Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 12
Matthew 5:6 & 7
“What's below the waterline in my life?“
It's week twelve in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. In our walk with God our private lives are so important, what are our prayer lives like? How do we conduct ourselves when no one else can see. If we start to be honest with God in the depths of our own lives our walk with God will be enriched and effective.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 11
“People (Matthew 5:44)“
We are now at week eleven in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. Looking at chapter five we are called to live a totally different life style. Whilst it’s not a sin to have enemies but Jesus teaches that we should love our enemies. When we seek Him to make these changes in our lives it will open doors in our walk with the Lord.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 10
“You are the salt of the earth“
In today’s sermon as we look at the verses in the 10th part of our series, we acknowledge how the Lord Jesus raises the bar for our relationship with Him and how that bar can be easily knocked. No matter how much time we dedicate to our Lord, there is always something within us holding us back from truly hearing Him. There are many kinds of impurities within us that can barricade us from taking the Lord’s presence, wisdom and love to take root in our hearts. Such impurities could involve guilt, anger, lust, the list goes on. Unless we take steps to acknowledge and eliminate these impurities, then we will be able to make more room in our hearts for the Lord.
“Go and tell those that we gave our lives to save that we gave them willingly.”
We are privileged to welcome one of our former members Brigadier Jim Richardson. We reflect together as a church family and village community on the great sacrifices given by our armed services.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 9
1 Peter 2:4-10
“You are the salt of the earth“
In our 9th week of our series, we look into verses 13-16 of Matthew 5. The theme of today’s sermon is ‘salt.’ What exactly is Jesus’s meaning of salt? We know that salt adds flavour and preserves food. This reflects on what we can do as followers of Christ. Just like salt, we can preserve the Word of God and add flavour to His Word so that others may taste His goodness.
“Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.“
We welcome Alan Dunnet to lead us in prayer and worship in today’s sermon. We also take a closer look into the greatest of all the 10 commandments written by the Lord and how we acknowledge it.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 8
A blessing that no one wants!
We are at the final week in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. Verse 10-12 “Blessed are the persecuted”. Ahh this is a troublesome one. Who wants to be persecuted for their beliefs no matter what form that may take? However the Bible makes it clear that persecution and troubles will be part of an active walk with God.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 7
Matthew 5:1-9 & Ephesians 4:29-32
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
In today’s reading from the Sermon on the Mount, we look at the 7th Beatitude, PEACE. We can break down the word into the following:
P - Plan to take the initiative.
E - Empathise with the person.
A - Attack the problem not the person.
C - Cooperate as much as possible.
E - Expect those relationships to be restored.
Unity in our church. Moving with one mind (homothumadon).
“the opposite of love is laziness“
We welcome one of our church members Anthony Weld-Forrester who is leading this Sunday morning. Looking at Ephesians chapter three we study the importance of unity within the church.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 6
“it’s a paradox if you think you have a pure heart when you don’t”
We are at week six in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. Verse 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart” Our prayer should be "create in me a new heart", then our hearts will be made pure when we admit to God our failings and weaknesses.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 5
“grace means that the red carpet should be rolled out for everyone”
We are at week five in our series on the Sermon of the Mount. Looking at the topic of mercy and forgiveness in our lives and relationships. We see the examples in the teachings of Jesus. The question is when we see how loving and forgiving the Lord is in his relationship with us can we do likewise in our relationships?
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 4
Isaiah 55:1-2 & Matthew 5:1-6
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Today in our series we look at both books Isaiah and Matthew. Our focus is on the 4th beatitude, hunger. We all may long for all kinds of success and pleasure in this world, but such things are only temporary and will only leave us dissatisfied at the end of the day. However, in contrast to our worldly hungers, God has promised that our spiritual hunger WILL be satisfied. By talking to Him, listening to Him and giving to Him, we are guaranteed eternal satisfaction.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 3
Matthew 5: 1–12
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
In today’s sermon in our series, we look again at Mathew chapter 5 verses 1 – 12. This time we focus on the 3rd Beatitude; meekness, which means power under control. It's easy to get so worked up under difficult circumstances, but as long as we have meekness in our hearts we can handle difficult situations just as Christ would handle them. A few examples being;
When someone disappoints you, be gentle not judgemental.
When someone disagrees with you, be tender but don’t surrender.
When someone corrects you, be teachable not unreachable.
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 2
Matthew 5: 1–12
“I am less than the least of all Gods people.”
We are underway with our series on the Sermon of the Mount. This week in part 2 it's a study on Matthew chapter 5, the Beatitudes. We look at how often it's when we are poor in sprit or struggling in our lives that God's presence and power can work powerfully in our walk with the Lord.
"We might ask ourselves why do these things not happen today?"
Luke chapter 7
Today we welcome our guest minister, Dusty Dunnett, who leads us in worship for today’s service. We look together at Luke chapter 7. The passage studies Jesus as he lived amongst the people and how it brought God's presence into the situation. Jesus healed, forgave sins and preached powerfully. Is God’s presence amongst us today in our lives, churches and relationships?
Mountaintop Insights for Down to Earth Relationships Part 1
Matthew 4:17 – 5:3
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.“
Today is the start of our new series of Bible reading from the book of Matthew, where we study about the Sermon of the Mount. Our reading starts off at chapter 4 v 17, when Jesus first started setting out to gather his disciples and heal the sick. When we reach the first few verses of chapter five of Matthew, we are introduced to the Sermon on the Mount. From these verses we are reminded just how blessed we all are in God’s sight. We also learn that this blessing is something only God can give, is independent of our circumstances and is to be a continuous experience.