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God Knows – When we grieve
Scheduled: June 23, 2024
Pastor Mark Sheratt

God Knows – When We Grieve The Story of Lazarus – John 11:1-44 “Lord, the one you love is sick” – John 11:3 “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” – John 11:4 “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I kn …

God Knows – When We’re Anxious
June 16, 2024
Jon Keel

In this message, discover that God is always present and cares deeply for us, especially during times of anxiety and distress. By seeking His kingdom first, praying about everything, and casting our worries onto Him, we can find comfort and peace, knowing that God understands our struggles and provides the support we need.

GOD KNOWS – WHEN PEOPLE LET YOU DOWN
June 9, 2024
Mark Sherratt

Explore how Jesus' experiences of human suffering, betrayal, and disappointment offer profound empathy and a blueprint for our response to life's challenges. Learn about the power of holding firm in faith and the transformative impact of forgiveness, drawing on Jesus' example to find freedom and healing.

Upside Down – Blessed are the Peacemakers
June 2, 2024
Rebekah Owen

In this final message of our series, we explore how being a peacemaker, following God's example, sets us apart as disciples of Christ. We'll discuss the proactive pursuit of peace and reconciliation, and challenge ourselves to live out the Upside Down Kingdom's values, reflecting Christ's peace in our lives.

Upside Down – Blessed are the Persecuted
May 26, 2024
Kathryn Engela Higham

We are privileged in this country that we do not experience much persecution as Christians. But there are still situations where doing what God wants can bring us into conflict with others.

In the Bible there are many stories of people who faced persecution and even death for doing what God wanted them to do.

In the "Sermon on the Mount", Jesus explained that those who are persecuted for doing what is right would be blessed.

Discover how you can deal with persecution in this message.

Upside Down – Your Kingdom Come
May 19, 2024
Andrew Shearman

Discover the power of the Lord's Prayer.

Upside Down – Blessed Are The Pure In Heart
May 12, 2024
Joshua Verity

Many different cleaning products are available to clean our kitchens, bathrooms and other things. But none of them can clean our hearts. Only God can do this. In the "Sermon on the Mount", Jesus highlighted the benefits of having a clean heart. So how do we get cleaned up?

Follow along with the message as we continue to explore the Upside Down Kingdom Culture and discover how to live #Blessed.

UPSIDE DOWN – BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL
May 5, 2024
Sean Harriott

If someone offends you are you able to forgive them? Are you able to show them mercy?
 
In the "Sermon on the Mount", Jesus explained that those who show mercy will themselves receive mercy. This is the opposite of the culture of seeking revenge for a perceived offence, however small it may be. So what does it mean to show mercy today? 

Discover the answers in this message.

Upside Down – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
April 28, 2024
Rosie Harriott

In the "Sermon on the Mount", Jesus encouraged everyone to hunger and thirst for righteousness. But this is not the world's values of right and wrong which seem to change with every passing season. This righteousness is based on a different measure. Discover how you can find righteousness in your own life in this message.

Upside Down:Kingdom Culture – Blessed are the Meek
April 21, 2024
Tayo Kufeji

So often the world's approach to a difficult situation is to fight back. It is a dog-eat-dog world where the weak will be trampled on. The Kingdom Culture approach is counter-cultural, it’s Upside Down, it's not the kingdom of the world, but Jesus’ kingdom is a better way. In the "Sermon on the Mount", Jesus sets out a different approach. He makes it clear that his followers should be meek. But what does it mean to be meek? Find out in this Sunday's Message.

Upside Down – Blessed are those who mourn
April 14, 2024
John Els

In the New Testament the word mourn describes the strongest sense of grief. So what did Jesus mean when he said "Blessed are those who mourn"? And can you apply this lesson to other areas of your life beyond grieving over the death of a loved one. Find out in this message.

Upside Down – Kingdom Culture – Blessed are the poor in Spirit
April 7, 2024
Kwame Osae

In the first of our series, Upside Down - Kingdom Culture which examines the Beatitudes in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 6, we discover what it means to be "poor in spirit". Is it something that is truly blessed and if so how do we discover this truth?

The Way of Jesus – Slowing
March 24, 2024
Jon Keel

This sermon "Slowing" emphasizes the importance of slowing down in our fast-paced society to follow Jesus' way, rejecting the culture of hurry and busyness. He encourages intentional slowing in actions and thinking, highlighting the need to seek Jesus' presence for rest and renewal. Practical suggestions include driving slower, waiting intentionally, and reducing digital distractions. The sermon concludes with an invitation to come to Jesus, offering rest and a lighter burden to those who ‘hurry’ to His presence.

The Way of Jesus – Simplicity
March 17, 2024
Billy Ritchie

We live in a noisy world with so many things trying to grab our attention.  Wouldn't it be great if you could declutter your life, both physically and mentally, to make room for what truly matters?

