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Abraham: Flawed or Faithful?

Abraham: Flawed or Faithful?

The stories within Genesis are foundational for understanding what our Christian faith is all about. During 2014 we looked at the first eleven chapters of Genesis which seek to teach us foundational truths about the nature of the world in which we live. From chapter 12, Genesis starts to reveal the nature of God’s rescue plan which begins with the call of Abram/Abraham. Abraham is depicted in the New Testament as a great hero of faith but many of his actions recorded within Genesis appear to show a man who had as much that was flawed about him as faithful. During this series we will look at the key episodes in Abraham’s life and seek to understand how all of their elements played a role in the development of God’s plan of salvation.

January 2015

Finding God in…

Finding God in…

One of our aims at Christ Church is to resist any sacred/secular divide and see how God can be found in every aspect of the world in which we live. The run up to Christmas can often be a deeply secular time but during this Advent series we will look at three common aspects of Christmas – the parties, the decorations and the food and drink – and consider where the God revealed in Jesus can be found within them.

December 2014

How King David points us to Jesus

How King David points us to Jesus

Much of our time at the 11.00 service recently has been spent looking at the stories of David in 1 and 2 Samuel. David is an enormously important figure within the Bible, not least because of the way in which he points us to Jesus. During this Advent series we will look at four New Testament books – Matthew, Luke, Romans and Revelation – and consider how each of them understands David to point us to Jesus.

December 2014

Christmas Questions

Christmas Questions

One of the things that prevents the Christmas stories becoming dulled by familiarity is when we keep asking questions about their nature. During this series we will seek to do precisely this by asking why the Christmas stories make so much mention of angels, the Old Testament prophets and both Herod and Augustus. In each case the answers reveal crucial aspects of the Christmas story which are central to grasping their full significance.

December 2014

Making a Christian Response to things that scare us…

Making a Christian Response to things that scare us…

Perhaps the biggest spiritual challenge we face is confronting our fears and the destructive affects that it can have upon our behaviour. During this series we will look at three threats that are particularly feared within our society at the moment – the threat of failure, the threat of terrorism and the threat of Ebola – and consider how God is calling us to respond to these fears.

November 2014

2 Samuel: David under the curse?

2 Samuel: David under the curse?

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, it all starts to unravel as David commits adultery with Bathsheba initiates a series of events which bring more and more disaster upon his kingdom. Part of the value of these narratives is their ruthless honesty about the consequences of human actions but also the way in which this period pointed to the need for a greater Davidic king who would bring God’s Kingdom in all its fullness.

November 2014

Theology and Literature

Theology and Literature

Anything which creates resonance tends to do so because it reflects what is true or because it reflects what people want to be true. This is particularly true of great literature meaning that a great deal of Christian theology can be drawn from it. During this series we will look at three famous and successful novels - Jane EyreThe Great Gatsby and Gone with the Wind and consider the way in which these books reflect truths revealed within the Bible.

November 2014

The Secret of Joy: Paul's letter to the Philippians

The Secret of Joy: Paul's letter to the Philippians

One of the greatest Christian virtues is joy. Gaining joy is about reaching a sense of internal well-being that is not dependant 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, developing an attitude similar to that of Jesus, sitting lightly to the human status markers, being clear about the Christian hope and learning to relate well to others.

September 2014

2 Samuel: David under the blessing?

2 Samuel: David under the blessing?

2 Samuel tells the story of the reign of Israel’s greatest ruler in King David. During this period the nation of Israel was at its strongest with God’s blessing and presence amongst his people seeming to be fully established. The Ark of the Covenant, and therefore God’s presence, being established in Jerusalem is a crucial part of this story together with the specific covenant God made with David. In this series we will look at the first half of 2 Samuel and what these blessings reveal about God and his relationship with his people ahead of a later series looking at the second half of 2 Samuel and the darker theme of ‘David under the curse’.

September 2014

Developing a Theology for our Youth Ministry

Developing a Theology for our Youth Ministry

Ministry or service towards our young people is one of the most important aspects of Christ Church with every adult member of the church needing to carry responsibility for this. As with every other part of church life, being really clear about what we are doing in youth ministry and why we are doing it is critical to its effectiveness. During this series we will seek to become clearer about the theology (understanding of God and his purposes) that needs to underpin our ministry to young people. This will hopefully result in us serving our young people more effectively and the church receiving more from the gifts and insights which they bring.

September 2014

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