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A range of audio talks from across our services at Woodlands Church, Bristol - we gather all kinds of people from across our city in the adventure of following Jesus. We are a broad mix of people from different generations and backgrounds who want to explore and grow in faith together.

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A range of audio talks from across our services at Woodlands Church, Bristol - we gather all kinds of people from across our city in the adventure of following Jesus. We are a broad mix of people from different generations and backgrounds who want to explore and grow in faith together.

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Woodlands Church Sermons

Latest release on Sep 20, 2020

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Rank #1: Journeys: Wilderness | Laura Harris at 7pm | 20 September 2020

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20 September 2020 - 7pm Service

Journeys: Wilderness

This Sunday, we continue our preaching series Journeys: People of the Way with a message from Laura Harris.

The Christian life is a journey. It has a beginning, a destination, and things to do, accomplish, and grow in on the way. The early Church was called ‘The Way’ - it implies a way of life, not just a once in a lifetime decision. What does The Way look like?

Remember, our 11am service is also looking at this topic, and Philip Jinadu shared a message with us. Check it out!

You will find discussion notes below to help you go deeper with this topic during the week.

DISCUSSION NOTES

Introduction:

In the Bible the wilderness is both a place of nurture and a place of challenge.

In the Exodus journey the wilderness was a place where the miraculous power of God was seen, where law was given, where supernatural food was provided. It was also a place of battles, of giants, of grumbling and judgement.

The wilderness was a place to hide from enemies; it was also a place of testing. It was a place free from distraction, it was a place of exile and temptation. Perhaps it can be described as a place of clarity, of black and white.


Wilderness
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Read Exodus 16-18 and 32

  1. What does the word wilderness mean to you? What seasons of your life could you describe as 'wilderness'? Does the idea of wilderness as a place of nurture surprise you (Rev 12:14) ?

  2. How has Covid been like a wilderness season? What have been the giants, what have been the blessings?

  3. What things have become clear to you in the wilderness seasons of life? Have these presented as temptations to sin, or steps of obedience to follow? What is God saying to you about your obedience to Him, in a wilderness.

  4. Why is grumbling taken so seriously in the Exodus story?

  5. The journey through the wilderness sifted and tested Israel, preparing them to take the promised land. Jesus left the wilderness 'in the power of the Holy Spirit'. A wilderness can make you 'bitter or better'. How have wilderness times affected you?

Sep 20 2020

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Rank #2: Journeys: Wilderness | Clare Thompson at 11am | 20 September 2020

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20 September 2020 - 11am Service

Journeys: Wilderness

This Sunday we continue our preaching series Journeys: People of the Way with a message from Clare Thompson on ‘Wilderness’.

The Christian life is a journey. It has a beginning, a destination, and things to do, accomplish, and grow in on the way. The early Church was called ‘The Way’ - it implies a way of life, not just a once in a lifetime decision. What does The Way look like?

Remember, our 7pm service is also looking at this topic, and Steve Ballard will be sharing with us. Check it out!

You will find discussion notes below to help you go deeper with this topic during the week.

DISCUSSION NOTES

Introduction:

In the Bible the wilderness is both a place of nurture and a place of challenge.

In the Exodus journey the wilderness was a place where the miraculous power of God was seen, where law was given, where supernatural food was provided. It was also a place of battles, of giants, of grumbling and judgement.

The wilderness was a place to hide from enemies; it was also a place of testing. It was a place free from distraction, it was a place of exile and temptation. Perhaps it can be described as a place of clarity, of black and white.


Wilderness
:

Read Exodus 16-18 and 32

  1. What does the word wilderness mean to you? What seasons of your life could you describe as 'wilderness'? Does the idea of wilderness as a place of nurture surprise you (Rev 12:14) ?

  2. How has Covid been like a wilderness season? What have been the giants, what have been the blessings?

  3. What things have become clear to you in the wilderness seasons of life? Have these presented as temptations to sin, or steps of obedience to follow? What is God saying to you about your obedience to Him, in a wilderness.

