Today we were joined by Laurence Singlehurst of Cell UK, a charity that supports church small groups in the task of communicating the gospel. He spoke to us about the changes in popular thought and language that have occurred over the past century, and the changes that we must therefore make in our words and approach when we talk about the good news of Jesus. Listen to or download his talk here.
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This Sunday Jonathan looked at another person in the gospels who had a question for Jesus – in fact, the same question as the rich young ruler last week. But this time the conversation took a different turn: when faced with the command to love his neighbour, our expert in the law (that’s the Old Testament law) asked “and who is my neighbour?” There followed a challenging story in which the hero was a Samaritan: one of those despised by the Jews for inter-marrying with foreigners and departing from the true faith.
Listen to or download Jonathan’s talk here.
Today Paul began a new series that will look at a number of people who came to Jesus with questions. In this first talk, we looked at the rich young ruler, who came seeking reassurance that his place in heaven was secure. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”, he asked. He had kept all the standard requirements of the law from his youth, but Jesus put his finger on one thing that could keep him from heaven. Paul reminded us that nothing must become more important in our lives than a living, day to day obedience to Christ. Listen to or download his talk here.
Today was our annual Covenant Service – the time when we re-affirm our commitment to God and to serving Him as a community. Jonathan spoke about our responsibility to carry the good news of the gospel to those in our wider community whom we encounter from day to day. Listen to or download his talk here.
The service concluded with the following prayer:
Relying on God’s grace
Let us renew our covenant with God
who loves us with a steadfast love.
And let us renew our covenant with
each other in our church community.
Following Christ’s example, and with the help of the Holy Spirit,
we will seek to love and serve God and one another.
Relying on the enabling of God’s Spirit, we aim to live a Christ-like life.
We lay down our lives, choosing to die to self.
We ask God to pour his Spirit into us and through us,
That Jesus may be revealed, and God’s kingdom come in power,
Changing us and redeeming the world.
Wherever you may place me,
In all that I do and in all that I may endure;
When I am troubled and when at peace.
Your will be done.
I willingly offer all I have and all I am to serve you.
Today Peter Nodding, given a free rein for the topic of his talk, chose to speak about new beginnings. He took some verses from Isaiah that looked towards the return of the people from exile, and drew lessons from that passage applicable to our own times. Listen to or download his talk here.
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