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Sunday sermons from Foundation Church Belfast

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  • How to Turn Your Trials Into Triumphs

    How to Turn Your Trials Into Triumphs

    09/01/2021 Duration: 35min

    Many people are facing severe trials and hardships already as we begin the new year. However Psalm 3 provides us a model of how to process our trials in a way that is constructive and not destructive. Here are the four steps we can take to move from trial to triumph: PresentConfessExperienceEmpower Therefore handled wisely our trials can actually open us up to fresh experiences of God and invigorated faith in him. Main passage Psalm 3:1-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%203&version=ESVUK Preacher David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast Check out these related messages: How to Pray Powerful Prayers from the series Real Religion Authority Over Sickness and Sin from the series The Gospel According to Mark

  • Context and Contradiction in the Kingdom of God

    Context and Contradiction in the Kingdom of God

    12/12/2020 Duration: 38min

    Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God is different in substance from anything that goes before it. Our behaviour and actions are determined by the context of which system we live under. If we live in the Kingdom of God, we should be more at home with celebration and joy. There is a place for fasting and solemnity but our overarching stance should be one of enjoyment. However the Kingdom of God contradicts any system or structure that we may adopt. Therefore Jesus teaches you can’t simply tack on the kingdom of God to our existing belief system or way of life – this only leads to eventual damage and destruction. Listen to how the CONTEXT of the Kingdom and the CONTRADICTION of the Kingdom make real differences to our everyday lives in gospel community. Main text: Mark 2:18-22 Sermon by David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast

  • Why Follow Jesus?

    Why Follow Jesus?

    04/12/2020 Duration: 38min

    What kind of person needs Jesus? Who should follow him? And how should someone go about that? St. Mark describes a dinner party that Jesus was a guest of. He had recently met and called Levi to join his group of followers – a community Jesus was building to learn from him. A group that would one day take his message and his mighty works, and go and tell the world what he has done. Levi was a tax collector. In that day it meant he was regarded as a scum-bag, a colluder with the Roman state, a traitor of his own people. Religious people despised him. But Jesus saw something else. He saw someone who needed to know God, to know that he was forgiven. Levi needed to discover who Jesus is and what he can do. So Levi, after encountering Jesus, invited all his friends and ‘associates’ round for a dinner party. His fellow tax collectors and other dubious contacts. However rather than resenting Jesus attending the party, they loved it! At Foundation Church Belfast we are growing to becom

  • Authority Over Sickness and Sin

    Authority Over Sickness and Sin

    27/11/2020 Duration: 42min

    In this sermon we see further examples of Jesus’ primary message: ‘The Kingdom of God is coming!’ Here we are shown that Jesus claims authority not only over sickness but his authority to forgive sins. This authority has a polarising effect: it will either attract or repel (as all forms of authority do). We see the healed man and his friends aware of Jesus’ authority – and they go straight to him for help and restoration. Yet we also see the response of the religious scholars. They are unsettled by Jesus’ claims about himself. He represents too much of a challenge to their belief systems and way of life. We take time to think about how to respond to Jesus today as well as consider whether miraculous healings are available for us in the contemporary church. Main text Mark 2:1-12 Preacher David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast. Check out these related sermons: How to Pray Powerful Prayers – from the Real Religion series. Evan

  • The Kingdom of God: Authority, Mission, Calling

    The Kingdom of God: Authority, Mission, Calling

    23/11/2020 Duration: 41min

    The implications of the teaching and signs of Jesus are far reaching. In this sermon we examine the first day of Jesus’ ministry following his baptism, Spirit-empowerment and temptation. We see him teaching in the local Synagogue; his listeners astonished at his authoritative words. We see him clashing with the kingdom of darkness – demons are cast out with a word from him. All this is set on the backdrop of Jesus’ own stated mission – to preach the kingdom of God has come near, and to demonstrate what it looks like. As we consider all this we realise there are massive implications for the contemporary church. If we at Foundation Church Belfast are to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and his disciples, then our prayers, our vision, the way we organise ourselves – all of this must be shaped by Jesus’ own mission – to show and tell the kingdom of God. Main text: Mark 1:21-39 Speaker: David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast Check out the

  • Who Is Jesus and What Did He Say?

    Who Is Jesus and What Did He Say?

