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Apr 22, 2018
Foundations Week 8 – How Do I Resist Evil?
Series: Foundations
On March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton, aged 43, entered a primary school gym in Dunblane and opened fire on a class of five and six-year-olds. Sixteen children and their teacher were killed; seventeen other children and teachers were wounded. It remains the deadliest mass shooting in British history. When addressing the media that day the principal said, “Evil has visited our school.” I think he was right, but what exactly is ‘evil’? Can it be resisted? Can it be overcome?
 
In our society there’s an increasing interest in the demonic — in occult powers, witchcraft, spiritualism, palm-reading, ouija boards, channelling, consulting the dead, astrology, horoscopes. These are things that are expressly warned against in the Bible, and labelled as ‘evil’. Christians are called not to focus on these things, but on God.At the same time we know evil exists; we see it and we should believe in it. The apostle Paul believed in the existence of evil and instructed, ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’ (Romans 12:21) Jesus himself was tempted by the devil. He believed in the existence of evil and taught his disciples to pray ‘deliver us from the evil one’.
 
The key to resisting the devil is to sincerely and consistently draw near and remain close to God. James 4:7 instructs, ‘Submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.’ Submission is about who we ‘fall in line’ with. Instead of an unhealthy focus and obsession with evil, submission to God results in resisting the devil because we cannot serve two masters.
 
Tune in as we continue our ‘Foundations’ series, exploring what it takes to resist evil.
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  • Apr 22, 2018Foundations Week 8 – How Do I Resist Evil?
    Apr 22, 2018
    Foundations Week 8 – How Do I Resist Evil?
    Series: Foundations
    On March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton, aged 43, entered a primary school gym in Dunblane and opened fire on a class of five and six-year-olds. Sixteen children and their teacher were killed; seventeen other children and teachers were wounded. It remains the deadliest mass shooting in British history. When addressing the media that day the principal said, “Evil has visited our school.” I think he was right, but what exactly is ‘evil’? Can it be resisted? Can it be overcome?
     
    In our society there’s an increasing interest in the demonic — in occult powers, witchcraft, spiritualism, palm-reading, ouija boards, channelling, consulting the dead, astrology, horoscopes. These are things that are expressly warned against in the Bible, and labelled as ‘evil’. Christians are called not to focus on these things, but on God.At the same time we know evil exists; we see it and we should believe in it. The apostle Paul believed in the existence of evil and instructed, ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’ (Romans 12:21) Jesus himself was tempted by the devil. He believed in the existence of evil and taught his disciples to pray ‘deliver us from the evil one’.
     
    The key to resisting the devil is to sincerely and consistently draw near and remain close to God. James 4:7 instructs, ‘Submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.’ Submission is about who we ‘fall in line’ with. Instead of an unhealthy focus and obsession with evil, submission to God results in resisting the devil because we cannot serve two masters.
     
    Tune in as we continue our ‘Foundations’ series, exploring what it takes to resist evil.
  • Apr 15, 2018Foundations Week 7- Why & How We Pray
    Apr 15, 2018
    Foundations Week 7- Why & How We Pray
    Series: Foundations

    Earlier this year, Christian aid organisation Tearfund commissioned a poll to discover who still prays in the UK in 2018. The results were fascinating, revealing that just over half of all adults in the UK pray. The study also found that one in five adults, despite saying they are not religious, still pray. Family tops the list of prayer subjects at 71%, followed by thanking God (42%), praying for healing (40%) and for friends (40%). Among the non-religious, personal crisis and desperation tends to be what prompts most people to pray with 24% of respondents saying it was a “last resort”. Despite people’s understanding of what prayer is, there is something interesting in these statistics. There’s something in us, as human beings, that longs to be connected to something greater. People, despite their religious standing, still want to reach out to a loving God and be heard.

    What many people tend to lose sight of, however, is that prayer is all about relationship. It’s recognition of where we sit in relationship with God and it is the communication that enables this relationship to flourish. Prayer isn’t a list of requests or about finding a solution to our problems. It is about pursuing an intimate relationship with the Father. As we continue looking at the foundational elements of our Christian faith, it becomes evident that prayer is one of the most important activities of our lives. In order to grow in relationship with God, we must understand what prayer is, why we should pray and how we can develop a vibrant prayer life that is consistent and thriving.

  • Apr 8, 2018Foundations Week 6 – Why and How Should I Read The Bible
    Apr 8, 2018
    Foundations Week 6 – Why and How Should I Read The Bible
    Series: Foundations
    The Bible is the world’s best selling book. It is so popular that it isn’t even included on the bestselling lists because it would be at the top of the list every week, every month and every year.
     
    This may come as a surprise to some. It appears that science and the Bible are in conflict and as our society has a deep passion for science and technology, surely science is dominating? So, if its' battle for relevance and attention has been lost, why is the Bible still a best-selling book?
     
    The reality is science and faith should not be in conflict. Albert Einstein once said, “A legitimate conflict between science and religion cannot exist. Religion without science is blind and science without religion is lame.” Both are required to develop a holistic understanding of reality. In simple terms it has been said that science answers the questions “how?” and “when?” On the other hand, faith answers the questions “who?” and “why?”
     
    So if the Bible contains a whole realm of vital knowledge not explored in our scientific culture, how do we go about reading it? How do we get the most out of it? Tune in as we talk further about how and why we should read the Bible.
  • Apr 1, 2018Foundations EASTER – How Can I Be Sure
    Apr 1, 2018
    Foundations EASTER – How Can I Be Sure
    Series: Foundations
    There are so many things we think we are sure of; things we are certain about. We are sure that the sun will come out tomorrow, that the plane we board will actually take off, and that the earth is round (well, most people are sure of this). For almost 3 years, I was sure I was a great parent. While my friends complained about their babies continual resistance to sleep, my child slept well, was in a great routine and was fairly predictable. Parenting was simply about following the advice of the ‘expert’ books and being consistent. I was sure of this. That is, until my next children arrived, who did not seem to know what the books said, or care. Despite my efforts to be consistent, my girls had minds of their own, which apparently needed very, very little rest.
    A few years ago, Oprah Winfrey wrote a book, ‘What I Know for Sure,’ where she shared her insights and revelations about life. Number 17 on her list of things she knows for sure was, “Being a mother is the hardest job on earth.” While I am no longer am sure I’m a great parent, I can confirm, for sure, Oprah’s insight. While parenting is a priority, much higher on my list of things I am sure about is the one in whom I place my faith.
    This Easter weekend we’ll be considering why Jesus had to die and how we can be sure of our faith. 2 Peter 1 tells us that we have been given everything we need for life in relationship with God through our knowledge of God - not by some irrational or unreasonable belief. Verse 5 says, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith…knowledge.” Real faith is not some blind leap, but rather a conviction built and developed on knowledge. In fact, faith without knowledge will ultimately be perverted, abused, and misused. Faith, founded in fact, becomes knowledge, and as we step into faith, our experience affirms this, giving us assurance.
    Tune in as we celebrate the risen Christ and consider the secure foundation upon which we build our faith.
  • Mar 30, 2018Foundations GOOD FRIDAY – Why Did Jesus Die?
    Mar 30, 2018
    Foundations GOOD FRIDAY – Why Did Jesus Die?
    Series: Foundations
    As crazy as it sounds, Jesus of Nazareth was divine. God in human form. So why did he have to die? Throughout history people have asked this question and they use many different analogies to try and answer the question Why? Some speak of Jesus death being a Ransom, or paying a penalty. Some speak of it being a battle and some speak of it as a sacrifice. Tune in as we explore the question "Why did Jesus die?"