Paul was writting to the church in Ephesus, a Church consisting of a mixture of Jews and Gentiles with different political and social backgrounds.
Today, here in Abingdon, the Church is a mixture of male & female from different social backgrounds and ethnic backgrounds but we are called to be a united people because that is God's plan for us today.more
We need to lift up our sights and raise our expectations of what God is going to do in His church here in Abingdon.
He can do anything we ask Him and even more than that: far beyond what we can even imagine!
It starts when we, together, are filled up with Him and begin to see the vast-ness of His love.
Mike opens up the start of Ephesians 2, looking at "What we were" and then "What God did" - resulting in a totally transformed people: not just a bunch of transformed individuals but A transformed people!
Julie Graham spoke from Mat 16:13-17:13 looking at the glory of Jesus seen first in Peter's declaration that He is the Christ, but also in the cross, which He immediately starts to talk about - and finally in the transfiguation. Have we seen the glory of Jesus, sometimes obvious, sometimes hidden but always there?
Patrick spoke from Matthew ch 10, relating it also to teh great commission in Mat 28:16-20. He talked about the challnege Jesus brought us to...
"GO!" - a command that is right in your face, no choice!
We will have rejection, persecution and a fear of not fitting in. Jesus prepares us by warning that problems will arise.more
Martyn Sene from Peachcroft Christian Centre joined us as part of the Church in Abingdon pulpit exchange and continued our series on Jesus, look at Matthew 13.
Jesus always spoke using parables. These stories are memorable and have greater impact in communicating key truths. Some people will understand and respond but others will not.more