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.
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.
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?
God specialises in turning your nothing into something – something spectacular. As you realise that nothing is never nothing with God, embrace the power of surrendering your something to God, you’ll then discover EVERYTHING that God has for your life.
This message uncovers the way in which God can turn your nothing, no where, no way areas into abundant places. It will transform the way you see what’s in your hand.
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.
To have a life of meaning is the primary driver of human souls. To do this, tables must turn, saying goodbyes must happen, storm clouds are ushered and reinventions begun. That’s why many choose to attempt to live a life of happiness only to discover that on either side of moments of happiness lies deep discontent. The more meaningful your life is, the more fulfilled you’ll become.
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.