This week Jonny speaks on the story of Zacchaeus, the outsider who Jesus brings in. This is an example of Jesus doing what he does best, discovering lost things, and wreaking holy disruption. We at Trinity want to be a place where people can come home to God. As Jonny says, this is going to mean some holy disruption for us as we follow in Jesus' footsteps.
What does freedom look like in real life? Paul ends the letter to the church in Philippi by thanking them for their gift to him. Clearly they were model givers (see 2 Cor 8/9). To be a Christian is to step into generosity as a way of life. With Jesus as our example we can continue to find freedom in this area as our giving reflects the generousity that we see in the church in Philippi.
It's one thing to be justified, but how do we live the justified life? To put it another way, how can we walk into freedom? This week Amy continues our series in Philippians by looking at what it means to take hold of that for which Jesus has taken hold of us.
The world is awash with strategies for developing self-esteem. Indeed, self-confidence is seen as an essential part of being a fully flourishing human being. But what if confidence isn't all it's cracked up to be? In this week's sermon from Philippians 3.1–11, Jonny introduces us to something far better than self-confidence.
The Apostle Paul is known for many things, but perhaps one of his least praised skills was his ability to make and sustain deep relationships. His whole strategy depended on it. This week Jonny continues our series in Philippians by asking why and how we can do the same, and what difference it might make to our world if we do.
The new year presents with an opportunity for another look at where we're heading; a new resolution, a new start, a new me! But making and keeping resolutions is only worthwhile if we're headed in the right direction to start with. In this week's text, Paul challenges the Philippians to shine like stars as they live a life of beautiful holiness. Jonny urges us to make this vision of holy living our goal in this new year.
This week, we look at the section at the heart of the letter to the Philippians: the 'Jesus hymn' in Chapter 2. For Paul the direction of growth for the church is towards sacrificial, humble love. For Paul this is modelled in the story of God, who humbled himself for us. Will shows us how the key to living open and generous lives like this, is to know ourselves as loved: just as Jesus did.
This week Jonny unpacks the meaning of the strange events surrounding Christmas. Through it all, we see a God who leaves behind the bigger and better to draw near to us. This is a God who is willing to become smaller and weaker so that He might be closer to us.
Paul continues his letter to the Philippians by reminding them of the need to live what they speak as he encourages them to live lives worthy of the gospel. This week, Jonny reminds us that following Jesus involves a transfer of allegiance from one kingdom to another. What follows this change of identity is a transformed life, marked by integrity, perseverance and unity. This kind of life makes God's kingdom available to people today.
This week Ken Costa reminded us that the kingdom of God is like a seed. Speaking from Luke 13.18–20, Ken encouraged us that our big dreams for the city will be fulfilled as we each start small, taking the seed that God has given us and planting it in the place God has placed us.
Jonny continued our series in Philippians by teaching from chapter 1, verses 12–26. Here we see a picture of Paul as a man who knows his 'why?'. This clarity enables him to find joy in a time of great difficulty. What is his 'why'? Simply this: the good news about Jesus Christ. Paul offers an example for us to follow. The deepest experience of life comes as go on the journey of discovering Jesus as our motivation for all things.
Will continues our series in Philippians by taking us through chapter 1, verses 1-11. Paul speaks about a confidence he has that “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…”. Will reminds us that God is working in each of us to bring us closer to true freedom, and we can have confidence that He will finish what He has started. This work is for each of us individually, but also for the Church: God is working to achieve something incredible in and through us.
In this week's sermon, guest speaker David Shearman speaks from Ezekiel 2 and Philippians 3. He reminds us that we become fully human when we're possessed by God. It's as we learn to stand up and take hold of God that we grow into all that He wants us to be, as we are set on fire for Him.
This week Jonny completes this vision series by taking a closer look at what it might look like for us to see the city come alive. He suggests that it is by keeping in step with God's Spirit that we bear the kind of fruit that brings hope and life to others. Amongst these God-breathed gifts are compassion and thanksgiving.
This week Jonny continues our vision series by looking at what it might take for a church on fire to see a city come alive.
This week we continued our vision series by looking in more depth at what it might mean to be a church on fire. Jonny's message focuses on the next stage of the church's journey, which will involve building on the foundations that have been laid so far, both spiritually and physically. At the heart of this sermon is a powerful testimony of prayer, which continues to inspire us as a church.
In week two of our vision series, Jonny and Amy look back over the last year at Trinity Church Nottingham, share stories from the journey so far, and look ahead to what the next years might hold for us.
Bishop Paul begins our vision series with a message on the enduring value of pursuing the presence of God. The only way to become a church on fire with love for the city is to become the kind of community who do this.
In the final week in our Ancient Paths series, Will explores the concept of Sabbath by looking at God’s command to His people, the Israelites. He explains how the Sabbath is an image of what God wants to do in us and in the world. Sabbath is a gift and a command: given by God to help us take seriously our identity as beloved.
After two weeks looking at praise, this week we look at lament. Around 1/3 of the Psalms are laments, yet Christians often miss out on this invaluable prayer. Here Jonny shows that it's essential to rediscover lament if we're going to follow Jesus on the ancient path.