Tea @ Ten!

What a privilege to entertain our Over-60’s group in North Ely!

On Friday, 2 August 2019, New Connexions Church High Barns entertained our local Over-60’s group and treated them with a “High Tea”. There were scones with cream and jam, chocolate cake, lemon cake, banana muffins, fruit, and many more finger licking treats to feast on.

We even had our own waiter and waitress, Samuel and Tilly, who did a wonderful job taking all the orders and serving the guests. There was a quiz with some questions about the 1950’s which gave us an insight into some very interesting historical facts. We heard hilarious anecdotes of a past era and even heard about a teacher living just across from a village school and coming back to school on horseback after lunch.

Pastor Keith Waters read Psalm 23, one of the most beautiful and comforting passages in the Bible. We also sang a favourite hymn of the group which they remembered from their childhood – All things bright and beautiful. Such a beautiful song and Psalm. What a pity our children don’t hear this in our schools anymore. 

We all had a great time and we will definitely treat our elderly again!

Claudine New Connexions ELY

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Study Questions – Romans 7:1-6

The Law & the Christian

1. In what sense are Christians “not under law” and in what sense do we still have obligations to it?

2. Why is the idea that love is the only command needed for those under grace inadequate and misguided?

3. If the law was impossible to keep and actually stimulated our sinful passions, why did God institute it?

4. Can there be such a thing as an unfruitful Christian? Include John 15: 1-8 in your discussion.

5. Paul uses marriage as a metaphor for our relationship to God and the law. Using the marriage vows discuss how these compare to our commitment to God.

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Romans 2:1-11 A Study

Here is a link to the sermon on this passage in case you missed it: A moral Superiority

  1. Who is Paul writing to here?
  2. Verses 1-3 ~ Why might condemning bad behaviour in others condemn me too?
  3. Verse 4 ~ Why doesn’t God punish unrepentant people immediately?
  4. Verse 5 ~ What happens, bit by bit, to the lives of those who are unrepentant?
  5. Verses 6-11 ~ What is the overall thrust of these verses?
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BIBLE STUDY ON ROMANS 1: 8-15

Here are some questions from Gordon on the passage he preached on on Sunday:

  1. Take time to read to opening remarks of Paul in some other of his other letters and comment on the way he addresses the churches. What can we learn about the need to encourage one another?
  2. For what does Paul thank God (v8)? Is their success due to their eloquent words, their deeds and lifestyle, or a combination of all these? What should this be saying to God’s church today?
  3. Paul prays for the church in Rome, although he has never visited them. How effective can our prayers be in interceding for those we have never met? 
  4. Read verses 11-13. Why was Paul so keen to visit the church in Rome? Discuss what you believe he hoped to achieve by his visit. 
  5. Paul speaks of being a debtor to various groups of people (vs. 14-15). What do you understand by this expression? To whom are we spiritually indebted, and what obligation does that debt impose on us?
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A study – Our verses for 2019

This study is based on 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 and the sermon: An Annual Check Up…

  1. What do we know about the Corinthian Church?
  2. [This question should take the majority of the discussion time, go as deep and as wide as you can] Taking time to really consider each of the ‘commands’ we are given, then discuss them as a group and talk through what effect, taking each of them seriously would have on us as individuals and as a church?
  3. Spend some time praying for us as individuals and a church, that we will be obedient to these commands.
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Luke 1:5-25 – A Bible Study

This study is based on the above passage and the Sermon The Promise.

  1. What do we know about the background to this account? For example: when was the last prophecy; what was so special about Zachariah’s service at the temple etc.?
  2. What are angels? Should we expect angels to be about today? What is their role?
  3. What was wrong with Zachariah’s question in verse 18?
  4. The were 4 points of application we picked out in the sermon, what were why and why do they matter?

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Feasts of Israel – Study 3

Study based on the sermon:Jewish Feasts Part 3 – Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)

This study may prove tricky if you missed the sermon, please do pick it up before attempting the questions

Reading: Leviticus 23: 23-25

  1. Discuss why there is a gap between the spring and the autumn feasts; what does that gap relate to?
  2. How have the spring feasts been fulfilled?
  3. In the sermon we looked at a number of passages alongside our reading from Leviticus 23.
    1. How do these OT readings help us in understanding the feast: Leviticus 23: 23-25, Numbers 10:1-10, Exodus 19?
    2. Which NT readings relate directly to this passage, (there are at least 3) Hint: 1 Corinthians 1 Thessalonians and Revelation.
  4. How is this relevant to us, and what lessons might we apply?
  5. Please take time to pray for each other and pick up on this terms prayer pointers below:

This term’s prayer pointers:

  • Give regular thanks for answered prayer;
  • Pray that The Lord will build His Church at New Connexions: spiritually, physically and numerically;
  • Seek the Lord for direction as to outreach in the year ahead.