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September 2020 2 posts

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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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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?...

July 2020 4 posts

Mars Hill Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Here is this weeks video...

Mars Hill Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Here is this weeks weekly video!...

Mars Hill Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Check out this weeks weekly Video....

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Check out our latest weekly video......

June 2020 6 posts

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Weekly video is now ready - God My Provider...

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Check out our weekly video!...

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Here is this weeks video......

May 2020 9 posts

Mars Hill Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Here is this weeks weekly video......

Mars Hill Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
The Beacon Food bank has up and running for a while; here is a short video to let you know whats been going on and how you can use it....

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Mars Hill Weekly video - 25th May 2020....

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Weekly video - 17th May 2020....

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
10th May - Weekly video - Listen - How do we listen to God in the midst of the noise and business of life?...

Mars Hill Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Weekly Video to get us thinking about Gods promises and how they bring security to our life and relationships....

April 2020 8 posts

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
This is our weekly video;  a thought that links Sundays message with Mondays mediation for the week....

Mars Hill Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
A short video linking Sundays message with Mondays meditation to produce a thought for the week....

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 Church | | Church Videos, Religion & Spirituality
Viruses spread quickly and easily, even in harsh conditions.  These vriruses are unwanted and are often difficult to get rid of.  But what if there was a virus for good?  What if the message of Jesus - The gospel - The good news was like a virus that spread to everyone we came in contact with and instead of causing pain, brought life?...

Mars Hill Church | | Soul Food, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Soul Food, Religion & Spirituality
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 Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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....

March 2020 4 posts

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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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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February 2020 3 posts

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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....

January 2020 6 posts

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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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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....

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December 2019 1 posts

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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....

November 2019 2 posts

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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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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…...

October 2019 5 posts

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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....

September 2019 4 posts

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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. ...

August 2019 3 posts

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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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
Dipo speaks to us this week about Renewing the Mind.  Please listen in on this super important topic....

July 2019 5 posts

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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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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.  ...

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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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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 | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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?...

June 2019 4 posts

Mars Hill Blog | | Sermons, Religion & Spirituality
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?...

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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?...

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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....

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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....

May 2019 5 posts

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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.  ...

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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.  ...

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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?...

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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....

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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?...

April 2019 7 posts

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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....

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Here is an extract from our Easter Service - Jesus is Alive......

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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....

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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?...

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Its been a while since we have updated this section but so much as gone on over the months.  We have seen people saved, we have had testimoneis of healing (Backs, legs, bulimia, all kinds of things), we have seen people respond to the Holy Spirit as their lives are changed and set on fire for him.  We continue to go out on the streets, where we have the privleage of sharing Jesus with people and praying for them.  We have also now started a drop in facility for youth, a place they can be.  We are always humbled how God uses us - earthenware pots, with nothing special in and of ourselves, but containing the greatest treasure ever - Jesus....

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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....

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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?  ...

March 2019 5 posts

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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....

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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....

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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. ...

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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....

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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....

February 2019 5 posts

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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....

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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?...

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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....

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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....

January 2019 5 posts

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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 Church | | Soul Food, Religion & Spirituality
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?...

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Last week we looked at vision in general, and about how faith is at the bedrock of vision - believing in the truth of God over our experiences and not letting fear of others, failure etc stop us from moving forward. We looked at how to obtain and walk with vision - REST, RECEIVE, WRITE, RUN AND REMIND. Today we are looking at personal vision, what vision do you have for your life? How do you see yourself and how do you perceive others see you?- And if faith is the bedrock to walking in vision, then sacrifice is how we access it....

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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....

December 2018 3 posts

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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....

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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?...

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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....

November 2018 6 posts

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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…...

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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?...

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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 Church | | Soul Food, Religion & Spirituality
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?...

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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 Church | | Soul Food, Religion & Spirituality
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?...

October 2018 8 posts

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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....

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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 w