? What if marriage was to represent something much bigger than us? What if we are focusing on the wrong thing? Today I want us to look at what a biblical view of marriage really is… Key Verse:Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Saviour. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5v22-27).   Some Thoughts:What does a Godly marriage look like? How is it meant to reflect Jesus’ love for the church? How are you; whether married, dating or single, living in the reality of this? How can you become more eternity minded so your greatest purpose is the Glory and mission of Jesus?...

Mars Hill Church | 05th March 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Gender fluid is a fast growing term used for people who move from one gender to another and back again. These people feel on the inside an affinity to both sexes at different times. Other people have what is called Gender dysphoria - they feel that their gender is different from their biological gender. i.e a male trapped in a female body. Then we have the life long issues surrounding the battle of the sexes; feminism, what it means to be male, female and equality. These are all real people with real feelings, they are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. They’re people who may have been sitting in the chair next to you. Each one of them is an image bearer of God, imbued with endless dignity and eternal worth. So the question is how important is gender? Does this really matter? The bible tells us that Jesus is meant to be our image not our gender, so gender should not define us, or give us identity, but does that mean we should just throw it out all together or change it? Key Verse:So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1v27). There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise (Gal 3v28-29).   Some Thoughts:What does it mean to be made male and female? How does this reflect Gods image. How can we celebrate the sexes without falling into stereotypes? How can we maintain our belief in Gods creative plan whilst loving those who are different?...

Mars Hill Church | 27th February 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Sin is a pervasive cancer that will eat away human life any chance it gets. Yet we have a strange affinity to it. For some reason we try and make excuses for why sin is ok. Its strange isn’t it, that if we discover cancer in a human, we do anything to kill it off, to get rid of it, even some pretty drastic surgery and treatment, and yet we see sin so passively, so benign, that it it is eating us away from the inside out and we are letting it. So how do we deal with sin?   Key Verse:Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2v4-5).   Some Thoughts:How does Gods grace lead us away from sin and into righteousness? What stops you from stepping into this reality? What habitual cycles are you in that Jesus has broken? Spend time everyday in the Spirit, pursuing Jesus until the sin life melts away....

Mars Hill Church | 22nd February 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:We are currently in a cultural crisis - in our search for freedom we are creating more bondage. With 71 different genders on facebook, we are making labels for labels, and it is no wonder that our generation today is growing up confused about so many things including their sexuality. So although people have wrestled with these things since time began, our world seems dedicated on labelling and classifying people by their sexual preference or their gender identity. It is in to this confusing noise that the church has an opportunity to speak clearly, to speak with love, and to bring clarity to peoples lives. Key Verse:God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.. (Genesis 1v27). Then the man said, This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man (Genesis 2v23).   Some Thoughts:What do you believe about sexuality? How dos this match what the bible says? In what ways does the bible speak into this area? How can we maintain a biblical perspective on sexual practices, while still demonstrating love for individuals?...

Mars Hill Church | 14th February 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:We are told we are what we do, what we feel, what we eat… `we are defined by our jobs, sexuality, belief etc. But the bible tells us something different. Everything boils down to identity. Who is God, and who we are in the light of Jesus. We are not our grades, jobs, careers, relationship or sexuality. But the truth is when we look at these big issues, what is right, wrong, how people feel, what drives, or motivates us, it all comes down to identity.   Key Verse:God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.. (Genesis 1v27).   Some Thoughts:What are the implications of this verse? What does it mean to be made in the image of Jesus? What image is dominates you, or you are trying to conform too? How can you conform more to the image of Jesus?...

Mars Hill Church | 31st January 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:Our street team recently got talking to a bunch of young guys who were drunk. When we mention we were Christians one of them set off on this whole thing that if God was real why doesn't he do something with the mess we are in - why doesn't he help people, heal people, instead religion just create wars… Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to say too much as they had to go, but what I wanted to say is he has, he has given this world us. He has given the world him. The truth is that Jesus has done and given us everything through his death and resurrection to see this world healed - physically, emotionally and spiritually - the question, as always, is; what are we doing with what we have got?   Key Verse:And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. (Matthew 7v26).   Some Thoughts:Are you making use of the incredible gift of healing in your life? Are you looking for opportunities to pray for those who are sick? If anything, what stops you from doing this? What beliefs, fears or doubts maybe holding you back. Spend time in Gods word reminding yourself of the promises of healing and look for opportunities to put it into practice....

