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.

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The incarnation provided the platform for the inauguration of Father’s Kingdom by Jesus.

Paul captures two themes on the subject in 2 Corinthians 5:19, where he posits that, “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”

First and foremost the role of Christ as the reconciler, bringing divinity into humanity. Secondly our role as the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit in the continuation of the work of reconciliation here on earth.

To this end Stanley Hauerwas argues that:

[t]he salvation promised in the good news is not a life free from suffering, free from servitude, but rather a life that freely suffers, that freely serves, because such suffering and service is the hallmark of the Kingdom established by Jesus. As Christians we do not seek to be free but rather to be of use, for it is only by serving that we discover the freedom offered by God. We have learned that freedom cannot be had by becoming “autonomous” – free from all claims except those we voluntarily accept – but rather freedom literally comes by having our self-absorption challenged by the needs of another. “ – After Christendom? 1991, pp 53-4

Join us this Sunday for my new series: God was in Christ.
This Sunday I will be laying some foundations to enable us build through sound knowledge. Over the coming weeks we will be examining Jesus in history and Jesus in Christian doctrine. This is with a view that we recover what has been lost, and review that which we have for the future and posterity of the faith and humanity.
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX

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Our ideology shapes our outlook and actions. A core part of the overarching framework of this ideology is our faith or religion. 

To a large extend dear friends, what we know to be true, and what we believe matters. Hence we talk about God as a “man of war”, as to Jesus, the Prince of Peace. An angry God is who is unhappy with humanity, as to a loving, forgiving Father that seeks relationship. Sacrificial Religion, as to a Self Giving or Self Offering relationship with the Father.
This Sunday I will be looking at Jesus, and how we can use his life, teaching and ministry in interpreting and understanding the Bible, especially Old Testament texts. 
Join us as for the start of a new series, entitled: I and the Father are One. (John 10:30)
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX

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Our God is sovereign!

Not just sovereign in principle, but also sovereign in practice.

And as the season changes and 2016 draws to a close, and we are at the dawn of 2017, the lord speaks.  

Friends, I hear the warning the lord gave to Nineveh through Prophet Nahum (2:1), and the consolation he returned to Israel (2:2) for her years in exile, affliction and shame. 

Therfore, over the months of November and December, we continue offering prayers, prophetic declaration, and thanksgiving. 

This Sunday we continue in the strength of our theme for 2016: Our Year of Plenty (Gen 41:46-49), as we plant seeds of prayers, prophetic declaration, and thanksgiving for 2017 (Our Year of Restoration).

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

Join us!
3pm (light refreshment afterwards)
The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

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New Month Prayer, Thanksgiving and Communion Service
As our nation is bitterly divided over the recent referendum results, where is the place of the church?

Well, there are many things we could argue about with regards to Christianity or Christian Theology, but most will agree to our call to prayer, fellowship, and social action at grassroots level through Jesus’ body – the local church.

So as we look to the resurrected Christ in communion this Sunday, and we remember his sacrifice, a thought from the renown theologian, Jürgen Moltmann comes to mind: 

the knowledge of the cross brings a conflict of interest between God who has become man and man who wishes to become God.

So, join us at 3pm. 

Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, 

Bexley DA6 7DA

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Last week we examined who a prophet was in Amos’ time, in contrast to our time.

I noted that in our time it is easy to see prophets as social reformers, but first and foremost a prophet is a man of God. 
He is a religious visionary, an innovator, an original thinker; who impresses his own new moral insights on society, arriving at fresh ideas about religion. 
As such a prophet’s criticism is felt to have a force and authority that cannot be matched by any known institution on earth.
Hence the testimony of Moses: “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” – (Exodus 33:11a)

And much later, Amos:
“Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” – (Amos 3:7)
With this as a backdrop, we pressed on to Amos’ ideas of God. For Amos, for example, other gods did not even get an audience – Yahweh is sovereign! 
Therefore this week I will explore his visions (5 in total), and his intercessory dialogue. 
Questions include: when did the visions occur? Is Amos’ writing in chronological order? 
But perhaps the most valuable questions are: what is Amos’ message? How can we apply it in our lives and our relationship with God?

So, join us! 
(3:00-4:30)pm
The English Room, Bexleyheath Academy

Bexley 

 

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The 7th I AM statement: I am the True Vine. – John 15:1, 5

Just after declaring his credentials as The Resurrection and the Life, Jesus performs the most incredible miracle – the resurrection of Lazarus!

This development was too much for his adversaries, by raising Lazarus Jesus had signed his crucifixion.
So as part of the preparation for his departure, he introduced the role of the Holy Spirit (our Advocate) to his disciples.
To this end I will be treating the 7th I AM statement: I am the True Vine. 
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.
Join us for the last lecture of this series. Join us for another session with the Evangelist!

3pm – 4:30pm 

The English Room, 

Bexleyheath Academy

Bexley 
2016: Our Season of Plenty

(Gen. 41: 46-52)