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AM Series: Centre Church

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Sept 2nd, Centre Church: Worship Centre - David Mitchell (Matthew 4:10, John 4:23,Romans 12:1) This September we are reflecting on our call and purpose. What is Woodlands Church called to be? We are a local Church, but also a gathered Church and part of a city movement. It can be challenging to relate to a large Church and feel our place in it; a clarity of vision and purpose can help us. Download Discussion notes


Sept 9th, Centre Church: Community Centre - Nigel Savage (John 13:34-35). This September we are reflecting on our call and purpose. What is Woodlands Church called to be? We are a local Church, but also a gathered Church and part of a city movement. It can be challenging to relate to a large Church and feel our place in it; a clarity of vision and purpose can help us. Download Discussion notes


Sept 16th, Centre Church: Outreach Centre - Rob Scott Cook (Matthew 5:14-16. Luke 10:2-12). This September we are reflecting on our call and purpose. What is Woodlands Church called to be? We are a local Church, but also a gathered Church and part of a city movement. It can be challenging to relate to a large Church and feel our place in it; a clarity of vision and purpose can help us. Download Discussion notes


Sept 23rd, Centre Church: Wholeness Centre - Clare Thompson (1 Thessalonians 5:23 Luke 17:19). This September we are reflecting on our call and purpose. What is Woodlands Church called to be? We are a local Church, but also a gathered Church and part of a city movement. It can be challenging to relate to a large Church and feel our place in it; a clarity of vision and purpose can help us. Download Discussion notes


Sept 30th, Centre Church: New Seasons - David Mitchell (Psalm 1. Ephesians). In Psalm 1 the Psalmists talks about ‘walking’ ‘standing’ and ‘sitting’ with groups of people that the psalmist sees as ‘bad news’. In contrast Ephesians has a ‘Sit, Walk, Stand’ pattern as the book unfolds. What can we learn from these two contrasting scriptures as we review the seasons of life? Download Discussion notes


7pm Series: Learning from Learners

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Sept 2nd, Learning from Learners: Naomi, Learning through hardship - Rachel Riddal. What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Spend some time discussing the response to the message and the issues that it raised. Download Discussion notes


Sept 9th, Learning the supernatural: Elisha - Rob Scott Cook (1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:1-15; 2 Kings 2:19-22) What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Download Discussion notes


Sept 16th, Learning through faithfulness: Daniel - David Mitchell (Daniel 1; Daniel 6). What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Download Discussion notes


Sept 23rd. Learning Through Mistakes: Peter - Jon Wilcox (Luke 22:31-34, :54-62; John 21:1-19) What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Download Discussion notes


Sept 30th, Learning through mentoring: Timothy - Clare Thompson (Acts 16:1-5, Philippians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 4:7-16, 2 Timothy 1:3-7) Start off with feedback from Sunday's message. What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Download Discussion notes


7pm Series: Power Encounters

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3rd July Pool (John 5). The gospels give us stories of Jesus encountering all kinds of people. Many of those people had real needs and their encounter with Jesus turned out to be a ‘power encounter.’ In Jesus, the ‘powers of the age to come’ broke into their lives in healing, deliverance, provision and challenge. The power encounters we read about serve as an encouragement of the grace of God, but also a challenge to us about living a spirit empowered life. Discussion notes: click here for the discussion notes


10th July Global Partnership Special. As part of a special weekend series of events around global mission, Tim Dobson hosts a special panel discussion with global missionaries who are reaching the world with the good news of the Gospel.


June 17th 2017. Power encounters: Blind. (John 9) The gospels give us stories of Jesus encountering all kinds of people. Many of those people had real needs and their encounter with Jesus turned out to be a ‘power encounter.’ In Jesus, the ‘powers of the age to come’ broke into their lives in healing, deliverance, provision and challenge. The power encounters we read about serve as an encouragement of the grace of God, but also a challenge to us about living a spirit empowered life. Download Discussion notes


June 24th 2018. Power encounters: Raising the dead. (John 11) The gospels give us stories of Jesus encountering all kinds of people. Many of those people had real needs and their encounter with Jesus turned out to be a ‘power encounter.’ In Jesus, the ‘powers of the age to come’ broke into their lives in healing, deliverance, provision and challenge. The power encounters we read about serve as an encouragement of the grace of God, but also a challenge to us about living a spirit empowered life. Download Discussion notes


July 1st 2018. Power encounters: Imparting the Spirit. (John 20) The gospels give us stories of Jesus encountering all kinds of people. Many of those people had real needs and their encounter with Jesus turned out to be a ‘power encounter.’ In Jesus, the ‘powers of the age to come’ broke into their lives in healing, deliverance, provision and challenge. The power encounters we read about serve as an encouragement of the grace of God, but also a challenge to us about living a spirit empowered life. Download Discussion notes

