26th Sunday after Pentecost (33rd in Ordinary) and 25th Sunday in Trinity

In the Gospel reading this week, Jesus foretells the horrors that would befall Jerusalem in AD 70, about 40 years after his own death.  The Roman Emperor Titus surrounded the city and starved its inhabitants into submission.  The events within the city were unimaginably terrible.  Although none of us, hopefully, will ever endure anything so horrible, Jesus goes onto say that his followers will also experience persecution.  Moreover, this persecution may divide families.  Today in parts of Asia and the Middle East, sons and daughters are disowned by their parents if they become Christians and leave the religion of the upbringing.  On a smaller scale, we too may be mocked in our own workplaces and communities for being followers of Jesus Christ.  This, said Jesus, is all to be expected.  What is the answer?  Jesus simply encourages us to endure to the end and then we will be saved.  Life is not a sprint, it is a marathon.  Jeffrey tells the story of a famous man who refused to have his biography written while he was still alive because he knew of many men who fell on the last lap of the race.  It was John Bunyan who, in his dream, saw that from the very gates of heaven there was a way to hell.  We are all called to endure to the very end and then, along with all who have suffered in Christ’s name, we WILL be saved, no matter how terrible our plight.

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

  • Tips on 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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