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Fulfilled at Christmas

Fulfilled at Christmas

In the earliest parts of Matthew’s Gospel, its writer refers several times to the way in which the coming of Jesus Christ fulfilled what was spoken through the prophets. Key events in the Christmas story are shown to bring to fulfilment what was spoken by Isaiah, Micah, Hosea and Jeremiah. In most of these cases, it not easy to understand what the writer of Matthew’s gospel means and it can appear that he has taken these Old Testament references out of context. Careful attention to their context, however, reveals that this is far from the case. Their role is to illuminate truths about Jesus that we otherwise might miss. During this series, we will look at each of these passages and seek to understand the way in which the coming of Jesus Christ brought the whole of the Old Testament story to its surprising climax and fulfilment.

December 2017

Finding God in…

Finding God in…

Christmas is often a rather mixed experience with its happiness and joy combined with a great amount of stress and business. Many traditions, seemingly unrelated to the coming of Jesus Christ, have also sprung up around Christmas bringing a good deal of confusion. During this short series, we will try to explore how Jesus can be found in such unfamiliar places at Christmas time. David Taylor will help us to understand how God can be found within Charles Dickens’ famous novel, A Christmas Carol and Janet Miles will do the same with ‘the madness of Christmas’.

December 2017

It’s Narnia Business

It’s Narnia Business

C.S. Lewis was one of the greatest Christian writers of the twentieth century, producing a number of books that have had a transforming effect upon the lives of millions of people. The most famous of his writings are The Chronicles of Narnia. In recent years, far more has been discovered about what Lewis was up to when he wrote the Narnia stories. This has indicated that their significance is even more profound than was previously recognised. During this series we will look at each of the seven Narnia stories in the light of the biblical truths that they are seeking to illuminate, with the aim of helping us to understand the God revealed in Jesus Christ more fully.

November 2017

Samson: Strength and Weakness

Samson: Strength and Weakness

The book of Judges is a rather depressing read. As well as the people of Israel going from bad to worse, this is even true of the deliverers that God sends to rescue his people. The last of these twelve judges is Samson, famous for the extraordinary strength which God gave him. However the story of Samson is as tragic as the rest of the book of Judges with its central character displaying a great deal of disastrous weakness alongside his strength. During this series, we will look at the life of this tragic figure and try to understand what it is seeking to teach us about God and the things that we need to understand as we seek to follow him more faithfully.

November 2017

A Christian Perspective on…

A Christian Perspective on…

Within our lives we confront a whole variety of different issues. Some of these issues are deeply personal to us, whilst others possess a more national or global nature. The wisdom contained in the Bible can be applied to any subject, however modern, and help us to make greater sense of those things upon which we might otherwise remain confused. During this series, we will seek to tackle a number of very different subjects and, in each case, we will seek to gain a greater understanding by reflecting upon what a Christian perspective has to say into them.

September 2017

What are the Prophets saying to us?

What are the Prophets saying to us?

The Old Testament prophets were charged with bringing God’s word to his people. Their messages particularly interpreted the political and social events that were occurring around the people of Israel and what God was doing and saying through these events. Very often these were messages that the people were less than willing to hear, with a major emphasis upon God’s judgement. The prophets combined these messages, however, with the belief that judgement would not be God’s final word and the hope that he would eventual fulfil his covenant purposes for his people and the world. During this series we will look at the messages of the Twelve ‘Minor’ Prophets and seek to discern what God is saying to our contemporary situation through them.

September 2017

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

During this series, our sermons will use the book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero to explore the vital connection between Christians growing towards spiritual maturity and confronting our emotional issues. Scazzero is a church leader in America who had to learn this lesson the hard way and his book is the result of God leading him to a biblical integration of emotional health, a relationship with Jesus and the classic practices of contemplative spirituality. This will be a tough series as we explore the all too common signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality but the aim to help all of us to move further towards the fullness of life that God intends us to discover through our relationship with him.

September 2017

Why I am a Christian

Why I am a Christian

Over the last few years, we have used the month of August to have different members of Christ Church talk about ‘Why I am a Christian’. These have turned out to be some of the most popular and helpful talks that we have had during the year, with plenty of downloads recorded on the Christ Church website. This year will be the same, with a number of different members of Christ Church telling us some of the story of their lives and the key factors that have led them to be Christians.

August 2017

Why I am a Christian

Why I am a Christian

Over the last few years, we have used the month of August to have different members of Christ Church talk about ‘Why I am a Christian’. These have turned out to be some of the most popular and helpful talks that we have had during the year, with plenty of downloads recorded on the Christ Church website. This year will be the same, with a number of different members of Christ Church telling us some of the story of their lives and the key factors that have led them to be Christians.

August 2017

The most important thing I’ve learnt about God in the last five years

The most important thing I’ve learnt about God in the last five years

God wants all of us to be constantly growing in our relationship with him. Sometimes this process will happen more through the tough times in our lives than those moments where we feel most obviously blessed. Being honest about this can be a great encouragement to others as they go through difficult times in their own lives and wonder where God can be found in it all. During this series, four members of Christ Church will share the experiences that they have had over the last five years of their lives and the most important things that they have learnt about God during this period.

August 2017

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