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  • The Surprise Of Easter

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Apr 2, 2016

    Easter came as a surprise to the first followers of Jesus - and it may surprise us, too. Here we find Unexpected Events, Unlikely Witnesses, Unforeseen Grace, and an Unfinished Story.

    Introduction Good morning everyone! I hope you’re having a great Easter and maybe had the chance these past few days to look around our Easter Exhibition in the lounge – A reflective journey through art and multimedia on the theme of ‘Hope in Troubled Times.’ What a more

  • Soccer World Cup 2010 - 4 Reasons Why It Reminds Us Of The Christian Life

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Jun 15, 2010
    based on 3 ratings

    A short Gospel talk for an family/all-age service.

    Reasons why the Soccer World Cup reminds us of the Christian Life Introduction The world cup just started! I love soccer! These days I don’t play it - I watch it! But did you know that the World Cup reminds us of the Christian life?! 1. There’s a Prize to Win The dream of more

  • Holiness, Hypocrisy & Heart-Attacks

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on May 17, 2009
    based on 6 ratings

    Good people sometimes mess up - but they don’t cover up when they mess up. Luke puts up a sign saying ’Danger - the Church is holy ground’.

    Introduction The last couple of weeks the news has been all about our poor old British politicians! Many of them have been exposed for the expenses they’ve been claiming. Money for council tax, mortgage repayments, home improvements, gardening and chauffer driven cars... Everyone knows they more

  • Don't Stumble - Be Humble!

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on May 12, 2009
    based on 9 ratings

    The story of Naaman helps teach the Gospel. A short message for children & youth.

    Introduction... The lion was proud of his mastery of the animal kingdom. One day he decided to make sure all the other animals knew he was the king of the jungle. He was so confident that he by-passed the smaller animals and went straight to the bear. “Who is the king of the jungle?” the lion more

  • Practising Hospitality

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on May 12, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    A topical message, that teaches how to do what it says in the sermon title!

    Pre-Reading Introduction I remember being on a mission team in Papua New Guinea almost 20 years ago. The strange smells, the red mouths and tongues of the men, from chewing some sort of drug. The tropical warmth and humidity. The mosquitoes. The bumpy roads. The huge bats. The palm trees. I more

  • Facing Opposition, Finding Strength

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on May 7, 2009
    based on 6 ratings

    In Acts 4 we see a church alive and on fire. But it is also a church under attack. How did the first believers cope with opposition?

    Introduction Once upon a time, an atheist lived in a small town. The atheist wasn’t a bad man, he just didn’t believe. He wasn’t interested in church… and there was only one in the area. It was cold and dead. More of a social club for the deceased. One day the church building caught on more

  • Can You Hear The Singing?

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on May 1, 2009
    based on 24 ratings

    A stunning promise! God rejoices over his people with singing? But can we, by faith, hear it?

    There is a story about a father and his son. The two were extremely close. Since the mother had died of cancer a few years earlier the two grew closer than ever. The boy grew up to be a young man. And suddenly he was called up to fight in the war. The father’s heart was broken as his son more

  • A Harvesting Church

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Apr 30, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    The type of Church the Spirit forms. A Church that harvests the nations.

    Two stories... A young boy is at church with his mother. He is a good little boy, quiet & well behaved. He doesn’t cause any problems. But sometimes he stands up in the pew, turns around, and looks at the people behind him. He smiles a great big smile at them. His smile is more

  • Passing On The Baton Series

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Apr 21, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    Expanding our understanding of the Kingdom, Embracing our call to be a Witness, and, Encountering the power of the Spirit.

    Pre-Reading Introduction Before we come to our reading, a brief word of introduction. Three things: 1. It’s always good to bear in mind that the book of Acts is a sequel – it’s part 2. Luke first wrote the Gospel that bears his name. 2. In Acts 1:1, Luke says in his Gospel he wrote about more

  • Cleopas Has Left The Building

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Apr 14, 2009
    based on 6 ratings

    Walking away from Jerusalem. The encouraging ministry of Christ to 2 disappointed believers on the first Easter Day. Has something caused you to walk away from God’s best in your life? How would you know if it had? Where is Christ in it all?

    Easter! What a message! Jesus died for our sins and rose again! Because of this we can now have forgiveness, victory and new life. Who needs forgiveness but the guilty? Who needs victory except the defeated? Who needs new life but those with broken lives? This is good news! But does it more

  • Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit Series

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Apr 10, 2009
    based on 16 ratings

    A short meditation on the final words of Jesus on the cross.

    ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’ We come to the 7th and final word that Jesus spoke from the cross... Jesus has said, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Jesus has said to the believing criminal, crucified by his side, “I tell you the truth, today you more

  • "It Is Finished” Series

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Apr 7, 2009
    based on 8 ratings

    The 6th Word from the Cross. Jesus has accomplised what only he could. In him we have an ending and a beginning. This was preached at a service of believer’s baptism for 3 young people.

    Today, as we approach Easter, we come to the 6th Word from the Cross. The 6th thing Jesus said as he hung there, in the last few moments before he died... ‘It is finished’. What did Jesus mean by that? What is finished? Does he mean, It’s over and done with? Well that’s definitely what the more

  • I Am Thirsty Series

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Mar 31, 2009
    based on 10 ratings

    Three words that reveal the wonderful humanity of God the Son - the One who knows what it’s like to be one of us.

    Introduction What’s it like to be crucified? Have you ever imagined how it must have been? A medical doctor gives a physical description... (adapted) “As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through his muscles, knotting them in deep relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability more

  • 'whose House Are You Building? The Message Of Haggai' Series

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Mar 16, 2009
    based on 15 ratings

    The inspiring words of the prophet Haggai; words that fill us with courage and challenge us to give ourselves fully to God’s purposes. A study.

    1) Pre-Reading Introduction The Bible is always the best commentary on the Bible. To get a clear picture of what is happening in Haggai, we have to know the events described in Ezra chapters 1-6. About 50,000 people had returned from exile in Babylon; returned to Jerusalem with great faith more

  • "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?” Series

    Contributed by Tim Hbc on Mar 16, 2009
    based on 11 ratings

    The gospel of grace! Because of Jesus, the Father promises US, ’Never will I leave or forsake YOU.’

    “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Those words were so raw with emotion that we still have them in Aramaic, Jesus’ mother tongue: Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Jesus is hanging there on the cross. We can safely assume his face is twisted with the agony of crucifixion. He can barely more