Mars Hill Church | 23rd January 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction:We can often get hung up on how people see Jesus, not realising he is big enough to reveal himself without our Christian boxes. We can formulate pictures, or ideas of what a Christian is meant to look like, and they get fixed with our insecurities until before long we are asking people both inside the church and out to be something that God never intended them to be. Our faith becomes hollow, about show, what the outward appearance of things are, and not what is going on in the heart. We start to live by the law of religion rather than the law of faith and love. Religion always emphasis us, when faith always emphasis Jesus. Religion cause us to be the answer, when faith makes Jesus and his grace the answer.   Key Verse:…so practise and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practise. (Matthew 23v3).   Some Thoughts:In what ways does Religion present itself as hypocrisy? In what ways do we fall into this trap? How can we walk, not in religion and hypocrisy, but in love and faith in Jesus?...

Mars Hill Church | 09th January 2018 | Soul Food
Introduction: God spoke to us towards the end of 2017 saying we needed to look outward again, we needed to go out and make disciples (followers of Jesus), and that as we go we will grow; we will grow in love for Jesus, for each other, in unity, and we will grow numerically. So this new year God is going to be bringing a shift in focus. Over the last year or so we have pursued authenticity and love, we have been confronted with many attacks from the enemy as we have looked inwards to discover what insecurities we need to die from. God is now asking us to look outwards again. To regain our focus on the community and people he has sent us to. To realise that discipleship is more than a bible study, or course, but it is practical in its application. Key Verse:…to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ… (Ephesians 4v12)   Some Thoughts:What does being united on a mission look like? What part has God asked you to play in this? How does looking out unite us? Who has God given you that you are to reveal His love too?...

Mars Hill Church | 11th December 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Whenever I mention the book of Revelations I often get a couple of responses from; Thats all about end times stuff, 4 horseman of the apocalypse, end fo the world. Or thats just weird crazy and I totally don't understand it. Although there is some truth in both their responses, this, I believe, is not the primary purpose of the book. I believe its number 1 purpose is to reveal Jesus to us, and ultimately not the carpenter Jesus, but the risen Jesus, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who has ultimately won. This is why we need to read the bible with the Holy Spirit, so we get to know Jesus, and in so doing understand who we are. Key Verse:The revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1v1).   Some Thoughts:Are you gaining a deeper Revelation of Jesus everyday? If not what can you do that will enable you to see Jesus more clearly? How will this affect your daly life and those around you?...

Mars Hill Church | 05th December 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:It interesting to hear what peoples views are on life, heaven, eternity. Many people, even Christians believe that if there is a heaven, you get there by being good, or just because God is good. In 2005 a survey was done among American Christian teenager, out of 3000 who took the survey the overall theme of what these teenagers thought was the common religious beliefs among Americans and that was moralistic therapeutic deism. Basically a good God creates people who he wants to be Good, and live a happy life, and through leaving that morally good and nice life they get to heaven. But is this really the case? Can we really be good enough, would a good God really send everyone to heaven? Today I want us to look at Romans and the Epistles to discover what it mean to live a life out of Grace rather than goodness.   Key Verse:Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5v20-21). Some Thoughts:Are you operating in Grace or disgrace? Do you see yourself and others through their sin or Jesus cross? ITs easy to become judgmental, legalistic and bitter, but God wants us to know that we are loved, that he has provided for us superabundant grace, which enables us to live free, and love both ourselves and those around us. How are you going to make that a reality in your life?...

