Sunday, 25 September 2016

Global Mission Purpose - 1 Timothy 2

Chapter 2 calls for urgent action: praying for people, the community, those in power. In contrast to anyone who might say that Christians should retreat into a holiness club, Paul picks up on roots expressed in Jeremiah 29:7 and says get praying and get out there!

[OUT] Who are you called to pray for?

Challenge: Choose 3 names and then persist in praying for them

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Big Cause - 1 Timothy 1

Having set the scene we now start looking at the letters Paul sent to Timothy, as a kind of followup instructions after journeying together and Timothy learning at Paul's side.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Introducing Timonthy - Acts 16:1 - 5

We start a new series looking at Timothy the discipled leader. Paul meets Timothy on his travels (Acts 16). We are told little about him, but clearly Timothy joins as a helper, and goes on to be a leader in his own right. The two letters we will work through show Paul giving 'update instructions' to help his leadership.

[IN] Where might God mess with your schedule?

Challenge: Leave space for Jesus to fill

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Community - OIKOS

The Greek word for house or household is 'OIKOS'. It would include the extended family, the gathering of different members together in one place. It was also used in the New Testament for gatherings of Christians - typically meeting in a person's house.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Irreducible Core - 1 Corinthians 15:1 - 8

Tech and mobile phones are cool things, and enable us to do lots of stuff that a generation ago was but a dream. Yet they come at a cost of distraction: alerts, pings, notifications, newsflashes are now constantly hitting us all the time. Literally tonnes of information now comes at us, or is available.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Leader as Gardener - 1 Corinthians 3:1 - 9

In your garden you can do various things to help things grow ... but in the final analysis you can't actually make things grow. Only God can do that. And yet if you do nothing, things will still grow!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Spiritual Gifts - 1 Corinthians 12:1 - 11

We all like to receive gifts, but we also know the phrase 'it is more blessed to give than to receive'. The latter resonates with God and who He is: God is Love, and love cannot help but give and pour out.

[UP] What giving does God want to enable through you?

Challenge: Release & Increase!