God Has A Plan by Pastor Phylip Morgan

March 11, 2018

“God Has A Plan”

This is the title of Pastor Phyl’s sermon this week. He began by saying that he wanted to ask us to do one thing; to trust God. It’s a hard thing to do, and there is no greater challenge than to trust God with our children. Pastor Phyl went on to tell the story of a man who loved mountain biking. One day, when he was out on the mountains, he was going a little too fast and ended up so near to the cliff edge that he went over. As he was falling, he reached out and caught hold of a branch. Once he was hanging there, there was no way up or down. He called out for help, and a voice came down from the heavens; God’s voice. The man asked for help, and God told him to trust Him and let go of the branch. The man then called out, asking if there was anyone else there. This is so typical of our society. We find it so difficult to just reach out in blind faith and to trust God.

Psalm 145:4 says: “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts”

This section of scripture shows quite clearly that all of God’s works are for good, and that He has a plan. The truth is that God has a great plan for our lives, but when experiences come our way, we’re the ones that aren’t so sure. We will come up against challenges, but God has a plan. All we need to do is to trust Him.

In Exodus 1, the new Pharaoh didn’t know  Joseph’s good deeds. They were not communicated to him, and so they were lost. This is why Psalm 145:4 is so important. Without this happening, Pharaoh set in place an edict that all of the Hebrew women’s male babies were to be put to death. This is where we enter the story of Moses (Exodus 2:1-10), and we are shown clearly that God always has a plan.

The story of Moses is one that we tend to romanticise, but it is not a “good” story. It must have been so hard for Jochebed. She gave birth to a baby boy, whom she knew would be put to death if he was discovered. She chose to hide him for as long as possible, and when she was not able to hide him any longer, she placed him in a basket and put the basket in the bulrushes. She trusted God. She had no way of knowing, one way or another, whether her son would be ok. She just had to place all of her trust in God, that He would bring Moses through this, and as the story progresses, we see that God had a great plan for Moses’ life all along.

Pastor Phyl spoke of three points that we must remember as we go through life:

  • Trust God

We try to teach our children all of the things that we didn’t do. We try to make sure that the things we did wrong don’t then become the same things that our children do wrong, but in the end, only God knows the plan that He has for them.

Jochebed trusted God when she placed Moses into the basket and set him among the bulrushes. She wouldn’t have known whether he would survive or not. If he had been found by the wrong person, he would have been killed instantly. It was a huge risk for her to let go of him and let God carry out His plan, but she did it. She trusted God for her child.

Can we trust God for our children?

  • Celebrate The Miracles

90% of parenting is a drudge. It is the discipline, and the teaching, and telling them over and over again the same thing. What we must learn to do is to celebrate the little things when they’re young, and we will see God’s goodness.

When Moses was discovered by the daughter of Pharaoh, and Jochebed was called to nurse him, she was able to celebrate the fact that he was still alive, and that she was able to be a part of his life, and not only that, she was getting paid for it. She trusted God and was rewarded for this.

What we must take from this story is that we need to celebrate the little things; the small achievements that happen in the mundane.

  • Learn To See The Big Picture

A man named Professor Heimlich was made famous after inventing the Heimlich manoeuvre. It is interesting that it is he who invented this, when the very same manoeuvre would, many years later, be the thing that saved his life.

God saw the big picture, and so did Jochebed in Exodus. She trusted in God’s plan, even if it wasn’t exactly how she wanted things to go, and as a result, Moses grew up to be well educated and was able to free so many people from slavery.

Pastor Phyl brought his sermon to a close by asking us whether we could trust God with ours and our children’s lives. He encouraged us to pray for them and to trust them to God. This is something that we must do as we progress in our Christian walk and we realise that we must let go of the physical, because there is nothing that we can control.

God’s grace is the only reason we’re here.

Can we trust Him and His plan?


Scriptures: Psalm 145, Psalm 145:4, Exodus 2:1-10


Big Mistake by Pastor Phylip Morgan

March 4, 2018

This week’s message by Pastor Phyl is titled Big Mistake, and is taken from the Gospel of Mark 12:13-27. He began his preach by asking us whether we’ve made mistakes. It can be hard to admit to these. It is hard to admit that we have been wrong. The truth is that we all make mistakes. It is human nature to do so. Some of our mistakes are small, insignificant ones that are no big deal and can be forgotten easily, but some are big mistakes that, in turn, bring big consequences, which people then have to live with.

In this passage of scripture, the Pharisees and Herodians are sent to try and catch Jesus out with His own words, but they are amazed by something. His Authority. He is able to answer every one of their questions and they find themselves unable to catch Him out.

Pastor Phyl told us that we have authority, too, but that our authority doesn’t come from us, it comes from God. We are given all authority, in Christ Jesus. We are able to take Christ’s authority and live it. We are just God’s spokesperson, and we have a real, true authority in Christ.

Looking at some influential figures from the past, Phyl spoke of Rosa Parks, a woman of no fame or position, but she had authority because she trusted in God and in His authority. She believed that all people were equal, regardless of their skin colour, and as such, acted on this belief, communicating with authority.

