God has always wanted us to be Free!
In this message we look at his intentions for us in the past, today and forever. We look at free in the garden, freedom at the cross and free in the city.
God wants to set us free from fear and anxiety.
What does this mean? Is there a difference between anxiety and concern?
How can thanking God help in our battle with anxiety?
Many of us struggle with feelings of guilt and condemnation.
In this message, we discover that whilst blaming others often seems to be the easy way out, it never really sets us free.
We find instead that freedom comes, when we confess our sins to God.
God wants to set us free from condemnation.
We end by thanking God as we prepare to celebrate the Lord's Supper.
What if we feel that we were not loved as a child?
Where does love come from?
Can Jesus really set us free to love?
Is it possible to love the unlovely?
If someone has done us wrong - why should we forgive them?
Forgiveness is not easy, so does it really matter?
What happens when we do not forgive others?
What is the link between being forgiven, and forgiving others?
If we want to understand Grace - we need to understand sin.
Sin leads to loss.
Loss leads to suffering.
We cannot celebrate - until we receive grace.
We cannot receive grace - until we repent.
But when we do: the celebration begins.
But God's Kingdom is characterised by giving and receiving.
Which system do we prefer?
Why do we find it so hard to give and to receive?
What are some of God's principles regarding giving and receiving?
True communication is not about having the latest gadgets or apps - it is about learning to be honest and transparent.
Human nature often dictates that we prefer to hide away - rather than to truly communicate.
We look at the problem of pride and end by looking at eight secrets from the Bible - which can help us to truly relate with each other.
He came to give up his life.
And he calls us to follow his example in service.
What was his secret?
How did he stay on track?
He knew that he was on a journey.
He knew where he was going to.
We explore how this can set us free to serve too.
We discover that a true leader, is one who follows God, in front of the people.
We finish by looking at 5 principles of leadership:
1. Be humble
2. Know what you are building
3. We don't need a job title to lead
4. The way we stand down from leadership, says as much about our character, as the way we step up to leadership
5. Leadership is as much about being - as it is about doing
God loves us and he forgives us.
He calls us to serve him.
He calls us to become leaders: in our families, in our Church, in our community and in our world.
But what if we make a mistake?
How can we sort out our mistakes and move on?
God is not looking for clever kids - who think they know it all:
He is looking for obedient children - who are willing to learn.
It sounds great - free to be me!
But could you do even better?
What about becoming the person that God intended you to be?