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City Bible Church, NZ
City Bible Church
Welcome to our weekly podcast from City Bible Church, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Aug 1, 2020
Peter | All In A Day's Work
Peter has a few things to say to slaves, but his words are suprising. Rather than telling them to rise up and rebel against the injustice, he requires them to respect and honour their masters. This Sunday, speaker Nathan Martin will unpack why Peter gives this strange advice to slaves and learn what it means for our lives today.
Jul 25, 2020
JOSEPH | Faith in Hardship - Radical Forgiveness
On the final Sunday in our series on Joseph we look at the theme of radical forgiveness and how after 40 years we see reconciliation and healing between whaanau.
Jul 18, 2020
JOSEPH | Faith In Hardship - Is Wisdom Inherent or Learnt?
Is wisdom something some people get and others don't? This Sunday in Genesis 44 we see that Joseph is pretty wise... Is that just him, or has God being at work?
Jul 11, 2020
JOSEPH | Faith in Hardship - The Slowness of God
God never says, "I'm sooooo busy."
Jul 4, 2020
JOSEPH | Faith in Hardship - Playing the Long Game
How do we maintain a consistent faith that endures through both the hard and the good times? This week we continue in our journey with Joseph and find just how he honours God in times of Fame and Surplus.
Jun 27, 2020
JOSEPH | Faith in Hardship - God's Timing is Often Wild
God's timing is often wild. It is good, but it is wild. Often we have no idea what God is preparing us for. He always has plans for us , things he wants to fulfill in us, and giftings, callings and passions he wants to work out in us. Yet so often the timing of what he is doing at a particular moment can be so confusing. Although obviously I don’t know for sure, I do think Joseph would agree that Gods timing is wild - His timing is good, but it is wild
Jun 20, 2020
JOSPEH | Faith in Hardship - When Life turns to custard, God's got you!
This week, Craig continues on the story and life of Joseph (Gen 39), through Joseph's rollercoaster ride of a life we see that he holds firm in God and does not allow the temptations of his circumstances over come his desire to trust in God's plan.
Jun 6, 2020
Psalms | Why Should I Praise God?
If you are like most people, there are days when you wake up and the last thing you feel like doing is praising God. You have chores to do, whaanau to sort and hang out with, and a looming pile of work or study teetering on a fast-approaching horizon. So why praise God? On Sunday we pulled Psalm 33 apart and you will see in there some amazing reasons why praising God is not just a good idea, it is life-changingly essential.
May 3, 2020
How Are You Really? - An extended conversation with Jeremy & Dave
This extended conversation between Jeremy & Dave is a continuation from last Sunday's message about the effects this lockdown period can be having on us. In it they cover some of the ways in which this can present itself physiologically, mentally, spiritually and socially. As individuals we all are experiencing these uncertain times in some way and as Jesus followers we want to pay attention to what is going on within us and what are some ways we can journey this with God.
1 hr 22 min
May 3, 2020
Psalms | God thinks ‘IN LOVE’ about me all the time
I know that is not great grammar, but when we unpack Psalm 139 on Sunday you will totally understand what I am trying to say there. This has to be one of the most well known and loved Psalms ever. But how can this make sense when it looks like David wants to run away and hide from God in the middle of it? Maybe the reality that God can totally read our minds has something to do with it. Is that totally scary, or totally reassuring? Hmmm?
Apr 12, 2020
Kia ora whaanau This Sunday is Resurrection Sunday and we would love for you to join us as we celebrate the victory Jesus has won. It will be a time or worship and encouragement and we are excited about how God will speak to us.
Apr 4, 2020
Markers of Maturity | Organic Outreach
If you are like a lot of people as soon as you hear the word 'outreach' you break out in a cold sweat. On Sunday though I'm talking about how simply telling someone of the hope Jesus has given me is totally easy. The key is it's not so much the words you use, but the life you live. Ka kite anoo
Mar 28, 2020
Markers Of Maturity | Joyful Generosity
How on earth can I be generous in 'lockdown'? Wow - these are some crazy and scary times. If someone told you a month ago that Aotearoa would be in almost total lockdown, you would have laughed, cried, or maybe ran away. This Sunday we are looking at the fifth marker of maturity - Joyful Generosity. Is it really possible to be generous during this wild time, or is it better to just lock everything down and hold on.
