We have produced a 12 page study guide for life groups this term as we go through our Grace Works teaching series on Galatians. You can pick a booklet up from the Kings Centre, or you can download a PDF here:
Some people splutter in surprise when they first read Galatians. Some people are offended. Some can’t believe the strength of the language, or the emotion, or the imagery. Some find it provokes all kinds of uncomfortable questions.
Others cling to it for dear life. They find Paul’s talk of a righteousness by faith, apart from works of the law, to be their only hope. They cherish the thought of a community in which there is no Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free, but everyone is one in Christ Jesus. They celebrate their freedom, stand in grace, and produce the fruits of the Spirit.
But nobody who wrestles with the argument of Galatians can remain unchanged.
Over eleven weeks we’ll be going through Paul’s most explosive letter in detail. We will ask what he was doing, why he was doing it, and how it might apply to us today. We will try to understand law and grace, flesh and Spirit, slavery and freedom. And most importantly, we will ask ourselves, if what we read in Galatians is true, why it is such good news.
Starting 1st October at Hampden Park, 8th October at Centro, with all talks made available online at www.kings.church/teaching
We look forward to seeing you at Kings!
The Biblical Theology Course was about going through the Scriptures, in order, tracing their major themes and emphases, and allowing them to shape and challenge our views of God, his gospel, his people, and his mission.
It was originally planned as a 12 part course back in 2014 but unfortunately only the first seven sessions took place, and no future sessions are planned.
Due to requests we have made the first seven parts available again here, with notes available for parts 8 to 12.
Our thanks to Rich Tutt, Liam Thatcher and Dan Hayter for writing several of the sessions.
Pentateuch (Genesis to Deuteronomy): Part 1
Pentateuch (Genesis to Deuteronomy): Part 2
Conquest to Monarchy (Joshua to 2 Samuel, Psalms, Wisdom): Part 1
Conquest to Monarchy (Joshua to 2 Samuel, Psalms, Wisdom): Part 2
Division to Exile: Part 1 (1 Kings to 2 Chronicles, pre-exilic prophets)
Division to Exile: Part 2 (1 Kings to 2 Chronicles, pre-exilic prophets)
Exile and Return (Ezra to Esther, exilic and post-exilic prophets)
Gospels (Matthew to John)
Parts 8 & 9: Download Notes
Acts, James and Paul (Acts to Philemon, James)
Parts 10 & 11: Download Notes
Church Under Fire (Hebrews, 1 Peter to Revelation)
Part 12: Download Notes
14 weeks exploring seven key hallmarks of the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God was the theme of almost all of Jesus’ teaching and yet for many of us it remains a mysterious concept.
The book of Isaiah lists at least seven key features of what it looks like when the Kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus did what he did, in the way he did it as an enactment of what it looks like when God is king.
Over the course of 14 weeks we want to encounter Jesus’ wisdom and power afresh as well as share insights on how we as the church can embody the life of the Kingdom in 21st century secular Britain.
Update: Our Signs teaching series is now complete and you can watch the entire series online here.
God in the Old Testament is cruel, mean and aggressive; whereas the God in the New Testament is loving, kind and forgiving.
That’s an opinion held by many people, but it’s wrong. For the next three months on our Sunday mornings we’ll be going through the first book of the Bible and discovering how surprisingly kind, forgiving and loving God has always been.
Genesis isn’t just the name of a popular band from the 80s. It’s also the book that opens the Bible’s story and it’s known to many only as being the book that records how God created the world and the story of Adam and Eve, but it’s a book with so much more on offer. Written thousands of years ago it documents the lives of some of the most well known figures in history.
Each Sunday together we’ll be exploring the stories and situations through which God first introduced himself to the human race. We’ll meet some people who made a mess of their lives and some who never stood a chance. We’ll watch to see how God treats the outsiders and the undesirables, the dishonest and the shameful. We’ll delve into themes of regret and romance, family and failure and throughout it all we’ll watch on amazed at the kindness and wisdom of God. It’s a book packed full of surprises.
If you’ve ever made a decision that went dramatically wrong, or if you’ve ever wondered at how you could ever repair the damage you’ve caused — Genesis is for you. If you’ve ever wondered what you did to deserve the good things in your life or if you’re amazed at your good fortune — Genesis is for you. If you’ve ever felt overlooked or devalued, abandoned or cheated; if you’ve ever despaired about the future or complained about how unfair life is, then Genesis is definitely for you.
It’s an ancient book, one of the first in human history, but it’s packed full of punch for modern life. Join us at any of our three venues to explore for yourself just how surprising, unexpected and consistent God’s goodness has always been. Join us as we show how Jesus’ life and death wasn’t a one off display of kindness but the latest in a long line of God being good to us.
We hope to see you there!
We’ll be working our way from Genesis chapter 12 all the way through to chapter 50. To get a head start why not read it for yourself and see what you make of it all?
Update: Our Genesis teaching series is now complete and you can watch the entire series online here.