Jesus is communicating to these people, and although they were trying to catch Him out, they were amazed at His authority when He reasoned, Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s” Here, He is effectively saying that we must honour God with our lives, seeing as He gives us life.

A big mistake is a bad mistake. Many people make mistakes because they don’t know scripture or the power of God. We can do this too. If we are not in the scripture, we can get lost, and this is when mistakes happen. We can get lost in our lives, and struggle to find the way. The answer is to know the scriptures, and to know the power of God, or we will find ourselves in the middle of a big mistake. The truth is that we are nothing, save for the power of Christ.

Pastor Phyl introduced us to the ‘five solae’s of the reformation’. These are principles that we need to have in our lives:

  • Sola Scriptura – By Scripture Alone

We are to build our lives on scripture alone. This is our authority on life. Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” The truth is that we can either believe it or not. It won’t always be palatable, but it is right. In the world, there are plenty of people who claim to be Christians, but their actions do not follow this claim. It is easy to differentiate between a fake Christian, and a true Christian, because a true Christian lives by the principle of ‘Sola Scriptura’. Without this commitment to the word, people can find themselves drifting away from God.

  • Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone

Nothing but Grace can save us. No matter what we do, no matter what we’ve done, He saved us. There is no sin too great that it cannot be covered by the Grace of God. There is nothing that we can do to make Him love us any more or any less.


  • Sola Fide – By Faith Alone

We must accept His Grace by faith. We have to make that decision to believe, and this is done by faith. By trusting in Him and His word. Good works are not a requirement for salvation. Faith alone; the belief in Christ is what gives us the opportunity to be saved. It doesn’t matter what we do. Nothing we do will ever be ‘good enough’, because we are not ‘good enough’. The only way to salvation is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in God, who sent Him. Good works and actions are often seen to be done by people who have been saved, but this comes about as a result of drawing closer to God and surrendering to His will, but the fact is, that deeds and actions will not give you salvation. This comes solely as a result of faith.

  • Solus Christus – Through Christ Alone

Acts 4:12 says “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved”. There is NO other name. Jesus is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life. He is the only one who can act as an intermediary between us and God. No other person can provide salvation, only Jesus. In saying this, it is important that we remember that the Bible is not exclusive. Christ is not exclusive. In John 3:16, it is written: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. The scripture here is quite clear; ‘whoever’. God does not discriminate. Whoever believes may come. Also important to remember, however, is that the Bible, and Salvation is selective, because it is said quite clearly that we must accept Christ’s sacrifice. Without our acceptance and belief of this sacrifice, salvation cannot be ours.

  • Soli Deo Gloria – For God’s Glory

God came by His Grace, for His Glory. We are called to reach out in Faith to Christ; to make sure that our actions only serve to bring Him the glory. We are not to seek veneration. The glory is not ours, but His.

In closing, Pastor Phyl prayed that we would be able to take these Five Solae’s and apply them to our lives, so that we can avoid making the big mistakes, that come with big consequences, and that all of our actions would be rooted in Scripture, covered by Grace, acted on in Faith, through Christ alone, for the Glory of God.

Scriptures: Mark 12:13-27, Hebrews 4:12, Acts 4:12, John 3:16


What Are You Carrying? by Ruth Morgan

February 25, 2018

Ruth began her first sermon of 2018 by asking us how we pack when we go on holiday. Do we pack too much stuff, or are we the kind of person who counts out the exact number of outfits, and then doubles that, just in case? She asked, “Do you take to much stuff with you?”

Abraham Lee, an explosive ordnance disposal officer for seven years said that when on a mission, the team would literally only carry what was essential and would contribute to the task. He said that to carry anything extra would be pointless.

We all carry excess baggage in life; unnecessary weight that we don’t need to carry, and yet, we all do it. Over time, our emotional cargo mounts up and begins to weigh us down. There are so many things that we pick up and put in our bag to carry, such as negative attitudes, stresses, angst towards others, bitterness and unforgiveness. These can fill us up and all leave an unnecessary weight for us to carry on our backs. This emotional baggage can build up so quietly and steadily that we might not even realise how heavy it has become, and how much weight it places on our hearts and minds.

We need to deal with these things, or we will continue to carry them, and this is when we learn tools like bitterness, denial, unforgiveness, revenge and holding grudges. If we don’t deal with our past, and we don’t deal with our issues, we choose to carry them, and when we carry these things, it is like carrying weeds inside your heart, that grow so quickly and are so strong that they choke all the good, healthy plants around it. Often, we allow what happens to us to define us, and this is really dangerous as it can lead to us not being who, and where we are meant to be as Children of God.

Ruth talked about an old legend about three men who each carried two sacks. The first man hid all of the good things, and focused on the bad things, stopping to examine them so often that he barely made any progress at all. The second man, kept all his mistakes in the sack on his back, and all the good things in front of him, so he could show them off to everyone. He was weighed down by bad things but couldn’t brink himself to put them down. The third man, kept all the good things in the front sack, but unlike the second man, the sack on his back was empty because he had cut a hole in it so that all the bad things went straight through the sack, leaving him free of the burden of carrying them.

