Summer Reading

In case you have a bit of time over the summer to do some extra reading while you enjoy the sunshine, here are some books that I found particularly helpful this year and want to recommend:

1. Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

This book, by Kenneth Bailey, looks at the life of Jesus from the perspective of those who live in the Middle East. A special focus is given to the stories of Jesus’ birth, his attitude to women, the Lord’s Prayer, the beatitudes and several of Jesus’ parables.

I found it extremely interesting, easy to read and personally challenging. It was packed full of insights that were completely new to me. I will definitely be reading more by this author and I would recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in the life and teachings of Jesus.

2. A War Of Loves – the unexpected story of a gay activist discovering Jesus

Jo and I have had the privilege of meeting David Bennett, having dinner with him and hearing him speak. This book is his autobiographical account of how he came to faith in Jesus, and the implications of this for his life. It is an honest account and doesn’t shy away from some deeply personal and challenging issues.

I would recommend this book to every Christian … I would even call it “essential reading”. Read it with an open heart and let God challenge you; it brought me to tears several times. And if you want to know more, David will be speaking in two seminars at Westpoint this year as well.

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3. Developing Female Leaders

This book, by Kadi Cole, is the one I’ve read most recently and is an absolute gift to anyone in the church. It looks at some of the reasons why women have struggled to maximise their leadership gifts in the church context and gives eight, easy to implement, best practices to help turn that around. It contained truths that I can now see are blindingly obvious, but which I had simply been unaware of before.

I particularly like how the author doesn’t have a big personal axe to grind; she just has a deep desire to help churches live up to the fullness of what they say they believe. Regardless of where we might sit on the “egalitarian” vs “complementarian” debate (and this book is not about that) this is relevant, practical and helpful. I’m looking forward to putting these steps into the practice in the months and years ahead.

4. Sustainable Power

Simon Holley’s book is not new (it’s been on my shelf for four years) but I only got round to reading it this year … and I’m so glad I did. It looks at the ‘rocks’ in our hearts and lives that can prevent God from moving in and through us to impact the world around us. It’s full of relevant stories and examples and is easy to read whilst being personally challenging to read at the same time.

If you want to grow in faith, grow in expectation and grow in your walk with God, this is the book for you. Just don’t expect to reach the end unchallenged and unchanged.

Hope you have a great summer …

… and if you do take the time to read any of these, feel free to (politely) let me know what you thought of them in the comments section below.

 

Belong … Believe … Behave

I’ve enjoyed our recent preaching series called, “Why I Love The Church”. Each week has served as reminder to me of the beauty of God’s awesome church.

 

Come as you are

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One concept we looked at was creating a “Come as you are” culture in our church. That’s huge! As people who have received grace and mercy from God, our church should be the most loving, accepting and welcoming place in town!

This will have some huge implications for how we do church life together …

Think about our mission as a church. We want people to …

  1. Believe: We really do. We want them to believe in Jesus: John 3v16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes him might not perish but have eternal life”
  2. Belong: We want people to belong to our church family: 1 Cor 12v27 – “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” 
  3. Behave: It’s not an ideal word, but it starts with a ‘B’. We want to help people become more like Jesus – we want every believer, as Eph 4v1 puts it, to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received”

But what order do we put these three words in?

This is more important and challenging than its ever been!

UK culture has changed a lot in the last ten years!

The gospel hasn’t changed, Jesus hasn’t changed, people haven’t changed, the Bible hasn’t changed, truth hasn’t changed … but culture has changed.

So we need to consider our approach!

If we went to another nation with a mission agency they would give us cross cultural training … I think we may now need cross cultural training to reach the UK!

Some churches do it this way: Behave … Believe … Belong

socialexclusionSo, if you’re the right sort of person: reasonably wealthy, with an outwardly moral lifestyle and a stable family, someone might invite you to church. If you come you might hear the gospel. And down the line, if you commit your life to Christ and get baptised, you might be allowed to belong to the church family.

The trouble is, we won’t see many come to know Jesus that way!

Other churches do it like this: Believe … Behave … Belong

Im-a-Mess-T-Shirt-Worn-Free-Tee-Black_1024x1024They reach out to anyone, regardless of their background, and recognise that we can’t expect people who are not yet Christians to live a Christian lifestyle.

