Romans 12:3-8 ~ A Study

  1. When we think about ourselves or others what is the normal way we make judgements? How should we make a proper evaluation of ourselves?
  2. Does everyone have ‘gifts’? Why is it important that we use the gifts we have?
  3. Discuss the kinds of things we might think of as gifts within the church.
  4. If you don’t have a certain listed gift, does that mean you don’t have to do that thing? For example, giving or encouragement or kindness. Discuss this as a group and decide why.
  5. As well as using our gifts to build each other up, in the sermon we discussed the need to be there for one another; be accountable to one another; look out for one another. Talk each of these through and discuss where as church we might need to ‘up our game’…

Miss the sermon? Pick it up here:http://newconnexionschurch.org.uk/sermons/you-are-the-most-amazing-gift-to-us/

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Romans 12:1-2 ~ A Study

  1. Read From Romans 11:33 to 12:2 from as many different translations as you have in the group;
  2. What is causing Paul to urge/beg his hearers in verse one? What should our reaction be?
  3. What does it mean to be a living sacrifice, and what is it that we are to offer?
  4. How might we be conformed to the world, and what is the effect?
  5. How can we be transformed, and what is the benefit?
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The new blasphemy

@TDieppe Head of Policy at Christian Concern comments on what he calls “The New Blasphemy”…

…Bullies should be stood up to. It is high time these bullies started to realise that bullying doesn’t pay.

Harassed for caring for children
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The Real Face of Tolerance

I was privileged to Join Mike Hutchinson in conversation around the issue of tolerance, or lack of, in the UK.

 Navigating the world of Christian faith and practice can be difficult. Every Wednesday, join Mike Hutchinson, a long-time student of Christian theology, as he interviews guests who are expert guides to Christianity, theology, and the historic Reformed faith. Whether you’re just interested in learning about Christianity, you’re a new Christian, you’re new to Reformed theology, or you’re a long-time student of theology yourself, this is the podcast to help you think biblically and think deeply about theology.

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It could be you…

  • This is not about me….
  • This is about keeping children safe
  • This is about #freedomofspeech
  • This is about #Antichristian bullying
  • This is about #Tolerance
  • This is about #CulturalMarxism
  • This is about our #society
  • This is about your safety – you could be next!

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Judges 6:33-40 ~ A Study

If you missed the sermon on this passage you can pick it up here

  1. Before reading through the passage discuss what you know about Gideon.
  2. Read the passage.
  3. Who were the Midianites and the Amalekites, and why did they come to the valley of Jezreel?
  4. What is surprising about Gideon’s decision to ‘put out the fleece’?
  5. What is surprising about God’s response?
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Election 2019

Pray…

…for kings and rulers in positions of responsibility, so that our common life may be lived in peace and quiet, with a proper sense of God and of our responsibility to him for what we do with our lives.

1Timothy 2:1-2

Yippee, it’s election time again, and so I’m expecting the usual questions to be raised about ‘the right way for Christians to vote’. This time around though it’s made more exciting by #Brexit, so let’s just deal with that up front. Brexit will be something that you will have a legitimate view on and it will no doubt, and not unreasonably have a major impact on where you put your cross; that being said, and I know that this may be controversial, but Brexit is not the most important issue for Christians (those who know me well will appreciate how difficult it was for me to write that…).

Let me explain why I say that: It is clear from the mainstream media, social media, conversation and experience, that in the past decade there has been a seismic shift in our society as a result of significant and often underreported changes in law, guidance and judgements from both our parliament, governments and judiciary. This shift that has radically diminished freedom of speech and expression, has led to more babies being killed in abortion, has normalised a huge number of behaviours that are contrary to scripture and are a danger to our society and raised up all manner of political organisations as the new ‘gods’ of our age. Alongside this our politicians discourse has become all too often sordid, ungracious and duplicitous.

But Christians can neither sit back and blame everyone else, nor absolve ourselves for our part, because, in fact, the part the Church in the UK has played in bringing about this sad shift in our society has not been insignificant. Sadly instead of being ‘salt and light’ in our country many Christians have found that they are afraid of ‘speaking the truth in love’ for fear of abuse, loss of employment or worse, and these fears are not irrational as you will discover if you speak with any who have done so…

So, you may be asking, what has this to do with the upcoming election? Simply this: Christian’s let’s take this opportunity to re-evaluate, reboot and remember what it means to live as resurrection people, we’re here to be Christ’s witnesses in this world, we are to live renewed lives because, by His Grace and Mercy, Christ is renewing us to live as Kingdom people. But what does a Kingdom person do in the midst of an election campaign?

I would suggest the following, and this is no perfect or definitive list:

  • Pray for all your local candidates, and keep praying for them;
  • Be gracious in any communication, show Jesus’ love by the way you speak or write;  
  • Don’t get party political, unless you are called to serve politically;
  • Ask all the questions of the candidates that you can think of asking, particularly around their standing on:
    • The breakdown of the traditional family unit – what are the candidates views on why this has happened and how would they support traditional marriage and family? 
    • The sanctity of life – abortion and euthanasia;
    • Education – the teaching of relationships and sex across schools, the secularisation of the curriculum etc.
    • Freedom of expression – the diminishing freedom to express biblical beliefs and views to which some people object, and also to speak of Jesus Christ and share the Gospel.
    • The worldwide persecution of the church;
    • Do they have a faith?

Also, check out the following organisations who have great ministries helping and supporting us be the Christ’s Church in this land:

Christian Concern;

Care;

https://righttolife.org.uk/bothliveshttps://righttolife.org.uk/bothlives

True Freedom Trust;

The Christian Institute;

The Coalition for Marriage.

https://righttolife.org.uk/bothlives/

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2 Chronicles 25 – A Study

Amaziah – not exactly wholehearted….

  1. Read the passage through as a group.
  2. If you had to describe Amaziah’s character in a sentence, what would you say?
  3. How does Amaziah’s reign with it’s gradual drift away from God show of the danger of a halfhearted faith?
  4.  Read Jeremiah 17:9 and discuss.
  5. Talk through the application we can take from this passage.
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Hebrews 12:1-4 ~ A Study

If you missed the sermon for this study please pick it up here

  1. Talk through those things you know the bible says about remembering (this could take you several weeks of study 🙂 );
  2. The sermon referred back to Hebrews 11. Spend some time checking out some of the people mentioned and discuss what was special about them;
  3. In the sermon we brought out a number of areas of application. Discuss those mentioned and others you have discovered as a group.
  4. Spend some time in prayer for each other and the work and mission of our church. 
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Acts 11:19 – 30 ~ A Study

If you missed Gordon’s sermon on this passage you can pick it up here.

Readings (Acts 4:32-37; 9:26-31; 11:19-30; 13:1-3; 14:8-20; 15:36-41)

  1. From these passages, discuss the type of person Barnabas must have been. What things stand out about Barnabas? 
  2. What are the ways Barnabas lived up to his nickname, “son of encouragement,” and in what ways did this affect the other people in his life? 
  3. Why is Barnabas significant in the life of Paul and subsequently in the Gentile mission? 
  4. Although the text doesn’t go into detail, what do you think the source of disagreement was over John who was also called Mark? What does this say about Barnabas?  
  5. List some specific ways you/we could incorporate some of the lessons we learn from Barnabas.
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