Phil Coulson preaches from Gal 1:5 on the purpose of Christ giving Himself for us – “to deliver us from this present evil age”. In other words, we were saved primarily to be set apart to “Himself” from the world and its ways. God’s will for us is sanctification/holiness – “Be ye holy, for I am holy”. Mr Coulson then applies this principle to the issue of screen time, social media and the online distractions and addictions of the digital…
Dan Shutt speaks on Christianity in the information age. “Is technology good or bad?” is the wrong question: the issue is how we handle the technology that comes our way. Mr Shutt acknowledges that the internet has brought some good possibilities, but he then highlights 5 specific problems. These are: the theological issue, the time issue, the truth issue, the temptation issue, and the too-much-information issue. This is a powerful and relevant message for old and young, parents and children,…
Is it right to dance? Is it right to play cards? Is it right to watch movies, to smoke, or to drink socially? These questions come up repeatedly. So, how do we answer from the Bible? In this message Michael Penfold outlines a 3-part filter through which to run tricky questions: 1. biblical precepts, 2. biblical practices and 3. biblical principles. He then outlines 6 principles by which to come to a decision on such matters before the Lord. A…
John Dennison preaches from Genesis Ch 39 on the importance of being able to say “no”. With the world in our pockets, never has there been a time when it’s more important to be able to say “no” to that which dishonours the Lord and is not for His glory. John brings numerous powerful and practical lessons from the life of Joseph and how he overcame in the face of constant and fierce temptation to give in and sin against…
Colin Hutchison preaches on 4 people in John’s gospel who “knew the Lord”, even though the world did not know Him. Why did they know the Lord and not others? The servants knew because when Christ said “do” they did it (2:9) The nobleman knew because when Christ said “go” he went (4:53) The blind man knew, because when Christ said “wash” he washed (9:25) Martha knew because when Christ said “remove the obstacle” it was removed (11:22) If we…
Frank Sona takes up the truth of the local assembly from Genesis Ch 22, where Abraham goes to “the place” out of “obedience to God’s Word”. He draws out many lessons from this pivotal day in the life of Abraham – a day that began with obedience and ended with worship (Message preached Apr 22nd 2019)
After showing how the Upper Room appearance of the Lord in John 20 is a picture of the local assembly, Ian Jackson preaches a powerful and challenging message on how to serve God when He sends us…with a “consecrated heart”, with an “undivided loyalty”, within a “separated pathway”, with a “submissive mind”, and with the “strengthening of the assembly” in view (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 22nd April 2019)
Frank Sona brings a challenge from Ezekiel 22:30 where God says “I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge and stand in the gap before me.” God is looking for holy, separated, dedicated men and women to stand for him in times of difficulty and danger. Will you be that person? (Message preached 21st April 2019)
Frank Sona preaches on Psalm 85:6 – “Wilt thou not revive us again?” He highlights the need for revival and revival’s main features – including obedience to the Word of God, repentance, prayer and reliance on the Lord (Message preached Apr 20th 2019)
Mervyn Hall preaches on the topic of the judgment seat of Christ under 6 headings: survey, subjects, scope, schema, schedule, and significance. Three issues in connection with the “bema” are: review, reward and revelation. The significance of the event is 4-fold: a caution, a challenge, a commandment and a comfort. Readings: Rom 14:7-14, 1 Cor 3:9-15, 4:1-5, 2 Cor 5:1-15 (Message preached 23rd Dec 2018)
A message on the topic of “chastening” – God the Father’s loving discipline of His sons, designed to correct our faults and develop our character. Three categories of chastening are outlined: verbal, judicial and developmental. Both the nature and purpose of each one are examined, accompanied by examples from Scripture (Readings: 1 Pet 4:17-18, Rev 3:19, 2 Tim 3:16-17, 1 Cor 11:30-32, Heb 12:4-13). (Message preached 2nd Dec 2018)
David Vallance, speaking from Jude v20-23, sets out the Bible’s plan for the believer’s life. He challenges his audience to take responsibility for their Christian life and not treat it as a hobby. His punch line? When it comes to Bible reading, prayer, evangelism, holiness and care for others “Don’t be normal…don’t be mediocre”. A challenging thought-provoking message (Message preached in Bicester, Easter April 1st 2018)
David Vallance takes a look at Paul’s challenge in Romans 12 to “present your bodies a living sacrifice”. His challenge? Don’t be conformed to a world that says the material is more important than the spiritual; that the present is more important than the future, and that emotion is more important than truth (Message preached in Bicester, 31st Mar 2018)
Mervyn Hall brings a challenging message from three of John the Baptist’s “preaching points”. He outlines John’s purpose in the wilderness, his perspective at Bethabara (“the house of the ford”) and his persistence in the Palace, when preaching to Herod. Pertinent and poignant lessons are drawn from these narratives that guide us in our own 21st century gospel endeavour (Message preached June 1st 2017)
Jack Hay preaches from Acts 27 and the narrative of Paul’s voyage to Rome that was shipwrecked along the way. Mr Hay draws lessons about the journey of life with its frictions, frustrations and foolishness – all of which can so easily rock our little boat and threaten to sink us beneath life’s complications. A salutary message containing many practical lessons (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 17th Apr 2017)
Jack Hay preaches from Acts 28:1-3, drawing many pertinent and practical lessons from Paul’s arrival on the Mediterranean island of Malta (Melita – KJV). Issues touched on include assurance of salvation, unlimited atonement, humility in service and preservation in temptation (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 17th Apr 2017)
