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Rediscovering the Church

1. Being a Part of the Body of Christ Ephesians 4:1-16 5th September 2021

When Westside started 20 years ago one of the main goals was that every member would be part of a small group. The first small group study we did was called Discovering the Church, which was all about how God brings his people into an amazing new community, called the church. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary as a church we’re going to go back and rediscover the beauty and wonder of God’s plan to connect his children in a new life-sustaining community the Bible calls the church. The purpose of this series is that you would love our church. This Sunday we’re going to look at what it means to be a part of the body of Christ.

2. Functioning as the Body of Christ 1 Corinthians 12:1-30 12th September 2021

This sermon looks at how the body of Christ, the church is meant to function. A healthy functioning church makes Jesus the centre, it works for the common good of its members, it’s all about serving one another, and it’s all about investing in itself. Come along this morning and find out how you can not only be a part of the church, but how you can contribute to the health of the church.

3. Building a Spiritual Home 1 Peter 2:4-10 3rd October 2021

One of the most famous quotes by Darryl Kerrigan in the movie The Castle, is that ‘It’s not a house, it’s a home!’ In the same way a church is so much more than a building, it’s a spiritual home for God’s people. This Sunday we’re going to look at how the church is meant to be your spiritual home. We’re going to see how God builds his church, and how we can join him in building a strong Christian community. We’re going to look at how you can become a part of God’s family, and what that means for how you live your life. Come along this Sunday and see how our church can become your spiritual home.

4. Being the Bride of Christ Ephesians 5:21-23 10th October 2021

One of my fondest memories of being a part of Westside is meeting and marrying my wife, Alice. As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our church, we want to rediscover the beauty and depth of our relationship with Jesus. The Bible teaches us that not only is Jesus our Lord and Saviour, but he is also our Husband, and we are his bride. We’re going to look at how, as our husband, he is also our head to whom we submit. Finally, we’re going to look at how Jesus loves the church, and how his love predates the universe, how it is defined by the cross, and how it makes us better people. This Sunday we’re not just celebrating our church’s anniversary but our marriage to Jesus.

5. How to Love one Another Colossians 3:11-17 17th October 2021

The church is one body, one family, one bride, but the truth is that it is full of people form all sorts of different cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. This Sunday we’re going to look at how we can love each other when we’re just so different from each other. In Colossians 3:11-17 Paul give us five principles that help us love hard to love people. If you have ever struggled to love a brother or sister in Christ, this sermon is for you.

6. How to Encourage one Another Philippians 2:1-4; Hebrews 10:24-25 24th October 2021

Church is important just for the fact that it is both the body of Christ and the bride of Christ, but it’s also important for a very pragmatic reason, it’s where God encourages his people. This Sunday we’re going to look at how Jesus encourages us so that we can encourage each other. We’re going to look at two attitudes that kill encouragement and four attitudes that create a culture of encouragement. If you need some encouragement today, we’re also going to look at three ways that we can encourage one another. Come and be encouraged.

7. Holding One Another Accountable 31st October 2021

In our society people don’t like the idea of accountability, we don’t like the idea of someone telling us that we may be wrong. But one of the roles of the church is to hold each other accountable. This Sunday we’re going to look at how we are accountable to God, to our church leaders and to each other. We’re going to see why we need to be held accountable, and how we can do it in a God-honouring and people-affirming way. Finding someone who will admonish you and encourage you and help you on your spiritual journey might well change your eternal destiny.