13th June 2016
‘British Christianity isn’t dying. It’s sleeping. Evangelism can awaken it.’
This was the title of an article published in the Daily Telegraph this last week that was also quoted as part of the opening preach at the Relational Mission Leadership Conference. The resounding message from the secular press and Christian leaders is that the church isn’t dead but poised for growth. How will this happen? By each one of us taking hold of the great commission’s call to live as Christ’s witnesses each day.
Posted by Pete Williams
5th June 2016
This is the fourth of a mini series of blogs we've produced on 'worship.' You can read the other three here as we explored Who we worship, Why we worship and last time, How we worship.
Today, we want to ask the quesiton 'How do we worship God (part II)?'
Posted by Ewan Kannegieter
30th May 2016
Personal encounters with Jesus, physical healing, salvation, words of knowledge and prophecy are all things that have been happening recently…IN OUR CHILDREN’S WORK!!
Yes, there is so much of the Kingdom of God happening regularly in Supergang! I remember a few weeks ago making the comment that if you ever hear me using the term ‘main meeting’ rather than ‘adult meeting’ then you have my full permission to slap me. That still stands as true because it is so clear that in the mind of our Lord, there is no segregation between what happens with the adults and what happens with the children.
Truly there is no junior Holy Spirit!
As I write this I am aware that last Sunday we had thirty 6-11 year-olds in Transformers. That makes for one very busy Small Hall. Our Supergang teams do such a magnificent job as they faithfully produce life-shaping and transforming sessions for our kids. They really are some of the frequently un-sung heroes of CCBS.
In case you missed it, our Children’s Work is actually the primary driving force in our desire to launch our second Sunday morning meeting from September 11th this year. Congestion in that part of our church life is more acutely felt than in the Main Hall. What a wonderful problem to have!
Already in this regard alone we are breaking the mould of what is expected from a church in a small town. God is already fulfilling His promises among us!
My prayer is that as we obediently do what we can to create room for growth, God will supernaturally add many new family units to us. This is what co-labouring with the Lord looks like. Sometimes it isn’t comfortable to embrace change, but the privilege of seeing lives transformed and filled with the love, joy, and peace of the Kingdom makes it so very worth while.
Pray with me that our kids and young people will truly use our ceiling as their platform and see more of the Kingdom in their life-times than we ever dreamed possible! Let your Kingdom come Lord!
Posted by Gareth McCormick
27th April 2016
We are not only citizens of the United Kingdom, but of another Kingdom. God’s Kingdom.
Without wanting to state the obvious, this means that He is King, we are not, and that we ‘live, move, and have our being’ within His domain and by His permission. He is in charge. He will not be out-done. He is the undisputed, undefeated, heavyweight champion of all creation!
That’s not a perspective that we often give a lot of consideration to these days! It has become much more normal for each of us to hold a ‘me-centred’ view of the cosmos and it frequently seems as if God’s influence within our lives happens only by our permission, and varies greatly depending upon our mood in the moment.
I believe that our hesitation to embrace God fully and freely as our authoritative King is bound up with our misconception of His perfect nature. From our infancy, authority figures in our lives have let us down, performed less than admirably, and in many instances proven themselves to be thoroughly unworthy vessels for the authority that they discharge. God is perfectly, sublimely, divinely good. There is no standard that our earthly minds can grasp that will help us to have insight into the perfections of His nature and of His limitless affection towards us. God’s standard of good is fully unlike the world’s standard because it was established in an environment of perfection – free from any blemish of evil.
To put it in simple English – No matter how good you think God is, He is better than that. Infinitely better!
Confidence in God’s goodness gave Joshua and the whole nation of Israel the courage to go in and take possession of the Promised Land. Confidence in God’s goodness gave Nehemiah the courage to follow God’s call to re-build the broken down walls of Jerusalem amidst sneering and obstructive enemies. Confidence in God’s goodness will produce glistening hope in your heart no matter what external circumstances may be trying to tell you.
We are in for some changes at CCBS in the coming months as we prepare to transition from the comfortable and familiar territory of our one Sunday morning meeting, and into the ‘Promised Land’ of two meetings so as to make room for God-ordained growth.
If you find yourself unsettled by this or any other change in our environment, just pause for a moment and allow the revelation of His perfect goodness to re-calibrate your internal landscape.
He will see it done – and just as it was on day 6 of creation, there will be an abundance of good!
Posted by Gareth McCormick