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The Ten Commandments (Part 2)

The Ten Commandments (Part 2)

Earlier this year we looked at the first five commandments and during this series we will complete the set by looking at the final five. Often these commandments are understood as ‘our duty to others’ following ‘our duty to God’. However in reality the Commandments form one integrated whole as living under the authority of God brings us into right relationships with both one another and the world itself.

May 2015

So where is God in the story of Esther?

So where is God in the story of Esther?

Famously there is not one single mention of God in the story of Esther. This, however, is precisely because its writer wants us to do the hard work of discerning God’s presence behind the events that it narrates. During this series we will use this exciting and disturbing story to try and see further where God is to be found within our current lives and those situations where he can sometimes appear to be to be just as noticeably absent.

May 2015

How Easter should change…

How Easter should change…

Easter is the most important festival within the Christian year because we are celebrating is God’s new creation and resurrection life breaking into this world and changing it forever. The truth of Easter should therefore change everything about our lives from the way in which we approach our work, recreation and relationships to the way in which we consider how to vote in May’s General Election.

During all of our April services from Easter onwards – 9.30, 11.00 and six30 @ ccnm – we will be considering how Easter should change our approach to life. The aim of these series is that both our individual and family lives and our life as a church community will be further transformed by the truth of Easter.

April 2015

How Easter should change…

How Easter should change…

Easter is the most important festival within the Christian year because we are celebrating is God’s new creation and resurrection life breaking into this world and changing it forever. The truth of Easter should therefore change everything about our lives from the way in which we approach our work, recreation and relationships to the way in which we consider how to vote in May’s General Election.

During all of our April services from Easter onwards – 9.30, 11.00 and six30 @ ccnm – we will be considering how Easter should change our approach to life. The aim of these series is that both our individual and family lives and our life as a church community will be further transformed by the truth of Easter.

April 2015

How Easter should change…

How Easter should change…

Easter is the most important festival within the Christian year because we are celebrating is God’s new creation and resurrection life breaking into this world and changing it forever. The truth of Easter should therefore change everything about our lives from the way in which we approach our work, recreation and relationships to the way in which we consider how to vote in May’s General Election.

During all of our April services from Easter onwards – 9.30, 11.00 and six30 @ ccnm – we will be considering how Easter should change our approach to life. The aim of these series is that both our individual and family lives and our life as a church community will be further transformed by the truth of Easter.

April 2015

Encouragement

Encouragement...

One of the greatest needs that we have as human beings is the strength to face up to our hardships and those things that we fear. One of the ways through which this can come to us is through encouragement when we receive words and support from others that quite literally give us the courage to face up to our fears and become more fully the people that God made us to be. During this series we will consider both the encouragement that God wants us to receive in various aspects of our lives and the ways in which we can, in turn, be part of passing this encouragement onto others.

March 2015

The Ten Commandments (Part 1)

The Ten Commandments (Part 1)

The Ten Commandments within Exodus and Deuteronomy are perhaps the most famous part of the Old Testament. During this series we will look at the first five of these commandments and, in the light of the teaching within the New Testament, consider how they reveal God’s will for our lives today. Rather than simply considering the individual application of the Ten Commandments to our lives, we will also consider the ways in which they were intended to shape the communal life of God’s people and the implications of this for our life together at Christ Church.

March 2015

Philippians and the Secret of Joy

Philippians and the Secret of Joy

One of the greatest Christian virtues is joy. Gaining joy is about reaching a sense of internal well-being that is not dependent on outward circumstances. When Paul wrote his letter to the church at Philippi he was in prison and yet every aspect of the epistle reflects the joy that he had found through his faith in Jesus Christ. During this series we will look the different ways in which Paul’s faith in Jesus contributed to this joy with the aim of discovering more about how our Christian faith can produce something similar within our lives.

In successive weeks we will see how joy is produced by seeing how God can bring good out of bad situations (Philippians 1), developing an attitude similar to that of Jesus (Philippians 2), sitting lightly to the human status markers (Philippians 3.1-11), being clear about the Christian hope (Philippians 3.12-21) and learning to relate well to others (Philippians 4.1-23).

March 2015

So how on earth can Genesis be relevant to us?

So how on earth can Genesis be relevant to us?

The Old Testament can sometimes seem rather strange to us, particularly the book of Genesis with its seemingly bizarre and off-putting stories. The role of this very first book of the Bible, however, is to teach us foundational truths about both the nature of the world in which we live and the nature of God’s rescue plan for it. During this series we will study Genesis through the key characters presented within it and seek to understand what God has to say to us today through this ancient book and its relevance to our everyday lives.

January 2015

2 Samuel: David under the curse? (continued)

2 Samuel: David under the curse? (continued)

By the middle of 2 Samuel the reign of King David appears to have reached its height of success with Israel’s enemies defeated and a major empire established. From that point on, however, this starts to unravel as David’s adultery with Bathsheba initiates a series of events which bring more and more disaster upon his kingdom. During this series we will conclude our study of 2 Samuel by looking at the rebellion of David’s son Absalom and the further misfortunes that befell Israel during the reign of her greatest king. As we study these stories, we’ll seek to understand more of the way in which, with all their bloodshed, folly and treachery, the events they record nonetheless formed part of building for the arrival for ‘Great David’s greater son’ in Jesus Christ.

January 2015

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