Learn how to decide what truly matters as we examine the concept of simplicity in The Way of Jesus series.

Sabbath
March 10, 2024
Pastor Kwame Osae

We know that God rested on the seventh day and called the Israelites to hold a Sabbath day once every seven days. But how often do we take a Sabbath rest? Discover the importance of the Sabbath and the 4 steps to take on a Sabbath day in this message.

Kingdom – The Way of Jesus – Silence & Solitude
March 3, 2024
James Fokkens

Kingdom – The Way of Jesus – Silence & Solitude The great enemy of spiritual life in our day is HURRY & DISTRACTION Dallas Willard once called hurry & distraction “the great enemy of spiritual life in our day.” I live in one of the most secular, post-Christian cities in our nation, and t …

THE WAY OF JESUS – UNHURRY
February 25, 2024
Billy Ritchie

Most of us are just too busy to live an emotionally healthy and spiritually vibrant life. Hurry is incompatible with the way of Jesus. The love, joy, and peace that form the nucleus of Jesus’ kingdom are all impossible in a life of speed. We must “Ruthlessly eliminate hurry.”

This Sunday learn how to Un-Hurry as we begin our exploration of The Way of Jesus. You can read more about this new series and other events happening at MKCC at https://mkcc.org.uk/kingdom-the-way-of-jesus/

Be Rich In Generosity
February 18, 2024
Pastor Mark Sherratt

For many, the challenge is that wealth can become a substitute for God. How do we avoid this trap and learn to be generous? Find out in this week's message.

Be Rich – Serve
February 11, 2024
Jon Keel

The Apostle Paul warned that "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil". Money in itself is neither good nor evil. It is what we desire to do with it that matters.

Do you want to GET RICH or will you BE RICH? This week Pastor Jon Keel will help us explore the differences and how serving others with generosity and compassion is a key part of being ‘rich’.

Be Rich – In Love
February 4, 2024
Billy Ritchie

Jesus demonstrated God's love for us in the way He gave, served and loved others. In this message, discover how embracing God's love leads you to give, share and love out of the abundance of your life.

Humble Surrender – Order My Steps
January 28, 2024
James Fokkens

In the Bible we read of how Ezra journeyed from fear to faith. He took specific steps to pause, pray and propel before moving out in faith into what God was leading him and the people of Israel. Discover how you can apply these principles in your life in this message.

HUMBLE SURRENDER – CAST YOUR CARES
January 21, 2024
Jon Keel

In this message we delve into the book of Ezra, exploring God's work amidst trials and triumphs. As we witness the reconstruction of the temple, we learn to trust God in fear, discouragement, and opposition. Through prayer, fasting, worship, and staying in the Word, we navigate challenges, knowing that God's grace sustains us. Cast your cares upon Jesus, for He cares for you.

Humble Surrender – Open my eyes LORD
January 14, 2024
Kwame Osae

Humble Surrender – Open my eyes LORD And there by the Ahava Canal, I gave orders for all of us to fast and humble ourselves before our God. We prayed that he would give us a safe journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we travelled. For I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and h …

Humble Surrender: Hear My Cry God
January 7, 2024
Mark Sherratt

In the Bible, we read of how Ezra was faced with a great difficulty and how he responded by calling for everyone to fast and pray. Out of the place of prayer and fasting came humility and faith in God and everyone was aware that the hand of God was on them. As we journey through life, we are called to draw near to God, to call upon the Lord, to humbly seek him and to pray and fast.

31st December 23
December 31, 2023
Billy Ritchie

31st December – Morning Service Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had see …

Joy To The World
December 24, 2023
Jon Keel

JOY TO THE WORLD WHAT IS IT? WHO’S IT FOR? For God SO LOVED the WORLD – John 3:16 JOY TO THE WORLD The Shepherds But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the M …

Wonders of His Love – A Christmas Wrapped In Praise
December 17, 2023
Mark Sherratt

From the time of Jesus' conception to his birth and beyond there was praise and rejoicing. We find many of the characters in the Bible that we read about at Christmas time praising God because of his Son. Can we do the same this Christmas?

Wonders of His Love – The Promise of a Messiah
December 10, 2023
Rebekah Owen

As Christians, we should be as excited and filled with joy and wonder as we approach Christmas because we have so much to be joyful about. The arrival of Jesus, God's only son, on earth was joy coming into the world. The implications of his birth are not only transformational but eternal in their extent. Discover more about this joy in this message.

BLESSed to be a BLESSing – Story
December 3, 2023
Kwame Osae

Do you love to hear a good story? What interests you most? Is it a love story, an adventure story, or a story of overcoming a difficult situation?

