Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Parables were not unique to Jesus. They are part of an oral tradition for teaching universal truths in the ancient Middle East. In fact some of the parables in the gospels were known parables that were expanded by Jesus, providing radically new meaning. Hence Jesus’ audience note that he spoke like, ‘one with authority’ (Matthew 7:29), emphasising that he was breaking known conventions.

Contrary to the notion that Jesus used parables because they were easy for his mostly uneducated audience to understand, we now know that Ezra et al’s reform meant that all Jews had a basic education through the instruments of the local Rabbis and synagogues from the age of 5. We also know that their curriculum covered what we now refer to as the Old Testament, as well as other classical texts and Jewish commentaries.

In using parables Jesus was keeping with Rabbinic tradition. Interestingly Matthew saw Jesus’ use of Parables as further evidence of his messianic credentials (Matthew 13:35), with reference to Ps 78:2.

Parables form about 30% of Jesus’ recorded teaching, as such they are crucial in understanding the ‘mind of Christ’ – 1 Cor. 2:16. And in deciding Jesus position on matters that are not explicitly covered in the Texts, especially modern challenges.

Join us this Sunday as we explore Jesus’ Parables 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

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

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

Over the course of this series we examined the effect of the incarnation, particularly Jesus’ teaching on the world, especially the West. And what it means for us, as we build for the future. For Paul:

God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.” – (2 Cor. 5:19)

Join us this Sunday as I crystallise my thoughts on this radical and paradigm shifting statement by Jesus: I and the Father are One (John 10:30)
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

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

Through his modelling of God’s Kingdom, Jesus provides ideas for the work of the Church, till the fullness of His Kingdom is manifested in His Second Coming.
As we study, meditate and extrapolate from his teaching, and model his lifestyle, we in turn become shapers of our communities and world at large, through our various vocations. Hence we are co-labourers with him (1 Cor.3:9).
This is what Paul meant when he stated that we spread the fragrance of the knowledge of God (2 Cor. 2:14).
Join us this Sunday for: I and the Father are One (John 10:30), as we draw inspiration from The Beatitudes.
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX
Reachout | Revive | Recover

http://www.healingsprings.org.uk

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

Unlike the patchy images of God we get from the Old Testament, Jesus’ life and ministry gives us unique insight into God. Hence Paul describes him as the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15), and for John he is the Word made flesh (John 1).

Jesus exposes knowledge gaps in scriptures as he corrects wrong ideas, teaching and traditions. As a health warning, this position puts to question the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy. Hence he is the last interpreter of the Scriptures. 
To this end, Jesus becomes the lenses from which we read, understand and interpret the Bible, and the motivation in our lives. He shapes our ideas, world view, actions, and ultimately, our contribution in the creation story.
As members of his body his character is reflected through our individual lives, as we spread the fragrance of his knowledge through every facet of our lives (2 Cor. 2:14)

Therefore, in a bid to make that connection between his divine nature and their everyday life, Paul urges the church in Philippi to emulate Christ’s self-emptying (Phil. 2).
Join us this Sunday for: I and the Father are One (John 10:30), as we draw inspiration from The Beatitudes.
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX
Reachout | Revive | Recover

http://www.healingsprings.org.uk

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

Our ideology shapes our outlook, actions, and ultimately our destiny.A core part of of our ideology is our faith or beliefs. To a large extent what we know and hold to be true matters.
As God’s incarnate, Jesus’ teaching and ministry demonstrated his power and authority over the cosmos. 
He demonstrated power over death, and the authority to forgive sins. Hence Paul describes him as the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15). 
Jesus exposes knowledge gaps in scriptures as he corrects wrong ideas, teaching and traditions. As a health warning, this position puts to question the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy. Hence he is the last interpreter of the Scriptures. 
Therefore, in a bid to make a connection between Jesus’ divine nature as part of their everyday life, Paul urges the church in Philippi to emulate Christ’s self-emptying. (Phil. 2)
Join us this Sunday for: I and the Father are One (John 10:30), as I focus on Christ’s divinity.
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX
Reachout | Revive | Recover

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

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

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship 

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)