The Holy Spirit is at work in every follower of Jesus to make them more like Jesus, more Holy. In the final talk of this series, Nick explains how ‘becoming holy’ is a past event, a present experience and a future hope of every Christian. This happens through and with the power of the Holy Spirit as we encounter everyday problems and take up kingdom habits.
What is our vision for children and families? Listen to Jacqueline Titmas as she shares our heart for raising a generation. In this talks Jacqueline asks “How can we help our children to be holy, to live life as followers of Jesus?” and as a whole church, “How do we support each other in raising our children to pursue the God worth living for?”
Many times ‘holiness’ is defined by what we do not do rather than what we do do. What you do with your body is the key to living a holy life. In this talk Nick looks at how our bodies lie right at the centre of our spiritual growth, and how we can practically take responsibility for our bodies in a way that is holy and honourable to God.
There is a shared human problem. In each of us a war is being fought, a war waged by sin. In this talk Mark (with the help of the Karate Kid!) asks: “What is it that you keep on doing that you want to stop doing?” and “What do you want to do that you seem unable to do?” How do we live holy lives and what training do we need to develop, to help us overcome?
How do we become holy? Is there a pathway to holiness? Are there things which will help us become more holy, more human? In this talk Nick looks at the process of sanctification and spiritual formation and asks is our pursuit of holiness making us more like Jesus or more self righteous?
Sin is the opposite of holiness. Sin erodes our relationship with God. Sin always starts with temptation. What if we were able to deal with temptation before it was too late. How did Jesus respond to temptation? In this talk, Nick gives us some practical ways to not be lead into temptation and how to plan for that moment when we are tempted…
The writer of Hebrews instructs us to “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy”, they continue… “without holiness no one will see the Lord”. (Heb 12:14). To pursue holiness takes effort and diligence. In this talk, Nick explains why a quest to be holy is worth it and how ultimately to be holy is to be human.
…But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’ 1 Peter 1:15-16
To be holy is to be different, set apart, dedicated to God. To be holy is to belong to God. A desire to be holy is more than just a desire to be moral. The core of holiness is intensely personal. In this series we will explore what it means to “be holy” and uncover how a people who pursue holiness can change the world.
AW Tozer wrote that “every person is as holy as they really want to be.“-Tozer. Do we want to be holy? What does it mean to be holy anyway? In this talk, Nick explains how holiness is essential to a life of following Jesus. Many of us limit ‘being holy’ to ‘being moral’ but holiness is so much more than this. (N.B. This talk was re-recorded as the original talk was lost!)
“Church exists for the benefit of it’s non members” wrote William Temple, but how will those outside church know? In this talk, Vicki Sutton challenges us to be invitational and to overcome our fear of inviting friends, neighbours and colleagues to encounter Jesus and to invite Coventry to Alpha.