7pm Series: Mind The Gap

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May 6th 2018. Generation Gap (Malachi 4:6) Teenagers were a twentieth century invention! But every age has recognised the generation gap, the gap between older and younger people around behaviour, beliefs, and culture, and a gap that seems to be widening in our rapidly changing 21st Century world. The Bible speaks of generations working together, ‘old men and young men seeing visions’. Malachi 4:6 says ‘He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse’ Download Discussion notes


May 13th 2018. Generation Gap: Sexual Revolution (Matthew 19:1-12). There has been a sexual revolution in my lifetime. Over my 60 years of life there has been a sea change in behaviour and values. The accessibility of birth control, and the swinging sixties kick started that change. Homosexual acts were illegal when I was born; now it is illegal to discriminate against people on same sex grounds. More recently gender fluidity is becoming accepted, very young people have access to hard core sexual material on line, 42% of marriages end in divorce. I could go on, but things have definitely changed! It is easy to see how different generations can have very different pre-suppositions about sexual ethics and practice. Our challenge as Christians is not to be driven by culture (whether pro or anti our current values) but to find the heart of God and distinctives of His kingdom for our lives and lifestyles. Download Discussion notes


27th May. Celebrating Partnerships (1 Kings 19:19). How do we prefer each other, working together to see the Kingdom of God

7pm Series: Power Encounters

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April 8th 2018. Spirit: Glory (Ezekiel 1&2) Ezekiel was a priest, the son of a priest, carried into exile in the first wave of Babylonian captivity with Jehoacin in 597 B.C. Five years later when he was 30 and the age he would have started his temple ministry Ezekiel has a visionary encounter with God and is commissioned as a Prophet. His deeply symbolic work carries a strong focus on the temple and also on the Spirit. Download Discussion notes


April 15th 2018. Spirit: Belly. (Ezekiel 3:1-11). Ezekiel was a priest, the son of a priest, carried into exile in the first wave of Babylonian captivity with Jehoacin in 597 B.C. Five years later when he was 30 and the age he would have started his temple ministry Ezekiel has a visionary encounter with God and is commissioned as a Prophet. His deeply symbolic work carries a strong focus on the temple and also on the Spirit.  In Ezekiel 2, God says to him ‘Eat what I give you’ and in Ezekiel 3 he is given a scroll to eat that gets into his belly and (literal meaning) bowels. Download Discussion notes


April 22nd 2018. Spirit: Bones. (Ezekiel 37). Ezekiel was a priest, the son of a priest, carried into exile in the first wave of Babylonian captivity with Jehoacin in 597 B.C. Five years later when he was 30 and the age he would have started his temple ministry Ezekiel has a visionary encounter with God and is commissioned as a Prophet. His deeply symbolic work carries a strong focus on the temple and also on the Spirit. Ezekiel 37 is a memorable prophetic vision of the valley of dry bones, an image which speaks as powerfully to situations of apparent ‘death’ and decay today as it did about the nation of Israel in the 5th century BC. Download Discussion notes


April 29th 2018. Spirit: River (Ezekiel 47). Ezekiel was a priest, the son of a priest, carried into exile in the first wave of Babylonian captivity with Jehoacin in 597 B.C. Five years later when he was 30 and the age he would have started his temple ministry Ezekiel has a visionary encounter with God and is commissioned as a Prophet. His deeply symbolic work carries a strong focus on the temple and also on the Spirit. At the end of his book Ezekiel has a vision of a restored temple and the return of the glory of God to the temple and Jerusalem (40, 43). Then flows the amazing picture of a life-giving river flowing out of the temple, which is picked up and amplified in the last chapter of the bible in Revelation 22. Download Discussion notes

7pm Series: Living with the end in mind

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March 11th 2018. Living with the end in mind: Gospel of the Kingdom Mark 13:10. Stephen Covey, best-selling author of ‘7 habits of highly effective people’ says ‘begin with the end in mind’. The Bible narratives all point towards an end and Jesus’ parables often address those who fail to live with the end in mind. Jesus said to his disciples when asked about the ‘end of the age’, ‘The gospel must first be preached to all nations’(c.f. Matthew 24:14, Luke 24:47). So far everyone who has predicted the end of the world has got it wrong! Does that mean that it’s not for humans to discern, or that conditions for the end of the ages have not yet been fulfilled? Download Discussion notes


