Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

For the Jewish prophets what we class as social reforms today were spiritual revival, because for them there is no dichotomy between the spiritual and natural. In fact the idea of Church and State would have been completely alien to them.

When Amos charged against poverty and social inequality in his era, he was dealing with a deeply spiritual issue. The solution however was not divine intervention, but a change of behaviour from their audiences.

In similar vein, Jesus called for a change of worldview or mindset (repentance), in order to bring about the 'acceptable year of the lord', in other words, The Jubilee. The rich were challenged to sell all they had, distribute the proceeds to the poor, and join the campaign for the emancipation of humanity. This vision was meant to continue to 'the ends of the earth', a global movement for spiritual reorientation. A reprioritising of our values.

Sadly, the vehicle designed for this mission – the Church, has been hijacked by agents of the same systems and structures Jesus was contending against. We now have bastions of greed and self-centredness leading others through the same path. So instead of healing the world, we are contributing to her woes.

In the words one of the finest New Testament theologians of our time, D B J Campbell:

"Righteousness is the state or condition of being right, especially morally. To hunger and thirst after righteousness is to long for it intensely, both for oneself and for society. The would-be righteous man desires to be in a state of rightness with God and his fellow men, he also desires to see society at large in a similar state" – (The Synoptic Gospels, p. 39)

Join us as we examine the place of the Church within Jesus' Ministry within my 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

Thought Leaders Series: 2017

The writers and redactors of the story of The Fall of man which explains The Problem of Evil in Genesis present humankind's quest for knowledge as the chief reason behind disobedience, subsequent Fall, and alienation from the Garden of Eden, and fellowship with God.

This crosscutting theme – disobedience and alienation, we see embedded in the text in various forms. Examples includes the story of the Tower of Babel, the Exile from the Promised Land, and in the New Testament, the Parable of The Prodigal Son.

This theology or philosophy has a negative impact on Judeo – Christian thought. For instance, Jesus had to revise the story of the Prodigal Son to challenge this mindset. As such he concluded that the younger brother was accepted back into the community by a loving father who had in fact been longing for his son's return with open arms. Interestingly, the original story vindicated the older brother for his faithfulness and obedience.

Sadly, anyone who challenges 'mainstream' ideas is Exiled just like Adam and Eve from the community. This includes those who question doctrinal practices, rituals, or even the sociopolitical milieu. We see this with the prophets in the Old Testament.

I am inclined to believe that in a bid to move from a highly superstitious faith, the leaders after the Exile deviated from the notion of a God that does everything for his people, to one that works with them in fulfilling his purpose. One that uses the skills and talent he has given them to build and expand his kingdom on earth. Hence there are no accounts of supernatural interventions in their writing, rather, they demonstrated faith, discipline, focus and persistence.

I urge us to see knowledge as a force for good. Even evil ideas can be transformed with the light of God's love in us for good. I urge us to be bold, I urge us to stay hungry.

Reachout | Revive | Recover
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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. 
https://healingsprings.me/events/
Join us as at 3pm as we continue the work of Reconciliation entrusted to us by Jesus.

Healingsprings fellowship: JuneSeries2017

JuneSeries 2017: Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19)
We stand in solidarity to Reconcile our brothers and sisters in the Congo with social and economic justice.
This Sunday we will be showing the Award Winning documentary: When Elephants Fight.
Following the doc we will take questions from panel members with a view to stir up a call to action! 
Refreshment will be provided, and we have opportunities for networking and collaboration. 
Join us as at 3pm as we continue the work of Reconciliation entrusted to us by Jesus.

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)

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship 

After a much needed break to celebrate two years in ministry, and launch Project Nehemiah; we are back on the Gospel of John!

Today I will be doing a recap, before treating the 5th I AM statement: I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). 

Like an action packed, high octane blockbuster movie, this statement sets the scene for a final showdown between Jesus and his adversaries. 

In fact not long after this encounter, he experiences his ‘passion’.

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.

Among many spiritual truths, for me two key themes emerges from this story. 

Join us as we explore them!

Reachout | Revive | Recover

2016: Our Season of Plenty

(Gen. 41: 46-52)

The Words of Our Elders: Rick Warren

Many of our trouble occur because we base our choices on unreliable authorities; culture (“everyone is doing it”), tradition (“we’ve always done it”), reason (“it seems logical”), or emotion (“it just felt right”).

~ Rick Warren

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.