And once people decide to follow Jesus discipleship begins. Once the big issues are sorted out in their lives they are ‘allowed’ to get baptised and ultimately to join the church.

This is better, but it’s less effective than it used to be, because people with messy lives are still going to struggle to connect.

We also run the danger of teaching people a set of Christian rules, instead of teaching them to follow Jesus!

But more and more churches are finding that to win people for Jesus today we need to order it like this: Belong … believe … behave.

This means helping people to find a place in our church family before they come to faith in Jesus. I’m not redefining church membership here, I’m simply saying is that we need to accept people, just as they are, and allow them to find a place in our church family before they come to faith. In today’s culture this is vital, because people need to know they are accepted, before they’re willing to listen to our message.

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When people know they are accepted, they are more willing to listen to our message.

People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care!

Once people have received the gospel and opened their lives to Jesus, once they have believed in him, then their life begins to change. Not because we hot them with a set of rules, but because the Holy Spirit is at work to transform them; they begin to live a life worthy of the calling they have received, albeit with many trips and stumbles along the way … and we need to be okay with the trips and stumbles too.

But is this Biblical? Is it really okay?

I think this is exactly what Jesus modelled for us, for example:

  • When he met Zacchaeus (Luke 19v1-10)
  • When he met the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4v1-42)

Won’t we be misunderstood?

phariseesProbably – but until religious people are scandalised by the radical grace we show to those who are far from God … until pharisaical people are questioning the company we keep … until, like Jesus, we are accused of being a ‘friends of sinners’ …

we’re not really representing Jesus very well.

 

The Challenges Of Being Somewhere New

We’re enjoying living in Woking, and not only because of starting at The Coign Church. Of course there are lots of challenges moving somewhere new, though most of mine appear to be food related – for example:

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It’s all a bit alien to me!

  • Finding my way round a new supermarket (harder work than it should be)
  • Deciding where to go out for a meal (Pizza Express – it’s literally next door to the Coign building)
  • Deciding where to buy a sandwich (had a calzone from a street vendor in Market Walk – nice!!!)
  • Understanding the food waste recycling system (a new concept for us)
  • Almost creating an ‘international incident’ when trying to buy goat (yes, really) for some Indian visitors after Westpoint (we ended up with lamb and we liked it)
  • And finally (non-food related) trying to find a post office … and then trying to negotiate the queue …

It feels odd not knowing where everything is, especially when the road layout seems to change almost daily!

So praise God for the church!

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Let the preaching commence!

We’re absolutely loving getting to know The Coign and, although we’re new, so many things already feel very familiar to us.

I’ve enjoyed starting our new preaching series: “Why I Love The Church”. Do get the free download of week 1 if you missed it; part 2 this Sunday.

I’ve enjoyed seeing ‘normal church life’ taking place all around me: worship, community groups, prayer meetings, pastoral care, youth work, kids work, team meetings, elders meetings, planning for alpha and so much more.

I even enjoyed getting my car washed as part of a fund raiser for three young people  setting off to do year teams, although I think the cars weren’t the only thing that got soaked …

 

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And talking of getting soaked …

What a joy to see people being baptised on Sunday evening

Sharon, Marcus, Clara and Karam each made the step of being baptised. The testimonies were great, with Karam’s even reducing grown men to tears. Dub then preached excellently and we ended up praying for lots of people too. Apologies for the quality of the photos:

 

 

Baptisms are a  sign that God has been at work in our church, and I believe he will carry on blessing us as we go into the future too.

So let’s pray for many more baptisms in the months ahead!

Hello Woking!

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Good job my wife is an excellent driver!

It’s taken longer than we expected, and it’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a journey, but this week we finally arrived in the awesome town of Woking. Hooray!

Thanks to everyone who dropped by with cakes, cards, flowers and Prosecco. Your warm welcome made us feel right at home … and that’s important because otherwise we might miss our Grace Church friends and family even more than we do already – thanks for calling in!

What a week!

It’s been a huge week for us personally: moving in on Monday, then heading off to the annual Commission gathering at Westpoint on Thursday through to the following Monday. Now we’re back with a mountain of washing to do!

