In spring 2021 we looked through the book of Acts, preparing us to replant into Hope Church

“Lights, Camera, Action – Hope is Rising!”:

If a movie or story was to be written about DCFs transitional journey into Hope Church and the evolving ministry and kingdom impact in Dawlish, what type of movie or story would it be?  What would the events, scenes or ‘acts’ be like?  The Book of Acts recalls how Jesus started to build His church – it is narrative, not prescriptive, telling of the key characters, events and outcomes.  The highs, the lows.  Learning through good times and bad. This series is not a preaching series on Acts.  Rather as we embark on our transitional and missional journey, what can we learn from the Book of Acts as we fix our eyes on Jesus and be obedient in His Great Commission.  We will ‘hover’ and sometimes ‘parachute in’ on various events and characters in Acts to equip us for this journey.  We are not following someone else’s teaching series, rather we are saying ‘Lord what do you have for us in this context of Dawlish? The series will be branded around the ‘movie’ theme, with a famous movie title or strapline (using the title only, not major on content!), imagery, language and delivery that is action and impact orientated. Each week there will be a 1 page summary note as a quick reference guide, with a ‘going deeper’ section to encourage further study.  There will be a parallel reading plan through the Book of Acts taking us up to Palm Sunday.

Here’s a playlist of the messages from the series. Links to individual services can be found below

Summary & Going Deeper Sections:

Links to services in this series:

Sunday 10th January: Vision Sunday: ( Isaiah 43:1-3a & 18-21)

Sunday 17th January: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising: The Force Awakens

Sunday 24th January: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising: All for One and One for All

Sunday 31st January: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising: The River Wild

Sunday 7th February: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising: Gone with the Wind

Sunday 14th February: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising: Happy Feet

Sunday 21st February: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising: Tales of the Unexpected

Sunday 28th February: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sunday 7th March: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising: On a Mission from God

Sunday 14th March: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising: Home Alone

Sunday 21st March: Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is rising: Braveheart

After Easter

Straight after Easter, we will have a follow on from the “Lights, Camera, Action: Hope is Rising series”. We’ll be looking deeper into a couple of topics a week. The messages will be more of a conversational style, where members of our congregation share what the series has meant to them and how they feel it can be applied to our church. Here’s the playlist for this mini-series:

Summary and Going Deeper sections:

Links to services:

Sunday April 11th: Hope is Rising: Going Deeper: Part 1

Sunday April 18th: Hope is Rising: Going Deeper: Part 2

Sunday April 25th: Hope is Rising: Going Deeper: Part 3

Sunday May 2nd: Hope is Rising: Going Deeper: Part 4

Sunday May 9th: Hope is Rising: Going Deeper: Part 5

Audio Bible

We are reading through the book of Acts. If you would find an audio version helpful, here’s a playlist of David Suchet reading through the book of Acts. He is reading from the NIV.