  4. Why is grumbling taken so seriously in the Exodus story?

  5. The journey through the wilderness sifted and tested Israel, preparing them to take the promised land. Jesus left the wilderness 'in the power of the Holy Spirit'. A wilderness can make you 'bitter or better'. How have wilderness times affected you?

Sep 20 2020

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Rank #3: Journeys: The Way in is the Way on | Steve Ballard at 7pm | 13 September 2020

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13 September 2020 - 7pm Service

Journeys: The Way in is the the Way on

This Sunday, we continue our preaching series Journeys: People of the Way with a message from Steve Ballard, our Young Adults leader.

The Christian life is a journey. It has a beginning, a destination, and things to do, accomplish, and grow in on the way. The early Church was called ‘The Way’ - it implies a way of life, not just a once in a lifetime decision. What does The Way look like?

Remember, our 11am service is also looking at this topic, and Philip Jinadu shared a message with us. Check it out!

You will find discussion notes below to help you go deeper with this topic during the week.

DISCUSSION NOTES

Introduction:
Is becoming a Christian a process or a precipitate moment of decision?

Some people speak as if all that matters is for a person to pray the 'sinner's prayer', secure a place in heaven and that's the job done. Christians are the sum of people who have prayed that prayer and that's all that matters. Others see Christianity as a lifelong journey of discipleship changing from one degree of glory to another!

Of course, I would say, it is both and! It is often a process of hunger for God, which leads to a decision to make Jesus Lord and initiates a life of discipleship. Hence Alpha is both a process but has moments of invitation in it. Sadly, some people seem to stop growing or even go backwards. Maybe the ingredients that help us find God help us to carry on growing in relationship with Him.


The Way in is the Way on
:

Read Galatians 3.

  1. What things led you to follow Jesus? How conscious were you of your need for 'salvation', of God to help you get free from things too strong for you, and for you to become the best version of you possible? How important is an ongoing awareness of your need for the grace of God in your life?

  2. What are the tools that help a Christian grow? How do you use them?

  3. What were your spiritual foundations as a new follower of Jesus? How have they helped your ongoing journey of faith? Did you have any 'spiritual parenting'? (c.f. Ephesians 4: 11-13)

  4. Hebrews 5:11-14 talks about Spiritual food. What is your spiritual food? Do you feed regularly- can you describe how?

  5. Galatians talks about 'beginning with the Spirit.' How do you understand the work of the Holy Spirit in helping you both begin and continue in the Christian life? 

Sep 13 2020

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Rank #4: Journeys: The Way in is the Way on | Philip Jinadu at 11am | 13 September 2020

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13 September 2020 - 11am Service

Journeys: The Way In is The Way On

This Sunday we continue our new preaching series Journeys: People of the Way with a message from Philip Jinadu, leader of Woodlands Metro.

The Christian life is a journey. It has a beginning, a destination, and things to do, accomplish, and grow in on the way. The early Church was called ‘The Way’ - it implies a way of life, not just a once in a lifetime decision. What does The Way look like?

Remember, our 7pm service is also looking at this topic, and Steve Ballard will be sharing with us. Check it out!

You will find discussion notes below to help you go deeper with this topic during the week.

DISCUSSION NOTES

Introduction:
Is becoming a Christian a process or a precipitate moment of decision?

Some people speak as if all that matters is for a person to pray the 'sinner's prayer', secure a place in heaven and that's the job done. Christians are the sum of people who have prayed that prayer and that's all that matters. Others see Christianity as a lifelong journey of discipleship changing from one degree of glory to another!

Of course, I would say, it is both and! It is often a process of hunger for God, which leads to a decision to make Jesus Lord and initiates a life of discipleship. Hence Alpha is both a process but has moments of invitation in it. Sadly, some people seem to stop growing or even go backwards. Maybe the ingredients that help us find God help us to carry on growing in relationship with Him.


The Way in is the Way on
:

Read Galatians 3.

