Healingsprings fellowship: JuneSeries2017

JuneSeries 2017: Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19)

This Sunday we will be hosting a dear friend and partner of Healingsprings fellowship, Pastor Stephen Abraham (Glory Life, Dartford).
Pastor Stephen will be strengthening our focus for JuneSeries 2017, as we draw this year’s conference to a close.
Refreshment will be provided, and opportunities for networking and collaboration. 
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Join us as at 3pm as we continue the work of Reconciliation entrusted to us by Jesus.

Healingsprings fellowship: JuneSeries2017

JuneSeries 2017: Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19)
We stand in solidarity to Reconcile our brothers and sisters in the Congo with social and economic justice.
This Sunday we will be showing the Award Winning documentary: When Elephants Fight.
Following the doc we will take questions from panel members with a view to stir up a call to action! 
Refreshment will be provided, and we have opportunities for networking and collaboration. 
Join us as at 3pm as we continue the work of Reconciliation entrusted to us by Jesus.

The Challenge of Our Times

Like the current Brexit debate which hinges on 3 core positions: hard Brexit, soft Brexit and no Brexit; the disciples were faced with similar challenges after the death of our Lord. 

By way of background, Judaism was not originally a missional faith. Converts were meant to be attracted to the faith through the actions of the Jews, and God’s glory in their midst. But during the time of our Lord there was already a missional drive by the Rabbis, hence Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees (Matthew 23:15), for the negative impact of their efforts.

It is also important to note that Jesus was a prophet of his time. In otherwords, he addressed issues of his time, challenged the ‘ideals’, and reinterpreted scriptures. Jesus didn’t come to set-up Christianity (as many would love to believe), but rather to reform the Jewish faith, and to open its doors for mission to the wider-world. In fact, most of what we know today as Paul’s teaching or insight are from Jewish commentaries on the Old Testament (the Talmud and Mishnah). 

Equipped with the Holy Spirit, the apostles (who had the mandate to ‘go’ and tell the world about the messiah) were still caught between: hard Judaism, soft Judaism or no Judaism. But they were never shy of these debates. The sharp end of their arguments are evident in most of the letters in the New Testament. 

As we know through history, Judaism has always moved with the times. From the invisible God who communed with the patriarchs, the Tabernacle, the temple, destruction of the temple, the exile, the second temple; the faith has always been resilient, adapting to the forces of change and pace of human advancement.

These changes were led by people with inspired vision, people with strong convictions, radicals – willing to go against popular opinion. 

In the same vein, the faith we know today as Christianity needs to keep evolving dear friends. We need to challenge the status quo. Ask the difficult questions. Revisit scriptures, and interpret them in light of the speed of change in our world. The reformation was not meant to stop after the efforts of the reformers, rather, it should be part of our DNA.

Are you willing to stand up and be counted? 

JuneSeries2016

Freedom (Luke 4:18)

‘When we transform cells and their molecular structures through healing and works of miracles, we make temporary changes which sometimes leads to spiritual growth. 

However, when we proclaim freedom through love inspired encounters, we sow seeds of eternal value. Seeds that regenerate the body, soul and spirit. 

Right now, every facet and strata of society is in dire need of some love inspired transformation.’ – Clement Akran (Pastor, healingsprings fellowship)

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship 

After a much needed break to celebrate two years in ministry, and launch Project Nehemiah; we are back on the Gospel of John!

Today I will be doing a recap, before treating the 5th I AM statement: I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). 

Like an action packed, high octane blockbuster movie, this statement sets the scene for a final showdown between Jesus and his adversaries. 

In fact not long after this encounter, he experiences his ‘passion’.

I will be assessing what the evangelist was trying to put across to his audience, and how we can draw inspiration for fellowship and spiritual warfare in the 21st century.

Among many spiritual truths, for me two key themes emerges from this story. 

Join us as we explore them!

Reachout | Revive | Recover

2016: Our Season of Plenty

(Gen. 41: 46-52)

Today’s lecture | Church reloaded: gratitude¬†

I had a very interesting conversation with a cab driver recently who was a Muslim. 

Unlike most ‘Christians’, this man had taken his time to research all major faiths in the world. 

So with all this knowledge at his disposal he asked me a salient question. He said: “If Jesus’ death meant that we are delivered from all: past, present and future sins; does that mean we just do whatever we please?”

Dear friends this question is the inspiration behind tonight’s lecture under our Church Reloaded series, entitled: gratitude.

With this in mind, what did Paul mean when he wrote asking his friends in Rome to “offer themselves as a living sacrifice”?

He even went further to explain that it was “our reasonable service after all that Christ had done for us” (Rom. 12:1-2).

Since we are not expected to payback anything for salvation – as it’s a free will gift, and even if we were it is impossible to pay back… What do we do?

Join us if you can as we explore these and other questions: (6:00-7:30)pm.

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

(Free parking in front of the school and adjacent streets)

Today’s thought: leave the Ark, enjoy the procession.

Most times we think that God needs us to save His seemingly diminishing reputation… 

So like Uzzah we fail to look away when the Ark slides from the cart. Instead of holding our place in the glorious procession, we are hasty to intervene. Hasty to put the Ark back on the cart, failing to understand that the cart was only a means to an end, and not an end in itself.

Like the Pharisees, we fail to see that the tides have changed, and a new day has dawned. 

Like the older brother in the story of the prodigal son, we are bugged down with old paradigms, instead of lifting our heads like the father to embrace the new. To embrace the new generation. Not to judge or condemn, but to see them as equals; working towards the same goal – the redemption of fallen humanity. 

Like Martha we complain about Mary, after we have voluntarily put ourselves forward for the task.

Friends, the Ark will get to Judah, with or without us. It is simply destined to do so.