Mar 14, 2020
Markers Of Maturity | Consistent Community
Community is something as individuals we all need and engage in in various ways. From church, to sports teams, to craft groups and the many different clubs, we love to connect! But why are we drawn to be with other people? As Christians we believe that community is an expression of God's heart and how he has designed us. This Sunday we are going to be looking at consistent community in our series "Markers of Maturity" and the role it plays in taking us deeper with Jesus and growing our faith. So join us as we lean in to God by practicing community. It won't be the same without you!
Mar 7, 2020
Markers of Maturity | Bible Based Life
This week, Tina came and spoke on three verses. In this she showed that the Bible gives direction, is all about Jesus and is life changing. And when we read our Bible that we need to actually see what is says, what it means and what can I do with it?
Feb 29, 2020
Markers of Maturity | Christ like Character
How do I really live like Jesus? When I take my dog for a walk, she is always watching me. If I stop, she stops and watches me, waiting to see what I do next. Even when I just go and get her lead she goes a bit wild knowing she is about to hang out with me! This is how I want to be with Jesus. Watching and waiting on Him and looking to see where He is going. I want to be so excited when I make time to just go for a walk with Jesus and sit in quietness with Him.
Feb 22, 2020
Followers | Markers of Maturity
Our relationship with Jesus is always about growth, not checking boxes! This Sunday, we begin our Markers of Maturity series. In this series, we will look at things like worship, prayer, the bible and generosity and how these markers can help indicate our growth and development in our relationship with Jesus.
Feb 15, 2020
Celebration Sunday - ALL IN
This Sunday we officially kicked off 2020 at CBC with a service that celebrates in expectation of what God has for our community and how we can play a part this year.
Feb 8, 2020
Philippians - Where are your roots?
A plant will only grow well if its roots go down deep into good soil. In this Philippians passage we are pulling apart, we will see Paul talk about being intentional in the direction we grow our roots.
Feb 1, 2020
Philippians - Our Lives in Christ
Rejoicing, anti-anxiety, PEACE! All of these capture our hearts and minds when we hear them, but why so often is there a sense that they are so hard to grasp? This week in our Philippians series we are going to be looking at what Paul says is the go to for joy, wholeness and peace and how they can become commonplace in our lives.
Jan 25, 2020
This Sunday we will explore how our priorities change as we grow our relationship with Jesus. Jesus is calling us to seek what truly matters.
Jan 18, 2020
Philippians | Jesus Loves Me, so...
This week in our series we looked at Philippians 2:1-2 and unpacked what a life rooted in God's love looks like and how this impacts who we are and who we are becoming as followers of Jesus.
Jan 11, 2020
Philippians - Love Well Fruit Well
What is the key to living a spiritually healthy Christian life? There are as many theories out there as there are people on the planet. Paul, who wrote most of the NT, has some super insightful guidance that is both easy to understand and very practical. Paul says we need to learn to love well, and as we do this we will naturally produce spiritual fruit and replicate Jesus. BUT - how on earth do you love well? Ka kite anoo - Craig
Dec 21, 2019
A Thrill of Hope | Weary or Wise
This Sunday we finish our Christmas series "A Thrill of Hope" with the story of the Magi. There are a lot of theories about who they were, where they were from and what they were doing but what we do know is that they came seeking one who would change this weary world forever.
Dec 14, 2019
A Trill Of Hope - Can you sustain the Universe from a Barn?
In today's message, we are going to look at three more stages in the birth narrative of Jesus. We will be exploring some pretty interesting facts that we often miss. -What is Josephs emotional reaction to Mary when he wakes from his Angel dream? -When you stop to think about it, who is really sleeping in an animal feed trough? -Why is Jesus surrounded by criminals his whole life?
Dec 7, 2019
Thrill of Hope | Mary - I don't know but I'm trusting You
I'd strongly argue that Mary has no idea how she will become pregnant from the Holy Spirit. Yet, in simple child-like faith she submits her body to the gentle will of Almighty God. How is it that this illiterate teenager who lived 2,000 years ago, can teach us so much about trusting the leading of God?
