SUNDAY MESSAGES

Lessons from the Upper Room – Jesus’ Promises

This week in our final message in Lessons from the Upper Room, Pastor Danny McDowell shares 5 of Jesus’ Promises:

  • Knowing the Father through Jesus.
  • That we are called to greater works.
  • We have a helper, and a blessing in the Holy Spirit.
  • Knowing Jesus will bring us peace.

Below are some questions from today’s message that you might like to reflect on or discuss in your small group.

  1. Do you know the Father through Jesus? Would you like to talk more about how to make Jesus your Lord and Saviour?
  2. Do you recognise, rely on, and feel blessed when you acknowledge that you have the power of the helper – the Holy Spirit – residing within you?
  3. Are you experiencing that ‘shalom’ kind of peace of completeness, wholeness, fullness, harmony and the absence of agitation or discord? Do you want that peace? What might be getting in the way?
  4. How can you bring ‘peace’ to those around you this week?

Lessons from The Upper Room – Relationships

This week, Pastor Danny McDowell shared about our relationship with Jesus; our relationship with one another in Jesus; and our relationship with the world.

Below are some questions from today’s message that you might like to reflect on or discuss in your small group. 

1. Do you know the Father through Jesus? Would you like to talk more about how to make Jesus your Lord and Saviour?

2. Have you grabbed hold of the promise that He has great works in store for you to achieve in His name?

3. Do you recognise, rely on, and feel blessed when you acknowledge that you have the power of the helper – the Holy Spirit – residing within you?

4. In Jesus, you can have peace – that ‘shalom’ kind of all-encompassing peace. Are you experiencing that peace?

Lessons from the Upper Room – Heaven

Pastor Danny McDowell spoke about how we need to trust that Jesus will come for us and take us to the place he has prepared for us so we can spend eternity with him.

Below are some questions from today’s message that you might like to reflect on or discuss in your small group.

1. Where is your trust level in Jesus right now? In what areas of your life are you able to see that He has the situation in His hands?

2. As Jesus’ representative here on earth, in what ways are you a ‘prodomoi’ – a forerunner – to those around you in helping them to understand that only in a life-changing relationship with Him can they be assured of an eternity in heaven? How are you encouraged, day to day, to live like someone who is a follower of the One who will have the ultimate victory? 

3. Jesus is the way – the only way. Jesus is the truth – the only truth. Jesus is the life – the only life. Jesus alone is the way to the Father. If you believe that promise of His, then you have a place in heaven secured for you. If you don’t yet believe that Jesus is the only way; the only truth; and the only life – then what is it that is holding you back from taking that step?

Right in the Centre

Baptism – this week Pastor Danny McDowell spoke about how we are People of Hope; Dead to Sin; and In the Centre of God’s Will.

Below are some questions from today’s message that you might like to reflect on or discuss in your small group.

1. What is baptism? – Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus has changed your life. Being baptised shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about! 

2. Why should I be baptised? Jesus instructs us to be baptised and set the example by being baptised (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptised shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).

3. When’s the best time to be baptised? – For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptised (Acts 8:12). 4. Are you thinking about being baptised?  – Talk to Danny today!

Lessons from the Upper Room – LOVE

Pastor Danny McDowell talks about how Jesus explains the relationship between love and service; what long-suffering love looks like; and how we are called to love one another.

Below are some questions from today’s message that you might like to reflect on or discuss in your small group:

  1. Do you have friends, or family members, that require this kind of Christ-like love, (that as followers of Jesus we are called to display), who, at times, are far from Christ-like themselves?
  2. What does ‘going to the Cross’ look like for you? Does it look like obligation or does it look like love?  Is it something you have to do, or something you want to do?
  3. When you ‘go to the Cross’, are you glorifying God? Does your love for others have string attached?  Is it coming from the heart? How could you reset your attitude to loving others?
  4. Selfless.  Sacrificial.  Understanding.  Forgiving.  As His church – Does YOUR love look like that?

Clock, Capacity and Coin (part 3) Faithful Steward = Faithful Giving

 

Below are some questions from today’s message that you might like to reflect on or discuss in your small group.

  1. Are you prepared to give of yourself voluntarily, proportionately, generously to utilise your unique God-given clocks, capacity and coin to do what needs to be done in order for you to put God first and to respond from the heart so that His aims might be achieved in your life and in the lives of those around you?
  2. The requirement of a Christian steward is to be faithful. How is your faith life tracking?
  3. When we stand before God at the end of the journey, will he speak that welcome benediction, ‘You have been faithful over a little. Enter into the joy of your Lord!
  4. If you find yourself continually saying “I’m passionate about this or that or the other thing” but I just haven’t got the time then perhaps you need to ask yourself this final question: Is my clock, capacity and coin calibrated to the world or is it calibrated to God?

Clock, Capacity and Coin (part 2). Faithful Steward = Faithful Living

How Faithful Stewards need to have faith in God, in each other, and to make stewardship personal by feeling the cost – Pastor Danny McDowell.

From the message:

  1. Are there other ‘idols’ in your life that are restricting or stopping you from your God ordained life of faithful stewardship as one of His children?
  2. Do you see ‘risk’ as a barrier or a God given opportunity to serve Him?
  3. In this parable, Matthew 25:14-30, each one of us is being asked to consider our own faithful stewardship of all that God has given to us.  Our clocks, our capacity and our coin. In what ways are you being a faithful steward of all He has given you?  Where could you be better?
  4. When you give God your clock, capacity and coin – do you feel the cost?

 

 

Clock, Capacity and Coin (part 1)

This morning Pastor Danny McDowell explores giving as a grace, God’s plan and personal priority.

From the Message:

1. What is your motivation for gracious living? To honour God or yourself?
2. Are you ‘graciously giving’ the things that God has entrusted to you – your ‘clock, your capacity, and you coinage’ and focusing on making the world a better place as you care for the people around you?
3. You were ‘bought with a price’.  You belong to God.  Are you living in a way that honours Him? When you are called to account for your life will you be able to say that you gave yourself graciously?
4. Does anything need to change in your life in order for you to be a better steward of your clock, your capacity and your coin?