Category Archives: Discipleship

Fourth Sunday in Easter

What or who do we listen to? News alerts as well as social media provide us with a range of information about the world we live in.  Indeed, the President of the USA uses twitter to communicate with the world his thoughts without it being filtered by the media beforehand.  The problem with such a […]

Third Sunday in Easter

Who do we love above all others?  For most people the answer to this question might be a husband, a wife, a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, a daughter, a son or some other relative or special person.  What about us?  This was the question put to Peter by Jesus beside the Sea […]

Second Sunday in Easter

To whom or to what do we submit?  As citizens of the United Kingdom we, quite rightly, submit to British law and, for the moment at least, to European law.  It is sound Christian teaching that the Church should fit into all aspects of civil and criminal law within the country where it is based.  […]

Easter

What things are certain in our Christian lives?  Perhaps different people would give slightly different answers, but for the first Christians, their faith was based on the certainty of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  In our ordered and highly planned world, we might think that the Gospels were written down in the order […]

Sixth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday)

This week is Passion week and the Gospel reading assigned is the whole of the Passion narrative recorded in Luke’s Gospel.  It is a very long reading spanning two chapters, but it is a wonderful opportunity to grasp something of the enormity of Jesus’ sacrifice and love for us.  What strikes us about the whole […]

Third Sunday in Lent

The Gospel reading for this week is Luke’s account of the barren fig tree.  The problem of the fig tree was that it was taking up space and not producing anything.  It was taking out more than it was giving back.  We are all in debt to life.  We came into this world at the […]

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.  […]

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.  […]

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HOME GROUP MATERIALS FOR SUMMER 2019

  • Notes for each week for home groups based on the Sunday morning sermons
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Summer Series for Home Groups

See below for more 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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