Nov 30, 2019
A Thrill of Hope | A Weary World
You don’t have to look around long to notice that the world seems pretty weary... you might even put yourself in that camp. You wouldn’t be alone in that, in fact, that's been something humanity has been dealing with for a very long time. But why? This week we are beginning our new series “A Thrill of Hope” and we will be looking at where this weariness comes from and what the story of Christmas has to do with it.
Nov 23, 2019
Making Space - The Better Blessing
This week Craig, finishes the our series on making space in our lives with giving generously. Such an action is shown that joy, and happiness comes from such an act.
Nov 16, 2019
Making Space - A Wealth of Wisdom
I don’t think it is really a tricky question, but which wisdom do you think it is better to listen to - society or God? When it comes to money, possessions and time though a lot of us default to listen to how society is telling us to live our lives.
Nov 9, 2019
Make Space - Joy with More or Less
We all know that Joy from possessions is fleeting, and that trying to find my identity in what I do never works. Yet, so many people are stuck on that treadmill - trying to find joy and meaning in stuff and overcommitment. WHY?
Nov 2, 2019
Making Space in our Minds - Me, My Stuff, and God
This week, Dave spoke on making space in our minds, while also releasing our fears and worries that trap us over to God, as everything we have is God's, and that what we have is what He gave us.
Oct 19, 2019
People of Faith - How is Your Vision?
Faith is confidence and assurance in something we cannot see with our physical eyes but that we can 'see' with our spiritual eyes. We all need to check our vision to make sure we are seeing clearly. Moses' parents, Moses, and Joshua show us that faith is seeing Jesus, putting Him first, and stepping out to do what God has called us to.
Oct 12, 2019
People of Faith - Obedience
This Sunday, we will look at some of the amazing people of faith, focusing on Abraham and Sarah. Although they both make a number of mistakes - like we all do - they are also people who exhibit amazing faith. A faith that is acted out in incredible, and quite illogical, obedience to God.
Oct 5, 2019
Hebrews | People Of Faith
This week we begin a new series looking at the “People of faith” in Hebrews 11 and we will consider the ‘faith’ of the people who have gone before us. You might be surprised to find that the faith that enabled these heroes to persevere, to hope, and to do what is right, is the faith we too share today.
Sep 28, 2019
Love Is A Verb
How do you know if someone loves you and has your back? They can say it and say it, but until they actually do something and put their ‘money where their mouth is’ you honestly don’t know if they mean it. How about with God? How do you know if he really loves you and is not just saying nice stuff? This Sunday, Craig shares his message of truth with us that love is a verb.
Sep 14, 2019
This We Believe - God The Holy Spirit
This week Craig talks about the 'forgotten or unknown' one of the Trinity-The Holy Spirit. Craig teaches us that He is the one currently indwelling, guiding, and gifting all Christians is the world.
Sep 7, 2019
This We Believe - God the Son
Looking into God the Son - Jesus Christ
Aug 31, 2019
For Me And My House
This Sunday morning we will be looking at Joshua's address to Israel and his challenge to them to serve God completely. Joshua's call to Israel to decide who will they serve and for them to decide what the future of Israel will look like. How does this look today in the challenges we have in our lives? Are we willing to serve God 100%?
Aug 28, 2019
This We Believe - God the Father.
Join us as we continue the exciting journey of our new series THIS WE BELIEVE exploring God the Father. Why are Christians so often called Children of God in the Bible? Why does God the Father not call us minion or peons or something, considering how awesome He is in comparison to us? And, what exactly does it mean to be a Child of God, when He is divine and I am human?
Aug 17, 2019
This We Believe - An Introduction to the Trinity
This Sunday we began the exciting journey of delving deeper into the theology and wonder of the Trinity in our new series THIS WE BELIEVE. Often viewed as peripheral, extra, weird or just plain confusing, our understanding of the Trinity is actually central to our faith as Christians. Why? Because, it is all about the God we love, worship and have our life in. Michael Reeves writes “Neither a problem nor a technicality, the triune being of God is the vital oxygen of Christian life and joy.” Come and breathe deep this ‘vital oxygen’, as God takes us deeper with Himself.
