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Bible Reading: John 6:16-21 (NIVUK) Jesus walks on the water 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, ‘It is I; don’t be afraid.’ 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
Bible reading: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 (NIVUK) Hannah’s prayer 2 Then Hannah prayed and said: ‘My heart rejoices in the Lord;     in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies,     for I delight in your deliverance. 2 ‘There is no one holy like the Lord;     there is no one besides you;     there is no Rock like our God. 3 ‘Do not keep talking so proudly     or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows,     and by him deeds are weighed. 4 ‘The bows of the warriors are broken,     but those who stumbled are armed with strength. 5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food,     but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children,     but she who has had many sons pines away. 6 ‘The Lord brings death and makes alive;     he brings down to the grave and raises up. 7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth;     he humbles and he exalts. 8 He raises the poor from the dust     and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes     and makes them inherit a throne of honour. ‘For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;     on them he has set the world. 9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,     but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. ‘It is not by strength that one prevails; 10     those who oppose the Lord will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven;     the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. ‘He will give strength to his king     and exalt the horn of his anointed.’
Resources and more information about the "honest questions" sermon series can be found on our website. Psalm 62:5-8 (NIVUK) 5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;     my hope comes from him. 6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;     he is my fortress, I shall not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honour depend on God;     he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in him at all times, you people;     pour out your hearts to him,     for God is our refuge. Philippians 4:4-9 (NIVUK) Final exhortations 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Bible Reading Luke 4:14-21 (NIV) Jesus Rejected at Nazareth Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,     because he has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners     and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
There is also a full-length video of the service from which this sermon was taken. Bible reading: Acts 2:1-12 New International Version - UK (NIVUK) The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’
In our latest episode, Rev. Aidan is joined by Laura Green and Angie Moller, both members of our church who work in healthcare. This is a really interesting discussion for anyone working in or considering a career in healthcare, but is also appropriate for everyone as it includes Laura and Angie sharing how they can believe in a loving God when they witness suffering at such close proximity. Please subscribe and rate us on your podcast app. Any ideas or questions you would like us to consider, or any feedback to help us as we work out how to do the podcast thing, then please email podcast@christchurchdownend.com If this podcast brings up anything that you want prayer for then please get in touch either by email or at one of our weekly services. As mentioned in the podcast on the 9th February 2020 we are having a Sunday devoted to the similar topic of unanswered prayer so please come along or listen to the sermon then.  
In this first episode, Rev. Aidan Watson welcomes Anita Dobson and Esther Sardar to talk about Christ Church's vision, also the title of our podcast! Please subscribe and rate us on your podcast provider. Any ideas or questions you would like us to discuss on the podcast please email podcast@christchurchdownend.com
Increase our faith

Increase our faith

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Sermon readings: 1 Timothy 1:1-15 (NIV) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. Timothy Charged to Oppose False Teachers 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. 8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. The Lord’s Grace to Paul 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. Luke 17:1-5 (NIV) Sin, Faith, Duty 17 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
Bible reading: Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV) The Sheep and the Goats 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Bible reading: Psalm 32 (NIV) Of David. A maskil. 1 Blessed is the one     whose transgressions are forgiven,     whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one     whose sin the Lord does not count against them     and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent,     my bones wasted away     through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night     your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped     as in the heat of summer. 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you     and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess     my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave     the guilt of my sin. 6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you     while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters     will not reach them. 7 You are my hiding place;     you will protect me from trouble     and surround me with songs of deliverance. 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;     I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,     which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle     or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked,     but the Lord’s unfailing love     surrounds the one who trusts in him. 11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;     sing, all you who are upright in heart!
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