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Mars Hill Church Teignmouth

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Mars Hill Blog Group: Sermons (315 posts)


Mars Hill Blog | 29th September 2020 | Sermons
Being a Christian isn’t always easy… If we truly want to live for Christ - it costs, we need perseverance, we need to be willing to let go of our life, and as Jesus said - we need to loose our life, if we want to truly find his. I have been asking myself - What Kind of Christians is the church producing today? Are we anything like the picture God had in mind? We want to portray the true gospel, and see real authentic Christians being disciples and looking to make other disciples, who are willing to come and be a living sacrifice and whose delight is Jesus....

Mars Hill Blog | 15th September 2020 | Sermons
Have you ever gone though life wondering where God is? It might not be that is was particularly a bad time of life, but you just couldn’t really see what God was doing? This can often be the case both in the good, bad, but also normal parts of life. Have you ever then looked back over that time and as you have looked Suddenly God reveals to you what he was doing, and where he was? All of a sudden you see how God was fully in it?...

Mars Hill Blog | 23rd June 2020 | Sermons
What it is to be free. Over the centuries people have fought for freedom - freedom of speech, freedom to vote, freedom to be. I think of the great Christian William Wilberforce - who fought to ban slavery, so that men and woman could be free. But there is something greater at stake here, something bigger than the earthly struggles we face, and that is eternal salvation, eternal freedom - this is the reason Jesus came - to give us life, Jesus came to cut us off from the power of sin, so we could stand right before God forever free....

Mars Hill Blog | 17th June 2020 | Sermons
Weakness is not often seen as a positive thing. If you call someone weak it would be seen as an insult, a slight on someones character, as not very nice. Yet the bible encourages us to be weak, because it is in our weakness that God can be strong (2 Cor 12v10)....

Mars Hill Blog | 14th June 2020 | Sermons
We live in our world where the concept of sin is skewed, in fact sin is probably not something someone outside the church even thinks about. Someone may think about right and wrong, they might think about morality, and consequence to our choices and actions, but sin, it is most cases an alien concept. In fact most views might be that if it isn’t hurting anyone, and it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad. And I would say this is the view of many people I meet. In fact many things that people pursue that they believe makes them happy and brings them life, it actually brings the opposite, they are just illusion of life, in the end these pursuits will only bring death. The wages that sin earns is death…...

Mars Hill Blog | 24th May 2020 | Sermons
How easy do you find it to do what you are told? Obedience is one of those words that isn’t always too popular - some of us don’t like the idea of being told what to do. We like to think we can make our own decisions, set our own destinies, be our own bosses. We will do something if we come up with the idea, but if someone else tells us, well that can be a different story. We like to know that we have our own mind, and we can pick and choose and even change it if thats what we feel is best. This independent kind of thinking is something that is big in our society today, but is this the way God actually wants us to be?...

Mars Hill Blog | 19th May 2020 | Sermons
When people talk about the life of Abraham, they talk about faith. However, a walk of faith requires endurance, which reflects the walk of a believer....

Mars Hill Blog | 12th May 2020 | Sermons
Have you ever been in a crowded bar, or by the side of a very busy road, or around a load of screaming kids and tried to have a conversation? If it is really loud, it is almost impossible to hear what the other person says. In the same way life at times can be so busy, so noisy, that we can’t hear God speak to us, instead we begin to be carried along by the voice of the world, and miss what God is saying and doing at this time, and that is a dangerous place to to be. So how we can develop this vital skill of listening to God?...

Mars Hill Blog | 27th April 2020 | Sermons
Have you ever seen the book where’s Wally? Or played a game of spot the difference. Depending on the picture these can be easy to find, but at other times that can be really tricky, especially if the picture is super complex. The more detail there is in the picture, the more similarities there are, the more difficult it is to find Wally or see the differences. Life can sometimes be like this, so complex, so full of clutter that it’s hard to find Jesus in the midst of it all. Yet I truly believe Jesus is there, he is there in every part of our lives, both the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, through the triumphs and the tragedies, we just need to look and we will find him. ...

