Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 13
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.“
In today’s service of worship in part 13 of our series, we take a look at what it really means to pray from the words of Jesus in Matthew 6. It is easy to use prayer as just a mere routine talk with God from which we rinse and repeat phrases to Him. However, we are called to acknowledge and utilise prayer as an intimate interaction with our Lord from which we are to be honest with Him and give all our troubles, feelings and praise to Him. We then learn through prayer that our Heavenly Father is a caring, consistent and competent Father.
“Our God is a God who plans.“
We welcome Ramsey Shields to lead us in our service of worship. We take a look at Ephesians chapter 3 and acknowledge God’s plan for us.
Jesus came to our messy world.
“He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.”
On the last day of the year here at our service of worship, we take a look at how Jesus came into our “messy” world in that “messy” barn on Christmas day. God loved us so much even He sent His only Son Jesus to become human so that He could enter our "messy" hearts. For God’s cleaning hand is more effective in the filthiest of places and hearts.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 12
Matthew 5:6 & 7
“What's below the waterline in my life?“
It's week twelve in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. In our walk with God our private lives are so important, what are our prayer lives like? How do we conduct ourselves when no one else can see. If we start to be honest with God in the depths of our own lives our walk with God will be enriched and effective.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 11
“People (Matthew 5:44)“
We are now at week eleven in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. Looking at chapter five we are called to live a totally different life style. Whilst it’s not a sin to have enemies but Jesus teaches that we should love our enemies. When we seek Him to make these changes in our lives it will open doors in our walk with the Lord.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 10
“You are the salt of the earth“
In today’s sermon as we look at the verses in the 10th part of our series, we acknowledge how the Lord Jesus raises the bar for our relationship with Him and how that bar can be easily knocked. No matter how much time we dedicate to our Lord, there is always something within us holding us back from truly hearing Him. There are many kinds of impurities within us that can barricade us from taking the Lord’s presence, wisdom and love to take root in our hearts. Such impurities could involve guilt, anger, lust, the list goes on. Unless we take steps to acknowledge and eliminate these impurities, then we will be able to make more room in our hearts for the Lord.
“Go and tell those that we gave our lives to save that we gave them willingly.”
We are privileged to welcome one of our former members Brigadier Jim Richardson. We reflect together as a church family and village community on the great sacrifices given by our armed services.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 9
1 Peter 2:4-10
“You are the salt of the earth“
In our 9th week of our series, we look into verses 13-16 of Matthew 5. The theme of today’s sermon is ‘salt.’ What exactly is Jesus’s meaning of salt? We know that salt adds flavour and preserves food. This reflects on what we can do as followers of Christ. Just like salt, we can preserve the Word of God and add flavour to His Word so that others may taste His goodness.
“Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.“
We welcome Alan Dunnet to lead us in prayer and worship in today’s sermon. We also take a closer look into the greatest of all the 10 commandments written by the Lord and how we acknowledge it.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 8
A blessing that no one wants!
We are at the final week in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. Verse 10-12 “Blessed are the persecuted”. Ahh this is a troublesome one. Who wants to be persecuted for their beliefs no matter what form that may take? However the Bible makes it clear that persecution and troubles will be part of an active walk with God.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 7
Matthew 5:1-9 & Ephesians 4:29-32
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
In today’s reading from the Sermon on the Mount, we look at the 7th Beatitude, PEACE. We can break down the word into the following:
P - Plan to take the initiative.
E - Empathise with the person.
A - Attack the problem not the person.
C - Cooperate as much as possible.
E - Expect those relationships to be restored.