Aug 11, 2019
Thinking Well Session - Sarah Field
Every word, thought, feeling and action utilises neural pathways. As we use these pathways we make them bigger and stronger and easier to use. Every time we speak, think, feel or act we shape our physical brains. The brain is constantly changing according to how we use it! Neuroscience tells us that we can rewire our brains. The Bible tells us that we can renew our minds. Listen in as we journey thinking well with Sarah Field for a workshop that helps you engage in this rewiring, renewing experience using two simple and effective tools.
1 hr 26 min
Aug 10, 2019
Thinking Well - Sarah Field
We will use Philippians 4:2-9 to learn how to "Think Well" with our guest speaker Sarah Field. How would it feel to have a mind which is continually focused on what is excellent and noble? What would it be like to have a mind which is truly your friend? As a Jesus-follower, how much influence do you have over your thoughts and feelings?
Aug 3, 2019
Loving our Maori Brothers and Sisters Better - Lawrence Jensen
This week as part of living out our faith, Lawrence Jensen from our CBC whānau, will introduce us to the idea of how we might begin to love our Māori brothers and sisters as Tangata Whenua.
Jul 27, 2019
James - Money Can't Buy me Love
As Christians we know that money and possession can't buy our happiness or fulfil us, but why do we still pursue them as though they do? Jesus came to give abundant life, why do we pursue it in other things? Craig wraps up our series in James with thoughts from chapter 5.
Jul 20, 2019
James - The Battle Within and the God who is Near
James addresses the two ways of living and what he refers to as the battle within our divided souls. The pull between two worlds, two ways, two kingdoms. But James tell us there is hope for a whole soul! When we are surrendered to God, we experience the reality of Him who is so very near.
Jul 13, 2019
James - What wisdom are you living from?
James points out that we can tame a tiger, but we cannot tame the tongue! Why is it that a person's tongue is completely impossible to control? In Chapter 3, James explains exactly what we need to do to not only control our tongue, but to also become as wise as God Himself! Or as James puts it; wise with heaven's wisdom. Whoa.
Jul 6, 2019
James - You Show Me Yours I'll Show you Mine
A core message through the book of James is that the truth of a persons outward actions reflect their true internal nature. Is the faith a person claims to have in Jesus changing their life so they live a life of sacrifice and service and live in obedience to Jesus - or not.
Jun 29, 2019
James - A Faith That Works
This Sunday we began our new series on the book of James. We explored what it looks like to live out our faith from a soul that is whole instead of divided.
Jun 22, 2019
C&L Farewell - Keep Climbing Higher
This Sunday, we celebrated Campbell and Lorraine's time in leadership and service as part of the CBC family over the past 24 years.
Jun 15, 2019
Loving Our World | You are Loved
Patience is an attitude of love Kindness is love in action Humility is the posture of love Always is the rhythm of love Loving our world with ...
Jun 8, 2019
Loving the World with Always
This Sunday, we loved our world ALWAYS If patience is an attitude of love, … kindness is love in action, … and humility is the posture of love, … then what does the rhythm of love look like?
Jun 1, 2019
Loving Our World | With Humility
This Sunday, Love is... humble. What is the true posture of love? If love is patient and kind to an ever-widening circle of relationships, what changes might need to take place in my posture towards others? What is it in my attitudes about others and myself that hinders or encourages love to be expressed? 1 Corinthians 13 v 4
May 25, 2019
Loving the World with KINDNESS
This Sunday, Love is... kind. As part of a broken world, we have both experienced the pain of unkindness, and we have inflicted unkindness. It was not meant to be this way. God created us for loving, harmonious, generous, selfless connection and relationships with Himself and with others.
May 18, 2019
Loving the world with patience
This Sunday, Love is... patient. Why is patience first in the list? Could it be that patience is one of the greatest expressions of love? Could it be that it lays a foundation for all our relationships as well as the other expressions of love?
May 11, 2019
20Twenty about Mum's
This Sunday, we celebrate our lovely mum's and remember that we can trust that God has our children on His mind as we participate in what He is already doing. We would like to encourage Mum's and Dad's to lean into God, trusting that He already intimately knows our children and their needs, whatever their ages and stage of life.
