Living Community

Christian ethics is not primarily an individualistic, one-on-one-with-God brand of personal holiness; rather it has to do with living the life of the Spirit in Christian community and in the world. (Gordon Fee) “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all” (1 Thess 5:14) Now you are the body of Christ and individually members … Continue reading Living Community

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

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

Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

On Sunday 19th March, I’m going to be finishing off my three part series on what a community would look like that is saturated in the world shaping cultures of grace, love/identity and fellowship of the Spirit as prayed for in the benediction at the end of Second Corinthians:  May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of … Continue reading Fellowship of the Holy Spirit