Sit Tight and Enjoy Jesus
James Roberts | Sun 17th May 2020
So what should we be doing in lockdown? What is the Lord saying to the church and his people?
In the Belly of the Fish Part II
James Roberts | Sun 26th April 2020
we look again at the story of Jonah to see what lessons we can learn for our own confinement on lockdown
In the Belly of The Fish - Lessons for Confinement
James Roberts | Sun 19th April 2020
Using the story of Jonah we look at some lessons for our current lockdown status
The Journey Home - Easter Day 2020
James Roberts | Sun 12th April 2020
The long journey home always takes us via the cross of Jesus Christ
Some Thoughts from Habakkuk for Days Like These
James Roberts | Sun 05th April 2020
Habakkuk has some encouraging words of wisdom for our Coronavirus times [Audio Recording from Zoom]
Some Thoughts on Covid-19 Coronavirus
James Roberts | Sun 15th March 2020
James thinks through our response to the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK
Fruit By A Different Route or Root
Dibs Roberts | Sun 08th March 2020
How do we actually aquire the fruits of the Spirit? Dibs takes us through her personal journey of discovery.
Marks of Maturity - Integrity
James Roberts | Sun 01st March 2020
James investigates what it means to live as a person of integrity in today's culture of spin and fake images.
Marks of Maturity - A Wide Embrace
James Roberts | Sun 16th February 2020
Mature Christians have a wide embrace. They are not quick to judge but draw a large inclusive circle.
Enough is Enough
Sarah Parry | Sun 09th February 2020
Sarah looks at the Lord's provision, concluding that provision is not the same for everyone but that the Lord provides enough.
Love Stoops Low
Nicola Neal | Sun 02nd February 2020
Nicola reminds us that Jesus' love goes way beyond what the world might deem as reasonable. Jesus' uncoditional love drives us to serve and love our enemies.
Marks of Maturity - Encouragement
James Roberts | Sun 19th January 2020
This week we looked at how we can practically encourage one another.
Marks of Maturity - Loving the Church
James Roberts | Sun 12th January 2020
It's very common to give up on the church but mature Christians know that discipleship is walked out in a community called church.
Marks of Maturity - Gratitude
James Roberts | Sun 05th January 2020
How can we develop an attitude of thankfulness in a culture of entitlement and worry?
Marks of Maturity - Persistence
James Roberts | Sun 15th December 2019
Persistence is one of the hallmarks of a mature Christian. What does it look like? How do we get there?
An Alarm Call
Georgina Roberts | Sun 01st December 2019
Georgina asks whether the church is awake or asleep? The challenge is to recognise when you are actually asleep.
Ministering Jesus to our Families
Shane Cook | Sun 17th November 2019
Professional children's worker Shane, talks to us about how we can be a blessing to our children.
James Roberts | Sun 10th November 2019
Suffering is part and parcel of the Christian life. The question is not 'will we suffer?' but 'how will we suffer?'. Encouragement for those going through tough times.
Journey to the Cross
Debs Hartup | Sun 03rd November 2019
If we want to experience the full freedom of redemption, we need to be truthful about how much we need saving. Facing the truth can be terrifying and painful but the reward is worth it!
Waypoints for the Journey - Marks of Maturity
James Roberts | Sun 20th October 2019
On our journey to maturity there are certain character traits that we would want to see develop. James touches on three marks of mature Christians.
God's Plan for our Journey
Debs Hartup | Sun 13th October 2019
Using Leviticus 23, Debs outlines God's plan for our journey with Him.
Wisdom for the Journey
Jon West | Sun 06th October 2019
Jon shares his thoughts on what the Lord has been teaching him, using Deuteronomy 6 as a starting point.
Jacob's Spiritual Journey
James Roberts | Sun 22nd September 2019
James tracks the development of Jacob's faith as it matures
The Journey of Faith
James Roberts | Sun 15th September 2019
Using stages of faith as a guide, James takes stock of how we are doing as disciples of Jesus.
A Love That Crosses Every Boundary
Nicola Neal | Sun 08th September 2019
Nicola takes a fresh look at Jesus' meeting with the woman at the well
John Peters | Sun 14th July 2019
John Peters reminds us of our superhero potential that we have in Jesus
The Calling of Samuel
Jason Hughes | Sun 30th June 2019
Jason uses the calling of Samuel to illsutrate how God speaks in the night season.
Jesus is Everything
Assad | Sun 16th June 2019
Assad gives an update on his work in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Acquiring the Spirit
James Roberts | Sun 09th June 2019
On Pentecost Sunday James explores the purpose of the Christian life.
Press on for the Summit
Dom Dumville | Sun 02nd June 2019
Dom articulates the road to Christian maturity
James Roberts | Sun 12th May 2019
Investigating the biblical basis for revival.
Gipsy Smith, John Wesley and Revival
James Roberts | Sun 05th May 2019
James looks in detail at the revival influenced by Gipsy Smith in the 1890s and asks whether it could happen again today......
The Promises of God
Graham Cleveland | Sun 28th April 2019
Graham looks at the promises of God and how we can stand on them for a fruitful life
Look Forwards Not Backwards
Sarah Parry | Sun 07th April 2019
We are not defined by our mistakes and we are called to move forwards not live looking backwards in regret.
We are all Mothers
Debs Hartup | Sun 31st March 2019
Deborah talks about how we can all exhibit the traits of a mother
Encourage One Another
Dibs Roberts | Sun 17th March 2019
How can we practically encourage one another? Dibs examines the calling of the church and us as individuals as part of community.
Introduction to Acts
James Roberts | Sun 10th March 2019
Our Lent readings are from Acts this year. Here James gives an overview of Acts plus an invitation to look closely at the community of the first believers.
James Roberts | Sun 03rd March 2019
We are in an unseen battle everyday, how can we be motivated to pray and how does prayer help us in that battle.
A View from the Slums of Kampala, Uganda
Moses Mbowa | Sun 17th February 2019
Moses works in the slum of Kampala in Uganda. In this interview he tells us how it started and what keeps him going.
Our Eternal Hope
Debs Hartup | Sun 10th February 2019
Our vision of the future affects how we act in the here and now. Deborah unpacks our hope embodied in the second coming.
