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

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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

Where The Prosperity Gospel Creeps In

The Prosperity Gospel teaches that God just wants to shower us with the good gifts of financial prosperity, healthy bodies and trouble free relationships. All we have to do is “name it and claim it.” Continue reading

Sharing

We spent this weekend in a lovely converted stables set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. We were celebrating my dad’s 70th birthday. On Sunday morning I went for a walk down the country lane and along the way met a young family out on a nature trail. They were picking up conkers from the ground.  Continue reading