700 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah poetically announces His arrival. A new dawn will come from the darkest corner of Israel, and He will bring light and life to everything. The waiting will soon be over as joy and peace flood the land.
13/12/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
What's the point of suffering?
Sadness, grief and suffering. All things that we try to avoid in life, but with surprising regularity, hit us when we least expect it. So, how we can face these issues well? The teacher from Ecclesiastes has wisdom that can make a difference, and brings us hope.
06/12/2020 - Ian Travers
One thing is certain in life - death. It's a hammer blow. No one knows the hour or how it will happen. So how do we prepare for our death? We must live well. Looking at Ecclesiastes 9, Q discovers that the present is just that - a gift - to be enjoyed thoroughly in the here and now.
22/11/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
Everything is meaningless
We're all searching for meaning in our lives, through possessions, experiences or relationships. The teaches of a man, some 2500 years ago, reveal fresh home truths - that purpose is not found in any of these, but in living a life for God.
08/11/2020 - Ian Travers
There is great power in your pocket. Our smartphones have brought so many benefits to life, but at what cost? If we're called to love God with all our hearts, how does technology fit into that picture? Exploring the pitfalls, Q looks at how digital, in it's right place, can be a blessing.
01/11/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
Disintegration of Morality
In the final chapter of Judges, the death bell tolls as a nation turns its back on God, and then turn their backs on each other. In this story, we recognise evil that occurs across the world today. But even now, just as in Israel's times, God brings us hope for the future.
25/10/2020 - Ian Travers
Disintegration of Religion
The end of the book of Judges is a terrible story of the total collapse of society, and the disintegration of a nation. But it begins with a story of religious pride, of individuals, representative of all people, that define their own god, that they might control others. How should we respond to this story?
18/10/2020 - Ian Travers
Grace through Samson
Samson sometimes represents God as Israel sees him, but more often represents Israel as God sees her. And despite Samson's shortcomings we see the grace and mercy and faithfulness of God coming through.
04/10/2020 - Al Gregory
Pride of Samson
Why would God use a guy like Samson? He was a hot-headed, vengeful, petulant vow breaker. Yet he was empowered by the Holy Spirit! Q explores how God can still harness some pretty dark methods to fulfil his plans.
27/09/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
Birth of Samson
God uses unlikely people for his purposes. An angel appears to a childless woman and tells her she is going to have a child, and that the child will rescue Israel from the Philistines. Hints of a future angelic visit and message to Mary, tellijng to the birth of Jesus.
20/09/2020 - Al Gregory
Power of Prayer
Prayer is powerful. It changes things. It makes a major dent in this world. Out of everyone, James holds up Elijah as the example of a prayerful man - the one who called fire out of heaven. But James says something stunning - Elijah is just like us. Q explores how this could possibly be the case.
06/09/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
If I were a rich man...
James challenges us in our attitudes to wealth. Are we marked Self indulgence or Godly generosity? Are we aware of the responsibilities that go with wealth?
23/08/2020 - Al Gregory
Wisdom from Above
Everyone is clamoring for our attention with offers of the secrets of their wisdom to get us ahead in the world. But all too often this is coupled with treading on others, getting rich at the expense of the poor. James guides us to godly wisdom and teaches how it is the opposite of selfish ambition.
09/08/2020 - Ian Travers
James knew conflict was a disease that could cause great damage. Q looks at its symptoms, the underlying illness and its cure - humility.
02/08/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
Facing hard times
We all face struggles and hard times in our lives, and we battle for the meaning and reason for them. In James' letter, he reveals that we can face these times with courage, knowing that God, not only blesses us in the midst of them, but also uses them for his glory.
12/07/2020 - Ian Travers
Diversity and discrimination
Favouritism and discrimination are destructive. Instead, we're called to embrace diversity. That means going out of our way to celebrate our differences, whether that's our culture, ethnicity, economic status or simply the way we look. And the church is to be leading the way.
05/07/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
Quick to listen, slow to speak
Sharing the gospel as good news. Taking time to listen to see where people are at. Not jumping to conclusions too quickly.
28/06/2020 - Al Gregory
The True Vine
How can we have a fruitful life? Jesus answers, 'I am the true vine.' That's a very cryptic answer! In this season of lockdown, this picture is incredibly timely as we understand Jesus as the vinedresser, pruning the vine to ensure an abundance of fruit in the future.
14/06/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
The Way, the Truth and the Life
Where will I go when I die? This is a fundamental question of all humanity with many answers and claims. In preaching the gospel - the good news - Jesus reveals the truth about life after death, and that we experience all the goodness God has for us, if only we would put our trust in Him.
07/06/2020 - Ian Travers
Light of the world
The world is full of competing claims to know the truth, and that everyone else is just repeating #fakenews. But Jesus is the light that reveals the absolute truth, not just about himself, but about the world, and the creator God. Knowing this truth brings us peace, comfort and joy.
24/05/2020 - Ian Travers
The Good Shepherd
Who do you follow? The truth is we all follow someone. But 2,000 years ago, a man from Nazareth announced himself to the world as the Good Shepherd and said, 'follow me'. Q helps us navigate the world of shepherding as we seek to understand why Jesus is so good to follow.
17/05/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
Where do you go for answers? What questions do you have? When Jesus stepped on the earth, he called people to follow him, saying 'I am the answer'. He then both taught how he was the answer we're all looking for, and demonstrated through his life.
03/05/2020 - Ian
Salt and Light
What did Jesus mean when he said, 'you are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world'? Unpacking these two metaphors, Q looks at our mission as the church and how our saltiness and brightness will help people find hope.
26/04/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
What is Church?
What does it mean to be part of 'the Church'? Who does God call us to be? In this message, we look at three characteristics of God's people - Holy, Pure and Beautiful - and see what it means for us today.
19/04/2020 - Ian Travers
What's Your Story?
Everyone is searching to define their own story - to know their place in the world and bring meaning to life. But rather than write our own, God has written a greater story that gives us our lives, purpose, made possible through Jesus Christ.
12/04/2020 - Ian Travers
Jesus passionately prayed that we, as the church, would experience the oneness and unity he felt with his Father. Not only towards each other but towards God. That's extraordinary! Q looks at the implications of this and the sort of church we are called to grow into.
05/04/2020 - Quinton Handscomb
Born of God
As the church, we are not a random set of people, but people who have been re-born by God – his children – having a new heart put within us. We are called to be shaped by Him and long after His heart through the power of the Holy Spirit.