Our Seaford Gift Day total revealed. Thank you so much for all your generosity! If you haven’t had a chance to take part yet, you still can at www.kings.church/giveseaford
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
In September 2010 we launched a second venue right in the heart of Seaford. After six years of hiring places to meet, it’s time for our Seaford venue to set up home.
We’re excited to announce a fantastic opportunity to purchase the Cross Way Centre, an old Methodist building dating back to the 1890s. For over a century this building has been used as a place of worship, a place where the gospel is preached, a place where people have come to know Jesus Christ. This could be the first permanent home of Kings Church Seaford, a base out of which we can celebrate the message of Jesus and demonstrate its life altering implications for the world.
The Cross Way Centre will offer us many things. It will open up new possibilities for reaching Seaford. A place where we can run Alpha courses, cafés, youth hangouts, kids work and baby and toddler groups. It will give us visibility with its position right in the heart of Seaford town centre. And we can adapt and shape the building to suit our needs.
Watch the video above for the full story: our history and vision, and a tour of the church building.
How you can make this a reality
Our Seaford venue will need around £125,000 to act as a deposit on the building. We then need a regular income substantial enough to service a mortgage. There are four ways you can help make the purchase of Cross Way a reality:
- Make a one-off gift
- Consider giving regularly for the first time at Seaford
- Increase your regular giving at Seaford
- Offer an interest-free loan
We believe the purchase of Cross Way will be a fantastic resource and of great value to our Seaford venue as it becomes its own church in September of this year.
A note on our 2017 Gift Days
This year’s gift day will be split into two parts and cover two towns. While part one focuses on Seaford we are planning to have a second gift day in the autumn as we look to redevelop the Kings Centre in Eastbourne, equipping it to fulfil our vision of seeing one hundred families added to the church over the next five years.
The venue you attend at Kings will naturally shape your giving. Whether you’re part of Seaford, Centro or Hampden Park, prayerfully consider how you can give in both our gift days this year. We’re all in this together: we want to see churches for everyone grow in both our towns.
Ways to give
Sunday meetings: You can give at any of our venues on our Gift Days: Sunday 25th June and Sunday 2nd July. You can also give at any meeting thereafter. Simply put your gift into an envelop and mark with ‘Seaford Gift Day’.
PayPal: You can give online via PayPal. Please note that you do not need a PayPal account to use this facility:
Internet Banking If you would like to use internet banking, please use the following details:
Account name: Frontiers Charitable Trust
Reference: Seaford Gift Day
Account no: 00639745
Sort Code: 202791
Interest-free loans: If you are able to offer an interest free loan please email email@example.com or sign-up at the Info Point on a Sunday morning.
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.
Marriage, Paul says, refers to Christ and the Church. This video has been produced by Kings Church Eastbourne to show at the beginning of our wedding ceremonies, illustrating how the symbolism of marriage reflects the Christian gospel.
There are two versions available. Featured above is the cinematic version which doesn’t feature a presenter and is more ambient in nature. The second version below does feature one (in the form of Andrew Wilson) which may better suit teaching contexts.
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We had an amazing weekend celebrating Easter through the baptisms at our Hampden Park venue. Stories of how the death and resurrection of Jesus has brought new and everlasting life! Welcome home.
Timings: Oriana 06:28; Becky 08:04; Nathan 10:37; David 13:42; David 16:22; Laura 18:24; Beth 20:11; Sophie 22:17
Mum didn’t have much money on benefits with five kids. More times than I could remember we would sit around the table at dinner, with nothing on it. Mum would say grace, and then there would be a knock at the door, and someone had brought us food. No lie!
Mum had a great faith for this sort of thing. She would pray about a bill she couldn’t pay and the exact amount would get posted through our letterbox. It was just part of life.
Seeing all these little magical things that God did for us I thought ‘he’s just so good’. When I was 14 I asked Jesus into my life, and got baptised. But I didn’t know much about the relationship side of things. I sort of thought ‘God’s just going to make me perfect now, my sins are gone’. But it’s not that easy.
I was at school in Harrow, West London. Being dyslexic I found school hard, got in lots of trouble and was put down a year. I found it difficult not having a dad around to guide me, to show me the way and how to get things done.