May 11, 2019
We Love Mums
Gather together this Sunday to celebrate our lovely Mum's with our amazing guest speakers Graham and Julie Rickard.
May 4, 2019
Connecting Personally With Christ
A desire of most Christians is to spend time with Jesus, to connect powerfully with him. Yet many go from week to week with little, or no, actual deep, real, powerful connection with Christ. Why is it important to connect with him, and how can we do this in a simple way in the midst of our crazy-busy lives?
Apr 27, 2019
Communion is deeply mystical | What is it really about?
This week our Guest Speaker - Craig Barrow - speaks in Communion. Communion is something we do often as Christians, but how many of us regularly stop to reflect on the deep meaning behind communion? There is something deeply mystical in what the elements of communion link us back to. There is something deeply mystical in the death and sacrifice of Christ and it is important for us to understand this and to link back to it whenever we take communion.
Apr 20, 2019
Resurrection Sunday | Mark 16
This Sunday we will be celebrating Resurrection Sunday, and the resurrection life that has been opened to us through Jesus.
Apr 13, 2019
The Good News - Mark 13-15
Now it’s time for Jesus to walk the talk: as he stops the arguing, he lays down any arms for battle, he moves from first to last, from Lord to servant, and he entrusts himself to his Fathers arms, ways, and even justice. In doing so we see how temporary the evil, authority, and power of humanity on this planet really is. These climatic chapters of Mark show us the REALITY of Jesus that has formed our HISTORY and set in place our ETERNITY!
Apr 6, 2019
The Good News - Mark 11-12
This Sunday Campbell lead us through the arrival of Jesus ‘the Son of David’ to Jerusalem, the City of David - King of Israel. Jesus commutes in and out of Jerusalem daily, and talks to the authorities about authority.
Mar 30, 2019
Christians Against Poverty - Mark 10
This Sunday we are excited to hear from Abbey about Christians Against Poverty's (CAP) heart and mission: to release Kiwis from a life sentence of debt, poverty and its causes - into a life filled with hope and freedom. Originally from Canada, Abbey has called New Zealand home for the past 14 years. Abbey first encountered CAP when a change in circumstances prompted her to attend a ‘CAP Money’ course…fast forward a few years and Abbey now works full-time at CAP! In her role as Church Partnership Director, Abbey loves journeying with churches to help them find their ‘CAP sweet spot’ - supporting the church’s own vision to reach their community, and empower people to step out into their callings and giftings. This Sunday we dig into Mark 10:46-52 and explore the opportunities for CBC to connect with CAP.
Mar 23, 2019
The Good News - Mark 10
What did Jesus mean by “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross”, what’s with this losing one’s life business, how can someone who is last be first and what’s so important about children that Jesus keeps telling us to welcome them? Just like the disciples who were with Him wrestled with His words and what kind of counter-culture life they offered, this Sunday we listened to the words of Jesus and considered what obedience to them looks like today as His followers.
Mar 22, 2019
The Good News - Mark 8-9 (CBC Camp Sunday Session)
Campbell speaks again on the Sunday of the CBC Family Camp. He wraps Up and speaks on our Mark series to date.
Mar 22, 2019
The Good News - Mark 8 (CBC Camp Saturday Session)
Campbell speaks on Mark 8. With time For discussion.
Mar 2, 2019
The Good News - Mark 4-5
This week special guest Carolyn Dodd will explore with us what must it have been like to walk and talk with Jesus? To have a front row seat as he commanded obedience from the wind and the waves, cast out demons, healed the sick, raised the dead. When we watch Jesus in action we see His heart and the heart of His father and - like the disciples - we are compelled to ask "Who is this?!"
Feb 23, 2019
The Good News - Mark 3-4
This week we will be see how the Good News of Jesus was not just a call towards heaven, but a call to consider how we live and interact with those around us. Jesus hung out with what many would consider the weirdest of people. He challenged long held religious traditions of his day. And He told stories (or Parables) that were completely counter cultural and sounded nothing like the normal religious teaching at all.
