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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 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

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

Called to speak God’s Word

Called to speak God’s Word

All Christians are called to proclaim God’s Word in our daily lives with a whole variety of different ways in which this can be done. Within the Bible we get a number of accounts of such calls with each containing different emphases that we can learn from. During this series we will look at the calls of Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul and finally … Tom Collins on the Sunday that he, Helen, Joshua and Timothy leave to train for ordained ministry at Trinity College Bristol.

July 2016

The Call to Church Leaders (2 Timothy)

The Call to Church Leaders (2 Timothy)

Developing leadership, including the leadership of those who are young, is a vital part of any growing church. The Pastoral Epistles within the New Testament are particularly focused upon the qualities needed within leaders and during this series we will look at one of these epistles in Paul’s second letter to Timothy. As we follow Paul coaching Timothy about personal boldness, holiness and suffering as well as how to how to handle the Scriptures, it will hopefully serve to inspire more members of Christ Church towards the greater leadership that we need if we are to grow further.

June 2016

Luke’s unique material

Luke’s unique material

Luke’s gospel contains many special emphases. These include Jesus’ particular love for the poor and marginalised and his teaching about the dangers of wealth. These emphases particularly stand out within the material that only occurs in Luke and is absent from Matthew, Mark and John. During this series (which will continue into July) we will study a number of these stories as we seek to apply the radical challenge of the third gospel to our daily lives and our life as a church.

May 2016

The Letter to the Hebrews

The Letter to the Hebrews

The letter to the Hebrews forms one sustained argument concerning the indispensable nature of what Jesus Christ has done for us. Those to whom the letter was written were in danger of giving up and retreating into the old ways of thinking that had sustained them before they came to faith in Jesus. The writer of Hebrews was determined to encourage them to keep going chiefly through showing how all the Jewish ritual and belief that came before was pointing God’s people ahead to what Jesus would achieve. Studying the letter and its argument can encourage us, within a rather different context, to persevere in our faith by focusing us upon the significance of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.

May 2016

How Christianity can make a difference to…

How Christianity can make a difference to…

One of the most important things that we should be doing as a church is showing how Christianity can make a difference to our lives. When people become Christians, their problems don’t disappear and in some ways their lives become more difficult. What we are promised, however, is that God will be with us helping us with these issues and difficulties in a whole number of ways. During this series we will look a number of issues affecting of daily lives and try to unpack some of the practical ways in which our Christian faith can make a difference as we seek to respond to them.

May 2016

Things that happen when a Church lives by the Resurrection…

Things that happen when a Church lives by the Resurrection…

The resurrection of Jesus transformed everything for his followers. During this post-Easter series we will look at three of its most obvious effects upon the early church in people coming to faith, its radical community and the acts of healing that occurred through it. Living also in post-Easter times, we will then consider the challenge that each of these brings to us at Christ Church.

April 2016

What will happen in the Resurrection to…

What will happen in the Resurrection to…

Widespread confusion still exists amongst both believers and non-believers in regard to the Christian hope. The Bible, however, is quite clear that the Christian hope is our physical resurrection into a new creation. During this post-Easter series we will look at the implications of this for what will happen to our bodies and creation itself as well as the controversial area of what will happen to people with disabilities.

April 2016

Seeing God in…

Seeing God in…

If we are open to seeing him, God is all around us including within areas that we might not think we are meant to look for him. During this series, we will look at the four areas of Literature, History, Science and Film and, in each one of them, look for how they can open our eyes more fully to the nature and purpose of the God whom we worship.

April 2016

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