1. Keeping the Heart 17th July 2022
Text: Proverbs 4:23
The main part of an iceberg is unseen, below the surface. In the same way, the main part of our lives is unseen by other people, our hearts. God cares, not just about our outward behaviour, but the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. We’re starting a new series on what it looks like to invest in our inner lives, and how we can keep our souls healthy no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. This Sunday we’re starting by looking at Proverbs 4:23, ‘Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.’ We’re going to see what it means to keep the heart, why it takes vigilance, what difference it makes, what you need to do it, and what it looks like in your daily life?
2. Why Keep the Heart 24th July 2022
Text: Mark 7:5-13
When you neglect your garden weeds start to grow, and the same is true for your heart. Jesus talks about hearts that are distant from God, that have grown dull, and that are so easily deceived. We’re going to look at three symptoms that result from a neglected heart – traditionalism, legalism and worldliness. But mostly this Sunday we’re going to look at some great reasons to keep your heart free of sin. If you want your heart to thrive and flourish this sermon is for you.
3. Keeping the Heart in Temptation 31st July 2022
One of the reasons that we give in to temptation is because we believe Satan’s lies. This Sunday we’re going to look at seven lies that Satan tells us about temptation and how the truth of God’s word can help us to reject those lies and win the battle against temptation. If you’ve ever felt spiritually weak and vulnerable, then this sermon will give you the tools to strengthen your heart against temptation.
4. Keeping the Heart in Abuse 7th August 2022
Text: Prov 25:21-22; Mt 5:38-44; Rom 12:17-21
Abuse is so prevalent in our society, in fact most of us will experience abuse to some degree at some point in our lives. What do you do when experience abuse? How to you keep your heart from becoming bitter? How do you stop yourself from desiring revenge? How do you protect your heart from the negative reactions to being wronged? This Sunday we’re going to look at five things that you can do to keep your heart fully devoted to the Lord even when others have wronged you in some way.
5. Keeping the Heart in Anger 14th August 2022
Text: Ephesians 4:26-32
Have you ever been in a situation when you lost control of your anger, or regretted something you said in anger? Paul says, ‘Be angry but do not sin. (Eph 4:26)’ But how do you do that? This Sunday we’re going to see that there are different types of anger, anger that is natural, anger that is right, and anger that is sinful. We’re going to explore eight ways to keep your heart from sin when you feel angry. If you’ve ever felt angry then this sermon will help you deal with your anger in a godly way.
6. Keeping the Heart in Adversity 21st August 2022
Text: Hebrews 12:3-11
We all face adversity, difficult or unpleasant circumstances. How do we keep our hearts fully devoted to God in those times? How do we stop ourselves giving into to despair or unbelief? This Sunday we’re going to look at five ways to keep your heart in adversity. If your circumstances are threatening to overwhelm you, or to doubt God’s love for you, then this Sunday will give you the tools to face adversity with growing confidence in God, with greater hope in his purposes, and even with joy.
7. Keeping the Heart in Doubt 2nd October 2022
Do you ever question whether God really loves you? Do you ever doubt whether God could actually forgive you for the things you’ve done? Have you ever doubted whether God is really with you in the darkest moments of your life? When God doesn’t seem to answer your prayers, do you wonder if he really cares at all? The Bible is filled with people who wrestle with doubt. This Sunday we’re going to look at how you can keep your heart fully devoted to the Lord even when you struggle with doubt. Learn how to turn your doubts into a deeper and more profound faith in God.
8. Keeping the Heart in Need 9th October 2022
Text: Habakkuk 3:17-19
Have you ever experienced financial need in your life? Have you ever wondered why God would allow times of need, or where he was in your need? This Sunday we’re going to see seven truths that will help you keep your heart fully devoted to the Lord in times of need. We’re not the first people to struggle with our daily needs, and God has promised to meet our needs. Do we believe that God is a loving Father who not only gives us more than we deserve, he preserves us from much worse circumstances? If you have ever wrestled with need, you need to come this Sunday!
9. Keeping the Heart in Prosperity 23rd October 2022
According to economists there is a direct link between wealth and secularism. The least religious countries are often also the wealthiest. The Bible warns us of the spiritual dangers of wealth. This Sunday we’re going to look at how we can keep our hearts fully devoted to Jesus in times of prosperity. We’re going to see how wealth deceives us and distracts us and makes it so difficult to remain faithful to Jesus. We’re going to see how having much also means greater responsibility to use what we have to bless others. And we’re going to learn that we are spiritually poorer than we think, and spiritually richer than we can ever imagine.
10. Keeping the Heart in Church Conflict 30th October 2022
Text: Psalm 55:1-23
One of the most demoralizing experiences in your spiritual journey is church conflict. When we have a falling out with a brother or sister in Christ it can threaten our faith and make us give up on the church. This Sunday we’re unpacking Psalm 55 and seeing how David experienced conflict even from God’s people, how he handled it, and how God might use it in your life. We’re going to remember that ultimately the church is Jesus’ church and he’s with us, even in church conflict, and that changes everything.