Feb 16, 2019
The Good News - Mark 2:1-12
In chapter 1 v 14-15 of Mark it says that Jesus was proclaiming ‘the good news of God’ and that the ‘Kingdom of God has come near” -a statement that seems odd when it was still years before Jesus would go to the cross. But in chapter 2 we learn that not only does Jesus come bringing physical wholeness but also spiritual wholeness to the paralysed man, commanding him to walk and forgiving him his sins. This story is important to our understanding of what the good news is, how far reaching it goes and to whom the message applies. This reminds us of the expansive nature of the good news about Jesus.
Feb 9, 2019
The Good News - Mark 1:29-39
This week we explore Jesus' ‘GOOD NEWS’ as Lorraine teaches us from the book of Mark showing what is was like for Jesus to walk among the sick and suffering, and through the hard times, God desires that we have a foundation in his love.
Feb 2, 2019
The Good News - The Good News is Jesus
This Sunday we begin our new series in the book of Mark. Mark is a ‘gospel’, or ‘good news’ … good news about Jesus. The truth is that the good news is more than the message about Jesus, it is Jesus! The relationship he offers, the life he brings, the hope he gives, the transformation he empowers … these are all ‘good’ and Mark is giving us the ’news’ as he unfolds the story of Jesus
Jan 26, 2019
Ready and Rested | Colossians 1:24-29
Sunday's at CBC this month we are exploring being both Rested and Ready and how they relate to a rhythm of life God has designed us for. So as we come off being Rested are we Ready for 2019 and what lies ahead? This Sunday was part 3 of Rested and Ready. We looked at the relationship between God's grace, His energy and our work.
Jan 19, 2019
Ready and Rested | Isaiah 40
Sunday's at CBC this month we explored being both Rested and Ready and how they related to a rhythm of life God has design us for. So as we come off being Rested are we Ready for 2019 and what lies ahead?
Jan 12, 2019
Ready and Rested | Psalm 23
Life's often a mixture of hot and cold, work and play, busy and slow. Problem comes when its all hot busy work! Finding the rhythm of life is not that easy and when we finally get time to slow down, play or sit in the shade we either don't know what to do or just want to stay there forever. Over the next 3 Sunday's at CBC, SUMMER AT CBC, we are going to consider being both RESTED and READY and how they related to a rhythm of life God has design us for. So as many of us come off being RESTED are we READY for 2019 and what lies ahead?
Dec 22, 2018
Peace on Earth | Celebration
This week we take a look on how peace and celebration are connected and what a life of deep rooted joy produces in us. Glory to God in highest heaven, and Peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased - Luke 2:14
Dec 15, 2018
Peace on Earth | Obedience
This week we carried on in our Christmas series “Peace on Earth”.
Dec 8, 2018
Peace On Earth | Trust
This week we are carrying on in our Christmas series “Peace on Earth” by taking a look at the amazing story of Mary. In a situation where peace would be least expected, Mary seems so calm. Is that just the way it has been portrayed by the writer or is it actually possible to respond that way when we get unexpected or unwanted news in our own lives?
Dec 1, 2018
Peace On Earth | Expectancy
"Peace on earth" is something often heard around this time of year. Is it really a thing though? Not many of us would use the word peace to describe the state of things be it in us or around us. So what is the deal, why do we hear this phrase at Christmas time, is it a possibility and if so how do we get there?
Nov 24, 2018
Jonah | Love The World
Jonah, what are you trying to say? So what's the point of this story again? And what's with the un-ended story? Is God's final question rhetorical? Or is it left for the reader (originally Israel, and now for us today) to answer? Jonah 4:11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh...? Questions to consider: * Who and what is our world? * Who do 'we' (the church) get angry over and consider outside of God's love? * Who are our Ninevites? Is it right for God to love 'our' world? Or is it 'his' world? * What and who do I love and why? * How do I learn to love what and whom God loves?
Nov 10, 2018
Jonah Love The World | Jonah, What With's The Cows?
This week we return to Jonah as we continue to journey into the ever-widening circle of God’s love. It's when our thoughts, feelings, and actions come together for the good of another – love is expressed.
