The Power of Weakness
Judges 7
Sometimes you’ll never know God’s all you need until he’s all you have. What we learn from the example of Gideon is that our weakness can often be our greatest advantage.

 
November
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Has Science Buried God?
Are science and religion in conflict? Are there contradictions between modern science and the Christian faith? What about the Big Bang Theory and Darwin's Theory of Evolution? Jonny explores with the help of some friends...

 
November
05
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Science? | Q+A
In a time of open questions, Jonny Mellor and James Ashley (MSci in Human Evolution) address a number of issues related to Jonny's talk 'Has Science Buried God?'.

 
November
05
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Faith For The Future: West Site Vision Talk
Hebrews 11:1-3
What are you looking forward to? When you look at the future, do you see reason for hope? As Christians we have a solid and secure foundation for hope, based on what God has said and done. As a church and a site, God has a bright future for us. How do we get there? Owen shares...

 
November
05
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
Fight For Freedom!
Judges 6
As Christians we know Jesus has set us free! Yet we all find it hard to live in that freedom day to day. Why is that? How can I break free? The story of the Israelites - and our first glimpse of Gideon - in Judges 6 provide the answers.

 
October
29
Speaker
Rich Pitt
It's Time To Step Up
Judges 4-5
In this talk we learn how God works through our weaknesses so that, through our dependence on him, all glory goes to him.

 
October
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
One-Off Talks
[ 28 Episodes ]
These talks are not part of a series, they just stand alone!
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Big Questions
[ 5 Episodes ]
Exploring questions about faith in God
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Acts
[ 31 Episodes ]
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The Kingdom of God
[ 3 Episodes ]
At our 2017 Weekend Away, we spent three sessions exploring how a true understanding of the Kingdom of God should impact our lives, both together as a church and as we relate to the world.
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Colossians
[ 11 Episodes ]
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Wish You Were Here
[ 4 Episodes ]
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Elisha
[ 4 Episodes ]
Elisha was an ordinary guy from an ordinary background. Yet he performed more miracles than anyone else in the Bible, except for Jesus. In this series we learn a host of lessons from his incredible faith.
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Elijah
[ 6 Episodes ]
An angry king. Devastating drought. Epic opposition. And one man who overcomes it all! When the world around us is spinning out of control, where do we turn? Join us for this series as we learn from Elijah.
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Luke
[ 93 Episodes ]
Luke invested a lot of time and energy putting together a thorough work for us from things he’d read and from eyewitnesses of Jesus. He researched it, tested his findings, picked it all apart and found that it stood up to the most rigorous scrutiny. Luke’s Gospel is perfect for anyone who is serious about getting to know the authentic Jesus.
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Prayer = Life
[ 13 Episodes ]
Prayer’s all about relationship. It’s our response to a living God who speaks, acts and comes close to us. It has the potential to change our life. This series looks at a number of examples from the Bible in which people prayed and encountered God in the midst of everyday life.
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The Big Story
[ 18 Episodes ]
The Bible is hard to get your head round. 2000 pages. 66 books. And if you get lost in the detail you can lose sight of the Big Story. This series is accompanied by an art project. Some of the artists are just starting out on their creative journey, others are more experienced. You can view it at bigstorybible.tumblr.com.
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What kind of Church?
[ 8 Episodes ]
This series explores the kind of Church we want to be.
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I believe in God but
[ 7 Episodes ]
Maybe like so many, you’re a member of a church, but you’re secretly ashamed of your past. Perhaps you’ve heard about the love of God, but you’re still not convinced that God totally loves you. This series addresses these struggles with the aim of closing the gap between our behaviour and beliefs.
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Habukkuk
[ 8 Episodes ]
In this series we get to eavesdrop on Habukkuk's no-holds-barred conversations with God.
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Destinations
[ 4 Episodes ]
Is what we are experiencing of God and his work in bringing about his kingdom now in the UK 'Normal'? Is it actually that we're stuck in traffic and that Normal Service is yet to resume? In this series we explore what 'Normal Service' looks like in the Bible and what application that has for us today.
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Where's God?
[ 3 Episodes ]
We all face times when it feels like God is far away; our prayers are unanswered and our circumstances go from bad to worse. In this series we explore the lives of three characters from the New Testament - each faced circumstances which suggested that God was absent.
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Nehemiah - Building for the future
[ 8 Episodes ]
Nehemiah's wise leadership got a seemingly impossible task done in record time. There are huge lessons and encouragements for us in this series as we seek to do something great for God in our city.
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Finding Joy (Philippians)
[ 11 Episodes ]
We live in a society that's obsessed with trying to find joy. This series on the book of Philippians shows us how to find joy in the midst of some of the main pressure points of life.
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Esther
[ 7 Episodes ]
There's much to learn in this series on the story of Esther about how to face difficulties in life without losing confidence in God. The message is simple; despite appearances, God is still at work!
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James
[ 9 Episodes ]
What we believe and what we do often differ. There is no benefit to our faith if we do not apply it to our lives. The book of James gives us practical direction on how to use our faith.
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To Be Continued... (Acts Finale)
Acts 28:30-31
The book of Acts ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger, largely because the story isn’t yet ended. The story goes on through us! In this talk we learn how we can effectively play our part in writing the next chapter.

