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Welcome to Forward Church Cambridge's weekly sermon podcast. Join us every week for new Sunday morning teaching from the Word of God on a whole variety of topics. New episodes are posted on Sundays.

    FIRST THINGS FIRST: Living a Blessed Life (Derik Fuller)

    FIRST THINGS FIRST: Living a Blessed Life (Derik Fuller)

    What do we think of when we think of a blessed life? Maybe it’s a spouse, two kids and a house that we own, maybe it’s a secure retirement or a fulfilling career. Whatever the word blessed conjures up for you, it almost certainly is tied in to our view of success. In God’s kingdom success is measured not in dollars, degrees or the applause of people, it’s measured in obedience, faithfulness and holiness. Complete holiness and full obedience are the requirements to truly experience the blessing of God in our lives. Partial holiness is no holiness at all, good actions do not compensate for bad actions. To experience the fullness of God’s blessing in our lives we need to experience the holiness that only Jesus can provide.

    • 41 min
    FIRST THINGS FIRST: Dealing with discouragement (Derik Fuller)

    FIRST THINGS FIRST: Dealing with discouragement (Derik Fuller)

    Disappointment is the gap between our expectations and our reality. Disappointment is an inevitable reality in a broken world. Through Haggai God speaks a message of encouragement to a disappointed people. First, and most importantly he promises that He is with them. Second, He promises that despite how things may appear, He will use the temple they have reconstructed to make his glory known to the whole world. Third, God promises that He will provide the resources to complete the task to which he has called them. And finally he promises them a better future where reality won’t just meet their expectations it will exceed them.

    • 38 min
    First Things First - Disordered Priorities and Dissatisfied Lives (Derik Fuller)

    First Things First - Disordered Priorities and Dissatisfied Lives (Derik Fuller)

    Haggai was a post-exilic prophet sent by God to exhort the small community of Jewish people who had resettled in Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity and exile. The community that had returned, returned to a city in ruins and a temple that had been destroyed. Their initial excitement and joy at returning quickly turned into a struggle just to get by. In the grind of trying to rebuild their lives and eke out a living the worship of God and the rebuilding of his temple quickly fell off the radar. Yet, the harder they worked the harder things seemed to get. In the midst of this God speaks to the people through Haggai to tell them that their dissatisfied lives were a direct result of disordered priorities and that in order to experience the lives of flourishing they had hoped for they needed to start by putting God first. The message God’s people then is the same as his message to his people today. Disordered priorities inevitably lead to dissatisfied lives but a satisfied heart starts with centering ourselves on God.

    • 40 min
    A Year of Saying Yes (Kirk Giles)

    A Year of Saying Yes (Kirk Giles)

    We will be walking through John 11 & 12 and the story of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus and his resurrection. Looking at the various ways they said yes to Jesus and challenging us to make the coming year a time when we will live to say yes to whatever Jesus is saying.

    • 38 min
    Follow The Star: Searching for Love (Derik Fuller)

    Follow The Star: Searching for Love (Derik Fuller)

    All of us have a deep need to be loved. We’re also terrified that we’ll be rejected. For many of us our search for love and our fear of rejection are the driving forces behind the story of our lives. One of the most incredible truths we find in scripture is that there is a God who both loves us fully and knows us completely. The good news for those who are searching for love is that love came searching for all of us.

    • 42 min
    FOLLOW THE STAR: Searching for Joy (Derik Fuller)

    FOLLOW THE STAR: Searching for Joy (Derik Fuller)

    We often go searching for joy and settle for happiness instead. Happiness is a product of the present, it’s a result of my current circumstances. Joy however is rooted in both the past and the future. In order to find lasting joy and not just momentary happiness we have to root ourselves in the faithfulness of God in the past and the certainty of what he has promised to us in the future. We can find joy by reminding ourselves that just as God was faithful in fulfilling his promise to provide a rescuer and redeemer he will also be faithful in fulfilling his promise to one day come again to renew and restore all that sin has broken.

    • 35 min

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