Our Broken Selves
James Roberts | Sun 03rd February 2019
Using Joshua 7, James explains how secret sin not only affects your relationship with God but also those who are in your community
Our Broken Society
James Roberts | Sun 20th January 2019
James uses the trajectory of society towards selfish individualism to tell a better story of which Jesus is the original author.
Welcome to my Working Week
James Roberts | Sun 13th January 2019
Without a good understanding of the nobility of work it can seem very disconnected from the Kingdom of God. James explores how we can develop a good understanding of our work in relation to Jesus.
Leaving Babylon Behind
Debs Hartup | Sun 09th December 2018
Debs uses the story of Jeremiah's land purchase to show how we can only be free through the destruction of our old life and redemption through Jesus' blood
Living as a Community of Faith
Jenny Peters | Sun 18th November 2018
Jenny unpacks Acts 2 and the story of the early church examining how that might look today.
Paul - The Prison Years
James Roberts | Sun 11th November 2018
The greatest missionary the world has ever known, spent six years in prison going nowhere. But Paul seems content to be in prison - what is his secret?
A Cry for Intimacy
Robbie Keen | Sun 04th November 2018
Robbie looks at two themes that he has picked up during his travels in the US and the UK
Peter, Peter, Peter......
James Roberts | Sun 21st October 2018
Using four stories from the life of the disciple Peter James illustrates what the Lord is asking us to do in these days.
The One Thing
James Roberts | Sun 14th October 2018
Using the story of the rich young man, James asks 'what is the one thing stopping us from following Jesus more closely?'
Back to the Desert
James Roberts | Sun 07th October 2018
James reminds us of the importance of relationship with God, over simple routine and religion. Unstructured one on one time with our Father is what it is ALL about.
Don't Climb, Come and Dine
Debs Hartup | Sun 23rd September 2018
Debs reminds us that we are light bearers of Christ and that we do not need to climb up the tree of religion to get a better view of Him.
A visit from Jesus
James Roberts | Sun 16th September 2018
James recounts some amazing healings from his time in Mozambique and asks whether this should be our everyday experience?
Realigning your Heart
Sara West | Sun 09th September 2018
Sara explores whether we live in a state of constant subtle rivalry, listening to the bullying voices that tell us we are never enough?
Stay in Your Lane
Jon West | Sun 15th July 2018
Jon passionately encourages the church to persevere through trials and 'stay in your lane' to get closer our ultimate prize - Jesus
Recovering Passion for Jesus
James Roberts | Sun 08th July 2018
Using the story of Jesus being anointed at Bethany, James emotionally reconnects the church with a deep passionate overflowing love for Jesus
The Heart of the Father
James Roberts | Sun 17th June 2018
On Father's Day, James explores the Father Heart of God
David's Identity Crisis
James Roberts | Sun 10th June 2018
The Lord loves us too much to leave us as we are. David meets God at the threshing floor and has a chance to get things sorted. Your move David!
Rustling in the leaves
Nicola Neal | Sun 03rd June 2018
Nicola brings a prophetic word for the churches in Chorleywood
Wisdom for Life
Shirley Hartup | Sun 27th May 2018
An interactive Choices session with the all wise Shirley Hartup
Seven Words for Praise
Marcus Ling | Sun 27th May 2018
Marcus runs through the seven Hebrew words used for Praise
James Roberts | Sun 20th May 2018
Using Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, James illustrates the reality of the gospel message. [See PowerPoint "The Simple Gospel" under Resources>PowerPoints]
The Gentle Art of Dying to Self
Deborah Hartup | Sun 13th May 2018
Deborah finds that The Valley of Weeping stands between us and the Lord. But it turns out to be a place of blessing and healing.
Dead to Sin?
James Roberts | Sun 06th May 2018
James examines whether it is actually possible to be dead to sin. Along the way we hear about the Good Father and his desire for us.
Keeping going in tough times
Graham Cleveland | Sun 15th April 2018
Graham tells his own story of how God has used the hard times in his life for spiritual growth
Thoughts on Prayer from the Tow Path
Barry Kissell | Sun 08th April 2018
Full of wisdom and fatherly advice Barry uses the Lord's prayer to encourage us in our prayers.
Jesus and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
James Roberts | Sun 01st April 2018
For Easter Sunday James unpacks the meaning of Jesus' resurrection using a three part talk.
Finding your inner princess!
James Roberts | Sun 18th March 2018
Using the story of Jacob and his family, James reveals more of God's heart and intentions towards us and how he can continue to bless us irrespective of how dysfunctional we might be
Weeding Our Motives
Deborah Hartup | Sun 11th March 2018
Deborah powerfully illustrates how important it is to weed out wrong motives. The result may look the same but it will only be sustainable with the right motive behind every action.
The Connect Journey in the Wilderness
James Roberts | Sun 04th March 2018
James traces the path that the Lord has been leading us on - recounting the story of the Lord's dealings with us over the past four years.
Power Full Witnesses
Alf Cooper | Sun 18th February 2018
Using Acts 19 as a jump off point, Alf vividly outlines the precursors for revival using some wonderful examples from his ministry in Chile
The Process of Transformation
Barry Kissell | Sun 11th February 2018
Barry powerfully reminds us that we need to keep being transformed into Jesus' likeness by inviting him into all areas of our life
Who's the Good Samaritan?
James Roberts | Sun 04th February 2018
James takes the very familiar story of the Good Samaritan and unpacks it in a fresh and insightful new way
Identity and Mission
Dom Dumville | Sun 21st January 2018
What is our identity and mission? When we catch our reflection somewhere, we should let it be a reminder of who we are and why we are here. Our identity and mission are in Christ.
Pick up the Mantle
James Roberts | Sun 14th January 2018
Looking at 2 Kings 2 and the account of the rapture of Elijah, James powerfully explains how the power (the mantle) of the Holy Spirit is ours but only if we kneel and pick it up. It's our turn NOW!
James Roberts | Sun 19th November 2017
Being a Christian is all about our relationship with God. James looks at how we might keep that alive and vibrant.
What Are You Wearing?