 
September
17
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Going Further
Acts 20-28
Luke presents Paul’s journey to Jerusalem very like he presents someone else’s journey towards the same city in Acts’ eponymous prequel. However, whereas the previous journey had, in a sense, ended there, Paul gets to go further- onward to Rome. Jonny looks at how this principle of ‘going further’ affects us all in our Christian lives.

 
September
10
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
How To Survive A Storm
Acts 27
Do you want to know how to handle difficulty, trouble, suffering and pain? Well, the way Paul deals with his storm provides a number of pointers to help us deal with the storms we face in life.

 
September
03
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
It Is More Blessed To Give Than Receive
Acts 20:17-38
Jesus’ saying quoted in Acts 20:35 has often been taken to be a nice platitude or more recently a cute meme. It’s neither of these things. It urges us to a radical, counter cultural way to live that God expects us both to take seriously and to seek his power to fulfil in our lives.

 
August
20
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
How To Start A Riot
Acts 19:17-41
The whole story of the Bible is God challenging us in and rescuing us from our worship of false gods – so that we’d return to him as God. However, our natural reaction is often to resist violently.

 
August
06
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Provoked By Idolatry
Acts 17:16-34
We’re surrounded by idolatry. This talk appeals for us to see our city through ‘gospel eyes’. We’re to love people too much to leave the city; and we’re to love them too much to leave them in their idols.

 
July
30
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
How Are Hearts Are Strengthened By Grace (West Site)
Acts 15:36-16:5
Here we learn the importance of resolving conflict well, of credibility on our mission & the necessity of us hearing the Gospel again & again so our hearts can be strengthened by grace.

 
July
23
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
Do Not Be Overcome By Evil
Acts 16:16-40
In Philippi, violence erupts against Paul and his friends. It is a violence that is always lurking under the surface in the world around us, and as Paul responded into this atmosphere of violence and aggression with a completely different spirit, so we should do the same- not being overcome by evil but overcoming evil with good.

 
July
23
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
A Pivotal Moment
Acts 15:1-21
This chapter is at the heart of Acts and is at the heart of the gospel - grace alone, but this has implications for the growing church and for us today.

 
July
16
Speaker
Andy Martin
Paul's Missionary Journey Season 2 (South Site)
Acts 15:36-16:15
As with any good box set, the season starts with much drama as well as new characters & new adventures. In this mini-binge, we are looking at the first 4 episodes, where we will see that the church needs the Gospel as much as the world, and the world needs the power of the Spirit as much as the church.

 
July
16
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
How To Share The Gospel In A Place Like Birmingham
Acts 14:8-28
In this talk we unpack a really helpful story that illustrates how to share our faith to people who share none of our beliefs.

 
July
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Called To Kings
Acts 13:4-11
When Paul became a Christian, he was called to bring Jesus to Jews and to Gentiles, but also specifically to kings. As we go through Acts, Luke shows how this works out in practice and in today’s passage we see the first fruit of this calling. But all this raises the question- how should Christians today relate to people of influence and should we try to seek influence ourselves? Are we called to kings today?

 
July
02
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
When The Power of God Comes
Acts 11:19-30
We talk a lot about God sending his power to us. But what does that look like? In this talk we get to see five defining marks of what happens when the power of God comes on a community.

 
June
18
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Acts 10:44-48
The filling of the Holy Spirit is a recurring theme in the book of Acts but what is it and does it matter?


 
June
04
Speaker
Andy Martin
Who Are We To Stand In God's Way?
Acts Acts 10:1-11:18
We have a chance to demonstrate a depth of multi-cultural unity that magnifies the power of the gospel in our city. The key question is whether we’re willing to say ‘yes’ to God.

 
May
28
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
God Moves Forward His Story
Acts Acts 9:1-31
In Acts 9, we come to a key turning point in the book of Acts. In fact, we come to a key turning point in history. In Saul’s conversion, we see the author of the story moving along the plot quite dramatically in his intended direction. Jonny explores how this event serves as a picture of what He is doing all the time as He continues to write His story.

 
May
21
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Exclusively Inclusive
Acts Acts 8:25-40
Christianity is way more exclusive and way more inclusive than perhaps you’d expect. In this talk we learn how it can not only be both, but how one inevitably leads to the other!

 
May
14
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Joy Blockers
Acts Acts 8:4-25
When the gospel lands in a life, it’s meant to result in much joy! But, like Simon in Acts 8, we often fall for two classic joy-blockers that hold us back on the journey to joy. Here, Rich highlights those joy-blockers and points to the truths that obliterate them!

 
May
07
Speaker
Rich Pitt
A Fresh Perspective On Suffering
Acts 6:13-8:1
In this talk we learn the secret of handling seasons of suffering with courage and hope.

 
April
30
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
How To Deal With Discrimination In The Church
Acts 6:1-7
Everything is going well for the early church. The word is spreading. The number of disciples is increasing. But here an internal problem arises – Discrimination. It threatens the unity & justice of God’s fledgling New Community. How the church responded however is a model for us as to how we should respond to discrimination today, however subtle it may be.

