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Robin Hobson - 31 August 2014

Taking a look at what we can learn from the story of Samson.

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The prayer of confession used at the end of the sermon is taken from the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer: -

Almighty God,
long-suffering and of great goodness:
I confess to you,
I confess with my whole heart
my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,
my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking;
the hurts I have done to others,
and the good I have left undone.
O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;
and raise me to newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Bible reference: Judges 13-16

Keep Calm and Have Faith: Walking the Ancient Paths, Today

Submitted by admin on 31 August, 2014 - 13:47

Norman Michell - 24 August 2014

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Peter Butchers - 10 August 2014

Continuing our series on Old Testament heroes of faith, we look today at the story of Gideon.

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Bible reference: Judges 6:11-12

Keep Calm and Have Faith: Walking the Ancient Paths, Today

Submitted by admin on 31 August, 2014 - 13:45

Richard Jackson - 3 August 2014

Richard leads our 'Practising the Presence' reflections today.

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Keep Calm and Have Faith: Walking the Ancient Paths, Today

Submitted by admin on 3 August, 2014 - 12:11

John Hicks - 27 July 2014

John Hicks introduces our summer series... Keep Calm and Have Faith.

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Bible reference: Hebrews 11

Keep Calm and Have Faith: Walking the Ancient Paths, Today

Submitted by admin on 27 July, 2014 - 18:27

Peter Butchers - 20 July 2014

Piecing it all together: The rainshelter - not pious ghetto.

We were never called to limit the Kingdom of God to what we can do inside the church. The rainshelter is a place to rest a while, to stop for a few minutes, to shelter from the storm before we go out again. The church is the same. Our purpose is not to draw people to us, but to GO and find them for Jesus.

This is the final part in our "Piecing it all together" series.

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Bible reference: Matthew 5:13

Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world

Submitted by admin on 20 July, 2014 - 11:57

Peter Butchers - 13 July 2014

Piecing it all together: Worship that works...everywhere.

Today we focus once more on our lives outside the four walls of the church where we spend the vast majority of our time. As we piece it together we see that our worth-ship of the King informs and impacts every thing and moment of every day.

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Bible reference: Amos 5:18-24

Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world

Submitted by admin on 13 July, 2014 - 08:36

Dave Steell - 29 June 2014

Piecing it all together: Risk-filled Living.

Today we welcomed Dave Steell, minister of One Church Brighton.

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Bible reference: Numbers 13:26-30

Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world

Submitted by admin on 29 June, 2014 - 13:03

Robin Fisk - 22 June 2014

Piecing it all together: DIRECTION not Destination.

This morning we look at how direction matters more than destination, and think about ways we can stop, listen and be prepared to change course.

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Bible reference: Matthew 4:18-22

The presentation used for this sermon is also available.

Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world

Submitted by admin on 22 June, 2014 - 12:26

Andy Gilbert - 15 June 2014

Why is understanding and taking part in Christian community especially important for us today?

I'm convinced that one of the reasons the church is not having a greater impact in our world is because, like the world around us, Christians have succumbed to individualism. It's all about "me and Jesus".

Stamped into the fabric of our modern society is the idea that the individual is the primary centre of reality, the ultimate standard of value. We live in a culture where there are few, if any, obligations to others. I am the sole authority for how I live my life.

This approach devalues the role of "the many" in favour of "the one". Togetherness and community are radically diminished. It's all about "me", not "we".

How does that square up with our view of God, the images He has given us of the church and the guidance He has given us for how we should live?

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Bible reference: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

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Submitted by admin on 15 June, 2014 - 13:43

Peter Butchers - 8 June 2014

Piecing it all together: Relationships that REDEEM.

As we'll see this morning, the depth of our relationships within the church directly relates to the power of our witness outside the church. You cannot have one without the other. 'By this shall everyone know that you are my disciples...'

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Bible reference: John 13:34-35

Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world

Submitted by admin on 8 June, 2014 - 12:48

Richard Jackson - 1 June 2014

The Apostle Paul tells us we should pray constantly, but in the midst of our 'busyness', how does that work? Perhaps we need to change our mindset!

Today we're looking at Practising the Presence of God, and we're focussing on prayer.