Debs Hartup | Sun 12th November 2017
We're often tempted to walk in our own righteousness but God has provided his own righteousness for us to wear.
Assad | Sun 05th November 2017
Assad returned to tell us about his latest trips. If you missed this and would like a copy of the talk please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Good Father Part 4
James Roberts | Sun 29th October 2017
The final talk on who God is and this week James focuses on God as a loving Father using The Prodigal Son as an illustration.
Who Is Jesus to Me?
Debs Hartup | Sun 15th October 2017
Debs gives a great talk on Psalm 23 with loads more insight in how the Lord is the Good Shepherd.
The Good Father Part 3
James Roberts | Sun 08th October 2017
Jesus is the ultimate revelation of who God is so what does Jesus' character tell us about God?
What Do You See?
Barry Kissell | Sun 01st October 2017
Barry investigates how we can hear from the Lord today.
The Good Father Part 2
James Roberts | Sun 17th September 2017
The second part of the series on who we think God is. James discusses the enemy's tactic to destroy relationship between humankind and God.
Who Do You Say I am? Part 1 The Good Father
James Roberts | Sun 10th September 2017
Part 1 of a 3-part series, James starts with God as a Loving Father
Therefore We Don't Lose Heart
Dom Dumville | Sun 16th July 2017
We are fragile jars of clay living in a broken world, but we don't lose heart as Paul says In 2 Corinthians, we are comforters, we have the aroma of Christ, we are confident, qualified and we are ministers to bring freedom to others.
Living Between the Revelation and Mysteries of God
Sara West | Sun 09th July 2017
We are called to live in the tension of what we know about God, the revelation and what we don't know, all our unanswered questions, the mysteries of God. In seeking Him and digging deeper we fulfil our purpose in God.
Dave, LIga, Mark & Theo | Sun 02nd July 2017
Dave Hartup, Liga McCallum, Mark England & Theo Drummond share their journey before being baptised in the lake at Latimer
Who Told You That You Were Naked?
James Roberts | Sun 25th June 2017
Many people are dogged by thoughts that they are not good enough, that they need to cover up their real selves and live a photoshopped fake-news version of themselves. James looks at whether there is a solution to this problem.
The Depths of God's Love
Debs Hartup | Sun 11th June 2017
What would life be like if we really knew the depth, the height, the length and the width of God's love for us?
Will Somebody Open the Door?
James Roberts | Sun 04th June 2017
The unsung hero of the first Pentecost was the person who opened the door allowing them to spill out from the prayer room out onto the streets. Who is willing to open the door today?
Knowing Jesus - The Ultimate Goal
James Roberts | Sun 21st May 2017
God is calling us deeper into Himself. Challenging us to know him better and at a deeper level.
Prophesy to these Bones
James Roberts | Sun 14th May 2017
The Lord has been making lots of connections between people and organisations but as yet not much has happened. The prophets need to call on the Spirit of God to enter these networks and release life.
God Desires Truth But Shame Silences Us
Debs Hartup | Sun 07th May 2017
Debs looks at the comparisons between the Exodus story and our own life's journey with God, pinpointing the need for awareness of the idols within our culture today.
Graham Cleveland | Sun 30th April 2017
Graham spoke about living generously and what that looks like. The Psalms say the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it and that includes our finances. But is more than just giving money, it is about our heart and living generously is about just that.
Easter - There is Hope in Jesus
Dom Dumville | Sun 16th April 2017
Dom brings an interactive and very meaningful message of hope through Jesus
The Seed of Faith Part 2
James Roberts | Sun 09th April 2017
James continues with his sermon series on the Seed of Faith, telling the story of George Muller and pointing out that a giant oak tree sleeps in every single acorn.
The Seed of Faith Part 1
James Roberts | Sun 02nd April 2017
Faith is what we actually believe about God. Jesus operates in response to faith so what is it that we actually believe about God and what He can do for us?
Don't be put off by the wrapper!
James Roberts | Sun 19th March 2017
James shares about his time in Turkey and explores looking past the outer wrapper of people to the divine image within.
Maps & Models
Debs Hartup | Sun 12th March 2017
God has given us the model of worship to seek him and come into His presence. When we come into His presence we become equipped to live a life that will have ripples in eternity.
Saying Yes to God
James Roberts | Sun 05th March 2017
James explores how important our obedience and intimacy is to God
God's Armour vs Worldly Armour
Debs Hartup | Sun 19th February 2017
In an excellent talk Debs talks about putting on the real armour of God rather than the fake flesh armour we often grab for.
John Ch8 v1-11
Emily Vesey | Sun 12th February 2017
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, Emily discusses John ch 8 v1-11 verse by verse and how the woman was forgiven, her sin forgotten and she was free to go.
A Glimpse of Heaven
Barry Kissell | Sun 29th January 2017
Barry talks about what heaven will be like and how we can prepare for it!
Obedient Submission Leads to Understanding
James Roberts | Sun 15th January 2017
When Jesus washed the disciples' feet he didn't explain what he was doing or why and they just had to let him do it. With God obedient submission leads to understanding not the other way round.
Two Words for 2017
James Roberts | Sun 08th January 2017
James looks at two prophetic words applicable to 2017
When you don't know what to do ......... worship
Nicola Neal | Sun 11th December 2016
When we worship something happens. The battle is won in worship and when we don't know what to do our hearts need to be in the position of surrender and worship.
Not Stopping Half Way
Debs Hartup | Sun 04th December 2016
Using the experiences of Terah and Abram, Debs reminds us that the second half of the journey is much trickier to navigate.
What's gone wrong?
James Roberts | Sun 20th November 2016
What we believe about God determines how we act and live our lives, it is therefore important to have a true picture of the God we worship
Mountain Spring Ministries
Assad Haleemi | Sun 13th November 2016
Assad returned to tell us about his latest trips. If you missed this and would like a copy of the talk please email email@example.com
Gideon Part II - Maybe you are the solution?
James Roberts | Sun 06th November 2016
James examines whether we might be the solution to whatever irks us.
Gideon - A Lesson for our time
James Roberts | Sun 23rd October 2016
While Israel's defences were down the Lord was just waiting for someone to be brave enough to wholeheartedly reject Baal and Asherah and then he could save the whole nation.