Mars Hill Blog | 16th April 2020 | Sermons
Sorry about the audio quality - we had a technical hitch... I was thinking about the concept of life, what is it? What does it actually mean to actually have life? If you look up the word it means the existence of an individual - to be alive means you exist, but why do you and I exist? Whats the point , the purpose? Does life just find a way, is it something that just cannot be contained, and so it just multiplies? And where does it come from, does it just self generate, is it eternal in some way? Then when we do have life or exist, what does it mean to live, what gives meaning purpose and fulfilment to life?  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 05th April 2020 | Sermons
Bless you has become quite a throw away phrase. Many people who do not believe or follow God, will often use this statement. They might say it when someone sneezes, or when they see a child do something cute - ah bless em, or the short hand phrase - bless. As Christians maybe we use this term quite a lot - God bless you… and many of us do actually mean it. Today we will see how God uses that phrase, and when God says it he means something profound and life changing....

Mars Hill Church | 25th March 2020 | Sermons
I was moved by Chris Higham’s painting God gave him of the church coming together in the darkness and becoming a light set on a hill. Others last week shared the same testimony that this is what God had been speaking to them about. Then as I went about my work this week and chatted to people I saw that light - each one of us represented the light. As people speak to people, give them hope, take a meal, pray for them, bring a word of encouragement, or are at home interceding in prayer the light shines even brighter. A city on a hill truly can’t be hidden…...

Mars Hill Blog | 17th March 2020 | Sermons
Many people are fascinated by rainbows. Whenever a rainbow appears in the sky inevitably someone will comment on it, everybody seems to love them. Which is maybe why we talk about them, sing about them, write about them and maybe even go treasure hunting to see if there is a pot of gold at the end of one. However, the bible tells us there is something more important, more significant about rainbows and that is they were given to us as a sign from God of his covenant promise to us and so today I want us to once again discover something about the character of God....

Mars Hill Blog | 11th March 2020 | Sermons
Have you ever been caught off guard? - things you should have seen coming, but you were too fixated with your lives, your goals, yourselves? A family member or someone at college or school who was struggling for months, even years, suddenly crashes, but we didn’t see it as we were busy pursuing our dreams and goals. A friend who has hit financial problems, but our work was too pressing to notice. A work colleague whose marriage is on the rocks, but we were caught up planning our next holiday. There is a challenge in this busy, noisy, self consumed lives for us to stop, look outside of ourselves, and be aware of the situations around us. We need to become more God consumed then self consumed, we need to be more aware of what God is doing around us and less fixated on our goals, dreams, ambitions. God is on the move and we could so very easily miss it, the Question and title of today is - Are we Ready?...

Mars Hill Blog | 19th February 2020 | Sermons
This week we looked at the fall, human sin, depravity, the curse, and we will deal with the fact that God judges. It’s clear to see that something has gone terribly wrong. If you look at the world in the global cosmic scheme of things you can see the devastation and destruction. On the more micro level, you look at your own life, the people you know, the people you love and you see suffering, you see injustice, you see evil, you see death and sickness and mourning and loss and pain. Christian and non-Christian alike, people simply cannot accept that the way the world is, is the way that the world should be. Something has gone terribly wrong…...

Mars Hill Blog | 10th February 2020 | Sermons
You are unique - Life is unique, being you is what makes you unique - so there is no one else in this world like you. This is such a profound and awesome reality. You truly are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139v14), and you were designed by the most awesome creator in the universe (Ephesians 2). And to make it even more outrageous he designed you after himself. We are made in the image of almighty God purely because he loves us, and out of his love for us he created humans....

Mars Hill Blog | 07th February 2020 | Sermons
Today we will look at the subject of creation and how the world that we enjoy, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the animals we see, and even the recreation we participate in is all given to us as a gift from God....

