This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

I spoke about the Exodus from Egypt, and its significance in Judaism last week. In addition, I touched on the concept of The New Exodus, a messianic expectation we see fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. 

This was with a view to highlight that: 

  1. God is self-revealing,
  2. God works in history through human agents to bring about his kingdom, 
  3. creation is not a one-off process or event that was completed in Genesis, but rather, one that remains constant. 

As God Bearers it is important that we note that God’s purpose does not exempt us from the forces of Resistance
In our efforts towards continuation of creation, through advocating the Good News, and delivery of Social Justice initiatives here on earth, we will encounter all forms of Resistance.
As a proof text, the Psalmist notes, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all.” – Ps. 34:19
Therefore, this Sunday I will home-in on some case studies, with a view to draw ideas, and wisdom to help us overcome resistance in whatever shape or form it manifests itself.
Join us as we explore Internal Resistance
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

Having consolidated the Ecosystem (Scriptures, interpreters, and audiences), and its outworking, we advanced to Internal Resistance last Sunday. 

I spoke about the Exodus from Egypt, and its significance in Judaism. In addition, I briefly introduced the concept of The New Exodus, a messianic expectation we see fulfilled in the person of Christ as illuminated in the New Testament. 
This was with a view to highlight that: 

  1. God is self-revealing 
  2. He works in history through human agents to bring about his kingdom

  3. And that Creation is not a one-off process that was completed in Genesis, but rather a continuous process. 

Hence he said to Moses:

“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” – Exodus 3:6
As God Bearers it is important that we note that God’s purpose does not exempt us from the forces of Resistance in our efforts towards continuation of Creation, through advocating the Good News, and delivering Social Justice initiatives aimed at making God’s Kingdom a reality here on earth as it is in heaven. 
Join us as we explore Internal Resistance.
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

The Exodus from Egypt is pivotal in Judaism. It introduces the concept of a self-revealing God who acts in history, hence he said to Moses:

“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” – Exodus 3:6
So, having consolidated the Ecosystem (Scriptures, interpreters, and audiences), and its working, we advanced to Resistance last Sunday. 
Quoting Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion, I noted in my talk that in between vision or ideas, and their material reality, there must be Resistance.
And that a lack of understanding and appreciation of the existence and effects of this force leads to frustration, and possibly, total abandonment. 
I asserted further that the reorientation and spiritual emancipation of this World will only come by forcefully challenging the evil and oppressive power structures of our time, until we see God’s will on earth as in heaven.(Matthew 6:10)
Today I will be expounding on the New Exodus, and the Resistance upon us as God Bearers, in our efforts towards advancing the Good News, and making God’s Kingdom a reality here on earth, as it is in heaven. 
Join us at 3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX

Thought Leaders Series 2017

The philosopher Aristotle asserted that, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” 
Interestingly, even though science refutes this theory, and rightly so for reasons that will be superfluous for me to delve into within the context of this piece; philosophically, it holds true. 
For example, the impact of the institutionalisation of Christianity by Constantine meant that a faith that stood for peace and equality, now had an army and was involved in slavery and colonialism. 

Moving further in history, French Materialism and The Enlightenment provided counter arguments with science, history, anthropology, and philosophy to phenomena that the Church avoided, or provided shoddy answers to for years. Some true, others not so true, nevertheless, they caused severe damage to the authority of the Church. 

As predicted by Aristotle, the void left by this seismic shift led to distrust and apathy. The crater caused by their impact was filled by counter ideas like humanism and atheism. Overtime leading to Nationalism, The World Wars (most people still can’t comprehend how the Church supported Nazism), Individualism, and other Political and Economic ideologies upon us today. 

Now, If the theory of Historic Recurrence (simply put: history repeats itself), which is widely known in political and economic circles holds true, then the Bible becomes even more crucial in interpreting trends, and predicting future events. 

For example, before the Exile prophets like Elijah, Elisha, Amos, Hosea; warned both Kingdoms of an impending doom if they fail to reform. Sadly their appeal fell on deaf ears, some were even executed for treason, others for heresy. Even John The Baptist, our Lord Jesus Christ, not to mention Paul and the other disciples were voices of reform. In fact the disciples continued in the synagogues until they were persecuted, killed, and banned from preaching and worshiping; hence the drive to start meeting in houses and other safe spaces.
In the same vein, I believe these counter ideas are similar to the Exile imposed on ancient Israel and Judah. I believe they are means of forcing the Church to rethink its position, and change. 
They serve as catalysts in stirring the church to seek God afresh for answers in an ever changing World. Compelling the Church to come out of its towers, and immerse itself into the pain and suffering of the masses. Forcing the Church to become a living organism, one that keeps growing, thereby, not stunted by mediocrity. One that is always relevant in-spite of the changes in our World.  

A lack of foresight and an inability to see the need for reform by the Church Fathers, led to the tides of science and reason becoming counter arguments against the Church.

“from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;” – 1 Chronicles 12:32
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This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

Having consolidated the Ecosystem (Scriptures, interpreters, and audiences), and how it works, we will progress to Resistance this Sunday.

I submit to you that in between vision or ideas and their material reality, there is Resistance. A lack of understanding and appreciation of the existence and effects of this force leads to frustration and total abandonment. Hence Paul declared:

“But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” – Hebrews 10:39
And Jesus warned his disciples, 

“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.” – Matthew 11:12
The reorientation and spiritual emancipation of this World will only come by forcefully challenging the evil and oppressive power structures of our time, until we see,
“justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24
That said, history warns us that this struggle is never easy, but one we can not avoid, or afford to miss. Hence Paul refers to it as, “The good fight of faith” – (1 Tim 6:12).
God is on our side. So in the end, good will always triumph over evil.
Join us at 3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX
Reachout | Revive | Recover

http://www.healingsprings.org.uk

Thought Leaders Series 2017

In my studies last week I came across an interesting twist to the Golden Rule, which I believe is profound in relation to Kingdom business. It reads: 

“Whoever Has the Gold Makes the Rules.”

The brain behind this thought is unknown, however, while musing over it I got a deeper understanding of what Amos meant when he declared: 
“Woe to them that are at ease in Zion” – Amos 6:1
Or Jesus’ warning to his disciples, 
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.” – Matthew 11:12
Dear friends for there to be a reorientation of society, and a spiritual emancipation of the masses, the existing power structures are to be addressed and scrutinised until we see,
“justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24
The problem with the Church is that we have become fat cats, and a part of the problem, rather than the solution to this corrupt system. 
History warns us that this struggle is never easy, but it’s worth starting. Because in the end – good will always triumph over evil.

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Foundations: Birth Pains

Over the last couple of weeks I have been describing an ecosystem which serves as an instrument of change in sustaining and expanding God’s kingdom here on earth. It consists of: Scriptures, Interpreters, and Audiences.
Last week I explored the original intent of the Church as a vehicle for change, through the reorientation of our World, and the role we play in the process. I also touched on this unique relationship between both sets of God-bearers (preachers, teachers and the churched), in the shape of the Church.
That said, Jesus warned his disciples of the struggles of emancipation when he posits: 
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.” – Matthew 11:12
Therefore, in crystallising this series, I will explore Resistance to Change between the Power Structures and the Prophets, and, the Prophets and the Oppressed, in line with our Scriptural Focus for this year: Nahum 2:2. 
Join us as we set foundations for 2017
We march in the light of Nahum’s assertions: 
(For the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob, as well as the majesty of Israel, though ravagers have ravaged them and ruined their branches.) – Nahum 2:2
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX
Reachout | Revive | Recover
http://www.healingsprings.org.uk