Mars Hill Church | 30th November 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Last week we saw that through the gospels Jesus showed us that a life of humility, of death to sin brings something beautiful, which was fully realised by the cross. We now see how this new found life through the Holy, brings the presence of God out of the church into everyday life. We see how God takes ordinary people and through the empowering of the Holy spirit creates History makers. This means we are on mission and that the purpose of gathering is not just fellowship. Fellowship is good, but fellowship without purpose is just self gratifying, with little impact. However, if we gather because we need each other to to keep our focus on making disciples, then thats a real reason to gather. God has told us to discover what it means to follow Jesus and invite others on the journey. That means we need to be out there telling people about Jesus and then invite others to come into the church.   Key Verse:He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. (Acts 28v30-31).   Some Thoughts:What are you hang up about telling people about Jesus? What is it that you are waiting for? What would prevent you from inviting someone to a church service? How can you shout about Jesus with boldness and without hinderance. What would Acts 29 look like if you were to write the next chapter?...

Mars Hill Church | 16th November 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:I remember as a kid being out with my best mate. We were a fair way from home, near the woods and wild area we used to play in, when a storm suddenly hit us: it was as if someone threw a black blanket over the sky while turning on the turbos of a jet engine. The wind suddenly kicked up, the sky went black, then the thunder and lightning was out of this world: it was as if your head was inside a drum. My mate froze in fear - he was absolutely petrified. He didn’t know what to do, but he knew he wanted to get home to safety. My perspective was totally different: I loved it, I found it exciting, but I came alongside him, I encouraged him that everything was going to be ok, and we made our way safely home. Life is often full of storms, situations, people that try to stop us from accomplishing what God wants to do in our lives, but the question is, what are we going to do and what are we going to learn from these storms?   Key Verse:You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Psalm 23v5).   Some Thoughts:What storm are you in at the moment? How are you responding to it? What is God revealing to you through the storm? What does your response now need to be?...

Mars Hill Church | 10th November 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:My brother loves to wash his hands. When he was a kid, if it got a little dirty he wasn’t happy. So he avoided dirty stuff. Sometime we think the christian walk is like this, that because God is Holy, we are meant to be Holy, and to be Holy we can’t associate with anyone who isn’t Holy, who is sinful, who is in some way dirty. But is this really what God meant? Is this really what Jesus taught (I came for the sick, touched lepers, dead people, prostitutes etc)? Did Jesus want us to rather than hide from darkness, to shine brighter in the midst of it? Jesus wants us to live out of this world through his kingdom that changes and shapes the world around us. Key Verse:“Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea towards the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.(Joshua 1v2-6) Some Thoughts:In what ways have you tried to avoid the darkness in the world, rather than shine Jesus light into it? What areas has God given you to walk in that you are hiding away from? How can you be strong in courageous in the places God has given you? How can you bring Gods kingdom to your community on a daily basis?...

Mars Hill Church | 31st October 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:I often speak to people who are not sure they hear God, or see what he does in their lives, or if he really exists. If they do they often feel God he is distant or not interested. This is most often tied into unanswered prayer, prolonged illnesses, or situations that suddenly shake what we thought we knew about God. God is often missed in everyday life because we are so busy, so busy on our goals and aspirations. So busy trying to fight our fears, and avoid our phobias. We are so concerned with ourselves; for good or bad, that God is missing. God, at times, is more of a concept, a set of religious beliefs or practices, rather than a person who knows us intimately. The bible tells us that he knows every hair on our head. There is no other faith that represents God as the bible does - the one who walks in the cool of the day, who comes and visits his people, who provides a way out, who actually takes the initiative to save them, rather than expecting them to save themselves. Yet the bible speaks of a God who is in the midst of his people, who is involved in the most exacting detail of life. This is a God who saves…   Key Verse:Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush… God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 3v1-2,4)   Some Thoughts:In what way has life caused you to disbelieve the truth of who God is? Has situations shaped your views rather than the bible? In what ways can you miss God at work in your life? How can you become more aware of him, and deepens your relationship with him? In what ways would your life look different?...

