DEPENDENT DISCIPLINE

kathylarkman,

psalm-127-1-webIt was really very encouraging and challenging to consider the transforming grace of God last Monday night. God is growing us and it is exciting!

One of the key points of God’s transforming grace which we discussed is that we are totally dependent on the Holy Spirit for His transforming work in our lives and at the same time we are responsible to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in this work. How the Holy Spirit does this is a mystery… But He progressively changes and transforms us to be more like Jesus everyday as we cooperate with Him.

Think of this illustration taken from Jerry Bridges’ book, The Discipline of Grace:
“You are seated in a jet passenger plane flying thirty-five thousand feet above the earth. Suppose (I know this can’t happen in real life) the pilot were to say ‘Folks, we’re in real trouble. One of our wings is about to break off.’ Which one of the wings would you rather lose, the left or the right one? It’s a silly question, isn’t it? No plane can fly with just one wing. Multi-engined planes are designed to fly with only one engine in emergency mode. But no plane can fly with just one wing; both are absolutely necessary.

Visualize that aircraft as though you were looking down on it from above. You see the fuselage, where you are sitting, the two wings and the tail assembly. As you look at the two wings you see the words, dependence, on the left wing, and discipline on the right wing. This airplane illustrates one of the most important principles in the Christian life. Just as the airplane must have both wings to fly, so we must exercise both discipline and dependence in becoming conformed into Christ’s likeness. (Jerry Bridges calls it the pursuit of holiness.) Just as it is impossible for an airplane to fly with just one wing, so it is impossible for us to successfully pursue holiness with only dependence or discipline. Discipline refers to training ourselves, just as Paul told Timothy to train himself to be godly. (1 Timothy 4:7)

The point of the airplane illustration is that we must not try to carry out our responsibilities in our own strength and willpower. We must depend on the Holy Spirit to enable us. At the same time we must not assume that we have no responsibility simply because we are dependent. God enables us to work, but He does not do the work for us!”

From our verse today, the Psalmist sees God so intimately involved in the building and the watching! The builders can’t put their tools away and go watch the telly. The watchmen can’t go home and go to sleep and expect God to watch over the city! They must carry out their responsibilities in total dependence on God that the psalmist speaks of HIS building and HIS watching.

Good food for thought! We will resume our study series, Living Out God’s Grace, in January.

Praying for you reader, as we enter the Christmas season! This blog will continue to focus on God’s amazing grace at Christmas!

Love, Kathy xo

 

Give thanks to the just judge

Tim Stephenson,
Oasis team, preparing Christmas gift bags for refugees

Thanksgiving celebrations at Oasis this week, as many other places. It sounds like the team had a great time of bonding together amongst their preparations for the Christmas events that will follow shortly. Witness the culmination of the ladies gift and updates on several of the people Lesley and Neal have introduced us to over previous weeks.

As you read, please also pray for these folks, for the perseverance spoken about in the parable of the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8) and for them to experience the power of God, the just judge: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437696944

LIVING OUT GOD’S GRACE BIBLE STUDY!

kathylarkman,

Hi sisters!

Tomorrow night is our time to get together with a cuppa, cake and a Bible to study God’s Transforming Grace as we live out the Gospel in our daily lives.

transforming grace of GodWHEN: Monday, 27 November, 2017

WHERE: Corsham Baptist Church Hall

TIME: 7:30 PM 

Be prepared to laugh, be encouraged, and challenged by the ONE “who began the good work within you, and WILL continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus Christ returns.”

See you there!

Notices for 26th November 2017

Louise,
CBC news logo

Infant Dedication

This morning at the 11:15am service we are having an infant dedication for Arya Joy, daughter of Nathan and Christine Coltman.  We look forward to welcoming their friends and family to this special occasion.

Transformation Groups

TRANSFORMATION GROUPS are a small step for big gains in your Christian growth. Four men, or four women, committing to meet together once a month for six months to study God’s word, to pray, and above all, to apply the gospel to our daily lives. The groups will be starting in January. If you’d like to join one, speak to one of the group leaders: for the women, Nancy Sawyer, Vicki Kelly, Lynne Little and Louise du Toit; for the men, Ben Ross, Steve Rowe, John Prior and Nathan Coltman.

1Thess 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up …”

Carols by Candlelight – 17th December, 6pm

We’re planning once again to put together a band/ ensemble/ mini-orchestra for the carols by candlelight service. If you play an instrument (to grade 5 or above) and would be interested in playing for the carol service, David Morrell would love to hear from you, with details of what you play if he doesn’t already know! It would be great to hear from everyone who’s interested in taking part, as close to Sunday 3rd December as possible.  You can speak to David face to face or email him on davidsuemorrell@gmail.com.

Congregational Meeting

Especially for the Sunday evening congregation! Please make every effort to join us for a special meeting this evening at 6pm. As well as prayer and worship, we’ll be holding an open discussion about how we can best develop our Sunday evening gatherings. What would you like to see happen, and what part can you play? Please come and share as a family as we seek together to move forward with God.

