Yearly Archives: 2019

Second Sunday in Lent

In the Bible reading this week we have a perfect fusion of both bravery and tenderness.  Some Pharisees came to warn Jesus that King Herod was out to kill him.  It is an extraordinary story because it clearly shows that some of the Pharisees were on Jesus’ side.  Jesus’ reply is equally remarkable.  He publicly […]

First Sunday in Lent

On Sunday, I was privileged to be able to worship at a baptismal service where a large number of new Christians confidently articulated their faith and made their baptismal vows.  One of these vows was a commitment to fight the devil.  In this first Sunday of Lent we have the amazing story of how Jesus […]

Sunday before Lent

How clearly do we see God’s plans?  In the New Testament reading this week, the Apostle Paul uses the idea of a veil to illustrate the problems we may face in this regard.  Paul suggests that his legalistic compatriots were reading the scriptures with a veil covering them.  As a result, they could not see […]

Eighth Sunday after Epiphany (7th in ordinary)

How Biblical is our prayer life?  I remember attending a prayer conference run by a Christian church in the Middle East.  The presenter asked how many of us pray for people other than ourselves.  All of us put up our hands and then he said, you must exclude all family and friends because that, in […]

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany (6th in ordinary)

The Bible reading this week is the account in Luke’s Gospel of Jesus’ sermon on the plain which strongly corresponds to Jesus’ sermon on the mount – Matthew chapters 5 to 7.  Of course, there are slight differences, but the message is the same: “Happy are you poor, because yours is the kingdom of God.  […]

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (5th in Ordinary)

The Bible reading this week is the account of the miraculous catch of fish as recorded in Luke’s Gospel.  There are many lessons from this passage ranging from how a fisherman had the humility to listen to a carpenter telling him how to fish, all the way to a glimpse of Jesus’ authority over the […]

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Why was Jesus so rejected in his hometown of Nazareth?  One reason is that he preached a Gospel which included the Gentiles.  The Jews were so sure that they were God’s people that they utterly despised all others.  Many genuinely believed that God had only created Gentiles to be fuel for the fires of hell.  […]

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Following the preaching of John the Baptist which is a call to repent, Jesus begins his ministry with the words of Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor.”  The Bible passage this week is Luke 4 verses 14 to 30, which […]

Third Sunday in Epiphany

The Bible reading for this week is the account of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana in Galilee.  Like all of John’s Gospel this story contains layers of meaning.  On the surface we come across Jesus as a man who was both keen to enable people to enjoy themselves, and […]

Second Sunday in Epiphany

Do we speak the truth when there are great dangers involved?  Th Bible reading this week is the account of the arrest of John the Baptist for criticising the marriage of Herod Antipas to Herodias, his brother’s wife.  Herod Antipas was the son of Herod the Great.  Herod the Great had many wives and many […]

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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