I am interested in prayer meetings like the one we read of today. Where situations change miraculously because God’s people are praying together. In fact, throughout Acts, we see prayer meetings that do battle for souls; that overcome obstacles and move God's hand and that turn the world of their day upside down. We are asking God to teach us how to pray as a congregation as well as individuals. Last week we saw that:
Friday, February 26, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
Our title tonight is The Conclusion of the Mission and I thought to myself: What does one usually do at the conclusion of a mission? … Well, you would review the mission: how did it go, what did we do, what were the highlights, what were the low points, what did we do that is worth repeating, what can we build on, what could we have done better, how will all this affect our next journey? I’m really describing what is today called best practice. A best practice is a
Thursday, February 18, 2016
My aim this morning is, first, to so persuade you from God's Word and from church history of the importance of corporate prayer that none of us will ever view the prayer meetings of our church in the same way again.
Second, my aim and my prayer is that each of us will determine to take one step forward in our participation and confidence in prayer, not just as an individual, but with other believers, gathered together with the purpose of seeing God's glory manifested here in Hellesdon and Norwich.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Wilderness: Renounce, Reject, Repent
At the start of Lent 2016, this is a question worth reflecting on: Can a Human Being Resist Temptation? This short reading from Mark's gospel has Jesus experiencing what must have been one of the spiritual highlights of His life, His baptism in water, followed by His baptism in the Holy Spirit, followed by His hearing the very voice of God ... it really doesn't get much better than that, does it? But the first thing this Spirit does in Him, is compel Him to go alone into the dangerous Judean wilderness for forty days. Mark implies that when Jesus came out of the
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
What an absolutely wonderful theme for a preacher to be given as a subject ... Keep on Speaking.
It comes from our continuing journey through the Acts of the Apostles, which I said last time should better be called The Acts of God through the Apostles. Today we find ourselves at Acts 18:1-17 where in verse 9 the LORD speaks to Paul and says:‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.’