When last . . .

. . . did you have a major change of heart? Perhaps it was about your view of someone, perhaps it was to do with a political view, or even your view of the Bible and the nature of God?
We have these changes of heart. They can be disturbing, as we have to let go of long-held and greatly-cherished thoughts. But they can also be exhilarating and life-giving as we feel that our eyes have been opened and we have moved on to a greater understanding and experience of God. 
This Sunday morning we’ll consider a major shift in Paul’s understanding of Christian faith.  For us this will raise the consequent challenge to review our understanding of faith in the light of what God is revealing to us.
In the evening we will look at one of the most contested passages in the New Testament and seek to draw out its meaning for us today.

What is it about ‘Brians’?

What is it about ‘Brians’? Last week I heard US civil rights lawyer Bryan Stephenson tell some remarkable stories about his life and work and today at ABC we have our own Brian Addis speaking to us from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. Brian tells great stories, but beyond them, can you listen for God’s voice, speaking, coaxing and challenging you in your discipleship.

Then tonight – the Prodigal Son – Rob Peirson. The young people will play a major part in our unpacking and relating of this famous story through leading the worship and their multimedia explanation of what this means for us today.

 


Can you see what God is doing?

If we take a moment and step back and look, we may well notice that God is doing remarkable things in us. The Church Weekend is on the horizon and as such we excitedly anticipate an injection of apostolic input as John McGinley inspires to fully grasp what we are ‘Becoming…’ in Christ.

And what’s more, this week the fantastic Mat Wall trained us in evangelism – sharing the Gospel and sharing our story. What Mat has taught is now available on the website so take a look if you couldn’t be there (or need a refresher), because what he did share has animated us to share our faith.

And finally, the passage for this Sunday. It’s one of those crackerjack passages which preachers will always struggle to do justice to. Paul’s plain explanation of the Gospel as recorded in Ephesians which so closely matches what Mat shared this past week.

All these elements, planned independently, yet all pointing to one thing – the wonder of the Gospel and the necessity that we share it. Can you see what God is doing?

 


We return this week . . .

 . . . to the book of Ephesians; a letter primarily about the church. So in this book we listen to God’s words for ABC. As we do, we will discover the two aspects of scripture which are always available to us. We discover the unchanging, eternal teaching of Paul and what he meant as he wrote this letter to the churches. We will also discern the voice of the Spirit who will illuminate the understanding from the passage which is especially, (prophetically), relevant and appropriate to us today. Will you listen and attend to both voices?
This evening we have a first of two weeks where we look at Mental Health and how as Christians we understand, support (and care for the carers) who are engaged with this debilitating illness.

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