Mars Hill Blog | 29th January 2020 | Sermons
We believe the Holy spirit is saying this is going to be a significant year - all the promises that God has spoken to us about are going to start to materialise - radical love, sharpening, deepening as we hunger after Jesus. Promises and words that God has spoken over us. There is going to be a move of His Spirit, and we need to catch it. There is going to be a rumbling of his presence and we are meant to be the epicentre. People who were once hard, hearts will crumble and soften. Territory that was out of reach, we will take over - new ground, new territories. To the degree we will submit in obedience to the will of God, will be to the degree that He moves. He wants to make us Sharper Still…  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 21st January 2020 | Sermons
Today we finished our trilogy by looking at the baptism of the Spirit - Is it for today, for everyone, a subsequent event or at conversion? Two weeks ago we saw the importance of repentance to restore intimacy - relationship with God. Last week the importance of Water Baptism - more than just a symbol, but a spiritual act that baptising us into christ, where our old life is dead and burred and we become alive in Jesus. Necessary in the process of Salvation. Today we look at Spirit Baptism - vital for the church and every believer. If you have ever struggled with seeing Gods power at work, it maybe because of this - you need a continuous baptism in the Spirit for powerful acts of service....

Mars Hill Blog | 13th January 2020 | Sermons
Baptism is one of those things that varies from Christian tradition to tradition. People have different thoughts and beliefs on baptism. Is it optional, does it really matter, is it just symbolic, is there something specific, necessary and spiritual about it all....

Mars Hill Blog | 10th December 2019 | Sermons
PLEASE NOTE:  There is some static on the audio. God is not a man that he should lie, which means we can trust in him because he is always faithful to who he is. If God promises something he will see it through, it might take longer than we think and may even work out differently from what we expected, but God is always faithful to His promises. This was shown in the praise of Jesus given hundreds of years before he came, but he still came and fulfilled all the promises about himself....

Mars Hill Blog | 13th November 2019 | Sermons
Spiritual Warfare is one of those areas that Christians often talk about but few fully understand. Many have heard about, but few engage with. For some it’s about screaming at the devil and rebuking everything that goes bump in the night. For others; Satan doesn’t exist so its not an issue. For many though it just doesn’t feature on our radar - we lead our lives through the situations we face and the decisions we make. We are naturally bound and the spiritual doesn’t feature from day to day. Yet the bible gives us a different picture - there is the physical and there is the natural and both exist in conjugation with each other, and the Spiritual although not seen with our physical eyes is more real than the natural. So we need to be a people who understand the Spiritual realm and how we are to wage war....

Mars Hill Blog | 04th November 2019 | Sermons
We all want to control, some of us to greater extent than others. The greater the fear, the greater the control; and there is a fine line between being organised, and getting stuff done, and walking in our gifting and Gods will and walking in control because we don’t trust Him. The problem is if we front trust God then the result will control due to fear, and fear stinks. One of the big areas this plays out in is when it comes to finance, as Martin Luther said Christians need their wallets saved…...

Mars Hill Blog | 28th October 2019 | Sermons
Have you ever had such an experience of God that it truly has changed you? That you really have encountered the living God, not just an emotion, not just because you thought you should, but God moved so powerful that something in you, in your life shifted and you were never the same again? I believe this is something God has for all of us, that God wants to totally wreck us that we can never be the same again. I believe God wants to move in such a way that he births a new found sense of holiness and purity. That we flee from sin and pursue righteousness - sanctification. John Wesley believed that sinlessness through sanctification of the Spirit was possible for the believer. When our lives are completely devoted to him, then sin does not reign in our mortal bodies (Romans 6v12). Others believe this is blasphemous and not possible and may lead to apathy - yet the bible continues to urge us on. Even Paul wrote in Philippians 3 that he has not attained it yet or was not already perfected (that was in resurrection life), but he presses on to make it his goal, his aim, just as Christ has made him his own. If this was not possible, then why press on to make it possible. You and I are temples of the Holy Spirit - justified people, who can have the purity and utter holiness of God because of the blood of Jesus purging us from all sin - it is now time we walk in such a privileged and high calling…...

