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Video Recordings

The Seed is gradually moving into the 21st century! We are creating a video archive as well as the audio podcast which you can listen to on this site or subscribe to on iTunes. This is our first attempt at embedding the video of a Sunday morning message. We have created a Youtube channel which we will upload videos to as well as pasting the Youtube URL to this blog feed..

So far we have only uploaded the last two week’s videos, but will populate it with others as they are prepared. Weekly updates will follow once we’re “up and running”.

As a “taster” the video below is from November 19th and Julian is talking about Jephthah.

We DO know he’s wearing a Christmas cardigan! we’re sorry we can’t stop him!!

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To my christian friends …

Many of us post memes and share articles about the great things people have done, the most recent I’ve seen being an analysis of the great things George Michael did secretly like giving money to charities and helping people pay for IVF treatment and so on. They give this (or a similar) message: “Those who are not christians do such great things and are far more “christian” than many christians I have seen”. The implication given is that they are more deserving of a place in heaven, and it is both expressed and implied that they “deserve” to be in heaven BECAUSE of the good works they have done. What bothers me is that by sharing such posts and memes, we are perpetuating and encouraging a message that it is the good you do which is what make you a christian.

Please don’t misunderstand me, I am NOT saying that our actions don’t matter, nor am I belittling the tremendous things people like George Michael have done, such acts should be commended and celebrated. However, we must not misrepresent the gospel by promoting the view that it is by such things that we will find a right relationship with God – that’s what the Pharisees did.

After all if it is solely our actions which determine our suitability to go to heaven, what about people who don’t have the emotional, time or material resources to do any good works at all, who are running on empty and it is all they can do to get through each day. What hope is there for them if their good deeds are the measure?

let’s not forget or neglect such texts as:

  1. Ephesians 2:8 “it is by GRACE you have been saved, by faith … NOT BY WORKS …”, or
  2. Isaiah 64:6 “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;” and
  3. Romans 10:9 “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

We can and must call out christians who do not care for their fellow man, after all, Jesus talks about sheep and goats in Matthew 25 (read it) and James says in James 2:14-26 that our faith is worthless if it is not seen in our actions, but when people who have no regard for God and by all the other indicators in their lives are about as far from “christian” as you can get do good things, let’s not define them as christian – they are not, nor would they want to be.

Our challenge then, is to call people to faith and repentance and to living righteous and upright lives without giving the message either explicitly or implicitly that it is their actions which make them “christian”.

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What a great weekend!

We got the world in a pincer movement yesterday! Kieran preached very well here this morning, while almost at the same time Julian was preaching at F7 church in Goulburn, New South Wales at their evening meeting 10,000 miles away on the other side of the world!
The psalmist says
” Where can I go from your Spirit?   Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:7-10)

It is fabulous that God moves powerfully no matter where we are! Know that no matter where your day takes you, God is there, and He wants to be there right by your side, encouraging you, helping you, comforting you – if you will let him.

Have a great day whatever is in front of you, and remember, stop, pause and think on Him as you go through your day. It will be so much more sweet as a result!

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New Wine reflections

The New Wine Gathering here in New South Wales has drawn to a close. The chairs have been stacked away, the banners rolled and folded, the cables coiled and technology packed. The delegates have all returned to the various parts of the country from which they came.

I sit here and reflect that the value in such events goes way beyond great worship and preaching and awesome ministry. Friendships were struck which I believe will have eternal significance. Weary people were encouraged and blessed by the atmosphere of the gathering and we may never know the impact of a kind word spoken at the meal table.

We travel back to the UK 10,600 miles away, but not before visiting good friends we didn’t even know a week ago.

Wendy and I have been blessed and encouraged beyond words here and will look forward with eager anticipation to next year’s gathering in Canberra.

Want to join us?

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Hillsong Conference 2016

After 3 fabulous days in the O2 at the Hillsong Europe conference, I’m sat in my hotel room musing on the marvellous way God uses all sorts of people to minister to us.

The preachers were great, but I was also really blessed by some of the conversations I had randomly during the conference. Alessandro, an Italian brother from Naples, brothers from France and Columbia have ministered to me and reminded me that my faith is a worldwide faith, the exuberance of the young remind me that in Christ Jesus all barriers are meaningless, those of gender, race, age, economic status – we are all one in Christ Jesus!

Hillsong Europe had thousands in attendance, and we are only a handful, yet I was reminded that Jesus’ must powerful ministry was often to the one or the few: the woman with bleeding, blind Bartimaeus, the two lepers, the Samaritan woman at the well, the blind man, Zacchaeus – let’s not neglect the one in the pursuit of the many.

As Brian Houston says, “building a church is a completely different thing to gathering a crowd”

At The Seed, we are a church, not merely a crowd 🙂

We have already booked for next year. If you want to join us as part of the Seed, contact me and we can help you join our group and be transformed during a week if the best teaching and worship I have heard for a long time!

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We’re off to Aus!

 

Wendy and Julian have been asked and are travelling this autumn to Australia to get involved with New Wine Australia.

Please pray for them as they prepare team training and oversee the team pastors while there.

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Sunday mornings

Over the last few weeks, we have had a number of prophetic words given to us from various sources which have caused us to reassess where we are.

There are some changes we are going to make, and the first of these is that we are making a change in the time of our Sunday meetings from a Sunday evening to a Sunday morning.