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God's Precious People

02/04/2017 | 1 Peter 5:1-14 | Al Burke

In this final chapter of Peter's letter, we are now described as God's flock, God's people, who are precious and close with God. It is a personal and reassuring way of describing those who belong to God. Because of who we are now, Peter tells us how we should be living. We should care for one another, elders should look after God's people, because they are precious to God, and he cares for them. We are all to be humble under God, serving other people, knowing that he will lift us out of our suffering and give us a crown of glory. We can cast all our anxieties on God, because he cares.

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Belonging to God's People

26/03/2017 | 1 Peter 4:12-19 | Al Burke

As Peter comes towards the end, he focuses on the joy of belonging to God's people and why we have no reason to fear. There will be difficult times, but there is great joy in belonging to God's family.

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God Vindicates Righteous Suffering

19/03/2017 | 1 Peter 3:13-4:11 | Adrian Armstrong

Jesus walked the road of suffering and death, followed by his glorification. As aliens in this world, we too must be prepared to walk the same road of suffering, then glory. We must live with the end in view and in light of God's salvation we are to live godly lives. Even though we may suffering unjustly now, we can live in a way that shows we have a great hope in a glorious future of eternal life. We must be prepared to endure suffering for Christ.

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Called to Live as Aliens in this World

12/03/2017 | 1 Peter 3:1-12 | Al Burke

In light of God's salvation for us in Jesus, we are called to live as aliens in this world. As followers of Jesus, God has called us to live his way, because it is the best way we can live. It will be good for our relationships, good for our community, good for you spiritually. We live this way, not because it gains us any standing before God or others, but as a response to knowing God through Jesus.

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Perspective Change

05/03/2017 | 1 Peter 2:11-25 | Al Burke

Peter wants us to see that our perspective on life changes as a result of the massive and wonderful change of Jesus ruling our lives. Following Jesus means that we are part of God's people, born again, citizens of a holy nation. We look forward to a new life, beyond this life. Because of this change, our perspective on this life will change as well, we are different now, we are aliens and strangers in this world.

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The Living Stone and a Spiritual House

26/02/2017 | 1 Peter 1:22-2:10 | Peter Gimbert

Peter sees us as a spiritual house, being built like living stones on the foundation of the cornerstone, Jesus. What does this spiritual house look like? What is its purpose? What belongs in this house? What doesn't belong in this house? How is this house being built to become the spiritual house that God intended it to be? And what part does each living stone play?

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Be Prepared

19/02/2017 | 1 Peter 1:13-21 | Al Burke

Being prepared for action to live as strangers in this world, means setting our hope on Jesus and all that he has promised us for what is to come.

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A Living Hope

12/02/2017 | 1 Peter 1:3-12 | Al Burke

Knowing how you are in Jesus, strangers in this world, called to be holy, set apart, should then translate into being who we are. We are to take up our cross and follow Jesus, even if it makes us stand out as different, stand out against social norms.

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Called to be Strangers

05/02/2017 | 1 Peter 1:1-2 | Al Burke

Peter writes to God's people who are scattered and are living as exiles in foreign countries, to encourage them with the hope held out in the gospel that says this world is not our final home and that points us forward to the hope of heaven.

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Expect the Unexpected

25/09/2016 | Judges 3:7-31 | Al Burke

In Judges 3, we learn to expect the unexpected. God uses unlikely people to save his people from the nations, out of his grace. When it comes to certain areas of life, we may be tempted to think that God doesn't understand relationships, work, raising so many young children, etc, so we are tempted to take control. However, God is sovereign over all things. We may not always understand or even predict what God is doing, but he will never change in his nature and so will always achieve his good purposes, even through unexpected means.

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Refusing to Compromise

18/09/2016 | Judges 2:6-3:6 | Al Burke

Judges asks us, "Do we understand that we're onto something big here?" How committed are we to refusing to compromise, to take hold of what God offers us? Do we sell out too quickly, too often? Do we truly believe that God has this life in control?

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NCCC Men's Convention Talk 1

10/09/2016 | 2 Peter 2 | Peter Jensen

No retreat and no compromise with false teachers and their teaching.