Turning to Scripture, she looked at some people who allowed what they were carrying in their hearts to affect the promise God had over them. Moses had just led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Travelling through the desert, they arrived at the border of the Promised Land. Moses sent twelve men to survey the land. Referring then to her main scripture, Numbers 13:25-33, we read that the men came back to report to Moses, and although two of the men seemed of the opinion that they could enter the land and take it with no problem, the other ten men, so consumed with what they were carrying from their past, talked of far more powerful people that they would never be able to overcome.

Ruth then talked of three points. The first of these is:

  1. What you carry will affect YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Twelve men were send into the same land, saw and experienced exactly the same things, and yet came back with two totally different views. It’s all about perspective, and what you carry has a direct impact on your perspective. You can often tell how people have dealt with past hurts, by looking at how they deal with their current issues. The sayings, ‘hurting people hurt people’, and what goes around comes around’ are a very poignant reminder that when we don’t deal with issues in our lives, they become deeply rooted in our spirit, and then, when trials and circumstances come our way, we automatically head to the ways we know of dealing with things, even though these are not good ways. In the same way, their previous treatment at the hands of the Egyptians caused the ten spies to doubt, and to question their ability to take the land, even though God Himself had promised the land to them. They were so close, and yet their doubt meant that they never got to enter the Promised Land. These spies were carrying four things which prevented them from being able to step out in faith.

  • Doubt
  • Self-Deprecation
  • Fear
  • Unbelief

In stark contrast, Joshua and Caleb were carrying faith. They believe in themselves, in their people, and in their God. They had courage, and, knowing that God was on their side, and believing this, they had confidence in the outcome because they were doing the will of God.

When we haven’t dealt with things in the past, it will change how we see the world. It becomes about us and not about God. The ten men were influenced by their past and wanted to rebel. This is a time when we can begin to carry things like hurt, bitterness, fear, doubt and ungratefulness, if we haven’t dealt with things in our life. The situation appears much bigger than us, and we can see ourselves as incapable. This is when we begin to question God’s ability.

This is what happened to the Israelites when the ten spies were coming from a place of negativity. It is hard to imagine. They were literally on the brink of the promised land, and yet, doubt and the baggage they were carrying made them think that returning to the land of slavery is a better option. Instead of reaching out for all God had for them, they were too busy hanging on to the past and carrying all of their past issues.

Ruth warned us to be careful whose bag we pick up. Family and friends can often offload stuff onto us, and this can risk it becoming our issue too. Often our first impressions can be clouded by other’s baggage and before we know it, we have judged someone without even having met them.

  1. What you’re carrying will affect your PACE

It should have taken eleven days for the Israelites to get to the Promised Land, but instead it took almost forty years. When we carry around issues, rather than dealing with them, it causes us to slow down. Our burden prevents us from moving freely. Instead, we need to look to Hebrews 12, which instructs us to “strip off every weight that slows us down”.

God can’t bless unforgiveness. He can’t bless judgement, and he can’t bless us trying to get even. In short, God can’t bless our mess. The truth is that while we use our energy to focus on our hurts, and disappointments, we can’t move forward, and find ourselves slipping backwards.

We need to live in the fulness of God, if we are to achieve our breakthrough and reach our promised land. Maybe this is the time when we need to look at our bags and unpack some stuff.

  1. What you carry will affect your PURPOSE

Some of the Israelites in the wilderness never got to reach the promised land. Not even Moses did. Ruth emphasised how sad this is. After everything they had been through to get there, they missed out at the last minute because they allowed baggage into their lives which weighed them down and prevented them from moving forward into the full purpose God had for them.

Ruth told us that the way to miss God’s will is really simple. All we have to do is ignore what God is saying. God had told the Israelites that He would deliver them (Exodus 5:6-8), but rather than listening to Him, they listened to men and ignored God, moving away from what He had promised. In the same manner, when we allow negative thoughts and feelings space in our hearts, God is pushed out.

Speaking then about what we need to do to unpack our bag, Ruth gave us eight points:

  1. Confront the past honestly – we can’t alter the past, but we can alter how we view it and how it affects us.
  2. Be aware of our thoughts – we mustn’t allow our energy to be wasted on negative thinking.
  3. Start anew – take steps to remove old habits and routines, creating a new existence in God.
  4. Forgive others – it will do us more good than it will do them.
  5. Go to God – ask Him to heal our hurts
  6. Meet together – if we are dealing with past hurts and carrying excess baggage, we mustn’t avoid Church.
  7. Choose our friends wisely – we must surround ourselves with people who will nourish and build us up
  8. Know what God says –
  • He loves us
  • He accepts us
  • He cares about us
  • He has not forgotten about us
  • He sees us
  • He knows us
  • He provides for us
  • He will not abandon us.
  • He will not abuse us
  • He will not forsake us
  • He will help us
  • He will transform us
  • He will choose to forget our past
  • He will heal our pains
  • He will hold our hand
  • He will restore us
  • He will give us hope
  • He will give us a future
  • He will deal with our hurts

In closing, Ruth encourages us to strip off every weight that slows us down so that we may run the race God has set our before us with endurance. He is waiting for us to come to Him with everything. Every part of us, and all that we are, so that He can give us all that He is.  