Mars Hill Blog | 21st October 2019 | Sermons
This week Mike Robins from Compassion spoke to us about the work of Compassion as well as encouraging us to be a people of impact. Well worth a listen......

Mars Hill Blog | 16th October 2019 | Sermons
Over this last week I keep getting this sense that God is shaking - he is shaking our lives and the earth. This passage keeps coming up (Hebrews 12v26). It came up on the advert I wrote for the prayer time on Monday. It came up as I was studying Gods word this week, I saw it when reading Acts 4. Time and time again - God is shaking all the pollution from his church, so all that remains is treasure…...

Mars Hill Blog | 08th October 2019 | Sermons
We ended Chapter 2 last week talking about being the aroma of Christ and we pick up on a similar theme as Paul talks to the Corinthians about being letters, lights and clay jars. This is significant because Revival is not meant to just come in waves, it’s not just meant to come and go. Our love for God isn’t meant to wax and wane like the tide, the fire was never meant to go out, the well was never meant to run dry - we should burn with purity, overflow with power and love every day. Revival is the normal disposition of the Christian who pursues Jesus at the cost of laying down their life. Our lives are meant to be in a constant state of Revival - we are always meant to be letters, lights and clay jars…...

Mars Hill Blog | 01st October 2019 | Sermons
Christianity isn’t just a religion, it isn’t a concept or a list of moral standards.  It is a lifestyle, a way of life.  Second Corinthians challenges those who are followers of Jesus to examine every area of life through the lens of Jesus and His gospel.   In this letter Paul encourages us to have a Holy Spirit’s eye view of things; to understand who we are, to be generous and to serve God with all our strength even in the midst of suffering and persecution.  He reminds us that the Church is not just a social club, a place to get comfortable or where we stroke each other’s egos, but for the church to live is Christ and we are called to surrender to him and fight for His cause.  Followers of Jesus cannot compromise when it comes to living their lives for Jesus.   It is a Lifestyle of Christianity where we Live Life through Jesus and His gospel....

Mars Hill Blog | 24th September 2019 | Sermons
This week the Holy Spirit took us on a different path as he spoke to us through various people in the church, listen in to hear what God was saying....

Mars Hill Blog | 17th September 2019 | Sermons
Do you know what a virus does? They spread, they multiply - bad things tend to spread easily. Where as anything, like a fit tree, that is worth while needs nurturing, pruning tending… So it is with our hearts. God will not use us with hard unforgiving and critical hearts. This will hinder our faith. We must repent, let it all go, bitterness, pain, resentment and let Gods love fill you and release faith in you. Our Vision for this year is ‘SHARPER’ how can we position ourselves so that we allow God and each other to Sharpen us until we reflect Jesus more. This isn’t always pleasant, and often we want to avoid things that that challenge our thinking or spark our insecurities, but it is necessary f we want to walk in the fulness God has for us. If we want to operation the gifts of the Holy spirit and see our communities impacted by Jesus....

Mars Hill Blog | 09th September 2019 | Sermons
Marriage is meant to be a picture of Jesus and his church, picture of a faithful husband who love his wife, and of a faithful wife who lives her shebang bound by covenant which was established in the heart. God has always been this kind of God right from the beginning when he made the first two people Adam and Eve, who covenanted with each other in marriage and then covenanted with God through each other - The Adamic Covenant.  God continues to covenant with his people through His blood....

