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An Epistle of Straw?

An Epistle of Straw?

It was Martin Luther, the hero of the sixteenth century reformation, who described the letter of James as ‘a right strawy epistle’. Luther’s concern was that with its emphasis upon the need for ‘deeds’, ‘James’ was in danger of undermining the gospel truth that we are saved by grace through faith alone. An extremely practical book, James is rather about the necessity of our faith in Jesus Christ bringing about genuine change in our lives. Be prepared for a strong degree of challenge as we consider the ways that James is saying that our lives need to change if our Christian faith is to be something meaningful.

March 2011

Getting to grips with our gaps in the Bible

Getting to grips with our gaps in the Bible

During this year’s focus on biblical literacy we are encouraging all of the members of Christ Church to read the Bible more. This includes trying to get to know better those parts of the Bible that we are weaker on. In order to model this our clergy – Stephen, Helen and Carolyn, plus our lay reader in training, Katy Loffman, have each selected a book of the Bible that they don’t know particularly well – Joshua, 1 Peter, Jude and Zechariah. In each of these talks they will share something of the approach that they have taken in trying to get their chosen book better and what they have then received through getting to grips with their gaps in the Bible. These talks will also be used at 8.00 am Communion during March.

March 2011

On Your Mark's...

On Your Mark's...

One of our aims for 2011 will be for every adult member of Christ Church to read through Mark’s Gospel. Mark is the shortest and punchiest of the four Gospels and by focusing on its very first chapter, this series will aim to facilitate our own reading of its exciting story.

February 2011

Gospel Truth

Gospel Truth

Sometimes our tendency to harmonise the four gospels can result in their very distinctive portrayals of Jesus being rather lost. In this series we will therefore look in turn at Mark, Matthew, Luke and John and the key things that they intend us to understand about Jesus.

February 2011

Things Jesus came to bring us

Things Jesus came to bring us

During six30@ccnm during February we will think about four key aspects of what Jesus came to bring us – forgiveness, love, peace and purpose. Reflecting upon their significance for us, we will also consider how we can then we part of passing these blessings onto others as well.

February 2011

Bible matters

Bible matters

In the 9.30 service during January we will aim to build up or knowledge of the contents of the Bible by looking at its overall story and then some of its major sections – the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Epistles. The purpose behind these sermons will be to provide members of the 9.30 congregation with an overall framework within which to locate the different parts of the Bible and a greater appreciation of the role that each of its different sections have in its overall story.

January 2011

Uses of the Bible

Uses of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

For 2011 the Christ Church Motto Verse will be 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which speaks of the usefulness and power of the Bible. During the 11.00 service during January we will seek unpack the various things that this passage and its surrounding context say about the Bible and reflect upon the practical ways in which we can use it more effectively to sustain us in our Christian lives.

January 2011

How to read the Bible for all its worth

How to read the Bible for all its worth

Many Christians possess rather a lot of guilt in regard to the Bible feeling that it should be playing a greater role in their lives. Very often, however, the diversity of material within the Bible and its tricky parts can also make us rather unsure of the best approach to take to reading much of it. The sermons in this series will seek to help here seeking to demonstrate practical ways in which we can get the most out of different types of material found within the Bible.

January 2011

Facing up to Fear

Facing up to Fear

The Christ Church Motto Verse for 2010 (1 Peter 3:14-15) has focused us upon the need to resist fearing those things that others around us fear but, in our hearts ‘set apart Christ as Lord’. Many of the most destructive decisions that we take in life are somehow linked to our fears. This means that identifying these fears and then responding to them in the light of our faith in Jesus Christ is often one of the most important spiritual issues that we face.

November 2010

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