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AM Series: Building Tomorrows Church Today

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3rd June Building tomorrow’s Church today: Worship. We live in a  rapidly changing world. Historic churches however tend to value tradition and permanence. They can often be characterised as conservative institutions.  The Church Jesus founded  however was  a dynamic movement that He was building in a way that meant it could take the offensive (‘and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against her’). In this series we look at some of the values of Church (values carry permanence) and some of the practices that are more flexible as we consider the challenges of the future. Click here for the discussion notes


10th June Building tomorrow’s Church today: Global Partnership Special. As part of a special weekend series of events around global mission, Dave and Rachel talk to Richard and Kadeem about reaching the world with the good news of the Gospel.


17th June Building tomorrow’s Church today: Leadership: Ephesians 4:11-13. An absolute priority in building tomorrow’s Church is the role of leadership. Bill Hybells says ‘When a leader gets better, everyone wins’. The Church in the UK is looking hard at leadership and recognising traditional models of leadership need to change. In fact perhaps these traditional models have contributed to the decline of the Church and we need to re-imagine the practice of leadership in the C21. The passage in Ephesians looks at some diverse leadership roles in the Church and how they are ‘gifts’ to the Church from the risen Jesus. Download Discussion notes


June 24th 2018. Building tomorrow’s Church today: Money (2 Corinthians 9). We live in a rapidly changing world. Historic churches however tend to value tradition and permanence. They can often be characterised as conservative institutions. The Church Jesus founded however was a dynamic movement that He was building in a way that meant it could take the offensive (‘and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against her’). In this series we look at some of the values of Church (values carry permanence) and some of the practices that are more flexible as we consider the challenges of the future. Download Discussion notes


July 1st 2018. Building tomorrow’s Church today: Inclusion (Galatians 3:28-29) We live in a rapidly changing world. Historic churches however tend to value tradition and permanence. They can often be characterised as conservative institutions. The Church Jesus founded however was a dynamic movement that He was building in a way that meant it could take the offensive (‘and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against her’). In this series we look at some of the values of Church (values carry permanence) and some of the practices that are more flexible as we consider the challenges of the future. Download Discussion notes

Building Tomorrow's Church Today: Worship - Rachel Riddall (11am)

We  live  in  a  rapidly  changing  world.  Historic  churches  however  tend  to  value  tradition and permanence. They  can  often  be  characterised  as  conservative  institutions.  The Church Jesus founded  however  was  a  dynamic  movement  that  He  was  building  in  a way that  meant  it  could  take  the  offensive  (‘and  the  gates  of  Hell  shall  not  prevail against her’).  In  this  series  we  look  at  some  of  the  values  of  Church  (values  carry  permanence) and  some  of  the  practices  that  are  more  flexible  as  we  consider  the  challenges  of  the future. Click here for the discussion notes

AM Series: Living As Witnesses

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May 6th 2018. Living as Witnesses: Words. (Acts 4:29) In the Church Calendar we are in the season leading up to Whitsun, Pentecost Sunday. The book of Acts documents the first Pentecost and the gift of the Spirit to enable the disciples to be witnesses (Acts 1:8). Our series this May will look at what it means to be a Witness in the power of the Holy Spirit (alliterating around the letter W quite strongly!). Download Discussion notes


May 13th 2018. Living as Witnesses: Works. (Acts 4:32-37). In the Church Calendar we are in the season leading up to Whitsun, Pentecost Sunday. The book of Acts documents the first Pentecost and the gift of the Spirit to enable the disciples to be witnesses (Acts 1:8). Our series this May will look at what it means to be a Witness in the power of the Holy Spirit (alliterating around the letter W quite strongly!). Download Discussion notes


May 20th 2018. Living as Witnesses: Wonders. (Acts 4:30-31) In the Church Calendar we are in the season leading up to Whitsun, Pentecost Sunday. The book of Acts documents the first Pentecost and the gift of the Spirit to enable the disciples to be witnesses (Acts 1:8). Our series this May will look at what it means to be a Witness in the power of the Holy Spirit (alliterating around the letter W quite strongly!). Download Discussion notes


