In this self focused culture how do we respond to the victories and successes of others? When others are preferred before us what does it trigger in us? This week Ian Allen looks at dealing with others successes but even more, learning to celebrate them.
“And the violent take it by force”
One of the most misunderstood phrases in the Bible is the one above. This week Ian Allen points out that the Greek word could also be substituted with the English word “intent”. What is all that needed to happen for you to receive what God had for you and from seeing His Kingdom established through you was simply you deciding it’s what you want and setting your face towards it. Listen and receive this challenging and encouraging sermon and take the challenge.
Go for it.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”Luke 15:21-Luke 15:24 NIV
What would have happened if the son had only put on the robe? This week Ps. Ian Allen shares on what happens when we consider Christianity about being saved from judgement and nothing more. Maybe it’s time for God’s children to take up more then salvation, but to take up our authority and our adoption.
When we think of our moral and character flaws we often put them under being “Only Human”. The one term we avoid is calling it is what the Bible calls it: sin. The word ‘sin’ means falling short of the mark and the mark is God.
This awareness can have one of two effects on us: guilt or shame. One is life, the other is death. Guilt, a conviction of the Holy Spirit, leads to repentance. Shame leads to isolation and hiding. In this week’s sermon, Ian Allen looks at the effect of both of these responses and how to find God in the dark after effect of falling.
What happens when things go pear shaped? When we are tossed into the battle where do we find our reason to fight? What if we had more to gain then just recouping loss? What if the person that walked out of the other side had something that they didn’t have going in – something more? Listen as Ian Allen explores the spoils of spiritual war and the strength to be gained on the battlefield.
“Sin casts a long shadow”
In the Bible we see that the effects of sin a not just immediate. Often it can last for years and sometimes longer. The effect on relationships , on our life choices and even our thinking can can be great. So, is that the end of the story? Listen to this weeks podcast as Ian Allen explores the shadow of Sin and the light beyond it.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8. NIV
The phrase “you will receive power” confronts and calls. In this weeks teaching Ian Allen shares with us that the word power means more then we think. The call to walk in more then knowledge of God but with all that He offers stands before us and invites us to new levels of ability. Listen and share this invitation.
Before Jesus ascended He shared His highest priorities with His disciples.These were the last words directly spoken to His disciples and contained His “Now, don’t forget” like points. They were the points that became the driving mandate of the early church. Likewise, we today are called to listen to His words and let those words become our mandate. Ian Allen here gives God’s call to listen to His heart and let it drive our lives.
What does Resurrection Sunday mean to you?
The resurrection is one event that has impacted more lives then anything else in history. Yet even after two thousand years what it means to us often confusion and division. This week Ian Allen speaks about how do we work out what the resurrection should mean. He highlights that as always, it always comes back to God’s revelation of Grace to us.
Also check out this video from The Skit Guys which shows how immeasurable God’s grace is to us.
Take Up Your Cross.
This Good Friday, Ian Allen looks at the question of what does Easter mean in regards to us and the life of sacrificing our lives to God? If Jesus paid it all then what is our part? Join us in this brief reflection on the Cross and it’s impact on our lives.