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
Selected Series
Acts
[ 31 Episodes ] 22 January 2017 - 17 September 2017
31
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
30
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
29
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
28
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
27
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
26
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
25
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
24
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
23
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
22
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
21
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
20
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
19
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
18
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
17
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
16
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
15
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
14
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
13
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
12
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
11
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
10
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
09
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
08
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
07
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
06
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
05
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
04
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
03
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
02
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
01
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
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