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Welcome to Zeo Church, church for the people of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Listen to Sunday Talks or to learn more, visit our website at zeochurch.com.

    The Resolve | Matt Summerfield

    The Resolve | Matt Summerfield

    How do you ensure you don’t get taken out, wiped out, or knocked out of living the amazing, beautiful, brilliant life God created you for?”

    In this talk, we’ll look at Samuel’s encounter with God which set him up to become Israel’s most beloved prophet and judge.

    We’ll briefly remind people of the story so far:

    God created us to thrive in a healthy and whole relationship with Him, with each other, with ourselves and with creation.
    We rejected God and choose our own way and as a result, all those four relationships are broken - and we cannot fix it
    God chose Abraham to be the father of the Jewish people through whom Jesus would eventually come.
    Abraham became the father of Isaac, who became the father of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel and whose 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel.
    The whole family moved to Egypt, rescued from a terrible famine, but after 100s of years, the Israelites sadly became slaves in Egypt.
    God used Moses to rescue the Israelites from 400 years of Egyptian slavery.
    Despite this incredible rescue, the Israelites were very rebellious towards God and ended up walking in the wilderness for 40 years.
    During this time of wilderness walking, God gave His people a way of life to live (these included the famous Ten Commandments).
    Joshua, Moses’ protege, eventually led the people into the Promised Land.
    We’re now around 1375BC and a period of around 300 years where Israel appears trapped in a cycle. Rebelling against God. Being attacked and oppressed by enemies. Crying out to God for rescue. God then raising up a leader (called a judge) to rescue Israel. But then, once rescued, Israel rebel against God again and so the cycle continues.
    This brings us to the 9th book of the Old Testament as God’s story unfolds, and we’re introduced to the last, most famous, and beloved of Israel’s judges - Samuel.

    As a young boy Samuel, Israel’s last judge learns how to listen and respond to God's voice. This nighttime encounter changes the direction, impact and influence of Samuel’s life and he becomes the link between the age of judges and the age of kings.

    Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 3:1-21

    • 37 min
    The Fresh Start | Amy Summerfield

    The Fresh Start | Amy Summerfield

    In this talk, we’ll look at Moses’ encounter with God which propelled him from a place of failure into what became the most famous Old Testament rescue mission.
    We’ll briefly remind people of the story so far:
    God created us to thrive in a healthy and whole relationship with Him, with each other, with ourselves and with creation.
    We rejected God and choose our own way and as a result all those four relationships are broken - and we cannot fix it
    God chose Abraham to be the father of the Jewish people through whom Jesus would eventually come. Abraham became the father of Isaac who became the father of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel and who had 12 sons whose family line would become the 12 tribes of Israel.
    One of Jacob’s sons, Joseph, was sold as a slave by his brothers and ended up in Egypt. God turned the story around and Joseph eventually became the Prime Minister of Egypt - saving the nation from a terrible famine. Joseph’s family ended up coming to Egypt looking for food too, and Joseph forgave his brothers and gave them a home in Egypt.
    400 years later, Israel’s (Jacob’s) family in Egypt has grown so large in Egypt that the Egyptian Pharoah makes them all slaves and they become heavily oppressed.
    A young Israelite baby, Moses, is miraculously adopted by the daughter of Pharaoh and grows up in Egyptian culture. But as he grows up, he knows that he is, in reality, an Israelite and one day he kills an Egyptian soldier who is beating one of the Israelite slaves. Moses flees Egypt feeling like a complete failure, leaving his enslaved people behind and going to live in the desert of Midian. This is where our story picks up today.
    What would you do if you had a divine encounter that resulted in an invitation to return to the place of your greatest failure and re-write the story?
    Key Scriptures: Exodus 3:1-10

    • 23 min
    The Unknown | Alex Marini

    The Unknown | Alex Marini

    In this talk, we’ll briefly introduce the opening characters of the story in Genesis and then take a deeper dive into the call of Abraham.
    We’ll briefly remind people of the story so far:
    God created us to thrive in a healthy and whole relationship with Him, with each other, with ourselves and with creation.
    We rejected God and choose our own way and as a result, all those four relationships are broken - and we cannot fix it
    But God refuses to abandon and reject us and has a plan to rescue us and restore us back to wholeness in relationship with Him, with each other, with ourselves and with creation.
    God chooses a people (the Jewish people) through whom His Son Jesus will eventually come and bring about that rescue and restoration.
    God chooses a man, Abram, to be the father of that nation (over 4,000 years ago). We pick up the beginning of the story in today’s reading.
    What would you do if you had a divine encounter that resulted in an invitation to leave everything you know and step into the unknown? High risk, but amazing reward (for you, and all who are to come!)
    Key Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-9

    • 21 min
    The Invitation | Matt Summerfield

    The Invitation | Matt Summerfield

    The Bible isn't some irrelevant ancient instruction manual for life. It's the wild, adventurous story of God rescuing and restoring the world from brokenness and suffering - and we get to play our part in that amazing divine story.
    So how can we re-capture a vision for this text to not just read it, but truly live it?

    2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12-14

    • 17 min
    Finding Truth In The Midst Of The Noise | Matt Summerfield

    Finding Truth In The Midst Of The Noise | Matt Summerfield

    Every moment, of every day, we overdose with cultural messages that promise the freedom and wholeness we are longing for.
    But how do we discern what is true?
    And how do we ensure we are living the real truth and have not been deceived by a lie?

    • 36 min
    Where Are You? | Matt Summerfield

    Where Are You? | Matt Summerfield

    The FIRST question God ever asks in the biblical story is - where are you? But why did He ask it? And why is it still one of the biggest questions He asks us still today?

    • 27 min

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