Jesus Clears the Temple
James Roberts | Sun 16th October 2016
Jesus calls us to be different from the surrounding culture that can influence our thinking and behaviour. There is a need to deal with things that up till now have seemed to be acceptable but actually it's no longer OK and they need to be driven out.
Rev Kumarswarmi | Sun 09th October 2016
Connect have supported the work of OM in India since 2012. Kumar reports on the plight of the Dalit (Untouchables) in India.
Finding Contentment in the Waiting
Chris Hunt | Sun 02nd October 2016
Being full of Christ and God’s love we are able to be content in all circumstances. We fill ourselves up when we chose to worship, engage in thankfulness and dwell on good things. God is more concerned with our character than our comfort levels
Preparing the Way
Barry Kissell | Sun 18th September 2016
Barry shares the Lord’s plans to once more shake the nations and the church, with the Lord wanting us to prepare the way. This involves being filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit melting our frozen hearts and removing all obstacles in the Lord’s way.
Jesus is Knocking
James Roberts | Sun 11th September 2016
How can we be attentive to Jesus knocking throughout the daily grind of our lives?
Being Chiselled As Living Stones for God's Temple
Debs Hartup | Sun 17th July 2016
Debs talked about us being living stones, part of God’s holy temple, and how he chisels away shaping us to fit together which at times can be very painful.
Being Inspired by God's love to love others
Dom Dumville | Sun 10th July 2016
Dom discusses being so filled with God's love and Holy Spirit our good works are inspired by our love and compassion for others
James Roberts | Sun 26th June 2016
James uses the story of Jonah to illustrate the meaning behind baptism and includes short testimonies from Tim Dyer & Josh West
Stories of the Holy Spirit - Old and New
Barry Kissell | Sun 19th June 2016
Barry shares some old and new stories of his experience of the Holy Spirit working in powerful ways
An Invitation to Wholeness Part 2
James Roberts | Sun 12th June 2016
James continues his discussion on wholeness with a story about a woman who exchanged her fig leaf for a royal robe!
An Invitation to Wholeness Part 1
James Roberts | Sun 05th June 2016
In this first part James talks about how we can hide behind masks never experiencing intimacy, never really connecting with others and so falling short of what it actually means to be human, created in the image of our relational God.
The Person of the Holy Spirit
Jon West | Sun 22nd May 2016
The Holy Spirit remained on Jesus due to him being a place of welcome and comfort. Are we making the Holy Spirit's comfort a priority in our lives?
James Roberts | Sun 15th May 2016
What's with all the waiting? The disciples had to wait 10 days for the Holy Spirit - They were desperate enough to wait as they knew they couldn't do it on their own.
You are What you Eat - Words are Powerful
Chris Hunt | Sun 08th May 2016
Chris spoke about his own journey from severe depression to total healing and gives hope to all who similarly suffer from this debilitating condition
Take Off Your Shoes and Worship
Debs Hartup | Sun 01st May 2016
Debs connects Old Testament Festivals with New Testament events.
News from Afganistan and Pakistan
Assad | Sun 17th April 2016
If you would like to listen to this talk please email info@connectchurch,org,uk and we will be happy to send you a copy.
The Wind Blows Wherever It Wants
Barry Kissell | Sun 10th April 2016
Barry reminds us that the unpredictable Spirit of the Lord has the power to change the unchangeable.
Leaving the Desert
James Roberts | Sun 03rd April 2016
James pulls together three prophetic words spoken over the church in a reading from Joshua 3
Galatians 5 & 6 - What does Freedom look like?
James Roberts | Sun 20th March 2016
Finishing the series on Galatians - if we ditch the law are we free to do whatever we want?
Galatians 3 and 4 - Whats' the point of the Law?
James Roberts | Sun 13th March 2016
Continuing the series in Galatians we look at where we now stand with regards the Old Testament Laws
Galatians Chapters 1 & 2
James Roberts | Sun 06th March 2016
James takes us through the history and first two chapters of Galatians
Introduction to Galatians
Debs Hartup | Sun 21st February 2016
From the covenants in the Old Testament Debs draws out the progression of the gospel through to Jesus the ultimate expression!
Who owns your Title Deeds?
Debs Hartup | Sun 14th February 2016
Debs takes us back to the beginning - creastion, the fall and our journey back to God
Graham Cleveland | Sun 07th February 2016
There is a difference between worldly hope and biblical hope. Not letting our circumstances dictate how we deal with it, which can lead to hopelessness, but having our hope in God and allowing him to guide us through, however hard or painful that may be
The Prodigal Father
Emily Vesey | Sun 31st January 2016
Emily returns again, this time she talks about being like the father in the story of the prodigal son.
The Trouble Is.............
James Roberts | Sun 17th January 2016
Jesus told us we would have trouble in this world but it's not a sign that God's forgotten us in fact it's a sign that he is with us and that we can trust him to help us through it.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Stuart Windsor | Sun 10th January 2016
Stuart Windsor gives us an update on what is happening globally with the persecuted church
Back to Basics
James Roberts | Sun 03rd January 2016
James takes us back to basics using his favourite prop the good old Christian triangle! It never gets old!!
Jesus Came to Serve
Chris Hunt | Sun 13th December 2015
Chris explores the story in John 13 when Jesus washes the disciples feet and asks what stops us from receiving from Jesus.
Journey into Love
Nicola Neal | Sun 06th December 2015
Nicola from the Charity Revelation Life and author of the book 'Journey into Love' talks about her experience of moving to Uganda and learning what it really means to love
James Roberts | Sun 22nd November 2015
James offers encouragement to anyone going through tough times
It's Life Jim.... But Not As We Know It
James Roberts | Sun 15th November 2015
Jesus says that real life, eternal life begins when we are reconnected with the Father. Jesus offers us real life, here and now which will last forever.
When the Spirit Comes
Barry Kissell | Sun 08th November 2015
Barry encourges us with a prophetic word about the next move of the Spirit drawing on lessons from previous moves of the Spirit.
