Romans 13:1-7. Do Christians have any real influence on those in power? Should we? In this final session, we consider a biblical case for churches to go public in preserving God’s creation. ‘There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find […]
We need to live connected lives the whole time. We need to be fully aware of our need to be connecting with God and with each other as church, all of time. That’s what we will be focusing on over the next few months – our need to keep “Connecting with God” so that when we describe ourselves as “church”, we’re always totally aware of what that means and how it is we can rightly describe ourselves like that.
The starting point for our “connecting” has nothing to with what groups, activities, or programmes we have in place, compared to the church down the road. And it has nothing to do with the style of our worship, the age of the songs we sing, how impressive our stage lighting is, or how professional our livestream and social media look.
We always need to start with how we’re “Connecting with God”, and then everything else flows out of that as our heartfelt response of worship that motivates us, energises us, and empowers us into all those other things. If we get so distracted by the things that are driven by our own desires and emotions, things that we haven’t first of all been “Connecting with God” about, then we’ve moved into a dangerous place. And when we realise that we’ve been moving into that unhelpful direction, we need to stop, and get back to “connecting with God” as our first priority.
As we spend time “Connecting with God” – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, over the coming weeks, we’ll stop asking questions like, “What’s in it for us?”, and be asking instead, “Lord, where are you leading us next because we’re ready to follow”.
We need to pray our way into all of this. The timing of our prayer & fasting day on 22nd January is intentional, but praying for the commitment we need together to be “Connecting with God” fully and passionately, needs to start now.
Matthew 14: 22-33. Is ‘care for creation’ a lost cause? Do my actions make a difference? In this third study, we consider how individual Christians can pioneer real hope as tenants of creation. ‘The Bible, the gospel, Christ, the church, the faith – all are one great battle cry against fear in the lives of […]
Romans 8:18-23. If God created a good world, what went wrong? Has God given up on creation? In this second study, we reflect on our broken world, and God’s plan to do something about it. ‘Let him who possesses a field so partake of its yearly fruits, that he may not suffer the ground to […]
Louise and Peter Lynch. Luke 12:32 – 36. Your heart will always be where your treasures are.
Genesis 2:15-18; Colossians 1:15-20. Why did God create the world? Where’s creation going? Which parts of creation matter to Him? In this opening session, we begin considering the big picture of God’s creation, and our identity as tenants in His land. This whole universe was made through Jesus, by Jesus and it was made for […]
Zephaniah 3: 14 – 17. As we continue to engage with the theme of “connecting with God”, and so knowing His restoration and renewal, today we add thoughts about joy and reassurance. We’ve moved forwards 200 years from Nehemiah’s preparation for the people of the Lord to return to Jerusalem from exile. Now we’re with […]
Nehemiah Chaps 1, 4 and 8. When Nehemiah stepped forward to seek permission to serve the Lord, he was alone and vulnerable. Where did his strength come from to do that? How do we compare? The first tentative steps that Nehemiah took marked the beginning of a new era that saw the people of God […]
1 Kings 19: 1 – 18. If we get so distracted by the things that are driven by our own desires and emotions, things that we haven’t first of all been “Connecting with God” about, then we’ve moved into a dangerous place. And when we realise that we’ve been moving into that unhelpful direction, we […]