It’s taken me a little longer to get the podcasts uploaded from this weekend, but they are there now.

We are continuing in our What would Jesus say… series where we are asking people to bring a message to us that they believe God has told them to bring, something from their heart.

Chris and Andrew both bought real heart messages this week.

After looking at Isaiah 58 Chris left us with two thought provoking questions:

  • What sort of people are we?
  • What does it mean to be the people of God?

In many ways Andrew went on to expand upon these questions by thinking about these words from Galatians 5:16:

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

The other thought that occurred to me as I read through Galatians 5 was the word “fruit”. I’ve always read this passage as saying “fruits” plural, but that’s not what it says:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23

We aren’t meant to split them up with each having a different one – they come as a package.

I don’t believe that God gives people random messages, we are there as a people and He wants to speak to us as a people. It’s certainly worth listening to both of these messages.

The message to me personally this weekend was – “Graham live out your peace and stop striving for everything”.

What did God say to you through these messages.

If you struggle to understand what Andrew is trying to do at the end of the service with the pieces of paper a handy guide can be fund here.

We had friends visiting for the weekend and they loved being with us, it was great to see. It can be very enlightening seeing your own church through the eyes of a close friend. It’s easy to take for granted what God has done among you – “thank you Lord”.