Women’s Bible Study – Transforming Grace

The next women’s bible study is on tomorrow, 27th November at 7:30pm.  There are study sheets on the table at the back.  Please take one in preparation of the meeting.

CBC Men’s Night – this Tuesday 28th November 7:30pm

Renton Baker will be coming to share with the men of our church, reflecting on his past and what it means for men to work out their faith in today’s world (this will be the first of a series of talks from Renton). This would be a great opportunity to bring non-Christian friends. Sign up at the back.

The Craft Group

This is held on the first Saturday morning of each month from 10-12.30, the next being December 2nd where there will be a Christmas theme! We re commence again in the New Year on January 6th.  All ‘Crafty’ people welcome and any who are not but wish to be ‘Crafty’. For any information speak to either Pam Mitchell or Hazel Hammett.

Feeding Back to You

The Trustees of Corsham Churches Foodbank would like to thank everyone at CBC for their generous support of the Foodbank project throughout 2017, but in particular for your recent harvest offering.  The Foodbank is now well placed to meet the additional demands of the winter season and the Christmas Hamper project.

Fight Night

Monday night at CBC is “Fight Night” (second Monday of every month at 8pm). This is a men’s prayer meeting where we pray for our Christian witness, to honour the women in our lives, and for anything and everything as the Spirit leads.

MK Staff Training 2018

This summer (2017) CBC hosted the MK Staff Training course for WEC International. As a church we had the opportunity to meet and be a blessing to new mission workers from all over the world, preparing to serve in schools attended by missionaries’ children. The same course will be held at CBC again in 2018, from Sunday evening 22nd July to Thursday morning 2nd August. We are looking for hosts to provide accommodation, and help with catering and taxi driving for our participants. If you would like to help in any way please talk with Steve or Gill Bryant. Thank you!

Family Christmas decoration-making workshop

We will be making Christmas decorations and having some festive fun on Saturday 9th December at church between 10am and 12pm. There’ll be glitter and tinsel in abundance! Children to be accompanied by a parent please.  Help is needed for this event so please speak to Rhiannon to find out more and to sign up.

A Sweet Christmas – Women’s Christmas Event: Monday 11th December

We look forward to having fellowship and food together as we celebrate Christmas and encourage one another in our walk with God at this special time of year. This year we’re having a ‘Christmas curry’ with oodles of sweet treats! Any questions please speak to Anne Holmes, Christine Coltman or Vicki Kelly.  There is a sign-up sheet.

Grindrods’ Blog

Please take a paper copy of the latest blog from Austria or visit the link http://grindrods.simplesite.com/435831945

Opportunities for Regular Giving

If you would like to give to the work of the church on a regular basis, you might wish to consider setting up a standing order through your bank.  Alternatively, some people find it helpful to use a weekly numbered blue donation envelope for their offering.  And of course, if you are a UK tax payer, then the value of your gift can be increased by 25%, at no extra cost to yourself, if you complete a Gift Aid Declaration.

If you would like to enrol on the blue envelope scheme for 2018, or would like to set up a standing order or make a Gift Aid Declaration, do please speak to one of the Treasury Team: Roger Hammett (Priory Street 11.15 Service); Lynne Little (Church on the Green, Rudloe) or Michael Prior (Priory Street 9.15 Service).

Church Directory 2018

Please complete a form, which you can find at the back, if your details have changed or you are new to this fellowship.  Once completed, leave in the box on the table at the back. The directory will be published in January. PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY!! Thank you!

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am; Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

Tuesday: Men’s night with Renton Baker, 7:30pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; CMDAC 7.30pm

Friday: CMDAC 9.30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion and other church activities 8.30am

 

….Coming up…

2nd December: Craft Club, 10am

6th December: Midweek service, 2pm

 

All things Christmas @ CBC Priory Street

9th December, 10am-12pm: decoration-making workshop

11th December, 7:30pm: Women’s Christmas event

16th December, 5pm: Nativity Service

17th December, 6pm: Carols by Candlelight

20th December, 2-3pm: Midweek Christmas service

24th December: normal 9:15am and 11:15am services; communion 6pm

25th December, 10am: Christmas Day family service; no evening service

31st December: normal 9:15am and 11:15am services; no evening service

Every part has it’s role

Tim Stephenson,
View across Salzburg old town towards the snowcapped Alps.

Reading Lesley’s blog this week it seemed to me a real-life illustration of Paul’s insight about how God manages things so we each bring our specific gifts and talents to build the church:

But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 1 Corinthians 12:18

I hope it inspires you to praise and intercession: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437587492

And sorry, this is the unexpected bonus from week 9: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/437498375

ECHOING OF GOD’S GRACE

kathylarkman,

Today, the USA is celebrating its national holiday, Thanksgiving. This tradition is full of food, American football and Thanksgiving Day Parades that can be watched on the telly ALL. DAY. It gives Americans a long weekend off work and school. It is really lovely.  There is the sentiment of being thankful for friends, family, and freedom.

I too, am thankful for friends, family, and freedom. But who are we thankful to?

maxresdefaultIn this year’s bible study, we are considering God’s grace –Christ’s redeeming love in action in our undeserving lives. So I just want to pause and reflect to give thanks as a Christian, who just happens to be an American living in Britain, for God’s saving and sustaining grace. Will you pray with me?

