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We are on a journey to that future life exploring the incredible plans God has for us on earth to love Him and to love others. Join us on this journey!

    1 John 1v5-7 Stefan Wolmarans 02Aug20

    1 John 1v5-7 Stefan Wolmarans 02Aug20

    Stefan spoke on 1 John 1.5-7.
     
    Thank you for listening to this podcast. You can find more episodes in our feed. Our web site is http://www.watfordchurchofchrist.org. 
     
    Join us in our adventure: 10.30 AM on most Sundays at Laurance Haines School, Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0DD.
     
    Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. 
     
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    Thanks again for listening. Have a super day.
     
    God bless,
     
    Malcolm
     
    Watford, Watford church of Christ, Malcolm Cox, mccx, Croxley Green, Bushey, Leavesden, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, ICOC, ICCM, Chesham, Chorleywood, Aylesbury, Croxley, Laurance Haines School, Vicarage Road, Bible teaching, Sunday School, Youth Ministry, Watford Church, Churches in Watford, Churches in London, Churches in Hertfordshire, Watford UK, Holywell, Watford England, Watford in Hertfordshire, West Watford, Churches of Christ, 

    • 33 min
    "How God moves us from despair to hope", Psalm 130

    "How God moves us from despair to hope", Psalm 130

    “How God moves us from despair to hope”, Psalm 130
    IntroductionHope comes from God - 8 times in Psalm
    1. God can handle our despair, vv1-4
    A. Express Despair“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:1–5 NIV11)
    B. Express Need“When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!” (Romans 6:20–21 NIV11)
    Transition - v4“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15 NIV11)
    2. God is worth waiting for, vv5-6
    A. Expect him to show up, Psalm 5.1-3“Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:1–3 NIV11)
    B. Expect him to act
    Conclusion, vv7-8Decisively put hope in GodBecause you know he is love
    For discussionWhat emerged for you from this lesson? What are you most in despair over right now?Do you believe God cares?What does it mean to put our hope in the Lord?
    “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”” (Acts 7:55–56 NIV11)
    “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV11)
    Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.
    Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.
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    “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)
    God bless, Malcolm
    PS: You might also be interested in my book: "An elephant's swimming pool", a devotional look at the Gospel of John

    • 19 min
    "Antioch, Barnabas and the Spirit", Acts 11.19-26, Malcolm Cox, Watford Version

    "Antioch, Barnabas and the Spirit", Acts 11.19-26, Malcolm Cox, Watford Version

    “Antioch, Barnabas and the Spirit” Acts 11.19-26
    1. The Spirit moves the church, Acts 2-11
    A. Uncomfortable, Unexpected, Unprecedented experiences
    Review the Spirit’s work so far in Acts. What he caused or allowed. 
    Messiness not neatness is the more likely evidence of the Spirit at work.
    B. Initiative, 11.20
    The men of Cyprus and Cyrene did not ask for permission.
    They were not maverick, but in community.
    Our aim: “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matt 6:10 i.e. not just about saving souls, but healing that which was broken, damaged, corrupted by the events in Eden.
    C. Impact
    Antioch - Asia - Europe - the world
    What ‘kingdom-minded’ project gets your spiritual blood pumping?
    What do you need to sustain your initiative & develop the Spirit’s work?
    2. Barnabas as a model, Acts 11.22-26
    Jerusalem - curious, not controlling
    A. Who was he?
    Cypriot; bridge-builder; observer of God’s hand at work; encourager. 
    Poured petrol on the fire of their zeal, not the wet blanket of suspicion.
    “What can I do to help?”
    B. What did he do to take things further?
    Recruited others - Paul. We need the ‘odd’ people more than we might think. Perhaps you are one of them!
    You might need a Barnabas before you can be really useful to God.
    Barnabas todayOlder generation - be a Barnabas
    Younger generation - get a Barnabas
    C. Impact
    Great numbers
    Helping the Judean poor
    Developed a team (Acts 13:1)
    Sent church planters (Acts 13.2-3)
    Conclusion, v26
    "The followers of Jesus were thinking and speaking in such a way that they were thought of as ‘the king’s people’, ‘Messianists’, Christians." Wright, N.T. Acts for Everyone
    How might you, moved by the Spirit, be a light to King Jesus for the people around you?

    • 36 min
    Stefan Wolmarans, 1 John 1.1-4, 05July20

    Stefan Wolmarans, 1 John 1.1-4, 05July20

    Thank you for listening to this podcast. You can find more episodes in our feed. Our web site is http://www.watfordchurchofchrist.org. 
     
    Join us in our adventure: 10.30 AM on most Sundays at Laurance Haines School, Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0DD.
     
    Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. 
     
    Do you have a question about the Bible or the Cahristian faith? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send us your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: thewatfordchurch@gmail.com.
     
    Thanks again for listening. Have a super day.
     
    God bless,
     
    Malcolm
     
    Watford, Watford church of Christ, Malcolm Cox, mccx, Croxley Green, Bushey, Leavesden, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, ICOC, ICCM, Chesham, Chorleywood, Aylesbury, Croxley, Laurance Haines School, Vicarage Road, Bible teaching, Sunday School, Youth Ministry, Watford Church, Churches in Watford, Churches in London, Churches in Hertfordshire, Watford UK, Holywell, Watford England, Watford in Hertfordshire, West Watford, Churches of Christ, 

    • 36 min
    "What victory means for a Christian", Psalm 129, Malcolm Cox, Watford church of Christ

    "What victory means for a Christian", Psalm 129, Malcolm Cox, Watford church of Christ

    Psalm 129 - “What victory means to a Christian”
     
