Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Last week i noted that In terms of influence the Jews were only a footnote in history compared to other civilisations like Egypt, Greece, Ethiopia, Hittite, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia.

In fact Jewish racial laws and customs would not have even allowed them to trade, or exert much cultural or political influence over their neighbours, let alone the known World. Neither were they ever known for their conquest or military might.

Furthermore, theologians and historians argue that Jesus’ ministry spanned only between two to three years. Even his cousin, (John the Baptist) was more widely known and respected than Jesus.

So, how did Jesus a little known carpenter, who started his ministry around the age of thirty, who was largely seen as an agitator, who was so unpopular so much so that the people opted for the release of Barrabas when they had the choice. How did Jesus go on to leave such a legacy?

The simple or lazy answer will be: God’s providence. However, the same could be said about the French Revolution or even the Arab Spring.

Join us this Sunday as I crystallise my talk on the Core Teachings of Jesus within the series: God was in Christ.

3pm – 4:30pm

The Parish Hall

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road,

Sidcup,

Kent DA14 6BX

Reachout | Revive | Recover

http://www.healingsprings.org.uk

Next phase for Healingsprings fellowship!

I strongly believe that there is a spiritual shift happening and you have a part to play in it. Hence my thesis on Africa is that her problems requires more than ad hoc prayer meetings and collection of funds, but rather, a measured approach based on ideas, debates, spiritual and political will.

Just as we saw with the defeat and Exile of Israel and Judah becoming building blocks for reconstruction, development, and nation building; I believe this is Africa’s time.

For Ezra and his company that returned after The Exile, defeat was an opportunity to rebuild a nation that was not centred around individuals, but one centred around People hood. As such, instead of looking outward to their oppressors (Babylon, Persia, Greece, Assyria), they looked inwardly at the problems leading to their demise. Then they realised that their true oppressors were actually their monarchs and nobles.

So this new Nation will not be centred around: The Temple, military might, or even the land; but, on the people. Hence a covenant that bound them as the Common Wealth of Israel (the 12 tribes) to One God and his decrees. And a fit for purpose educational programme to embed this idea.

Knowledge was democratised using the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible) as a framework. The monopoly of the Priests as custodians of God’s word was discontinued. Through the Rabbis this education was compulsory and accessible to all. The framework or curriculum comprised of history, philosophy, theology, culture, wisdom, civic life, law, best practices and medicine.

With this framework their self worth will no longer depend on their lineage, location, situation, or circumstances; but, by their sense of identity. This framework will eventually sustain them through earthquakes, famine and wars. It prepared the foundations for the ministry of Jesus. And through the life and ministry of Jesus, we now speak of a kingdom that knows no race, a kingdom of peace and prosperity, a kingdom that knows no end.

Dear friends, with your support we are looking to design a similar template for the developing World, starting with Africa. A framework that addresses current challenges, one that is robust enough to deal with those of the future. I believe we have the opportunity to lay the foundations for something unique, based on the successes and failures of the West. Perhaps most importantly, by harnessing Africa’s rich cultural diversity and capital.

Starting from October 2017, I feel led to start running monthly seminars on the The future of Africa.

If you feel led to be part of this move of God, or you are part of an organisation with a similar plight, please get in touch via email: clem@healingsprings.org.uk.

Everybody has something to contribute regardless of faith, race, age, or background. This platform is open to anyone who truly believes that everyone has a right to a decent quality of life here on earth. And to organisations that are looking for partnership opportunities.

Blessings,

Pastor Clem

Healingsprings fellowship

Reachout | Revive | Recover

http://www.healingsprings.org.uk

Thought Leaders Series: 2017

Where are the prophets?

The prophets were not hyper mystical individuals as Christian tradition evokes, rather, they were thinkers, academics, social critics, community organisers; pressing for socioeconomic reforms for the people. They tackled the issues of their time headlong by Speaking Truth to Power, hence they were unpopular with the elites of their time. 