By the way, Westpoint was excellent this year in so many ways, and one added bonus for us was that we got to meet a lot of Coign Church people. You can book in for next year already, so don’t delay. We’ll be there for sure.

On Friday I begin my new role as Lead Pastor at The Coign Church. I’m looking forward to getting started and to finding out what God has in store for us in the year ahead. Jo also starts her new role now as Head of School at a Special School in Portsmouth. Please be patient with us if things get a little hectic along the way …

I have TWO REALLY KEY THINGS to mention in this blog:

First – what this blog is for …

I write a blog to communicate with my church. Up to now that has meant Grace Church; from today onwards it means The Coign Church – so I encourage as many Coign people as possible to read it – and feel free to post, repost and interact in helpful ways. You can even follow it or subscribe to receive it by e-mail.

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And now it’s The Coign Church

There are lots of exciting things we do as a church, there are lots of ministries that bless our community, there are lots of people who will make faith steps in various ways, and there are also exciting things I’m involved with personally in the wider world of Commission … and some of these could go by unnoticed.

My aim for my blog is to connect to more people across our church and to let you know what we’re up to – to let the left hand know what the right hand is doing.

So let’s celebrate what God is doing with us as a church family! And if there is something good that I miss along the way then let me know and maybe we’ll get it included.

Second – a mention of some true Coign Church heroes …

Although we now have an address in Woking, our house in Chichester has not yet sold. I confess I was starting to feel a little bit concerned! John and Ann Wardill have stepped in to make it possible for us to be here in time, so right now we are living in their house … and they are not.

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John and Ann Wardill – ready to leap into superhero action at any moment.

John and and Ann are a great example to us all of people who are using their retirement to pursue the call of God in so many ways. We need to honour people like this and hold them in high esteem! What a blessing they are to us and what an example to us all!

We trust that God will sort our house sale out in his own timing, and that we will buy our own property in Woking in the months ahead, but Jo and I want to give a public thank you to these two heroes!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at our Coign Church meetings this Sunday!

The Grace to go to Prison

One of the reasons for writing a blog is to keep everyone informed of the things we are doing as a Church, especially things that not everyone may be aware of. One of those areas is our “GraceWorks”. We use the name GraceWorks as an umbrella heading for the various ministries we do to serve our community.

Early Days

In the very early days of Grace Church, when I was laying out a vision for our Church’s future in a talk, I remember using ‘prison ministry’ as an example of something we would probably never do … simply because there is no prison in Chichester. Little did I know!

Fast forward a few years to now, to a time when our Church has a larger footprint than we ever imagined it would, and one of our key GraceWorks is serving the prisoners at Ford Prison.

HMP Ford – Our Prison Ministry


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is an open prison with around 500 adult male prisoners. A team from Grace Church, which includes people from all three of our sites, is actively involved in various activities at HMP Ford including:

  • Regular Sunday evening services in the Chapel at HMP Ford, with worship, preaching, prayer and fellowship
  • A Monday evening Life Group covering all sorts of topics and led by both Grace Church members and prisoners. This provides an informal time for teaching and fellowship, and also some social times, for example we held a quiz night that had around 50 people taking part
  • A prison Alpha course
  • A follow up Beta course

Well done Grace Churchers!

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Andy Nicholls runs our HMP Ford prison ministry

A few Grace Church members are also now part of the chaplaincy department at HMP Ford helping provide pastoral and faith related support to those prisoners. The need for this should not be underestimated! I want to say a personal, “Well done!” to the Grace Church team, and feel free to add your well done to mine everyone else!

Outside of the prison environment we’ve been working to look after a few ex-offenders who have connected with us on the inside and have now been released from prison and are living locally. The support and help needed in each situation is very individual, and we now have ex-offenders regularly attending Sunday meetings with us. What a privilege! We are truly blessed and I hope we are a blessing to them too.

Why minister to prisoners & ex-offenders?

In the parable of the sheep and the goats (see Matthew 25) Jesus said that, in the final judgement, he would say to his followers,

“I was in prison and you came to visit me.” 

They will answer him, Lord, when did we see you in prison and go to visit you?”

