Baptism Service: Made in the image of God.

 

You, are infinitely significant because you’ve been made in the image of an infinite God. We all share something of his DNA, but we don’t always feel that special. The God DNA has been, and continues to be marred in us, but Jesus is on a mission to restore it all. If only we let Him. He uniquely has the power to make us new so that we can experience the infinite significance, infinite love and infinite purpose for which we were all created. Jesus is the one we need. The more of Him, the more we become fully ourselves.

 

2019: Be made new.

 

You, are infinitely significant because you’ve been made in the image of an infinite God. We all share something of his DNA, but we don’t always feel that special. The God DNA has been, and continues to be marred in us, but Jesus is on a mission to restore it all. If only we let Him. He uniquely has the power to make us new so that we can experience the infinite significance, infinite love and infinite purpose for which we were all created. Jesus is the one we need. The more of Him, the more we become fully ourselves.

 

Thank God for Christmas.

 

In a world where it seems increasingly difficult to know what to believe, and where life at times can feel stark raving bonkers, what we’re all yearning for is something real, true and dependable. We don’t need more words or speeches right now, we need universe-altering action. Christmas says God became a human. One of us. He showed us he knows exactly what it is like to be human and he showed us exactly what it is to be God. That’s action. He it is who makes sense of our world, even when the world seems to be losing its marbles. He is what we’re made for and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in him. Thank God for Christmas

 

Connections: Vision of the church.

 

The overarching vision for bread is one where everyone gets to play whilst everyone’s diversity is celebrated. You are just as important as the next person, and the more people involved and honored we all are the better. This is when we properly reflect the diversity and unity of the Trinitarian God we serve. Let’s build one another up, and look after one another when we suffer.

 

Connections: To culture.

 

Having explored the idea of Koinonia - this Jesus-like level of community we’re supposed to have as His church - the obvious next question is ‘What then?’ Are we to huddle together on a holy hill? A Koinonic Commune? Clearly not. But how are we to engage with our culture, when even the words ‘christian cultural engagement’ make most of us shudder? This talk examines what it actually means to be salt and light, and how we’re supposed to achieve it, and breaks down the root of the brokenness, the division and the duality that’s played out in recent church history. There is very very good news, and lots of hope for those of us who want to do this differently.

 

Connections: To one another.

 

NEW SERIES ALERT! Christian community is often hallmarked by the ‘discipleship’ elements of church - small groups, mentorship, social events. And of course - these are key to a healthy and thriving community. But the intension of ‘koinonia’ has more depth than discipleship alone. We are called to embody the person of Jesus, and in the process become an alternate society, a counter culture that is marked by the transformational power of God’s love.