Faith and Jesus

In our series on ‘Faith’ we have considered Faith and Disobedience, Faith and Doubt, Faith and Fear, Faith and Certainty and on Sunday we will look at Faith and Jesus. Our faith is in Christ Jesus and for our faith to grow our focus needs to be on Jesus and Him alone. As the writer to the Hebrews put it, “let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” Hebrews 12: 1,2

Sunday evening we have our’ Open to God’ service, an opportunity to come together to spend time in worship and praise, to enter into His presence, to wait on God and to hear His voice. We will be reflecting on one aspect of the teaching at the Church Weekend at Home. Our relationship with ‘one another’. This phrase occurs 64 times in the New Testament describing the relationship that the early followers of Jesus had with each another.


Faith is certain, sure, definite

It is a distinct aspect of Christian belief that ‘faith’ is not something which is speculative, not  based on dubious grounds or uncertain facts, but that faith is certain, sure, definite.

On Sunday morning Helen Hinds will open up one of the great passages of the New Testament and shows us, through the lives of some of the Bible’s greatest figures, what our strong convictions are based upon.

Sunday evening we are delighted to welcome Dave Mann from Sat-7. The lives and faith of Christians living in the Middle East, often under persecution, is something which we in the West hold dear. We get to hear remarkable stories of how people come to faith and how God sustains Christians in their daily lives. SAT-7 plays a leading role in witnessing Christian faith in these contexts. Dave will show us how they are able to effectively reach people of all faiths with the Christian message.

 


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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