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Kingdom Questions

Kingdom Questions

This series, which will also run at 8.00 am Communion, will be asking a series of questions on the Kingdom of God. After considering what the ‘The Kingdom of God’ actually means we will then consider why Jesus used parables to speak about the Kingdom and then how the healings, exorcisms and meals of Jesus were connected to it. St Paul does mention the Kingdom of God but not nearly as often as Jesus and in the last sermon of this series we will consider why this might have been the case.

July 2010

The Kingdom coming

The Kingdom coming

Much of Jesus’ teaching focused on encouraging his hearers to recognise the coming of the Kingdom of God and ‘get on board’. During this series we will therefore look at a number of examples of the Kingdom coming. Seeking to unpack why and how this is the case, we will then consider where the challenge of the Kingdom for us might lie, both personally as a church.

July 2010

Learning from Old Testament Characters…

Learning from Old Testament Characters…

Following up from the previous series, this one will take four characters from the Old Testament – Moses, Nehemiah, Gideon and Esther and consider what we learn from their stories about God and how we are called to respond to him.

June 2010

What is so God-given about…?

What is so God-given about…?

The world is full of many great things for us to enjoy such as parties, friendships, music, sport, food and drink and sex. The church, however, can often appear to possess only a neutral or negative message in relation to these things, which is one of the reasons so many teenagers and young people struggle with Christianity’s relevance. The answer is a much stronger theology of creation which recognises the original goodness of all that God has made. Thinking through God’s intention in creating the good things of the world can hopefully lead to us handling these things as well as possible and then receiving more of his blessings through them.

May 2010

God’s good creation

God’s good creation

Awareness of the existence of evil within the world has sometimes made Christians less clear than we should be about the essential goodness of God’s creation. One of the reasons why the New Testament emphasises Jesus’ role in creation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2), however, is because a strong theology of creation is needed if we are to really understand and apply the salvation which Jesus came to bring us. During this series we will therefore look at the creation stories in Genesis 1 and think through God’s intentions in giving us such a wonderful world.

May 2010

Why on earth do we?

Why on earth do we...

Asking searching questions is often the key to us really growing in our understanding of why our Christian faith contains the things that it does. In this series we will therefore reflect upon ‘why on earth’ we need the Old Testament, the Sacraments, to use our Gifts and Talents, the Holy Spirit and to understand God as Trinity. The title of the series is deliberate since in many ways it will be an extended exposition of ‘Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’.

May 2010

Seeing beyond the Chocolate at Easter

Seeing beyond the Chocolate at Easter

Many of us will already realise that the significance of Easter goes beyond the chance to eat chocolate eggs (possibly after forty days of avoiding such things!). However we can still be tempted to see the significance of Easter purely in terms of securing our personal destiny which can then lead to a rather individualised understanding of both ‘the Gospel’ and our Christian life. Seeking to avoid this danger (and conscious of the looming General Election), we will therefore reflect at both the 9.30 and 11.00 services upon the significance of Easter for both our personal destiny and that of the world. Integral to this will be consideration of the radical implications of this for both our private and public lives, as individuals and also as God’s people.

April 2010

What Easter Changes

What Easter Changes

Many of us will already realise that the significance of Easter goes beyond the chance to eat chocolate eggs (possibly after forty days of avoiding such things!). However we can still be tempted to see the significance of Easter purely in terms of securing our personal destiny which can then lead to a rather individualised understanding of both ‘the Gospel’ and our Christian life. Seeking to avoid this danger (and conscious of the looming General Election), we will therefore reflect at both the 9.30 and 11.00 services upon the significance of Easter for both our personal destiny and that of the world. Integral to this will be consideration of the radical implications of this for both our private and public lives, as individuals and also as God’s people.

April 2010

Looking forward with Jesus

Looking forward with Jesus

Having delved back on our past at the six30 service during March, we will use April and the season of Easter to look towards our future. Reflecting on the new life that we can receive through Jesus Christ, we will examine a number of areas within our lives and consider how God might be calling us to be renewed there.

April 2010

Spring cleaning our lives during Lent

Spring cleaning our lives during Lent

Lent is traditionally a time for taking stock of our lives. During this series (which will also be followed at 8.00 Communion during March) we will therefore look at a number of areas within our lives, including our approach to money and relationships, and reflect upon what God wants to change within them.

March 2010

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