Nov 3, 2018
WOMAN - Gender Role Review Announcement
This Sunday the Elders present the decision of the Gender Role Review. This review considered the role of women as Elders, Teachers and Pastors at CBC and follows several months of review, discussion and prayer by the Elders and The Advisory Panel with input from the CBC community.
Oct 27, 2018
Jonah | Love The World - Jonah, How are You Doing, Really?
What is Jonah feeling throughout this traumatic adventure? He seems to move quickly from rest to stress, from happy contentment to burning anger (Jonah 4:16). How are his feelings connected to his thinking and beliefs? How do our feelings either restrict or release our ability to love both God and others? And do our thoughts and emotions move us to action, to real expression of love?
Oct 20, 2018
The Practise of Resting
Having a break from our Jonah series, Dave spoke on ‘The practice of rest’, digging into Matthew 11:25-30 and sharing some of his personal journey that God has been leading him on.
Oct 13, 2018
Jonah | Love The World - Jonah, What Were You Thinking?
What was Jonah thinking when he jumped on a ship to escape God? Even the pagan sailors are in disbelief (Jonah 1: 10). What is Jonah thinking as he goes below deck to sleep, say's 'throw me overboard', sinks deep into the sea, hangs out the belly of the fish (or Sheol) for a few days, walks 400 miles to Nineveh, preaches judgement and then awaits compassion instead? What are the beliefs and thoughts that drive this eccentric prophet? And how might they contrast the mind of God? How does our thinking either restrict or release our ability to love both God and others?
Oct 6, 2018
Jonah | Love the World - Big Fish ... small worm
The short book of Jonah contrasts: God’s power with Jonah’s disobedience and God's compassion with Jonah’s prejudice. This Sunday was a FAMILY SPECIAL with fun for all ages. We continued with 'Jonah - Love the World' and looked at how both a BIG FISH and a small worm can be messages of God's love.
Oct 2, 2018
Jonah | Love the World - Jonah, Are You For Real?
An introduction to the book and prophet, Jonah. Is the story of Jonah for real or an allegory? Sounds like’ the tale of a whale’ (Jonah 1:17). Amidst miracles both massive and tiny is this short book’s purpose to contrast God’s power with Jonah’s disobedience, or His compassion with Jonah’s prejudice? Why has God included this very unique and unusual prophetic book in his word to us?
Sep 22, 2018
Jonah | Love the World - A Prophet of Israel & Sign of Jesus
This week we start looking at the story of Jonah. Why? Loving the World is a big deal for us at CBC because it's a big deal for Jesus. He loves this world, and we are included in 'His world' that He loves. To love God, is to love each other, is to love the World, for we are loved. The story of Jonah will help us understand this some more. In Jonah over the coming weeks we will answer questions like: * Is it right for Me to love the world? * What do I THINK and FEEL about my world? * HOW will I love my world?
Sep 15, 2018
Ambassador - Reflection of Christ's love towards others
This Sunday our friend Igor shared from his experience on the power of love in action as his local church has engaged with the local community. Igor is the General Manager of the Livingstones Network a community based network of Churches from around New Zealand which CBC is a part of.
Sep 1, 2018
Father's Day - Things Dads Need to Know
Will shares to us a fes stories and wise words about the things Fathers and Father-figures need to know in life.
Aug 25, 2018
Love The World
The past 18 months we have been seeking to discover God's love, or we might say 'God's love is discovering us'. His love brings us into a circle of relationship with Him in which we grow in loving Him... to then find within us a love for one another. This love is an outward expression of our love for Him. The circle of His Love widens. What if the circle of the love of God has no end? How wide can it go?
Aug 18, 2018
IN LIFE- The Goodness of People
CBC's vision is to be a growing, multicultural community who love God, Love each other and Love the world. We think this is so important that for the last year and a bit we have been talking about and exploring God's love for us and shortly about His love for the world. This Sunday we took a journey of love and and explored what God can do.
Aug 11, 2018
WOMAN - What does the Bible story have to say?
This is the third and final on our exploration of whether women can be in the senior leadership roles of Elder, Teacher and Pastor in the local church today? Throughout the bible narrative, both Old and New Testament, we have accounts of men and women in leadership. On Sunday we are asking how does this narrative in the Bible Story apply to the role of women in the church. The is one of 3 messages that are part of CBC's review on what the Bible teaches about appointing women to the position of Elders, Pastors and Teachers in the local church.
