James: Faith that works Part 4
James 1: 19-27
"Listening and Doing"
James says we should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Also to DO what the word says not JUST TO LISTEN to the word. If you just listen to the word you are deceiving yourself.
James: Faith that works Part 3
Matt 4: 1-11 & James 1: 13-18
“How to win the battle against temptation”.
When James talks of temptation he does not say IF tempted but WHEN tempted. But is temptation a sin against God? Can God be tempted? The Bible tells us no, but we know that Jesus was tempted by the devil and isn’t Jesus God? Yes but Jesus gave up his divine attributes to come amongst us and face suffering and temptation and he is the one we turn to when we struggle in times of temptation.
Tea with Tearfund
This is a recording of our evening service and we welcome Graeme McMeekin director of Tearfund Scotland. Graeme gives us an insight into the work of Tearfunds throughout the world.
James: Faith that works Part 2
James chapter 1
“I understand that the world thinks we are crazy”.
Our new series on the book of James is underway and in part 2 we look further into chapter one, the rich and the poor. The vast majority of the world lives in poverty and we are privileged to have wealth. James has much to say about the rich, does it bring arrogance or a sense of power? However there are no second class citizens in the kingdom of heaven. Wealth will not bring us salvation, it is grace alone. What then should our attitude be to our wealth and resources and how we use them?
James: Faith that works Part 1
James chapter 1
“The most honest book in the world”.
Today we start a new series on the book of James. Starting in chapter 1 we dive straight into the deep stuff. The Christian life is described as the best life but not the easiest one. How do we deal with trials and troubles in our Christian lives? Do we consider it pure joy and see it as a maturing and strengthening of our spiritual lives? Do we ask the Lord who gives generously for wisdom and strength?
John chapter 4
We look this week at the famous story of the Jesus and the Samaritan women. The two meet at the well and a conversation is struck up. It is said that 95% of the church has never led anyone to a faith in the lord. We are ambassadors for God and in our day to day interactions with friends and colleagues do we take the opportunity to share our faith?
Church without the Holy Spirit
Luke chapter 4
We look this week at Luke chapter four and also a short statement from the Salvation Army’s founder William Booth “Church without the Holy Spirit”. Have we lost the touch and guidance of the Holy Spirit in our churches? And if we look at the life of Jesus and see how much he depended on the power of the Holy Spirit how more is that power needed in our walk with the Lord?
Jesus' and John’s friendship
Matthew 4 and 1st John
We welcome back our pastor Alex MacPherson and look together at passages in Mathew 4 and 1st John. Focusing on John the youngest of all the disciples and the years he spent with Jesus. Who was this John and what can we see from his walk with Jesus that should touch our lives?
Joseph Meet the Family - Part 3
Genesis 44 & 45
Anthony Weld-Forrester completes his short summer series on Joseph who is reunited with his brothers only this time he is a senior figure in Pharaoh's government. This is ultimately a story of forgiveness.
Joseph Meet the Family - Part 2
Genesis 41: 9-45
Anthony Weld-Forrester continues his short summer series. Joseph is called forward from slavery by the Pharaoh to interpret his dream. Joseph tells the Pharaoh that he cannot interpret his dream and only God can. Once Joseph explains the Pharaoh’s dream, the Pharaoh makes Joseph the keeper of Egypt.
Joseph Meet the Family - Part 1
Genesis 37: 1-36
We welcome one of our members Anthony Weld-Forrester speaking on a short summer series on Joseph entitled “Joseph Meet the Family”. The story of Joseph is a very well known part of the Old Testament. The favoured son of Jacob and interpreter of dreams, Joseph is not popular with his brothers and finds himself sold into slavery. But what was Joseph like? Was he responsible with his gifts? Is Joseph's story ultimately one of forgiveness?
Treasure in Jars of Clay Part 8
Thessalonians 5 12-28
We reach the conclusion in our Treasure in Jars of Clay series. Further teachings from Paul's letter to the church in Thessalonica.
Respect and encourage our leaders holding them in the highest regard. Charles Spurgeon says "pray for Gods People".
Paul says, "Warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone".
Standing orders of the Church; Be joyful always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.
This is the Christian life, that we just keep walking.
Treasure in Jars of Clay Part 7
1st Thessalonians 5: 1-11
Our season on 1st Thessalonian’s continues as we look at the first half of chapter 5. The reading looks at the contrast between the certainty that of the Day of the Lord WILL come to the uncertainty of WHEN it will come. Therefore we should wait expectantly, be ready and not caught sleeping.