Mars Hill Blog | 03rd September 2019 | Sermons
A visitor who came a few weeks ago sent us a prophetic words which we believe God is encouraging us with. Spend some time reading the below and looking at the key verse: We visited Mars Hill whilst on holiday today. It was encouraging to hear the tougher parts of suffering being preached on - the parts that are so often missed out in the 'bless me' culture that can be so prevalent! Having read the media stories about the church building and the church's vision, then being there ourselves today, Ezekiel 37 wouldn't go away.  I felt God was saying that as He reconstructs and builds the 'skeleton' of your building, He will raise up and grow the 'tendons' and 'flesh' to fill it with His purposes, activities and ministries. His Holy Spirit's breath will breathe in even greater ways upon you all to grow and develop the army He is raising up Mars Hill Church to be in Teignmouth.  Thank you for blessing us this morning. ...

Mars Hill Blog | 25th August 2019 | Sermons
Lots of people say the christian journey is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, well that depends on who you are. For me it is a sprint, I have short time on this earth and I don’t want to waste it. I want to run this race with everything I have got for the good of others and the Glory of Jesus. A truth that has been burning in my heart for years now - we cannot afford to get comfortable, lazy, self consumed, distracted, fearful, or anything else that takes our eye off of Jesus. We need to make it count every minute of every day. You were called to fly the name of Christ, now we need to run like him and we need to run, as Paul writes to receive the prize at the end....

Mars Hill Blog | 21st August 2019 | Sermons
I used to say a good stream can’t produce bad water, or a good tree cannot produce bad fruit. Yet it depends on what we mean by fruit or good stream. You see a good stream can produce grit and stone that breaks, moulds and shapes the river banks to produce its beauty and splendour. The same with fruit - is bad fruit more than what we call bad things like pain and suffering? Is bad fruit just selfish, ungodly character. In contrast can pain, suffering, even evil create something beautiful and can God use all these things for his Glory and our good? Can a good stream produce rocks and boulders to shape it into something beautiful. Can a good tree be pruned and chopped to produce good fruit? Is suffering needed for sanctification? Is there purpose in pain?...

Mars Hill Blog | 12th August 2019 | Sermons
Dipo speaks to us this week about Renewing the Mind.  Please listen in on this super important topic....

Mars Hill Blog | 29th July 2019 | Sermons
So what are angels? Are they real or a work of fiction? Are they fat babies sitting on clouds playing harps, or are they lean mean fighting machines? What about fairies, pixies and the like? Is there any truth in the sighting people have had of glowing figures, men the size of buildings? Today we are going to look at angels and the spiritual realm - fairy tale or fact? The study of angels is called angelology and interestingly there isn’t a huge amount of Christian literature out there on this. There is quite a lot on demons and spiritual warfare, but not so much on angels, God heavenly army, so today we are going to be looking at this subject from a biblical view point and then see what our response should be....

Mars Hill Blog | 23rd July 2019 | Sermons
So what happens when we die? Do we become dis-embodied souls flying around the world looking for people to creep up on in the night, or get caught on ghost camera’s? Do we all just fall asleep until Jesus comes again, and if he comes again, when and how? Do we go to hell and burn or to heaven and be at peace? Do we just cease to exist? There are so many questions, thoughts and theories around this subject, yet the bible has lots to say.  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 18th July 2019 | Sermons
Obedience, I believe, is another word for faith. Do we believe God is who he says he is and will do what he says he will do? Do we trust that he leads us and guides us and is with us through life - even the storms? If we do, then obedience comes easy - the moment God speaks our response, rather than fear or questions, becomes a natural YES!...

Mars Hill Blog | 08th July 2019 | Sermons
Smell is powerful, it can evoke memories, responses, even on a sub-conscious level. You can sometimes walk into rooms long after someone has left and still smell their perfume and if you are familiar with them even know who it is that has been there since the fragrance still lingers. Some smells can produce good responses others bad. In Mark 14 we read a story which involved a good smell, a smell that would have filled the room and would have marked an occasion that would remain in the memory of all that were present - It marked absolute outrageous worship....

