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”
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”
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!
In Mark 2 Jesus is confronted by four men so eager to get their paralytic friend to him, that they take the roof off what was probably Jesus’ own home. It was bold, risky and expensive.
Part 1. What beliefs lie at the very core of the Christian faith? They dictate our entire understanding of life, suffering, meaning and purpose. They shape every area of our lives. Through this series we explore the Nicene Creed: a … Continue reading “We Believe”
Jesus is our ultimate example of loyalty. He was loyal to his Father, even to the point of death on a cross. The call to be loyal has many outworkings as we seek to follow Jesus.
Part 3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found themselves in a culture with a different value system and beliefs. They were allowed to worship their own God, as long as they also bowed down and worshiped the golden image. We find … Continue reading “In the Furnace: Culture & Courage”
Part 2: Should we embrace the world we live in, along with all its values and beliefs, or should we separate and remove ourselves to live an uncompromised life? For the Christian we should be struggling with both of those, … Continue reading “Move into the Neighbourhood”
Part 1. We love our towns, our cities, our country. But we don’t want to be colonised by the culture. Each of has to wrestle with this question: how do we live as faithful exiles?