A thousand times in history, a baby has become a king

A thousand times in history a baby has become a king, but only once in history did a King become a baby.

Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe after all we’ve projected
A child in a manger?

Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mothers shawl
Just a child
Is this who we’ve waited for?

How many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Bringing our gifts for the newborn Saviour
All that we have whether costly or meek
Because we believe
Gold for His honor and frankincense for His pleasure
And myrrh for the cross He’ll suffer
Do you believe, is this who we’ve waited for?

How many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me

All for me
All for you

Songwriters

MARC MARTEL, JASON RONALD WILLIAM GERMAIN

Who killed Jesus?

Today in Explore we concluded our Advent series about the life of Jesus.  Who killed Jesus?  Jesus said:

‘No one takes it away from me; I give my own life freely.  I have the right to give my life, and I have the right to take it back.  This is what my Father commanded me to do.’  (John 10 v 18)

Colin sang the song ‘How Many Kings‘ (Watch a video of the real version here).  We sang Once In Royal David’s City, Angels We Have Heard On High, Thine Be The Glory and Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

Here’s the song that originally inspired our Who Killed Jesus? discussion today:

My Problem With the Bible, Brian Zahnd

My Problem With the Bible
Brian Zahnd

I have a problem with the Bible. Here’s my problem…

I’m an ancient Egyptian. I’m a comfortable Babylonian. I’m a Roman in his villa.

That’s my problem. See, I’m trying to read the Bible for all it’s worth, but I’m not a Hebrew slave suffering in Egypt. I’m not a conquered Judean deported to Babylon. I’m not a first century Jew living under Roman occupation.

I’m a citizen of a superpower. I was born among the conquerors. I live in the empire. But I want to read the Bible and think it’s talking to me. This is a problem.

One of the most remarkable things about the Bible is Continue reading “My Problem With the Bible, Brian Zahnd”

How Many Kings?

Here’s a song that isn’t new, but is new to me.  I’m loving it.  How Many Kings by the band Downhere.  Enjoy the video, the lyrics are cleverly crafted.

The chorus says:

How many kings, stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me.

What do you think of it?

Mary, Did You Know?

The song Mary, Did You Know? has become popular as a Christmas song in recent years.  Here’s a nicely done video of Pete Hollens singing it acapella.

The Queen

From Mark Greene:

In the Bible’s accounts of Jesus’ birth, only one person rejects the good news. It’s not the socially-marginalised minimum-wage shepherds, not the old temple widow, not the carpenter and his virgin fiancée… it’s the person with wealth and power. It’s Herod. It’s the king.

In contrast to that, our own Queen is a monarch who, particularly in her Christmas broadcasts, has made her personal allegiance to Christ clear to millions of people. She has identified Him as her inspiration, her anchor and her source of strength in adversity. A wonderful example of a Christian disciple in public life.

There’s a place for them here

Who has God been preparing for Explore?  Who is He asking you to invite along?

Practise the nine words that can change a life:

‘Would… you… like… to… come… to… Church… with… me?’

We could pray for our own courage to invite, for those we are inviting, for other members of the congregation and the people they are inviting.  Pray for Explore leaders, Steve, Leisa and those planning and delivering your Christmas services.

Make the invitation.  Whether the person accepts or not is God’s part of the process, not yours.

Once your friend has said ‘Yes’ to the invitation, go and pick them up.  Walking or driving with them is as much part of being Church as is the act of worship.

Introduce them to your friends over food or coffee.  It is easier to help someone to break into the life of the Church family once they have met others in the Explore community.

Assume your friend is coming next week and invite them again.

‘Shall we do this again next week?’

Condensed from ’12 steps to creating a culture of invitation’, Christianity magazine, December 2015.

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