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Living the Kingdom

The Gospel of Matthew has many chapters which contain Jesus’ teachings – the most well-known being the “Sermon on the Mount” recorded in chapters 5-7. This teaching is an elaboration of what it means to love God with all our hearts and minds, and to love our neighbour as ourselves.

As we study it, we will do well to remember the following:

  1. We need to recognise that although Jesus is describing life in His Kingdom and what He wants His followers to be, we are still a flawed and fallen people who all fail to consistently live up to the standard described here.
  2. The gospel message is that we are forgiven and accepted by God because of Jesus’ death for us, and not because we manage to obey His teaching perfectly. This is not to “lower the bar” but to acknowledge that we are saved by God’s grace alone. It is the Holy Spirit living in every believer who helps us want to live according to Jesus’ teaching; and who enables us increasingly to do so.
  3. Living out this sermon will mean blessing in our lives. “Blessed are you when ….”. In our contemporary experience-oriented and emotionoriented culture, we need to look again at what brings genuine joy. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

The Word at Work

Thessalonica was a wealthy and influential city in Macedonia. Paul visited it in AD 50-51, on his second missionary journey. His preaching resulted in both Jews and Greeks being converted and a church planted (See Acts 17: 1-9).

After about 3 weeks, Paul was forced out of the city by a mob, whipped up by the Jews who were jealous of Paul’s influence. The new converts were inevitably exposed to persecution, for which they were imperfectly prepared, as Paul had not had the time to give them all the basic teaching which he thought they required.

At the earliest opportunity, Paul (in Corinth, Acts 18:5) sent Timothy back to see how these new Christians were getting on. Overjoyed on hearing a good report from Timothy, he wrote this letter to them to explain his abrupt departure and to further instruct them in their faith. He particularly wanted to see them grow in faith, love, holiness and hope.

Passion

Our 2017 series for Lent, following the Easter story.

The Saviour of the World

Theme’s in Lukes gospel

Trusting God

Hebrews 11

Church Weekend Away 2018

Our theme in 2018 was ‘Lessons in Luke

Our speaker: Chris Lane

Chris Lane is a tutor in Theology at St Mellitus Collage North West. He planted Langworthy Community Church in 2004, a pioneering missional church in inner city Salford, Greater Manchester, and still leads the church now. Chris helped to start the Eden youth project in Salford. He is also a trustee of Soul Survivor Ministries and a regular conference speaker.

Chris graduated with an MA in Theology from the University of Chester in 2016, focussing on urban theology, hospitality and the common meal tradition in the gosples and the earliest church. In summer 2017 his first book was published: Ordinary Miracles: mess, meals and meeting Jesus in unexpected places. (Instand Apostle, 2017)

Christ is married to Esther, and they have three children, who are being taught to follow Jesus and Manchester United, in that order. In his spare time Chris enjoys running, reading and watching sport.

We are grateful to Christ for joining us for our annual Church Weekend and for the words God spoke through him.

The God of Encouragement

Encouragement can make a tremendous difference to every one of us. We all have times when life seems to get on top of us and the challenges ahead seem more than we can cope with. Even the most optimistic people have times of discouragement.

Many of us have been blessed with friends who stood by us in the hardest times and helped us to get going and to keep on going.

Some of us have had the privilege of helping others through hard times. Many of us have been blessed by people who recognised our potential, helped us to glimpse that potential, and then encouraged us to press on to achieve it.

Some of us have had the privilege of encouraging others to develop more of their potential. The greatest encouragement is much more than a comfort which makes us feel good for a time. It is more the original sense of the English word “comfort” from the Latin con fortis meaning “with strength”.

The presence of an encouraging friend can give strength while they are with us. The greatest encouragement comes from the God of encouragement who has promised his people that he will always be with us.

This short series of studies follows the sermon series and explores the theme of encouragement. Pray that the Lord will use this to:

  • Encourage you in your walk with the Lord
  • Encourage other members of your homegroup
  • Make you someone who encourages others
  • Build a culture of encouragement in our church
  • Develop partnerships of encouragement