Thought Leaders Series: 2017

Old Habits Die Hard.

The word anti-intellectualism is nowadays synonymous to Christianity, especially Evangelicals and Pentecostals.

By way of background an anti-intellectual is simply a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.

Anti intellectualism is alien to Judeo-Christian culture or history. In fact as well as others the term ‘Teacher’ was one of Jesus’ titles. Judges, Kings, Priests, Rabbis, Prophets, the disciples, and even Paul were all seasoned intellectuals. We can still see this today in the priority the Jews give to academia, and the position they hold in most professions in leading economies.

Anti intellectualism crept into Christianity by stealth. As churches became elitist, break away faction (who were mostly from the poor and underclass) started reorienting towards the idea of “being led by the spirit”. These poor uneducated well meaning leaders were solely dependent on “signs and wonders” as they lacked basic education, not to mention theological training. Doctrines, exegesis, and interpretation became skewed; and those who dare question them were ostracised from their congregations.

One of these breakaway factions is the Pentecostal movement, which came out of the Methodist movement. As this group attracted the poor and underclass, they found affinity with the oppressed, especially those within Black communities in the West and developing World – owing to their common struggle.

Much later some within the movement saw the need for theological education and training, but by this time habits had been formed which made their way into the curriculum as doctrines. Besides, most people within the movement did not see the need for training or education as all they needed was prayer, fasting and “signs and wonders” to vindicate their activities.

For those who have “eyes to see”, when we fast forward to the 21st century we see the damaging effect of poor theological understanding, epitomised in anti intellectualism. As a result, ignorance and mediocrity prevails.

Jesus challenged Nicodemus,

“Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? – (John 3:10)

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Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Miracles were not unique to Jesus. In fact, there were mystics before his time, in his time, after his time, drawn from other cultures, and faith.

However, a number of lessons stand out with Jesus. For instance, miracles were acts of love and compassion. He freely offered them. He was not after gains or fame. In the synoptic gospel, he refused to demonstrate any ‘signs’ when his opponents made demands. By the way, their position was based on the signs Moses performed before the elders of Israel and Pharaoh to vindicate his Calling by Yahweh to lead his people out of Egypt.

He also warned his disciples to follow his model on many occasions, for example: ‘freely receive, freely give’. Not to ask for money or favour, but as an extension of The Father’s love and compassion, knowing that “God is not unjust to forget our labour of love”.

To this end, I will be exploring the subject of Miracles from the accounts of the Evangelists (the gospel writers), with a view to recapture it’s essence.

Join us this for Jesus’ Miracles within the series: God was in Christ.

3pm – 4:30pm

The Parish Hall

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road,

Sidcup,

Kent DA14 6BX

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Prophecy for this season

According to dictionaries, Etiology is defined as the investigation or attribution of the cause or reason for something, often expressed in terms of historical or mythical explanation.

So, in a bid to find explanation or meanings to life’s mysteries, men of old came up with stories. Over time these stories were interpreted and reinterpreted in line with the prevailing ideas of times and seasons.
For example, we have the biblical story of The Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:9). This mythical story comes alive again as we see institutions crumble. As we witness perhaps the start of a new Cold War, US stand (rightly so by the way) against Israeli occupation, and nations retreat to nationalistic values and agenda. Any leader worth their salt would know and understand the dynamics of seasons and patterns. 
In other words, as we see in the natural, so it is in the realm of the spirits. Therefore, I declare that we are in a season of Outliers. In relation to the Church, the days of the mega church is over, not necessarily because of any ills – but with proliferation of technology and change in habits, that season is drawing to a close. 
Dear Friends, I hear the warning the lord gave to Nineveh through Prophet Nahum (2:1), and the consolation he returned to Israel (2:2) for her years in exile, affliction and shame. 
These Outliers will lead units through home groups, church halls, seasonal meetings, social media; until the season of ingathering. I see leaders of leaders, I see leaders of followers – glory hallelujah!
Join us at 3pm tomorrow (light refreshment afterwards)
The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Our God is sovereign. Not just sovereign in principle, but also sovereign in practice.

