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Malachi and the coming of the LORD

Malachi and the coming of the LORD

It is sometimes said that the Old Testament is ‘a story in search of an ending’. Malachi is the final book of the Old Testament and certainly reinforces this sense with its emphasis upon the continuing problems of God’s faithless people after their return from exile in Babylon, the return of Elijah to preach repentance and the coming of the LORD himself to put things right. Mark’s gospel begins with a quotation from Malachi (merged with one from Isaiah) finding its fulfilment in the coming of John the Baptist and then Jesus. During Advent we will therefore use the prophecy of Malachi to seek to understand these events more fully.

December 2015

Four Special Sundays

Four Special Sundays

The Sunday during November during our morning services at Christ Church will involve taking a fresh look at familiar themes. 'All Saints Day' is rarely marked at Christ Church but this year we will use it to think afresh about what it means to be joined to all of God’s people throughout the world and down the ages. This will be followed by ‘Remembrance Sunday’, when we will think about our response to wars, both past and present, and in particular those who have died. ‘Mission Sunday’ will then take place as we reflect on the nature and challenge of Christian mission in other parts of the world followed a ‘Vocation and Discipleship Sunday’ when we consider how God is calling us to serve him in our daily lives.

November 2015

Four Special Sundays

Four Special Sundays

The Sunday during November during our morning services at Christ Church will involve taking a fresh look at familiar themes. 'All Saints Day' is rarely marked at Christ Church but this year we will use it to think afresh about what it means to be joined to all of God’s people throughout the world and down the ages. This will be followed by ‘Remembrance Sunday’, when we will think about our response to wars, both past and present, and in particular those who have died. ‘Mission Sunday’ will then take place as we reflect on the nature and challenge of Christian mission in other parts of the world followed a ‘Vocation and Discipleship Sunday’ when we consider how God is calling us to serve him in our daily lives.

November 2015

How John the Baptist points us to Jesus

How John the Baptist points us to Jesus

All four gospels emphasise the significance of the ministry of John the Baptist in preparing the way for the ministry of Jesus. Quite often, however, John’s importance is neglected helping us to miss or downplay crucial connections between the Old Testament and the New. As well as baptising in the River Jordan (including Jesus), John preached about the meaning of repentance, the importance of Jesus and eventually went to his death for challenging Herod Antipas. During this series, which runs into Advent, we will look at these different aspects of John’s ministry and seek to understand more fully how they point us to Jesus.

November 2015

Developing a Christian Attitude

Developing a Christian Attitude

In Romans 12 St Paul calls us to ‘no longer conform to the pattern of this world but to be transformed through the renewal of your minds’. Part of the calling of Christians to work on allowing the Holy Spirit to transform our thinking and attitudes towards every aspect of our lives so that they can more fully reflect God’s perfect will for them. This is a difficult task with so much pressure upon us from our surrounding culture to conform to its thinking and attitudes. During October, across all three services at Christ Church, we will consider how to develop a Christian attitude to a number of very different issues. This won’t be easy but the aim is to question the thinking and assumptions that we are under pressure to uncritically accept and consider the radical alternative held out by a Christian response to these issues.

October 2015

Developing a Christian Attitude

Developing a Christian Attitude

In Romans 12 St Paul calls us to ‘no longer conform to the pattern of this world but to be transformed through the renewal of your minds’. Part of the calling of Christians to work on allowing the Holy Spirit to transform our thinking and attitudes towards every aspect of our lives so that they can more fully reflect God’s perfect will for them. This is a difficult task with so much pressure upon us from our surrounding culture to conform to its thinking and attitudes. During October, across all three services at Christ Church, we will consider how to develop a Christian attitude to a number of very different issues. This won’t be easy but the aim is to question the thinking and assumptions that we are under pressure to uncritically accept and consider the radical alternative held out by a Christian response to these issues.

October 2015

Developing a Christian Attitude

Developing a Christian Attitude

In Romans 12 St Paul calls us to ‘no longer conform to the pattern of this world but to be transformed through the renewal of your minds’. Part of the calling of Christians to work on allowing the Holy Spirit to transform our thinking and attitudes towards every aspect of our lives so that they can more fully reflect God’s perfect will for them. This is a difficult task with so much pressure upon us from our surrounding culture to conform to its thinking and attitudes. During October, across all three services at Christ Church, we will consider how to develop a Christian attitude to a number of very different issues. This won’t be easy but the aim is to question the thinking and assumptions that we are under pressure to uncritically accept and consider the radical alternative held out by a Christian response to these issues.

October 2015

Learning from the Worldwide Church

Learning from the Worldwide Church

One of the most important truths of Christianity is that Jesus Christ came to establish one, worldwide family united across all those boundaries and barriers that normally separate and divide the people of this world. Sadly, we rarely reflect this radical unity and during this series we will seek to remedy this by considering what Christ Church has to learn from the church in Kenya, India, Peru and Papua New Guinea. All of the churches in these very different places are grappling with very different issues and as we learn about their response to them, we can be inspired to grow further into the church that God wants Christ Church to be.

September 2015

Learning from the Worldwide Church

Learning from the Worldwide Church

One of the most important truths of Christianity is that Jesus Christ came to establish one, worldwide family united across all those boundaries and barriers that normally separate and divide the people of this world. Sadly, we rarely reflect this radical unity and during this series we will seek to remedy this by considering what Christ Church has to learn from the church in Kenya, India, Peru and Papua New Guinea. All of the churches in these very different places are grappling with very different issues and as we learn about their response to them, we can be inspired to grow further into the church that God wants Christ Church to be.

September 2015

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