Yearly Archives: 2018

21st Sunday after Pentecost (20th in Trinity)

Within the life of the church we often pray for the poorest members of our community but, reading the Gospel passage assigned to this week, I wonder whether we should pray for the richest members of our society instead.  Seen within the context of eternity, it is the rich who are most vulnerable to not […]

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (27th in Ordinary)

The Gospel reading assigned to this week is Jesus’ teaching on divorce.  As always, it is helpful to understand the context in which Jesus was speaking.  In Jesus’ time, the Jewish law of divorce was based on Moses teaching in Deuteronomy.  This could be interpreted as a man was able to divorce his wife (not […]

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (25th in Ordinary)

There is a famous prayer: “Lord I am a simple man; make me simpler yet.”  Yet in modern living everything seems to militate against this.  We are encouraged to upgrade, develop our careers and seek out bigger opportunities for ourselves.  It was no different in Jesus’ day.  In the Bible passage for this week, the […]

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (24th in Ordinary)

The Bible reading for this week is the account from Mark’s Gospel of Jesus asking his disciples who they thought he was.  I suppose if you asked this question to people in our society, most people would respond that they hadn’t really thought about it.  For the majority of Britain who don’t go to church, […]

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (23rd in Ordinary)

The Gospel passage for this week is the account of Jesus healing the deaf-mute as recorded in Mark’s Gospel.  This is a wonderful story because it enables us to get to the very heart of God.  Of course, there is the remarkable miracle of the man being healed but there is something else in this […]

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Following the fall, one of the outcomes was a form of excessive rule-following or legalism.  This obsession with rules by some people permeates all human institutions, as well as the Church.  That is, within the Church there are some members who are in the grip of the sin of legalism.  This is as wrong today […]

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Who do we turn to in times of uncertainty or crisis?  Many years ago, when we lived in Devon, I remember returning late at night on the train from London.  My wife picked me up at Totnes station and as we drove home we passed a young man with a pony tail walking along the […]

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A few years ago, I took part in a fast organised by Tearfund.  Over a period of one week, I lived off only a small amount of rice and oats in line with the same amount that a person from an economically poor family in Chad would have.  Each night I remember being drained of […]

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

How quick are we to judge by outward appearance?  When we receive a message, do we first look at the messenger before responding?  Are we swayed by their manner and even background?  In the Bible reading for this week, this was precisely what the Jews did with the message they received from Jesus.  “Is this […]

Discipleship Training

at Emmanuel Church

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Training planned for 2018/19 to dovetail with Church Vision of “Growing in Discipleship”

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”
Matthew 28:19

See below for resources on Discipleship, Evangelism and Discerning your Gifts

 

Sharing your Faith

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Booklet on Sharing Faith

Discerning your Gifts

  • Discovering your Gifts for God’s Kingdom
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What are my gifts and how can I best serve

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