When the Old Testament makes reference to the phrase: “Then the word of the Lord came to…”, or, “The Spirit of the Lord came upon…”; these were not some trancelike episodes, but the translation of their ideas to their audience. From their ideas of Yahweh and their vision of how their society should work, they spoke in the place of God. 

They were highly controversial within the circles of mainstream thinkers, and hugely unpopular among the elites; in fact they were marginalised. They were mostly on their own, they suffered poverty, violence and persecution. They did not speak for money, recognition or power, hence the story in Kings of the greedy disciple, and that of the Unknown Prophet. But they were filled with desire for social justice, so much so that Jeremiah chose a celibate life.

They drew insight from history, cultural trends, classical texts, wisdom texts, poetry, and geopolitical developments around their world. Once the seeds of their ideas were uttered they came alive – although invisible. These ideas will catch up with their times, often revisited decades or even centuries after they were born. Dear friends, their ideas outlived them and are now mainstream.

To this end Jesus spoke against those in authority in his time:

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.” 

– Matthew 23:33-35

So, in response to the question: Where are the prophets? I say, they are with us. But can you see them?

JuneSeries2016: Freedom (Luke 4:18)

Sunday 19th June 2016

Speaker: Mike Chasterton, Tearfund
Programme:

3:00 – 3:20 Welcome, Prayers & Worship

3:20 – 4:20 Lecture and Q&A session with Mike Chesterton
4:20 – 4:30 Giving & Closing Prayers
4:30 – 5:00 Refreshment and networking opportunities 

Join us in proclaiming freedom, and living it as a reality!

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)

JuneSeries2016

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JuneSeries2016: Freedom! (Luke 4:18)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind,to let the oppressed go free” – Luke 4:18

3 days: Sunday June (5th, 12th & 19th)
3pm – 5pm
The English Room, Bexleyheath Academy, DA6 7DA

Guest Speaker on Sunday, June 5th is Stuart Windsor



Stuart became a Christian in Northern Ireland while serving in the RAF in the 1960s.

Stuart was Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s (CSW) National Director for 19 years and is now CSW’s Special Ambassador.

Stuart has travelled extensively to countries where Christians and others suffer persecution for their religious beliefs. He has carried out briefings in the US Congress and Senate, given evidence in hearings at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and has spoken at the European and UK parliaments.

In recent years, his work has involved securing the safety of several Christian families from a number of countries who had to leave their homes because of their faith. Very recently he briefed the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on North Korea.

Stuart is the author of God’s Adventurer, an exciting and moving account of his work with persecuted Christians.

In reference to this year’s theme, Jurgen Moltmann (Writer and Theologian) once said that,

the truth of human freedom lies in the love that breaks down barriers

Bexleyheath Academy is only 5 minutes from Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and the Bus Garage, and 10 minutes from Bexleyheath Train Station. 

There are free parking spaces and entry to the building from Goals (next to Asda), and in front of the school on weekends.

Join us in our work towards social change!

Healingsprings fellowship: JuneSeries2016

This year’s theme: Freedom! (Luke 4:18)

3 days: Sunday June 5th, 12th, & 19th 2016

3pm – 5pm
Bexleyheath Academy, Bexley
As part of this year’s JuneSeries we will be hosting Stuart Windsor. 
Stuart became a Christian in Northern Ireland while serving in the RAF in the 1960s.

Stuart was Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s (CSW) National Director for 19 years and is now CSW’s Special Ambassador. 
Stuart has travelled extensively to countries where Christians and others suffer persecution for their religious beliefs. He has carried out briefings in the US Congress and Senate, given evidence in hearings at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and has spoken at the European and UK parliaments. 
In recent years, his work has involved securing the safety of several Christian families from a number of countries who had to leave their homes because of their faith. Very recently he briefed the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on North Korea. 
Stuart is the author of God’s Adventurer, an exciting and moving account of his work with persecuted Christians.
In reference to this year’s theme, Jurgen Moltmann once said that, 

The truth of human freedom lies in the love that breaks down barriers

So, come and join us in our work towards social justice. 
Come and be blessed! 

2016: Our Season of Plenty

(Gen. 41: 46-52)