This Sunday at Healingsprings fellowship: Critical Journey | The life of Discipleship

Last week I introduced and completed the first stage of the six stages: Recognition of God. During the lecture, we explored Isaiah’s epiphany and the story of the leper in the first chapter of Mark’s gospel; as a mirror into our lives and experiences as followers of Christ.

This week we press on to the next stage: the life of discipleship. To this end Jesus’ words, inviting his new friends to a life of discipline (which is where the word discipleship evolved from), comes alive in my spirit:

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people. (Matthew 4:19 NRSV).

Follow me, and I will make you… Therefore, in following the transformation process is ignited! In fact Paul alluded to this when he wrote to friends in Corinth:

And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NRSV)

To this end, we will be engaging our minds with characteristics like: meaning from belonging; answers found in a leader/cause/ belief system; sense of righteousness; and security in our faith.

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. 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 in front of the school and on the 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!

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: Chuck Swindoll

If you’re running a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is run one step at a time. If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time. If you’re trying to master a new language, try it one word at a time. There are 365 days in the average year. Divide any project by 365 and you’ll find that no job is all that intimidating. ~ Chuck Swindoll

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

This Sunday at Healingsprings fellowship: Overview of Critical Journey | Part 3

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 two weeks, I presented an overview of the topic, then went on to run a test of the hypothesis on none other than the father of faith himself; Abraham. We explored his: recognition of God (stage 1); discipleship (stage 2); productive life (stage 3); journey inward (stage 4); and Wall.

This Sunday I will do a quick recap, then consolidate the life of Abraham in light of the journey outward (stage 5); and his life of love (stage 6).

From next week we will work through the 6 Stages: exploring, evaluating, challenging, reflecting, learning; drawing strength from the bible, and each other’s experiences as we journey through life. To that end The Critical Journey will run as a seven part series, over seven Sundays.

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!

The Words Of Our Elders: Steven J Lawson

“The essence of Christianity is centered upon the Lord Jesus Christ. The sum and substance of being a Christian is trusting Christ with the entirety of one’s being. The height of the Christian life is adoring Christ, the depth of it loving Him, the breadth of it obeying Him, and the length of it following Him. Everything in the Christian life revolves around Jesus Christ. Simply put, Christianity is Christ.”

~ Steven J Lawson

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom

Spiritual Intelligence: Don’t Look Back

Good morning dear friends. The title of today’s thought is coined from the song by The Temptations, “Don’t Look Back”. I don’t know about you, but it paints a very interesting picture in my mind; a group called The Temptations, singing a song entitled Don’t Look Back What an oxymoron? Hey, hands-up, and no offences to fans of The Temptation by the way – (chortle!).

Anyway, the song has been covered over the years by artists like; Al Green, Phil Collins, Bobby Womack, The Persuasions, and Teena Marie. My first bite of the cherry was the 1978 reggae version by Peter Tosh and Mick Jagger (You Gotta Walk And) Don’t Look Back”. And my favourite line;

Places behind you, there to remind you

Is a poignant reminder of our pilgrimage here on earth, the challenges we face along the way, the intensity as we press towards the finish line. As we endure, contend, persevere, struggle, fight… Keeping our focus on The Kingdom as we walk by faith, and not by sight.

In words of encouragement from Paul to friends in Corinth;

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

The pain of parting and separation with our past, becomes our gains and monuments of victory as we do battle with present and future challenges. Friends, we press forward like the woman with the issue of blood through the crowd, to touch the hem of The Rabbi’s garment, so that we can achieve our glorious change. And with every inch, not looking back.

Just keep on walking.

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~ Sabali