If you are going out, and you know the weather forecast is for rain, you are likely to dress appropriately and/or take an umbrella. If you know you will be out in scorching sun your mum will probably send you off prepared with sun cream. Jesus sent off the disciples, and did so with an expectancy that there is a harvest to be reaped.
Sunday, 15 May 2022
Sunday, 8 May 2022
Jesus told a story of a man who had a vineyard, which contained a fig tree. The man looked for fruit on it, but none came. In frustration he ordered a servant to cut it down - but the servant said 'wait one more year - if it still has no fruit then cut it down'. In the John 15 passage Jesus describes himself as a vine, the disciples as branches, and the Father as the gardener. There is a clear expectation that the branches will be fruitful, but with that comes the "What if?" question if there is no fruit?
Challenge: Pause! Use a simple 'breath prayer' to abide in Jesus
Sunday, 17 April 2022
What is the first thing a brand new phone does when first switched on? Those who have bought one (or done a full reset on an old phone) will know that one of the first prompts is for a Wifi code! It then wants you to 'log in' using a Google or Apple ID. In other words it wants connection! This is designed and built in to the device - it can try and work without it, but it will certainly not give you all it's capabilities without it.
Sunday, 10 April 2022
This week we look at Josiah, who is another reformer. Over the recent kings we have looked at, we have seen a ping-pong effect of bad kings interleaved with reforming kings like Hezekiah and now Josiah. The reformers call people back to God, and use the Passover celebration as a way of doing that. To understand why we need to travel back 700 years earlier to the time of Moses
[OUT] How does the death & resurrection of Jesus burn in your heart for change in you and those around you?
Challenge: Establish regular rhythms calling on God for change in those around you
Sunday, 6 March 2022
Who has ever bought something in a shop, but then tried to justify the purchase later? Who has been seeking guidance, and consulted different friends ... but in reality you are doing a tour until you find a friend who tells you what you want to hear? Probably we've all done these at one time or another! When it comes to guidance our emotions and stuff deep within us interact in strong ways. So when we say "I'm following Jesus ..." do we really have our lives set on Him to show a 'True North', or do we let these other factors win the day?
Challenge: Lay down your plans & preferences before God, again and again
Sunday, 30 January 2022
We all face decisions in life, and sometimes outright dilemmas! In each situation is what we do informed by our faith and walk with Jesus. What do we do in scenarios where we have power - perhaps outright power? This week we will look at several of the kings in 2 Chronicles, and ask 'What would you do if you were king?'.
Sunday, 23 January 2022
Solomon has completed the temple, and chapters 6 & 7 record a long prayer that Solomon makes, with God then speaking back. We should note how Solomon seems to know that the people will mess up, for he prays 'when' and not 'if', and furthermore God's reply seems to reflect this certainty! So Solomon prays 'when they mess up' ... they can look to this Temple, confess and pray to be restored. In other words the Temple is now a physical focal point, a reminder of the faithfulness of God, somewhere they can look to in order to reconnect with God.