We all have stories to tell. Whether you are a great storyteller or not, there is one story that you need to share with others. And that is the story of how Jesus made a difference in your life.

Be inspired to tell your story and discover how this simple act can change lives.

BLESSed to be a BLESSing – Serve
November 26, 2023
Andrew Shearman

When you serve your neighbours, your friends and your community, you are making a difference in the world. But what is our motivation for doing this? In this message, discover the Blessings that come when you serve others, the Basics of how you should serve others and Jesus, and some Examples of a lifetime of service to God.

BLESSed to be a BLESSing – Eat
November 19, 2023
James Fokkens

BLESSed to be a BLESSing: EAT The American Heart Association Survey: 91% of parents notice their family is less stressed when they share family meals together. 65% of surveyed adults say they are at least somewhat stressed, and more than a quarter (27%) are very or extremely stressed. 84% of adults …

BLESSed to be a BLESSing – Listen
November 12, 2023
Pastor Mark Sherratt

‘Hearing’ is an event; it is something which happens to us as a natural process. But ‘Listening’ is an action; it is something we consciously need to do – It’s paying close attention and considering what you are hearing! For us to be able to be a BLESSing to our community we need to learn to listen.

BLESS – Presence and Prayer
November 5, 2023
Jon Keel

BLESS – Presence and Prayer 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, …

Two Trees
October 29, 2023
Tayo Kufeji

From the beginning of time, human beings have had to make choices between good and evil. In the book of Genesis, we read how Adam and Eve made the choice between two trees. One they could eat the fruit of. The other they we forbidden to eat the fruit of. We face the same dilemmas today. Eating from the wrong "tree" has consequences? But how do we learn to eat from the "tree of life"? Find out in this week's message.

This is Us – Bringing our Best
October 22, 2023
Billy Ritchie

Sure, here is a simplified version of the passage in more easy-to-understand English:

**This message is about another core value of our church community: bringing our best.**

The speaker talks about the importance of compassion, forgiveness, and love. These values are inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The speaker also talks about their own struggles with the concept of giving one's best. They say that their insecurities made it difficult for them to do this. But then they talk about the transformative power of Jesus' sacrifice. They say that Jesus' sacrifice enables believers to live with humility and unity. This is even true when believers have different beliefs about things that are not essential to the Christian faith.

The message urges listeners to focus on the essential Christian beliefs. It also encourages listeners to accept genuine disagreements and respect diverse perspectives within the faith community. All of this should be done while upholding love and understanding.

In short, the message is about the importance of bringing our best to our church community, even when we have different beliefs about some things. We should focus on the essential Christian beliefs and respect each other's diverse perspectives.

This is Us – Passionate About People
October 15, 2023
Mark Sherratt

THIS IS US – PASSIONATE ABOUT PEOPLE This is us: We’re passionate about people. Lost people matter to God, so they must matter to us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (NIV) “For the Son of …

This is Us – Given to Generosity
October 8, 2023
James Fokkens

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill We are given to generosity.  We will lead the way with irrational generosity Generosity comes in different forms: Thoughts, Words, Money, Time, Influence, Attention, Belongings Generosity is the selfless act of giv …

This is Us – Committed to Community
October 1, 2023
Kwame Osae

You are made in the image of God and loved by Him. He has a plan and a purpose for your life. But you are not made to do this all by yourself. There is a community of people who love you and want to see God at work in your life and help you discover what God has called you to do and cheer you on! Make sure to watch or listen to this message and discover more about His plan for your life.

This is Us – Forgiven to Forgive
September 24, 2023
Mark Sherratt

Do you need a deeper understanding of forgiveness and its profound impact on our lives? This powerful message highlights the transformative nature of forgiveness, emphasising the importance of extending grace to others as we have received it from Christ. It offers practical steps and biblical guidance, reminding us that forgiveness is not just a concept but a life-changing practice rooted in our faith.

This is Us – Saved to Serve
September 23, 2023
Jon Keel

If someone were to see what you do, what would they think you value most? What we do, for good or bad, demonstrates our values. One of our key values at Milton Keynes Christian Centre is that we are saved to serve. We believe that Jesus has saved us from sin and death and we should serve others as Jesus would in response. Find out more about this concept and how you can put it into practice in this message.

This is Us – Moving Towards Maturity
September 10, 2023
Billy Ritchie

What does it mean to be mature? When foods mature it is because they get better with age, or with a process of curing.

Christian maturity is the process of becoming more like Jesus. It's about growing in our love for God, our understanding of His Word, and our ability to live a life that is pleasing to Him.

It's not something that happens overnight. It takes time, effort, and commitment. But it's a journey that is well worth taking because it leads to a deeper relationship with God and a more fulfilling life.

Growing in Christian maturity is not always easy, but it's always worth it. As we continue on this journey, let's be intentional about seeking God and growing in our love for Him.

