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Recent Talks

29th July 2018

Psalm 40 - Trusting in God - a talk by Jennifer Matthews

Jennifer begins by explaining the background to psalms by King David: a potted history of the boy and the man. She then leads us through Psalm 40, starting at verse 12, then going through from the beginning - which leads to the question, how can we each trust God more, and why don't we, as in verse 9, "proclaim God's saving acts" more often?
Other references that she uses are Psalm 139, Psalm 136, Hebrews 10:5-7 and Deuteronomy 15:12-18
Reading: 3 minutes, Talk: 21 minutes

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22nd July 2018

Work and the Christian part 2 - a talk by Andrew Mayfield

Andrew Mayfield gives a talk based on resources from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC) - about Christians in the secular workplace, and about models of presenting Christianity in the workplace, such as demonstrating a Christian attitude, thinking about how God has been with you in the past in the workplace, and fostering good relationships. He then talks about how one can discuss belief in Jesus with others.
Finally he then offers some answers to a number of questions from the congregation.
28 minutes talk then 26 minutes of Q&A

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8th July 2018

Hebrews 5 and 6 - Growing to Maturity - a talk by Denise Coomber

Denise begins her talk on Hebrews 5 and 6 by discussing what it means, not needing any priest except Jesus to intercede to God for us, and yet so many of us are children in the faith (see also Ephesians 4:14). How do we move on to maturity? What spiritual food do we feed on? Do we attend small groups? read books? listen to audio books? How do we put our faith into practice (see James 2:18)? How do we work as a team?
Denise also touches on the verses about those who have become Christian and then have rejected God, giving some encouragement through other verses from John 10, the end of Jude, and 2 Timothy 4:18.
She then asks how we get rid of the "thorns and thistles" (ch.6 v.8) in our lives.
Finally, what is our life built on? And how do we move on to maturity?
30 minutes.

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24th June 2018

Hebrews 4 - Entering God's Rest - a talk by Val Whiteman

Val briefly summarises the first three chapters of the letter to the Hebrews, then Roger Homes reads chapter four (which refers to Psalm 95). Val then asks, what does it mean to enter God's rest, and why is this important?
25 minutes

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24th June 2018

Work and the Christian - a talk by Peter Purdom

The reading is Ephesians 1:1-14
In this 6pm talk, Peter has three questions that he answers:

4 minutes introduction and reading, 38 minutes talk, then 8 minutes of questions and answers

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10th June 2018

Hebrews 3 - do not harden your hearts - a talk by Graham Archer

Graham uses this passage, Hebrews 3, to highlight how much greater Jesus is than all other prophets, teachers and leaders, and in what ways. He gives the context of the quotations in the passage, talks about how sin can deceive us, asks how we can listen to God, and then challenges us to "choose to trade a heart of stone for a heart of flesh" (unfortunately a technical glitch has lost a word in this last phrase of his talk).
30 minutes

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