Mars Hill Church | 25th October 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:There are two ways to get to my parents in law; the quick way, up the motorway, or the long way through the countryside. One gets the job done, the other takes its time, but allows us to appreciate the beautiful countryside we live in. One is over quickly, the other takes its time. One has little pleasure, the other puts a smile on your face. As we embark on this crazy task of running through the bible in 8 weeks, I don’t want us to just rush through it, but to savour the moments, use the time for God to reveal something to us. I don’t want us to have the mentality that wow we got through it, that was amazing, or hurry up we need to move on. But I want us to slow it down, to take it in, to learn and grow. We see this is often Gods method for his people. Genesis, it is the second longest book in the bible after Jeremiah. It is packed full of history, information, stories. Yet it teaches us that God often takes the scenic route with us, he often avoids the short cuts, he often looks for the routes that will deepen our relationship with him, grow our character, and help us understand and enjoy the life he has given us.   Key Verse:And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” (Genesis 50v24-25)   Some Thoughts:Think about the faith of Jospeh and what we can learn from him. He knew what it was to take the long and difficult road and see God come through - How can we take comfort in that and the situations we face. How can we be a people that aren’t just longing for the destination but are living in the journey?...

Mars Hill Church | 20th October 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Peters story of walking on water is one of starting in the Spirit and ending spectacularly in the flesh; the very point Paul is correcting the Galatians about. Why had they abandoned their faith? Why had they stopped believing in the one true gospel and the sufficiency of the cross? Why were they trying to live out their faith through works and religion? Why had they been made new, set free, but now wanted to live in bondage? Why is it that we like them often prefer darkness rather than light? This is the lesson for us today - Jesus has made us free, but how do we continue to walk free every day?   Key Verse:For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery… For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5v1, 13)   Some Thoughts:How can we be free but still live as though we are slaves? What mindsets and attitudes need to change? How can walk in this freedom on a day to day basis, but not let this freedom become an excuse for sin?...

Mars Hill Church | 03rd October 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Freedom is something that everyone longs for, and for centuries people have fought for. Our country prides itself on its freedom; freedom of speech, freedom to express ourselves, freedom of religion. In some ways people would say we are more free than we have ever been, however, I wonder if all this freedom is just an illusion, and instead of these choices and ideals making us more free, we have become more enslaved.   Key Verse:I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2v20)   Some Thoughts:What does freedom really look like? What does it mean to truly be free? The secret comes in Jesus, as we no longer live but Christ lives in us. What does this look like? How can we live in this reality? How can our submission to Jesus lead to true freedom?...

Mars Hill Church | 25th September 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:For two years we have had the vision of Radical love; exploring how we can demonstrate Gods overwhelming love to each other and our communities. Linked to this was creativity, and the myriad of ways God has created and gifted us to share this amazing truth. This year God has refined this vision to - Authentic love. This crazy outrageous love of God needs to be real, genuine - authentic. It’s not about us being crazy in what we do to show love, but its about our actions and words coming from an authentic heart, that really does care.   Key Verse:Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12v9-13)   Some Thoughts:What does Authentic love look like in your life and church family. How we Gods love change your perspective on life? How can we experience more of Gods love in our life, so it flows into authentic love for others?...

Mars Hill Church | 19th September 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Its easy over time to loose sight of what God has spoken, vision can get skewed or pushed off course, so God has been brining us back to the beginning so we can move forward into the future. It is time to for us to refocus, to regroup, to do a few things well, not just in our own strength, but in the power of God. To do this we need to look to bring both the Word and Spirit together in everything we do, until our community is impacted by Authentic, Holy Spirit empowered, life changing, love.  Key Verse:But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6v33) Some Thoughts:What things do we need to reconsider that God never asked us to do? In what ways may you have been distracted from the mission God called you too. How can you refocus and put Jesus at the centre of your life?...

Mars Hill Church | 06th September 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Gods people were meant to continually keep a lamp burning in the tabernacle - forever, not to go out. Jewish synagogues still have this lamp, its now electric but was pure oil. This lamp is called the Ner tamid, which is translated as "eternal flame" or "eternal light”. It was to denote Gods eternal and pure presence - Immanuel - God with us. In the same way we should have pure love for God, that the flames of love in our hearts should never go out. That Jesus is and will continue to be the light of the world in and through us. Key Verse:The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil from beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning regularly. Outside the veil of the testimony, in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall arrange it from evening to morning before the Lord regularly. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. He shall arrange the lamps on the lampstand of pure gold before the Lord regularly. (Leviticus 24v1-4).  Some Thoughts:What doe it mean to keep the fire of God burning daily in our hearts? How can we nurture our relationship with God to keep the fire burning? This light is meant to be seen by the world, how can we make this a daily reality?...

