Bread and Butter Christianity

At Kingsgate over these last few weeks, we’ve been exploring together ‘Healthy Church Life’ through the last few verses of Acts 2. Here we are painted a glorious picture of a devoted community who give themselves wholeheartedly to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, communion and prayer and then,  allowing those things to spill out into ever-increasing circles – taking care of the needy, witness and evangelism … Continue reading Bread and Butter Christianity

ACTS 15: THE RELIGIOUS ITCH

READ “But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” (v1) THINK Acts 15 is so utterly removed from our day-to-day lives that it is almost impossible to understand what a huge and dangerous situation was brewing here and that if left unchecked, could undermine the whole gospel of Jesus … Continue reading ACTS 15: THE RELIGIOUS ITCH

I feel frustrated (there, I’ve said it!)

Over the past few months, there have been increasing numbers of articles about pandemic induced frustration. People from all walks of life are finding that their emotional resilience is just not where it normally is and the silliest of things is triggering them. This is not surprising after the year that we have been through  and is quite understandable. For many of us, we’ve been … Continue reading I feel frustrated (there, I’ve said it!)

Acts 13: A Multicultural Church

READ  Acts 13:1: “Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.” (NKJV) THINK John Stott helpfully reveals that the list of prophets and teachers described in Acts 13:1 “symbolized the ethnic and cultural diversity of Antioch”.  Barnabas was a … Continue reading Acts 13: A Multicultural Church

The Power of habit & ritual (part 2)

Last time, we talked about the importance of creating a habit or ritual of a daily Quiet Time or devotional time and hopefully since then, you’ve been thinking about how you can craft this in your own life.  Over a number of years, I’ve been trying to reduce the resistance and ensure that I daily get to the thing I love the most, which is … Continue reading The Power of habit & ritual (part 2)

ACTS 11: THE UNKNOWN MISSIONARIES

“Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.” – Acts 11:19-20 THINK Up until this point, … Continue reading ACTS 11: THE UNKNOWN MISSIONARIES

ACTS 9: JOY AND SUFFERING – THE UNLIKELY BEDFELLOWS OF THE CHRISTIAN

READ “I [God] will show him [Saul] how much he must suffer for my name” (Acts 9:16) THINK “In the secular view, suffering is never seen as a meaningful part of life but only as an interruption.” – Tim Keller I think the verse above is remarkable because it forces those of us who are followers of Jesus to confront the issue of suffering. In fact, … Continue reading ACTS 9: JOY AND SUFFERING – THE UNLIKELY BEDFELLOWS OF THE CHRISTIAN

GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACE DOING THE RIGHT THING

READ So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7 THINK This is quite a remarkable verse! In the book of Acts, where advance and growth ooze out of most chapters, we’re told here that when the church in Jerusalem fixed an organisational challenge, they saw the rapid spread of … Continue reading GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACE DOING THE RIGHT THING