Hearing about, experiencing and responding to the love of God.
Becca Bickley speaks from Ecclesiastes 3.
Ecclesiastes 3 doesn’t say that life has a slow and orderly pace. Instead, it paints a picture that says life has huge variety and beauty, but where it is sometimes hard to detect God’s hand.
He is always at work. We need to ask him where He is in our experience and learn how to be attentive to him, even in times of confusion.
Paul Bickley speaks from Ecclesiastes 2.
Ecclesiastes is the voice of a man searching for meaning in a world where meaning has collapsed. He insists that life ‘under the sun’ is like smoke or vapor.
The book reminds us of “our total incapacity to find the meaning and completion of our lives on our own” (Eugene Peterson).
Rich Barton speaks on 2 Corinthians 3:13-18.
Moses met with God. His face came to reflect God’s glory but it gradually the glory faded – his face was not covered to hide the glory, but to hide the fading glory. When Paul says that our faces are unveiled, he’s suggesting a depth of relationship that even Moses couldn’t experience. That is the privilege we have when we gather to worship.
Paul Bickley speaks from Psalm 95:3-5.
Nearly every conceivable desire, if taken beyond its boundaries, would force us to sacrifice everything – and in the end for nothing. There’s nothing that can completely and truly satisfy. Worship helps us train our desires on God, the One to whom we can give nothing but who gives us everything, even His own Son.
Paul Bickley preaches from Matthew 6:19-24.
Going to church is unpopular but important. We do it because being a Christian is about far more than what we believe in our heads. Church gives us the space and opportunity to shape our hearts and our desires, turning them towards the Kingdom of God.
Paul Bickley speaks from Acts 10.
Dr Seuss’ story the Sneetches is a tale of a divided community being made whole. Acts 10 is the story of the church learning the same lesson: that God doesn’t show favouritism between different peoples or groups. He calls Jew and Gentile, male and female, slave and free to follow His son.
Paul Bickley speaks from Revelation 2.
John has a vision of Jesus standing among the seven churches – and Jesus sends each a clear message: I know. I know where your deeds. I know your afflictions and your poverty. I know where you live. He’s speaking comfort and warning… Jesus knows our situation, wherever we are. He also calls us to continue to be faithful.
Paul Bickley begins a new series, Church: The Five Ws.
In Genesis 3 Eve is un-named becoming merely ‘woman’. In John 20, Mary Magdalene is named, turning from ‘woman into Mary’. Jesus undoes the effects of sin, giving identity to those who have had their identity destroyed.