 
April
23
Speaker
Owen O'Brien
It Takes Courage
Acts 5:17-42
Jesus spoke of giving up everything to follow him – taking up our cross, dying to ourselves and living for him as Lord of every area of our lives. The key question is: ‘Is it worth it?’ In this talk we not only find the answer to that question, but also the source of courage!

 
April
09
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Ananias and Sapphira
Acts 5:1-11
When God comes near, people get healed, communities get knit together and Christians get bold. Also, sin gets called out. Jonny addresses 3 questions this passage raises and encourages us to treat sin fearfully.
To read more on this, check out our sermon+ post: churchcentral.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/…oss-sermon/

 
April
02
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Fake or Genuine?
Acts 4:23-37
It’s healthy, every now and again, to examine whether or not you’re living in a way consistent to what you claim to believe. In this message we go back to the origins of the church in the book of Acts and explore what
authentic, real Christianity looks like.

 
March
26
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Persecution: An Unwelcome Visitor
Acts 4:1-22
After the glorious heights of the first few chapters, things take a darker turn as persecution enters the story of the church. As Peter and John are arrested and questioned, what can we learn from their experiences? And how can we be transformed to live like them in our day?

 
March
19
Speaker
Rich Pitt
How To Make The Enemy Tremble
Acts 12:5-17
If you’ve ever struggled with motivation in your prayer life, it could be that you’ve had too small a view of God and his mission in the world. The church in Acts saw breath-taking answers to prayer. In this talk we learn from them and gain a crucial insight into how to pray with power.

 
March
12
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Miracles in the Real World
Acts 3:1-16
As we come across the first healing miracle in Acts, Jonny looks at another foundation of the revolution: miracles. Some Christians have no expectation of miracles nowadays, others seem to expect them all the time, but perhaps there is a middle way!
Please listen to this alongside the accompanying blog that clarifies a couple of points: https://churchcentral.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/jonnys-talk-on-miracles-questions-answers-and-apologies/

 
February
26
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Community Matters
Acts 2:42-47
Where the individualism in our culture breeds loneliness, the church can be a place of healing. The first church has much to teach us about how to experience genuine community today.

 
February
19
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Don't Miss This!
Acts 2:14-41
If you miss a scene in a film it can be hard to follow the rest of the story. It is the same with Acts chapter 2. With the coming of the Holy Spirit everything changes in the Big Story of God rescuing the world.

 
February
12
Speaker
Andy Martin
The Power of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-13
In this talk we look at the crucial role of the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the first church… and, by implication, in our lives too!

 
February
05
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Witnesses of the Resurrection
Acts 1:9-26
When Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples took on a new role. No longer were they the guys who followed Jesus around. Now, they were the witnesses of the resurrection! Jonny explores today how we, like them, can have a confident conviction in the historical reality of the resurrection of Jesus, and also like them, can build upon this foundation with lives that change the world!

 
January
29
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
A Great Awakening
Acts 1:1-8
These opening verses in Acts provide the explanation for the conviction, passion and determination of the first church to share Christ with the world whatever the consequences. In this sermon, Jonathan argues that the great need of our day is an awakening in the church to the power of the message we believe.

 
January
22
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Devotion & Multiplication
Acts 13:1-3
The early church experienced phenomenal multiplication. But preceding the call to ‘go’ was the invitation to ‘come’. This sermon explains our reason for existing as a church and is an appeal to prioritise devotion to Jesus above all else!

One-off Talks
January
15
Speaker
Jonathan Bell
Loving the Whole City
Acts 10
Birmingham is one of the most diverse communities in the UK but what does it mean to love the whole city - especially when there are so many cultural and social differences? In Acts Chapter 10, the Holy Spirit shows Peter how the gospel overcomes barriers and takes Peter out of his comfort zone. We need to do the same and the Holy Spirit will help us as we do so.

One-off Talks Community
June
19
Speaker
Andy Martin
How does the gospel reach the ends of the earth?
Acts
Last week we saw how God sent his Spirit to us so that we could take his wonderful rescue plan to the ends of the earth. But how exactly should we go about this monumental task? Today we look at the rest of the book of Acts and find the answer to that question.
 

The Big Story
January
25
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
How the Spirit fits into the story
Acts 2:1-12
With Jesus' work completed there is a real sense that 'it is finished', yet in another sense, it has only just begun. How then should we understand the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost?
 

The Big Story
January
18
Speaker
Jonny Mellor
Mission practicalities
Acts 13
Matt Partridge from Emmanuel Church Oxford joins Churchcentral for our ONE church together event to talk about the practicalities of what it means to be on mission together as a church.

One-off Talks
March
16
Speaker
Matt Partridge
Love your city
Acts 17:24/28

One-off Talks
May
13
Speaker
Matt Partridge
Saul of Tarsus
Acts 9:1-9
Guest speaker Sydney Nevis looks at the life of a key New Testament figure

One-off Talks
July
17
Speaker
Sydney Nevis
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