Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Question Everything - The results

As a team we worked through a few hundred questions which we received in our survey. Over the next few weeks at both sites, we'll be preaching through the following questions/topics.

"You created a world that fell apart... what were you thinking?!" 

Sun 30th Jan. 10.00am & 6.30pm. John Hosier will be looking at this question for us. John is an experienced Bible teacher. He has travelled internationally and written several books. John has recently moved to Bournemouth and continues to lecture on New Frontiers Leadership Training.

"If you're so great, why doesn't everyone love you?"

Sun 13th Feb. 10.00am & 6.30pm. John Fielder will be looking at this question. John is an aspiring Church planter, gifted preacher and good friend. Him and his wife Hannah are moving to Birmingham with a view to planting a Church in the near future. This will be his final sermon as a member of Frontiers Church Exeter.

We will also be baptising some at the morning meeting.

"Are you serious about hell? Some people have never even heard of you..."

Sun 27th Feb. 10.00am & 6.30pm. I'll be looking at this question. This is a difficult topic for everyone. I particularly find this tough as many of my loved ones do not yet follow Jesus. I will do my best to outline a response as I see from scripture.

"When a child is abused, why don't you step in?"

Sun 3rd March. 10.00am & 6.30pm. Our senior pastor Andy Arscott will be looking at this emotive question.

We're looking forward to the series. All are welcome to come and join us as we wrestle through some of these difficult subjects. We will be kicking off an Alpha Course on March 6th for anyone who would like to have more time looking at the Christian faith.

I hope to see you there! :-)

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Holding it together

Chloe and I had really good break this Christmas. I feel thoroughly blessed by family and friends. Meals with old friends was a particular highlight for me.

I think we're equally pleased to be back at home in Exeter. It's always nice to sleep in your own bed when you have been away for a couple of weeks.

At Church on Andy preached 'Jesus My Sustainer'. One illustration struck me particularly...

If I was to make model or a sculpture, I would work on it and then stand back and admire my handiwork. (!) The model would then stand of its own accord. However, when I make sound with my mouth, I begin the sound and I also sustain the sound. At any moment I can stop and the sound would cease to exist.

According to the bible the latter is like the relationship Jesus Christ has with creation. God, through Jesus, not only created the universe and all we know, he also actively sustains it every second. Were he to withdraw his active part, existence of creation would cease. This claim stands among the many monumental claims of biblical Christianity.

Colossians 1v16b-17 "...all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together."

Hebrews 1v3 "He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power."

How this claim possibly be substantiated? What did Jesus do on earth to demonstrate this kind of power?

If this is true, nothing is more important than learning about Him. There is no-one I'm wiser learning from, admiring and indeed worshipping! There is simply nothing of more value than Him. One of my goals this year is to spend more time in prayer and reflection seeking to listen to Him who sustains all things.