The roots of our faith
Create in me a clean heart, O God
On 25th June, at the end of this series, it was lovely to welcome back Chris Justice from Hope Church in Beaconsfield who spoke from Psalm 51: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
On 18th June, we were delighted to welcome back Jon Bishop who is currently Children and Youth Minister at Croxley Green Baptist Church. Jon grew up in our church, became a Christian, and for a while ran our youth group. He spoke from Hebrews 11 and 12 about how we need to encourage each other, get serious about our faith, and not give up.
Are we ready?
On 11th June, having followed the account from Passover via Ascension to Pentecost, we paused to consider what we had covered and to consolidate. Gill Roberts led us to consider a series of questions around the theme of “are we ready and prepared for God to change us?”
On 4th June, the day of Pentecost, Andrew spoke about the first Pentecost: about how the Holy Spirit filled the early church to empower it to expand and grow, and about how the Holy Spirit still works in the same way in our lives and our church today.
Ascension – the passing of the baton
On 28th May Todd Nightingale, the pastor of Mill End Baptist Church, spoke about Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Todd used this account to remind us that the baton has now been passed to us: we are to continue to do Jesus’ work of seeking and saving the lost, and God sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to help us.
Adopted sons and daughters of God
On 21st May Chris Justice also spoke on the Holy Spirit, and in particular about how the Holy Spirit helps us live as adopted sons of God.
Am I walking with the Holy Spirit?
On 14th May Andrew spoke again about the period of 50 days between Easter and Pentecost, and he encouraged each of us to ask the question “Am I walking with the Holy Spirit” during this time.
Counting 50 days
To mark the period between Easter and Pentecost, Andrew preached on the roots of our faith. He led us to consider again the wonder of the events of the first Easter, and of the period of 50 days between Easter and Pentecost. This year we have had a special focus on how those events fulfilled completely the prophecies which are recorded in the Old Testament. And we have…