Category Archives: Lent

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 […]

Fifth Sunday in Lent

The Bible passage assigned to this week, the week before Palm Sunday, is the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume.  In a sense this passage looks skilfully backwards and forwards.  Last week was the story of the prodigal (son).  Mary is the female incarnation of the father in that story.  She too […]

Fourth Sunday in Lent

What is it in our Christian lives that makes us happiest?  The Bible reading this week is the parable of the prodigal (son).  This is one of Jesus’ greatest parables because in it we see the heart of the Father.  The Father delights in a repentant sinner.  In the charity CAP, a bell was rung […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sixth Sunday in Lent – Palm Sunday

The world is riddled with injustice.  On an international level, rich countries throw away the same amount of food that would feed the entire population of poor countries where there is starvation.  Billions of pounds are spent on cosmetic surgery while millions of people die from not having clean water.  War rages in countries using […]

Fifth Sunday in Lent

A work colleague in the Middle East said to me earlier on this week that as he travels the world and meets new people, he has reached the conclusion that all people from all nations are basically good.  Is he right?  It is very tempting to sometimes think that.  Does the devil want us to […]

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 […]

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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