RSE – What UK Parents, Grandparents, Carers (and in fact Everyone who cares about Children) needs to know

The way that traditional values have been slowly eroded over past decades and are now increasingly and aggressively derided and forced out of our society cannot have escaped any Christian, and so it is more and more important that in following Christ’s reminder in Matthew 5:13-16 to be ‘Salt & Light’, that we ensure we’re equipped.

As a Church New Connexions does everything we can to help you with that equipping: in our preaching, teaching, studying together, prayer, fellowship and care for one another we seek The Lord’s leading and to be obedient to Him. We also ensure that current issues which require our attention are posted on our Twitter Page, but we are also thankful to the Lord for the many people and organisations who are involved in ministries sharing and caring for Christians in this land. In particular this post is indebted to Roger Kiska and the team at Christian Concern for providing the short video below. Please do watch it and also share it as widely as you possibly can.

This is one of many, many areas where our society is under attack (for others see our Twitter Page), please keep informed, keep lobbying and keep sharing. Also please keep praying, stay strong in the battle, and praise God for His goodness!  

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John 14:1-6 A Study

If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here.

  1. Read through the passage and discuss why Jesus starts off with the words He does. i.e. what is the background to this passage.
  2. What does the bible tell us about heaven?
  3. As a group, discuss what you feel about eternity.
  4. Jesus makes it clear to us here that there is no other way to be saved. How can we use this passage when speaking to people who are not Christians.
  5. As you have looked at the questions above you will have seen some areas of application for us. Which other ways should we be applying this passage?
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A Study on Romans 10:14-21

If you missed the message on this passage please pick it up here

  1. Read Romans 10:14-21.
  2. What is the point being made in verses 14-18?
  3. How does faith come?
  4. Why does Israel not obey the gospel?
  5. Does verse 18 suggest that the gospel had been preached unto all the world by the time Paul wrote this letter?
  6. How might we properly apply this passage to our lives today?
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Bible Study Romans 5:12-21

This study is based on the Sermon from Sunday June 2nd

  1. Discuss as a group what thoughts people have about life and death.
  2. Why does Adam get the blame, when it was obviously Eve who took the first bite of the fruit?
  3. In the sermon we looked at both the doctrine of original sin and the doctrine of representation. These can be quite deep things but equally the concept is simple. As a group talk through and confusion that there might be and why they are both important.
  4. Look at and discuss the contrasts Paul makes between Adam and Christ. 
  5. How ought we apply this passage to our lives in 21st century Britain?  
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Romans 4:13-25 – A Study

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

  1. Discuss the question: What is faith?
  2. Read through the passage and each time you come to a sentence which discusses Abrahams faith, hope or belief stop and discuss it?
  3. How long was it between God’s promise to Abram and the birth of Isaac? (you can check out Abraham’s life in Genesis 12-25 you might want to read through these chapters before meeting to study).
  4. Where is the application for us from this passage, and how night we encourage each other in that application?

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Romans 2:12-29 A Study

You can find the sermon on this passage here

  1. Read the passage and discuss how, if at all, what Paul says in these verses is different to the first 11 verses.
  2. look again at the passage as a whole and substitute the word Jew for Christian and the word law for Bible and discuss where we might be at risk of relying in things other than Jesus.
  3. Discuss circumcision, what is the purpose of circumcision? And how might we apply this to church life and Christianity today?
  4. As a group discuss the ways in which we can and should apply this passage to a) our individual lives and b) our life as a fellowship. 

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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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Romans 1:16-17 ~ A Study

This study is based on the above passage and this Sermon

  1. Do you ever consider the things God wants to do in your life and the power He has to do those things? Why may we not allow God to do those things?
  2. For what reasons might we be ashamed of the Gospel?
  3. What does a life obediently lived for the sake of the Gospel look like?
  4. A number of awkward questions were asked in the sermon, as a group try to recall them and discuss them.
  5. Pray for your group and the wider church, that we will live our lives true to our calling.
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A Study on Habakkuk 3

Here’s the sermon if you missed it: Have you heard from God? Are You Filled by God?

  1. Read verses 1&2. What does Habakkuk say about God, and what effect does it have on him? What is the application here for us?
  2. Read verses 3 to 15 and trace back the various bible references Habakkuk picks up on.
  3. Why is it important to look at what God has done in the past?
  4. Read verses 16-19. How does Habakkuk’s attitude shift from chapters 1&2 to here? What has caused the change.
  5. Discuss as a group how the study on this book has challenged, encouraged and helped, and also consider any areas where you may have struggled.
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Habakkuk 2:2-20 A Study

If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here: Blighted or Blessed?

  1. Habakkuk was clearly good at listening to God. What are the kind of things which can stop us from listening to God, and what can we change to help us listen?
  2. Take a look through each of the 5 woes or sorrows and discuss, as a group, what each ‘woe’ might teach us today – particularly discuss the areas you can support each others in the group to consider and avoid modern idols?
  3. What does it mean to be righteous, and what does a life lived by faith in Christ look like?

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