Mars Hill Blog | 01st July 2019 | Sermons
What did Jesus really accomplish on the cross and does it really matter? Does everyone get in to the good place, or only some? Do we get to choose, or does God choose? And then when we are on the way to heaven, can we loose our salvation, can we fall away from Grace and find ourselves in Hell?...

Mars Hill Blog | 24th June 2019 | Sermons
The environment has been a hot topic in our world for many years now and today it is as hot as ever.  One of the young guys we spoke to on the streets was airing his concerns over the way we are treating our planet and to him the future was scary if we continued the way we are. Last year we all heard on the news of secondary school kids protesting against the damage we are doing to our environment.  So how important is the environment to God and therefore His people?...

Mars Hill Blog | 17th June 2019 | Sermons
There are so many faiths all saying different things, so which is the right one? Do all roads really lead to the same place? Does Gods love really win out, and everyone gets in to the ‘Good Place’? What does the gospel - the good news of Jesus really mean?...

Mars Hill Blog | 10th June 2019 | Sermons
Introduction:Everything changed when the Holy Spirit came. No longer was the Holy spirit available just to a few people at certain times, there was the potential for everyone to be filled with the Holy Spirit, anyone who would receive Jesus and believe in his death and resurrection. The Holy spirit is God and for all that repent and ask, God comes and lives on the inside of us. This means we can live a free life that is lead by the Spirit and delighted by the heart of God.   Key Verse:I baptise you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”. (Matthew 3 v 11-12). Some Thoughts:What difference does the Holy Spirit make in your life? Did you give time to hear his voice speaking to you, leading and guiding you? What distractions make hearing him difficult and what can you do to tune your Spiritual ears in to hear? The verse above is sobering as it tells us of a time when it will be too late to choose Jesus and those that don’t will be lost in hell. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a passion for those that don’t know him, and then be bold in how you live your life and love others....

Mars Hill Blog | 03rd June 2019 | Sermons
God has gifted us and uses us to preach and live out the gospel, to bring the Kingdom and this starts with prayer. We need prayer weeks, prayer nights, prayer days, fasting and praying and getting on our knees - To see a church on their knees desperate for Jesus and for the things of God - Hungry, broken, crying out. Not because Jesus hasn’t already done it and won the victory, but because he already has. But we can’t be silent, we cant be still, we cant just sit back and say everything is ok. We must get out of our prayer meetings and brings God Kingdom every day with everything we say and do and with everyone that we meet....

Mars Hill Blog | 26th May 2019 | Sermons
Are you living as though any day could be the last? Are you living with the tension of heaven is just around the corner? Are you living with eternity in your heart? Are you planning, preparing, running for the day that you meet Jesus. We are told that he is coming again. The early followers believed Jesus would come back before they died - they would say to each other Maranatha - Jesus is coming soon. There was excitement, delight, wonder and worship. Paul put it like this it is better for me to go to be with Jesus, but at this present time, its more needed for me to be here. Or he put it another way - for me to live is Christ and to die is gain.  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 21st May 2019 | Sermons
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.  ...

Mars Hill Blog | 16th May 2019 | Sermons
Pride comes before a fall - Proverbs 16v18, and even a fool! Pride is something that can cause a whole load of trouble, makes us self assured and self centred. It causes us to become arrogant, which is dangerous. This is something that God continually warns us of. So today we will see that God through the prophet obadiah addresses the issues of pride among the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, a man who through his pride gave up his brith right....

Mars Hill Blog | 07th May 2019 | Sermons
DNA is like the life source of living organism. DNA forms genes which in turn defines, shapes, and makes people what they are. DNA is meant to replicate, be passed on, create things in its image. As Christians we were and are made in the image of God - supernatural, spiritual DNA running through our bodies - made to reflect the likeness of God. So what is in our DNA?...

Mars Hill Blog | 30th April 2019 | Sermons
The bible uses lots of analogies when it comes to talking about Jesus and one of the most prolific one is a Shepherd. The Shepherds role is to protect and provide for his sheep. The bible tells us that Jesus is a Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. He wants to provide and protect us....

