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Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-08-02
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Storm Tossed?
Series: Acts
This morning we continue our study through the book of Acts. As I’ve mentioned many times, Acts is historical theological narrative, that’s the genre or kind of literature the Holy Spirit chose to communicate God’s message through. A narrative, a ...
Book: Nehemiah
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-01-19
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Building prayer buildings
7 principles for powerful prayer: Be zealous for God’s glory. Get to know God’s character. Identify with God’s people. Pray God’s Word. Recognize God’s power. Remember your adoption as God’s children. Ask for specific things. Israel rebelled again...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-06-16
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Gospel results
Series: Acts
The responsibility of an evangelists is to faithfully preach the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results to God. If we get obsessed with gaining converts or avoiding a bad response – we are going to change the message into som...
Book: Ephesians
Speaker: Jonathan Klimek
Date: 2020-10-18
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God's Amazing Grace: How I Live
Series: God's Amazing Grace
Ephesians 2:8–10 is a summary of God’s work of salvation with an emphasis on salvation being by grace, through faith, of God, thus not by works, but for good works. When believers understand who they are in Christ, because of God’s gracious salvat...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-08-18
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Finally fully free
Series: Acts
Open your Bibles to Acts 15. We been working our way through the book of Acts and have come to Acts 15. Acts 15 is the central chapter in the book. It deals with one of the most important counsels in church history and settles 2 central doctrines ...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-06-23
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The "Man of God"
Series: Acts
There is a tendency in all of us to want to elevate certain people above others. It’s one thing to honour a person in authority, or a person who has been used by God to bless us and encourage us – it’s another thing to venerate them and accord the...
Book: Matthew
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-01-12
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Formal Church Discipline
6 biblical principles for dealing with sin. 1: Sin is to be dealt with privately. 2: Sin is to be dealt with personally. 3: Sin is to be dealt with specifically. 4: sin is to be dealt with lovingly. 5: sin is to be dealt with objectively. 6: Sin ...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-06-21
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Out of the frying pan into the fire
Series: Acts
This morning we continue our study through Acts as we look at Paul’s next series of trials before Festus and Agrippa in Acts 25. I’ve called this message “Out of the fire pan into the fire” because Paul seems to make it through one trial only to f...
Book: 1 Corinthians
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-04-12
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Real hope beyond the grave
Series: Covid-19
People cannot live without hope. A person who has lost all hope has died before they’re dead. What is hope? Well there are two major elements, the one is confidence or certainty and the other is expectation or anticipation. Those are the two major...
Book: Luke
Speaker: John French
Date: 2019-05-26
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The dangers of prosperity
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-07-28
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The Jerusalem Counsel Pt 1
Series: Acts
This text records one of the most important meetings in church history. The ruling of the counsel confirmed the churches understanding of : The nature of salvation: Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone and cannot be earned or merited b...
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Speaker: Jonathan Klimek
Date: 2020-08-23
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Church planting and strengthening for the glory of God
Series: Missions Conference 2020
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-03-01
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Fortified for suffering
Series: Acts
Obviously the first question we need to ask of this text is, why is it here? Why did God inspire Luke to include this portion of Paul’s testimony? What is the main theme of this text? The suffering that awaits Paul in Jerusalem. The text clarifies...
Book: 1 Kings
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-05-10
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Providence in pandemic part 3
Series: Providence in Pandemic
We’ve been looking at the providence of God in the life of Elijah and applying what we learn to some of the realities we might be facing in the midst of this pandemic. Elijah appears out of nowhere in 1 Kings 17:1 with an announcement for the king...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-02-02
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The prevailing power of the gospel
Series: Acts
In the book, “What’s so Great about Christianity” Dinesh D’Souza summarizes the impact of Christianity like this, "Christianity is responsible for the way our society is organized and for the way we currently live. So extensive is the Christian co...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-04-28
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Political Persecution
Series: Acts
We are approaching another election, political tensions are running high.  A friend of mine is doing a doctrinal thesis on immigration in South Africa and told me that there are more South African’s leaving the country than at any other time in ou...
