Church Membership must be archaic… right?

Have you ever struggled with the idea of church membership? Have you ever thought it sounds rather archaic or Victorian? Have you ever thought it sounded rather intense or even over the top? If so take a read of this fabulous quote by Jonathan Leeman from ‘The Rule of Love’. “Christians cannot fulfill their new covenant obligations of love and holiness with all Christians everywhere. … Continue reading Church Membership must be archaic… right?

ACTS 24: GETTING OURSELVES INTO HOT WATER

READ “After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present” (Acts 24:24-25a) THINK The Apostle Paul has been incarcerated for his faith! I know that there … Continue reading ACTS 24: GETTING OURSELVES INTO HOT WATER

Acts 18: Heat and Light

READ He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately (Acts 18:26) THINK Today I want you to pause and consider this amazing verse. Picture the scene: Apollos (which you’ve got to admit, is a pretty cool name), is energetically and passionately preaching about Jesus!  … Continue reading Acts 18: Heat and Light

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

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)

The one question I ask myself the most often

Here is a copy of an email I sent to our church family today. Dear ::first_name:: I know last week, I said I wouldn’t be doing a weekly update, however, I felt really compelled to share with you my one question I ask myself the most often. Discipleship or probably a better word apprenticeship is the process of not only doing ‘stuff’ for Jesus (a … Continue reading The one question I ask myself the most often