March 18th 2018. Living with the end in mind: Day of the Lord: Malachi 4. Stephen Covey, best-selling author of ‘7 habits of highly effective people’ says ‘begin with the end in mind’. The Bible narratives all point towards an end and Jesus’ parables often address those who fail to live with the end in mind. Malachi in the last book and the last verses of the Old Testament points towards the great and terrible day of the Lord. If it happened tomorrow would that be good news or bad news as far as you are concerned? Download Discussion notes

 


March 25th 2018. Living with the End in Mind - Return of the King (Zechariah 1 v 16-17, 9 v 9-11, 12 v 10-11, 14 v 6-9). Start off with feedback from Sunday's message. What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Spend some time discussing the response to the message and the issues that it raised. Download Discussion notes


7pm Series: Amazing Grace

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February 18th 2018. Amazing Grace: Grace for Sin. Romans 5:15-21. We sing the hymn, but we may not often reflect on how amazing Grace is. The quality of grace should never become over familiar, rather it should continue to surprise us if we have a realistic understanding of how much we need it! And if we have received grace we should become a ‘gracious’ people. (By the way, one of my personal niggles is the way commonly these days people confuse the word gracious with graceful. I try to be gracious but I’m too clumsy to be graceful!). Download Discussion notes


February 25th 2018. Amazing Grace: Grace for suffering: 2 Corinthians 12:9. ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’. This is what the Lord said to Paul when Paul pleaded for his ‘thorn in the flesh’ to be taken away. How do we handle the idea of a God of Love giving us grace for suffering rather than removing it? Download Discussion notes


March 4th. Amazing Grace: Grace for living. Romans 11:6 Romans 12. Works and Grace are tensions in the Christian life and have been in Christian theology. Works stands for those ways of living that ultimately are about ‘earning’ salvation or favour from God. It’s not that these things are bad of course but they in themselves don’t ‘earn’ brownie points with God. The grace filled life however is not about not doing ‘good works’; rather these good works are the overflow of favour, not a means to find it. The actions of a disciple and the actions of a Pharisee may look identical. God looks at the heart. Download Discussion notes


Fire Break Special

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Fire Break AM with Rachel Riddal & David Mitchell. 

We took a break in our preaching and talked about vision, passion and what fires us up


Fire Break 7PM with Dave Mitchell, includes contributions from Jo Ritchie (working with sex workers), Ed Rowberry & Andrew Street (Churches City Fund), Pete Richardson (CAP Money), Ally Watson (working at The Crisis Centre), Tim Dobson (Woodlands Bible School), April Ballard (Young Adults, Worship) 


7pm Series: Spirtual Disciplines

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Spiritual Disciplines: Fasting & Feasting - Tim Dobson (Mark 2:18) At Christmas fasting often follows feasting. After the indulgence of Christmas comes the dieting of the New Year! In the New testament it is the other way round. Fasting precedes Feasting. John the Baptist is the fasting prophet. Jesus is the Feasting Bridegroom. Download Discussion notes


Spiritual Disciplines: Prayer and Worship - David Mitchell Luke 18. Prayer defines the life of Jesus. He is a man of prayer, a son who talks to his Father. Prayer was something he taught his disciples as a model, as a discipline that marks a disciple, (the sermon on the mount) and as something to persevere in. Download Discussion notes


Spiritual Disciplines: Simplify - Nigel Savage. Matthew 6: 19-34. Luke 10:41. Life is complex and seems to be increasingly so. We experience information overload, and technology designed to serve us distracts or drives us. Morally life seems more complex too, relativism and post-modern scepticism about absolutes undermine consensus about right and wrong. Materialism and the multitude of possessions deemed necessary for modern life crowd our lives. Download Discussion notes


Spiritual Disciplines: Baptism - Rob Scott-Cook. Matthew 28. Rob finishes off our series looking at Spiritual Disiciples.


7pm Series: Shame Shifting

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Nov 12th Shame Shifting Comparison trap. Clare Thompson. Comparison and competition seem fundamental to the way we human beings live in society. The Bible knows all about these things. In family life in the Old Testament comparison and rivalry are vividly expressed. In the New testament it doesn’t seem far from the lives even of those closes to Jesus, the disciples. Even at the end of John’s gospel Peter seems to be comparing himself to John or ‘the beloved disciple, ‘what about him’? The problem with comparison is that it can make us feel diminished by the comparison, and bring us into shame. God has a different plan for us than this. Download discussion notes.


Nov 19th 2017. Shame shifting: Food & Sex, Dave Mitchell. Intended for pleasure? That is the title of a Christian book about sex. Food and Sex are intended for and vital for the continuation of life. They also give pleasure, and in our affluent western culture food and sex have been intensively marketed as pleasures we all deserve; ‘naughty but nice’. In reality, food and sex create crisis points in our culture with problems ranging from obesity to anorexia. The sexual abuse of women and children, and the revelations of politicians and celebrities as sexual predators are every day news. Genesis 3:6-13. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.