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NCCC Men's Convention Talks 2 and 3

10/09/2016 | 2 Peter 1 and 3 | Peter Jensen

Talk 2: Love the truth, know the truth, live the truth and trust the truth. Talk 3: Live by the promises, commit yourself wholly to Jesus and live lives of holiness and godliness.

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God's Kingdom Reigns

04/09/2016 | Acts 12:1-25 | Al Burke

God will never let mankind take the glory that he deserves. Thankfully his kingdom will reign over all earthly kings and kingdoms. The gospel will never be stopped, even when powerful people try to stop it. The gospel will spread, his kingdom will grow, because God causes it to spread, he causes it to grow.

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Surely not them, Lord?

28/08/2016 | Acts 10:1-11:18 | Adrian Armstrong

The question, "Surely not them, Lord?" is the thought challenged in this passage. Peter and those who were following Jesus were largely from a Jewish background and although Jesus had told his disciples that they would 'make disciples of all nations' (Matthew 28:19), and they hadn't realised that making them Jewish converts would not even factor into that equation. So a major shift in thinking was needed. Through God's help we can put aside our bias and tell the gospel to everyone, for God's good news is for all people and God's salvation is for all who put their trust in the Lord Jesus, who died on the cross for sinners like me and you and even 'them'.

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Following Jesus is Not Easy

07/08/2016 | Acts 7 | Al Burke

Stephen's death shows us the hostility towards Jesus and his followers. Many Christians today die for their faith. Christians are greatly persecuted around the world. Christians are to boldly trust Jesus through persecution, even to the point of death. Many people will try to stop the gospel spreading, but we know that God's gospel is unstoppable. It will be difficult to follow Jesus in many varied ways. We might be diverted away from talking about Jesus. Diverted by a church that is divided and bickering about things. Or we might take something good and blow it out of proportion, to the point it becomes a hindrance to following Jesus. Following Jesus requires hard work, we need to press on in following Jesus through his strength.

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Trouble Brews and a Solution Arises

31/07/2016 | Acts 6:1-15 | Al Burke

Trouble arises over feeding and providing for the Greek and Jewish women, so the apostles choose several godly men including Stephen. Stephen later opposes religious works as a means to salvation and it leads to his death. Jesus opposed salvation by works too and it led to his death. Religion is built around the thought that God owes us something, because we have done the right things. But religion develops an arrogance before God, rather than a humility. We need to ensure we don't develop this arrogance, but rather a humility to approach God on his terms, through the Lord Jesus.

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Where Our Focus Lies as Followers of Jesus

24/07/2016 | Acts 5:12-42 | Al Burke

What should a follower of Jesus look like? God's mission is for us to declare Jesus as King. Losing confidence in the gospel of Jesus is a real danger. Luke wrote Acts that we might have certainty, confidence in the gospel of Jesus. Followers of Jesus understand the nature of God's kingdom, they trust in God's sovereignty.

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The Gospel Answers Death

17/07/2016 | Acts 4:32-5:12 | Adrian Armstrong

The problem of death as a huge issue demanding a solution, that only the gospel provides an answer to.

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Coming Home

03/07/2016 | Acts 3:1-26 | Gerard Jongsma

Miracle. Mayhem. The reason for it - Jesus. Our response to him.

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From Head to Heart

19/06/2016 | Acts 2:14-47 | Al Burke

Peter preaches to the crowds telling them and us today that the journey needs to be conquered from the head to the heart. You know the truth about Jesus, so now you need to believe it and live it.

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The Promised Holy Spirit

12/06/2016 | Acts 1:12-2:13 | Al Burke

The coming Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus, brings surprise and a challenge.

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Jesus is King

05/06/2016 | Acts 1:1-11 | Al Burke

Do we have the right to say Jesus is the King to people today? Do we need to move on? Are we being irrelevant? God's Word says loudly and unwaveringly that Jesus is King, yes, we do have the right and responsibility to tell people about the truth that Jesus is risen and is king. This is a message that right through Acts powers on, it is unstoppable. No matter what happens in our world, the good news will not be affected. Jesus will continue to hold authority over all things and all people and our salvation is secure.

