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 effect, is also a prayer about you!  Many hands came down at that point.  The presenter went on, how many of you pray for your enemies, those who have injured you?  This was a good question because only a very few hands remained up at this point.  In the Bible passage this week, we come across the words of Jesus: “Pray for those who hurt you.”  This is a challenge, but it is the beating heart of the Gospel, “You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate”, Jesus goes on to say.  What is the rationale?  We have been forgiven and blessed so that we, in turn, must forgive and bless others.  Prayer and forgiveness remain two of the greatest weapons in the church’s armoury because nothing can defeat them.  This is the mark of the Christian:  doing good to those who hate you, praying for the happiness of those who curse you and praying for those who hurt you.  That is a Biblical prayer life.  Let’s practise it this week.

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

  • Tips on 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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