  1. What things led you to follow Jesus? How conscious were you of your need for 'salvation', of God to help you get free from things too strong for you, and for you to become the best version of you possible? How important is an ongoing awareness of your need for the grace of God in your life?

  2. What are the tools that help a Christian grow? How do you use them?

  3. What were your spiritual foundations as a new follower of Jesus? How have they helped your ongoing journey of faith? Did you have any 'spiritual parenting'? (c.f. Ephesians 4: 11-13)

  4. Hebrews 5:11-14 talks about Spiritual food. What is your spiritual food? Do you feed regularly- can you describe how?

  5. Galatians talks about 'beginning with the Spirit.' How do you understand the work of the Holy Spirit in helping you both begin and continue in the Christian life? 

Sep 13 2020

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Rank #5: Journeys: We Can't Stay Here | Nigel Savage at 7pm | 6 September 2020

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6 September 2020 - 7pm Service

Journeys: We Can’t Stay Here

This Sunday we begin our new preaching series Journeys: People of the Way with a message from Nigel Savage.

The Christian life is a journey. It has a beginning, a destination, and things to do, accomplish, and grow in on the way. The early Church was called ‘The Way’ - it implies a way of life, not just a once in a lifetime decision. What does The Way look like?

Remember, our 11am service is also looking at this topic, and Dave Mitchell shared with us earlier today. Check it out!

You will find discussion notes below to help you go deeper with this topic during the week.

DISCUSSION NOTES

Introduction:
The first Christians called themselves people of 'the Way'. Christians was a nickname given to them by outsiders. Sometimes today Christians choose to use the phrase 'followers of Jesus' rather than Christian; the Christian label has a lot of baggage attached to it, especially in the Middle East.

The Bible of course is full of stories of journeys. Abraham was a nomad, the Exodus is a central Old Testament book, Jesus was always on the move throughout his ministry and the book of Acts describes the missionary journeys of the Apostles. More than that however there are discipleship journeys that are not geographic; Hebrews 11:13-16 speaks of biblical heroes of faith 'longing for a better country-a heavenly one'.

Our series is designed to help us look at our faith as a Church community and as individual disciples as a dynamic with movement and growth. We must never stop being pioneers even where we settle.


Why we can't stay here?

  1. What's in a name? What name would you choose to identify with as someone with Christian faith? Does a label box you in and define you in a static way, or describe you as someone always with potential for growth? What language would best describe a lifetime of discipleship and growth?

  2. How would you describe the temperament of a 'pioneer' or a 'settler'? Which describes you best? Can you be both?

  3. Tim Dobson sometimes speaks on the subject of 'internal and external frontiers'. It implies a growth journey in our Character and internal life and some activity and lifestyle changes that also demand growth. Can you think of areas where you need to grow, go on a spiritual journey in your inner life? What lifestyle or practical things need development and growth in your life right now? What risks is God inviting you to take and why?

  4. What does our City, society and culture need from the people of God right now? It's obvious with a pandemic that we really can't stay here. But do we want to return to an old 'normal' or is God allowing a disruption to re-ignite a passion for us to see our city transformed? How might Woodlands need to change to fulfil what we are called to do for God in Bristol?

Sep 06 2020

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Rank #6: Journeys: We Can't Stay Here | Dave Mitchell at 11am | 6 September 2020

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6 September 2020 - 11am Service

Journeys: We Can’t Stay Here

This Sunday we begin our new preaching series Journeys: People of the Way with a message from Dave Mitchell, our Senior Pastor.

The Christian life is a journey. It has a beginning, a destination, and things to do, accomplish, and grow in on the way. The early Church was called ‘The Way’ - it implies a way of life, not just a once in a lifetime decision. What does The Way look like?

Remember, our 7am service is also looking at this topic, and Nigel Savage, will be sharing with us. Check it out!

You will find discussion notes below to help you go deeper with this topic during the week.