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Bible reference: Luke 18:1-8

Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world

Submitted by admin on 1 June, 2014 - 12:48

Peter Butchers - 18 May 2014

Piecing it all together: The Gospel that TRANSFORMS everything.

This morning, in an informal conversation with Alan Chilver, Peter explores why we find it hard to live lives of 'integrity' (holding it all together) and offers some practical ways we can live the life God has called us to lead, where JESUS IS LORD permeates and impacts everything we do.

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Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world

Submitted by admin on 18 May, 2014 - 13:28

Peter Butchers - 11 May 2014

Piecing it all together: Joining in on God's mission.

This morning we're looking at how we join in with God's mission to His world, focussing on three areas: -

Cross cultural boundaries

Whilst it is true that few of us cross geographical boundaries to serve God, we need to understand that being mission-minded in BN44 also makes us cross boundaries of culture.

People outside the Church don't 'get' Christian faith; it isn't on their agenda at all. Even the words we use to explain the story of Jesus have to be modified to be intelligible.

If we are to reach the people in our communities we need to demonstrate and explain the Good News in ways that people can understand and appreciate; understanding their world and showing how the Gospel is relevant to it.

Living as one community: not 'them' and 'us'

Traditional evangelism has been focused around inviting 'them' to come to 'us', to where we are; and in doing so, 'they' become like 'us'.

However, Jesus calls everyone to come to Him. The Church is not the end, Jesus is. The Church is a means to that end. The Church's role then is to help others come to Jesus (as well as coming themselves).

It is a journey of 'us together' not 'we've made it come to where we are'. To do this, we welcome and involve everyone into the community of faith, regardless of where they are in their own journey towards Jesus.

Power of the story

As we listen to one another's stories we don't only share facts and dates, we share ourselves. When we tell our stories of life and faith we learn to interpret the works of God in the ordinariness of our everyday lives.

We learn to hear from one another the deepest desires of our hearts and we discover our place in God's world. There is a story behind everything, and His Story is behind them all. We will always tell stories and listen to others'.

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Bible reference: Luke 10:1-17

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Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world

Note: the full version of this sermon, including the stories from Mexico, is available on request.

Submitted by admin on 11 May, 2014 - 13:32

Peter Butchers - 27 April 2014

Piecing it all together: God on a MISSION.

This morning we start our Summer series, Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world. The aim is, over the next couple of months, to have an honest, biblical look at what it means to follow Jesus in our day and age. Today we start with that which unpins everything else; the God on a Mission. The only reason that we know anything about God is because He has come to us as the self-revealing, missionary God.

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Piecing it all together: Jesus centred values for a modern world

Submitted by admin on 27 April, 2014 - 13:20

Peter Butchers - 20 April 2014

From our Easter Celebration service: "Is the resurrection necessary?"

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Bible reference: 1 Corinthians 15 12-28, 54-58

Submitted by admin on 22 April, 2014 - 17:45

Jo Jackson - 6 April 2014

Looking at Moses' willingness to be available for God's purpose.

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Bible reference: Exodus 3:1-14, 19:1-8

Submitted by admin on 6 April, 2014 - 13:00

Peter Butchers - 23 February 2014

DEEP ROOTED - "God is Trustworthy". The last in our current series.

To live thankful, grateful lives is not just a nice thing to do, it is the only appropriate response to the God who is completely TRUSTWORTHY. We worship the One who has proved His love and faithfulness to hold us all through all things - the One who can be trusted. In everything. Always.

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Bible reference: Psalm 100

The book referred to throughout this series is The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith.

Deep Rooted - cultivating the inner life

Submitted by admin on 23 February, 2014 - 13:37

Peter Butchers - 9 February 2014

DEEP ROOTED - "God Is Love".

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Bible reference: 1 John 4:7-12

Deep Rooted - cultivating the inner life

Submitted by admin on 9 February, 2014 - 13:48

Jeanie Herbert - 2 February 2014

Jeanie leads our "Practise the Presence of God" reflections.

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The book referred to throughout this series is The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith.

Deep Rooted - cultivating the inner life

Submitted by admin on 2 February, 2014 - 13:29