Blueprint, part 10. The world is crying out for family: a place where you’re accepted, you belong and are known. The church is the family of God, but we’re so immersed in our individualistic British culture that often we’re much better at … Continue reading “The Family of God”
Blueprint, part 9. In Matthew 5 Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount: his mandate for what life in God’s kingdom will look like. He tells his disciples that they will be the salt of the earth, the light of the world … Continue reading “A City on a Hill”
Blueprint, part 8. The Church is the ultimate example of the ‘ugly duckling’ storyline. Her destiny is to be unveiled as the bride of Jesus Christ, radiant and glorious. But in the meantime, she is an awkward, compromised, and often unattractive mess.
Blueprint, part 7. You cannot stop the Kingdom of God. Over the last 100 years the number of people who identify as Christians has grown from 600 million to 2.18 billion. Despite the current outlook in the UK, Christianity around the world … Continue reading “The Jesus Movement”
Blueprint, part 6. It’s been observed that where fatherlessness increases, atheism increases. The experience of growing up without a dad is increasingly common in the UK. To address the men in our church, we have a tremendous responsibility and privilege to reflect … Continue reading “Temple: Purity, Passion & Presence”
Blueprint, part 5. Church is a real family and everyone has a part to play. We’ve been adopted into God’s family through Christ, and we are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.
Blueprint, part 4. The Church has been put in place by God to hold high the truth so that everyone can see it. Our job is to stand strong, without bending, subsiding or collapsing. Don’t just do something. Stand there!
Blueprint, part 3. Jesus is the true vine: the one who which all the life, the goodness, the power and the grace of God flows through. It’s only when we’re connect to Jesus that our lives bear fruit.
Part 2. What does a church filled with the Holy Spirit look like? Every Christian needs the ongoing baptism and filling of the Holy Spirit to live out the lives God’s called us to.