Sunday Worship Broadcast - June 16, 2019

We continued our worship series, “The Glory of a Resurrected Church.” According to extensive international research by Natural Church Development (1000 churches in six continents over a 10 year period), healthy growing churches have a higher love quotient on average than stagnant or declining churches. That research tells us that when the quality of loving relationships is high in a church there is no longer a need to focus on quantitative growth (increased attendance). No scientific methodology can actually measure love itself, but we can measure the practical expressions of love. Galatians 5:22-23 is one of the classical biblical texts on the essence of love. These fruits of the Spirit are different expressions of the essential nature of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love: but is expressed through 8 qualities - joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. What is your love quotient? Come and explore the development of the fruit of love in your life!

Sermon Theme: “Resurrected Community — the antidote to slavery”
Scripture: Galatians 4:21-5:1, 5:13-15
Overview: This week we commence our series on “The Glory of the Resurrected Church”. We start with a passage in Paul's letter to the Galatians that discusses the centrality of freedom in the resurrected community. Paul contrasts a life of slavery with our freedom in Christ, and explains how a community of love helps us move from slavery to freedom. The same ideas apply to both physical slavery and to the internal slavery than constrains many of us.

Our guest speaker, Matthew Clarke, leads an anti-slavery research project in Australia. We look forward to his insights into the on-going horror of modern slavery.