Priorities | #2 – Mission

21st January 2018. Stephen continued our series on priorities this week, focusing on mission – one of our four core values here at hope. During this he shared some interesting statistics on the Christian faith and the attitudes of non-Christians, and talked about what this means for our mission. These statistics are available in the […]

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Priorities | #1 – Hidden Treasures and Joy

14th January 2018. Starting off our new series on priorities, Stephen introduced the topic by talking about visiting a house auction in London, watching his children growing up, and accidentally donating his Dad’s screwdrivers to the charity shop. “the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and […]

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The 2017 Google Sermon

Each year google publishes a video dissecting the years search trends… Each year at Hope we take a look at the video as part of our annual review, and ask what this means and says about our world. “How” is the theme of Google’s 2017 Year in Search video. In 2017, the world asked “how.” […]

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Why The Journey Matters…

Some journeys are defined by their destination – they are taken with one aim in mind, to get there. But such a view can be really short-sighted. If everything is measured by the end game – what joy is there to be found in the journey itself? What’s more we short circuit the process that […]

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The Advent Sermons | God has got a plan

10th December 2017. This week, Stephen took a break from our Sacraments series to look in to the Christmas story, where God has got a plan. Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future […]

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Sacraments | Part 6 – The one about Sanctification

26th November 2017. How do we keep a close walk with Christ? As we continue our series looking at the sacraments, Stephen focussed on the sacrament of Sanctification… also called Penance (one of the two sacraments of healing in Catholic theology). Ask, Seek, Knock 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will […]

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Sacraments | Part 5 – The other one about Baptism

12th November 2017. This week, Stephen spent a bit more time with the sacrament of Baptism, looking at the stoning of Stephen and the blinding and baptism of Saul (Acts 7-8). 11 Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long […]

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Sacraments | Part 4 – The one about Baptism

5th November 2017. This week, Stephen dashed back from the Premier Digital Awards in London to talk about the Baptism as part of our Sacraments series, again focusing on the life of Peter and in particular the vision he had in Acts 10 before going to visit Cornelius. “Do not call anything impure that God […]

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Sacraments | Part 3 – The one about Communion

29th October 2017. How do you get from the “Wind in the Willows” to David and Mephibosheth? We were blessed to have David Shearman join us this morning to continue our Sacraments series, looking at the sacred through the gateways of grace. David spoke around the sacrament of Communion and reflected on our invitation to […]

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