May 27th 2018. Living as Witnesses: Way of Life. (Acts 2:42-47) After Pentecost Sunday the book of Acts documents the way the early Church lived in the light of their experience of the Holy Spirit. The picture of their life together has become a template that the Church has often tried to return to in timers of renewal and reformation. Download Discussion notes

AM Series: Good Grief

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April 15th 2018. Good Grief: Loss (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) ‘In every season turn, turn, turn’ sang the Byrds in their 60’s hit single quoting the book of Ecclesiastes. Life has seasons, and each season may well hold loss and grief as well as growth and opportunity. We are not great at accepting loss in western culture. We can be in denial about loss of youth, loss of significance and ultimately loss of life itself. God seems to have a different perspective; perhaps loss can be the place where we find ourselves. Download Discussion notes


April 22nd  2018. Good Grief: Longing (Romans 8:18-26). Longing is a bitter-sweet emotion. Longing implies something wonderful exists to be longed for, but the state of longing means we don’t have what is longed for yet. Who hopes for what they already have? Longing seems to be part of the human psyche, ‘God has set eternity in the hearts of men’ says the writer of Ecclesiastes. What part has longing played in your spiritual journey? Sorry but due to a technical error, this is just an audio Preach. Download Discussion notes


April 29th  2018. Good Grief: Lament (Lamentations 3) Lament is a pouring out of grief and loss in music and poetry. The Psalms are full of lament and there is a whole book of the bible called ‘Lamentations’. It’s not a common experience to come to a Church service and sing songs of lament? Does lament have a place in modern worship? Download Discussion notes

AM Series: Cross Vision

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March 4th 2018. Cross Vision: Coming Kingdom Matthew 3:2. In this season of Lent, looking forward to Easter we have an opportunity in reading the gospels to see Jesus life and ministry in the context of that tumultuous week in Jerusalem, climaxing in His death and resurrection. The three years of Jesus ministry were planned and orchestrated with the Cross in mind. Download Discussion notes


March 11th 2018. Cross Vision: Wilderness temptations Matthew 4. In this season of Lent, looking forward to Easter we have an opportunity in reading the gospels to see Jesus life and ministry in the context of that tumultuous week in Jerusalem, climaxing in His death and resurrection. The three years of Jesus ministry were planned and orchestrated with the Cross in mind. At the start of his ministry Jesus faced temptations which would define the course of his earthly life, a choice between naked power or self denial ultimately expressed at the cross. Download Discussion notes


March 18th 2018. Cross Vision: Sheep and Wolves. Matthew 10. In this season of Lent, looking forward to Easter we have an opportunity in reading the gospels to see Jesus life and ministry in the context of that tumultuous week in Jerusalem, climaxing in His death and resurrection. The three years of Jesus ministry were planned and orchestrated with the Cross in mind. At the start of his ministry Jesus faced temptations which would define the course of his earthly life, a choice between naked power or self denial ultimately expressed at the cross. In Matthew 10 Jesus commissions and challenges his disciples, sending them out ‘like sheep among wolves’, telling them they will be persecuted and opposed and asking them to take up their cross and follow him. Download Discussion notes


March 25th 2018. Cross Vision: Triumphal entry. Matthew 21. In this season of Lent, looking forward to Easter we have an opportunity in reading the gospels to see Jesus life and ministry in the context of that tumultuous week in Jerusalem, climaxing in His death and resurrection. The three years of Jesus ministry were planned and orchestrated with the Cross in mind. The focus of those three years, and a major part of the gospel accounts of his life is compressed into one week, beginning with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Download Discussion notes


AM Series: Hope

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Hope: Hope for Justice - Ben Cooley. Ben Cooley, founder of Hope for Justice was speaking at Woodlands. Hope for Justice is an organisation that not only helps the victims of people trafficking, but seeks to bring the perpetrators to justice. Biblically, God is a God of Justice as well as mercy and is the one to whom all must give account. Yet Christians are often shy about getting involved in justice issues. Download Discussion notes


Hope: Hope for the hurting - Philip Jinadu. Ruth 1:20-21. Faith hope and love last forever. But hope is hard to sustain in times of waiting and pain. Ruth is a beautiful story of restoration of hope to a family and a mother who have lost hope. The final outcome of the story prepares the way for the story of King David, which in turn leads to Jesus the son of David where we can all find hope for our future. Download Discussion notes


