Mark: Them and Us

Starting with common misconceptions about Jesus' reading Isaiah 61 in the town of his upbringing, and looking at Acts and Galatians, Mark is convinced that God's love is for everyone and that He shows no favouritism; no distinction; no difference; no prejudice.

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Rob: Sharing Faith part 2 - Connections


Sharing faith

 Part three of our series on 'sharing faith' looked at the question of content - 'what on earth do I say?' This can be a major obstacle in speaking about faith, particularly in taking any kind of initiative. If we're unsure what to say, we're more likely to just keep our heads down and hope nobody asks us anything! But we have good news to share and a significant story to tell, and so we want to encourage one another to be confident in ourselves and in the good news. You can download the session notes and handout below.


Sharing faith

 Our series on 'Sharing faith' continues with a look at one of the obstacles we have to overcome. We've called this 'Connections', because it's all about relationships. Not the rather suspect activity of making relationships solely in order to speak about Jesus. But the challenge of speaking about faith in such a way that we honour the relationships we have. We've subtitled the session 'sharing faith without losing friends'.

The audio will be available soon for download, and you can also download notes and the handout from last Sunday's talk. If you have any questions or comments you can e-mail rob@hayhill.org


Rob: Sharing Faith part 1 - introduction


Sharing faith

 On Sunday morning, we began a short series on 'Sharing faith'. The aim is to encourage and inspire one another in talking about what it means to be a follower of Jesus - and since this is a whole-life activity, so Sharing Faith is much than what we often think of as 'evangelism'. Sharing Faith means talking about what we believe, but also about our experience of God and his activity in our lives. It means talking about our values and lifestyle choices. Integrity and authenticity are key - which means being honest about how things really are - we're not selling a product!

If we're to overcome the obstacles to sharing faith, then we will need to bold and direct at times.But most of all, we must start from a position of respect for the other person, where we are open to seeing and learning new things. Speaking about faith must emerge out of living our faith, of being a blessing to those around us.

You can download Rob's notes from his talk, as well as a handout. The audio should be available soon!


Gaynor: The Year of the Lord's Favour

Gaynor's talk was inspired by the words in Isaiah 61 - not just that this time since Jesus' coming into the world is the "year" of the Lord's favour, but also that this year 2014 is a time when the church will know the Lord's favour, and bring the maturity earned through perseverence under trials into fruition.

The talk is in two parts, first "staying afloat" and then "putting your sail up when the wind is blowing." Gaynor brings us encouragement to move forward in confidence.

At the start of the recording, Julia shares a picture of flowers turning to face the sun.

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Rob: Isaiah 61 - hope

On the occasion of Aimi's baptism, Rob speaks about the situation the nation of Israel found itself in as they received the words of Isaiah 61, and considers how they brought, and can bring, comfort and hope.

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Rob: Isaiah 61


Rob: Advent - John 1

On the first Sunday of Advent, Rob speaks on the poetic words of John chapter 1 of the Word become flesh, of light and life entering our world.

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