Book: Philippians
Speaker: Frank Lerumo
Date: 2019-06-30
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Supernatural peace
The Lord promise us that if we seek what is pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and do what is worthy of praise, and think on these things and apply it to our lives, we will have God's peace that surpass all understanding.
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-11-17
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Manifold ministry
Series: Acts
This morning we continue our study through the book of Acts as we come to Acts 18 and see how Paul’s second missionary journey ends. It’s a passage which gives us so many helpful insights into gospel ministry, into what we are supposed to be doing...
Book: Psalms
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-03-29
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Caged in, concerned and confused
Series: Covid-19
So here I am, in my kids wendy house which is exactly the right setting for this sermon, which I’ve called caged, confused, concerned. I think that describes what many of us are feeling at the moment. It’s a funny thing, we can sit Sunbathing on a...
Book: 1 Timothy
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-08-11
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Church Offices
We are putting forward 6 new elders and 4 new deacons to serve the church in these official capacities, so I thought it would be helpful to teach on these 2 offices and remind you what they are all about, why we have them and what you can do to ma...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-06-09
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Gospel foundations
Series: Acts
India is number ten on Opendoors persecution watch list. One of the 10 most difficult countries for Christians to live in. One of the fastest rising levels of persecution. Was 31st in 2012, 15th in 2016. I was last there 5 years ago and can see th...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-08-25
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Free to love
Series: Acts
For the last few weeks we’ve been looking at Acts 15. Acts 15 is the central chapter in the book. It deals with one of the most important counsels in church history and settles 2 central doctrines in theology: 1) The nature of salvation and 2) the...
Book: Nehemiah
Speaker: Frank Lerumo
Date: 2020-03-15
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God's good providence in the face of opposition
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-09-01
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Plans people and providence
Series: Acts
As C.S Lewis explains in a letter: “The great thing, if you can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions to your ‘own’, or ‘real’ life. The truth is, of course, that what you call the interruptions are precisely your real l...
Book: Luke
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-01-05
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Why does the church have no vision?
3 sins that hinder us from living for the glory of God and the extension of His kingdom. Worldly Covetousness. Worldly Concerns. Worldly Complacency. The purpose of the sermon is essentially the same each year – to remind us all that I am not the ...
Book: 1 Corinthians
Speaker: Frank Lerumo
Date: 2020-07-05
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True Salvation
Book: Ephesians
Speaker: Jonathan Klimek
Date: 2020-10-04
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God's Amazing Grace: I once was dead
Series: God's Amazing Grace
Ephesians was written by the Apostle Paul whilst he was imprisoned in Rome sometime between AD60–62 (cf. (Phil 1:12, 24-25; Col 1:10; Philemon 23–24). During that same time, Paul wrote Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon. Ephesians and Colossian...
Book: 1 Thessalonians
Speaker: Henry Davis
Date: 2020-11-01
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Defending the Integrity of the Gospel
Series: Living in Light of the Second Coming
In 1 Thess 2, Paul is defending the Integrity of the Gospel by defending the Integrity of the Missionaries, their character and their conduct
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Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-10-06
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Spiritual warfare pt2: authority in battle
Series: Spiritual Warfare
The Bible wastes no time in introducing us to a great spiritual battle which is going on. It began in Gen 3 and will only be concluded in Rev 21. It’s a battle, not between God and Satan but between mankind and Satan. Because God’s sovereignty and...
Book: 1 Thessalonians
Speaker: Henry Davis
Date: 2020-11-08
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Strengthening the Flock
Series: Living in Light of the Second Coming
We know that the early church was severely persecuted for their faith. In this sermon we learn how Paul set about to build the Thessalonian church up and to help them to stand firm in their faith. Paul sends Timothy, one of his best men, to stre...
Book: Ephesians
Speaker: Jonathan Klimek
Date: 2020-10-11
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God's Amazing Grace: But Now I Am Alive
Series: God's Amazing Grace
Ephesians 2:4–7 falls within Paul’s doctrinal section of his Epistle whereby he explains who believers are in Christ and within His church (Chapters 1–3). He begins in chapter 1 by explaining the gracious work of God, which began before He founded...