At 15 I was introduced to marijuana. School was hard. Half the time I was bunking, and it was just something to do.
At 16 I was smoking cannabis every day and later went on to speed, ecstasy and a bit of cocaine. I started several courses at college but dropped out, not being able to concentrate because of the drugs I was taking. At 18 we used to sell pills at Camden Palace in London making £10,000 on two nights work. But we’d be eating them like Smarties and one night I landed in hospital.
“You don’t realise when you take heroin that it grabs you and there’s no way out.”
I got married to Joanne at 21, but she didn’t realise the extent of it — how messy it was when I went clubbing. One night we came back and I was rushing off my face. My brother and his friend had some heroin, which does the opposite to ecstasy. After rushing all night at the clubs on pills they would use it to relax back down. So that was my first encounter.
Heroin is incredibly addictive. After taking it for three or four days in a row you become hooked. Your body stops making what the heroin is giving you, which is endorphins. And without them you just feel ill. Within a few months things changed, from going clubbing to sell pills to just “I need heroin, I need heroin…”
Things kept disappearing from our flat as I’d take them down Cash Converters. I got nicked a number of times for shoplifting, where I would sell items on to punters. After about a year of marriage Joanne legally separated from me. I got kicked out of the flat and lived in a shed for six months, and then slept out of my brothers old car. I did a lot of sofa surfing and went to rehab about six times. But I could never get more than a day through cold turkey.
I wasn’t a comfortable heroin addict, if that makes sense. Because I’d been baptised and seen God’s goodness, there was a real conflict and struggle within me. It was like the drugs and the addiction didn’t fit. But I had got into something I didn’t know how to get out of.
“I’d seen people overdose so it wasn’t unfamiliar. But I put it in my arm and nothing happened. Nothing at all. I should have passed out.”
You don’t realise when you take heroin that it grabs you and there’s no way out. And if you’re sleeping in a freezing shed with the rain pouring, half the time you need heroin just to help you crash out, to get you through the day.
Life got very complicated and hard. One time I got very low and decided I’d had enough. Normally you would put £10 worth of heroin in your arm, but this time I put £50 in to see what would happen. I thought ‘If I go, at least I’ll go high.’
I’d seen people overdose so it wasn’t unfamiliar. I knew this was good stuff as I’d been using it for the last few days. I knew it worked. But I put it in my arm and nothing happened. Nothing at all. I should have passed out. I know that something should have happened. I can’t explain it — and there’s been a few other occasions since where God’s just blatantly saved my life.
Because I got so desperate and was in such dire straits, the Drug and Alcohol Service in Harrow said that if I stayed off heroin for two months, and just took methadone, they would send me to Ealing Hospital where I would be medically detoxed — a very expensive treatment. So it was my one chance.
I managed to stick with it, but it took months before my body recovered. I felt like a baby, my body was so weak.
From there I went to rehab where you talk about ‘issues’. I talked about how I hadn’t had a dad to bring me up, but soon realised the extent of other people’s problems. Like backgrounds of abuse and violence — some very major stories — and you think ‘grief, I’ve got no excuse for being here’.
The question came: “so you’re a heroin addict, at the same age as your dad when he left your mum with five kids… what makes you better than him?”. And I realised history was repeating itself. I had become just like my dad.
“All through the drugs it was like I was trapped behind a pane of glass. I could see God but I couldn’t get to him.”
I knew I couldn’t go back to Harrow, because all I knew was drugs and addicts. So I packed my bags and went to work in Scotland at the Abernethy Trust, a Christian outdoor centre where my sister worked. I worked for two years on general jobs: cutting hedges, mowing lawns, that sort of thing, and then learnt to cook in the kitchens.
Every morning they would have a prayer meeting, and we would have to take it in turns to say something. So that got me closer to God and I would say that it was there that I started having a relationship with him.
When the drugs had cleared it was like God said “there you are”. All through the drugs it was like I was trapped behind a pane of glass. I could see God but I couldn’t get to him.
I stopped worrying about not having a dad around, and realised that God would be my dad instead. As soon as I made that link it transformed my life.
