Fear; faith and fear

On Sunday we will look at fear; faith and fear. It appears that these two words represent opposites, each sitting at alternate ends of a continuum: mutually exclusive. Faith the focus and lifeblood of the Christian life, while fear is the unnecessary half-life lived by those for whom faith is lacking.

Or is it quite so simple?

Contemporary living has produced higher levels of anxiety and fear than perhaps we have ever known, certainly greater than during other periods of ‘peace-time’. And this at a time when there is more emphasis on the self (dare I say ‘self-help’ even), than ever, even within the church. We live with faith and fear.

How on earth are we able to know the absence of fear which the pages of scripture describe to us? How will God free us from this paralysis ?

And on Sunday evening, why not make some space in your diary to spend time in reflection as Mick leads our extended communion service at 6.30pm.

 


I believe; help my unbelief!

It is recorded in Mark 9 that a man brought his son to Jesus in order that he heal him. The child’s condition was serious (epilepsy?) and Jesus stated that all things can be done for those who believe. The response of the boy’s father has become one of the most quoted verses about faith, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’ There is no contradiction in these words, for in us all there exists the struggle to overcome the doubts that so easily arise and hold on to the truth of faith.
On Sunday evening, the service will be led by our young people as they unpack why it is that Christians hold differing opinions on some matters of faith.


This Sunday we begin a new series on Faith

This Sunday we begin a new series on Faith. We will explore some of the many dimensions of faith, especially the challenges to faith. We begin with the story of Abraham and Sarah a model for faith oft-quoted in the scriptures who actually struggled to believe God; a struggle which led to disobedience. There are likely to be many points at which their story touches ours.

Sunday evening, on this Pentecost Sunday, we will be remembering this wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit, God’s own presence in us, and opening our lives once again to his life – in us.

 


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