Dan Shutt preaches a stirring message on the topic of “the rest of our time” and challenges his audience to dedicate the remainder of their lives to the Lord, using illustrations from the lives of Caleb, Mordecai, Moses, Paul and David. He closes his message with a look at the life of Christ and the perfect way in which He lived for His God (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 28th Mar 2016)
Dan Shutt challenges his audience not to waste their lives on self, but to “waste their lives” for Christ. Others thought that breaking the box of costly ointment on Christ (in Mark Ch 14) was “a waste” – but any sacrifice for Christ is highly valued and eternally significant. “What the world calls waste, God values highly”. How will you spend the life God has given you? (Message preached 27th Mar 2016)
Sandy Higgins takes a challenging look at three New Testament characters. John the apostle, marked by love for Christ. Peter, marked by a sad lapse in devotion, as he followed at a distance. Joseph of Arimathea who was marked by loyalty to Christ in the hour of His death. Following Christ might mean burying your future…but a resurrected present will more than compensate (Message preached April 6th 2015)
Sandy Higgins preaches on the Lord’s encounter with the disciples in John 20 and all that came about through that one significant meeting. Joy, guidance, unity and devotion resulted from seeing Him and listening to His words. Such are the possibilities of one meeting, once conference, one encounter with the Lord (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 2nd April 2015)
Dan Rudge preaches on the feeding of the 5,000 from the Gospel of John. He works through John 6:1-13 drawing out numerous spiritual truths and practical lessons for his audience. Faced with an overwhelming need and a scant supply, take encouragement from what the Lord is able to do! (Message preached 26th June 2014)
Ian Jackson preaches on “His Will, Your Sanctification”, and gives a timely and challenging exposition of 1 Thess 4:1-8, highlighting the need for holiness in the life of the believer. He addresses matters of importance amid a climate of moral change in Western culture (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 21st Apr 2014)
Ian Jackson delivers a warning about the danger of moral failure in the life of a believer. If David can fall (1 Kings 15:1-5), as he did “in the matter of Uriah the Hittite”, none of us can afford to be complacent. Ian also gives an explanation of Christ’s work as “the advocate” who works for the restoration of erring believers. (Message preached 21st April 2014)
Michael Penfold preaches on the subject of the apostle John’s “three tests”. In his epistles John outlines a moral test, a social test and a doctrinal test. These tests provide assurance to true believers, but sound an alarm to “false believers”, in particular the false teachers who were denying that Jesus is the Christ come in flesh (Message preached 23rd Mar 2014)
Mervyn Hall preaches on 5 of the metaphors for the Word of God, given in the Bible. The 5 are “milk” (versatility), “bread” (energy), “water” (purity), “meat” (quality) and “honey” (remedy). He urges his audience to take care with their “spiritual diet” (Message preached 15th Sept 2013)
David Gilliland preaches on the danger of spiritual coldness. He outlines the reasons and results of “spiritual hypothermia” before giving the Biblical remedy for this debilitating condition from the narrative of the Shunammite’s son in 2 Kings 4, who was warmed by the ministry of godly Elisha (Message preached 1st April 2013)
John Grant preaches on overcoming the enslaving and oppressive power of human wisdom. From the narrative of Deborah’s victory over Jabin in Judges 4 and 5, which includes Jael’s deadly dealing with the scourge of Sisera, Mr Grant applies powerful and necessary lessons about progress and victory in the lives of God’s people (Message preached in Bicester 1st Apr 2013)
David Gilliland preaches on the winter, spring, summer and autumn of the Christian life. The cold of our godless past, melted by the gospel’s warmth (Psa 147:18); the spring of early Christian experience with its freshness, beauty and growth (Song of Songs 2:11-13); the summer of fruitfulness, stability and blessing (Amos 8:1), and the autumn of maturity and richness of colour with its legacy passed to the next generation (Job 5:26, 1 Chron 29:29). A wise and discerning message that…
David Gilliland explains what it means to “adorn the doctrine” from Titus 2:10. He highlights 4 major doctrines – justification, sanctification, redemption and reconciliation – and urges his audience to frame these great doctrines within lives of practical righteousness, holiness, freedom and forgiveness, thus “adorning the doctrine”. (Message preached 30th Mar 2013)
Bert Cargill preaches from the epistle to the Ephesians on three things a Christian can do at once – sit in heavenly places; walk in love and stand against the evil one. A practical and helpful word of ministry bringing needed truth to remembrance – 29 min (Message preached 9th Sept 2012)
Elton Fairfield preaches on a trilogy of Psalms – 46, 47 and 48 – from which he develops an encouraging and uplifting word of ministry on the eternal heavens, the earthly house and the established heart (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 9th April 2012)
Elton Farifield issues a much needed warning about fleshly lusts that war against the soul and the danger of seeking pleasures in the wrong way and the wrong places. A stirring and vital message to preserve us in a day of evil (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 8th April 2012)
John McCann preaches on “going for gold”. He gives a challenging word on “gold and our worship” (Matt 2), “gold and our work” (1 Cor 3) and “gold and our wealth” (Rev 2). He emphasises the need for quality, not quantity, in service for God (Message preached 25th March 2012)
Philip Kaye preaches on the sin of Miriam and Aaron in Numbers 12. Behind their complaint against Moses in connection with marriage lay a deeper issue – a jealous and critical spirit, bent on bringing him down from the position that God had given him. A challenging message on how jealousy and bitterness can hinder an assembly’s progress (Message preached 16th Feb 2012)
Alan Barber preaches on the “Road to Emmaus” journey recorded in Luke 24. Likening this walk to the Christian’s “daily walk with the Lord”, Alan draws numerous challenging practical lessons for his audience (Message preached 10th Nov 2011).
