Thought Leaders Series: 2017

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. – (2 Timothy 2:15)

The popular way of reading the Bible is through one dimension. I don’t know why we do this, because we don’t read any other book that way. This, I believe is the biggest challenge facing the Church.

When we assume this position we take the text literally, and we read or study from our Worldview.

For example, the Fishermen from Galilee are seen as mere fishermen today. We fail to understand that like Jesus (whom many assume was self-taught), these men would have benefited from the reform by Ezra et al. As such they would have been in education from the age of 5 to at least 17, and at this point they would have studied a vocation in preparation for marriage.

A small amount would continue with further studies, thereby deferring marriage. In fact this was the only reason why a man could defer marriage. They would have studied Jewish history, commentaries, prophetic texts, wisdom texts, and poetry.

We also loose the sociopolitical forces at play at the time of the writing (the context), the opposing arguments, the prevailing worldview, and the author’s intent (the spirit of the writing).

In essence, these life transforming Texts becomes powerless when these dimensions are ignored. They become shallow and irrelevant in thoughts and deeds.

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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

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

In terms of influence the Jews were only a footnote in history compared to other civilisations like Egypt, Greece, Ethiopia, Hittite, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia.

In fact Jewish racial laws and customs would not have even allowed them to trade, or exert much cultural or political influence over their neighbours, let alone the known World. Neither were they ever known for their conquest or military might.

Furthermore, theologians and historians argue that Jesus’ ministry spanned only between two to three years. Even his cousin, (John the Baptist) was more widely known and respected than Jesus.

So, how did Jesus a little known carpenter, who started his ministry around the age of thirty, who was largely seen as an agitator, who was so unpopular so much so that the people opted for the release of Barrabas when they had the choice. How did Jesus go on to leave such a legacy?

Dear friends, the lazy answer will be through God’s providence, however, the same could be said for the success of the French Revolution or even the Arab Spring.

Join us this Sunday as we explore some of the core Teachings of Jesus 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

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

Our ideology shapes our outlook, actions, and lifestyle. A core part of our ideology is our faith or beliefs. In other words, what we know to be true, and what we believe matters.

For example, in a bid to move the Church from inaction to social action, the writer of John’s Gospel emphasised that miracles were Signs, and the role of the Holy Spirit was to inspire the Church to continue the work of Creation.

By this, he shifted the thinking of the church from being solely dependent on ‘spiritual’ intervention, thereby moving them towards the use of their minds, skills, and talents collectively; in making real and lasting change in their communities.

This Sunday I will be building on the foundations I laid last week where we looked at Jesus’ life, teaching and ministry. In fact Paul described him as the, ‘Image of the invisible God’ – (Col 1:15). Therefore it is fitting that scriptures are interpreted through his framework. 

This position however, puts to question the doctrine or notion of Biblical Inerrancy, as we see Jesus exposing gaps and correcting wrong ideas in Scriptures and traditions. Hence he is the last interpreter of the Scriptures.

Join us this Sunday for: I and the Father are One (John 10:30)

3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX

Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

Last week we explored the poetry, history, culture, spirituality landscape, theology, philosophy, teaching, vision and worldview of Hosea. 

On Sunday I built on those spiritual gains as we focused on the history, structure of the book, and overview of the chapters.

In the words of the prophet: 
“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. 

Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear;he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” 

– Hosea 6:1-3

3pm
The English Room

Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, 

Bexley DA6 7DA

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This Sunday’s lecture | Church reloaded: perpetual fire!

In Lev. 6:13, Aaron and his company of priests were given a mandate to keep the fire on the alter of the tabernacle burning perpetually. 

I believe these texts provides us with opportunities for exploring themes around fellowship, within the context of the local church today. 

To this end, tomorrow’s lecture aims to treat the following key questions: 

  • what is the church?
  • what is the primary purpose of the church?

  • how do we preserve the church? And, 

  • what is our role in the preserving process?

Join us if you can, (6:00-7:30)pm.

The Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Rd, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA 

(Free parking in front of the school and adjacent streets)

Community Bible Experience: New Testament, the Book of Mark

We started The Book of Mark last week, one of the accounts of the life of Jesus. We discussed who he was; who his audience was; possible reasons behind his writing; and other questions using our weekly agenda.

This week we progress on to pages 330-341, so join us if you can, or meet with friends and family.

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Community Bible Experience operates like a Reading Club…

Participants agree a weekly reading plan, then every Friday we meet in a relaxed fashion for an hour to discuss the following simple questions:

  • What’s something you noticed for the first time?
  • What questions did you have?
  • Was there anything that bothered you?
  • What did you learn about loving God?
  • What did you learn about loving others?

Afterwards, we enjoy light refreshments while we catchup, pray, challenge, and encourage each other.

We recommend a copy of The Books of The Bible by Biblica because of it’s contemporary design and translation, and we set ourselves a weekly target to read eleven pages.

  • (7:00 – 8:00)pm on Fridays
  • 52 Arcadian Avenue, Bexley, Kent DA5 1JW

If you need help with setting one up in your home, community space, church or perhaps offices; please get in touch!