The Waiting Game
James Robertd | Sun 01st November 2015
Waiting is horrible, being stuck in traffic jams, queues or just waiting for the kettle to boil is frustrating and can feel like a waste of time. But God asks us to wait on him, it reveals our hearts and where our faith lies, in God or our own abilities?
Compliance vs Obedience
Debs Hartup | Sun 18th October 2015
When we know God and trust Him with our lives it enables us to be obedient out of love rather than compliant through fear.
Strength in the Darkness
Barry Kissell | Sun 11th October 2015
Barry talks about his own near death experiences and facing darkness with the light of Jesus
He must increase I must decrease
Martijn van der Spoel | Sun 04th October 2015
Martijn looks at some classic lessons from John the Baptist about relying not on ourselves but on God alone
Apart From Me, You Can Do Nothing
James Roberts | Sun 13th September 2015
You can’t try harder, put in more effort, pull yourself together… It doesn’t work like that says Jesus. It means recognising that we can do nothing without Jesus. Success, in Christian terms, is surrender
Coming to the End of Yourself
James Roberts | Sun 06th September 2015
Using the parable of feeding the 5,000 James looks at a vital lesson that Jesus taught his disciples
True Freedom in Christ
Graham Cleveland | Sun 12th July 2015
Graham spoke about true freedom in Christ and being the person God created us to be.
Love is the Glue of Community
James Roberts | Sun 28th June 2015
Jesus calls us to an incredible high standard of love which is impossible without first finding God's love and letting that fill us.
Father's Day - Good Enough is Good Enough
James Roberts | Sun 21st June 2015
Using Joseph as a role model, James explains what it means to be a father in the 21st Century
I Thirst for You
James Roberts | Sun 07th June 2015
A talk from Isaiah 55 about how the Lord has made us thirsty for more of him. The talk runs out before James finishes, but he ends by stating that thirsting after God is the antidote to the thorns in the parable of the sower [cf Matt 13 & Isa 55:13].
Pentecost Talk - Morning
James Roberts | Sun 24th May 2015
At the first Pentecost there were only 120 believers left, but God loves a small bunch of desperate people and as we know, 3,000 were added that day!
Pentecost Talk - Evening
James Roberts | Sun 24th May 2015
Jesus knew what it was like to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit and not in our own human strength, so don't leave home with out him!
The Purposes of God
Dom Dumville | Sun 17th May 2015
God works all things for the greater good but God's perspective is much bigger than ours.
Luke Holloway | Sun 17th May 2015
Love is patient says Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, but how patient are we? Luke explores ......
Knocking on Heaven's Door
James Roberts | Sun 10th May 2015
James explores the languages of prayer, using the ask, seek & knock words of Jesus from Luke's gospel.
It's All About Knowing God
Debs Hartup | Sun 26th April 2015
Living in a culture of 'what must I do?' we get caught up in the worries of this world. If we really know God, trust Him and not ourselves, we will function as we were created to be
Luke Holloway | Sun 26th April 2015
God relates to everyone via covenant, therefore our relationship with God must be covenantal. What does that look like?
James Roberts | Sun 19th April 2015
What is it that marks us out as Christians in a world that is constantly evangelising us?
Money, Greed etc
Luke Holloway | Sun 19th April 2015
As Christians we need to respond to Jesus as He responded to us and that means introduding the suffering of the cross in our personal finances
It's All About Adoption
James Roberts | Sun 22nd March 2015
Having reached Romans 8&9, we take a good look at biblical adoption and what it means to be a son of God.
Part 3 - Holy Saturday Engaging the Silence
Luke Holloway | Sun 22nd March 2015
Exploring the silence of Holy Saturday and how to get through to Easter Sunday
Romans 8 - Beyond the Law
James Roberts | Sun 15th March 2015
The Law no longer has any bearing over us as its demands have been fully met in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no condemnation, our sins have been forgiven and the enemy cannot condemn us with them
Unanswered Prayer Part 2
Luke Holloway | Sun 15th March 2015
Nine reasons why prayer sometimes goes unanswered.
The Problem of Sin
James Roberts | Sun 08th March 2015
Continuing the Lent Series and looking at Romans 5-7, James examines how we can be dead to sin and still be lured by it
Unanswered Prayer Part 1
Luke Holloway | Sun 08th March 2015
Start of a mini series on unanswered prayer
Lent - Romans 2-3
James Roberts | Sun 01st March 2015
We are looking at Chapters 2-3 of Romans, exploring the Gospel
Seeking God's Guidance
Luke Holloway | Sun 01st March 2015
We all have decisions to make. We look at how God does and gives guidance
Lent Series - Introduction to Romans
James Roberts | Sun 15th February 2015
To help our studies over the next week it’s good to have some background. We need to know about the author of the letter and the context in which he was writing. There’s also a brief outline….
What is the Point of Church? Part 4 - Service
Luke Holloway | Sun 15th February 2015
Final part of series, Luke talks about using your gifts to serve the church
Love the Lord Your God
Dibs Roberts | Sun 08th February 2015
Looking at Isaiah Chapter 1, there is nothing passive about Isaiah’s passionate plea in this passage. It’s a call to action. It’s a call to put names on the oppressed and faces to the fatherless and widows.
What's the Point of Church Part 3 - Evangelism
Luke Holloway | Sun 08th February 2015
The church has been sent on a mission and to fulfill that mission we must go out into the community with the good news of the Gospel
Lazarus, Come Out
James Roberts | Sun 01st February 2015
As Jesus shouted at Lazarus to come out of the tomb, so He is calling us, his church, to come out and allow Him to free up our feet, hands and mouths to share the gospel
What is the Point of Church? Part 2 - Worship
Luke Holloway | Sun 01st February 2015
Looking at what is worship? Why should we worship? How can we worship?
Luke Holloway | Sun 25th January 2015
Starting a new series on 'What is the point of church?' This week Luke discusses fellowship
The Call from God
Luke Holloway | Sun 18th January 2015
Abraham was called by God, he was called to be faithful and trust in God no matter what happened. This call forces him to surrender his own volition and control. Have we heard the call? Are we willing to surrender as Abraham did?
