Sunday, 10 January 2021

Red Lines to Opposition - Acts 4

Peter and the Apostles are regularly proclaiming Jesus and His Kingdom in the temple courts area. It has become a core practice (see Acts 2 last week) for the new believers to hear their teaching about Jesus and the Kingdom, and being a public space anyone else who wants to can also hear.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Core Practices - Acts 2:42 - 47

The Spirit is poured out, Peter has just preached a belter of a sermon, and thousands of people have believed in Jesus for their first time. This series looks at what happens next. We see in this passage that they started to follow Jesus together. The verses show what they first did, before there was any church organisation or structure. There had been no time so far for anyone to think 'what is working well, and what is not working'!

[UP] Is your walk with God worth imitating?

 Challenge: Consider how you connect in partnership, the small, and the wider church

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Christmas Readings

Everyone agrees this year has been a strange and crazy year! Within all that let's focus on two key things: it has made us evaluate what is important; and it has revealed the beauty in simplicity - for example the times when it is just you and God.

Sunday, 6 December 2020

Advent - Isaiah 9

The everyday talk on the street is about how gloomy the current times are. Christmas is all messed up, and normal preparations just aren't happening. Some have reacted by putting out their Christmas lights early, but overall the mood is gloom.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

God's Purposes - Ezekiel 47

Through Ezekiel here are the themes we have looked at. Ezekiel had lots of visions of doom for the Israelites - despite the exile they thought they could carry on as normal, but Ezekiel was telling them that worse was yet to come, for God was doing a total reset!

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Understanding Judgement - Ezekiel 6 & 7

We've all heard people say "Doesn't God want to judge us, or deal with us harshly?". They may quote or refer to a number of 'judgement passages' in the Bible. Today we look back in Ezekiel chapters 6 & 7 to look at the specific theme of judgement and how we might respond to such statements or questions in our witnessing.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Speak Life - Ezekiel 37

This is again a vision where Ezekiel is taken to a place to be shown things. In this case it is a valley full of bones scattered and piled up. It is a depressing scene - just being in a valley indicates an emotional low and sense of being stuck. The bones are dry and fragmented - the people have been dead for some time. The whole scene is lacking any life. It brings feelings that we can probably identify with right now: being dry, lacking in energy, feeling cut off and isolated.

[OUT] Where is God calling you to speak life and hope?

 Challenge: Directly speak life in the name of Jesus

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Prophetic Art - Ezekiel 4 & 5

Normally we think of a prophet as someone bursting into a room calling 'Thus says the Lord' and speaking their message. Yet in Ezekiel 4 he is called to deliver a message ... by way of making a clay model, complete with props like saucepans! He builds the model to deliver a warning of a siege of Jerusalem (which actually happens a few years later). For passers-by it was something that would be intriguing, something to stop and talk about. Hopefully for people to ponder, and understand for themselves the message God was trying to get through. Yet if you think that was weird, then read on!