Asking God

2 Samuel 2 starts with the statement that David “asked” or “inquired of the Lord.” He was About To make a big strategic move, there would have been a lot of factors to consider including the practicalities of moving, safety, the willingness of his men to move back to Judah at a dangerous point and the politics involved in a statement of intent. However, David’s first concern was to know what God thought. Continue reading

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The Disciplined Life (Five ways that we experience God’s discipline in our lives)

The Bible tells us that discipline is the way that God as a loving heavenly father challenges and corrects us to help us grow in him.

“For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child” (Hebrews 12:6).

The apostle Paul talks about the need for self discipline as we seek to grow He likens it to an athlete preparing to compete.

“24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

Here are some of the ways that we experience discipline in our lives Continue reading

What stops me using my gifts?

Our recent preaching series has been all about how we worship together and how we use our gifts to encourage one another, glorify God and help each other to hear what God is saying.  I wanted to round off with some thoughts about what can stop us using our gifts.  Continue reading

Wanted: Help in the Harvest Field (Be Part of Something 3)

So, you’re moving up to the West Midlands and looking to get involved in a local church. Perhaps you saw our article “Be Part of Something” about getting involved at Bearwood Chapel and you’re wondering “What would it mean to join a church like the Chapel? What might they need me to help with?” Continue reading

A different approach to sermon application

This Sunday, I didn’t preach a full sermon.  Instead, after setting the scene and providing exegesis of the passage, I opened up the floor and asked people in the congregation to share testimony about how God had applied this truth in their lives. Continue reading