The Holy Spirit is often the least-understood person of the Trinity, so this week we are embarking on a three-week study into who He is and His purposes on this earth.
Grab a notepad and settle into this teaching this week as Ps Jo Willis guides us through the Holy Spirit’s fit, function and focus; and delves into the significance of various words to describe His nature, one being the Hebrew ‘neshama’: the breath of life.
As a church, we are on a quest to ask God, “what does the church that you want to build look like?”
In this week’s message, Ps Lois Willis explores the idea that perhaps, up until now, we’ve been stuck in man-made living. But now God has led us, like Jacob, to an altar where we can lay down our old ways and move our lives and the church toward God-made living.
God’s plan was always that we would experience the gate of heaven – we just have to change our perspective.
Grab onto the hope we have in Christ and the fact the Lord sees the man in the mess this week as we work together to begin to build the church He sees. Be encouraged in this with Ps Jo Willis’ latest message – the first part of our new series – Heaven on Earth: Home Away from Home.
In all the tumult of our world, it’s so easy to lose sight of our first love. But what is our first love? Is it Jesus, or is it the church?
Listen to this week’s podcast with Ps Jo Willis as he explores our need to reprioritise our loves to further the kingdom of God. Let’s rise up as an effective church; an effective body, with our unique parts and gifts working together in unison.
Right now, we’re in The Messy Middle. We’re experiencing losses, a slowing down, a redirection of purpose and changes to our daily rhythm. It’s been confusing and difficult to adjust. Though even in these challenging times, there’s joy to be had! Listen to Ps Lou Davies today as she encourages us to reclaim our joy in the midst of this trying season.
You would think that we are living in a time where people know their worth but the reality of this generation is that people don’t know what real confidence is.
We live in a ‘value crisis generation’, which makes it difficult to know how much God love’s us. As a new creation a journey of allowing God to change, form and transition you from your previous mindset brings Confident Faith because God way is always better.
Ps Georgie encourages that as believers, we are to lift our heads and hearts to walk out as people who carry a Confident Faith, knowing that God wants us to be completely set free.
So much of what we live in tomorrow is based on what we are building today.
The legacy we leave in the future has the ability to break open areas in our world not just for the kingdom of heaven but for others to follow in as well but the question we have to ask ourselves before we get there we have to ask ourselves one question. What are we building?
Your ability to belong is inextricably linked to your gifting being released and without it giants of intimidation will continue to threaten our future. But God has built a giant slayer into each one of us, uniquely gifting us to take down giants both personally and on behalf of others, and it happens as we are we are planted in the soil of community and flourish beside the stream of the Holy Spirit. Understand that there are stages to belonging; it takes something of us, and as we move through them, God transforms us to become giant slayers on behalf of a generation.
It is so easy to let our emotions, feelings and what we are experiencing right now take over BUT they don’t have to have the final say! Press play to listen to this powerful message from Pastor Rachael Taylor.
Ever been on autopilot and gone back an old address?
In life that can often happen too; we can move back into our old habits, ways of thinking or lifestyles, but God has called us to occupy a new place. This new place is influential and significant, but in order to reside here we have to say goodbye to the old address and utilise the keys to our new location.
It is imperative to know what is on the other side of your digging…it is the wall of breakthrough.
Ps Vanessa gives us 7 keys to breakthrough. The act of reflection on all areas on ones life can tell you how closer you are to your breakthrough.
The Holy Spirit will help you to go into open and uncomfortable places, we are called to be in these places often because no one else is willing to go but there is a shift of what God is doing! God is going to go beyond your imagination.
Ps Vanessa introduces a different perspective of how we are used by God. She uses the example of a well to explain that every individual stands as a well in there community and before there is breakthrough of water, there is some digging to be done.
Any time the people of God dig wells, people life flourish.
This message will help you explore the questions what wells do you need to dig up in order for you to be effective in your community?
What does it mean to access living water not just for you but for the world around you?
Ps Ryan Smith teaches 4 mature responses to failure. As believers it is important for us to understand the importance of having discernment to know when it is time for a new beginning or an ending to something.
We all have an individual dialogue which means your relationship with God, yourself and others changes overtime, as you journey in Christ.
Failure – unwillingness to learn from past mistakes and not remain open to what God has for your in the future. God doesn’t define you by your mistakes, you are defined by the deep work of your transformation He does in you and through you because of your mistakes.
When facing issues in life our prayer is often for God to remove the issue for us. But what if the answer isn’t found in God removing the issue but is instead found in us changing perspective to gain a higher vantage point?