Aug 4, 2018
WOMAN - Submission and Headship, what's that all about?
Ephesians 5:21-33 gives instruction to husbands and wives about ‘the way of love’ in their relationships. The language of submission and headship are used here in the family. This language is also used concerning the role of men and women in the church in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, and in 1 Timothy 2:11-15. This week we will look at these two ideas, and how they could be interpreted and applied to the church today The is one of 3 messages that are part of CBC's review on what the Bible teaches about appointing women to the position of Elders, Pastors and Teachers in the local church.
Jul 28, 2018
WOMAN - Created Order or Created Equal
Both Genesis 1-2 and Galatians 3, speak of the equality of men and women at creation, and as new creations in Christ. This does not mean that man and woman are identical or the same, but of equal value and standing with each other, and with God. Does this mean they equally share the same roles or functions in the church, or are any of these unique to gender? This week began to explore the two main views on this discussion and consider whether the diversity of roles of men and women was part of God’s creative design or a result of The Fall. The is one of 3 messages that are part of CBC's review on what the Bible teaches about appointing women to the position of Elders, Pastors and Teachers in the local church.
Jul 21, 2018
EPHESIANS | You Look Familiar
So what does all this ‘way of love’ actually look like at home and in the workplace? And hey what does this word ‘submit’ have to do with loving? Sounds like slavery and abuse to me. Yes, but let’s not forget that there is one who became a servant and was abused for us … his name is Jesus!
Jul 14, 2018
EPHESIANS: Heads,Hands and Hearts - Choose to Love
Jesus said that loving your neighbour is like loving God with all your heart, soul and mind. So what does this loving others with your 'whole-self' look like? How can we love each other with our heads, hearts and hands?
Jul 7, 2018
EPHESIANS | The Way of Love - Just Shut Your Mouth!
When it comes to putting on and putting off, Paul has a few words to say about 'words'. But words are not only spoken, they are also heard. Is it possible that there is more to 'walking in the way of love' with our words than, 'don't tell lies', 'stop swearing' and 'say good things'? How do we love one another with both what we say and how we listen? This week we were reading from Ephesians 4-6.
Jun 30, 2018
EPHESIANS | The Way of Love - Just Stop It!
As Paul details what 'walking in love' looks like we bump into a lot of 'putting off' and 'putting on'. Things to stop and things to start. But to be honest 'stopping' some stuff is much more difficult to do than read about, at times even impossible. Within the community of people who are 'walking in the way of love' our 'putting on' can make the impossible, possible ... let's consider the 'way' of Ephesians 4-5 from a new perspective.
Jun 23, 2018
EPHESIANS | Would you please do something useful with your life?
"Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” Ephesians 4:28 There are so many useful and good things we need to do. And so many useless and destructive stuff we need to stop. In Ephesians 4-5 the list is long, it is not exhaustive but it can be exhausting. But what is the ONE thing that Jesus wants from us above all this? Read Ephesians 4:1-5:2 and consider what “living a life worthy of your calling” and “walk in the way of love” might mean for you personally and for us as a community at CBC.
Jun 16, 2018
EPHESIANS | The Way of Love - I Heard You The First Time
"I heard you the first time!" Yes, you did and probably many more times over. But we need not only constant reminders of God's love, we also need a stronger grasp and deeper experience of his love. To walk in the way of love includes loving others, but always begins with being loved, and not just somewhere in the past but living in a relationship of love in the present. So please be patient and hear God's words once again "I choose you, because I love you!"
Jun 9, 2018
EPHESIANS | The Way of Love
When the way of truth and the way of love are combined into ONE they become a unique, life-altering and world-impacting way! Over the next 8 weeks, we will continue considering Jesus' call to “love ONE another” by spending time in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus. Here we find a beautiful and insightful blend of truth and love. Paul describes this as a ‘way’, a path to be walked on, a lifestyle to be lived. On this first week, we begin in Ephesians 1-2 where Paul declares this great truth concerning God’s love for us: 'I choose you!’.