Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

The Hebrew notion of truth has its root in the word: ‘Demet’, which simply means reliability. It is the unshakable dependability of a thing, a word, or, the faithfulness of a person.

Unlike the Greek idea of truth, it is not timeless, binding or rigid, rather, it is fluid. In other words Demet has to occur repeatedly in history. For example:

“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” – Ex. 3:6

Therefore, in the Hebrew sense of truth all of reality is regarded historically. We see this in their understanding of the Exile, as they looked back in history in interpreting the event.

We also see this on the ‘Road to Emmaus’ as the disciples were taken on a historical journey by Jesus in interpreting an event – on this occasion his death (Luke 24:13-25).

To this end Pannenberg argues that, “Truth is that which will show itself in the future.” The future gives meaning to the past and present. Hence the philosophical idea of, “all things working together for good” (Rom. 8:28)

Therefore, we read the scriptures retroactively for now through the life and ministry of Jesus, until ‘Truth’ is finally revealed in Jesus’ Second Coming. So we live in ‘anticipation’, as we continue the work of co-creation, reconciling the world to God.

Join us for God Was In Christ when I’ll be doing a recap of our journey so far as we prepare our hearts and minds for the Jesus’ Resurrection next week!

3pm – 4:30pm

The Parish Hall

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road,

Sidcup,

Kent DA14 6BX

Reachout | Revive | Recover

http://www.healingsprings.org.uk

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