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A verse that sums up Christmas for me

A verse that sums up Christmas for me

Alongside our traditional Christmas services, there will be a number of services during Advent where our preachers pick out a single verse from the Christmas stories. They will then go onto explain how the verse and its contents sums up Christmas for them. For many of us there is deep familiarity about the Christmas stories which can serve to dull their impact upon us. The idea behind this series is that certain key verses will then stay with us throughout the Christmas period and help us reflect more deeply on the wonder of what God did when he sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world.

December 2016

A verse that sums up Christmas for me

A verse that sums up Christmas for me

Alongside our traditional Christmas services, there will be a number of services during Advent where our preachers pick out a single verse from the Christmas stories. They will then go onto explain how the verse and its contents sums up Christmas for them. For many of us there is deep familiarity about the Christmas stories which can serve to dull their impact upon us. The idea behind this series is that certain key verses will then stay with us throughout the Christmas period and help us reflect more deeply on the wonder of what God did when he sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world.

December 2016

A verse that sums up Christmas for me

A verse that sums up Christmas for me

Alongside our traditional Christmas services, there will be a number of services during Advent where our preachers pick out a single verse from the Christmas stories. They will then go onto explain how the verse and its contents sums up Christmas for them. For many of us there is deep familiarity about the Christmas stories which can serve to dull their impact upon us. The idea behind this series is that certain key verses will then stay with us throughout the Christmas period and help us reflect more deeply on the wonder of what God did when he sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world.

December 2016

Gospel Questions

Gospel Questions

‘Gospel’ means ‘Good News’ and specifically ‘The Good News that God has come to rescue his people in Jesus Christ’. This leaves us, however, with a number of questions about the nature of this rescue and what is included within it. During this series we will take four questions about Jesus and ask how key things that he said or did relate to the Good News that he came to proclaim and embody.

November 2016

The bits of Matthew we often leave out

The bits of Matthew we often leave out

Regular churchgoers have usually heard hundreds of sermons on the Gospels. Very often, however, these sermons avoid those major sections towards the end of Matthew, Mark and Luke where Jesus proclaimed God’s judgement upon Jerusalem. This is because very few understand how this message related to the rest of his ministry. During this series we will look at these passages and try and understand their importance in regard to the saving death of Jesus Christ that occurred shortly after he spoke these words.

November 2016

Seedy Stories

Seedy Stories

Chapter 4 of Mark’s Gospel contains a cluster of Jesus’ teaching. Three of the four parables contained within it use the metaphor of farmers, seeds and soils to teach us about the nature of the Kingdom of God. Some of these stories are very familiar but during this series we will seek to unpack them afresh and understand more of the challenge that they are bringing to both Christ Church and our lives.

October 2016

Counter Culture from the Sermon on the Mount

Counter Culture from the Sermon on the Mount

Found in Matthew 5-7, ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ contains some of the most radical teaching that Jesus ever gave. Much of it is extremely counter-intuitive and commanding us to live in a completely different way to the surrounding world. It is when the church lives in this way, however, that Christianity becomes dynamic, exciting and life changing rather than dull and conventional. As we explore the Sermon during this series, our prayer will be that God will use it to make us into a more radical, faithful and life-changing community.

September 2016

Nehemiah and the complexities of a building project

Nehemiah and the complexities of a building project

Our building project at Christ Church will soon be completed and, by a happy ‘God-incidence’, during our 150th year. The story of its development, however, has sadly been a mixed one with nearly ten years of delay caused by endless opposition. A similar opposition was present when the church was reordered in 2006-7 and when the lounge and kitchen were built in 1980-81. The book of Nehemiah is often rather neglected but is instructive in presenting the challenge that will always be present when God’s people attempt such tasks. As we study the book, we will also see the role of faith, prayer, courage, integrity and commitment in ensuring that our new buildings serve God’s purpose in bringing more of his loving rule to New Malden.

September 2016

Developing our Christian faith

Developing our Christian faith

All of us need practical advice and teaching if we are going to develop in our Christian faith. The Bible is full of such help and during this series we will seek to uncover more of what it has to say about how to pray, how to share our faith, how to bring God’s healing and how to build up others. Rather than just listen to these talks, it will be good if they prompt discussion afterwards (perhaps in the pub!) about how we can put into practice what we learn.

September 2016

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 2016

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