Jesus’ answer: “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” 

Our prisons ministry, led by Andy Nicholls, is a great chance to put that parable into practice, remembering that it is Jesus we are serving. If you want to get involved then do let us know, and in the mean time let’s all be on the lookout to welcome and bless anyone who visits our church week by week, remembering that each person is precious to God, whatever their background.

“All welcome! Come as you are!”

And let’s remember that in some cases the only difference between those in prison and those who are not is this: they got caught.

So let’s make sure that we, ‘let him who is without sin cast the first stone’.

Some last minute thoughts on the EU referendum

 

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This week, on Thursday, is the EU referendum: in or out? I won’t tell you which way I’m going to vote but through Facebook I’ve become aware that we have strong supporters on both sides of this issue. Looking to the wider Christian community it doesn’t take long to find people who would say it is our clear Christian duty to vote one way or the other.

Which way would Jesus vote? It depends who you ask!

A fresh perspective

I have another perspective for us to consider:

For the ‘Remain’ side: If your hope for peace, prosperity, justice for all and the good life rests on staying in the EUyou are buying into a false god.

For the ‘Brexit’ side: If your hope for peace, prosperity, justice for all and the good life rests on leaving the EUyou are also buying into a false god.

As soon as we look to something man made to be our source of peace, prosperity, justice for all and the good life we are buying into a false god. No man made institution can do that for us! What the countries of Europe need most is the gospel. They need local churches to be built who will reach out to their communities with the love of Jesus; we need to pray for his kingdom to come.

And let’s remember, whatever the result of this referendum, the EU won’t endure forever and nor will any kingdom or empire (see Daniel 2 for details!)

In the end, only Jesus’ kingdom will endure forever!

He alone is the Prince of Peace; he alone is the source of our provision; he alone is the one who judges the nations with righteousness and justice; he alone is the one who will lead us to the ‘good life’ that actually lies beyond this life in his coming kingdom.

So my comments don’t address which way to vote, and don’t ask me. Look at the issues, pray and make your own mind up. But let’s look at the issues with eyes of faith!

Possible questions to consider

  • Which way is best for the advance of the gospel?
  • Which way is best for the growth of the church?
  • Over the long term, which way will best serve the poor, including the poorly paid in our own nation?

I’ve seen each of these things clearly argued both ways, so it’s still not straightforward, but the effect on house prices or your pension pot or the cost of a holiday in Spain should perhaps not be our central concerns as Christians.

And consider this too: if we feel very emotionally attached to one side or the other and the wrong answer would make us feel very upset … maybe we’re putting too much faith in man made answers?

Maybe Jesus has been dethroned just a little bit in our thinking?

Do vote

I’ll vote, I encourage you to do the same, but as we do let’s remember that we are citizens of another kingdom altogether:

 

“Our citizenship is in heaven, and from there we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”  

Philippians 3v20

We just had our tenth anniversary as a church (and next week I’ll post an update on that with some photos). As a church we are able to embrace unity and diversity. We see it in the many different types of people who make up our church; we see it in our different ages and nationalities; we see it in our different preferences and cultures; we see it in being three sites but still one church. Let’s not allow a political issue, which concerns only a passing manmade institution, to divide us.

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And when praying about this referendum the Lord’s Prayer is a really good place to start:

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”

Answering a difficult question that I didn’t see coming …

Our current Grace Church preaching series, “God’s Rescue Mission”, has often focussed on how we can share our faith, so a training day looking at “Answering the Big Objections to Christianity” seemed to make perfect sense – and what a great day it was!

Tom Price, David Bennet and Jo Vitale, all from Ravi Zacharias Ministries, served us so well, introducing as to the world of “Christian apologetics” – which means ‘giving answers to people who ask us about our Christian faith’. Lots of difficult questions were considered and many brilliant answers were found; certainly my brain was stretched and I know others were impacted too.

David’s joy-filled, personal testimony was especially moving. His story of transformation from being a church hating, gay rights campaigner through to personally encountering Jesus and beginning a relationship with a loving God is one you really don’t want to miss.

For those who were unable to attend in person you can hear the downloads for free through our church website.