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What God Says About Homosexuality

29/05/2016 | Romans 1:18-32 | Al Burke

There is a bad diagnosis of the human heart. In our natural state our heart is sick, we do not treat God as God and our hearts are far from him. We take what is made and give it the glory that God alone deserves. We take what is good and pervert it to what is evil. Sex is an example of this, where we take what is made and we take what is natural and replace it with what is unnatural. Homosexuality, pornography, and sexual immorality are just a few of the ways in which life is lived when we reject God in our lives. God calls on his creation to live under his authority. What should our response be to this news? We should be thankful that God offers us grace and that he is the one who changes our hearts. We should seek to glorify God in all of our lives, by no longer displaying darkness and suppressing the truth, but living a gracious, loving life.

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The Marrow

22/05/2016 | 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 | Adrian Armstrong

How should the those in the church think about and use their gifts? The follower of Jesus is to imitate his example demonstrated on the cross and love in a costly way.

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Breaking the Marriage Vow

15/05/2016 | 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 | Al Burke

God calls us to go against the flow of our world with how we conduct our bodies. We are to flee sexual immorality. Despite how society may embrace sexual immorality if it is consensual, the Bible tells us that our sexual conduct matters, we are to honour God with sex within the marriage relationship.

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What Is Christian Marriage

08/05/2016 | Ephesians 5:15-33 | Al Burke

What does the Bible say about marriage? Why is the idea of Christian marriage so unpopular within our world today, yet why does God set these standards for marriage? The relationship between Jesus and the church sets the standard for Christian marriage of sacrificial love and submission.

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What God Says About Marriage

01/05/2016 | Genesis 2:18-25 | Al Burke

What God says about marriage is made clear from the beginning of God creating male and female in his image and designing marriage as between male and female.

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The LORD God Is With Us

24/04/2016 | Joshua 5:1-6:27 | Al Burke

The LORD was with Joshua. God's fought the battle, he was in control, and his people just had to trust Him to conquer Jericho. Joshua just had to be strong and courageous to trust in the LORD. The LORD God is with us today. Jesus came as a man, died and rose again to life. After ascending to the Father, the Holy Spirit was sent to dwell in us, until Jesus returns again to bring us to be with God.

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Rahab: A mirror for us

10/04/2016 | Joshua 2 | Al Burke

Joshua 2 tells the story of God's people on the verge of entering the Promised Land, sending spies to scout the city of Jericho. It focuses on a prostitute woman named Rahab, who becomes a mirror for us of how God is merciful and how we receive his mercy.

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Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life

27/03/2016 | John 11:1-57 | Al Burke

Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. Easter Sunday marks the celebration of the resurrection, three days after the darkest day of Jesus' death.

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Where Hope Is

25/03/2016 | Luke 23:32-49 | Al Burke

What's your greatest need? Where can you go to find hope? Jesus knows your greatest need. Jesus is the source of our hope for forgiveness.

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The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

20/03/2016 | John 10:1-42 | Peter Gimbert

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Spiritual Blindness

13/03/2016 | John 9:1-41 | Adrian Armstrong

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Jesus the Bread of Life

28/02/2016 | John 6:1-71 | Al Burke

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Hear His Word and Believe

21/02/2016 | John 5:1-47 | Al Burke

Faith alone doesn't save you nor does your lack of faith Condemn you. Eternal life can only be attained through Jesus, he is the one alone who saves. Are you placing your faith and trust in Jesus? Does your life reflect this? Nothing else in this life will satisfy like Jesus does.

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Jesus is the Christ, the Saviour of the World

14/02/2016 | John 4:1-54 | Al Burke

Is our perception of Jesus correct? Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the one who came to reveal God the Father. Jesus knows you and he offers you salvation, just like he did with the Samaritan woman at the well.

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Born Again Through Jesus

07/02/2016 | John 3:1-36 | Al Burke

Getting the right answer about who Jesus is, is very important, because only he offers eternal life.

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Trust in Jesus

31/01/2016 | John 2 | Al Burke

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Follow Christ Jesus

24/01/2016 | John 1:19-50 | Al Burke

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The Word Became Flesh

17/01/2016 | John 1:1-18 | Al Burke