Blueprint, part 11. God doesn’t just command certain things of us, he empowers us through the Holy Spirit to fulfil them. One of the things he’s called us to do is to bring joy to the ends of the earth.
The Family of God
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 … Continue reading “The Family of God”
A City on a Hill
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 … Continue reading “A City on a Hill”
The Bride of Christ
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 … Continue reading “The Bride of Christ”
The Jesus Movement
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 … Continue reading “The Jesus Movement”
Temple: Purity, Passion & Presence
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 … Continue reading “Temple: Purity, Passion & Presence”
Family: the Goal and the Hurdles
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.
A Pillar & Buttress of Truth
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!
The True Vine
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.