The Inside Column 8/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 09, 2018 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting   today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

Today we start a new series from 1 Corinthians. Paul’s first letter to the church of Corinth provides us with insight into the life of an early Christian community of the first generation more than any other book of the New Testament. Through it we can glimpse both the strengths and the  weaknesses of this small group in a great city of the ancient world, men and women who had accepted the good news of Christ and were now trying to realise in their lives the implications of their faith. Paul, who had founded the community and continued to look after it as a father, responds both to questions addressed to him and to situations of which he had been informed. In doing so, he reveals much about himself, his teaching, and the way in which he conducted his work of apostleship. Some things are puzzling because we have the correspondence only in one direction, we don’t have both sides of the conversation.

Paul wrote 1 Corinthians during his third missionary journey, near the end of his three-year ministry in Ephesus (Acts 19:21–22). Corinth was a wealthy port city steeped in pagan idolatry and philosophy. Corinth benefited both militarily and economically from its strategic location. Paul addresses many issues in this letter, problems that have come to his attention through others, and he writes with a great love for the church and its people.

The AGM is just a couple of weeks away. Please check your details in the Parish Roll. If you want to be added to the roll fill out a blue enrolment form. One of the things that happens at the AGM is that people are nominated for Vestry (Vestry is the leadership team that helps run the church) and each year, even if people have been on vestry before, they have to be nominated again. If you think you would like to be on Vestry you will need to get someone to nominate you. If you would like to nominate someone for Vestry you can do so as well. The People’s Warden (the people’s voice in the vicar’s ear) is nominated and voted for at the AGM. All nominations need to be in by Monday 9 April. If you have a question for the meeting please fill in a question slip. All forms are at the back of the hall.

Yours in Christ




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