Mars Hill Church | 28th August 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction: Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, but I have come to give you life and life to the full (John 10v10). I have been thinking about this: what it means, what it looks like. Does it mean an Aston Martin in the garage? Does it mean an 8 bed mansion? Does it mean being a CEO of a large corporation or the boss of a successful business? Does it mean two weeks holiday a year in Barbados? Does it look like a glossy exterior of calm and contentment with the perfect family? And what does it mean that Satan wants to kill, steal and destroy? Does it mean sickness? Does it mean broken relationships? Does it mean feeling down, hurt, bitter? Does it mean feeling unfulfilled, badly treated, bored? Does it mean having a bad day? The more I look at Jesus, the more I realise how upside down his Kingdom is, how these things are more about a state of being rather than about external circumstances. Just when we think we know what death means and life means, He throws something like ‘if you want to find life, you need to lose it’, literally die (Matt 10v39, 16v25, Luke 17v33), and there is this crazy truth that in some way death brings both life and beauty.   Key Verse:Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12v24).   Some Thoughts:What are you holding onto so tightly that you can’t let go? What are you trying to control that is wearing you out? God encourages us to die to these things, that we might have life, how can you make this a reality? Allow the Holy Spirit to renew your mind so that you can see that the death of self brings beauty....

Mars Hill Church | 08th August 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Faith is often illogical, it offends our reasoned mind, yet we are called to have faith against the odds. When we do, we are able to walk in a supernatural anointing that changes the atmosphere we inhabit. Jesus was not confined or defined by people or situations, but was totally led by the Holy Spirit. To live this way costs… Misunderstanding, ridicule, loss of friends, imprisonment, even death. Yet it is what every Christian is called to.   Key Verse:“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14v12-14).   Some Thoughts:What is God speaking to you about at the moment that requires faith? How are people and external situations challenging this? Spend time reminding yourself of who God is, of his faithfulness, of his love, and then be willing to do what he asks....

Mars Hill Church | 24th July 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:The just will live by faith (Rom 1v17), without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11), I realise how difficult this is, yet it is what we are called to do, to live with our faith in God: not in people, or systems, or jobs or bank accounts, or school or careers, but in God. Because if we lived by faith we would take this bible literally and we would do what it says. This week we continued the theme of taking the bible literally. The area of sex and sexuality is one area that is being mudded by the church at the moment. Did God really mean what he says about sexuality?   Key Verse:You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine. (Leviticus 20v26).   Some Thoughts:What does it mean that God is Holy? What does it therefore mean that we should be Holy like him? Why do we find this difficult? What stops us? How can we live in the reality of this each day?...

Mars Hill Church | 17th July 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Last week we saw how Jesus paid it all. How the atonement; At-one-moment in time Jesus came and took our place, died for our sins, rose for our lives, and that we don't earn this, but we gain this when we gain Jesus. Today we look at our place in the deal. We look at our place in sacrifice, in laying down our lives, in pursuing Jesus, in being Glory bearers of God, in taking this Christian walk seriously, so we don't play church be we start being the church.What do we value in life, what do we deem precious - our homes, cars, business, employment, friends, family, marriages, schooling, grades, retirement, holidays? What we deem most precious we give our lives too, it gets our greatest attention. The larger the object the bigger the gravitational pull; so whats the biggest object, focus in our lives, that we are being drawn to?We see today that blood is precious, is something important to God, because the blood represents life, and life is precious and important to God, and he wants us to get our focus right too.   Key Verse:So they shall no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they whore. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations. (Leviticus 17v7).   Some Thoughts:What or who do we worship? Is Jesus more important to us then our own comfort, desires, even life? What do we give our attention to; our time, energy and money too? If its not Jesus then we are committing adultery/idolatry towards God. How can we have a shift in mindset and focus, so that all we do flows from our love for God?...