Dave and Jenny Gilpin, our Senior Pastors, share intimate secrets about their marriage, their disappointments, their devotional life, their tension points and their now Word from God. This is how you’ve never heard them before. Stuart Otten from ‘About Face’ is the interviewer.
From the events surrounding the ‘late’ arrival of Jesus after the death of Lazarus, Lois Willis, from the teaching team of Hope City, analyses why Jesus would ever want to delay a miracle. Not only were people he loved upset by his seeming lack of care, He himself wept at both the loss of His friend and the tension caused by His delay.
This message will shed light on your delays and help you turn your disappointment into expectation.
In every F1 race each car needs strategic pitstops to be able to successfully complete the race. The same is true in life; we’re not designed to just keep going & going, but rather God wants us all to have pitstop times of refreshing & renewal in his presence. A pitstop isn’t an indication of failure; it’s a set up for success.
Evangelism is not a solo pursuit. Pressure off! People often come to faith through a series of encounters with Christians. There are various roles within the team and you are essential in this Kingdom heist.
At every moment, there is something that is fighting for our attention, attempting to convince us to change our focus, or stop what we are doing. Listen in as Pastor Dave helps us to maintain our focus, and look to exactly what we need, even when the world around is trying to tell us otherwise.
Ps Jeff Lucas shares his salvation story through the lenses of his ‘confused’ 17year old self to express the power of prayer.
In the book of Acts the description of the Early Church was that they were ordinary people who were devoted. Their journey included authentic and real experiences of both victories and struggles.
This message helps you to understand and see the similarities and differences between Church as we know now and the Early Church. However, despite this the only thing that has stay the same through out the ages is the Love of God for his people. His devoted people.
People problems. Most of the drama we face comes from tensions between ourselves and others. How can we change this in 2019? Pastor Tebo gives four keys that can help you live a tension-free life so that you can crack on with purpose.
It’s Your Turn – How to Maximise Every Opportunity
Most things that affect your life are cyclic. They are part of something greater who’s momentum keeps you doing things that you don’t really want to be doing. Depression is often part of a cycle. Habits are definitely cyclic and bouts of anxiety are just that- bouts that continue like a boxing match.
In this message Pastor Rachael Taylor from Hope City Newcastle attempts to break cycles by looking at a the man at the pool of Bethesda who’s been ‘cycling’ for 38 years.
Often we find ourselves in situations where things look bleak and need a change, Hope City Teaching Pastor Louise Davies speaks about opening the door to our next season with the key of thanksgiving. Gratitude is the ultimate attitude, there is power in the word “Thank you”. Listen as Louise unpacks the thought and gives some tips on how to cultivate a lifestyle of thankfulness.
As part of our This New Republic weekend, Ps Tim Ross shares one of two messages about Support Systems. We all need support as we walk through life. In this message, Tim talks about how to find support by remaining in community. There are certain examples we can learn from the Bible, people from whom we can learn what not to do and how to support others by contributing to a healthy community.
If you see a sign saying ‘don’t walk on the grass’, we are all struck by a great temptation to walk on the grass! When God prompts you to do something, there’s always something in you that wants to say ‘no’. It’s that ‘no’ that needs breaking. Resistance comes in all forms from a subtle pulling back to public meltdown. This message by Tebo Mpanza, Hope City Birmingham Pastor, will help you speed into your God given future by taking your foot off the brake pedal. And we all have one.
Family Pastor Gav Gray brings an incredible message to inspire us that in the moments where we see the least hope can often be the moments where God brings the greatest miracle – God is not in the business of watching us stand beside the river, he is in the business of bringing breakthrough, to see us cross the river.
No matter who you are or what you do, you will only breathe out what you have breathed in, and what you breathe in is dictated by the atmosphere you live in. Lead Pastor Beth Blois introduces the summer series with an insightful message about the climate we allow and the atmosphere we live in. What you exhale will be what you’ve absorbed; there’s more to your words than just your thoughts – there’s something in the atmosphere.
Lead Pastor Colin Blois continues the EGO series, with another inspiring message looking at the Genius of YOU! The truth is that when you are facing your Goliath, you are the bigger person in the fight and you have what you need to win! Your strength and gifts are all you need to overcome whatever you are facing this week.
Lead Pastor Colin Blois introduces the EGO Series, based around the genius within – the giant within you is greater than the giants you face. If, as A.W. Tozer states, the most important thing about us is what comes to mind when we think about God, the second most important thing is what comes to mind when we think of ourselves.