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  • The Marks Of Maturity

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Mar 4, 2016

    Only when we can say, 'For me to live is Christ' can we truly say, 'to die is gain'. Spiritual maturity is the outcome of a life truly surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord.

    INTRO Away back in the 1980’s when I began ministry at Abbeyhill Baptist Church a fellow Minister in the City was faced with a problem. A homeless person had turned up at church and the church did not know what to do with him. Rather than doing nothing this colleague who was the Pastor of more

  • A Call For New Missional Initiatives -- Acts 11: 19-26

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Aug 7, 2011

    Do you long to be able to share your faith with others but have great difficulty doing so? It might surprise you that even Apostles such as Peter, James and John had some difficulties with cross-cultural communication. What is the way forward for a Chu

    A CALL FOR NEW MISSIONAL INITIATIVES -- Acts 11: 19-26 INTRO Yesterday -- the first Saturday in August -- is reckoned to be the happiest day of the year. To be even more specific: 7pm is the happiest moment of the happiest day of the year. The statistics are based on a study of more than more

  • The Gift Of The Apostle Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jul 3, 2011

    In what sense is the ministry of the Apostle active in the Church of today? In which ways is this different to that of the Apostles of the New Testament? There is a ministry today in the Church that can be described as apostolic, even if distinct from t

    15.5.11 THE APOSTOLIC MINISTRY -- ROM 10:1-15 'First apostles' INTRO RECAP. Last Sunday we did what we called a mini-consultancy. Bill has all the data and is working on it, but it will be a while before we can get back to you with what it all means. I began by stating that: The church is more

  • Prophecy And The Value Of Listening Intently For God Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jul 3, 2011
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    Listening for what God is saying is important. Listening well is essential. Those of us who seek to share with others a word that could be described as prophetic should also listen well before we speak.

    29.5.11 THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING INTENTLY TO GOD INTRO What do you hope for when you come to Church on a Sunday? I expect for most of us who come we hope to hear from God. We want to be able come away at the end of a service having heard something that changes the way we see things or feel more

  • The Gift Of The Evangelist Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jul 3, 2011
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    In terms of realized eschatology the kingdom has come, the kingdom is coming and the kingdom will co. Ezekiel's vision of the temple is a picture like that of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and the results that followed.

  • Pastors And Teachers Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jul 3, 2011
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    The role of a pastor/teacher is much more than that of a carer. Psalm 23 illustrates to us from the Good Shepherd what is involved in this ministry that is intended to lead others to maturity in Christ.

  • The Road To Maturity Is A Road Marked With Suffering Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jun 28, 2011

    As much as we might like to believe otherwise, the road to maturity is a road marked with suffering. We all pass through its stations and we cannot do so without being affected.

    INTRO THE ROAD TO MATURITY. So far in this series we have looked at: * Focusing on our identity as children of the Father (Micah 6) [What does the Lord require?] * Taking care of ourselves so that we are in a place where we can hear God building us up (1 Kings 19) * Today we are going to ask more

  • The Power Of Forgiveness Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jun 28, 2011

    Forgiveness is first and foremost a matter between us and God rather than us and others. We are released once again into rich fellowship with our heavenly Father when we release others from their debt to us because God has asked us to.

    THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS INTRO This week we learned through the news media of the sentencing of three youths for the murder of Nachatter Singh Bola who was on holiday on Scotland and was killed by the intoxicated youths for a kebab takeaway he was on his way home with. It's one of many senseless more

  • The Good Samaritan

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jun 28, 2011

    Is it is always right to give to those who ask without asking questions? Is there ever a time when it is right to pass by on the other side? Do we have the courage to be honest with ourselves when our beliefs and practise are in conflict with each other

    6.2.11 GOOD SAMARITAN Lk 10:25-37 INTRO Afghanistan: Recently we heard the story of how Private Martin Bell, 24, of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was fatally wounded as he attempted to reach a comrade who had been injured in an explosion. He was killed in a separate blast from an more

  • Recovering From Discouragement And Depression Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jun 27, 2011

    We can become discouraged and depressed in the Christian life and lose our confidence. But there is a way back from this that leads to a closer walk with God.

    9.1.11 INTRO Every New Year some people make New Year's resolutions -- we resolve either to start doing something good or stop doing something harmful. Favourites are to do with diet and exercise. Some have to do with relationships and behaviour. Many do not lead to lasting change. Some more

  • What It Means To Do Justice Love Mercy And Walk Humbly With God

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jun 27, 2011
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    A great way to begin a new year is to remember who we are in Christ as children of the Father and to recommit ourselves to living a Holy Spirit filled life.

    2.1.11 INTRO It's 2011 and we all have to get used to writing 2011 instead of 2010 -- whether on a cheque or letter. It's easy to forget. POINT It doesn't matter if we forget to do some things, but other memories are more important -- particularly remembering who we are. STORY It's a more

  • The Church As God Intended - Unity In The Faith Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Mar 25, 2010

    What does unity in the faith look like? Just as we have a diversity of gift in the unity in the Spirit, so there is a diversity of service to unity in the faith.

    20.3.10 WHAT DOES UNITY IN THE FAITH LOOK LIKE? INTRO 'Once upon a time there was a mighty river. It flowed gracefully and elegantly across the landscape. Along its banks it gave life and sustenance to the tribes of Aboriginal Australians who camped by it. For many generations this river was more

  • The Church As God Intended - Unity In The Spirit Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Mar 25, 2010
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    Church unity is very high on God's agenda. According to God's word we have it! It is to be maintained not created. But how? And what does it look like?

  • The Blessing That Comes From Belonging To Christ Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jan 26, 2010
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    Remembering and reflecting on what God has done for us in Christ leads to rejoicing for those who now belong to Christ.

  • The Power Of Christ To Save Ephesians 2:1-10 Series

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Jan 20, 2010
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    A reflection in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti on the truth that 'Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord' Psalm 33:12

    17.1.10 THE POWER OF CHRIST TO SAVE Ephesians 2:1-10 INTRO The News this week has dominated by the events following the earthquake in Haiti, and not surprisingly. The UN have described the scale of the disaster as unprecedented. I don’t suppose it will be possible to calculate how many more