Is Christianity outdated and irrelevant?

Are science and Christian faith incompatible?

What about war and genocide in the Bible?

If God is real why doesn’t he make himself more obvious?

Ravi Zacharias Ministries - Tom PriceAll this and more is available to listen to for free.

A difficult question

However, what I have been left reflecting on was not the answers given to the questions we raised, but rather my personal lack of a clear answer to the question that Tom Price posed to us during his talk in Chichester and Bognor on the Sunday morning.

Tom asked a deceptively simple question, but one I am still reflecting on and I would encourage you to reflect on too:

“What kind of relationship do you think God seeks with you?”

Tom described three possibilities that are each less than God wants for us. Sometimes as Christians we can act as though the relationship God seeks with us is this:

  1. God wants us to be GOOD: he wants us to live productive lives and use our talents and gifts well; a pragmatic, practical way to relate to God
  1. God wants us to BELIEVE in his existence: to adhere to a certain set of beliefs
  1. God wants us to develop the right FEELINGS towards him: to develop positive emotions towards God; thankfulness and joy.

Tom then said this:

“If you think that being a Christian is these three things, or a combination of these three things or one of these things, then there might be something more for you to discover about God – God may want a deeper way of connecting with you. Maybe God doesn’t just want these three things;

maybe God wants a friendship with you.

So I’m left with a lot to reflect on personally following the weekend. I went with some difficult questions I was seeking answers to, but I came away with a much deeper question to think about for myself.

If you have the time, we would love to hear your feedback and reflections on the weekend too.

 

Wall Building: Heroes of the Week

There are people in our church who astound me from time to time with their faith and commitment, and sometimes it’s easy to miss what they do to ‘build the walls’ (Nehemiah 3). With that in mind, from time to time and with permission, I want to tell some of their stories as an encouragement.

My “Heroes of the week” this time are Richard and
Wendy Owen

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Richard & Wendy

Richard and Wendy have been a part of Grace Church since before it even began; by which I mean they were planning and praying for it before the possibility of it even entered my head.

 

Before it began

In early 2005, when the idea of a church plant into Chichester was first being discussed, Jo and I were introduced to Richard and Wendy through a fellow church leader. Based in Brighton, and long term members of Church of Christ the King, they had been dreaming of a church plant into Chichester for several years. To help get things moving they had already joined a church in Worthing in order to get a bit closer to where it might happen. Their house was already on the market. Then Jo and I arrived on the scene and Richard and Wendy willingly jumped in with us to get the church plant started.

Godly qualities

Richard and Wendy are loved by so many people, and personally I admire them for many qualities – here are just a few (and believe me I could list many more):

Their patience:

It took more than two years for their house to sell, but they never wavered. God had spoken and God would do it in his time

Their faithfulness:

Through many ups and downs and various challenges of church life and leadership, Richard and Wendy have always remained steadfast with a good attitude

Their kindness:

So many people have been through their home at various times and have been fed and cared for – it’s no wonder they are well loved

Their tolerance:

Especially of my many quirks and foibles and leadership errors

Their pastoral wisdom:

With so many people who are in all sorts of situations

Their sense of humour:

Richard’s ‘dad jokes’ are legendary; Wendy’s laugh is infectious (Just keep Richard off the subject of “gruesome ex-policeman stories”)

Their servant heart:

Always the first in line to pray for people, to show hospitality or to just do what needs to be done, from putting out chairs to cleaning floors to visiting the sick

In short, with regards to these two, every church needs people like this in it!

So why am I blogging about them now? Because Richard and Wendy are facing a challenge.

A challenge

A couple of years ago Wendy fought her way, with the support of her church and family, through the ordeal of breast cancer. It was a fight that she won, receiving the all clear in the end. Praise God!

So it’s upsetting now to find that, after battling several other illnesses, Richard has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Sadly the treatment options are limited and Richard has been sent away to enjoy the summer. Unless God intervenes it is likely to be life limiting, but rest assured we will be praying for a miracle and would invite you to do the same.

But how do Richard and Wendy respond to this? They keep on serving the church and keep on worshipping, pressing into God and leading us all by example.

What has impressed me once again is the faith and resilience that this couple have shown.

