Faithroots Live – This Saturday 10th March

Our Faithroots Live event is this Saturday. Join us at 9am for Breakfast. We will start the workshop formerly at 9:30 and finish at 2pm,

Our topic is “How Do you know?”

We will be looking at how we can know truth about God, Creation, Humans and New Creation.

Big questions asked during the day will include: Continue reading

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A gift to the church – more on church leaders

Last Sunday I preached about the role of leaders in the church and I focused on Ephesians 4:11 which says:

“ Now, these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.”

We saw that Continue reading

Disciple-making churches won’t be able to fill their rotas

How do we know if our church is doing okay? One of the measures I’m tempted to look at is whether or not our rotas are going to be filled.  Do we have enough people to welcome, to do Sunday Club, to be in the music group, to preach, lead services, serve coffee and tea, staff children’s clubs etc. Continue reading

Lessons for Church Life

Here at Bearwood Chapel, we’re just coming to to the end of a fantastic Bible teaching series looking at Paul’ first letter to the Corinthians. It’s great when you get to the end of a series to look back and see some of the things God has been teaching the church. 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

Silence must fall (1 Corinthians 14:26-40 – Orderly Worship)

After School Club -excitable kids want to play with the toys, run off steam, tell us all about their days and what is going on.  Sometimes very chaotic and we have to work hard to get some peace and quiet in which they can listen.

Could church life get a bit like that too? Everyone learning to use their gifts, excited, wanting to be heard.

Added to that, there’s all the other noise in our lives, the worries about paying the bills, the decision about an elderly relative’s care, the difficult conversation you need to have with a colleague, boss or employee, University applications to get in etc. Continue reading