Scriptures: Numbers 13, Hebrews 3:19, Hebrews 12, Luke 6:37, Romans 12:17-19, Exodus 5:6-8, Philippians 3:13, Philippians 4:8, 2Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:32, 1Peter 5:7, Psalm 92:13, Luke 6:45


And What Does The Lord Require Of You Part Two by Andrea Parry

February 18, 2018

Bringing part two of her message series “And what does the Lord require of you?” Andrea uses John 4:1-8 to illustrate three core points. In the first part of the series, she spoke from Micah 6:8, and suggested that what God wants is for us to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with Him.

There are certain moral imperatives on our lives; certain things that we have to do to show our fruit to others. In other words, people need to see our faith lived out. This week, it was Valentines Day. Andrea very plainly told us that this was a sham. A fake ‘holiday’ created and publicised by retailers and businesses to make money. The truth is that we don’t have to wait for someone to tell us that they love us. Jesus always has, and always will. He loves us so much, He laid down His life for us. That’s an awful lot better than a card and a bunch of flowers.

She called on us to dedicate ourselves to the Lord. The road to true breakthrough depends on us believing in and through Jesus. This is when we will encounter sustainable and lasting change. For this to happen, we need to have a self worth, an identity and a purpose in Him.

Andrea’s first core point was:

“Don’t be a Pharisee”

The Pharisees were ‘super religious’. Their entire basis to be was in how they kept the law perfectly. The problem with this is that they then became judges, looking down on those who didn’t do what they were doing. They were self righteous, and hypocritical, pedalling fake news. They were stirrers, trying to cause descent. This is seen in John 3, where they went to John the Baptist and said that Jesus was baptising more people than him. In response, John simply tells them that his joy is complete. When somebody comes to us with fake news, we need to ask ourselves if Jesus would say this. If it isn’t something we can imagine Jesus saying, then it isn’t of God. The Pharisees were so concerned with their own show, that it stopped being about God.

The truth is that when our service becomes about us, Jesus isn’t in it. ‘Pharisees’ seek to judge us for our lack of perfection, but we don’t need to worry about the outside, because God sees a man’s heart. We shouldn’t spend our time looking at people and thinking that we could do better. It is a fact that all people are a work in progress. Nobody but Jesus is all good. Nobody but Jesus is perfect, the best we can hope for is to pray that we do good and not bad. We need to not project our fears and insecurities on to others, but direct our challenges back to God. We can agree to disagree with people, but should not pick over others’ perceived wrongdoing. We are not there to tear another person down. God is in the process of making us holy, but if we do this, then He can’t help us.

Having said this, we must never let someone see we’re doing wrong, and turn around and tell them that it’s okay, because “I’ve got grace”. There is an imperative on us to behave in a certain way. We should not look for a reward, nor tear each other down. We are called to be as good, if not better at keeping the law than the Pharisees, but unlike them, we need to keep our hearts close to God. It is not our place to judge. This is only for God to do.

The second point is:

“Jesus is en route”

Whatever your breakthrough, remember this: the miracle you ask for is on the way. Looking at verses three and four of the passage of scripture, Jesus travels from Judea to Galilee, but in order to take the quickest route, He must go through Samaria. This is so important because when the Jews were in exile, they joined with the Samarians and became a mixed race. The Jews absolutely scorned the Samarians, so this was a big deal. Jesus could have gone around Samaria, but He didn’t. He won’t go around our issues, He goes through them. He goes through our pain to get to us. He will love us until the end of the ages and won’t let anything stop Him from getting to us. He doesn’t care about cultural issues, or any other barriers. He is there for us, always.

Andrea urged us to not ever think that what is important to us isn’t important to Jesus. Taking an illustration from Joshua, where the Priests were carrying the Ark of the Covenant, and God told them to go across the river Jordan, even though it was flooded. As the Priests were going into the river, they started praying, and then a miracle happened and the river became a trickle. The truth was that God had already started the miracle upstream. If we step out in faith, we will find that He has already made a way for us through any obstacles. The miracle is just upstream. Take, for example, the woman at the well. Jesus was already there, waiting for her. We must take this as a reminder to never lose hope.

Andrea’s third point was:

“Remember to make sure that you turn up”

When the Samaritan woman arrived at the well, Jesus was already there. This was Jacob’s well. This shows that Jesus will meet us at a place of promise; of rebirth; of restoration; of living water. Jesus doesn’t care what we have done culturally, He loves us anyway. The Samaritan woman was full of sin, and yet Jesus still spoke to her, and spent time with her. There is nothing so bad that Jesus’ grace can’t cover it. Physical restrictions mean nothing to Jesus. Whatever our past, guilt or shame, whatever we are chaining up inside, it can’t stop us from meeting Jesus. The beauty of it is that when we let go of these things, we find that He was already there. He won’t hold things against us.

