Category Archives: Discipleship

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 […]

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The Bible reading for this week is the account in Mark’s Gospel of the feeding of the five thousand.  This miracle had a profound impact on the disciples as it is the only one in which there is mention in all four Gospels.  The Gospel records that the people sat on the ‘green grass’.  Peter, […]

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

I wonder if we ever make rash promises or rash oaths.  Certainly, Jesus warned against this by saying do not swear by anything but, rather, let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’.  In the book of Judges, Jephthah made a rash promise with fatal consequences for his daughter.  In the book of […]

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

The Gospel reading for this week is Mark’s account of Jesus sending out the twelve disciples with instructions for mission.  Can we draw any parallels between then and now?  Is there anything we can learn from Jesus’ words then, about how we carry out mission today?  I think we can and we should.  Jesus fully […]

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

The Bible reading for this week is the familiar story of Jesus calming the storm on the Lake of Galilee.  It is interesting that the words Jesus uses to calm the storm are the same as the words he uses to drive out demons.  With the fall of creation, weather systems were also affected. The […]

Third Sunday after Pentecost

In the village where we live, a group of local residents have organised a BBQ with a large screen to watch one of England’s World Cup games.  To me, this is a great gesture of community spirit.  However, of course, the modern-day notion of ‘community’ is multi-layered.  We may be members of many ‘communities’: work, […]

Second Sunday after Pentecost

One of the concerns of many Christians with regard to the modern-day church is its over reliance on man-made laws.  Many Church leaders point to Paul’s teaching in Romans chapter 13 where he urges believers to “submit to the authorities”.  However, this teaching flies in the face of the, more important, life and teaching of […]

Discipleship Training

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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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