Today at healingsprings fellowship

Immortality has always been something humankind yearned for.

It is captured in poetry, story telling and folk traditions of most known civilisations. In an era when people died from natural disasters, accidents, child birth, wars, famine, and diseases; superstition was rife. The idea of an ‘angry God’ punishing humankind with plagues and natural disasters made sense.

Socioeconomically, in the absence of justice for the poor and marginalised in the present world, the idea of an afterworld, resurrection, judgement, heaven and hell; gained traction in the central doctrine of most known faiths.

In the Jewish context, the Sadducees were opposed to these ideas, while the Pharisees, and later Christians held on to these view.

Consequently, what happened on the third day after the death and burial of Christ became the first recorded evidence of this once mythical idea. For Christians, the risen lord was also coming back in judgement against those who do not believe in his lordship.

In an era of great pain and injustice, the resurrection, afterlife, judgement and punishment was a very strong deterrent from evil, and a compelling message for the followers of Christ.

To this end Paul argued that:

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” – (1 Cor. 15:13–14)

Join us on this snowy winter day for Resurrection and Ascension as part of our series, God Was in Christ.

3:00-4:30pm, coffee and light refreshments afterwards.

St John’s Hall

Church Rd,

Sidcup DA14 6BX

Reachout | Revive | Recover

http://www.healingsprings.org.uk

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

There is no dispute that Jesus was a figure in history. In fact, apart from the New Testament accounts, we also have sources from non-Christians like Pliny and Josephus.

Within Christianity some have challenged his divinity. But even if we do not agree on the Trinity, the traditional formula for Salvation (The Fall, Incarnation, Atonement and Redemption); and we fail to agree on the virgin birth, miracles, death, and resurrection; I believe that the teachings of Jesus still attests to his uniqueness.

Interestingly, while people might have issues with the church or Christianity as a religion, most people still have varying degrees of reverence for Jesus. They see him as a social reformer, political activist, kind man, community organiser, humanist, philosopher, thinker, or teacher. His life has inspired many to greater works.

For me Jesus is all of these and even more. His non-violent position against the oppression from the Roman authorities and Jewish rulers of his era, his position as the spokesperson for sinners, his outreach to the ostracised and those at the fringes of society, his vision for equality and World Unity, and his selfless nature; are things to be greatly admired.

I say this to illustrate that we do not need the formula for salvation, understanding of the Trinity and even the resurrection to believe in his saving power. His ideas and philosophy are divine enough to bring about lasting peace, harmony and prosperity for humanity.

Dear friends, even that is sufficient reason for me to believe in him, and attest him as The Son of God.

Join us as we continue with: God was in Christ. Today, we focus on Jesus' ministry.

3pm – 4:30pm
The Parish Hall
St John's Sidcup,
Church Road,
Sidcup,
Kent DA14 6BX

Reachout | Revive | Recover
http://www.healingsprings.org.uk

The Words of Our Elders: Joyce Meyer

God’s unconditional love is a very difficult concept for people to accept because, in the world, there’s always payment for everything we receive. It’s just how things work here. But God is not like people!

~ Joyce Meyer

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

The Words of Our Elders: Ross Douthat

“In this America, too, the Christian teaching that every human soul is unique and precious has been stressed, by the prophets of self-fulfillment and gurus of self-love, at the expense of the equally important teaching that every human soul is fatally corrupted by original sin. Absent the latter emphasis, religion becomes a license for egotism and selfishness, easily employed to justify what used to be considered deadly sins. The result is a society where pride becomes ‘healthy self-esteem’, vanity becomes ‘self-improvement’, adultery becomes ‘following your heart’, greed and gluttony become ‘living the American dream’.”

~ Ross Douthat

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom

The Words Of Our Elders: Andrew Murray (1828-1917)

“Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!”
~ Andrew Murray

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

Spiritual Intelligence: En Garde!

And again the word of the Lord came to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying, “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying:

‘I will shake heaven and earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride in them; the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

Good morning friends. The prophet Haggai declared these words thousands of years ago, at this time the nation of Israel was slowly recovering from one of her weakest seasons in living history. The walls of Jerusalem had just been rebuilt, and the new temple which was no way in comparison to the grandeur and splendour of the last had just been commemorated, and Ezra’s reformation was underway.

After this prophecy, I suspect Haggai would have been asking The Lord questions like; When Lord? How long? Or even, Did I hear correctly?

The kingdom he prophesied against are the governments of this world. This shaking will bring them all to their knees, as they finally bow to the superior and everlasting kingdom of God. This is evident with the diplomatic cracks that have come to public light within the very foundations of institutions like the UN, EU, NATO , G7, G8 and G20. For instance: “allies” spying on each other, proxy wars; selfish interest and greed forcing a lack of cooperation on climate change, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, fair trade, and other issues of common interest.

But in spite of the devil’s agenda, God’s plans for the ultimate redemption of humanity is still underway. Dear friends, as sure as Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection is; so also is His second coming and judgement. With this in mind, we draw courage and strength from the words of our dear friend, Peter:

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

This eminent judgement will sift the wheat from the chaff. According to Simeon the Intercessor at His first coming:

Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against

En Garde!

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~ Sabali

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Much love,
Clem

Spiritual Intelligence: Divine Connection

Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”

Good morning friends. At the point of this insightfully spiritual lecture, Jesus was close to His death. A death He freely accepted in fulfilment with; prophecies, God’s will for His life, and God’s plan for the redemption of humanity. So, in the spirit of preparation, He was executing His exit strategy. A central part of this strategy was the delivery of key lectures in open forums where questions could be asked by His audience.

With that in mind, this lecture presents Him as the sent one. The one sent to be a model for humanity. The one sent to reflect God’s power and love on earth as the light of this world, the one sent to be the saviour of the world. At a time when heaven kissed earth, both realms were in harmony, and the church was conceived – glory hallelujah! He was sent to reconnect us with the father.

Let us pray:

Father, we bring our lives before you today. We realise that without your spirit, we are powerless.

We acknowledge that its your spirit that works in us, both to will and to do of your good pleasure. So we pray that your Holy Spirit will start a work in us today.

We need you Holy Spirit, our souls long for you as the deer pants for water. Amen.

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~ Sabali