So this Sunday . . .

. . . we complete our run of three outside speakers at ABC. Earlier this week I joked with Mat (one ‘T’) Walls from the Message Trust that the previous two weeks have been the warm-up, for his coming; and perhaps in a strange way they were. 
Two weeks ago John McGinley gave a challenging introduction to the weekend away when he explained that we shouldn’t have to say ‘Mission and Discipleship’ as discipleship fundamentally involves mission. Then last week Andy from Open Doors shared some extraordinary stories of the faith and commitment of Christian believers under persecution today.
So I hope that to some extent we are ready to consider our response to what we have heard. That we live out our discipleship with as much courage and faith as we have heard and tell our story; sharing faith with others.


when I was a teenager there were three Christian books which you had to read. The first was ‘The Hiding Place’, the remarkable story of Corrie Ten Boom surviving the Nazi persecution of the Second World War. ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’, a tale of how a New York minister called David Wilkerson lead Nicky Cruz and his gang to faith. And finally ‘God’s Smuggler’, the story of Brother Andrew who smuggled thousands of copies of the Bible across the iron curtain and into communist Europe where Christian faith was proscribed and believers persecuted. This Sunday, we are delighted to have Andy speak to us, who now heads up church relations for Open Doors, the charity which Brother Andrew started. We will be hearing some remarkable stores of faith and hear the latest news from their World Watch List of the most difficult countries to be a Christian today.

Sunday evening, we will be looking at a cracking little passage which challenges many of our preconceptions about how we should relate to our employers and what it means to follow the way of Christ.


We welcome . . .

. . .  John McGinley as our guest this Sunday morning. He will be speaking to us on Mission and Discipleship.
John is New Wine’s Regional Director for the Midlands and East Region and Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Leicester – a resource church seeking to encourage and support the mission of churches in Leicestershire and beyond.
John has written a book called Mission-Shaped Grace which is an attempt to capture what John believes God has been teaching His people about mission in our modern-day culture.
It’s great we can meet John as he will be joining us for our Church Weekend in June

New term, new book.

What kind of church is ABC? What is at the heart of ABC? What kind of church should ABC be?

Well, that’s quite enough questions for the time-being and questions which take some careful thought to answer. Over the coming few months we will be using the letter to the church in Ephesus to help give us some answers. The letter is an epic treatise on the nature of the church and we will find it repeatedly speaking into the life of ABC, sometimes reassuringly and at others with a challenge. I don’t quite know where this will leave us by the end of July, but I know we won’t be the same and I trust that God will be delighted by what he sees.


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