Scotty Richardson brings us part 5 of Hide and Seek,
As with every message in this series, it is based upon the words of Jesus himself, this time from Matthew 5:13-16…
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
Part four of Hide and Seek is brought to us by Jonathan Davies, the Senior Pastor of Seeds, and comes from Matthew 13:45-46...
AGAIN, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE A MERCHANT LOOKING FOR FINE PEARLS.
Shane Rayner brings the third part of Hide and Seek, looking at Jesus' instruction to ask, seek and knock from Matthew 7...
ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND; KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS RECEIVES; THE ONE WHO SEEKS FINDS; AND TO THE ONE WHO KNOCKS, THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED.
Hide and Seek is the theme for the messages at XS throughout term 3, we'll be looking at the parables Jesus told and how we find the truth of the Kingdom of God through them.
It starts with our favourite pastor (equal first place, at least) Christy Rayner bringing the first two weeks...
There’s been a lot of families talked about throughout The Story so far, and God has his hand in all of them. Remember Abraham and Sarah? Over 100 years old and they have a BABY?! Samson’s parent’s who can’t have a child, falling pregnant as well. The youngest, most quiet, smallest sons that, with God’s guidance, help lead a nation. Moses, who if he’d been in any other situation, would have been destined to be a slave. But God had his hands and his workings on all of these situations.
And yet all of these events, families, miracles, supernatural pregnancies, are leading up to the birth of one very important man.
Esther is one of my favourite stories in the bible – such a testament of God’s faith working in subtle, yet impacting ways. Esther wasn’t a prophet, nor did she fight battles or lead people out of slavery. She (gurl power, sista’s), was used by God in simple ways, with amazing results.
So there’s a new King of Persia, and like the prophets said he would, he decided to let God’s people be free to go. He allows them to start rebuilding themselves as a nation, and they start with a temple to the Lord. The building progress begins, and the people are brought together to do this hard work. Through the start of the build, they praise God, and when the foundation for the temple is laid, they celebrate.
This chapter is full of amazing miracles, giant furnaces, roaring lions, and some really rad names.
King after useless king – every single one just following in the horrible footsteps of their father. Every generation was a fresh lot of evil after evil. Every new king did “evil in the eyes of the Lord” – they were simply a mess. And worse yet, they knew they were doing wrong, and kept doing it.
Can you guys believe we are SIXTEEN chapters into The Story already! Time flies when you’re having fun! This chapter begins where most do – the people are running wild like chickens with their heads chopped off. The nation of God’s followers is shrinking and shrinking, with more nations claiming their ways are better, and their kings are bigger.