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Kingdom Living

We’ve just finished 6 weeks of studying together on Sundays Jesus’ ‘Kingdom parables’ in Matthew Chapter 13. We’ve seen how in these parables Jesus is addressing his disciples’ growing sense of disappointment and disillusionment with him. They expected the Kingdom of God that God’s King would bring to be fantastic! But life following Jesus was hard and often a long way from fantastic… So…

What is your treasure? Who are you listening to?

Last Sunday we considered the huge value of the treasure that is ours as members of Jesus’ Kingdom (Matthew 13:44-46). Many of us were convicted that most of the time we just don’t appreciate the value of this great treasure, and were left asking “how can we learn to do so more?” We saw that the answer is always to start by…

Learning to value our treasure

Yesterday we looked together at Matthew 13:44-46 (listen here). Preaching at Emmanuel Ashley Down, David Parker shared this from JI Packer’s book ‘Knowing God’: Do I, as a Christian, understand myself?  Do I know my real identity?  My own real destiny? I am a child of God. God is my Father; heaven is my home; every day is one day nearer.  My Savior is…

The Future of Christ’s Church: Triumph not Tragedy

A couple of things I mentioned yesterday whilst preaching at Westbury on Matthew 13:31-35.   1) The Historical Evidence for the Growth of Christ’s Church. See Rodney Stark’s new book The Triumph of Christianity. Available here. 2) The Statistical Evidence for the Growth of Christ’s Church. ‘Evangelical defeatism is a failure of historical perspective. After all, the statistics are out there. It took…

See What You’re a Part Of

It was obvious really. As I had cycled to church, I must therefore be a student. Even when well in to my late thirties, at my last church I was regularly invited to join the student meeting after the main service. Well-intentioned no doubt. But all those who invited me could see was the cycling gear, my boyish good looks and put…

Bristol City Centre Talks – this Thursday

This Thursday the Bishop of Bristol, Mike Hill, will be speaking on ‘Turbulent times – where can we find security?’ at the Llandoger Trow pub in town, in the latest event organised by the guys behind ‘Bristol City Centre Talks’. It looks set to be a great evening of clear gospel presentation in a decidedly un-churchy environment.  Do you know someone who works…

Bob Diamond – ‘Damaging the Franchise’

Aidan Darley, a member of the Emmanuel church family, reflects on recent events at Barclays Bank and how we should respond as people seeking to honour Jesus in our own workplaces:Following a damning investigation in to the conduct of his staff’s fixing of the inter-bank lending rate, this week the Chief Executive of Barclays Bank was forced to resign, in response to…