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Hearing from God

Hearing from God

The Christian claim is that God can speak to us through the Bible but what about other media? Taking four areas that often resonate with people - the News, Poetry, Art and Film - this series will consider the ways in which the God of the Bible might be seeking to speak to us through them.

October 2008

What does it Mean to Live by Faith?

What does it Mean to Live by Faith?

Throughout July and August at the 9.30 service we used the examples given in Hebrews 11 to think about what it means to live by faith. The aim of this series is to build on this by thinking about the challenges that doing this will bring to our everyday lives. Taking a number of different areas of life, the talks will suggest distinctive ways in which we might approach them if we are seeking to live by faith.

September 2008

Paul on Trial

Paul on Trial

Having recorded the explosive growth of the early Christian church in its first twenty chapters, the last eight chapters of Acts largely focus upon the trials faced by St Paul after his arrest in Jerusalem. Rarely preached upon, the detail contained in these chapters indicates the importance of this material and in this series we will therefore be looking to grasp the central themes within these accounts and their implications, both for our discipleship and the spread of the gospel today.

September 2008

Ordinary People Used by God

Ordinary People Used by God

One of the reassuring things about the Bible is the way in which it so often shows God taking very ordinary people and using them to do extraordinary things. During this series we will look at four such characters in Esther, Timothy, Barnabas and Ruth and think about the ways that God might be seeking to make similar use of us today.

September 2008

Why am I a Christian? (2008)

Why am I a Christian?

Hearing people's personal stories and testimonies is often a very valuable means of helping us to learn more about God and how he works. Over August we will therefore hear five different members of our congregation at Christ Church giving their answer to the question: "Why am I a Christian?".

August 2008

Learning what it means to live by faith

Learning what it means to live by faith

Having recently laid their emphasis upon God's grace, the talks at 9.30 will now turn to looking at the response of faith that God calls us to make to this grace. The letter to the Hebrews gives us a long list of Old Testament characters who lived by faith and during this series we will look at each of these people and see what they can teach us about our Christian calling to live by faith in a 21st century context.

July 2008

Pocket Sized Gems

Pocket Sized Gems

The Bible contains several books that are extremely small and whose message, therefore, is easy to neglect. Taking four of smallest books of prophecy from the Old Testament followed by four of the briefest epistles from the New Testament, this series will seek to address this issue by examining each of these 'pocket sized gems' and their relevance to our Christian discipleship.

July 2008

Questions we want God to answer

Questions we want God to answer

Young people often raise the most searching questions about how the Christian faith relates to the daily realities of life and those at Christ Church are no exception. At the 6.30 service during July, therefore, we will look at a number of very practical questions that our young people have raised and seek to find part of God's answer to them.

July 2008

Kingdom Parables

Kingdom Parables

After completing our series on the Book of Judges and celebrating Pentecost, we will be looking at the collection of parables grouped together in chapter 4 of Mark's gospel. Despite the Kingdom of God being the major theme of Jesus' teaching, it rarely receives the same profile today and in this series we will look at these parables and what they reveal about what should be looking for if we are to discern and participate in the growth of God's Kingdom today.

June 2008

What does God require of us?

What does God require of us?

Recognising that another danger is 'worship' becoming too introspective, this short series will largely use Micah 6:8 to reflect on the outward direction that God requires of our faith and the areas of particular ministry or service that he is calling us to in response to this.

June 2008

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