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Genesis (continued)

Genesis (continued)

The early chapters of Genesis are important for setting out both the nature of the world in which we live and the beginning of God’s rescue plan. During this brief series we will complete our look at these foundational stories with their emphasis on the impact of human’s broken relationship with God upon their interaction with both creation and one another. This will prepare the way for a deeper understanding of the role of Abraham from Genesis 12 and God’s covenant plan of salvation which reached its climax in the coming of Jesus Christ.

September 2014

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 five 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 2014

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 five 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 2014

My Story of Ministry

My Story of Ministry

Ministry means service and all Christians are called to ministry by God with this service taking many different forms. Ordained ministry is just one form but there are many others forms of ministry taking place both inside and outside the structures of the church. Hearing people’s story of their ministries can be very inspiring and during this series we will hear five members of Christ Church telling the story of how their ministry has developed.

August 2014

The Theology in Fairy Tales

The Theology in Fairy Tales

One of the reasons for the enduring popularity fairy stories is the level of resonance that they create. This is particularly true of the numerous film versions of fairy stories that have been made and at the heart of the most of these stories is the conquest of evil by the power of love. The deeply Christian nature of this theme means that there is often a surprising amount of really good theology presented in these stories which can then be analysed and used to probe deeper in the message of Jesus Christ and its relevance to our lives. During this series we will look in turn at three of the most successful recent film depictions of fairy stories – Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and Shrek – and try to discern and unpack the biblical truths that they can convey to us.

July 2014

The Difference Christians can make…

The Difference Christians can make…

Christians are called by Jesus to be ‘Salt and Light’ within the world that we live and a large part of that is making a difference to the suffering of those around us. During this series we will look at three pressing and current areas where Christians are being called by God to make a difference – to the issue of Human Trafficking which results in over 30 million people in the world today being enslaved, to people with mental health issues and to people who are lonely. In each of these areas it is easy to ignore these problems but then collude with them getting worse. The aim of this series is to show us the very practical things that we can be doing – both as individuals and as a church community – to make a difference and bring God’s love and justice closer to those who so desperately need it.

July 2014

Genesis continued…

Genesis continued…

The early chapters of Genesis are foundational to setting out both the nature of the world in which we live and the beginning of God’s rescue plan. This plan in many ways begins with Noah and the important concept of the covenant which occurs for the first time in Genesis 6.18. Noah’s Ark is in some ways so familiar to us that we can miss much of the valuable theology contained within the four chapters that deal with the Flood and its aftermath. Much of this material, however, is crucial for understanding the subsequent development of the covenant idea through the Old Testament ahead of it reaching its climax in the coming of Jesus Christ. The recent film starring Russell Crowe shows how popular the story of Noah remains but much of the nature of this film also reveals how important it is to think clearly about the true message of such stories if we are go on and understand the full nature of the good news of Jesus Christ.

July 2014

Encountering God in the Shack

Encountering God in the Shack

The Shack was written in 2007 by Paul Young and tells the story of a Christian called Mack called to meet with God following his despair at the horrific murder of his beloved daughter Missy. Almost a modern equivalent of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, The Shack deals in story form with the most profound reflections upon the issue of suffering but also the nature of God as Trinity and a number of other themes as well. The help which a number of Christ Church members have already received from the book has prompted this sermon series during which we will seek to reflect upon the biblical truths that The Shack is seeking to present.

June 2014

Finding nourishment through the Psalms

Finding nourishment in the Psalms

One our aims at Christ Church during 2014 is to learn to use the Psalms more effectively as a resource for encountering God. The Book of Psalms is the Bible’s hymn book and within its 150 individual psalms we see an amazing mixture of praise, petition, lament and complaint. What unites all of this seemingly diverse material, however, is the conviction that God is not a remote deity but actively involved in every aspect of the world’s existence.

Learning to read, pray and perhaps even sing through the content of the Psalms can therefore lead us a far more active engagement with the presence of God within the time, space and matter that are part of our everyday lives. They also encourage us to be honest and pour out to God the things that we struggle with rather than assuming than he is distant and unconcerned. It is for this reason that the Psalms were totally central to Jesus’ understanding of his calling and why he quoted them so often. During May and June various psalms will be preached on at the 9.30 and 11.00 with the aim of encouraging all of us to engage more fully with this amazing resource that we have been given for encountering the living God.

May 2014

Finding nourishment in the Psalms

Finding nourishment in the Psalms

One our aims at Christ Church during 2014 is to learn to use the Psalms more effectively as a resource for encountering God. The Book of Psalms is the Bible’s hymn book and within its 150 individual psalms we see an amazing mixture of praise, petition, lament and complaint. What unites all of this seemingly diverse material, however, is the conviction that God is not a remote deity but actively involved in every aspect of the world’s existence.

Learning to read, pray and perhaps even sing through the content of the Psalms can therefore lead us a far more active engagement with the presence of God within the time, space and matter that are part of our everyday lives. They also encourage us to be honest and pour out to God the things that we struggle with rather than assuming than he is distant and unconcerned. It is for this reason that the Psalms were totally central to Jesus’ understanding of his calling and why he quoted them so often. During May and June various psalms will be preached on at the 9.30 and 11.00 with the aim of encouraging all of us to engage more fully with this amazing resource that we have been given for encountering the living God.

May 2014

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