Why should we believe that Jesus Christ is human?

Both the full humanity and deity of Jesus are inseparable from Christianity and our hope of Salvation through Him.

All but one reference to the name Son of Man (more than eighty) are said by Jesus.  This was His favourite way of referring to Himself;  He demonstrated that He gladly and frequently identified Himself with lowly humans, the ones He created and came to save.   Continue reading “Why should we believe that Jesus Christ is human?”

What is sin?

The topic of ‘sin’ can be unappealing because it is not enjoyable to think about and is so unflattering to us.  Nevertheless, it is critical because it speaks to our perspectives on God, ourselves, the world around us, and the need for salvation based on God’s grace alone.   Continue reading “What is sin?”

What does it mean that God is a Trinity?

The idea of the Trinity is that God is one in essence (or being or nature) and three in person, each of the three persons fully and eternally sharing in the one divine essence.

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This would be a logical contradiction if it were affirming that God is one and three in the same way at the same time.  However, the affirmation is that God is one in one aspect (essence) and three in a different aspect (person).   Continue reading “What does it mean that God is a Trinity?”

To Know God better, to make Him better known

relationship with God

In today’s Explore service, I said I feel God’s wanting to reveal Himself more to us throughout 2015, and nurture our relationship with Him.

What ways can you already note that God has been deepening your own relationship with Him, or our relationship with Him as a congregation?

Are there any ways that God is revealing Himself to you at the moment so that you can know Him better, or us as a group to know Him better?

What are your hopes for 2015 that God will draw you closer, or us closer to Him?

‘All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’

Here are 10 reasons why Christians should vote, taken from Dr Krish Kandiah in Christian Today magazine.

  1. Voting publicly recognises that we submit to the authority of the political system in our nation as established by God.  (Romans 13:1-7)
  2. Voting recognises the equality of all people and their right to speak and be heard. (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)
  3. It is one way that we can obey God’s command to seek the good of those around us and our nation as a whole. (Jeremiah 29:5-6)
  4. It shows that we care deeply about who our leaders are as we are urged to offer prayer and intercession on their behalf. (1 Timothy 2:1,2)
  5. It is a simple yet significant way we can do something about politics in our nation. ‘All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’, Edmund Burke. (Psalms 34:14)
  6. It makes a difference the way a grain of salt makes a difference, and that is how we are to influence our society for good. (Matthew 5:13)
  7. It is a privilege not to be taken for granted. Those of us who reap the benefits of living in a democracy should play a part in upholding democracy.
  8. Not voting is a form of voting, as it will influence the outcome. We need to take responsibility for our actions, as well as our lack of actions. (Luke 10:25-37)
  9. Voting has biblical precedence for example Acts 14:23 describes that the early Christians elected elders by voting.
  10. Voting is part of our stewardship to use all the resources we have been given in ways that honor God; to waste a vote is to squander a gift.

Happy Easter!

What religion or ideology has as its symbol a notorious means of execution? The very idea sounds ludicrous. Yet Christianity’s universally recognised symbol is exactly that. In this case, though, the Cross, along with the empty grave, is not symbolic of death and defeat but of life and victory!
The central idea of Christ’s death is that it accomplishes redemption, reconciliation and propitiation for the sinner who turns to Him in faith. It works!

Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

Knowing God and knowing about God

We should distinguish between knowing about God and really knowing God.  Knowing about God just deals with facts.  Really knowing God includes relationship.

From Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day by Daryl Aaron

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A Prayer for Mothering Sunday

A Prayer for Mothering Sunday, taken from the Bath and Wells Children and Families Adviser

Loving God, we give You thanks for all who care for us,
who have encouraged us and helped us grow,
who have forgiven us,
and cared for us when we are unwell,
who have supported us when times were hard,
who have challenged us,
who have told us about You.
Thank you, Lord.

Amen

Loving God, we pray for those for whom Mothering Sunday is a time of heartache rather than celebration.
We pray for those who have never known their mother or whose mothers have died, for those who long to be mothers but as yet have not had their own children, for those who struggle with the way their children have chosen to live their lives and for those who have a difficult relationship with their mother.
May they have the comfort of knowing that Your love for them is constant, Your understanding is perfect, Your compassion is never-ending.

Amen