Audio Service 3 May: Joy after Sorrow

This talk is based on John 16.16-22. The reading is included in the service.

Preacher: Ian Jennings

May the God of Hope fill you!

A Blessing from Romans 15:13 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

A thought from Lectio365 Prayer App (highly recommended!): 

To know God is to know hope. His will for us, according to the apostle Paul, is fullness of joy, fullness of peace and so much hope that it overflows from our lives into everyone we meet. They walk away from spending time with us feeling brighter, more confident, less worried. How on earth is this possible, especially right now when the world is so bleak and our own personal circumstances are so incredibly difficult? Well, it’s not about positive-thinking. The apostle Paul says that we receive peace and joy by trusting God, and we receive hope by being filled with the power of his Holy Spirit.

Of course I am not immune to all the despair, the heartbreak and the real problems of the world. I often feel hopeless, but God does not. And so I take a little time now asking him to fill me afresh, that I might ‘overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’

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Sermon: A Cheerful Heart

18 August 2019, 10.30am, Ian Jennings

(The beginning of this sermon wasn’t recorded and is therefore missing – we’re sorry.)

This sermon is based on the following Proverbs:

“A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. … a cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15.13, 15b

The following Bible passages are referred to:
Acts 2.42-47
John 16.17-24