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Undivided Mind

Lou Richards 21st January 2024

Our mind is powerful and can be an area of great freedom or bondage. In this talk, Lou looks at Romans 12:1-2 and how we can renew our mind on a daily basis. 

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Undivided Devotion

Andy Tilsley 21st January 2024

In this talk, Andy unpacks 1 John 5:21, “dear children, keep yourself from idols.”

Martin Luther once said every sin has idolatry at its core, and therefore idolatry is the main thing we need to address, if we are to be fully devoted to Jesus. We explore how to spot idols, how to expose them, and how to dethrone them.

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Undivided Body and Mind

Catherine Ishola 21st January 2024

In this talk, Catherine looks at Romans 12:1-2 and the call for God’s people to be living, breathing sacrifices – surrendering our lives in service to God as a daily act of worship. 

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Love, Follow, Feed

Nicole Lewis 14th January 2024

Nicole Lewis from our Central London service looks at John 21, and talks about how God’s question to Peter of whether Peter loves him should also be at the centre of our lives and ministry today.

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Jesus and Radical Hospitality

Sam Lomas 07th January 2024

Sam continues our series in Luke’s gospel looking at Luke 14:1-14 and talks about radical hospitality, and the call of Jesus to welcome everyone with grace and love.

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Undivided Attention

Joel Wade 07th January 2024

Joel begins our new sermon series by looking at Psalm 27, and unpacking how a life of devotion to Jesus is shaped by the daily habits and rhythms we give our attention to.

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Simply A Better Story

Helen Marasha 17th December 2023

For our advent series, Helen Marasha explores the better story into which Jesus invites us, during what can often be the most stressful time of the year.

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Simplicity in a Time of Excess

Joel Wade 17th December 2023

For our Advent series, Joel Wade looks at the practice of simplicity and how it can shape our daily habits as followers of Jesus in a world of excess.

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Faith

Andy Tilsley 17th December 2023

This Advent, our Sutton Service looks at our need for faith, hope, and love this Christmas time. In the Sutton Christmas Carol Service, Andy looks at how we can have faith when God seems absent and how not even the darkness of our world can separate us from God’s love.

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Love

Seb Lannuzel 10th December 2023

This Advent, our Sutton Service looks at our need for faith, hope, and love this Christmas time. This week, Seb speaks on ‘Love’ from John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.’ Seb shares his own experience of encountering Jesus and God’s love breaking into his life – a story not to be missed!

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Generosity in a Time of Indulgence

Adnan Khan 10th December 2023

For our Advent series, Adnan Khan looks at what it means for followers of Jesus to practise generosity in a time of indulgence.

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Hope

Andy Tilsley 03rd December 2023

This Advent, our Sutton Service looks at our need for faith, hope, and love this Christmas time. This week, Andy looks at ‘Hope’ from the story of two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. If you’ve ever wrestled with questions on finding hope in the midst of disappointment and pain, this talk may be a helpful one for you.

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Simplicity in a Time of Excess

Natalie Powell 03rd December 2023

For our Advent series, Natalie Powell looks at what it means for followers of Jesus to follow a simple gospel at a time of excess and consumerism this Christmas.

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Humility in a World of Status

Shaninga Marasha 03rd December 2023

For our Advent series, Shaninga Marasha looks at how humility encourages a lifestyle of generosity and service modeled after the selfless love of Jesus.

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Developing Emotional Resilience

David Stroud 26th November 2023

In this standalone talk, David Stroud reflects on how we can develop emotional resilience, especially in times when we deal with loss and our emotional health feels fragile.

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Parable of the Rich Fool

Shaninga Marasha 19th November 2023

In this talk, Shaninga looks at Jesus’ parable of the Rich Fool and its warning about trusting in riches for an ultimate sense of security in life, and how greed can rob us of a true sense of God’s abundant purpose.

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Parable of the Mustard Seed and Yeast

Joel Wade 19th November 2023

In this talk, Joel Wade explores Jesus’ unexpected vision of God’s kingdom through the Parable of the Mustard Seed and Yeast, and what it means for us and the world around us.

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Parable of the Rich Fool

Raphael Arthur 12th November 2023

In this talk, Raph looks at Jesus’ parable of the Rich Fool and its warning about trusting in riches for an ultimate sense of security in life, and how greed can rob us of a true sense of God’s abundant purpose.

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The Call for Repentance and Fruitfulness

Catherine Ishola 12th November 2023

When tragedies strike, it feels natural to respond in fear, confusion, and judgement. It also presents challenging questions around God’s involvement (or lack thereof). Where was he in all of this? In this talk, Catherine looks at Jesus’ response to tragic news of death and highlights Jesus’ call for repentance and fruitfulness. 

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The Faithful Steward

Adnan Khan 05th November 2023

In this talk, Adnan looks at Jesus’ call to faithfully steward our present life in light of his future return, and his warning about living as if he isn’t coming back.

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The Lamp of the Body

Paul Conrathe 05th November 2023

There are many references to light in the Bible as a metaphor for God’s presence, Spirit, and instructions. In Luke 11:33-36, Jesus gives us a picture of how God’s light provides a healthy vision for our lives. In this talk, Paul explores Jesus’ call to not just see the light, but to live fully in the light of his presence and teaching.

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The Lamp of the Body

Lou Richards 05th November 2023

There are many references to light in the Bible as a metaphor for God’s presence, Spirit, and instructions. In Luke 11:33-36, Jesus gives us a picture of how God’s light provides a healthy vision for our lives. In this talk, Lou explores Jesus’ call to not just see the light, but to live fully in the light of his presence and teaching.

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Why Character Matters

David Stroud 29th October 2023

In this standalone talk, David Stroud explores why developing character in the church really matters for the world.

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Do not worry

John Goddard 29th October 2023

Jesus wants his disciples to experience freedom from fear of the future by revealing we have the best inheritance in God as our Father. In this talk, John looks at how we can live distinctly as God’s people, knowing that our Father knows our needs and is pleased to give us his very kingdom.

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The Sign of Jonah

Hélène Williams 29th October 2023

Throughout the Gospel of Luke, tension has been building between Jesus and the religious leaders. In this passage, we see a dramatic climax of this tension as Jesus responds to their request for a ‘sign from heaven’. In this talk, Helene looks at why Jesus responds the way he does, and the meaning behind the only sign the leaders would get – the ‘sign of Jonah’.

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Ask, Seek, Knock

Lars Due-Christensen 22nd October 2023

In this talk, Lars looks at how Jesus reassures his disciples of God’s good character, and how his love encourages us to persist and persevere in prayer.

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Jesus and Beelzebul

Andy Tilsley 22nd October 2023

What are we to make of Jesus’ encounters with those who were demon possessed? In this talk, Andy Tilsley explores the story of Jesus and Beelzebul (Luke 11:14-26)) and what it can teach us about the devil and demons.

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The Sign of Jonah

Sam Lomas 15th October 2023

Throughout the Gospel of Luke, tension has been building between Jesus and the religious leaders. In this passage, we see a dramatic climax of this tension as Jesus responds to their request for a ‘sign from heaven’. In this talk, Sam looks at why Jesus responds the way he does, and the meaning behind the only sign the leaders would get – the ‘sign of Jonah’.

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Ask, Seek, Knock

Kenny Crawford 15th October 2023

In this talk, Kenny looks at how Jesus reassures his disciples of God’s good character, and how his love encourages us to persist and persevere in prayer.

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The Lord’s Prayer

Natalie Powell 08th October 2023

In this talk Natalie explores the power of the Lord’s prayer in our daily lives, and how Jesus both models a life of prayer and offers us a practical lesson in how to pray ourselves.

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