• Teaching Series.

    Part of our 2019 Vision

Sunday Morning Teaching.

Our annual theme for this year, ‘UPON THIS ROCK’ is based upon verses from Matthew 16:17 -19.

‘Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

….. “and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” ‘

We have put together our Sunday teaching series for this year, based around Matthew 16:18.

We are all on personal journeys and there are both challenges and encouragements in life.  As Christians we are not alone, we have Jesus and church.  During this year we want to see spiritual growth in each individual.  We may not be all starting at the same point in our Christian journeys but we recognise that we are all going in the same direction.

We encourage you to come along on Sundays.

How Can I Be Sure?

January / March 2019

Do you wonder whether you will be with Jesus after you die?

When you are suffering, do you wonder if God has forgotten you?

Would you like to be sure that your life is pleasing to the Lord?

At times we all feel anxious and insecure about life – and about our faith.  The Christians in Thessalonica were asking these questions too, and Paul wrote two letters to them to help them find assurance.

In these talks, Paul’s letters to the Thessalonian church show how you can be confident that your life is pleasing to God.

Upon This Rock.

April / May 2019

‘Upon This Rock’ is our annual theme for 2019 and this phrase comes from Matthew 16:16-19.  All our Sunday series for 2019 will be based upon phrases from these verses.

Our first series from the Bible in Matthew 16 Jesus asks the questions of his disciples “Who do people say that I am?”  Peter answers “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Peter had grasped the truth of who Jesus was.

In the Bible Jesus has many names attributed to him and we will look at 5 names assocaited with Jesus.

  • The Rock
  • Chief Cornerstone
  • Lamb of God
  • Good Shepherd
  • The True Vine

I Will Build.

May / June 2019

The city was in ruins and the temple had been trashed by an invading army.  No mercy was shown.  The majority of the people who lived in the city had been taken into captivity and moved to a different country.

It seemed the end of The Jewish people, their lands and their famous city, Jerusalem and the Temple of God.

It was all over!

But God had different ideas….  God has always been in the business of building.  He has always wanted to construct something which could contain His Life and express it in a very visible way.

In our annual theme Bible verse it say Matthew 16:18 “…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Jesus said “I will build..”

In this series for Sunday mornings we will look some of the tips and tricks for building God’s way.

My Church.

July 2019

What is the church? Is the church a building?  Is it the place where Christians gather to worship?

Or is the church the people—the believers who follow Christ?

How we understand and perceive the church is an important factor in determining how we live out our faith.  Jesus says in Matthew 16:18 “I will build My Church.”

In this series will look at 5 characteristics of the church used in the Bible.

1. The Body – ‘Christ is the head of the church, and the church is the body of Christ’ (Ephesians 1:22-23).

2. The Bride – ‘Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the lamb (Revelation 21:9)

3. The Family – “I will be a Father to you,  and you will be my sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)

4. God’s House – “But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory. (Hebrews 3:6)

5. The Temple – “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5)

Gates of Jerusalem.

August / September 2019

Over the centuries, every time the walls of Jerusalem were expanded outward, the appropriate gate would simply follow the wall, yet, each gate remained in the same general proximity as the earlier gate that it replaced.

The Babylonian army destroyed the city and left the walls and gates in ruins in 587BC.  The Book of Nehemiah records the rebuilding of the city around 445 B.C.  In chapter three, repairs were made to ten gates.

What is so remarkable about these gates, as given in their particular order, is that they tell the story of the Gospel and their individual names are not random choices.

Jesus describes himself as a gate and in the Book of Revelation Jesus said  “Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Gates of Hades will not Overcome It.

September / October 2019

In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

The rock at Caesarea Philippi is the place where Jesus called Peter the “Rock.” He was using the surroundings to illustrate the word picture of His message. To the pagan mind, the cave at Caesarea Philippi created a gate to the underworld and was referred to as the ‘gates of hell.’

Gates are normally a defensive thing, but the verb used here (prevail or overcome) has more of an offensive connotation. Since gates can’t do any attacking, it seems that this verse must have more to do with the powers of hell/ death not being able to withstand the assaults of the Church.

It’s not that hell can’t overcome the Church, but that it will not be able to stand the eventual dominance of the Church, to destroy the devil’s dominion over the world.

It is the classic battle of good against evil. We know how the story ends, and we must never loose sight that Jesus has won the victory at Calvary.  The battle is on!

The Keys of the Kingdom.

November / December 2019

One of the most dramatic moments in Jesus’ life is recorded in Matthew 16:13–20.  After asking his disciples who they thought he was, Peter rightly identifies him as “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (16:16).  Moments later Jesus says this to Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (16:19).

So what are the keys of the kingdom?

In both the Old and New Testaments, keys symbolise power and authority.  The nature of that power and authority varies depending on the context.  Jesus claims that the experts in the Jewish Law “have taken away the key of knowledge.”  In other words, through their hypocrisy they have not only failed to enter the kingdom of God themselves, but have prevented others from entering as well.

While the focus in this passage is Peter, this same authority is extended to the entire church in Matthew 18:18.

So let’s grab a set of keys as we prepare to enter 2020…

This Sunday.

What better way to start the week, or end it, then by coming together.  Arrive early, grab a coffee and relax with some old and new friends.  Sundays are an encouraging, challenging, uplifting and fun place to be, incorporating fellowship, worship, teaching and ministry for all the family.