CBE: New Testament, 2 Peter and Jude

Making good progress, we move on to Peter’s second letter and Jude’s letter tomorrow. Peter’s second letter was written around AD 65 while Peter was imprisoned by the emperor Nero in Rome. Some Theologians believe that it was written to strengthen Jude’s letter: addressing doctrines that refute Jesus’ second coming, godly living, resurrection of the dead, and judgement. With historic and scriptural references he presents an exhortation to holiness, love, faith and patience. My favourite line being:

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

We will discuss who he was; who his audiences were; possible reasons behind his writing; and other questions drawn from our weekly agenda.

This week we are reading pages 359-368 so join us if you can, or meet with friends and family.

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Community Bible Experience operates like a Reading Club…

Participants agree a weekly reading plan, then every Friday we meet in a relaxed fashion for an hour to discuss the following simple questions:

  • What’s something you noticed for the first time?
  • What questions did you have?
  • Was there anything that bothered you?
  • What did you learn about loving God?
  • What did you learn about loving others?

Afterwards, we enjoy light refreshments while we catchup, pray, challenge, and encourage each other.

We recommend a copy of The Books of The Bible by Biblica because of it’s contemporary design and translation, and we set ourselves a weekly target to read eleven pages.

  • (7:00 – 8:00)pm on Fridays
  • 52 Arcadian Avenue, Bexley, Kent DA5 1JW

If you need help with setting one up in your home, community space, church or perhaps offices; please get in touch!

The Words of Our Elders: C S Lewis (1898–1963)

The man who is contented to be only himself, and therefore less a self, is in prison. My own eyes are not enough for me, I will see through those of others. Reality, even seen through the eyes of many, is not enough. I will see what others have invented …. in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.

~ C S Lewis

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

The Words of Our Elders: Denise Shekerjian

To our eyes, these striking moments of creativity stand as magnificent monuments that appear so suddenly and with such impact, we assume a genius has been at work. The appeal of such an assumption is strong. It’s far nicer to think in terms of a mighty hand stretching down from the heavens sowing genius in the land than it is to believe in the kind of tedious plodding that goes into the cultivation of a creative idea. It’s far preferable to believe in thunderbolts than it is to have to face up to mundane, trivial workaday world. It might come as a disappointment, then, to realize that behind any creative piece of work is a lot earthbound effort.

~ Denise Sherkerjian

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

The Words of Our Elders: Joyce Meyer

God’s unconditional love is a very difficult concept for people to accept because, in the world, there’s always payment for everything we receive. It’s just how things work here. But God is not like people!

~ Joyce Meyer

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

This Sunday at Healingsprings | Critical Journey: An Introspective Angle

Critical Journey is the product of a beautiful piece of work by Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich. It is an attempt to articulate the key stages in the life of faith.

Over the last three weeks, I presented an overview of the topic, then went on to run a test of the theory on none other than the father of faith himself; Abraham. Pressing-on, tomorrow we start with Recognition of God.

With this in mind I’m reminded of a thought by St Augustine (Bishop of Hippo Regius, present-day Annaba, Algeria), in which he said:

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering

To this end, we will be engaging our minds with questions like: what is our concept of God; when did we encounter God; where did we encounter God; and how we encountered God.

Each week we will examine one of the six stages: exploring, evaluating, challenging, reflecting, learning; drawing strength from the bible, and each other’s experiences. The series will culminate with a celebratory service.

So why not drop-by for a life-changing experience? This 90 mins might end up being a catalyst for some awesome things.

(6:00 – 7:30)pm

The Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA

There are free parking spaces directly in front of the school and on adjacent streets

Our Big Sunday Celebration can be best described as a community Christian festival. So in the spirit of thanksgiving, together we: sing, pray, give, celebrate life, discuss current affairs, present thoughts from Biblical themes, and encourage one another; like one big family!

Community Bible Experience: New Testament, 1 Peter

We start Peter’s first letter this Friday. Some theologians suggest that it was written in the early AD 60’s, most likely in the final years of his life and ministry.

The letter open’s up with these words,

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”

Wow! What a beauty? Even though these people were exiled, scattered, and suffering persecution in modern day Turkey; it is comforting to know that they still had a special place in God’s heart. Goes to show that our circumstances in life is not always a good indicator of our spiritual health and wellbeing.

We will discuss who he was; who his audiences were; possible reasons behind his writing; and other questions drawn from our weekly agenda.

This week we are reading pages 351-358, so join us if you can, or meet with friends and family.

CBElogo_black

Community Bible Experience operates like a Reading Club…

Participants agree a weekly reading plan, then every Friday we meet in a relaxed fashion for an hour to discuss the following simple questions:

  • What’s something you noticed for the first time?
  • What questions did you have?
  • Was there anything that bothered you?
  • What did you learn about loving God?
  • What did you learn about loving others?

Afterwards, we enjoy light refreshments while we catchup, pray, challenge, and encourage each other.

We recommend a copy of The Books of The Bible by Biblica because of it’s contemporary design and translation, and we set ourselves a weekly target to read eleven pages.

  • (7:00 – 8:00)pm on Fridays
  • 52 Arcadian Avenue, Bexley, Kent DA5 1JW

If you need help with setting one up in your home, community space, church or perhaps offices; please get in touch!

The Words of Our Elders: Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994)

To be much for God, we must be much with God. Jesus, that lone figure in the wilderness, knew strong crying, along with tears. Can one be moved with compassion and not know tears? Jeremiah was a sobbing saint. Jesus wept! So did Paul. So did John. Though there are some tearful intercessors behind the scenes, I grant you that to our modern Christianity, praying is foreign. ~ Leonard Ravenhill

The words of elders, are words of wisdom.