Please find links below to our Sunday Sermons. For our members who have not been able to join us, or if you are new to us, or considering coming along to one of our services, they give an insight into the Word that we are studying at our services. Our major themes for this year are obedience and endurance:
Romans 5:12 Paul writes “For the wages of sin is death…(but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.)” Paul does a great job in teaching that the law does not make a person righteous. He has then shown in great detail how salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 Habakkuk was a prophet around 610 BC. He is unique among the prophets because he asks questions of God.
PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 I believe that THIS passage is truly one of the most important in the bible. It is also one of the earliest pieces of writing found that speaks of the deity of Christ, and is thought to be an early hymn.
So this morning let’s see from this passage who Jesus is; what he did; what this tells us about God; and what this means for us today.
One of the most important questions we have to deal with is who exactly Jesus Christ is.
Romans 5:2-5 The story of Ernest Shackleton, and his amazing feat while on his trip to Antarctica.He set out in 1914 to cross the Antarctic on foot, but their ship was ice bound and eventually was crushed. Most of the team had already signed book deals and lecture tours, none of which would happen. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, but when you’re young, fame and fortune are hard to resist!
12 Mathew 7 13 All of us have had those kinds of experiences where we feel like we’re out of place. Maybe some of you here today are guests and just being in church makes you feel that way. The first thing we’re thinking when we walk into a new group of people is, “Is there anyone here like me?”
DOES HELL EXIST?
After the family meeting a few weeks ago, someone challenged me about the fact that hell is never preached on. This is something I have thought about for a long time and the challenge, gently put as it was, spurred me into action. You all know I love a challenge, so here are some thoughts about hell for us to take away and ponder over. I pray that you will be blessed.
GET YOUR FEET WET
If you have ever spent any time in the wilderness of life then you have probably spent time thinking about the promised land; that place where life will be better, more settled, easier.
God has revealed Himself through His creation, and through the revelation of His word. We knowingly rebel against Him and so we are separated from the source of life-God-and face spiritual death.
THE CHURCH: A PLACE OF REFUGE
I think everyone has some place of refuge? It is the place we turn to when life becomes a little overwhelming. It may be a frustrating day, a threat from the weather, a physical setback, or a relationship problem. Most of us have a place where we turn for refuge.
Romans 8 :24-28
Mind The Gap!
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope: for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait eagerly for it with perseverance. But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. Now he who searches the heart knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercessions for the saints, according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Hope – Elpis/ Elpizio (Greek) Anticipate, desire – stronger word expect
Hebrew towcheleth – strong again – expectation so more like elpizio.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is the tree of life. Prov 13:12.
This year has been one of hope deferred, and fulfilled desire.
God is there when the desire is fulfilled – but more importantly he is there whilst the hope is deferred and makes our hearts sick. He is in the gap!
Hebrews 12 – Obedience and Endurance
People have asked me, what is the aim for 2019, what are we going to try to achieve at Southend? I can tell you now in two words, and you may not like the sound of them straight away, but give them time and you will see how important these two words are in the walk of every Christian, which is why I want to share them with you.
The first word is
The ability to persevere in a task or calling. The Christian is called to endure in the face of trial or opposition, and his endurance brings spiritual rewards.
I have said on a number of occasions that God has been speaking to me about being obedient. Our Christian race is kept on track by us being obedient to what the Lord is asking us to do. When we disobey, then we go off course and get lost in the things which weigh us down.
When I was a child Easter was all about the Easter service and the Bank Holiday parades. I liked the parade better than the service, because we would have all the huge silk banners leading the march through town. Mother’s Union, TUC, Scouts, Guides, Cubs, WI, they were all there. We would be dressed up in fancy dress, if you were under 14, and if you had a bike it was decorated with flowers. There was an Easter Bonnet parade for ladies, hotly contested, I have to say, and the men as I remember did very little except March to the park and then watch everyone else. Easter was also a time of new clothes, which in our house meant my brothers old clothes. My friends would have new trousers and jackets, but some of us had hand-me-downs. I hated them, I even tried to get rid of them because other kids would laugh at you, but my mother would put new buttons on the coat, turn up the trousers, and make me wear them. For my parents, new clothes were important, a part of Easter but not the most important. Not the reason for the season. I was not focused on the reason for the season, but the extra activities that through traditions had been added to it. I do not want us to miss that. It’s not about the Easter egg hunt, the new clothes, the parade, the funfair rides – it’s about the fact that Jesus got
Looking for Security
One thing we all look for in this life is security. The pursuit of security is what takes up so much of our time, our energy and is what drives so many people to spend their whole lives seeking whatever it is that makes them feel secure. For some, it’s going to be money. A large bank balance makes you feel secure, so I’m told. Having the right property in the right place, , location, location, location, maybe that’s what folk are after. Some only find security in their health, having the right diet, the right doctor. Many people find their security in their work, having position and influence over others, to be respected and well-known. We want to feel secure in many areas of our lives, in our family, our friends, and our children. What about the nation? Most people want to know their country is secure, helps you sleep at night, right? What is the typical response when we feel insecure? It’s to look around at what others are doing and emulate them. Get up the property ladder, or the corporate ladder, get the best personal fitness trainer or diet. The pressure on parents today is intense, because no-one wants their children to feel left behind. So if little Araminta from no. 43 is having lessons in Buddhist meditative chanting, you want your kid to have Buddhist meditative chanting lessons as well. FOMO. Fear of missing out. I want what they’ve got, that’s what I need to be secure.
Is your life secure today?
Holding the Rope
Emperor Diocletian in 303 A.D. issued 4 proclamations to wipe out the Christian faith. For 8 years persecution swept the Empire. Many churches were demolished. Many copies of the Bible were burned. Christians were killed. To the Emperor, the purge looked so complete that he issued a new coin with the inscription, “The Christian religion is destroyed and the worship of the gods is restored.” What he didn’t know was that God had a call on the next emperor – Constantine (313 A.D.) – who established the Roman Empire as a Christian Empire! You can’t stop God! Hitler burned Bibles and declared he would write his own. Nations have risen and fallen, but the Word of God lives on! Emperors, Kings and Dictators have attempted to stamp it out, but the Word of God lives on! Many philosophers and educators have mocked the Bible, but today they are dead and the Word of God lives on!