Mars Hill Church | 12th July 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:So many of us have been brought up with lies, things that have been spoken over us, the way we have been treated, situations that have come upon us. All these things shape and colour our view; the way we see God, ourselves each other, the world. Some of the most significant and insignificant events later on in life come out and feed the growing insecurities that we have picked up along the way. And at the same time we almost live in a self fulfilling prophecy of it all, through these lenses, and insecurities we reinforce them in ourselves by they way we handle and perceive situations. In addition to this we are great at heaping, guilt and condemnation on ourselves. We never feel good enough, or feel we can be strong enough, or that God and others would love us enough. We believe we are sinners, stuck in a cycle of sin, destined for a roller coaster life of ups and downs, falling into the same traps, and then breaking free. An endless cycle of failure and success, only to be marred by failure again. And so we find it difficult to relate to God, we find it difficult to come back to God, we find it difficult to approach a God, who is so Holy, so good, so distant. We just don't know how to approach this unapproachable God.   Key Verse:For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins. (Leviticus 16v30).…But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Heb. 9v26).   Some Thoughts:How easy do we find it to trust that Jesus has paid it all, and that we don't need to be punished, because he was punished for us? If we grasped this truth how different might our lives look, how differently would we treat ourselves, others in the church, and those in the community?...

Mars Hill Church | 27th June 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:We are still in a Season of death. When I look around it looks like we are dying, but that is exactly what God wants, he wants us to die to ourselves. The stripping back has nothing to do with simplicity but death, its to do with making Jesus the focus not us or our preferences. Anyone that makes it about anything other than Jesus has got it wrong, and you will know by the fruit not what they say. We can all say its about Jesus but if it comes down to someone or something, if the focus gets put on someone, or something then the root is wrong. Jesus said unless a grain of what falls to the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit (John 12v24-26).   Key Verse:For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6v10-11).   Some Thoughts:What does it mean to die to self and sin? How can we live in this reality? What would the result of this be on your life and those around you?...

Mars Hill Church | 22nd June 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:So today lets get real about relationships; all kinds of relationships; friends, dating, marriages, kids - the whole lot because I believe there are general principles that flow between them all. In todays culture there is a real blurring of edges, particularly linked to relationships and particularly marriage, sex and sexuality. So I want to be real with you today, challenge some of these world mindsets that try to creep into the church, whilst also giving biblical insight on how we can all be better friends and build better relationship, both inside and outside the church.   Key Verse:A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13v34-35).   Some Thoughts:What does it mean to be a friend of God? How does, or should this affect our friendships within the church, marriages, families and those around us? How can we be better friends?...

Mars Hill Church | 12th June 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Today we are going to get real about finances: about giving, about being generous, about being like Jesus with everything. Why do so money people struggle with finances? We all want a bargain, we all want the best deal, we all want our money’s worth… When was the last time you went to buy something and offered them more than the asking price, or tipped the waiter more than 10%, or when you go out for lunch you’re the first to offer to pay? Material wealth is not bad: it’s how we see money, it’s how we see resources, it’s how we see others. The issue is not whether we have loads or a little: it’s all about our perspective on things as children of God, absolutely loved by the king of the universe.   Key Verse:And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” (Luke 21v1-4).     Some Thoughts:What does it really mean to be generous? To be like Jesus in how we give of our time, talents and tithes? What mindsets need to change? What do we need to start doing differently?...

Mars Hill Church | 07th June 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:Healing can be quite a controversial but also emotive subject. We have all had both positive and negative experiences around this subject. All kinds of questions often surface; does God love? Is He good enough? Is He big enough? Does He pick and choose? Is it his will to heal? Why do some people get healed and others do not? What is the deal about healing? I want us to get real and vulnerable with this subject, but I also want us to apply biblical truth over any symptom, feeling or experience.   Key Verse:He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2v24).     Some Thoughts:What is preventing you in believing that God wants you and others healed? What is stopping you praying in faith for people? Spend time with God asking him to show you His love and desire for you and others, and ask for boldness to carry out this incredible gift and calling to a world that needs healing....

