The Inside Column 15 /10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 16, 2017 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 welcome David Riddell Principal of Living Wisdom Association of Counsellors, speaking on Adultery. A couple of quotes from David’s website:

 All paths lead to God - ‘All paths lead to God’ sounds good, until one path leads to Jonestown or to Waco. Then we must acknowledge that truth clearly discriminates right from wrong.

        Were God to answer your wish - Were God to answer your wish to suddenly appear and set the world to rights by eradicating all evil, how long would you last?

David always brings a challenge to how we think about the world, our Christian world view, and how we see ourselves.

Here is an update on the Made New project:

Cash received:                                                            $40,505
Pledges: (including increased regular giving)             $24,932
Diocese Grant                                                             $10.000

We are so thankful for the donations that have come in so far, it is truly amazing. We give thanks for the provision that has come in so far, to go towards the upgrading of the church building. We still have a way to go, but with what has come in it looks like we will be able to move ahead with getting the church roof replaced. Can I ask that we all keep praying for this project and that this work will enable the work of the kingdom to continue here at St Barnabas for many years to come.

Have you got your team organized for our Quiz Night? This fun night is at 7.00pm Saturday 28 October. Get a group of friends together, to test you brain matter, win some prizes and have a great night out. Tickets from the office.

A date for your diaries – Saturday 11 November for the annual church fair. If you have stuff to go into the White Elephant, you can drop items off to the Church Hall. Volunteer signup sheets for helpers will be in the foyer soon.

Quote:

The test of spiritual maturity is not the ability to speak in tongues, prophesy, memories or expound scripture. It is the ability and willingness to serve God and others through good works, it is learning to love and serve the unlovely, it is valuing those whom the world has discarded.

- Sandy Miller

Have a great week

Phil

 

The Inside Column 8/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 09, 2017 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.

I came across this in one of my readings by Nicky Gumbel this week, and though it worth sharing.

More and More: Sanctification

When I first became a Christian I was taught to make a distinction between ‘justification’ and ‘sanctification’. ‘Justification’ is God’s declaration that we are in the right, in spite of our sin. This declaration, which will be made on the last day, is brought forward on the basis of Jesus’ death on the cross for us. It is a one off act in which we are justified by our faith (see Romans 3:1 – 4:25). On the other hand, I was told that ‘sanctification’ was a process. Although the word is used in different senses in the New Testament, sometimes it does refer to a process, as in the passage for today where St Paul writes, ‘It is God’s will that you should be sanctified’ (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Whereas justification is a one off event, sanctification is a process of gradual inward transformation, resulting in increasing holiness of life.

Twice in today’s New Testament passage Paul uses the expression, ‘more and more’ (4:1, 4:10). First, he urges them ‘to live in order to please God … more and more’ (4:1). Secondly, he urges them to ‘love each other … more and more’ (4:9-10). God calls us to ‘live a holy life’ (4:7). The Greek word used (agiasmō) could also be translated ‘sanctification’ (eg New American Standard Bible). The root verb (hagiazó) means ‘to be made holy, to sanctify’. The process of sanctification, being made holy, takes place through the work of the ‘Holy’ Spirit. God ‘gives you his Holy Spirit’ (4:8) for this purpose.

In each of the passages for today we see something about what it means to live a holy life and to be sanctified.

  • A life of impartiality, honesty, restraint and industry (Proverbs 24:23–34)

A life of love for God and neighbor: holy and honorable (1 Thessalonians 4:1–1)

I hope the holidays are going well for all.

Remember  that David Riddell is with us next Sunday.

Have a great week.

God Bless

Phil

 

The Inside Column 1/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 02, 2017 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.

Change of date, sorry. David Riddell will now be speaking on Sunday 15 October. He will be with us at both services, and will be speaking on ‘You Shall Not Commit Adultery’. David and his wife run the Living Wisdom School of Counselling and has changed the lives of thousands of people through his counselling. David always brings a challenge. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him speak.

Have you got your team organized for our Quiz Night? This fun night is at 7.00pm Saturday 28 October. Get a group of friends together, to test you brain matter, win some prizes and have a great night out. Tickets from the office.