Book: Isaiah
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-12-15
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The ministry of the messiah
The good news doesn’t mean anything, don’t have any reason to rejoice and be glad and celebrate unless we understand who this king is, who this savior is and why we need him. Often we present the gospel that way – I’ve got good news, God’s son die...
Book: Amos
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-12-29
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How to rebuild a nation
God sends his messenger to tell His nation why they are struggling. Because of....Oppression (4:1a), Feminism (4:1b), Idolatry (4:5), Legalism (4:5), Hypocrisy (4:6). South Africa is not only self-sufficient in virtually all major agricultural ...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-08-09
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God works all things for gospel good
Series: Acts
For the last 7 chapters Luke has been tracing for us the 4th missionary journey, a journey which Paul had conceived of in the Spirit with gospel goals and intentions. A journey which would take him from Jerusalem to the center of the Roman empire ...
Book: 1 Corinthians
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-05-17
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Act like men
Over the last few weeks I’ve tried to take a key passage and apply it to some of the things I believe we will be facing  as we face this pandemic. This morning I want to cover one last thing I believe we need, one last essential for facing this pa...
Book: Judges
Speaker: Henry Davis
Date: 2019-09-08
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What is the point of Gideon?
Book: 1 Kings
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-04-26
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Providence in pandemic Part 1
Series: Providence in Pandemic
When faced with a pandemic, some people run around frantically, trying to do everything they can to stop it, or control it, or protect themselves from it. Others passively resign themselves to it and let fate or nature take its course.  All of us ...
Book: Haggai
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-09-06
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So busy getting nowhere
Series: Haggai
As we begin to rebuild our country, families, lives and livelihoods in the wake of the destruction caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Let's be careful to makes sure we put God and His glory first. 3 questions we must ask ourselves about our prior...
Book: Genesis
Speaker: Stephen Mew
Date: 2019-07-07
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Province and Provison
Book: Philippians
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-11-10
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Servant Leaders
It’s been many years since we’ve seen such a strong leadership team come to the fore. On average we lose one elder or deacon every year, so we wanted to grow the number of leaders so that we could have greater continuity and stability at the leade...
Book: Matthew
Speaker: Marco Scouvert
Date: 2019-06-02
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God tearing three veils
Book: Haggai
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-09-20
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Reaping the reward
Series: Haggai
In this message God wants to encourage you to persevere in living for Him first and foremost by calling you to consider how the choices you make today – set the outcome and direction of your life in the long run. What you choose today, will have a...
Book: Ephesians
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-10-13
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Spiritual warfare pt3: spiritual armour
Series: Spiritual Warfare
For the past 2 weeks we have been looking at the topic of spiritual warfare. We’ve looked at the reality of Satan, the sovereignty of God, the battle for truth, the victory of Christ. We’ve considered the whole issue from the perspective of author...
Book: Ephesians
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-07-26
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What is Church? (Part 2)
Series: What is Church
In this message we learn from Ephesians what the church is to Christ: the fullness of Christ, the family of Christ, the temple of God, the wisdom of God the body of Christ, and His beloved bride. If you missed part 1, you really need to listen to ...
Book: 1 Thessalonians
Speaker: Henry Davis
Date: 2020-10-25
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Paul's reason for thanksgiving
Series: Living in Light of the Second Coming
Let me ask you a lead question as we look at 1 Thessalonians. What is your deepest concern for the ones you love? Surely there can be no deeper concern than you Wife, husband, child, friend, neighbor, IS SAVED AND LOVED BY GOD and growing in the ...
Book: John
Speaker: Henry Davis
Date: 2019-10-27
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What has Christ done for you?
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-10-20
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Discharging Dynamite
Series: Acts
Imagine, on your way out this morning, the door stewards were standing there with packs of dynamite and handing a pack to each person as you exited. Imagine I told you that it’s your duty to faithfully discharge that dynamite in the world this wee...