DISCUSSION NOTES

Introduction:
The first Christians called themselves people of 'the Way'. Christians was a nickname given to them by outsiders. Sometimes today Christians choose to use the phrase 'followers of Jesus' rather than Christian; the Christian label has a lot of baggage attached to it, especially in the Middle East.

The Bible of course is full of stories of journeys. Abraham was a nomad, the Exodus is a central Old Testament book, Jesus was always on the move throughout his ministry and the book of Acts describes the missionary journeys of the Apostles. More than that however there are discipleship journeys that are not geographic; Hebrews 11:13-16 speaks of biblical heroes of faith 'longing for a better country-a heavenly one'.

Our series is designed to help us look at our faith as a Church community and as individual disciples as a dynamic with movement and growth. We must never stop being pioneers even where we settle.


Why we can't stay here?

  1. What's in a name? What name would you choose to identify with as someone with Christian faith? Does a label box you in and define you in a static way, or describe you as someone always with potential for growth? What language would best describe a lifetime of discipleship and growth?

  2. How would you describe the temperament of a 'pioneer' or a 'settler'? Which describes you best? Can you be both?

  3. Tim Dobson sometimes speaks on the subject of 'internal and external frontiers'. It implies a growth journey in our Character and internal life and some activity and lifestyle changes that also demand growth. Can you think of areas where you need to grow, go on a spiritual journey in your inner life? What lifestyle or practical things need development and growth in your life right now? What risks is God inviting you to take and why?

  4. What does our City, society and culture need from the people of God right now? It's obvious with a pandemic that we really can't stay here. But do we want to return to an old 'normal' or is God allowing a disruption to re-ignite a passion for us to see our city transformed? How might Woodlands need to change to fulfil what we are called to do for God in Bristol?

Sep 06 2020

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Rank #7: Re-Create: Building Back Better | Luke Addison at 7pm | 30 August 2020

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30 August 2020 - 7pm Service

Re-Create: Building Back Better

This Sunday we conclude our new series Re-Create with a talk from Luke Addison looking at Nehemiah and how we can be Building Back Better.

This series will examine how we can rest in God and be restored, realise our gifts and true identity in Him, and define a ‘New Normal’ that’s better than before. 

Remember, our 11am service is also looking at this topic, and Dave Mitchell, our Senior Pastor, shared a message and his vision for how we as Woodlands Church can build back better. Do check it out!

Aug 30 2020

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Rank #8: Re-Create: Building Back Better | Dave Mitchell at 11am | 30 August 2020

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30 August 2020 - 11am Service

Re-Create: Building Back Better

This Sunday we are concluding our new series Re-Create with a talk from Dave Mitchell looking at Nehemiah and how we can be Building Back Better.

This series will examine how we can rest in God and be restored, realise our gifts and true identity in Him, and define a ‘New Normal’ that’s better than before. 

Remember, our 7am service is also looking at this topic, and Luke Addison, will be sharing with us. Check it out!

Aug 30 2020

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Rank #9: Re-Create: Creativity | Amy Viner at 11am | 23 August 2020

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23 August 2020 - 11am Service

Re-Create: Creativity

This Sunday we continue our new series Re-Create and we’ll be hearing a talk from Amy Viner on Creativity.

This series will examine how we can rest in God and be restored, realise our gifts and true identity in Him, and define a ‘New Normal’ that’s better than before. 

Remember, our 7pm service is live-streamed from Woodies tonight! So do be sure to tune in later...

Aug 23 2020

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Rank #10: Re-Create: Creativity | Clare Thompson at 7pm | 23 August 2020

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23 August 2020 - 7pm Service

Re-Create: Creativity

This Sunday we continue our new series Re-Create and we’ll be hearing a talk from Clare Thompson on Creativity.

This series will examine how we can rest in God and be restored, realise our gifts and true identity in Him, and define a ‘New Normal’ that’s better than before. 

Remember, our 11am service is also looking at this topic, so if you’d like another perspective, Amy Viner preached on the topic earlier today.

Aug 23 2020

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