Every one of us needs living water every day. We need to get to the place where we are content in Jesus. We need to stop limiting ourselves and just let it go, and then we can let our heart grow. We mustn’t get bitter about perceived losses, mustn’t let our hearts grow hard, all we need to do is to show up at the well to meet up with Jesus. The Samaritan woman did this and changed her entire village. Just imagine what we can do in our communities if we just show up, meet with Jesus and let His light shine out from our hearts.


Scripture: John 4:1-8


What Is Worship? by Carys Morgan

February 13, 2018

On our first Worship Night, Carys, a worship leader from Life Church UK, spoke on “What is Worship?” Asking the congregation, suggestions of singing, connecting with God, and praising Jesus were given. The literal translation of the word “Worship” is “To honour, to adore, to exalt”. Some people worship sports teams, or musicians, or celebrities, etc – things that are important to them, but for us, the only thing we should be worshipping is Jesus.


John 4:24 tells us that we should worship in spirit and in truth. Carys went on to explain that when our soul connects with God, this is us worshipping in spirit, and when we connect with the word of God, is when we worship Him in truth. We are told that every word in the scriptures is God breathed. David worshipped in the word of God. This is seen in the Psalms, where he writes passages that can only come from that intimate connection with God. Worship can touch the most deep and intimate parts of us; the places that only He can reignite in our heart and soul. It is born of a deep relationship with Him.

Carys told us that worship should be a priority to us, and an essential part of our faith. We should worship because of who He is. Worship should NEVER be about us. If we’re entering worship for what we can get out of it, then we’re doing it wrong. It is ALL about God and bringing glory to Him. The truth is, that when we meet him in that most intimate place, God is so good that He allows us to get something out of it too. When our emotions align with our spirit, there will be times when we cry, smile, laugh, and even get on our knees. We can also find that some songs come to us at times in our life when we need them most. These are the times when they can affect us more, but this is God doing a work in us, as long as we are willing to let Him. We HAVE to remember that worship is not about us, and worship will only be good when we are Jesus centred; fully surrendered, and with our hearts completely open to Him.

Carys spoke about the practice of worship in a church setting, and how when we come in to the service, it can take us a while to get fully connected, and by that time, worship is almost over. She suggested that we should prepare, and come to worship ready and expectant for things to happen so that we have prepared our hearts and are ready to align with the spirit in the very first song. We need to live with anticipation and come to the service with the expectancy that God is going to move.

Another point raised was that of the leader of worship. Sometimes, we wait for the good parts of the song before we really begin to worship; the emotional parts of the song before we let go, but we don’t have to wait. We are our own greatest worship leader. We have to lead ourselves into it. It has to be a conscious decision on our part. No one can do it for us, and in the end, we are the ones who dictate our own level of worship. We seem to wait for these moments, but we just need to look to Him and focus on Him.

We can choose how deep we want to go and how much we want to give to God. We need to decide whether we want to be led by Him. In the end, we have to be the ones to make the decision to put ourselves down and to lift Him up, and we must make this decision whether life is good or bad. There will always be a reason for us not to give in and surrender to worship. Life gives us troubles and things that will get in our way.

We just need to see that true worship is all about how good God is. He sent His Son. He gave us Grace. He is Faithful, and He is Always There; Always Rooting For Us. We ALWAYS have a reason to worship BECAUSE of Him and who He is. We must remember to not look at Jesus through our circumstances. The Bible says that we are engraved on the palms of His hands. He is THAT good! When we think about it like that, how can we not worship Him. We have to worship Him and how amazing He is, because without Him, we are truly lost.

We must understand how to really worship and how we worship. This way, we can find our own place of worship. The truth is that God changes us when we learn to worship, and it is in this place that we can find the fullness of joy.

Carys shared with us some pathways to worship. Firstly, we must practice going into the presence of God daily. We must align our day and remember that we are going to worship Him that day, regardless of what we have going on. We must train ourselves, and our hearts. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and we must practice this, but when we do, our mind, heart, soul and spirit becomes aligned. Carys suggested some “easy wins” like listening to worship music while travelling, rather than just putting the radio on. If you can do this, you invite God into your heart and your day, and before you know it, you will feel better.

Let how good God is be your motivation. Come to worship with a willingness to be led. Surrender to Him and let Him lead you. Come with an attitude of gratitude. There is always something to be thankful for, even if it is just our breath.

We are called to bring a sacrifice of worship. We are called to cast our burdens on Him; to take everything and give it to Him. The truth is that you can’t worry and worship at the same time. When you truly worship, you forget your problems. They all fizzle out in His presence, because it is in His presence that we can find the fullness of joy. In worship, our baggage just ceases to be.

Going back to David, when he is writing in Psalms, he goes from one extreme to the other because he gets into the presence of God. He gets into a situation of extreme worship, which is something that we really need. We must surrender our lives. If we let our lives be worship, then we are constantly exalting God in everything we do, and we are allowing God to shape us, and then we will truly see how much joy is to be found in the presence of God.