Hope: Hope Bristol 18 - Tim Dobson. 1 Thessalonians 1 v 2-10. How do we have hope for our communities, individuals and ourselves and do we believe that everyone in Bristol would be better off with Jesus as the centre of their lives? 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) 


AM Series: Up, In, Out

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Up, In, Out: Re Commitment To Our Call - David Mitchell. Luke 6:12-19. Mike Brean, formerly the vicar of St Thomas Crooks, Sheffield, uses ‘life shapes’, kingdom geometry to help visualise some dynamics of discipleship (c.f. the Passionate Church by Brean and Kallestad ISBN: 0-78144-227-3). The balanced life is symbolised by the triangle which point to three essential dynamics of Christianity, orientation upwards toward God, inwards in fellowship and discipleship and outwards into service and mission in the world. Download Discussion notes


Up, In, Out: Up, The Lord - Rob Scott-Cook. Revelation 2:1-7. Mike Brean, formerly the vicar of St Thomas Crooks, Sheffield, uses ‘life shapes’, kingdom geometry to help visualise some dynamics of discipleship (c.f. the Passionate Church by Brean and Kallestad ISBN: 0-78144-227-3). The balanced life is symbolised by the triangle which point to three essential dynamics of Christianity, orientation upwards toward God, inwards in fellowship and discipleship and outwards into service and mission in the world. One of the scary research facts about Christian leaders is how little time they spend in prayer, and this can seem to be reflected in the life of Churches too. Download Discussion notes


Up, In, Out: In: The Church - Nigel Savage (Ephesians 2:11-4:16). Ephesians is a book for and about the Church and in it Paul encourages believers, because of the richness of their inheritance in Christ to have rich relationships with one another. The ‘Up’ strengthens the ‘In’. The Church is not always regarded as essential by contemporary Christians, particular in the ‘individualistic’ culture of the western world. Yet commitment to the Church is intrinsic to commitment to Christ by the nature of His own commitment to the Church. And the nature of the In element of Church is about the expression and practice of distinct community. Download Discussion notes


Up, In, Out: Out, The City - Rachel Riddall(Matthew 28:19). The earthly ministry of Jesus was to ‘the lost sheep of Israel.’ Yet in his teaching and lifestyle Jesus always demonstrated a priority for those on the edge, those on the outside, those who did not belong. His ‘famous last words’ to his followers were to go, to all nations, all people groups. Download Discussion notes


Testament (AM Series)

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Nov 12th Why & how to read the Old Testament. For many people the Old Testament is literally a closed book. Yet for Jesus himself, and the early Church, it was their scripture. Jesus quotes the Old Testament often, as do Paul and the other New testament writers. Yet for may of us today there seems to be a disconnect between ‘the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’ and the requirements of God as he appears in the Old Testament. How should we read this book? Download discussion notes Luke 24:25-27, 44-45. 


Nov 26th Testament. Ten Commandments: Discussion notes: Love Your neighbour. Jesus knew and loved the Old Testament. Its books were his scriptures. When asked about the greatest commandments he quoted from Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 (Love God, and Love your neighbour) and said the whole of the Law and Prophets (i.e. the Bible as he knew it) hung on these two sayings. The ten commandments are in many ways an articulation of these two principles.Love your neighbour as yourself is stated once in the Old Testament and quoted directly nine times in the new. Download Discussion notes Exodus 20. Leviticus 19.


Nov 19th Testament. Ten Commandments: Love God. Jesus knew and loved the Old Testament. Its books were his scriptures. When asked about the greatest commandments he quoted from Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 (Love God, and Love your neighbour) and said the whole of the Law and Prophets (i.e. the Bible as he knew it) hung on these two sayings. The ten commandments are in many ways an articulation of these two principles. Download discussion notes. Matthew 22:36-40, Exodus 20:1-11.

 


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God Habits (AM Series)

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The letter of John is a letter written by an elder statesman in the Church, (probably the apostle John) encouraging his flock in the face of many difficulties to hold on to things of first importance. The things John teaches have become his habit and practice through long usage. They are habits and disciplines that are transformational if we can acquire them. They form a secret history with practical outworkings

September 3rd. Prophetic call. As a young man Jeremiah saw a vision that unlocked a prophetic ministry that would span the next forty years. What does it mean for us to ‘see well’ as the Lord told Jeremiah? What is the call of God’s people to be ‘seers’, not ‘blind guides’ to those around us? As we start a new term what is God calling us individually and Woodlands as a community to be in our city.
Jeremiah 1. Download discussion notes.


