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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 four 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 2013

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 four 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 2013

How being a Christian impacts upon…

How being a Christian impacts upon…

One of the most important things about our Christian faith is that it impacts upon our life outside Sundays. One of the biggest challenges here is relating our faith to our areas of work. During this series four members of the six30 congregation will talk about their jobs, some of the issues that they face within them and some of the ways in which they seek to express their faith within this context.

August 2013

John’s Gospel

John’s Gospel

During July we will continue our look at John’s Gospel and its emphasis upon how the actions and words of Jesus revealed God’s glory. John’s Gospel is carefully constructed around seven signs which revealed this glory plus seven discourses and seven ‘I am’ sayings which he spoke. Combining the qualities of an eyewitness account with what appears to be years of prayer and reflection, John’s Gospel is written ‘that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name’.

July 2013

Jesus and Women

Jesus and Women

One of the most striking aspects of the ministry of Jesus was the attitude that he showed to women. Because of the greater equality within our modern context, we can sometimes fail to appreciate the second class status that women possessed back in the first century. During this series we will play particularly close attention to this context as we examine the interaction of Jesus with four women and the significance of his treatment of them.

July 2013

Jesus the True Vine

Jesus the True Vine

The Bible is full of metaphors involving fruit. Having completed our series on ‘The Fruit of the Spirit’ in Galatians 5, we will look at when Jesus spoke about himself as the True Vine in John 15. Here the emphasis is upon how, despite troubles and difficulties, we can remain or abide in Jesus so that we can bear fruit that will last.

July 2013

John’s Gospel

John’s Gospel

John’s Gospel is rather different from the other three accounts of Jesus’ ministry (the ‘Synoptic Gospels’ of Matthew, Mark and Luke). Whilst still, like the Synoptics, announcing the good news of how God became king through Jesus Christ, John constructs his account of this around seven signs performed by Jesus and seven discourses and seven ‘I am’ sayings which he spoke. During this series we will work our way through the gospel with a particular focus on John’s major theme of how Jesus’ actions and words revealed God’s glory and consider ways in which we can respond to this more faithfully.

May 2013

Learning to live the Risen Life (1 Corinthians)

Learning to live the Risen Life (1 Corinthians)

1 Corinthians is Paul’s most varied letter with the apostle dealing with a number of different subjects. Some of these are in response to questions that he has been asked to address by the church at Corinth whilst others arise from his own concerns about them. The single theme holding the whole letter together, however, is the calling to Christians live our present lives in a manner that anticipates as much as possible our future resurrection. This is why the letter reaches its climax in Paul’s lengthy treatment of the Resurrection in the fifty eight verses of Chapter 15. Christians can sometimes substitute ‘the sure and certain hope of the resurrection’ for ‘the vague sense that it will all pan out in the end’. 1 Corinthians, shows us, by contrast, that being really clear about biblical eschatology (i.e. how God is going to make everything end up) and especially resurrection is really vital for giving us clear direction on how we should be living in the present and especially about the primacy of love.

May 2013

Getting our Nine a Day… (The Fruit of the Spirit)

Getting our Nine a Day… (The Fruit of the Spirit)

Galatians 5 contains Paul’s famous list of nine characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. Rather than being a list from which we can select particular ones that ‘are us’, keeping in step with the Holy Spirit is about seeking to develop all of these characteristics so that we become more like Jesus. During this series we will look at each of these virtues in turn and consider practical ways in which we could demonstrate them more fully within both our daily lives and our life as a church.

May 2013

Close Encounters of the Risen Kind

Close Encounters of the Risen Kind

The accounts of Jesus’ Resurrection contained in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are extremely vivid, indicating their nature as primitive, eyewitness accounts preserving their original sense of ‘it may be extraordinary but this is what actually happened!’ They are also rather different from one another providing another strong indication of their authenticity. During this series in April we will use the season of Easter to examine the resurrection stories in each of the four gospels seeking to learn from both their distinct emphases and what they have in common as they witness to the most important event in the Christian calendar.

April 2013

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