Giving to a local church

This article was first published on the Kingsgate Website In this article, I want to address how we approach giving here at Kingsgate as there is often a   lot of confusion.   So let me suggest a simple pattern that will help us focus on giving in a healthy way. SO HOW CAN WE HAVE A HEALTHY, BIBLICAL VIEW OF GIVING TO A LOCAL CHURCH? I generally don’t talk about giving in terms of tithing (that is the giving of 10% of your … Continue reading Giving to a local church

My ultimate allegiance

“Listen to how the fourth-century Roman historian Eusebius described the early Christian named Sanctus, when Sanctus stood before his torturers in the year AD 177: “with such determination did he stand up to their onslaughts that he would not tell them his own name, race, and birthplace or whether he was slave or free. To every question re replied, in Latin, ‘I am a Christian.’ … Continue reading My ultimate allegiance

Friendship with God

A brilliant quote from Eugene Peterson about friendship with God: “God’s friendship didn’t install Abraham on an oasis where he slept on a hammock strung between date palms, refreshing himself with a swim in the pool between naps. God’s friendship meant leaving home, long journeys, dangerous ventures, doubt-filled actions, difficult obedience. Karl Bath, perhaps our most perceptive theologian in getting inside the biblical stories, wrote … Continue reading Friendship with God

Navigating Change

Here are some edited notes from a recent sermon I preached at Kingsgate Community Church, Great Yarmouth   PSALM 125 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore. 3 The sceptre of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might … Continue reading Navigating Change

The world is NOT your Oyster

One of the great mantras of our generation is that the world is your oyster. However, I want to suggest that it is part of the reason community life is fragmenting and is the result of people who have lost touch with what words such as commitment, community and fellowship really mean. Commitment, community and fellowship require people to shrink their worlds to ‘this’ group … Continue reading The world is NOT your Oyster

Update: Moving to Great Yarmouth

Quite a few people have been asking when we will be moving to Great Yarmouth. Here is are current answer: Sunday 21st May is going to be are farewell Sunday at Life Church. Sunday 4th June will be out first ‘official’ Sunday at Kingsgate. It’s unlikely that are house move will have gone through by then so I (Adam) may have to split my week between … Continue reading Update: Moving to Great Yarmouth

Making Much Of Jesus

Over the last term, at Kingsgate Community Church, I spoke about three glorious world altering cultures found in the benediction  in 2 Corinthians 13:14: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. These cultures are: A community of people who express the extravigant and life transforming nature of grace … Continue reading Making Much Of Jesus

10 & 1/2 reasons: The glory of God

The chief aim of man is to glorify God… (Westminster Catechism) “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab 2:14) “What are you really living for? It’s crucial to realize that you either glorify God, or you glorify something or someone else. You’re always making something look big.” (Ken Sande) Continue reading 10 & 1/2 reasons: The glory of God