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Foundations: Birth Pains

Over the last couple of weeks I have been describing an ecosystem which serves as an instrument of change in sustaining and expanding God’s kingdom here on earth. It consists of: Scriptures, Interpreters, and Audiences.
Last week I explored the original intent of the Church as a vehicle for change, through the reorientation of our World, and the role we play in the process. I also touched on this unique relationship between both sets of God-bearers (preachers, teachers and the churched), in the shape of the Church.
That said, Jesus warned his disciples of the struggles of emancipation when he posits: 
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.” – Matthew 11:12
Therefore, in crystallising this series, I will explore Resistance to Change between the Power Structures and the Prophets, and, the Prophets and the Oppressed, in line with our Scriptural Focus for this year: Nahum 2:2. 
Join us as we set foundations for 2017
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
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX
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Foundations: God Bearers

Over the course of history Jewish leaders (priests, prophets, rabbis) have seen Scriptures as their foundation and most valuable asset. For instance, the study of the text was the only reason for a man to forego marriage once he has reached the age of responsibility.
With this in mind, we can understand the continuos reference of words like: “and God said…” in the creation story in Genesis, the power of the God’s word bringing to an abrupt halt the construction of the Tower of Babel, the admonition in Deuteronomy 8: “man shall not leave by bread alone, but by God’s decree”, etc. This cross cutting theme is also reflected in different guises in every book in the Old and New Testament. 
So, dear friends if words are powerful, then Divine Words are super powerful. Destinies can be shaped by right teaching, and derailed by misguided or short sighted teaching, more or less what Jesus termed “old wine, in new wine skin”
This Sunday I will make the connection between God and the bearers of his Word. It is important to note that since God spoke through people, to be an oracle of God was the most noble of vocation. As such Priests, Prophets, and much later Rabbis were held in very high esteem, as they laid and sustained the foundations on which all that lasts are nurtured and established.
The destiny of the people and the nation at large rested on the shoulders of these people, therefore in return, their welfare was the responsibility of the people.
Join us as we set foundations for 2017
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
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX

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Living On Purpose

LIVING ON PURPOSE: Rightly Diving the Word of Truth (2 Tim 2:15)
In 1744, Alexander Webster and Robert Wallace (both Presbyterian Clergymen in Scotland), decided to set up a life-insurance fund for the widows and orphans of dead clergymen. 

So they proposed that each church minister contribute a portion of their income into an investment fund, and if a minister died, his widow would receive dividends from the funds, thereby allowing her to live comfortably for the rest of her life.

But in order to determine how much can be paid-in to keep their obligations, these men had to be able to provide answers to the following questions:

  • how many ministers are likely to die each year?
  • how many widows and orphans are these ministers likely to leave behind?

  • and by how many years are the widows likely to outlive their husbands?

WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY DID?

First, let us see what they did not do. They did not:

● hold prayer meetings, perhaps to ‘bind the demon of death’

● hold theological debates on poverty 

● embark on a research on the work of ancient theologians

WHAT THEY DID…

  1. They contacted Colin Maclaurin (Professor of mathematics, University of Edinburgh)
  • They collected data on ages at which people died and used it to calculate how many ministers are likely to pass away in any given year

  • They applied recent breakthrough in statistics

  • Using mathematical modelling, they realised that:

    • on average there were 930 living Scots clergymen at any given moment
  • 27 ministers are likely to die each year,

  • 18 of them would be survived by a widow,

  • 5 of them who had no widow – would leave orphaned children,

  • 2 of those survived by widows would be outlived by children from previous marriages who had not yet reached the age of 16

  • And most importantly, how much time a widow is likely to draw dividends before passing away or remarrying.

    Dear friends, these were the early days of the investment instrument known today as SCOTTISH WIDOWS.

    Biblical reflection:
    – 1 Samuel 13:19-22

    • 2 Peter 1:3

    To a blessed week!