Book:
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-09-15
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World Religions
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-11-03
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Mars Hill
Series: Acts
In this text, these two worldviews meet head on in a titanic clash, which has reverberated down through the centuries to the present day as Athens hears the gospel: debater meets preacher, Mt Olympus meets Mt Zion, Philosophy meets theology, human...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-08-04
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The Jerusalem Counsel Pt 2
Series: Acts
How does one become a member of God’s people? Not by circumcision. Not by physical ancestry. By faith in Christ (evidenced in water baptism). What identifies church members ?(distinguishes God’s people from the world?) Not circumcision. Not physic...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-11-24
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New Covenant Baptism
Series: Acts
The particular truth our text highlights is the truth about baptism. It gives us important insight into a very significant transition which was happening in the first century and it gives us an important corrective to many wrong views of the bapti...
Book: John
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-04-19
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Extraordinary love for extraordinary times
Series: Covid-19
This is our 4th week of being in a state of lockdown in South Africa. From the feedback we’ve been receiving it seems inevitable that the Coronavirus will sweep through our nation, many lives will be lost over the coming months and our economy wil...
Book: 1 Corinthians
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-04-21
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Really raised
9 evidences that the resurrection really happened: Definite Death (public, certified). Eye-witnesses (mentioned by name, who died for their testimony). Sunday worship (change after thousands of years of Sabbath worship). Sealed tomb (Large, guarde...
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Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-03-22
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Praise during pestilence
We live in interesting days. We had Jandre’ wedding and 2 police cars came to check up that we were not more than 100 people, so we are likely to get some more inspections this morning. This pandemic is likely to go on, not for weeks, but for mont...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-06-07
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The gospel, preservation and persecution
Series: Acts
Luke-Acts is a 2 volume series which according to Luke 1:4 was inspired by God to give his readers confidence concerning the gospel message they had heard and believed. So Acts is written in story form, as a history of the spread of the gospel and...
Book: Romans
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-08-30
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One Master One Mission
Series: Missions Conference 2020
This morning I want to launch our annual missions conference with a message about missions which I’ve called “One Master, One mission.” As Christians we have been called to serve on master in His one great mission. This master and this mission is ...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-02-09
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Church without walls
Series: Acts
This morning we continue with our study of Acts. One of the reasons why Luke was inspired to write his theological history of the early church – was to give Gentile believers assurance that they had believed the same gospel and were part of the sa...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-09-22
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Power Encounters
Series: Acts
The narrative can be broken down into 3 sections – what happened leading up to Paul’s imprisonment, what happened during his imprisonment and what happened after. Or the narrative can be broken into its characters -The servant girl, the rich busin...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-04-21
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Fruitfulness in Famine
Series: Acts
As Christians we should live for God's glory and be a light onto the world whether we are going through trials or easy seasons. In the midst of financial difficulties, corruption, immorality and lawlessness. This sermon calls on the church to kee...
Book: Habakkuk
Speaker: Henry Davis
Date: 2020-05-24
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From confusion to confidence
Book: Haggai
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-09-27
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Live in the light of that day
Series: Haggai
We have been studying through the book of Haggai. Written to a community who became distracted as they were trying to rebuild their lives and nation and faith after a time of national disaster. The clarion call from the book of Haggai is – put God...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-05-31
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Know gospel, no racism
Series: Acts
This morning we are going back to our study through the book of Acts. I think it’s good that we get back to studying systematically through the Bible as is our custom and the book of Acts is a good book to get back to… It’s the inspired history of...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-05-05
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The genesis of missions
Series: Acts
The weekend of 19th we are celebrating our heritage as a church. Midrand Chapel was constituted 30 years ago this year and we want to remember and rejoice in all that God has done over these 30 years. Please make the effort to be a part of these c...
Book: Haggai
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-09-13
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Keep Building
Series: Haggai
After only 6 weeks of rebuilding the temple, the people become discouraged and want to give up. But God sends a message of encouragement to His people: I am with you. I will finish the work. It will be more glorious than you think. Doing God's wor...
