Category Archives: Discipleship

24th Sunday after Pentecost (23rd Sunday in Trinity)

A well-known educationalist once said, we often end up valuing what we can measure rather than attempting to measure what is of real value.  This practice spills over into church life as we strive to quantify spiritual standards by how pious we have been.  This religiosity or legalism was no less prevalent in Jesus’ day.  […]

23rd Sunday after Pentecost (22nd Sunday in Trinity)

All the blessings of this life and the wonders of this world pale into insignificance when compared with the all surpassing gift of our eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.  The cry of humanity should therefore be: “What must we do to be saved?”  In the Gospel passage appointed for this week we find the answer […]

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (21st in Trinity)

How important are hierarchies to us?  Do we continually look up to people who hold positions of great status and / or power?  Or, if we are one of these people, do we have a smug sense of superiority when we are asked what job we do?  However, the most important question is what did […]

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 […]

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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