A date for your diaries – Saturday 11 November for the annual church fair. If you have stuff to go into the White Elephant, you can drop items off to the Church Hall. Volunteer signup sheets for helpers will be in the foyer soon.

Have a great week

Phil

 

Tonight at St Barnabas we will be running another night of worship which we call ‘The Ambient’. What is it? It’s pretty simple really. It’s a night where we gather together to worship our God and encounter his presence, encouraging the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us and speak powerfully to us as we draw near in praise, in silence and in reverence.  This night is a city wide event, open to anyone from any church, who is passionate about spending time with God and like minded people.

What can you expect on the night? We usually start with a time of coming before God and lighting candles in expectation of what He will do, followed by worship in song (led by the Ambient band) which leads into times of silence and waiting and sharing what God is saying to us.

We always read from the bible but there is no sermon as such, and then we give room for prayer, before wrapping up with an anthem of some sort. If this kind of night appeals to you, we welcome you to join us, 7.30pm right here in the church auditorium.

Have an amazing week

Luke

 

The Inside Column 24/09

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 25, 2017 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.

We are well on our way. Last weekend we had our Gift Day for the Made New Project and we raised over $60,000. This is truly an amazing outcome. Thank you to everybody that has made a pledge or a one off donation toward this project. And of course, we give thanks to Christ, for it is through Him that we have these talents to build His kingdom.

We pray God will use the physical work we do on the building to increase the spiritual growth in the people that call St Barnabas home and all who come into this place. Please keep this work in your prayers over the coming months.

Vestry will be meeting over the next couple of months and will be working out the best time frame for this work and if we will need a short team loan to see this work through to completion.

This week we continue our series out of the Ten Commandments with ‘Thou Shall Not Murder’. I don’t know about you but I can’t think of a time I killed someone, so this one should be easy right?

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, “Raca,”is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, “You fool!” will be in danger of the fire of hell.

- Matthew 5:21-22

 Luke will be shedding some more light on this commandment today.

Next Sunday our guest speaker is David Riddell.  He will be with us at both services, and will be speaking on ‘You Shall Not Commit Adultery’. David and his wife run the Living Wisdom School of Counselling and has changed the lives of thousands of people through his counselling. David always brings a challenge. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him speak.

Have you got your team organised for our Quiz Night? This fun night is at 7.00pm Saturday 28 October. Get a group of friends together, to test you brain matter, win some prizes and have a great night out. Tickets from the office.

A date for your diaries – Saturday 11 November for the annual church fair. If you have stuff to go into the White Elephant, you can drop items off to the Church Hall. Volunteer signup sheets for helpers will be in the foyer soon.

Have a great week

Phil

The Inside Column 17/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 18, 2017 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.

Four Sunday’s ago we launched the Made New Project. As many of you already know the church roof needs to be replaced. From time to time (when it rains) it leaks. The roof is clad with
asbestos tiles and we are planning on replacing these with long run steel like the Foyer and Crèche roof.

At the same time as doing this Vestry would like to upgrade some other components of the Church:

  • Carpet the church auditorium
  • Upgrade the audio-visual
  • Investigate heating options
  • More church chairs and tables
  • Refurbish our facilities

The main reasons for the Made New Project are:

  • Make the church warm, dry and inviting for people
  • Develop the church for future generations
  • Create flexible spaces for ministry

With all of this in mind we are looking to raise $160,000. Exciting Stuff! I believe that together we can raise this sort of money without having to go to the Diocese for a loan, or to take many years to raise this money.

My personal ethos towards money and giving has always been 2 Corinthians 9:7

You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.

Today’s combined service is the occasion for us to all come together, with our pledges, donating with cheerful hearts and celebrate being Made New.

There are two options to consider:

  • Increase your regular giving each week    and/or
  • Make a one-off donation.

Mark your Pledge Card and return it in the Made New Project envelope. All donations are tax deductible.

Saturday 28 October is the new date for our Quiz Night. This is a fun night were you can get a group of friends together, to test you brain matter, and have a great night out. Please let the office know if you want to reserve a table.

A date for your diaries – Saturday 11 November for the annual church fair. If you have stuff to go into the White Elephant, you can drop items off to the Church Hall. Volunteer sign up sheets for helpers will be in the foyer soon.

Have a great week

Phil