Scripture: John 4:24


Light Up The World Part Three by Pastor Phylip Morgan

February 11, 2018

Beginning his third and final part in the series, “Light Up The World”, based on our memory verse of the year, 2Corinthians 4:6,  Pastor Phyl speaks on the light of the world, which is us. Beginning his sermon, he refers us to a book by Mark Sanborn, titled, “The Fred Factor”. In this book, Mark Sanborn talks about his postal carrier, and the way in which this ordinary looking man, went on to do simple things to help. His attitude to customer service stretched far beyond the normal boundaries. Mark Sanborn encourages us, in his book, to be more like Fred. Pastor Phyl challenges this in his sermon and encouraged us to be a little more like Jesus.

Speaking from his text for today, taken from Matthew 5:14-16,

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Pastor Phyl used the illustration of the lamp under a bowl to show us that we need to use our gifts for the purpose of glorifying God. He gives us a light, and it is our duty as followers of Christ, to shine that light out into the world.

In the nineties, the slogan “What Would Jesus Do” became popular. The truth is that now, we don’t need to think this, but instead, should prompt ourselves to BLJ (Be Like Jesus). We don’t need to wonder what He would do, because He lives in our hearts. We do not need to live a life of strict “Religion”, we simply need to be like Him, “doing good” and helping people just as we are told Jesus did in Acts 10:34-48.

Lighting the lamp, Pastor Phyl spoke of how ridiculous it would be to then put a bowl over it, blotting out almost all of the light. The truth is that God wants us to be in relationship with Him, and we will then have no choice but to let our light shine. Pastor Phyl used text from James 2:14-26, to show us how we may do this. The truth is that we can let our light shine in such seemingly small insignificant things. The only thing we need really do is love on people, and if we do this, then our light will have no choice but to shine out.

We must accept everyone. We are all part of a family tree of believers and letting our light shine in the same way Jesus did, simply involves going around, doing good, just as Jesus did in Acts. We should “be a nice human”, treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

One way in which we can let our light shine is to live a good life. We must live out the Ten Commandments, and the fruits of the spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

We are called to use our gifts to serve. God has given us all individual gifts for a purpose, and it is up to us to use them for the furthering of His Kingdom. We must “BE SALT AND LIGHT”. When you are in a position to do good, do it! Do not withhold your light from others, because when you do,  you withhold your light from God, too.

Never underestimate the power that’s in the light. The light is powered by God, and if you let your light shine, then God will do amazing things.


Bibliography: “The Fred Factor” Mark Sanborn

Scriptures: 2Corinthians 4:6, Matthew 5:14-16, Acts 10:34-48, Philippians 2:5, James 2:14-26, Galatians 5:19-26, Proverbs 3:27-28, James 4:17.


What I Say Goes by Sammy Davies

February 4, 2018

Speaking from Isaiah 46, our guest speaker, Sammy Davies, from Ammanford Evangelical Church discussed God’s sovereignty. It is interesting that sovereignty is not mentioned directly in this passage at all, and yet, this is exactly what we are taught about. This chapter from Isaiah works by showing us God’s sovereignty, rather than by telling us that He is sovereign. Bel and Nebo are used as examples in this segment of scripture, of things that we put in our lives instead of God; of things we put our trust in (positions, power, authority), when we should be trusting in God. There are so many things that we put in God’s place. We can say positive things about Him, but it is only when we put Him against the backdrop of what He has done that we can see how truly amazing He is.

Isaiah 46 uses Bel and Nebo to show us the contrast between them and God, effectively saying that everything they are, God is not, and vice versa. They are statues, and therefore, are a literal burden. They are images that have to be carried around from place to place. God is living, and is incomparable to these. Idols are not rescuers, they weigh us down and add to our problems. God, however, does everything that the people were expected to do for these idols, and He does it for us. Bel and Nebo need care and maintenance that God never needs. They can’t move or answer, or save them from their troubles, and they only exist because someone else has made them, whereas there is only one God, and there is NO ONE like Him.

God makes known the end from the beginning. He works very much on a “What I say goes” principle. He is sovereign and needs no advice. He doesn’t work off a committee or a vote, and He seeks no feedback. He keeps His own counsel and is free to make His own decisions. Everything is up to God. Nothing is up to Bel and Nebo. Everything is up to God. He has the power to achieve. He has the power to decide things. Bel and Nebo have neither the strength, nor the power to carry things out, but God does.

Sammy went on to say that ideas are all well and good, but without people to carry them out, they are useless, however, God doesn’t need someone else to do what he has decided. He doesn’t need to go elsewhere, but He delights in His helpers. It pleases Him to use other people to achieve His ends. He invites help even if it slows the process.

Sometimes, we have trials in life, and it is at these times that we can find ourselves questioning God. Why does He let bad things happen? Maybe God isn’t as loving as he claims to be. The truth is that we must remain consistent and calm. There is good news – God is going to rescue us. His righteousness will be brought near to us. Salvation is the proof of God saying “What I Say Goes”. God has already decided our paths, and no matter what we say or do, the Father, Son and Spirit stay the same. People may try to derail God’s plans, but He won’t let it happen.

Jesus decided to rescue us. He was tempted, but He said “No”. He had already decided what He was going to do and nothing could stop Him from carrying out the Father’s plan. He laid down His life, and He took it up again. He is the same God from Isaiah 46. God says “What I say goes” and He wants to rescue us. Even though we are stubborn and rebellious, He rescued us: His enemies, and redeemed us to Himself.