“God is in charge; he is not surprised; our lives are in his hands”

That’s not to say there is no sadness or worry, but any of this is mixed with faith and confidence in a God who always heals in the end – in this life or the next. And that’s where our hope lies, and it’s where Richard and Wendy’s hope lies too.

Let’s keep praying

So let’s keep on praying for this awesome couple who have devoted themselves to building the walls.

 

And, remembering the kindness they have shown to so many, now is the time for us to step up and show kindness to them, as a church family, in whatever ways we possibly can.

Generosity from India

I received an e-mail this week which moved me to tears, but before I tell you why, let me explain the background.

What we gave

As a church we had a special offering in early 2015 to help fund the first year of our Midhurst site and Chris Kimbangi coming onto the church staff full-time. We pledged to give a tithe (10%) of that offering to a particular project, run by a Commission Church in India, which cares for children with additional needs.

In the end we were able to send them £8,000 thanks to the generosity of Grace Church members.

What they did with our gift

I recently received a report telling us how the money is being used, which so far, among other things, has included:

  • Renovating the centre (the building)
  • Painting the centre
  • Maintaining their vehicle, which brings children and a hospital physiotherapist to the centre daily, (each day it travels 120km)
  • A cataract operation to restore sight
  • The day-to-day running of the centre for 7 months

I have included some photos (and because of the nature of the internet I won’t say here exactly where it is or use photos of the children):

In 2015 I was blown away by the generosity of our church … again. This week I was blown away by seeing how much can be done with so little … again.

But neither of these things are what moved me.

When we decided to give to this project, on the advice of our friends in Commission, I had not realized that the Indian Church Pastor behind this project had attended a Grace Church meeting seven years ago, whilst visiting friends in the UK. (His trip had been paid for from the UK; they could never afford it by themselves.) I met him in passing and we exchanged a brief e-mail afterwards in which he was polite about my sermon.

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Real Generosity

Here is what moved me: having received his report on how the money was being used I sent back a message to say, “Thanks for keeping us updated”, and in reply he said,

“…we have been praying for you as a family and the Church, every Friday for last 7 years, since I visited Grace Church.”

He added that if there was anything specific they could pray for I should let him know.

That’s moved me. That’s generosity.

You CAN handle the truth!

I had coffee with a friend this week who leads an evangelical church not far away from us. He told me the story of how the floor of their church building collapsed: it was a wooden floor (late 1800’s) and it literally gave way. By God’s grace no one was hurt and they now have a solid concrete floor that isn’t going anywhere.

I also spoke to a friend this week who is the lead elder in a church also not far away from us. He told me the story of how his kitchen ceiling collapsed. It missed his wife by about an inch, but destroyed two computers that were sat on the table. They had sat underneath for dinner with friends the evening before, but again, by God’s grace, no one was hurt and repairs will be done.

We don’t tend to think about the floor or the ceiling much, we assume that they are there, but clearly solid foundations and ceilings could mean the difference between life and death.

What is the truth?

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1 Tim 3 v 15 tells us that the church is,

“…the pillar and foundation of the truth.”

That means we have a job to do as a church: we need to be telling people the truth with our words and demonstrating it to them by how we live.

We need to “hold up” the truth as a pillar holds up a ceiling.

We need to build our church life in such a way that the truth finds a firm foundation to rest on.

Pilate asked Jesus that question at his trial, but sadly neglected to stay and hear the answer:

  • Jesus is the truth (John 14 v 6) – Let’s not be shy to tell people about him!
  • God’s word is truth (John 17 v 17) – Let’s not be shy to preach the Bible to a truth starved world!

Help with the truth @ Grace Church:

To help with all this we have arranged for a training day with some speakers from Ravi Zacharius Ministries on Saturday 4th June. We’ll be looking at “Handling The Main Objections to Christianity

Exact details are TBC, but reserve the whole day in your diary now! (Admission will be by ticket only)

Let’s learn together to be that pillar and foundation of truth, careful not to let our floor or ceiling give way, after all – it could mean the difference between life and death.

And to those new age thinkers who say, “There is no such thing as truth”, we must ask in reply, “Really? Do you believe your statement to be true?”