Mars Hill Blog | 23rd April 2019 | Sermons
Here is an extract from our Easter Service - Jesus is Alive......

Mars Hill Blog | 09th April 2019 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 03rd April 2019 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 25th March 2019 | Sermons
As we now close this letter to the Corinthian church, Paul answers one final question and that is the collection for the saints in Jerusalem and what they are supposed to do with finances. He then covers how various people are using their gifts generously for the good of the church, and then finishes by showing how we are to love each other by the way we great and treat each other. This section summarises the whole letter and that is - in and of ourselves we cannot achieve what God is asking of us - the bar is too high. We can only live this life through the Holy Spirit at work in us - less of us and more of him as he gives us the power and ability to look like Jesus....

Mars Hill Blog | 20th March 2019 | Sermons
If you knew today was your last day on this earth - what would you do? Who would you spend time with? How would you live it? We are told to live for today, you only have one life so live it? So what does that mean? How should we live this one life, should we live for today and forget tomorrow? We are encouraged to live for now and if we are to make plans it is for the next 5-10 years. Plan your education, your career, your holidays. The here and now becomes what we focus on, but what about after this life? What about not the temporal, but the eternal? What about when we die? How have you lived and are you ready to face what is on the other side? Paul says this in verse (v19), if this is the only life we have then we are to be pitied. He saw something more after the grave, something that was bigger, greater, more important. He encouraged us to live as though eternity is in our grasp. He encouraged us to beat our bodies in to submission, flee from sin, pursue Jesus, to make Jesus our own. He encouraged us that to live is Christ, our life should be Jesus, but to die is gain. He encourages us today, not to just live for today, not to just plan for the next 5-10 years, but to live and plan for eternity....

Mars Hill Blog | 08th March 2019 | Sermons
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. ...

Mars Hill Blog | 06th March 2019 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 28th February 2019 | Sermons
As a church we want to encourage both the prophets and the prophetic, so that we can hear God clearly in all areas of our life. We believe that a successful church will be one that appreciates the prophetic and is a place where prophets can develop in their ministry. Likewise we believe tongues is a gift given to the church that is underrated and often underused. We don't want people to feel left out or unloved or not chosen if you don't speak in tongues, but we do want to encourage everyone to speak to God in his language, and so its important to look at the place of both prophecy and Tongues in our lives and the life of the church....

Mars Hill Blog | 21st February 2019 | Sermons
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Mars Hill Blog | 15th February 2019 | Sermons
We started this year by saying God has told us to expect the unexpected and this is where we will finish our vision series too. We are meant to be people with a nature like Elijah, with faith like Elijah and outcomes like Elijah, yet Elijah was only a shadow of what was to come, we have been called to do even greater things that Jesus - to walk in a supernatural faith that affects and infects all around us, we now have God on the inside everyday of our lives. The question is do we believe this? Is this our reality? Are we expecting the unexpected?...

Mars Hill Blog | 08th February 2019 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 22nd January 2019 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 11th January 2019 | Sermons
The word I have for this first Sunday is expectancy - we need to be people who expect God to be who he says he is and will do the things he says he will do. To do this we need vision, but the thing with vision is that it can actually prohibit expectancy. If our vision is too small or negative it can stop us actually seeing what God wants, it can stop us believing what God wants. Vision or revelations is literally seeing and hearing God as if he was standing right in front of you. It is not a good idea, but a God idea, a dream that he gives to us, and we need to be expectant that God is speaking to us, God is moving among us, and that God wants you to be healed and he wants our community to be saved....

Mars Hill Blog | 19th December 2018 | Sermons
All of us go through different experiances in life; some good, some bad.  So what is the secret to life and having the most fulfilled life possible.  As we continue our Christmas series we begin to explore these questions....