So, in closing, are you willing to put aside your own idols, remember the phrase “What I say goes”, and put God at the center of your lives?


Scripture: Isaiah 46


Yes Or No? That Is The Question by Eirwen Parry

January 28, 2018

In her first sermon of the year, Eirwen spoke on 1Peter 1:1-6. She brought to us, three things that God asks us to say “Yes” to. Firstly, to the call, secondly, to holiness, and thirdly, to obedience. She states that these three things are involved in the process of salvation. They are not separate from each other, and if we are to come closer to God, then we must say yes to all three. The only thing that we are called to say no to, is the enemy.

The “Yes” of the call of God for us is not a specific thing, but a general call for humanity. He is not calling us directly, but it is for those who hear Him to say yes, as illustrated in Isaiah, where he says “Here I am, send me”. Isaiah heard the call of God and was obedient to Him. The truth is that God is in control of this. You cannot come unless the Holy Spirit calls you, and if you’re being stirred, then the call of God is upon you to come in to the gospel. In this, you will become changed so that you can more resemble Jesus. We are called; born again. We now have God Himself within us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Grace calls and chooses us, and as such, we must, in turn, be prepared and willing to do what God asks of us.

The “Yes” of holiness is often misunderstood. Holiness is an old fashioned word, often thought of with negative connotations. The phrase ‘Holier than thou’ often comes to mind, but this is not what God means when He talks about us being holy. He means that we should get to a point where we come to resemble Christ more. It is about the common being made holy.

Rick Warren states that “God doesn’t want you to become a God. He wants you to become Godly, taking on His attributes, values and attitudes” This is where the Holy Spirit begins working in us and where we begin to more resemble Christ. In this place, we find that we are more concerned about pleasing Him than pleasing ourselves of other people. We must follow the Spirit, and we can see that Grace changes us.

Here Eirwen referred us to several verses which illustrate this, talking specifically about Philippians 1:6, and Philippians 2:13. God is able, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, in one act, to make us perfect; to make us holy. This is shown in Hebrews 10:14. God gives us the desire to do His will. He is in us, leading us and it is down to us to follow Him. We should be aware enough to not do what we know we shouldn’t do. We are to be led by the spirit, and not what we want to do.

The “Yes” of obedience, is the outcome of love. It follows the idea that if you love Jesus, you will do what He says (Hebrews 5:9).

Eirwen went on to say that theory is ok, but it becomes even more relevant when we can link it to a person. Turning to Esther 2:7, she says that it is a phenomenal story. It is interesting that God is not actually mentioned at all, but He is implicit in it. In the story, Esther must undergo twelve months of preparation before she is allowed to meet the King.

Eirwen encouraged us to think of holiness as these twelve months of preparations. We must all go through some beautifying in the process of being made holy. Here we are to follow what God wants. We can think of Hegai as the Holy Spirit, and we are the brides of Christ. We should be excited about our holiness and not think of it like a drudge; we are to consider it as something that we want, and not be negative about it.

In closing, Eirwen says that in Him, we are perfect, but we are not quite perfect enough, and so we must go through our own beautification process and be obedient to God, dying to self, which takes courage. We have been chosen. We have free access to God, but if we want to keep this, then we must listen to Him. Esther had authority with the King, because she was holy and obedient. This is what we are called to do. Then, the line that was broken may be renewed, “In His name”. Jesus was obedient, and we must be too. We must forget the ranger and become who we were always meant to be.

So, in closing, when you feel the three calls of God on your life, will you say “Yes” to Him?


Scriptures List: 1Peter 1:1-6, Romans 8:28, John 6:44, John 15:16, 1Peter 2:9, Ephesians 1:3-4, Philippians 1:6, Philippians 2:13, Romans 8:5-10, Hebrews 10:4, Romans 8:14-18, Esther 2:7, Esther 2:12


Light Up The World Part Two by Pastor Phylip Morgan

January 21, 2018

In his first message of the series, Pastor Phyl spoke on the Light of the Universe, which is God, a natural light, which is both physical, and expected.

Today, he draws our attention to the invention of the personal flotation device, which has undergone many transformations to become the life jacket we know today. It is originally credited to one Captain Ward, an inspector with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, who created a cork vest which provided both weather protection and buoyancy. However, in 1900, Gustave Trouve patented a life jacket, powered by a small maritime battery, which allowed the device to inflate, to receive and transmit messages and to launch a distress flare. It is this battery that also gave it the ability to power a light, which could shine out in the darkness, much like the light in our memory verse from 2Corinthians 4:6.

In the second part of his series, Pastor Phyl speaks of a second type of light: The Light of Humanity, which is Christ Jesus. Looking at Psalm 27:1, he shows how all through the scriptures, there is the theme of Jesus being the carrier of light to the world.

Isaiah prophecies about a great light dawning in the land of deep darkness, and we see this prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 4 when Jesus hears about John the Baptist being arrested. This is the same man who is spoken of in the Gospel of John. John the Baptist was clear when he said that he was not the light, but came so that he may testify to that light.