    Introduction   
    Question: Examples of personal victory?
    Question: How does victory feel?
    1. “The Victory of Survival”, vv1-2
    Most nations look back to their victories - but Israel looks back at their survival!
    Question: victorious survivors in life or Bible?
    Sometimes survival is the victory for a Christian!
     
    i. Surviving Great Oppression, 2 Cor 1:1-11
    God’s people kicked around over the centuries. 
    We are not always strong, but we are hard to kill
    Paul is a great example of this - 2 Cor 11:23-29
     
    ii. Surviving and Still Standing - my mother
    Key thing is to keep looking forward - Phil 3:12-14.
    “patience has a positive tonic effect on others; because of the presence of the patient person, they revive and go on, as if he were the gyroscope of the ship providing a stable ground. But the patient person himself does not enjoy it.”
    Patience a positive virus - catch it from one another
     
    Point: Oppression is temporary
    “What is victory for a Christian?”
    Victory for a Christian means surviving - and learning, growing, maturing in the process.
    2. “The Victory of Freedom”, vv3-4
    God puts us right with him and ourselves
    Freedom is victory - how do we handle it?
     
    i. Freedom from Painful Ploughing, Gal 5:13-6:5
    No longer need suffer the pain of sin
    Nor cause others pain with our sin
    Instead help others with their sins - Gal 6:1-5
     
    iii. Freedom from the Cords
    Our perseverance depends on God’s determined faithfulness to us
    He did this with Jesus and the cross.
     
    Point: Freedom is a gift from God
    “What is victory for a Christian?”
    Victory for a Christian means enjoying our freedom and using it to help others
    CONCLUSION vv5-8
    His honesty admirable - not sure all the feelings are!
    “The uppermost roof on the common dwelling places in Israel would have been constructed of beams laid across the walls intertwined with reeds and grasses. The whole roof would then be plastered with mud to fill in the gaps and make them somewhat watertight. Any lingering seeds in the grass or mud might briefly sprout but would quickly die for lack of roots."
    Real history! Where is imperial Egypt which enslaved Israel—or the Philistines, Assyrians or Babylonians?"
    For a Christian - Rome, all the prominent atheists of history, the Bible sceptics, Communism, etc.
    1 Cor 15:54-57
    Satan has been defeated, and he is empty because Jesus’s grave is empty:
    Therefore death has been emptied of its power
    Therefore sin has been emptied of its power
    Point: Satan is completely defeated
    Satan utterly defeated - shamed, empty, lonely
    Thank you for listening to this podcast. You can find more episodes in our feed. Our web site is http://www.watfordchurchofchrist.org. 
     
    Join us in our adventure: 10.30 AM on most Sundays at Laurance Haines School, Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0DD.
     
    Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. 
     
    Do you have a question about the Bible or the Cahristian faith? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send us your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: thewatfordchurch@gmail.com.
     
    Thanks again for listening. Have a super day.
     
    God bless,
     
    Malcolm
     
    Watford, Watford church of Christ, Malcolm Cox, mccx, Croxley Green, Bushey, Leavesden, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, ICOC, ICCM, Chesham, Chorleywood, Aylesbury, Croxley, Laurance Haines School, Vicarage Road, Bible teaching, Sunday School, Youth Ministry, Watford Church, Churches in Watford, Churches in London, Churches in Hertfordshire, Watford UK, Holywell, Watford England, Watford in Hertfordshire, West Watford, Churches of Christ, 

    • 34 min
    “The connection between fear and peace”, Psalm 128

    “The connection between fear and peace”, Psalm 128

    Sermon for the Watford church of Christ, 21 June 2020Introduction, v1
    Question: Who or what is it good to fear?
    Blessings galore! vv2-4
    Fruit - security, vineyardsVine - sexual charmOlive shoots - vitality
    A pre-vision of God’s great planThe reanimation of the original blessing“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”” (Genesis 1:28 NIV11)
    To be fulfilled at return of Jesus and bringing of kingdom of heaven to earth.
    God’s desire is for our joy!
    How to live in healthy fear of the Lord and walk in obedience to him, vv1, 4
    A. Touched by fearyare: origin, “to tremble” or be “short of breath.”
    Question: Who can you think of who had this kind of experience?Moses - Ex 3.6Isaiah - Is 6.5Paul - Acts 22.6-8All had life-changing ‘yare’ experiences
    What does it look like to walk in obedience?
    B. Motivated to walk in obedienceMoses - Ex 3.6 - led the people the way God wantedIsaiah - Is 6.5 - spoke God’s Word to peoplePaul - Acts 22.6-8 - preached God’s Word to the Gentiles
    Us - 1 Jn 2.3-6 - walking in a certain way
    “They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.“Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” (Hebrews 12:10–13 NIV11)
    “If you go against the grain of the universe, you get splinters”. H. H. Farmer
    Conclusion, v6bGod’s desire is that we live at peace.For a Christian this is because Jesus is with us.
     

    Thank you for listening to this podcast. You can find more episodes in our feed. Our web site is http://www.watfordchurchofchrist.org. 
     
    Join us in our adventure: 10.30 AM on most Sundays at Laurance Haines School, Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0DD.
     
    Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. 
     
    Do you have a question about the Bible or the Cahristian faith? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send us your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: thewatfordchurch@gmail.com.
     
    Thanks again for listening. Have a super day.
     
    God bless,
     
    Malcolm
     
    Watford, Watford church of Christ, Malcolm Cox, mccx, Croxley Green, Bushey, Leavesden, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, ICOC, ICCM, Chesham, Chorleywood, Aylesbury, Croxley, Laurance Haines School, Vicarage Road, Bible teaching, Sunday School, Youth Ministry, Watford Church, Churches in Watford, Churches in London, Churches in Hertfordshire, Watford UK, Holywell, Watford England, Watford in Hertfordshire, West Watford, Churches of Christ, 

    • 34 min

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