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‘Burning Brightly: Living as Disciples of Jesus’ – 1 John

This Sunday, 17th June, we begin a new Sermon Series. Over the last few months we have looked at ‘I Believe In The Church’ i.e. the Church – the nature and life of it – its mission and its ministry.

Over the next few weeks we start a new series ‘Burning Brightly – Living as Disciples of Jesus’. We will now be focusing on discipleship by studying the first letter of John.  Wally divided up the letter inspired by the image of the Olympic torch. ‘The basic theme is that in the Olympic torch procession, one man lights the torch and carries it to another until it reaches the destination of the new games. 1 John can be understood in the light of the image of the torch bearer. Jesus was the initial torch who burned for God. We are called to carry the torch and keep it burning until we pass it on to the next one. We are meant to run through the land inviting others to join us.’

Week I (17th June) – The Torch is Lit – Introduction 1 John 1:1-10
II. A Life Ablaze 1 John 2:1-2:14
III. Keep on Burning 1 John 2:15-29
IV. Made to Shine 1 John 3:1-24
V. Hearts Aflame 1 John 4:1-21
VI. Never Quenched! 1 John 5:1-12
VII. Ablaze for Others – conclusion 1 John 5:13-21

Julie Shimizu

Visit the The Bible Project’s page for 1 John resources

For a children’s summary of 1 John, CLICK THIS RESOURCE LINK

What Is Ecclesiology?

The Greatest Journey

A great Christmas Video resource for children from The Bible Society (it’s told in a similar style to the children’s classic story of “We’re going on a bear hunt”).

Go on a Christmas adventure as you follow in the footsteps of the greatest journey ever! –  ‘The Greatest Journey’ retraces the steps of the journeys of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men. However, ultimately it points to the greatest journey of all, when Jesus left heaven and came to earth, taking on human form; coming to dwell among us and ultimately sacrificing Himself to save us.

What is LOVE

Traditionally, the Advent Season includes the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

Four key biblical themes came to their fulfilment in the arrival of Jesus: Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love.

The Bible Project have issued a video each week leading into Christmas exploring each of these biblical words and their unique meaning within the biblical story. These words each offer an essential concept one has to understand to grasp The Gospel message Jesus brought in his life, death, and resurrection.   Week Four: LOVE

Jesus is our HOPE

Traditionally, the Advent Season includes the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.
Four key biblical themes came to their fulfilment in the arrival of Jesus: Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love.
The Bible Project have issued a video each week leading into Christmas exploring each of these biblical words and their unique meaning within the biblical story. These words each offer an essential concept one has to understand to grasp The Gospel message Jesus brought in his life, death, and resurrection.   Week Two: HOPE

To Deepen Our Prayer Lives

This autumn in our Life Groups we are going to be following The Prayer Course which includes six interactive sessions based on The Lord’s Prayer:

1.Adoration – Our Father in heaven

2.Petition – Give us this day

3.Intercession – Your Kingdom come

4.Perseverance – Your will be done

5.Listening – Our daily bread

6.Warfare – Deliver us from evil

The course is designed to fuel discussion and deepen our prayer life.  Whilst we can talk about prayer forever but the key is actually doing it! Hopefully  with a specific focus on the importance of prayer for six weeks – we will be.

6th August – An Open Air Service!

New Sermon Series: Freedom

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We begin a new sermon series this Sunday, 15th January  – ‘Freedom’ – and will be looking at the letter to the Galatians each Sunday and more in depth in our life groups.

‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery’ Galatians 5:1.   We may know the truth of that but not experience it or feel free in various areas of our lives.

As we look into his Word may there be fresh revelation for us to live more fully in that freedom that Christ died to give us, for the glory of His name.

Julie

‘Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill’

Are you a “non-violent extremist”?     Definitely –  especially if the Government counter-extremism plans are approved!

The Christian Institute are encouraging us to pray for the Government’s policy on ‘extremism’ which is posing a real threat to our freedoms.

At the heart of the problem is the definition of “extremism” – the definition the Government has been using is far too wide.  According to a comprehensive report by parliament’s joint-committee for human rights  (a cross-party group of MPs and peers from the House of Lords) the government’s proposed ‘Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill’, is superfluous because all laws already exist to target any offences.  The committee stressed the need for a clear distinction between violent extremism and religious conservatism.  They said: “New legislation which would impact on those expressing conservative religious views poses two problems: either it will focus on Muslims, be seen as discriminatory and drive a wedge between communities, or it would operate indiscriminately and could be used against any groups who espouse conservative religious views.”  If you want more background information about the issues involved Christian Concern have produced an eBooklet called (click on this link) “Challenges arising from HM Government’s Counter Extremism Strategy”    It’s definitely worth a read!

Theresa May was the architect of the ‘Counter-Extremism Bill’ when she was Home Secretary.  We must expect it to go ahead now she is Prime Minister.

Many heroes and heroines of the past were labelled ‘non-violent extremists’, like the ones we are covering in our current Sermon Series, including the real Hero of them all – Jesus Christ,  simply because they strongly challenged the political or moral consensus of their day.

The Government wants to introduce a law to silence today’s “non-violent extremists” who show “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values”.  These values are defined as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”.    This is dangerously vague and subjective language

A consultation has been promised on the Government proposed measures to  counter-extremism,   including the definition of ‘extremism’.

Please pray for wisdom for our governing authorities that these extremism plans would be dropped that the Government would instead adopt a targeted response to violence and disorder and for God to preserve our religious liberty and freedom of speech.

Finally, you may wish to browse through the Christian Institute’s publication (click this link) The Little Book of Non Violent Extremists

Our office is on the move!

house moveWith effect from 12th August 2015, our office address for postal correspondence will be:
1 Meadow Close, Horsham, West Sussex.  RH12 4JS

We have a new telephone contact number:   01403 541688

We also have a new contact email address:
life@life-baptist.org.uk

Please amend your address book!