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Cross Vision: Glory - David Mitchell

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: Ransom - Nigel Savage

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: A new Jerusalem Speaker - David Mitchell

March 24th 2019. City of Hope: New Jerusalem (Luke 19v41-44, Revelation 21)

This month we are looking at the topic of building Bristol as a City of Hope.

Towards the end of the book of Hebrews the story is recounted of men and women of faith who lived their lives wholeheartedly for God. Within this story there was a hope for a new city, a heavenly city where God's will and love would be fully know. Download Discussion notes

City of Hope: A new Jerusalem Speaker - Jon Wilcox

March 24th 2019. City of Hope: New Jerusalem (Luke 19v41-44, Revelation 21)

This month we are looking at the topic of building Bristol as a City of Hope.

Towards the end of the book of Hebrews the story is recounted of men and women of faith who lived their lives wholeheartedly for God. Within this story there was a hope for a new city, a heavenly city where God's will and love would be fully know. Download Discussion notes

City of Hope: Rebuilding broken walls - Rachel Riddall

March 3rd 2019. City of Hope: Rebuilding broken walls - Isaiah 58, Nehemiah 1-3

Last month our preaching series was on the topic of False Friends when we looked at issues of personal wholeness. This month we are looking at the purpose of being whole people, we are to bring God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven! We live in a city that has a great reputation as one of the top cities to live in. But for many, beneath the surface, it is a broken city. Not only are there social and political injustices across some of the poorer parts of Bristol, but there are hundreds of thousands of people who do not have a meaningful relationship with God and are unaware that Jesus died so that they could be forgiven and enjoy eternal life. As a group of Churches, we want to see the city of Bristol transformed with the love and power of God. Are you willing to play your part in this great vision? Download Discussion notes

False Friends: Escapism Speaker: David Mitchell

February 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 - Rob Scott-Cook

February 17th 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 - Nigel Savage

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 Nehemiah - Tim Dobson

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