Following on from our Advent series when we considered all the characteristics of Jesus expressed in Colossians 1 v15-27, we moved on to start a new course at the beginning of January 2018.
The latest sermon appears first in the list below:
On 18th March we were joined again by our good friend Chris Justice from Hope Church in Beaconsfield who drew together some of the threads of our discussions over the last few weeks. In particular he reminded us that the truth of the Word of God needed to be the foundation for everything we did.
Finally on 4th March Andrew spoke again on “what is church?” and drew our attention to the early church as described in Acts chapter 2.
On 25th February Andrew returned to the mission shaped introduction studies which we have been following since January. This week we discussed the important characteristics of church and concluded there are four important elements: we gather together in the presence of God; we are a fellowship with deep love for each other; we seek discipleship – learning and growing together; and we look outwards to those around us.
On 18th February Chris Justice from Hope Church in Beaconsfield spoke from Luke chapter 18 about the importance of praying and not giving up. As we consider the role of church in mission, this is an important reminder that everything should be underpinned by persistent prayer.
On 11th February we were delighted to welcome back Mandy and Noel Taylor, former members of our church, and workers with WEC International, a Christian missionary organisation. At the start of last year they moved away from south Buckinghamshire to Coventry where they are now based. They came back to talk from Zechariah chapter 4 about trusting God in the small things – a message which is equally relevant to us as we consider mission from our church.
On 4th February Andrew used 1 Thessalonians chapter 2 to lead a discussion on “what is mission?”
On 28th January we looked at the very important question of how the church might have to change to remain relevant to the culture around us, without compromising on our core beliefs. Andrew spoke from Joshua Chapter 3, and the service included a great time of discussion and sharing.
On 21st January Geoffrey and Rosemary Hunt led a special service looking at the work amongst the Hanga people of northern Ghana. Even though this may seem a thousand miles from Seer Green, the basic principles also apply to us. Geoffrey and Rosemary had to learn a new language in order to bring the Good News to the Hanga people. In this recording Rosemary speaks first to give the history of their work, and then Geoffrey speaks about the culture change and the far reaching consequences.
On 14th January we moved onto look at the culture around us, and how the church has taken account (or not) of that culture.
On 7th January we started with Colossians 1 v28: “He is the one we proclaim…”, and moving onto consider Paul’s approach to proclaiming the Good News in 1 Corinthians 9 v19 onwards:
“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”
This is the basis of our series for the next few weeks, looking at our role in mission.