St. James Hope, 3 Vicarage Close, Salford, M6 8EJ
07771 558 058

Author: Steve Hollick

Character That Changes The World: Starving From A Lack Of Kindness

Character That Changes The World: Starving From A Lack Of Kindness

Jesus said just a cup of cold water would make all the difference.

What is the equivalent for us today?

What is the small action that shows a heart of kindness in action?

Character That Changes The World: You Know What?

Character That Changes The World: You Know What?

Today knowledge can feel just 2 clicks away on Google. But is that knowledge, information, what Peter meant? Sometimes it can feel like it is, and those who have this knowledge can feel superior to everyone else.

That’s dangerous.

But what if Peter meant there was a different way of growing in knowledge? What if it was about a growing relationship – both with God and others. What does it take to get that sort of knowledge?

What if Jesus meant it? (Part 3)

Jesus finished the Sermon on the Mount with the simplest of commands – don’t just listen to all this, live it out!

What if life was simpler? (Part 3)

It’s hard being right all the time!

What if we could take the burden of judging others off our shoulders.
What if we believed that they don’t have to answer to us?
What if we practised grace a bit more?
Would that mean we would become gullible or lose discernment?

Can you be discerning and not judge?

Tune in for Others

Prophecy is for the sake of others. It’s a clear reminder that we listen to God because we are part of a community that we care for.

Hearing from God is not a personal luxury – it’s a church necessity.

This is Jesus – Shepherd-King

They came looking for a king. But they had no idea what sort of king he would be – or indeed the type of leadership/service he would ask of his followers.

Recognising Our Interdependence – We Need You

The people are gathering ready for their return to Jerusalem. However they can’t commence their journey until everything, or maybe more appropriately everyone, is in place.

Offer Grace – Be Gracious

We’ve spent a good deal of time looking at how we offer hospitality to one another, but what does it look like to offer hospitality to those people we find difficult to deal with?

How can we change the story?

Uncomfortable Mission – When It’s Difficult

Paul and Silas continue on the mission to Philippi, but very soon life becomes increasingly difficult.

What can we learn from their story, about continuing in missional activity, when life gets difficult?

Acting Like Jesus – Faith Not Fear

After his conversion Saul arrives back in Jerusalem, but not to the welcome he had hoped for.

The disciples there are fearful of Saul and his intentions. Saul needs someone to be his advocate and stand with him.

Barnabas is just the man for the job…

The Challenge to Religion

The religious folks resisted what was happening, and charge Stephen with going against the temple and the law. Stephen re-tells their own history to them, showing that God has always operated outside of the temple, Jerusalem and Israel. God was with his people, and at work, in all the difficult places.

God is in the business of doing new things. We are on a journey with him. In difficult times, times of change, times of uncertainty, we follow Jesus.

Sometimes in order to pick up new things, we have to lay other things down.

Freedom To Be You

The temptation to compare yourself with someone else has always been part of a diverse church community. Thankfully Paul reminds us that God sees us all in the same way; simply as his children and that means we are free to be ourselves.