Stop grumbling, Start shining!

‘Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe….’ Philippians 2 v 14-15 NIV Shining brightly is not an unusual concept for the Christian; but here...

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A Disciple-Making Church

If we are going to be a disciple making church, a church who obey Christ’s Great Commission, a church who go, baptise and teach, what will that require? In Jim Putman’s book ‘Real discipleship’ he identifies three keys to making disciples; We need an intentional leader. We need a relational...

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Making Disciples

From the very beginning of Christianity, the very first people that Jesus called to follow him, he said that they would be fishers of men, and in his last words to his disciples before Jesus ascended to His Father in heaven he told them to go and make disciples of...

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What is a Disciple?

As part of our Healthy Church teaching series we are taking a closer look at disciple-making which is perhaps one of the most important characteristics we can display in relation to the Churches universal purpose and mission. ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth...

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Joyful & Thankful

As part of our Healthy Church teaching series at The Bridge Church on Sunday mornings I recently taught on what it means to be a joyful & thankful community, and due to the fact that this particular sermon is not available as a podcast I thought I would post the...

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Spiritual Disciplines: Journalling

Do you have a means and a method of recording what God is saying and doing in the context of your life? Journalling is a means of recording, remembering and responding to the word and work of God in your life. Without the discipline of journalling, so much of what...

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Resurrection Hope

The resurrection of Jesus is the bedrock of our hope as Christians. if Jesus was not raised, if Jesus is not alive, if Jesus is still in the grave, then our preaching is useless, the word of God has no power, truth no longer has any meaning, Jesus was a...

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Spiritual Disciplines: Bible Reading & Reflection

Jesus certainly emphasised the importance of prioritising the Word of God for our lives. “Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4 v 4). Wayne Cordeiro in his excellent and practical book titled ‘The Divine Mentor’ says; ‘God’s Word,...

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Spiritual Disciplines: Prayer

This is the first in a short series of blogs looking briefly at some of the spiritual disciplines that shape our Christian lives. The focus will be more practical than theological and I hope that some of what I share will prove helpful in stimulating increased devotion to Jesus and...

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Training for godliness

‘I can say that I’ve never known a man or woman who came to spiritual maturity except through discipline. Godliness comes through discipline.’ Donald S Whitney One of the greatest factors that will influence the health of any church, is the health of the Christians who make up that church....

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