Nov 26th 2017. Shame Shifting. Family & Inclusion, Hannah Mitchell. Dysfunctional family can be the source of profound shame and pain. The problem with dysfunctional family is that it can seed problems for the next generation. The book of Genesis unflinchingly describes four generations of pain and problems from Abraham through to the life of Joseph. These stories are warnings of what can go wrong in family, but also speak of the redemptive power of God to heal broken family relationships. Download Discussion notes Genesis 16, Genesis 45.


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7pm Series: Apprentice

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Discipleship is arguably the main purpose of the Church, to grow disciples and make new ones (sounds a bit like ‘reproducing the life of Jesus’?). Yet most Churches would confess to a rather lukewarm discipleship in reality in the culture and practice of their Church.


September 24th Apprentice.  Our new preaching series on discipleship uses a less religious word ‘Apprentice’ to remind us that discipleship is not just a cerebral or intellectual thing. Rather it is immensely practical, no less than an imitation of Jesus Himself! Mark’s gospel will be our text, but I hope there will be plenty of homework. Mark 1 v14-20. Download discussion notes. 

 


Oct 1st Apprentice: Warfare. To be an apprentice is to imitate and be taught by the master. Jesus was a master at Spiritual Warfare! In fact Mark’s gospel from beginning to end is marked by signs of Kingdom conflict and Jesus’s followers are inevitably recruited into that warfare. It can seem crude, scary or anachronistic to think of demons and deliverance ministry, but if it is a hallmark of the ministry of Jesus, should it not be at least as much of a hallmark for His followers as praying for the sick? Mark 1:23-28; Mark 6:7 Download discussion notes.


Oct 8th Apprentice: Healing. Discipleship is arguably the main purpose of the Church, to grow disciples and make new ones (sounds a bit like ‘reproducing the life of Jesus’?). Start off with feedback from Sunday's message. What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Spend some time discussing the response to the message and the issues that it raised. Mark 1:29-34 and 2:1-12 Download discussion notes.


15th Oct. Apprentice: Discipling. The ministry of Jesus on earth and the ministry of the Church that He left behind could be summed up as a ‘disciple making’ ministry. With all the other claims on his time and energy Jesus made a priority of equipping the 12 men he had called as disciples, in order that they could carry in his ministry, including of course ‘making disciples’. Mathew’s gospel which finishes with the great commission to his followers to ‘make disciples’ of all nations makes explicit this priority. Mark 6 charts an early stage in the disciple making process. Download discussion notes.


Oct 22nd. Apprentice: Serving
Jesus teaching on ‘greatness’ in the Kingdom of God reflects the ‘upside down kingdom’ nature of his teaching. It is not easy to stay in the mindset of servanthood being a mark of true greatness when the secular culture we live in sees greatness in very different ways. That’s perhaps why we’ve taken a word that means servant (minister) and in religious use turned it into a high status word resonant with power and authority. Mark 9:33-41. Download discussion notes


29th Oct. God habits: Prayer. Prayer is a defining habit of a follower of Jesus. Disciples say ‘teach us to pray’. John has a confidence in prayer that God hears us. Does this sort of confidence in God inspire more prayer which gives rise to more confidence?

What is the difference (if any) between God hearing our prayer and God answering our prayer? (v 14)? What is the link between asking for things that are the will of God and receiving what we ask for? How does this shape our prayer methodology? How do you think John learnt lessons in prayer over a long lifetime which included his fellow disciples being martyred and his own exile? 1 John 5: 14 & 15. Download discussion notes. 


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Good Call / Calling (AM Series)

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Sept 3rd. Calling and guidance. What’s the difference? Calling is the big picture, guidance is the detail. How do we know the call on our life, and how do we find guidance in working out our call? Does everyone have a common call, and are there exceptional ‘callings’ and experiences that go with them? How does our individual call mesh with the call of the community we are part of? Jeremiah 1:4-10. Ephesians 1:3-11. Download discussion notes. 


Sept 10th. Vocation, location, relation - Rob Scott Cook. What should I do, where should I live, who should I be in relationship with are the big three preoccupations for many people around guidance. What principles does scripture hold out for doing life well and making good choices? Does God have specific roles and partners for us or is the choice very open? 1 Corinthians 7. Download discussion notes


Sept 17th. A ‘called people- Hospital, Bride and Army ’ What is the call of the Church? Are we to be an army, bringing God’s kingdom in? Are we to be a hospital, a place of healing? Or are we the bride of Christ, called as worshippers? Woodlands core team leaders will give a perspective on each of those facets of Church. Ephesians 4:16 5:33, 6:10-20. Download discussion notes.


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