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Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

This sermon takes us to the summit of the Beatitudes: we discover that those who follow Christ will be blessed by God and hated by the world. We tend to associate suffering with God’s displeasure but here in this final beatitude we see that the highest level of anointing is reserved for those who are persecuted for Christ. When you appreciate what the Bible has to say about persecution, you can rejoice when you are persecuted for the sake of Jesus because something will be yours on account of your suffering, that would not have been yours otherwise; this sermon tells you what that something is.


Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

In a world filled with conflict, God calls Christians to be agents of peace. This sermon describes the true meaning of peace and shows how to not only be filled with God’s peace, but also be a peacemaker to the people around you. Discover that as you make peace, you reflect your heavenly Father and bear the family likeness.

Blessed Are the Pure In Heart

Blessed Are the Pure In Heart

It is possible to live a divided life: when we don’t give ourselves totally to sin but we don’t give ourselves totally to God either. This sermon shows that a happy person is a holy person - a person with a clean heart and an undivided heart. We learn that being pure in heart means pursuing daily cleansing and making the pursuit of God’s glory the chief passion of our lives; when we live in this way we discover that it is possible to see God in quite a remarkable way in the here and now.


Blessed Are the Merciful

Blessed Are the Merciful

Although there is freedom in Christ, the unmerciful Christian is unable to walk in the full experience of this. This sermon exhorts us to examine our hearts and our actions so that mercy pervades our daily lives and we can receive the new mercies of God every morning. You will see that the biblical language for mercy implies both practical compassion for those in need, as well as forgiveness for those who have done wrong, and you will be inspired to pursue these in your life.

Courage In Obedience

Courage In Obedience

In this sermon guest speaker Sarah Parkinson - Discipleship Pastor at Letchworth Garden City Church - looks at some of the "be strong and courageous" statements in Joshua Chapter 1. Both challenging and prophetic, this sermon will inspire you to take the steps you need towards wholehearted obedience.

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

All of us are involved in a quest for fulfilment; in the fourth beatitude Jesus shows that true fulfilment is to be found in hungering and thirsting after righteousness. This sermon shows that this means desiring to live free from the power of sin and to walk right with God. You will learn how to cultivate a growing desire within you for this righteousness. 

Blessed Are the Meek

Blessed Are the Meek

In a world which often applauds might being right, Jesus says that it is actually meekness that pays dividends with God. In this message we open up the third beatitude by sketching a biblical portrait of meekness; we deal with misconceptions as to what it means to be meek and learn that meekness is not weakness but power under control. We highlight some of the eternal ramifications of living a life that is meek - blessed indeed are the meek!

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Is it possible we are not happy because we’ve not truly mourned over our sin? In this message we explore what Jesus meant when He said, “Blessed are those who mourn” - at first glance one of the most paradoxical statements in the entire Bible. Discover the wonderful promise of comfort and the special work of the Holy Spirit that is ours when we mourn the righteousness that we lack and start to see sin for what it is.

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

The road to God’s blessing starts by seeing yourself for what you are: a sinner in need of a saviour. Being poor of spirit is about acknowledging our total spiritual bankruptcy before God and our utter dependence on Him. This message will give you a new perspective on brokenness and will open your eyes to the amazing blessing that awaits the one who humbly bows their heart to Christ.

The Blessed Life

The Blessed Life

This sermon is in two parts: the first introduces our new series on the beatitudes in Matthew 5 and the second unpacks a rhema word to One Church from Matthew 5:1-2. Learn the distinguishing marks of a true Christian and the discover the kind of life that attracts the blessing of God.

Living In Grace (The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant)

Living In Grace (The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant)

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant reminds us that God’s forgiveness is a gift of grace that sets us free. By demonstrating such grace to others we can live free and whole too; otherwise the cost of not showing such mercy is just far too high. This sermon shows us how to live in God's gracious plan for our lives instead of being held captive by unforgiveness. 