Jesus is the source of spiritual light to the world. Without Jesus, salvation would not be achievable, and the New Covenant would not have been ushered in. The Old Covenant, which was only between God and the people of Israel would still be in place. Jesus, in bringing in the New Covenant, opened the curtain to us, and allowed us, too, to enter the holy of holies.

This is shown in Psalm 27:1, where the light of salvation; the light of the New Promise is revealed to us. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit dwelt on men, but in the New Testament, under the New Promise of Jesus, the Spirit dwells in men.

Jesus gives us the power to stand, to witness, and to quicken our mortal bodies. He gives us the light of forgiveness and atonement. In 1John 1:5, it is made clear that in coming to Christ, we must have a repentant heart, and acknowledge what we’ve done wrong, and then we may ask for forgiveness.

Finally, Jesus brings us the light of reconciliation. Pastor Phyl illustrated this with the use of the word “Atonement”. Separating out the word, it gives a literal meaning for God’s will for us. “At One Ment” – We are meant to be at one with God, but because of Sin, this is not possible. Jesus came so that these two (Us and God) could be brought together once more.

In closing, Pastor Phyl returned to the life jacket analogy, asking us if we are using our life jacket. When we are trapped in the darkness, he reminds us that Jesus is bigger than anything we may feel like we’re drowning in, whether it is financial circumstances, disaster, illness or bereavement, or even a work situation. Things can seem incredibly hopeless when you are in the darkness, but Jesus came to shine a light in our lives. He wants us to walk in the light.

So, are you using the light on your life jacket?


Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4:6, Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:12, John 1:6-14, 1 John 1:5-10, John 1:9-12


And What Does The Lord Require Of You? by Andrea Parry

January 14, 2018

Referring once again to our verse of the year, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Andrea spoke on how God wants us to move on from 2017, leaving it behind us, and moving forward into 2018. He doesn't want us looking back and dwelling, He wants us focusing. In order to do this, we need to focus and drill down into the word of God so that we are processing it in a healthy way. She spoke of truth, and the importance of knowing the difference between relative truth, and absolute truth. Jesus Christ is an absolute truth. When everything else is uncertain, one thing remains: Jesus. 

Andrea then went on to talk about how transformation happens from the inside out. What we see on the outside is a reflection of our insides. We are called to become more and more Christlike. We are called by God to someone before we are called to something, and our dream should never be bigger than your God. What He desires for us should become our dreams. He brings things about for His glory; we no longer matter, because it's all about Him. 

We must remember that God loves us, and not to relegate Him to the periphery. God wants totality. He wants us to put Him at the center of our lives, and not just be a Christian on a Sunday morning, when we go to Church. He wants us to place him at the center of our relationships, speech, thoughts, and all aspects of our life and our world. 

Reading from Micah 6:8, Andrea raised three points for us to apply to our lives.  We must seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. 

Sin will be judged and punished, but God loves us and wants us to return to Him. By Jesus' glorious resurrection, we can be with God. We can be empowered by the living God, but we must keep our hearts open, and keep certain moral duties. We don't get to decide what pleases God's heart. We need to guard our hearts, and not judge each other. God is the only one who is allowed to judge us. He will deal with us, and anything we do that isn't pleasing to Him, but it is not our job to do this. We have moral duties that must be kept to please God. The reward, however, doesn't come just after keeping them. The blessing comes much later, but the real blessing is actually in keeping His commandments. David got true joy from walking with his God. He loved keeping His law. 

Andrea encouraged us to dive into the word, and to read and read and read until it soaks into our very consciousness. She reminded us that it is through this that God locks away scriptures in our brain, which He can then point us to in times of need. 

She spoke of three acts:

1. Act Justly, which means keeping our mouths shut, often when every part of our being is telling us to speak up. Our human brain wants justice when we are wronges, but we have the mind of Christ, and must act as such. In Romans the word tells us that we will never make ourselves look good if we are making somebody else look bad. 

2. Love Mercy. We have endless, overflowing mercy from God. He tells us that we must do things His way. Mercy is withholding punishment because you choose to, even though it would be so easy for you to punish. There are no factions in the Church of Jesus. When we withhold mercy, we are withholding God Himself. What God says in the Bible stands the test of time. A love of mercy is absolutely key. In the world, we have this concept of karma, but this is not a Christlike concept. We mustn't take delight when we see people down in the dirt. We must be the ones to pick them up. We are the hands and feet of the Most High God, and God shows His love through us. 

3. Walk Humbly. God becomes more as we become less. When we make everybody else less, we make Jesus less. Serving God can be comprised of the simplest things. We must serve like Jesus did. We must love on others. It really is that simple. We must give, even if we get no thanks. We should not expect any thanks. The truth is that if people are talking about us and don't like us, we are actually probably doing things right, even if we never get to see the benefits ourselves, and, we should remember that if Jesus isn't in it, then we shouldn't want it.

In closing, we are encouraged to question what it is that God requires of us.  


Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4:6, Micah 6:8, Romans 12:9-19, Galatians 6:12-16, Philippians 2:5-11