Author: Firwood Church

Making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland

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Focus of your passion

Stan Smith asks us who the true focus of our devotion is. As he takes us through Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he makes the case for why our Passion needs to be entirely centered on Jesus. Scriptures: Philippians 3:7–15

Selflessly Made

Andy Smith take us back to the 5 loaves and 2 fishes and reminds us that we’ve been given everything we need to do the work of the Kingdom. Scriptures: John 6:1–15, 1 Timothy 1:5, Mark 6:34, 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 2 Timothy 4:6–7, Mark 6:30–32, Matthew 9:11–13, Romans 9:2–3, Isaiah 58:6–7, Isaiah 58:10, 1 Timothy 6:7–12

Developing a discipleship culture

Guest pastor Kirk Crager brings a message to the church from the great commision of Jesus found in Matthew. As he looks back at his time in Greater Manchester he reflects on the importance of being a disciple of Jesus and encouraging a culture of discipleship in our churches and our families. Scriptures: Matthew 28:19-20

Baptism Service

Firwood gathers together to celebrate the baptisms of its believers. Scriptures: Romans 6:4–5

Christ Centered

Guest speaker Stan Smith looks at Paul’s letter to Timothy and encourages to Christ at the centre of our lives. Scriptures: 2 Timothy 2:1–7

The Gospel in miniature

Andy Smith continues through the Gospel of John, and starts by looking at the reformation spearheaded by Martin Luther. Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:8, Zephaniah 3:17, Numbers 21:4–9, Romans 8:16–17, John 3:14–21

Jacob’s Ladder

Andy Smith looks at the story of Nathanael, and the fulfilment of the promise of a messiah as he meets with Jesus. From there he looks at the story of Jacob and his brother and encourages us to boldly seek the kingdom. Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4:6–7, John 1:51, Genesis 28:16–17, John 1:43–47

God with us

Guest speaker, Anthony Royle, remind us that God is with us in any circumstance. As we pass through dark days we can be reassured of His continuing presence. Scriptures: Romans 8:31–39, 2 Chronicles 32:2–8, Matthew 1:22–23, Psalm 46:1–7

Identity of Suffering

Andrew Smith continues looking at how we identify ourselves, with death or with Christ. Identifying with Christ means we suffer alongside Him, and we should be encouraged to persevere. Scriptures: Ezekiel 11:19, Romans 8:5–8, Ephesians 2:1–10, Hebrews 12:1–17

Christ Our Identity

Andy Smith rails against the sense of entitlement that infects the modern Church, reminding us that, as we identify with Christ we will suffer along with him. As we are transformed, we need to love not only those who love us, but those who hate us and seek to harm us. It is not security…
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