Mars Hill Church | 05th June 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction:People often flock around a common goal: football or rugby players around the football or rugby match, fire fighters, police, the army, work together for a combined outcome. People with the same goal, working together to achieve something greater then themselves. The church is meant to work in the same way. The biggest challenge is that the church has so many different streams; kids, youth , community etc. All kinds of people with different outlooks and ideals, which can at times cause friction: at times, it can feel like we are in opposition rather than in the same team. So how can we work together, with a common goal?   Key Verse:For to me to live is Christ (Phil 1v21). …let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12v1-2).     Some Thoughts:For the church to work in unity we need Jesus as our common goal, but how can we make that a reality? What things get in the way of this? How can we encourage ourselves and each other to get the focus right?...

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 | 08th May 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction: We are all looking to be accepted: by each other, our peers, our bosses, our loved ones. The need for acceptance can drive us to all kinds of things, both good and bad. Some people fall into peer pressure, drugs, drink, lying, cheating, just to be accepted. Some people change their appearance, what they look like, how they dress, just to be accepted. Some people change their personalities, one way in public, another behind closed doors, just to be accepted. We are longing to be loved, accepted, but will we ever find it in what the world offers, what the world says, or do we need to look somewhere else? Key Verse: And Moses said, “This is the thing that the Lord commanded you to do, that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.” Then Moses said to Aaron, “Draw near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and for the people, and bring the offering of the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.” …and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces. (Leviticus 9 v 6-7, 23b-24).   Some Thoughts: What makes you feel accepted? What things do you do to try to get people to accept you? How does knowing you are accepted by God through Jesus make you feel? How can you draw near to God more, on the basis of that acceptance, so his Glory becomes your Glory?    ...

Mars Hill Church | 26th April 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction: Firefighters, among other things, are there to save people, homes and places from fire. Recently there was a big thatch fire in Woodbury; the chimney had caught alight, which then spread to the thatch and then to the upper rooms. One of the things that kept the fire going was two filling cabinets in the bedroom; they had become super heated and formed a heat core that made it very difficult to put the fire out. Today we will see that God asks his people to keep the fire burning, to not let it go out. We too need to burn with a love and passion for Jesus, each other, and this word. To burn so bright, so strong, so hot, that nothing can put it out. The question is, how can we live in this reality every single day? Key Verse: The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and he shall arrange the burnt offering on it and shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out. (Leviticus 6 v 12-13).   Some Thoughts: What are the main causes of dousing the fire of love in our hearts towards God? In what ways can we avoid these things? What can we do to put more fuel on the fire, so our lives burn for Jesus brighter every day?...

Mars Hill Church | 10th April 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction: There is a phrase that we often use, that is, ‘ Ignorance is bliss’. We use it to convince ourselves and others that the things we do not know about won’t affect us, so we would prefer not to know. That in some way if we don't know about it, we don't have to worry about it or do anything about it. But is this really true? If you don't know about the train coming along the train track, when it hits you, will it not hurt you? Or if you don't know that your attitude stinks and is hurting the people around you, will it not have any effect on your life?…. Ignorance is only bliss for the short term: but long term it finds you out. I call it the Ostrich syndrome - we bury our heads in the sand, trying to ignore what is going on - before long it comes and bites us on the bum. Key Verse: The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone commits a breach of faith and sins unintentionally in any of the holy things of the Lord, he shall bring to the Lord as his compensation, a ram without blemish out of the flock, valued in silver shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, for a guilt offering. He shall also make restitution for what he has done amiss in the holy thing and shall add a fifth to it and give it to the priest. And the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering, and he shall be forgiven. (Leviticus 5 v 14-16).   Some Thoughts: In what ways do our unintentional sins harm us, others and grieve God? How can we become more aware of them, not out of condemnation, but out of exposing them to the light of Jesus so we walk in freedom? How can we develop a life style of confession, and repentance so daily we grow in Holiness and become more like Jesus?...

