Transformed by the Holy Spirit – What is Christianity? (8)

If we are united to Christ, then how do we live? Do we just sit around and twiddle our thumbs? In this session we look at who the Holy Spirit is, what he does, and how God commands us to live by the power of the Spirit.

Check out all posts under the “What is Christianity?” category for more sessions of this course.

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Why we struggle with sin – Romans 7:7-25 Sermon

Do you find yourself struggling with sin in your life? Why is it that we seem to struggle with sin so much? In this passage, Paul illustrates the teaching of the previous section of Romans with some autobiographical information. Paul also found sin to be a struggle – but there is a reason, and a solution.

Sermons are also available on the podcast.

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Growth in grace – growing as a Christian – Firm Foundations #37

How do we grow as Christians? For most of us, becoming a Christian doesn’t involve a massive overnight change. How do we grow, and how do we know that we’re growing? In this session I outline what I call the “cycle of grace”, how the Christian life works.


Find out more about the Firm Foundations course by watching the Introduction. The previous session (part 36, on Joy) is here.

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Joy – finding joy as a Christian – Firm Foundations #36

The Bible says that joy is a state, not an emotion. Joy is something we can have any time, anywhere – it’s not about feeling happy or sad. It’s far deeper than any human emotion. What is it and how do we get it?

Find out more about the Firm Foundations course by watching the Introduction. The previous session (part 35, on Peace) is here.

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Sanctification – how God makes us holy – Firm Foundations #33

We soon realise that becoming a Christian doesn’t solve the problem of sin. In fact, becoming a Christian is just the beginning of the process. So, how do we live a Christian life without feelings of guilt or shame?

Find out more about the Firm Foundations course by watching the Introduction. The previous session (part 32, on Adoption) is here.

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What the Christian life is all about – Church with UTB 30-04-23

For the first proper week of Church with UTB, we’re going to be starting a new series on the Sermon on the Mount. Please do have a look at that page if you need an explanation of how to make use of Church with UTB – but I will be producing more resources soon.

Sermon – “What the Christian Life is all about” (Matthew 5:1-12)

Suggested songs

Bible readings

  • Matthew 5:1-12 for the sermon (the video starts with the reading so you don’t need to have it read first)
  • Psalm 98


The catechism videos are undated, as it’s best to work your way through in sequence. Simply pick the next one from this playlist.

For more information about making use of this, see the Church with UTB page.

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The Spirit’s power in our lives – Acts 19:1-22 Sermon

Why would anyone bother to be a Christian? Because there is a truth and a power about the Christian life, and the Holy Spirit, which is not found anywhere else. But how do we put that in to practice?

Enjoyed this sermon? See more on the sermons page.

Sermons are also available on the podcast.

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Prayer – How to live as a Christian #2

All about prayer – the what, why, how and when of prayer! In this session we see how we can use the Lord’s Prayer as a template for prayer. Also an interview with a special guest to talk about prayer.

Resources in the video

Also check out Andy Brown’s website, where he blogs regularly with Christian reflections and thoughts.

This is an updated version of the video course I recorded last year, based on the written series.

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How to live as a Christian #1: Following Jesus (New course!)

In the “What is Christianity?” course we looked at what Christianity actually is. But how do you actually live as a Christian, practically? In this new course, we’re going to look at how you actually live as a Christian. The first part is the most fundamental – it’s the foundation of everything else we say.

This is an updated version of the video course I recorded last year, based on the written series.

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How to live as a Christian: A Guide

A few months ago, I created a new course called What is Christianity? That course was designed to introduce Christianity by looking at a very brief overview of the Bible. However, it didn’t offer very much practical help in terms of actually living as a Christian. I want to start remedying that now with another short and practical course about what it means to live a Christian life.

A few years ago I stumbled across a document called “A Short Guide to the Duties of Church Membership”. It was written back in 1954 by the then Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Although it’s over 60 years old, I think it remains a very helpful document as an overview of what it means to be a Christian. And it’s not just for Anglicans!

They included nine things in that list:

  1. To follow the example of Christ in home and daily life, and to bear personal witness to Him.
  2. To be regular in private prayer day by day.
  3. To read the Bible carefully.
  4. To come to Church every Sunday.
  5. To receive the Holy Communion faithfully and regularly.
  6. To give personal service to Church, neighbours, and community.
  7. To give money for the work of parish and diocese and for the work of the Church at home and overseas.
  8. To uphold the standard of marriage entrusted by Christ to His Church.
  9. To care that children are brought up to love and serve the Lord.

I think this is a very helpful list – if you studied these things you would be well on your way to understanding how to live a Christian life. Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do!

In this series we’re going to work through each one on the list to show how these things can be lived out each day. My hope eventually is to turn this into its own course and add it to the teaching programme. In the meantime, you can see the whole thing on this page.

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