Why Trust The Bible
Amy Orr-Ewing | Sun 11th January 2015
Using stories and teaching Amy brilliantly shows the authenticity and relevance of the Bible today
Lives that Scream the Glory of God
Dom Dumville | Sun 04th January 2015
Dom looks at Jonah Chapter 4, we know the good news of Jesus but are we actually good news to others?
The Cost of Discipleship
James Roberts | Sun 21st December 2014
In a hard hitting message, James explores the real cost of discipleship
Tearing Down Strongholds
Debs Hartup | Sun 07th December 2014
Using the story of the fall of Jericoh Debs shows how there can be fortified cities in our own lives which harbour things marked out for destruction - things which will not stand in the Kingdom. Jesus is willing to take down the walls around these things
Dom Dumville | Sun 30th November 2014
Dom tells the story of Jonah in a very funny interactive way involving live fish!
Being Desperate for the Lord
Luke Holloway | Sun 23rd November 2014
Continuing the theme of prayer, Luke explores how powerful movements of God are always preceded by people praying and asks how desperate are we to see God move in our lives and where we live, are we willing to get on our knees and cry out to God?
Wisdom from Mary Pytches
Mary Pytches | Sun 16th November 2014
Mary talks about five things she wished she had known earlier
Fit for the Kingdom?
James Roberts | Sun 09th November 2014
It takes a lot to be physically fit, but what does it look like to be spiritually fit? James examines some tough sayings of Jesus on the subject.....
Giving God our Heart
Luke Holloway | Sun 02nd November 2014
Our heart is who we really are at the core of our being and God wants all of us. Are we willing to make ourselves vulnerable and open up our whole hearts to God? Not keeping Him at arms length but letting Him into every area of our lives.
Come and Talk with Me
James Roberts | Sun 19th October 2014
James looks at what the Lord has been saying to us as a church in the last couple of months
Feast of Tabernacles
Debs Hartup | Sun 12th October 2014
Starting with the Feast of Tabernacles, Debs explores how small compromises and little adjustments can lead to a lukewarm church
Teach Us to Pray - Part 1
James Roberts | Sun 14th September 2014
The average Christian prays between 2-4 minutes a day, James offers a definition of prayer and explores why it is so hard
Learning to Fly
James Roberts | Sun 07th September 2014
Jesus talked with Nicodemus about the kingdom and how we needed to be made spiritually alive to even see or experience it.
Making Disciples the Jesus Way
Todd Nightingale - Mill End Baptist Church | Sun 13th July 2014
Jesus made disciples by being with them and doing everyday things together. Seeing the life of God being lived out in another person, means having actual people live alongside us and watching as we try to live the life of God; life on life; warts and all
Someone should warn them.....
James Roberts | Sun 06th July 2014
John the Baptist announced the good news of the gospel with warnings. Part of our role as Christians is to warn people, not out of conflict but in a helpful, gentle respectful way.
Stretching resources - using what is in your hand
Ruth Koch - Tearfund | Sun 29th June 2014
When Jesus fed the 5,000 he used what the disciples already had in their hands. Ruth shares stories of how Tearfund are helping people to help themselves in the poorest areas of Uganda
The Father's Heart
James Roberts | Sun 15th June 2014
Celebrating Father's Day, James explores the two things that God our Father asks of us, his children - relationship and love and as brothers and sisters, how this can impact our relationship with eachother.
The Holy Spirit
Barry Kissell | Sun 08th June 2014
Barry talks about the power of the Holy Spirit on this Pentecost Sunday
Worship Part 2
James Roberts | Sun 18th May 2014
In the second part of this series, James explores what happens when we worship and how we can choose to enter into worship even when we don't feel like it
Worship Part 1
James Roberts | Sun 11th May 2014
Exploring the purpose of why humans exist, James argues that worship is our natural response to God's self revelation.
Thresholds of Faith
James Roberts | Sun 27th April 2014
James explores the steps or process of how people come to faith in Jesus and by working out where they may be in that process, how best we can help them along on their journey.
The Answer to Anxiety
Barry Kissell | Sun 13th April 2014
In Philippians 4:6 Paul offers an antidote to anxiety which is just as relevant for us today.
Testimony of Pastor Salfi
Pastor Salfi | Sun 06th April 2014
Pastor Salfi tells his story of conversion from a fully paid up evangelist for Islam to Christian Pastor
The Persecuted Church
Rev Stuart Windsor CSW | Sun 23rd March 2014
Rev Stuart Windsor, the special ambassador for CSW shared some amazing and challenging stories about the persecuted Christians around the world today.
A Healing Season
James Roberts | Sun 16th March 2014
Just as there are seasons in nature there are spiritual seasons too and what we are seeing in the natural world - the coming of Spring - is being reflected in the spiritual with an increase in healing activity.
Lent - Introduction to Proverbs
James Roberts | Sun 09th March 2014
James gives a short introduction to our Lent readings from the Book of Proverbs
Pressing Into His Presence
Luke Holloway | Sun 23rd February 2014
God wants us to dwell in His presence, not just for a moment but all the time.
Learning to Sleep in the Storm
James Roberts | Sun 16th February 2014
Our first instinct is often to ask Jesus to stop the storm, but how much better would it be if we learnt to walk with Jesus in the storm.
Graham Cleveland | Sun 09th February 2014
Graham talks on the importance of giving
Barry Kissell | Sun 02nd February 2014
Using John 4, the woman at the well, Barry talks about the woman having a divine appointment with God, and how Jesus breaks down the barriers that stop us from receiving his living water.
Vision 2014 Part 2 - Living Among Thorns
James Roberts | Sun 26th January 2014
James continues to discuss the vision for Connect, using the parable of the sower. How we can reclaim our passion for Jesus and fruitfulness while living among the thorns.
Vision - Part 1
James Roberts | Sun 19th January 2014
James outlines the first part of the vision for 2014
The Gift of Friendship
James Roberts | Sun 05th January 2014
Using the friendship between David and Jonathan as an example, James explores what it means to be a true friend
Have you got faith or has faith got you?
Chris Shivers | Sun 22nd December 2013
From personal experience Chris shares how our faith can remain weak and untested if we rarely put ourselves in the position of relying solely on God. Sometimes God throws us into difficult situations, putting our faith into action, and a chance to grow.