Oct 8th God habits: Truthfulness. We live in an age of ‘fake news’ and image driven lifestyle communication, where Truth is a rare commodity. Jesus was so committed to truth that he said/implied that if we swore an oath instead of letting our yes be yes and our no be no it was from the evil one (father of lies) and indication that our words are not trustworthy. (matt 5:37)

John was fighting for the truth in a climate of heresy and speculative theology. He saw a link between truthful speech and truthful living (4-6) i.e. integrity which is a powerful witness to the gospel. 1 John 2: 1-5, 18-28. Download discussion notes


15th Oct. God habits: Generosity. Generosity is wonderful attractive quality. Are we known for it? In the sermon on the mount Jesus talks about things done in secret for the Father’s pleasure, including giving to the needy.  The love of God and the love of our neighbour are so strongly linked that John, the apostle of love speaks about giving as a sign of loving God, and a response to the self-offering of Christ.

John sees love as a verb as well as a noun, something that acts (vv 16-20). As we care for those in need we act out the ‘family likeness’ of being God’s children. Generosity is a habit of the kingdom. If our gut reaction is to give, it also demonstrates to us, as well as to the world, that we belong to God. I John 3:10-23. Download discussion notes


22nd Oct. God habits: Love. How do we radically love? The love of God constrains us to love one another as we obey Jesus’ new commandment. How much does fear hold us back from radical love? (v 18). Fear of rejection? Fear of hurting others if we are honest? Fear of shame and exposure if we are open? 

There is a cost to true intimacy in human relationships and we need to face that cost if we are to go deep in relationships. John tells us however that there is a real connection with our ability to love the unseen God, and our love for our ‘brothers’. What does it mean for loving our brother to be a habit? How much is emotion, how much is will, choice and action, how much is accessing the grace of God? 1 John 4:7-21. Download discussion notes. 


October 29th. God habits: Prayer.

The letter of John is a letter written by an elder statesman in the Church, (probably the apostle John) encouraging his flock in the face of many difficulties to hold on to things of first importance. The things John teaches have become his habit and practice through long usage. They are habits and disciplines that are transformational if we can acquire them. They form a secret history with practical outworkings  1 John 5:13-17. Download discussion notes. 


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How to be prophetic in a time of crisis (AM Series)

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‘How to be prophetic in a time of crisis’. Our world is a turbulent place. The prophet Jeremiah lived through a time of immense crisis in the nation of Judah. His prophetic messages both gave strong challenges but also guidance and comfort to the people of his day. What can we learn from him about being a prophetic people to our nation today? Over the month four prophetic pictures give us insight into God’s word being delivered through someone very human.

September 3rd. Prophetic call. As a young man Jeremiah saw a vision that unlocked a prophetic ministry that would span the next forty years. What does it mean for us to ‘see well’ as the Lord told Jeremiah? What is the call of God’s people to be ‘seers’, not ‘blind guides’ to those around us? As we start a new term what is God calling us individually and Woodlands as a community to be in our city.
Jeremiah 1. Download discussion notes.


September 10th. Prophetic confrontation. We challenge and confront people we love. Jeremiah’s love for his people reflects the love of God for his chosen ‘bride’ as He calls the Jewish nation. The confrontation is strong however! What gives us the authority to confront and how do we do it appropriately? Download discussion notes.


September 24th. Jeremiah’s calling is ‘to pluck up and break down, to build and to plant’ phrases that occur (1:10) throughout the book. The context for that prophetic activity however is enduring covenant. In Old Testament Scripture there are two forms of covenant; unconditional covenants initiated by God’s mercy, and covenants that are reciprocal between God and his people. Even if we break those kind of covenants, the enduring mercy of God is there for us. Though Judah was going to experience the ‘cause and effect’ consequence of their disobedience to God, and consequent exile, they were also objects of his unchanging grace and love and Jeremiah prophetically acts out this covenant relationship in this chapter.(v 40) Jerremiah 31 & 32. Download discussion notes. 



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