In the church community we belong with each other because of Jesus. The word for this is ‘partners’. In church we’re to be partners in prayer, partners in our willingness to suffer together and we’re to be partners in our finanical giving. Partnership is all about sharing a common purpose of seeing spiritual growth and […]
The church community is where we want the best for each other. We want people to grow and for Christian people live out holiness. When we see growth in each other, we should be deeply thankful for God’s work in our church. When our fellow Chrisitans go against God’s will, it should grieve us. In […]
God gives leaders to the church and the bible’s language for this is shepherds and sheep. Does this sound patronising and old-fashioned? It’s actually not. Christian leaders are to teach and guard biblical truth and they’re to be serving humble leaders who work with others, not over others.
At the heart of it, baptism isn’t about getting wet on the outside. It’s about receiving forgiveness for our sin on the inside, something that only Jesus can provide for us. And we need to remember that our response to what Jesus has done for us, needs to be faith. Baptism doesn’t makes us Christian. […]
Church is not an organisation to think about in the abstract. Church is not an event you go to. Church is a community of people who belong to one another and express this belonging as they phyically meet together. We regularly meet together to encourage each other. This is radical.
Church is made up of ‘us’ – followers of Jesus who are in community life with another. But the church is not for us. We listen to Jesus’ great commissioning words to go out into the word and make more disciples. And we are part of that great work as we grow as a serving […]
The community life of church centres on teaching the bible, the word of God. Bible teaching should be clear and Christ-centred. But we need to be get away from any notion that bible teaching is simply that moment when the preacher get up on a Sunday. Bible teaching is also the encouagement we give another, […]
This bible talk series is for anyone who is part of church, ‘the devoted’. But it’s also for those who are questioning if the local church is really necessary for them, ‘the damaged’ and ‘the dissastisfied’. Church is not an institution and it’s not a building and it’s not even an event you go to […]