Home Group Sermon Series - 2012
Living in Christ. The Book of Colossians
This is a timely study in the life of Emmanuel as we seek to respond to the Transforming Presence initiative, recognising that our fulfilment is found in Jesus Christ alone for, as the Apostle Paul writes in 1:27: ‘...Christ (is) in you, the hope of glory.’ And, it is because of the centrality of Christ that Paul wrote about how fullness and freedom, joy and fulfilment can be found, through Christ, in our Christian lives which enables us to live distinctly different lives wherever God has called us to serve him (school; college; work; rest; play and at home).
Bishop Stephen’s vision for the Diocese: ‘Transforming Presence’. Bishop Stephen’s paper sets out four key themes:
Inhabiting the World Distinctively:
If our lives are no different from those around us, what does this say about our faith and our priorities?
God expects us to “make disciples of all nations”€ and that includes you and me talking to our family, friends and neighbours about God’s great love for the world shown in Jesus Christ.
Serving with Accountability:
Can we agree a set of ministries that we should expect to find being carried out in every Christian community across our diocese and then help each other to achieve them - being accountable to one another?
47% of our clergy in the diocese will retire in the next 10 years. We will need to look at new ways in which every person who is able, whether ordained or lay, has a ministry and participates in the life of the church.
During this series we shall look at some of the significant covenant promises of God to His people in the Old Testament and we’ll see how these themes continue to resonate with us today. This series of studies, supplementing our preaching on a Sunday morning, will give plenty of ‘food for thought’ as we continue to discern God’s future vision for us here at Emmanuel.
The Book of Joshua
Joshua is a book of new beginnings for the people of God: with a new leader (as Joshua replaces Moses) and a new land. We see how, after many years of slavery in Egypt and 40 years wandering in the desert, the Israelites were finally allowed to enter the land promised to their fathers. During this time of transition, we see examples of Joshua’s godly leadership; alongside some wonderful victories for God’s people. However, despite the euphoria of promises fulfilled, things began to go wrong. Why is that? What can we learn from their mistakes? What might God be saying to us as we seek to inhabit the promises that God has given to us?