Mars Hill Blog | 17th December 2018 | Sermons
Two of the most common words used around Christmas, often seen on cards is Joy and peace. Yet are they the two words you would use? Although for many Christmas is an exciting, fun and enjoyable time, it is still not without its stresses and strains. Trying to get presents, trying to get enough money for presents, sorting out the Christmas dinner, making time for distant friends and relatives. Rather than being a relaxed time or a peaceful time it can often be quite hectic, even worrying and an anxious time. So as we are brimming with all these kinds of emotions, and as we struggle on to make it the best Christmas we have ever had, have we missed something that we all need? Have we missed something of the simplicity of the Christmas message? Have we missed what Jesus is all about? Life and freedom, Joy and peace?...

Mars Hill Blog | 03rd December 2018 | Sermons
The Question we are asking today is why do we celebrate Christmas? Over the years we have done various surveys and most common answers are; because we get presents, we have great food and drink, it’s a fun time of year. Some people say it’s about love and families, for others it’s quite a lonely time. If you ask a Christian or even someone who doesn't profess to follow Jesus, you may get some kind of answer around the birth of Jesus. But if you try to delve any further and ask what’s the relevance of this, and do we actually believe this story, the answers are much more vague or less positive. Even for us who say we follow this Jesus, why is the birth of Christ so important? Why is Christmas such an important celebration for us? Well today I hope to just start us on this journey and each week we’ll explore a bit more about this incredible truth and the difference it makes to us. My hope is that just as the wise men were drawn by the star to Jesus we too, all of us, will be drawn that bit closer to Jesus this year....

Mars Hill Blog | 27th November 2018 | Sermons
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…...

Mars Hill Blog | 19th November 2018 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 06th November 2018 | Sermons
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?...

Mars Hill Blog | 31st October 2018 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 22nd October 2018 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 22nd October 2018 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 08th October 2018 | Sermons
It’s easy as a Christian to get busy with doing things for God; working hard, putting on events, running programs, reaching out to those in need, preaching, leading, caring… It can easily become about our achievement and how successful things are, and we can forget that we are actually dealing with real people with real lives - that we are called to not just do, but to do from a place of love. The former is a lifestyle of religion based around rules, the later is based on love which is relational. Paul in the passage today brings it back to the heart of the matter, which is the matter the heart - do we truly love the people God has placed around us, both in the church in our communities? And is it love that motivates everything we do?...

Mars Hill Blog | 08th October 2018 | Sermons
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Mars Hill Blog | 25th July 2018 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 16th July 2018 | Sermons
When we think of the word Saint, your mind probably either goes to the TV series, or to old guys that were super good and did kind things to people a bit like St Nick - father Christmas. Yet in the bible it has a totally different view point. Paul uses this word time again to describe Christians; to show the kind of people they now are because of Jesus.  Not goody two shoes kind of people, or Holier than thou kind of people, but real people, with real lives.  Ordinary men, women and children who have been transformed by an extraordinary God, all made possible because this God chose to become human, live among us, and pay for the penalty of our sin on the cross. We are no longer strangers but we are called to be friends of God....

Mars Hill Blog | 11th July 2018 | Sermons
I speak to quite a few people who do not know what Gods will is for them. They say they don’t know, or are not sure. Often people don't think Gd uses them or has much of a plan for them. We can spend our life gliding through situations unaware of the awesome truth that God has a plan and will for your life, and plan that is for our good and for the good of his Kingdom....

Mars Hill Blog | 02nd July 2018 | Sermons
Michael Jackson stated in his song - I'm starting with the man in the mirror. Mirrors are important as they show a reflection of the person looking at it. It is therefore essential to have a discussion about the mirror(s) of our lives.  Dipo Aworinde....

Mars Hill Blog | 11th June 2018 | Sermons
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?...

Mars Hill Blog | 05th June 2018 | Sermons
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....

Mars Hill Blog | 05th June 2018 | Sermons
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