Foresight & Faithfulness (The Parable of the Shrewd Manager)

Foresight & Faithfulness (The Parable of the Shrewd Manager)

In the Parable of the Shrewd Manager Jesus draws a positive truth from a negative example and reminds us about the need for both foresight about the future and faithfulness in the present. This sermon illuminates this surprising and often misunderstood parable from Luke 16 and shows how we can use our money in the present in such a way that it wins us eternal friends and makes an eternal impact in heaven.

 

 

Will You Be Ready? (The Parable of the Ten Virgins)

Will You Be Ready? (The Parable of the Ten Virgins)

Jesus is coming back again - we need to let the fact that Jesus could come back at any time dramatically impact the way we live today. There will only be two kinds of people when Jesus returns to this earth: those who are ready and those who are not. This sermon unpacks the Parable of the Ten Virgins and shows you how to have enough oil - how to be and live ready - for the return of Jesus.

Room at the Table (The Parable of the Great Banquet)

Room at the Table (The Parable of the Great Banquet)

The Parable of the Great Banquet shows us God’s amazing generosity in inviting us into His kingdom. But the invitation doesn’t just stop there - there is room at the table and God wants His house full, so we need to let others know that they are welcome, that they are invited to God’s great banquet.

Be Faithful With What You Have (The Parable of the Talents)

Be Faithful With What You Have (The Parable of the Talents)

A key question for the disciple of Christ is not "how much have I been given?" but "what am I doing with what I've been given?". Life is a gift from God; what we do with it is our gift to Him - and ultimately we will give an account to Him for our faithfulness, or lack thereof, in stewarding our life. In this sermon we delve into the Parable of the Talents; learn how to invest what God has given you - the resources, abilities, opportunities and everything else - for God's glory and the good of others.


This is the link to the video referred to at 13 mins 46 secs:

https://youtu.be/xsqInns6LXQ

 

 

New Wine (The Parable of the Wineskins)

New Wine (The Parable of the Wineskins)

Jesus brings the promise of new wine, but our old lives won't be able to accommodate it; new wine and old wineskins just don't mix - new wine needs new wineskins. The great news is that God is in the business of renewal; He makes all things new. So if we're willing, if we change our taste from old wine to new wine, if we thirst for more of the Holy Spirit, then God promises to make us into new wineskins. His promise is total transformation.

Cultivating Your Heart for a Spiritual Harvest (The Parable of the Four Soils)

Cultivating Your Heart for a Spiritual Harvest (The Parable of the Four Soils)

The parable of the four soils reveals that the Word of God doesn't operate mechanically or inevitably. Two people can hear exactly the same message: one can have their life changed yet the other can remain unmoved. The ultimate reason for this is explained in this all-important parable; Jesus teaches us how the conditions of our heart need to be right in order for us to experience harvest. This sermon unpacks Jesus' teaching here and shows how to transform the soil of our heart into good soil that can bear much fruit.

Hidden in Plain Sight (An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus)

Hidden in Plain Sight (An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus)

This introductory sermon to our series on the parables of Jesus will help you discover some of the wonder and power of the parables. The paradox of the parables is that they can both reveal and conceal spiritual truth depending on the state of heart of the listener. As you learn what parables are and why Jesus often taught using them, you will be inspired to keep on craving more revelation from God about the mysteries of His kingdom.

Taking Jesus at His Word

Taking Jesus at His Word

Even before we’ve seen a sign we can put our faith in Jesus, knowing that He is who He says He is and He does what He says He will do. If you’re currently on the journey between hearing the word and seeing the sign, know that you can take Jesus at His word. Listen now to this faith-building sermon: Taking Jesus at His Word.

The Timing of God

The Timing of God

Sometimes it can seem if God's timing is taking too long; this isn't always easy for us to understand but this sermons reminds us that God's timing is perfect and that in all things we can trust Him. Be encouraged as you listen to keep on pursuing the promises of God.