So as the season changes and 2016 draws to a close, and we are at the dawn of 2017, the lord speaks.  
Friends, I hear the warning the lord gave to Nineveh through Prophet Nahum (2:1), and the consolation he returned to Israel (2:2) for her years in exile, affliction and shame. 
So today we continue with our theme for 2016: Our Year of Plenty, (Gen. 41:46-49). 
And over the months of November and December, we continue offering prayers, prophetic declaration, and thanksgiving. 
In the words of Jesus to that leper that returned with praise: 
“Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:17-19
Join us at our new venue.

3pm (light refreshment afterwards)

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

As the season changes and 2016 draws to a close, and we are at the dawn of 2017, friends, I hear the warning the lord gave to Nineveh through Prophet Nahum (2:1), and the consolation he returned to Israel (2:2) for her years in exile, affliction and shame. 

So tomorrow I will be revisiting our theme for 2016: Our Year of Plenty, (Gen. 41:46-49). And over the next 3 months we will be going into a season of Prayer, Prophetic Declaration, and Thanksgiving. 
For “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. 
During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. 
In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.” – Genesis 41:46-49
Join us this Sunday at our new venue.
3pm (light refreshment afterwards)
The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

Paris Attack

Dear friends,
I write to plead with you by the mercies of God to refrain from sending any insensitive text or email about the recent attacks in Paris. If anything, this is an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God in Christ Jesus, and to show that Christianity is faith of life and not death.

By blaming the people for their death, we are not different from those who carried out such barbaric attacks.

People are even citing that France has the highest abortion rate in Europe – why? And that those at the Bataclan were singing to the devil.

What about those who died coming home from holidays in Egypt, those killed at a prayer meeting in the US., or the people at the stadium, or even those at the restaurant enjoying an evening meal on the said day?

Nobody has the right to take anybody’s life, regardless of their spiritual persuasion or none.

As Christians saved by grace, we should be reaching out in love, not condemning the world. Especially at such a time as this.

I’m reminded of Jesus’ statement in Luke 13:1-5:

13 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 

2 He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 

3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. 4 Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? 

5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Lord have mercy on us all.
God bless

Pastor Clem

Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

NO MORE BUSINESS AS USUAL!

In Isaiah 38:1, King Hezekiah received a prophecy from the prophet Isaiah to set things in order. 

In the same vain, and in line with our theme for this year: indescribable joy and God’s glory (1 Peter 1:8-9), we invite you to join us for prayers this Sunday.

During the course of this service will be giving thanks to God for all he has done this year.
Despite all the challenges, we continue to wax strong, acknowledging His joy and the manifestation of His glory in every situation.
Prayer focus:

2 Kings 4:1-7 (part A)

Declare with me:

  • the gifts and talents within me are stirred up for God’s glory. I am the light of the world, so my talents are discovered and can’t be hidden. I am the salt of the world, I have a ‘can do’ mentality, and the ability of God is at work in me. 
  • I do not miss opportunities to use my talents and gifts. I seize every opportunity that is available to me, and no limitation is before me. I listen to God’s instructions and I execute them in Jesus’ name. 

  • there is more grace, will, and courage to overcome limitations, there is room for increase, and to receive more from God.

  • that as the seed of Abraham, I have faith to launch out. 

  • I have an enterprising mind because the mind of Christ is functioning in me, therefore anything I embark on prospers (Psalm 1:1-3).

2 Kings 4:8-37 (part B)

  • Pray that the wisdom of God guides you to opportunities, and your resources are used for good causes, and the benefit of humanity.

Dear friends ‘Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God’ – (Rom. 4:20-21).

  • Declare that you are fully persuaded that what God has promised in 2015, He is also able to perform! 

This service will be consolidated with communion, worship and thanksgiving.

Come, and join in!