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Cross Vision: Glory - Rob Scott-Cook

April 14th 2019. Cross Vision: Glory. (John 12:27-32)

As we go towards Easter we are looking at different facets of the cross. This week we are looking at Glory and the Cross. A famous hymn says

In the cross of Christ I glory, Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, Never shall the cross forsake me, Lo! It glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way, From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day

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Cross Vision: Sacrifice - Clare Thompson with Jo Ritchie

April 7th 2019. Cross Vision: Sacrifice. (Hebrews 9 & 10. Matthew 26:36-45)

The Cross is at the heart of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has become the defining image of worship for Christians, and what was a fearful symbol of torture and execution in the Roman world is now worn casually as jewellery by people of faith and without it. The cross is like a diamond with many facets, and this Lent we will be looking at three aspects of the work of Christ on the cross. Download Discussion notes

Cross Vision: Sacrifice - Rob Scott-Cook

April 7th 2019. Cross Vision: Sacrifice. (Hebrews 9 & 10. Matthew 26:36-45)

The Cross is at the heart of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has become the defining image of worship for Christians, and what was a fearful symbol of torture and execution in the Roman world is now worn casually as jewellery by people of faith and without it. The cross is like a diamond with many facets, and this Lent we will be looking at three aspects of the work of Christ on the cross. Download Discussion notes

Cross Vision: Ransom - David Mitchell

March 31st 2019. Cross Vision: Ransom: Mark 10:45 (Hosea 13:14, Acts 20:28)

The Cross is at the heart of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has become the defining image of worship for Christians, and what was a fearful symbol of torture and execution in the Roman world is now worn casually as jewellery by people of faith and without it. The cross is like a diamond with many facets, and this Lent we will be looking at three aspects of the work of Christ on the cross. Download Discussion notes

City of Hope: God's heart for children - Krish Kandiah

March 17th 2019. City of Hope: Children - (Acts 19v1-22)

This month we are looking at the topic of building Bristol as a City of Hope. When a city is broken it is often the poor, the marginalised and the young that suffer the most. Download Discussion notes

Home for Good www.homeforgood.org.uk

Fostering is caring for vulnerable children in your home. There are many different kinds of fostering, offering a variety of suitable placements for children and young people.

As the Church responds to our Biblical call to care for the vulnerable, we will see families stepping forward to foster or adopt every child waiting for a home, we will see safe and welcoming churches being a committed supportive community for every family, and we will see every Christian playing their part for vulnerable children.

City of Hope: Church planting Speaker: Tim Dobson & David Mitchell

March 10th 2019. City of Hope: Church planting - (Acts 19 v 1-22)

This month we are looking at the topic of building Bristol as a City of Hope. Last week we saw how we are called to rebuild a broken city through our love and action. This week we are looking at how we rebuild a city through sharing the Good News by establishing vibrant groups of Jesus followers in each neighbourhood of the city and surrounding towns. Download Discussion notes

False Friends: Overcoming Escapism - Clare Thompson

February 17/24th 2019 False Friends: Overcoming Escapism (Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11 and 24-26)

Escapism is ‘the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities,(especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.’ Is this the disease of our age? 21st century culture provides myriad opportunities to escape the sometimes difficult realities of our lives, and more than ever before we are becoming defined by those choices. The problem with escapism is that if we use to it avoid the pain of difficult moments, anxiety or loneliness we stop maturing as people and growing in faith. Escapists can become socially and spiritually stunted, or even addicted as they turn to their chosen method of distraction or ‘dutch courage’ to help them through difficult times. Download note here

False Friends: Overcoming Performance Orientation - Clare Thompson

February 10th 2019, False Friends: Overcoming Performance Orientation (Luke 15:11–32)

Performance Orientation is ‘the tendency to need to prove your worth to yourself and to others through performing well.’ Most of us struggle with it until we begin to see it more clearly and it can be a real slave driver. Performance Orientation can spill over into our relationship with God, where we can feel convinced that we are only loved when we are good. Leads to striving, anxiety, discouragement burnout and sometimes to giving up altogether. Scripture tells us that we are loved by God before we love or perform for him. His unconditional love and acceptance forms the foundation of our lives in Him and freedom comes as we learn to believe it!

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False Friends: Self Pity - Clare Thompson

February 3rd 2019: False Friends: Overcoming Self Pity (Jonah 3:9 - 4:11)

Self pity is defined as‘ excessive, self-absorbed unhappiness over one's own troubles’ and no one likes to think of themselves as having it! Deceptive because it can feel comforting and familiar, it reminds us of all the hurts we’ve experienced from life and at hands of others and can keep us living in the past. Scripture tells us that whilst God has great compassion for those that suffer He also calls his people to move into freedom from the past and to forgive those who have hurt us. It can be uncomfortable journey!.

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Praying with the Saints: Praying with David - Hellie Brunt

January 27th 2019. Praying with the Saints: Praying with David. (2 Samuel 12:16-23. 2 Samuel:22. Psalm 51).

The Bible includes the prayers of many great men and women of God which are incredibly helpful in teaching us how to pray. David is described as a man after God’s own heart, and in his story, and in the many psalms that reflect his prayer and worship life we see an extraordinary intimacy with God. How is intimacy with God revealed in the different mood and practices of David’s prayer life? Download Discussion notes

Praying with the Saints: Praying with Nehemiah - David Mitchell

January 20th 2019. Praying with the Saints: Praying with Nehemiah. (Nehemiah 1:1-11).

The Bible includes the prayers of many great men and women of God which are incredibly helpful in teaching us how to pray.Nehemiah opens with a wonderful prayer, but throughout the book there are constant references to short ‘arrow prayers’ he prays in the midst of his very active life. Download Discussion notes