The Two Brothers
James Roberts | Sun 08th December 2013
Using the parable of the Prodigal Son, James explains how the two brothers both saw themselves as servants not sons. God doesn't want us to be his slaves, his utmost desire for us is to be in a loving relationship with him.
Learning to Rest
Jonathan West | Sun 24th November 2013
We were not built to continually live stressful lives, but to live in God's rest. We can do this by learning to lean into God, trust in God and rely on God for all our daily needs. *Apologies for the poor sound recording - mobile phone issues!*
Things of the Spirit
Barry Kissell | Sun 17th November 2013
Barry discusses a new take on the familiar story of Jesus talking to Nicodemus in John 3
Entrustment from God
Mary Pytches | Sun 10th November 2013
Using Isaiah 53, Mary asks the question how will the Lord's will prosper in our hands and what work has the Lord entrusted us with.
Jesus on the Cheap
James Roberts | Sun 27th October 2013
After returning from a trip to India James speculates whether western Christians might have sold Jesus too cheaply. He was supposed to cost us everything........
Living in the Light
Barry Kissell | Sun 20th October 2013
God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Barry explores what it means for men and women to live their lives completely in the light
The Real Jesus - Hanging out with Scum
James Roberts | Sun 13th October 2013
The final part in the series of looking at the real Jesus and James explores the art of not trying harder but letting Jesus take over.
The Real Jesus - One Saturday in Capernaum
James Roberts | Sun 22nd September 2013
Taking a day in the life of Jesus, we explore what God's heart for humanity is.
The Real Jesus Part 1
James Roberts | Sun 15th September 2013
From Mark 1 we see that Jesus can be very different from our expectations
Simple Vision of Church
James Roberts | Sun 08th September 2013
James outlines a simple vision of church and where we can find our place. There is a powerpoint to accompany this talk which is available to view on the left.
It's All About Jesus
James Roberts | Sun 14th July 2013
After a frustrating time in Athens Paul changes tact for his visit to Corinth. What made him change his approach and what can we learn?
The Lord of the Harvest
James Roberts | Sun 07th July 2013
The Lord said that we should pray for more workers in the harvest. Why did he ask us to pray specifically for that above other things?
Broadcasting the Seeds
Barry Kissell | Sun 30th June 2013
Barry delivers a timely word to the church about being ready to spread the seeds of the gospel.
Signs of the Kingdom
James Roberts | Sat 22nd June 2013
Jesus said that certain signs would accompany those who believe in him. Why are these happenings signs and what do they point to? James also looks at why this is so.
Jonathan West | Sun 16th June 2013
Jonathan gives us God's antidote to the pressure from the words that the world speaks over us.
Maturity in Christ Part 2
James Roberts | Sun 09th June 2013
In the second part of this 'mini series', James uses the parable of the sower in Luke 8:4-15 to illustrate what might stop us from maturing in our faith. Apologies for the poor quality of sound.
Maturity in Christ Part 1
James Roberts | Sun 02nd June 2013
As Christians we are committed to following the Master to become more like Him. This first part looks at the different stages of faith and testing our maturity against our attitude to suffering and the things of this life.
Pentecost Sunday 2013
James Roberts | Sun 19th May 2013
Looking at how God took an exclusive club and made it open to all on the first Pentecost. With all the amazing benefits why does it still remain and exclusive club today?
6th Sivan - A Signficant Date
Debs Hartup | Sun 12th May 2013
Debs explores the fascinating connection between the birth of the nation of Israel and the birth of the church, both of which happened on the 6th Sivan (Festival of Weeks) which is this week
Emotional Freedom - Encountering A Personal God
Chris Shivers | Sun 05th May 2013
Chris discusses living in the liberty that comes from living in the light of a personal God and that Jesus left us with the knowledge of how to live in this freedom
The Hiddenness of Jesus
Barry Kissell | Sun 21st April 2013
Looking at Luke 24:13-12 The Emmaus Road, Barry made the point that sometimes the real Jesus is hidden from us. Jesus is there, but is unseen, seeing him would undo or negate the work he is planning to do in us
Power & Authority
Carl Anderson | Sun 14th April 2013
Carl Anderson from Born To Blaze examines the concepts behind Jesus' healing ministry and how it is still applicable for his disciples today
A Different Model for Healing
James Roberts | Sun 07th April 2013
A short talk on a slightly different model for healing outside the church
The Resurrection - the Beginning, not the End
Luke Holloway | Sun 31st March 2013
In this short talk, Luke explores how death is not the end but the beginning and when we are linked to Jesus we experience a new life with meaning
God's Calling On Our Lives
Barry Kissell | Sun 17th March 2013
Barry examines the call of God for the Christian. We are called initially to faith but then we are called to ministry and a purpose which we need to mature in
Lent Series - John 10:1-21
James Roberts | Sun 10th March 2013
Continuing the Lent Series on John's Gospel, we explore Jesus as the Good Shepherd providing a rich and satisfying life
Who Does Jesus Think He Is
James Roberts | Sun 03rd March 2013
Some people say Jesus never claimed to be God but in this short talk, looking at John's Gospel, it will explore why this is not true
Lent Series - The Gospel of John
Luke Holloway | Sun 17th February 2013
Looking at John 3:16, Luke discusses how Christianity is not about an intellectual concept, it is to be experienced through an intimate relationship with our loving Father God
Introduction to Lent 2013 - Recording Error no MP3 available
James Roberts | Sun 10th February 2013
Transcript via this link: http://tinyurl.com/cbhh96j Lent Bookmark link: http://www.connectchurch.org.uk/notices/items/all-new-connect-notices-11-february-2013.html?file=tl_files/connectcentre/docs/Lent2013BookmarkJIS.pdf
Restating Jesus' Charismatic Roots
John Peters | Sun 03rd February 2013
John Peters from St Mary's Marylebone showed how Jesus did what he did by being obedient to God, knowing he was loved by the Father and was filled by the Holy Spirit
Four Roads of Evangelism
James Roberts | Sun 20th January 2013
James explores four different ways of evangelism by looking at the Desert Road, Samaritans Way, Emmaus Road and Damascus Road
Focusing on Jesus the Son of God
Mary Pytches | Sun 13th January 2013
Focusing on the greatness, glory, power and love of Jesus as the Son of God
Count Your Blessings
Luke Holloway | Sun 06th January 2013
Looking at 2 Corinthians 8 1-5 and 2 Thess 5 16-18 Luke discusses how we can respond to difficult situations in our lives
What is the Solution to Doubt?