Norman Mellish preaches a stirring and powerful message on the challenge of Christian service, separation and consecration, drawn from the narrative of the ‘Exodus from Egypt’ and highlighting the “excuses of Moses” and the “compromises of Pharoah” as recorded in the early chapters of book of Exodus, as a battle raged for the destiny of God’s people Israel (Message preached 29th Oct 2011).
Norman Mellish preaches on “Seven tests of genuineness” from the 1st epistle of John. He challenges his audience to be sure that their talk (“If we say”) is commensurate with their walk (Message preached 28th Oct 2011).
Alan Barber brings a devotional message about four of the Bible’s widows, whose service and character were precious to the Lord. The welcoming widow of Zarephath who looked after Elijah in 1 Kings 17; the witnessing widow, Anna the prophetess, in Luke 2; the weeping widow of Nain in Luke 7: and the worshipping widow of Mark 12 who gave all that she had. (Message preached September 2011)
Robert Plant introduces the Messianic Psalms, before preaching through the glorious Psalm 45, the Maschil Psalm of the lily on the mountain. He draws out the various Messianic themes in this glorious Psalm about our glorious King, the Lord Jesus Christ (Message preached in 2011).
Ian Jackson preaches on 4 essential looks which are the means to a holy life that pleases God: “looking back and reckoning – identification” (Rom 6:11), “looking in and mortifying – mortification” (Rom 8:13), “looking up and minding – sanctification” (John 17:19) and “looking on and anticipating – purification” (1 John 3:3) (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 25th April 2011)
Wesley Martin delivers a challenging practical word of ministry on the blood of Christ which demands our sanctification; the reproach of Christ that declares our calculation; and the love of Christ that directs our consecration (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 24th April 2011)
Peter Scarsbrook gives an encouraging word on “standing for God”. Standing for the faith, standing in the fight and standing in the field. He challenges his audience to “stand in the gap”, from Ezek 22:30 (Message preached at Bicester, Easter 23rd April 2011)
John Dennison preaches a challenging message on the devotion of Christ to God, seen in picture in the Hebrew servant of Exodus 21, and the need for us to be devoted to Him too (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 5th April 2010)
Stan Wells brings a challenging insightful word of ministry on the power of influence. How are we influencing others and how are others influencing us – in the home, the family, the assembly and the world (Ministry given on Aug 30th 2009)
Albert Hull (1936-2015) had a unique delivery, full of earnestness and warmth. Speaking on the life and testimony of Enoch as he presses “Christ and His claims” upon his hearers. We have only one life, it will soon be passed; only what’s done for Christ will last. (Message preached 13th April 2009)
David Gilliland delivers a word of ministry on victory over secret sin and on the pursuit of holiness based on Joshua’s destruction of the 5 kings in Joshua Ch 10. He touches on the dangers of the internet, and much else that needs watchful care. (Message preached on April 13th 2009)
David Gilliland preaches on “Whose image and superscription” we bear as Christians – Christ’s or the world’s? During the course of his wide-ranging remarks he dealt with the much debated issue of casual dress (Message preached 11th April 2009)
Albert Hull (1936-2015) from Canada, preaches on a restoring, reviving and rejoicing God who can bring the refreshing dew of heaven to our hearts, our homes and to our nation. Mr Hull delivers a stirring call for revival that will warm and challenge your soul (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 9th April 2009).
John Grant preaches on “Separation from the world” from Romans 12:1-2. A weighty and inspiring call to sanctification in the Christian life from an experienced and esteemed servant of the Lord who proved the value of his ministry over many decades. (Preached in Bicester, Easter 24th March 2008)
Ian Jackson preaches on ‘the godly man’ and how to live a godly life from the text, “Help Lord, for the godly man ceaseth” – Psalm 12:1. Only one life ’twill soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last. (Ministry preached 9th April 2007)
Sandy Higgins preaches on the importance of developing a true ‘Christian worldview’. It’s vital to understand that the world looks at life totally differently from the way in which a Christian should (Ministry given 8th April 2007)
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