Stand Firm
Stand Firm!

 
Our current Sunday sermon series

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We have had to regrettably cancel meeting together on Sundays during the coronavirus outbreak. However, we are continuing to meet online and continuing to follow current sermon series below. To join our Zoom gathering at 10.30am each Sunday, simply click on https://zoom.us/j/571871793. You will need a password to join the service, so simply email the church office on office@heatonbaptist.org or call us on 0191 2657044 and we will make sure you have the password you will need. 

To help us enjoy a shared experience of worship during Sundays we cannot meet together, the worship team created a Spotify Playlist you can enjoy anytime, and maybe play before our online meeting on Sunday morning. Simply search for 'Heaton Baptist Church together' or click on https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2ow4hghVytd8enzuAM9UZY?si=CIl7yO2FSWC-75EUYa-QSQ. (Please note if you're not on Spotify, you will need to set up an account first). 

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I have intentionally left planning this post-Easter sermon series as late as possible, because I wanted to give God space to speak into the Sabbath season and for the sermon series to then build on that. None of us could quite have anticipated the circumstances behind the Sabbath Lent’s direction of travel, but I believe that firmly in this season God is teaching us something about what it means to do life differently.

These are exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in, and we have an opportunity to be shaken out of the standard format of normal life and church. As a church, we enjoy being comfortable. Any church does. But our present circumstances mean that we have to adapt and reconsider what our faith means, why sharing the Gospel is important and how we can serve our wider world. I have been really struck about the challenge for us to lean into this season and let God speak to us through it. It would be easy to struggle and wrestle with it. And there is a place for that. (Lament is a very Biblical concept!) I want also, though, to recognise that this is our reality, and for however long Zoom church is our norm, God still has things to say to us through His word that are relevant, encouraging and life-giving

As I’ve been praying into this upcoming sermon series, I have continually come back to the letters to the church in Thessalonica. They are short, but they are meaty. There has been much ink split over the purposes of the letter, the difference in tone between them and how the newly-birthed Thessalonian church responded to Paul’s writing. But behind all of these valid questions, they focus on key themes of hope, life, holiness, integrity and remaining rooted in the Gospel truth of Christ. The underlying call to be strong in our faith is both uplifting and challenging to us. I am also mindful that it has been a little while since we did a systematically exegetical study in our sermon series, and so I am keen to return to that here. 

1 Thessalonians


Sun 26 Apr             Guided by God                            1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

The part that hope and love play in our faith, and what it means to know God’s guidance

Sun 3 May               Living worthy lives                     1 Thessalonians 2:1-16

The importance of encouragement in each other, building each other up and learning from Jesus’ example.

Sun 10 May             Perseverance in faith                 1 Thessalonians 2:17 – 3:13

What it means to stand firm in the Lord when faced with difficulties and struggles

Sun 17 May             An overarching holiness            1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Why we are called to be holy.

Sun 24 May             An eternal hope                         1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:11

The relevance of looking beyond the here and now, and where Christ’s return shapes our way of life.

Sun 31 May              Trinity in focus                           1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

How the whole Trinity plays a part in our story of faith.
 

2 Thessalonians


Sun 7 June                 God is just                                     2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 

Remembering how God’s righteousness will prevail in all circumstances

Sun 14 June                 Holding onto truth                      2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

The reassurance of Christ’s presence with us through all things.

Sun 21 June                  A firm footing                              2 Thessalonians 2:13 – 3:5

Being reminded of the power of God in our lives.

Sun 28 June                  Hungering for Christ                   2 Thessalonians 3:6-18

Why it is so important we earnestly seek Jesus ourselves rather than wait to be spoon-fed in our faith.