Emma Canvin | Sun 23rd December 2012
A short talk about Zechariah in Luke 1 and looking at solutions to doubt
A Short Talk for Difficult Times
James Roberts | Sun 09th December 2012
A short talk following the tragic death of a member of the Connect church family
How Far WIll My Faith Take Me?
James Roberts | Sun 02nd December 2012
"God knows best" Christianity is about turning that statement into action - we call it faith, but it looks like surrender..... surrender of everything..
Tim Saiet | Sun 18th November 2012
Using the story of Jesus cleansing the temple Tim illustrates that Jesus is just as keen to have our lives and characters free from all that would stop us from being who Jesus wants us to be
Why I am a Christian
Debs Hartup | Sun 11th November 2012
Debs explains how being a Christian ties in with her whole identity and if God was removed there would be nothing left of any consequence
Jesus Answers Questions
James Roberts | Sun 04th November 2012
Why I am a Christian
James Roberts | Sun 21st October 2012
James explains why he continues to be a Christian - it just makes sense!
Theology - Why it is important
James Roberts | Sun 14th October 2012
James attempts to persuade you why Theology is very important. What I think about God determines how I act, my theology guides my actions.
The Parables of Jesus
Barry Kissell | Sun 07th October 2012
Barry looks at how Jesus uses parables from Matthew 13 to explain about the kingdom of God.
Vision Part 3
James Roberts | Sun 16th September 2012
In the final talk of this series we look at how the five fold ministry from Ephesians 4 brings balance to the three key relationships of church. A link to the powerpoint used to illustrate this is included here to help follow the talk.
Vision Part 2
James Roberts | Sun 09th September 2012
In the second part of this talk we look at the simple structure of church. The notes for the talk are included here so you can see the visual aid used.
Vision Part 1
James Roberts | Sun 02nd September 2012
At the start of this new term we are looking at what church is for and how the Lord might want to shape church for the next generation of believers. This first part examines the current state of the church in the UK.
First Things First
James Roberts | Sun 15th July 2012
Looking at God's statement about Jesus in Mark 1:11 and the truth in our identity as a dearly loved child who brings his father pleasure – not by what we do, but by who we are.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Stuart Windsor | Sun 08th July 2012
Amazing stories from around the world of Christians suffering for the gospel. For further info here is the website www.csw.org.uk
State of the World from a Biblical Viewpoint
Dr Kameel Majdali | Sun 01st July 2012
Dr Kameel examines whether there is any evidence for hope in today's turbulent world events. If you would like to hear more of his talks, here is a link to his website www.tan.org.au
Jon Richards | Sun 17th June 2012
An honest appraisal of God's heart in the midst of family mess - to be a great dad you must first be a great husband.
Love with Open Arms
Jeremy Canvin | Sun 10th June 2012
Using 1 Corinthians 12 v27 - 13 v8 Jeremy explores how God's love differs from the world's love. If you would like to listen to the track that was played at the end of the talk, it was called 'The Proof of your Love' by For King & Country http://www.youtu
Barry Kissell | Sun 27th May 2012
Barry talks about the Holy Spirit having 5 strands, creativity, imparting of authority, imparting of wisdom, imparting of authenticity and the imparting of revelation and explains how Pentecost has enabled us to invite the Holy Spirit to be with us always
The Paradox of Suffering
David Pytches | Sun 20th May 2012
Talking about the paradox of suffering in the context of the understanding that the Lord blesses us.
The Mind of Christ - walking to the beat of a different drum
James Roberts | Sun 13th May 2012
having the mind of Christ, we have access to God's thoughts and ways which are much higher than our thoughts and ways and so enables us to change the way we think and act and walk to the beat of a different drum than the rest of the world.
Fresh Look at Prayer
James Roberts | Sun 06th May 2012
A lighthearted look at how prayer is about relationship; God loves to hear from us not just with a list, or a bless me, or be with me prayer, but for the sake of relationship.
James Roberts | Sun 29th April 2012
Looking at the start of Paul's second missionary journey, James asks the question is this an evangelistic opportunity or a chance to cut and run?
Where's My Mission Card?
James Roberts | Sun 01st April 2012
Last in the Lent Series on Acts. As in the game of Risk Paul received his Mission Card from the Lord himself and he was full on, totally focussed on what he was assigned to do. So what is your mission card, are you an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist -
Jeremy Canvin | Sun 18th March 2012
Continuing the Lent Series on Acts. Looking at Chapter 13 and asking why are we more able to accept grace than extend it?
God Speaks. Let's listen
James Roberts | Sun 11th March 2012
Part of the Lent Series looking at Acts 10-11 when Peter receives a vision from God and exploring the truth that God speaks to us, so we need to be listening and not worry about getting it wrong
The Desert in Bloom
Barry Kissell | Sun 04th March 2012
Using the picture of flowers in the desert in Isaiah 35, Barry explains that when the Holy Spirit flows like water to those in the desert, lives can be powerfully changed and following Jesus is the only way out of the desert
Avoiding Vicarious Spirituality by Finding Your Own Rhythm with God
James Roberts | Sun 19th February 2012
Exploring how to take responsibility for our own walk with God by establishing a daily rhythm and learning to feed ourselves
The Lord Wants Your Prayers
David Pytches | Sun 12th February 2012
Talking about the importance of prayer, David reminded us that prayer is like the spiritual equivalent of breathing and that we need to do it to help us stay spiritually alive
Learning from Jesus
James Roberts | Sun 15th January 2012
Part 2 on facing evangelistic opportunities in a fresh way by looking at how Jesus engaged with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4
Learning from Jesus
James Roberts | Sun 08th January 2012
Part 1 of two talks on facing evangelistic opportunities in a fresh way by looking at how Jesus engaged with the woman at the well in John 4