Living beyond ourselves 

The church is called to be Christ-like and distinctive in a world which can feel an alien place to be. This sermon series will help us chew over what it means to be a Christian in an ever-changing, ever-pressured world. Ezekiel wrestles with what it means to live in a strange, exiled land with a clear message from of about justice, compassion and righteousness, and we pray that as we explore this together, the transformative hope that God's grace provides in this book will help us grow closer to Christ ourselves.

5th May                1. The harsh reality of exile                             Ezekiel 1:1-3; 2-1-3:9
Living in a world beyond the Christian bubble is challenging, and often terrifying. What does it mean to remain obedient to the call God places on our lives in such circumstances?
12th May             2. The painful truth of sin                                Ezekiel 4:1-17
We love God and know what the right thing is to do, and yet we sin. What are the effects of our failure to honour Christ and how do we live with that?
19th May             3. The upsetting removal of hope                  Ezekiel 5:8-17
When hope is lost, everything can feel bleak. How do we find glimmers of hope to cling to when life feels painfully hard? How do we be real with those around us without feeling the guilt of not being perfect?
26th May             4. The redemptive offer of life                         Ezekiel 11:14-21
We are faced with many dilemmas as Christians in a secular world. We are invited to follow God’s call which brings ‘life in all its fullness’. How do we share that truth effectively with Heaton and our community?
2nd June               5. The awkward truth of justice                     Ezekiel 17:12-24
It’s unattractive to say that someone other than us is in charge. But it is God who is ultimately responsible for everything and calls the shots. How can we be counter-cultural in the message we bring?
9th June                6. The relentless battle of addiction              Ezekiel 20:5-10
Sharing Christ is hard. Sharing Christ while we battle our own addictions is even harder. How do we tackle the addictions in our own lives and really know the meaningful release that Jesus offers?
16th June             7. The arrogant desires of self                        Ezekiel 28:12-19
Life often gets the better of us. It grinds us down and leaves us exhausted. In a world which tells us we must fight through everything, how do we avoid the pitfalls of self-reliance?                
23rd June             8. The over-arching purposes of God            Ezekiel 31:1-18
God has the power to bring us to our knees. How do we effectively know and show the world His power?
30th June
Today, we pause in our series as our youth group, Grid, lead us in an all-age service. 

7th July                 9. The continual hope of redemption             Ezekiel 33:12-20
God offers hope for everyone who love Him. This is the message of the Gospel for us all. What does it mean to know this in a new way daily?
14th July               10. The wonderful truth of restoration          Ezekiel 36:6-12
God is a just God, and He is also a God who restores. How do we hold to the truth that Christ brings peace and hope, even when we or those around us have given up?
21st July               11. The resurrecting breath of God                  Ezekiel 37:1-17
None of us deserve it, but God brings us life. Always something to celebrate, how do we seek, share and know the resurrecting breath of God in our lives and our community?
28th July               12. The miraculous life in Christ                         Ezekiel 47:1-12, 48:35
With the temple and God’s honour fully restored, life is found in the most unlikely of places. We’re reminded that at all times, God works in surprising and miraculous ways. How do we remember and share that?

Dave Tubby, 18/04/2019