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Christmas Questions

Christmas Questions: Why was Jesus born…

A major challenge which we face every Christmas is that of how to keep its story fresh and exciting. One of the best ways of doing this is to keep asking questions and during this series we will ask why Jesus was born … ‘in Israel’, ‘into poverty and danger’ and ‘of a virgin’. Our prayer is that as we grapple with these questions, the truth of God coming into this world in Jesus and its radical significance will come home to us more fully.

December 2013

Looking to the coming of Jesus

Looking to the coming of Jesus

When the risen Jesus spoke about the fulfilment of what was written about him in ‘the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms’ (Luke 24:44) he was not referred to the odd isolated prophecy. Instead he was declaring that, with his coming, the entire biblical story was reaching its climax. During this Advent series we will seek to reflect this truth, focusing upon four Old Testament books – Genesis, Kings, Isaiah and the Psalms – and asking how each of them looks to the coming of Jesus.

December 2013

Christmas Characters

Christmas Characters

The Christmas story contains many characters that we can learn from in their mixture of confusion, faith and fear. As yet another Christmas comes upon us, a fresh look at these characters and the challenges they faced can hopefully inspire our response to the wonderful truth of God coming into the world for us in Jesus Christ.

December 2013

Jonah: Reluctant Prophet

Jonah: Reluctant Prophet

All churches face the danger of being inward looking rather than focused upon the mission to the world to which God has called us. Written at a time when Judaism seems to have faced a similar danger, the book of Jonah summons us to resist this temptation and share God’s strong commitment to and deep compassion for the world around us.

November 2013

John’s Gospel

John’s Gospel

During October we will pick up again on our study of John’s Gospel with its distinctive challenge to recognise the signs of God’s glory in Jesus and to receive eternal life through believing in him. The simple and yet profound nature of John’s Gospel has led to it being described as a pool that a child can paddle in and a lake for an elephant.

During November we will continue our study of John’s Gospel with its distinctive challenge to recognise the signs of God’s glory in Jesus and to receive eternal life through believing in him. These signs culminate in the raising of Lazarus before the second part of the Gospel then turns to focusing upon Jesus’ death as the supreme revelation of God’s glory and the way in which God became king.

October 2013

The Book of Daniel

The Book of Daniel

If Revelation is regarded the New Testament’s most mysterious book, it is probably the book of Daniel that is its Old Testament equivalent. Whilst some of its story such as Daniel in the Lion’s Den are very familiar, there are other parts of it (most obviously in chapters 7-12) that can appear extremely off putting and bizarre. However, as we found with Revelation, Daniel has an immense amount to say to our current culture context with its dramatic message about both the challenge to faith and what happens when the kingdoms of the world are confronted by the kingdom of God.

During November, we will complete our study of the first half of Daniel with its stirring stories of God’s people keeping faith within a pagan context.

October 2013

Pressures on our teenagers

Pressures on our teenagers

Some of the greatest pressures imposed by our culture are upon our teenagers who therefore badly need the understanding, care and support of their church. With the rapid changes taking place, particularly in terms of social media, many are increasingly aware that we are sitting on a time bomb in regard to the well-being of our young people. During this series we will therefore consider the pressures upon our teenagers to have sex, look perfect, be popular and perform and be successful and how to respond to these through the wisdom and challenge contained within the Bible.

October 2013

The Value of Christian Small Groups

The Value of Christian Small Groups

In a church the size of Christ Church, it is all too easy for our relationships with our fellow churchgoers to be rather superficial rather than possessing the life changing significance that they are meant to possess. Much of the solution here is found in establishing really effective smaller groups which can then provide the setting for authentic Christian relationships to be established and grow. During September we will be seeking to establish a number of new small groups for members of Christ Church to take their place alongside those groups that already exist. Alongside input from those who already belong to such groups, our sermons in September will seek to unpack further why belonging to such a small group of Christians carries such value. After considering the importance of such groups for our children and young people, we will then focus upon their importance for adults. In successive weeks we will consider their value in enabling us to pray together, read and discuss the Bible together, support one another and have fun and fellowship together. The hope is that this series will lead to the reinvigoration of our small groups at Christ Church and the far more effective care and growth of our many members.

September 2013

The Value of Christian Small Groups

The Value of Christian Small Groups

In a church the size of Christ Church, it is all too easy for our relationships with our fellow churchgoers to be rather superficial rather than possessing the life changing significance that they are meant to possess. Much of the solution here is found in establishing really effective smaller groups which can then provide the setting for authentic Christian relationships to be established and grow. During September we will be seeking to establish a number of new small groups for members of Christ Church to take their place alongside those groups that already exist. Alongside input from those who already belong to such groups, our sermons in September will seek to unpack further why belonging to such a small group of Christians carries such value. After considering the importance of such groups for our children and young people, we will then focus upon their importance for adults. In successive weeks we will consider their value in enabling us to pray together, read and discuss the Bible together, support one another and have fun and fellowship together. The hope is that this series will lead to the reinvigoration of our small groups at Christ Church and the far more effective care and growth of our many members.

September 2013

The Value of Christian Small Groups

The Value of Christian Small Groups

In a church the size of Christ Church, it is all too easy for our relationships with our fellow churchgoers to be rather superficial rather than possessing the life changing significance that they are meant to possess. Much of the solution here is found in establishing really effective smaller groups which can then provide the setting for authentic Christian relationships to be established and grow. During September we will be seeking to establish a number of new small groups for members of Christ Church to take their place alongside those groups that already exist. Alongside input from those who already belong to such groups, our sermons in September will seek to unpack further why belonging to such a small group of Christians carries such value. After considering the importance of such groups for our children and young people, we will then focus upon their importance for adults. In successive weeks we will consider their value in enabling us to pray together, read and discuss the Bible together, support one another and have fun and fellowship together. The hope is that this series will lead to the reinvigoration of our small groups at Christ Church and the far more effective care and growth of our many members.

September 2013

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