When you realise God’s your dad, you realise he feels just the same way as you do about your kids. Whatever they do, good or bad, you love them anyway, and you pour yourself out for them.
I was eventually reunited with Joanne, and we went on to have our two daughters and also foster other children. I’ve always loved kids, and I’ve been helped so many times that I thought ‘let’s help some others’.
When I was 14 I believe my faith was real and I was a Christian. But you’ve got to take that next step, to ask for the Holy Spirit and develop a relationship with God. That’s what changes your life and gives your faith that depth.
One of my favourite verses is Matthew 18:2-4, that we must become like little children. The people Jesus used weren’t great scientists, mathematicians or anything. They were very normal blokes and the gospel is a very simple story: Jesus died for you, for your sins to be forgiven, so you could walk with him and have new life.
Jesus is a nuisance inasmuch as he’s hard to ignore and he isn’t easy to categorise.
Call him a ‘nice man’ and you’ll read about him cutting an opponent down in a discussion or insulting someone of high standing. Call him a ‘cruel man’ and you’ll find him including outsiders and healing helpless lepers. Instead if you insist that Jesus is a normal man, with a mix of good and bad like the rest of us, you’ll overhear him making claims to divinity.
Jesus believed that when he spoke, he spoke with the authority of God and when he acted he acted on behalf of God. He told people to forget their dead, give up on their family and follow him instead. We might call him a ‘religious nutter’, but then what about the wisdom he spoke with and the care he extended to people? The claims Jesus made and the impact his followers have had on the world are simply too big to be ignored or pushed aside.
What shall we do with Jesus?
The historical existence of Jesus is widely attested to. Not only are his life and death documented in the New Testament but non-Christian historians acknowledge his existence as well. In around 93AD the historian Josephus records for us:
About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks.
— Book 18, chapter 3:3 of the Antiquities
No credible historian today would doubt the historic existence of the man Jesus of Nazareth. So Jesus existed in history, but what was he like?
The historic references outside of the Bible tell us almost nothing about what Jesus was like. For this kind of information we need to turn to the Bible itself.
In the Bible the New Testament begins with four books, each of which is an eye witness account of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. They record in detail some of the things Jesus did, with a special focus on his death and supposed resurrection.
Can we trust the Bible?
Can we trust the Bible as a source of accurate information? The straightforward answer is a simple ‘yes’ and here’s why.
The New Testament stands in a category of its own among ancient documents for its reliability. We trust the authenticity of other documents written around a similar time despite having very few documents at our disposal.
Take, for instance, Julius Caesar’s recorded history documenting his battles in Gaul (modern day France). We have only 10 manuscripts documenting this, the closest to the original being 950 years after the recorded event took place. Yet with the gospels we have over 20,000 copies dating as close as 50 years after it was written (a partial document) and 270 years for a complete manuscript. We can assert with confidence that what we have in our New Testament is what was written in the first instance.
Did Jesus rise from death?
The claim of Easter Sunday, that Jesus had risen from the dead, if untrue is the most outrageous stunt and deception ever pulled on the human race. It’s become the cornerstone of faith for over 2 billion Christians alive today. Let’s consider it together for a moment.
The tomb that Jesus was buried in no longer held his body on the Sunday following his execution. So what happened? Because the precautions the authorities took to guard his tomb were so extensive, only five feasible options have ever been put forward:
Fearing how Jesus’ followers might react to his death the authorities took the body and kept it for themselves. But when Jesus’ followers started telling everyone Jesus was alive, the authorities were unable to produce the body to quell the disturbance.
The women who found the tomb empty went to the wrong tomb. As did everyone else, including the rich man who had recently purchased it. The original tomb was never found.
Jesus was close to death but didn’t actually die. In the middle of the night he revived, rolled back the stone blocking the entrance to the tomb, over-powered the guards and then headed for the hills. Then, a while later he appeared ‘alive’ to his disciples.
Grave robbers stole the body. But they left behind the only thing in the tomb of any monetary value, his clothes.
The disciples stole the body. Grief stricken and not wanting to admit he was gone the disciples over-powered the guards (professional Roman soldiers), broke in to the tomb and took Jesus’ body. After which they spread the rumour that Jesus was alive and well, and the world’s true ruler.