Book: Luke
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-12-22
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Prepared for Christ
At this time of year people are coming and going, so I tend to break away from our normal preaching series and look at something relating to Christ and Christmas. This year I thought I would work my way through the opening chapters of Luke’s gospe...
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Speaker: Henry Davis
Date: 2020-02-16
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What God has designed me to be
The Purpose of the Christian Life. The Process & Participation of as Building Blocks for Gods Design. The Process of Gods Sovereign Work (Rom 8:28-29). The Participation of Man’s Sacrificial commitment (Rom 12:1-2)
Book: Acts
Speaker: John French
Date: 2019-05-19
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Building the church
Book: Philippians
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-04-05
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Know supernatural peace, power and provision
Series: Covid-19
We are still very much in the middle of a worldwide crisis which is radically challenging what we value, what we believe how we live and what we live for. Who would ever have thought that over a billion people in the world, in over 35 countries, w...
Book: Genesis
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-09-29
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Spiritual warfare pt1: origin and tactics
Series: Spiritual Warfare
Last week we worked out way through the second half of Acts 16 and in that section came across an account of Paul driving out a demon from a servant girl. I said that I would first cover the passage in its own context and then come back and look a...
Book: Psalms
Speaker: Henry Davis
Date: 2020-07-12
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True Confession
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-07-19
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What is Church? (Part 1)
Series: What is Church
Church is not a building, an event, a series of progams, a social club, a welfare organization, a religious ritual, supernatural experience or unseen spiritual reality without local expression. We should be asking, not what does church mean to me,...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-06-28
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The Gospel
Series: Acts
As John Stott puts is, Here the slave of Jesus stands alone and in chains “before this representative of the world, ambitious, morally corrupt family of the Herods, who for generations after generation had set themselves in opposition to truth and...
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-05-12
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Gospel expansion
Series: Acts
Luke is giving us a very selective history, showing us this pattern, in order to accomplish this specific purpose of giving us confidence in the gospel. The next half of Acts is going to trace Paul’s missionary journeys and we will see this patter...
Book: Psalms
Speaker: Duan Du Toit
Date: 2019-07-21
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God's deliverance
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-06-14
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Christianity on trial
Series: Acts
This morning we continue our study through the book of Acts. We will be looking mostly at Acts 24. The narrative portion in Acts 24 is all about Paul before the Roman governor Felix. Most of the chapter revolves around a court case, but it’s not j...
Book: Matthew
Speaker: Basil Yiwombe
Date: 2019-04-14
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When life's pressures cause you to doubt
Book: Philippians
Speaker: Frank Lerumo
Date: 2019-12-01
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A portrait of Timothy
Book: Acts
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-02-23
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Godly Christian leadership
Series: Acts
Christian leadership is one of the hardest things any man can engage in. It’s a spiritual battle for the souls of men and women against a formidable foe against impossible odds. It’s a battle in which you are seldom prepared, never adequate, often...
Book: Philippians
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-08-16
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Will you go and send?
Series: Missions Conference 2020
This year Midrand Chapel Baptist Church is 31 years old. Until last year our church has never had more than 100 members at any. We have 16 men who are past members who are now in full time vocational ministry mostly as pastors of churches.
Book: Genesis
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-03-08
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What does God say about gender?
Do a search on the internet on gender identity, or what makes someone male or female and you’ll encounter a storm of massive proportions. Our society is no longer sure on what it means to be a male or a female, or whether it is even right to ident...
Book: Luke
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2019-12-25
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The first believer
Who is the first person to believe that Jesus is the messiah? Mary. Mary not only has the unique privilege of bearing Jesus, but she is the first to receive the revelation that Jesus is the messiah, the son of God and to believe.
Book: 1 Kings
Speaker: Chris Woolley
Date: 2020-05-03
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Providence in pandemic Part 2
Series: Providence in Pandemic
Firstly we asked the question, “What is providence.” We said providence is basically God controlling all things, all people and events and situations – worldwide and international and down to the very smallest details of our lives. He’s controllin...