Category Archives: Discipleship

Fourth Sunday in Lent

It was John Newton, the famous 18th century hymn writer, who once said that he remembered only two things: firstly, that he is a great sinner and, secondly, that Christ is a great saviour.  It is precisely this tension that lies at the heart of the Christian faith.  Only when we realise our own sinfulness […]

Third Sunday in Lent

As Christians, is it ever right to be angry?  Is it ever right to show hatred?  In truth, most Christians shy away from these character traits. Perhaps, as children, we have been overly influenced by Sunday school messages of ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’.  In our churches, we emphasise love, forgiveness and ‘turning the other […]

Second Sunday in Lent

The Bible passage for this week, the week beginning 25th February, is the story of Jesus explaining about his need to suffer and be put to death.  Peter then takes Jesus aside and reprimands him for saying such things.  Peter, Jesus’ great friend, then receives a stinging rebuke from Jesus for wanting to protect Jesus […]

First Sunday in Lent

This week, beginning 18th February, marks the beginning of Lent.  The Bible passage is the account in Mark’s Gospel of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.  In our world, we generally regard temptation as a bad thing.  Temptation is viewed as something that Satan uses to make us stumble and fall before we become wracked with […]

Transfiguration Sunday (last before Lent)

The Bible passage this week, the week beginning 11th February, is the account in Mark’s Gospel of the transfiguration. Jesus was at a pivotal point in his ministry.  He was just about to set out to Jerusalem and to the cross.  What does he do?  He turns to his Heavenly Father to get his endorsement.  […]

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

The Bible passage this week, the week beginning 4th February, is the account of Jesus healing Simon Peter’s mother-in-law as well as many who were possessed with evil spirits.  After driving out many demons, Jesus prevented the demons from speaking because they knew who he was.  Why did Jesus do this?  Why did Jesus not […]

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

The Bible passage this week, the week beginning 28th January, is the account of Jesus driving out an evil spirit. Many Christians today do not seem to believe in Satan or, at least, do not believe he has any influence through his evil spirits.  This is strange because Jesus certainly believed in the power of […]

Third Sunday after Epiphany

The Bible passage this week, the week beginning 21st January is the story of the call of James and John to become disciples of Jesus. The Bible records the fact that these two men ‘left their father and their boat and followed him’. On the surface, this seems a straightforward event until we reflect on […]

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus once said to Nathanael, “Here is a true Israelite in whom there is nothing false”. In truth, we do not know very much about the disciples. Two of them, Matthew and John, succeed in writing whole Gospels without hardly mentioning themselves within the story. The Bible passage for this week, the week beginning 14th […]

Sunday after Epiphany

Too many people for too many centuries have laboured under the misapprehension that God is not pleased with them. God has often been viewed as a harsh judge who likes to condemn us for our wrongdoings. In my personal experience, of 30 years as a Christian, nothing could be further from the truth. More crucially, […]

DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING COURSE

at Emmanuel Church

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Training planned for the Summer of 2018 following the end of the School of Theology lectures

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”
Matthew 28:19

 

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