    17/11/2020 Duration: 49min

    St. Mark takes us to some highly significant moments at the start of Jesus’ ministry: his baptism, his forty days of temptation, and his preaching. All of these snapshots show us who Jesus claimed to be: He was the Son of GodHe was one of usHe was Spirit-filledHe was victorious Integrated to his identity was also his mission – what he came to do. The headline message that he began to give was this: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.Mark 1:15 ESV Proclamation of the kingdom of God was only part of it. He came to call people to enter it, to become his disciples and follow him. In this message we examine these key moments in Jesus’ early ministry and think how they set the pace for us at Foundation Church Belfast as we pray, ‘May your kingdom come.’ Main text: Mark 1:9-20 Message by David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast

  • The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    11/11/2020 Duration: 33min

    If you want to examine the claims of Jesus Christ to see if they have merit, start by studying the Gospel According to Mark. Over the next few months we shall be examining the central teachings of Jesus as we read and think through passage by passage of Mark. Many people who dismiss Christianity do so because of past experiences with the Church or with people who claim to be Christians. Rarely it is because they have taken time to read the primary sources, think through the claims of Christ, and conclude that he is not to be believed. As a church in Belfast we want to have a sound grasp of the life and teachings of Jesus. It is important for believers in Jesus to come to ever-increasing understanding and experience of him in our own lives and in our community. As a community on mission we are built upon the person and work of Jesus, so knowing him better is essential to church health and vibrancy. Main text: Mark 1:1-8. Sermon by David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast.

  • The Cost of Following Jesus

    The Cost of Following Jesus

    03/11/2020 Duration: 34min

    Main text: Luke 14:25-33 Message by Tyler Rawson

  • God is Our Refuge and Strength

    God is Our Refuge and Strength

    26/10/2020 Duration: 29min

    The Psalmist shows us that it is possible to experience peace and security in the middle of immense turmoil. We access this profound resource through entering in to the kingdom city of God. This is not mere psychological escapism. Rather it is the solid promise of a God who has acted concretely in human history. Jesus opens the way to the kingdom of God. We enter through faith in him. And when we see what he has done for us, we realise that nothing in life can ultimately tear us away from the favour and love of God. Main text: Psalm 46 Message by David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast.

  • Healthy Community + Impactful Mission

    Healthy Community + Impactful Mission

    19/10/2020 Duration: 37min

    Here’s the main theme of Paul’s letter to Titus: Get the truth straight and allow the truth to shape you. In this concluding sermon we examine the results that will be noted in a church that is committed to learning and living the truth: Healthy CommunityImpactful Mission We consider how we are experiencing this at Foundation Church Belfast so far and how we long to see this be manifested more powerfully in the coming years. Main text Titus 3:9-15 Speaker David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast Check out the following related sermons: 9 Marks: Church Discipline Community Makers, Community Breakers

  • How to Act in the World

    How to Act in the World

    13/10/2020 Duration: 33min

    Christians are to live lives that positively impact those around them. The Christian faith has a role in how believers behave in society. They are to be outstanding citizens of their own city or nation. The people of Crete were not renowned for being outstanding citizens. In fact they bore a reputation of being rebellious and obstinate. However those who heard and believed the message of Jesus Christ were called to live in distinction to the Cretan stereotype. This is because followers of Christ are called to recognise the God-given authority of civil authorities. This was not possible because the Cretan believers simply chose to live moral lives from now on. It was only through the transforming work of God in their lives that they were able to live lives of distinction and humility. In this message we see: How to act in the worldHow we used to act in the worldHow God acted in the worldThe basis for our actions in the world Main Passage Titus 3:1-8 Speaker David Varney, pastor Foun

  • The Appearing of the Grace of God

    The Appearing of the Grace of God

    04/10/2020 Duration: 37min

    The grace of God appeared decisively in history when Jesus Christ entered the scene. St. Paul shows that this appearing of God’s grace is the basis of our present moral and ethical transformation, and sets us up to anticipate the future return of Christ. When we see and understand the grace of God we are equipped to cope better with fear and anxiety that comes from our current challenging circumstances. Main text Titus 2:11-15 Message by David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast. Want to find out more? Check out the following related messages: The Ascension of JesusThe Gospel of Grace

  • The Radical Ordinary

    The Radical Ordinary

    25/09/2020 Duration: 43min

    When we get the truth straight, and allow the truth to shape us, our lives will begin to beautify the message of Jesus. In this passage, the Apostle Paul sketches out a vision of the Radical Ordinary – lives lived in counter-cultural gospel community. As contemporary Western society has less in common with its Christian heritage, the modern day church will appear increasingly radical as it lives the faith according to the Bible’s teaching. In this message we examine Paul’s application of the Greco-Roman household code to the Christian church and ask how we might live as the Radical Ordinary today. Main text: Titus 2:1-10 Message by David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast Why not check out the following related messages: Four Marks of a Gospel-Centred, Spirit-Empowered Community on Mission Living Life in Transforming Community

  • The Problem with Fake Teachers

    The Problem with Fake Teachers

    19/09/2020 Duration: 46min

    The first believers in Crete had enthusiastically accepted the gospel message of Jesus. They then gathered together in small communities where they could worship and live for Jesus together. But there was a fake message going around the island: one that sounded similar but was actually threatened the existence of the believing communities. In this message we examine the impact of fake teaching and consider how it might present itself today in our own context. We then look at how to arm ourselves against this threat at Foundation Church Belfast so we might grow as a healthy church. The nature of fake teachingThe content of fake teachingThe result of fake teachingThe solution to fake teaching Main passage: Titus 1:10-16 Read it here. You might also like to: Check out our message series 9 Marks of a Healthy Church.Read Building a Healthy Church.