Mars Hill Church | 27th March 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction: Our lives often feel so hectic at times, full of turmoil. It can feel like tings are spinning out of control and we need to retreat somewhere so we can get some rest. But is this what its supposed to be like; we live crazy hectic likes for 50 weeks of the year, and then we try and grab some sanity and rest as we take 2 week holiday somewhere? Are we meant to burning ourselves out running at a super fats pace, and then snatch a retreat to recharge our batteries? We are meant to live with great passion for Jesus, giving everything we are, but the majority of the time we are running our own race, and then every now and again we try and get close to God - no wonder we are worn out. Is that what Jesus went to the cross for, is that why he died in the place of us for our sins, is that why he came to bring us peace - the prince of peace, or are we missing something as we try to understand how we really do approach the unapproachable God? Key Verse: “If his offering is a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offers an animal from the herd, male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the Lord… And the priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering with a pleasing aroma. All fat is the Lord's. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood.” (Leviticus 3 v 1, 16-17).   Some Thoughts: The blood resembled the atonement for sin that Jesus made on the cross. The fat was a costly offering of fire, that would cause the sacrifice to burn. We too need to apply the blood and the fat to our lives, so we walk free from sin and burn with a passion for Jesus. How can we live life to the max for Jesus, but from a place of rest and peace?...

Mars Hill Church | 21st March 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction: To look like Jesus costs - not Just a little but a lot. To be a follower of Jesus, a disciple of Jesus, means giving up everything - our lives becoming living sacrifices, offerings poured out on the alter of worship to God. Israel understood this when they were given the instructions of how do deal with the grain, fruit and first fruit offerings. The new the importance of salt, honey and leaven, if they wanted to make a new, pure, and costly sacrifice to their God. Key Verse: “No grain offering that you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey as a food offering to the Lord. As an offering of first fruits you may bring them to the Lord, but they shall not be offered on the altar for a pleasing aroma. You shall season all your grain offerings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt. (Leviticus 2v11-13).   Some Thoughts: What does it mean to be an offering poured out to Jesus? Why do we find this so difficult? What prevents us from bringing all that we are? How does truly knowing Jesus and his love for us change everything?...

Mars Hill Church | 13th March 2017 | Soul Food
Introduction: The church of today is looking just like the world - I have pet chameleons, and Chameleon are able to shift their cells under their skin to change colour, to blend into the background, so they can’t be seen. This is what is too often happening among Christians. One of the reasons the church seems to be ineffective in our country is because it is conforming to the pattern of the world, rather than being transformed by the renewing of its mind. This means you can’t tell the difference between the church and the world. We look the same, rather than shining so brightly that there is a contrast. We have bought into the lie that we need to somehow look like the world, to relate to the world to save the world, and yet the world is dying and going to hell. As we begin our study in the book of Leviticus we need to ask ourselves, is this what God intended when he chose to make a way for us to approach the unapproachable God? Key Verse: The Lord called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock. “If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord. (Leviticus 1v1-3).   Some Thoughts: God’s people had to make a sacrifice to atone for their sin so they could be accepted by him. Jesus has made that sacrifice for us, but what is our part in this? How do we make a mockery of Jesus’ sacrifice by carrying on looking like the world? How can understanding our part in sacrifice help us to lead a Holy life where we shine for Jesus?...

Mars Hill Church | 06th March 2017 | Soul Food
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Mars Hill Church | 01st March 2017 | Soul Food
Who Do You Think You Are? IIntroduction: There is a popular TV show called Who do you think you are, that traces peoples ancestries way back to find out what kind of family they are from, and if anything tragic happened in their past. Many of the celebrities discover things they didn't know, and many of them are quite impacted by what they find out. Yet does our natural ancestry really make us who we are? Does knowing who our descendants are define us? Is there something that the world is trying to discover, yet missing the most crucial bit of the puzzle? Most of us have got pretty skewed views of who we are and that affects everything; how we relate to people, how we respond to situations. Many of our insecurities and fears come from not seeing ourselves as God does, today I want to help us see who we really are in Christ. Key Verse: For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.(Ephesians 1v15-23).   Some Thoughts: How can you position yourself so that you see yourself as God does? What does he say about the...

Mars Hill Church | 24th February 2017 | Soul Food
Baptism of Fire Introduction: We often use this term or another term li