The death and resurrection of Jesus is one of the most well-documented events in history. Because of this, these are the only options that offer any explanation; but there’s significant problems with each. There is of course one more, but it’s an option with dangerous implications. It’s an option that few of us are bold enough to entertain since it forces us to question what we’re living for. The final option of course is that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive. It’s an option that validates all of his previous claims to power. It’s an option that changes everything.
Jesus’ message was that you are loved by the creator of everything. You’re so loved in fact, that before you were even born he sent his son to die for you. We have all ‘sinned’ — there’s no shortage of evil, injustice or selfishness in the world. Jesus died on the cross to take all of the punishment we deserve. Jesus died to show you that God loves you. Jesus died so that you could be set free, released from the fear of death. He died so that you could know God as your father, and receive everlasting life.
To find out more discover The Alpha Course, chat to us on a Sunday morning, or find our online resources in the Exploring Christianity section of our website.
A Mother’s Day interview with Rachel Wilson.
What an amazing time Dave and I have just enjoyed with our friends from Thembalezizwe Church, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. They were so pleased to see us and receive greetings from our church to theirs.
The school was buzzing with 21 new children pictured above with their teachers Uncle Mathias and Aunty Samu and wearing their new track suits we bought them while we were there. It is usually quite warm in January but this year the rains have been very heavy and the temperature was only about 17 degrees. The older children are pictured on the left with Aunty Ma Phiri and Aunty Tendai.
Some of my time there was taken up with talking through the new curriculum recently drawn up by the government and by trying to help the staff to make some sense of it and understand the changes they will need to make. As well as this, I was also able to have fun playing with the children at every opportunity!
As you may know, the economy of Zim is in a very bad state, which means that people who had very little to begin with are struggling to survive on a daily basis. Through the generosity of Kings members we were able to help several families with food and medical bills and in some cases, money for uniform and books for school.
We were very keen to catch up with the old pupils from ECD, all of whom are now in the local Primary School, so we invited them to a tea party after school one day. All but about 5 came and it was lovely to see how they had grown. They sang for us and really enjoyed their food. We also visited their Primary school and were very proud to hear from the Head teacher that the highest achieving children in grades 1, 2 and 3 are all from our ECD.
We were very sad to hear that a few of our sponsored children are not attending school as regularly as they should, so we called a meeting of parents (see below) so that Taurai, the pastor, could set in place a few ground rules. The parents were very open to the suggestions and the staff will liaise with school on a monthly basis to find out if children are not regularly attending and they and the pastor will home visit, if necessary, to establish the reason. Sometimes it is simply that they genuinely cannot afford pencils and books although at other times it can be that a Dad is spending their money on beer or they are sending the child to work somewhere for extra income!
It was lovely to see the children at ECD being able to play with some new toys provided by the members of Focus who make and sell cakes every term specifically for Inkosi Kids.
The pushchairs were a great hit as were the new dolls and puppets. Some lovely contacts of the Inspire group also knitted dolls clothes and blankets for the children to play with.
Even the teachers were given a puppet to help them teach in a fun way!
All that remains for me to say is thank you so much for your monthly contributions to this work and also for the gifts that you send to the children personally. It means such a lot to them. The parents always come to thank us when we are there and I only wish you could all see what a difference you are making in the lives of these children and their families. The play equipment in the playground is being updated as we speak by one of the parents who is not working but has welding gear and volunteered to do it free of charge because he values what the school has done for his two children.Your monthly giving not only provides for the ongoing costs of the school but also healthy snacks for the children and a warm winter tracksuit.
Please keep praying for the children that they will keep healthy and flourish socially, emotionally and spiritually. That their families will appreciate what you are doing and make sure their children have what they need to attend school and that the community recognises that God is working in and through His Church.
All the gifts you have so generously sent for birthdays and Christmas seem to be getting through so here is a reminder of the address.
Please remember to put the child’s full name on the front so that the teachers know who to pass it to without having to open it.
Child’s full name c/o Mr & Mrs X Ndlovu Private Box N.E. 12, Northend, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Pastor Sithole (pronounced Stolly) and family.
To find out more about our child sponsorship program in Zimbabwe visit our Inkosi Kids webpage.