This Sunday, join us in person or online as we discover ways in which you can move towards maturity and grow up in Christ.

Supernatural Living – Self-Control and Gentleness
September 3, 2023
Sean and Rosie Harriott

Supernatural Living – Self Control I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. – Romans 7:15 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV) Self-control is the ability to control our thoughts, emotions, …

Supernatural Living – Goodness and Faithfulness
August 27, 2023

SUPERNATURAL LIVING – GOODNESS WHAT IS GOODNESS? Goodness – the quality of being morally good or virtuous Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. – Galatians 5:25 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in acc …

Supernatural Living – Patience and Kindness
August 20, 2023
Dami and Josh Verity

SUPERNATURAL LIVING – PATIENCE Definition – Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. Why Patience is a Fruit of the Spirit – Sustenance  – Resilience – Endurance – Growth – Fulfilment  3 because you know that the testing of you …

Supernatural Living – Joy and Peace
August 12, 2023

Supernatural Living – Unshakeable Joy What Joy is not: It is not the same as happiness Real joy cannot be stolen from us It doesn’t mean we’re always in a good mood It is not an emotion but comes from within us It is not dependent on circumstances, unlike happiness – we should not allow our circumst …

Supernatural Living – 6th August
August 6, 2023
Billy Ritchie and Jeme Monehin

Join us for a weekly study of the Fruit of the Spirit in the Life of Christ. We will explore how Jesus perfectly reflected God's love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We will also learn how we can cultivate these qualities in our own lives, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

This journey of "Supernatural Living" will be both challenging and rewarding. We will learn how to overcome our weaknesses and grow in our spiritual maturity. We will also discover how the Fruit of the Spirit can transform our families and communities.

So come join us on this journey! Together, we can learn how to live a life that is truly pleasing to God.

Resurrection Life: So Take The Stone Away
July 30, 2023
Andrew Shearman

RESURRECTION LIFE : SO TAKE THE STONE AWAY 1. A Prophetic demonstration of Life before the Cross and the confidence of Christ 1 Now a man named Lazarus was ill. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay ill, was the same one who poure …

Galatians – Boasting in Christ Alone
July 23, 2023
Billy Ritchie

We all have things we love to boast about! It could be our favourite football team, our city, that epic coffee place, or an amazing restaurant we just discovered. The Apostle Paul had some wisdom to share with the Galatian Church about what truly matters when it comes to boasting. Get ready to be inspired and discover the freedom that comes with this exciting revelation.

Galatians – Sons and Heirs
July 16, 2023
Pastor Mark Sherratt

GALATIANS – SONS AND HEIRS Embracing Biblical sonship: Liberated by grace 23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25  …

Galatians – Live by Faith in Christ
July 9, 2023

Galatians – Live by Faith in Christ Picture – Ostrich with head in the sand “You build trust with others each time you choose integrity over image, truth over convenience, or honour over personal gain” – John C Maxwell Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing re …

Galatians- Law and Promise
July 2, 2023

GALATIANS – LAW AND PROMISE …for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:27-28 THE PROMISE: God gave the promises to Abr …

Galatians- Law and Promise
July 2, 2023

GALATIANS – LAW AND PROMISE …for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:27-28 THE PROMISE: God gave the promises to Abr …

But God…
June 25, 2023

BUT GOD … The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” – …

Galatians – Justified by faith in Christ
June 18, 2023

Galatians – Justified by faith in Christ 1 I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. – Galatians 2:1-2 JE …

GALATIANS – A REVELATION OF CHRIST FOR THE UNLIKELY
June 11, 2023

GALATIANS – A REVELATION OF CHRIST FOR THE UNLIKELY 11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my previous w …

Galatians – Surprised By Grace And Peace
June 4, 2023
Pastor Kwame Osae

The song "Amazing Grace" has resonated throughout that last 250 years and still changes lives today. But what is "Grace"? And why was it so important for Paul to emphasise to the Galatians that they were saved by grace?

Galatians – Christ Is Enough
May 28, 2023
Billy Ritchie

Galatians – Christ Is Enough 42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord…. 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, …

Live No Lies – The Whole Armour of God
May 21, 2023

Live No Lies – The Whole Armour of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare The devil’s primary strategy to drive the soul and society into ruin is deceptive ideas (lies) that play to disordered desires, (flesh) which are normalized in a sinful society. (world) Finally, be stro …

Live No Lies – The World
May 14, 2023

Live No Lies – The World For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV So what do we know… There is a devil The devil brings …

Live No Lies – ‘The Flesh’
May 7, 2023

Live No Lies – ‘The Flesh’ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith …

LIVE NO LIES – THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES
April 30, 2023

LIVE NO LIES – THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. – 1 Timothy 1:18-19 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prow …