  • Elders and the Local Church

    Elders and the Local Church

    11/09/2020 Duration: 40min

    Finding and affirming excellent leadership is key to the growth of a healthy church. That is why St. Paul addresses the issue first in his letter to Titus. The message about Jesus has been shared powerfully on Crete. Communities of people have been formed around their shared belief in the gospel message. But these communities are not complete churches until they have suitably called and affirmed spiritual leadership in place. In this message, St Paul shows us what qualities to look for in a potential elder within the local church: Elders get the truth straightElders let the truth shape them The message finishes with three headline practical applications to our church at Foundation Church Belfast. Message by David Varney, pastor of Foundation Church Belfast. Bible text available here https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus+1.5-9&version=ESVUK

  • Learn the Truth, Live the Truth

    Learn the Truth, Live the Truth

    04/09/2020 Duration: 34min

    It is often said that we are living in a post-truth world. Fake news and various conspiracy theories gain increasing traction in mainstream thought life, influencing the shape of our contemporary discourse. Truth claims are seen as attempts to manipulate and gain power. This leads to widespread scepticism and suspicion about anyone making ultimate truth claims. Paul writes to his deputy Titus who is carrying out apostolic work on the island of Crete. Crete is renowned for having a dubious approach to ‘truth’ which has led to a dehumanising and abusive society. In this first message in our series from Paul’s letter to Titus, we examine the nature of truth from Paul’s perspective, and how he seeks to strengthen the fledgling churches in Crete, so that they understand and articulate a robust, vibrant faith. Message by David Varney, pastor of Foundation Church Belfast. Bible text available here https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus+1.1-4&version=ESVUK

  • Three Outstanding Values of the Restoration Community

    Three Outstanding Values of the Restoration Community

    14/08/2020 Duration: 49min

    For all the positive steps forward in the work of restoration, God’s people come to a life-or-death decision – do they follow God with their whole hearts? This final message in our Restoration series through the book of Ezra comes to a climactic – and unfinished – ending. As contemporary readers we are left with a choice to make. Will we heed the lesson of the people in Ezra’s day and follow whole-heartedly after God, or will we allow our hearts to be captured by another love that welds a stronger influence in our lives? In this message we see Three Outstanding Values of the Restoration Community: Meaningful MarriagesRadical RepentanceLiving Lordship This is not a comfortable message! It is challenging and radical. But this is what God calls his people to be. And it what we aspire to be as we obey him and live for him as a community on mission.

  • The Problem, Response and Solution to Sin in the Restoration Community

    The Problem, Response and Solution to Sin in the Restoration Community

    09/08/2020 Duration: 44min

    For all the progress that was made by the restoration community, there was a serious problem that threatened their entire existence. How could things get so bad? Ezra discovers that the community had allowed themselves to become critically compromised by intermarrying into the surrounding pagan nations. It seems that all their external actions of worship had not produced the inner transformation that Ezra knew was essential before God. As Christians, external actions must begin with a heart that is transformed by the gospel of Jesus. If not people will make emotional responses to religion but fail to be truly transformed by God’s grace. In this message we see: Part 1: The Problem of Sin Part 2: The Response to Sin Part 3: The Solution to Sin

  • Trusting in God

    Trusting in God

    01/08/2020 Duration: 37min

    All relationships are enhanced and strengthened by trust. Nowhere is this more true than our relationship with God. In this message we learn from Ezra 8 what trusting God looks like in real life. If we really trust God and live consistently with our beliefs about him, we will be used in powerful ways by him in his kingdom building work. Part 1 – the Basis of Trust Part 2 – the Nature of Trust Part 3 – the Result of Trust Bible text available here https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ezra+8&version=ESVUK Connect with Us Email hello@foundationchurchbelfast.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/foundationchurchbelfast/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/foundationchurchbelfast/ Twitter https://twitter.com/foundationcb

  • Three Qualities of an Extraordinarily Effective Kingdom Builder

    Three Qualities of an Extraordinarily Effective Kingdom Builder

    25/07/2020 Duration: 38min

    Ezra was known as ‘the Second Moses’ such was his significance in the restoration process of God’s people. He was extraordinarily effective in God’s kingdom work. In this message we examine Three Qualities of an Extraordinarily Effective Kingdom Builder. Through Ezra we are given a model to follow if we are to be used by God for significant kingdom work. Extraordinarily effective kingdom builders: Passionately Pursue GodInfluential in Their ContextApply Courage to Their Calling Check out the Advance Theology Course https://www.advancemovement.com/courses/advance-theology-course/ Bible text available here https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ezra+7&version=ESVUK Connect with us here Email hello@foundationchurchbelfast.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/foundationchurchbelfast/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/foundationchurchbelfast/ Twitter https://twitter.com/foundationcb

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