11.23graceofgod“Thank you God, my heavenly Father, for your AMAZING Gospel which is the Good News of Christ. Thank you for stooping down to this sinner with your love and care by giving me Jesus every day of my life; through the many channels You choose to use- my friends, family, church family, and so much more.  Thank You too, for the trials and challenges you have brought to me. I know You are teaching me to live in the deep assurance and knowledge of where my hope, confidence, reliance, and strength lie. May I be an echo of the grace of God in Christ to those around me.” Amen

 

 

Notice sheet for 19th November 2017

Louise,
CBC news logo

Transformation Groups

TRANSFORMATION GROUPS are a small step for big gains in your Christian growth. Four men, or four women, committing to meet together once a month for six months to study God’s word, to pray, and above all, to apply the gospel to our daily lives. The groups will be starting in January. If you’d like to join one, speak to one of the group leaders: for the women, Nancy Sawyer, Vicki Kelly, Lynne Little and Louise du Toit; for the men, Ben Ross, Steve Rowe, John Prior and Nathan Coltman.

1Thess 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up …”

Mission and Persecuted Church Prayer Meeting

There will be a prayer meeting for the above on Monday 20th November, at 7:45pm. Please speak to Vanessa Naish should you wish to know more about these meetings.

Congregational Meeting

Especially for the Sunday evening congregation! Please make every effort to join us for a special meeting next Sunday 26th November at 6pm. As well as prayer and worship, we’ll be holding an open discussion about how we can best develop our Sunday evening gatherings. What would you like to see happen, and what part can you play? Please come and share as a family as we seek together to move forward with God.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service is on Wednesday 22nd November and the text is 2 Samuel chapters 15-18. Eric Seager will be leading and David Morrell preaching. The service starts at 2:00pm and is followed by tea/coffee and home-made cakes.  All welcome!

Infant Dedication

Next Sunday at the 11:15am service we will be having an infant dedication for Arya Joy, daughter of Nathan and Christine Coltman.  We look forward to welcoming their friends and family to this special occasion.

The Ark

Come and find out about the Greatest Journey of them all and the real meaning of Christmas at the Ark Christmas party on Saturday 25th November.  It’s going to be lots of fun with puppets, games, treasure hunt, video, talk, songs, party food, cake and gifts. Bring your friends along as well.   Aimed at 0-7 year olds but ALL welcome, at Priory Street, 10-11.30am (a bit later this time as we will be finishing with party food!).

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study is on Monday 27th November at 7:30pm.  There are study sheets on the table at the back.  Please take one in preparation of the meeting.  If you would like to know more about these meetings, or would like to have a “study buddy”, please chat to Kathy Larkman or Anne Holmes.

CBC Men’s Night – Tuesday 28th November 7:30pm

Renton Baker will be coming to share with the men of our church, reflecting on his past and what it means for men to work out their faith in today’s world (this will be the first of a series of talks from Renton). This would be a great opportunity to bring non-Christian friends. Pizza or curry as well (to be decided).

Feeding Back to You

The Trustees of Corsham Churches Foodbank would like to thank everyone at CBC for their generous support of the Foodbank project throughout 2017, but in particular for your recent harvest offering.  The Foodbank is now well placed to meet the additional demands of the winter season and the Christmas Hamper project.

Fight Night

Monday night at CBC is “Fight Night” (second Monday of every month at 8pm). This is a men’s prayer meeting where we pray for our Christian witness, to honour the women in our lives, and for anything and everything as the Spirit leads.

MK Staff Training 2018

This summer (2017) CBC hosted the MK Staff Training course for WEC International. As a church we had the opportunity to meet and be a blessing to new mission workers from all over the world, preparing to serve in schools attended by missionaries’ children. The same course will be held at CBC again in 2018, from Sunday evening 22nd July to Thursday morning 2nd August. We are looking for hosts to provide accommodation, and help with catering and taxi driving for our participants. If you would like to help in any way please talk with Steve or Gill Bryant. Thank you!

Family Christmas decoration-making workshop

We will be making Christmas decorations and having some festive fun on Saturday 9th December at church between 10am and 12pm. There’ll be glitter and tinsel in abundance! Children to be accompanied by a parent please.  Help is needed for this event so please speak to Rhiannon to find out more and to sign up.

A Sweet Christmas – Women’s Christmas Event: Monday 11th December

We look forward to having fellowship and food together as we celebrate Christmas and encourage one another in our walk with God at this special time of year. This year we’re having a ‘Christmas curry’ with oodles of sweet treats! Any questions please speak to Anne Holmes, Christine Coltman or Vicki Kelly.  There is a sign-up sheet.

Grindrods’ Blog

Please take a paper copy of the latest blog from Austria or visit the link http://grindrods.simplesite.com/435831945

Church Directory 2018

Please complete a form which you can find at the back if your details have changed or you are new to this fellowship.  Once completed, leave in the box on the table at the back. The directory will be published in January. PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY!! Thank you!

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am; Mission/persecuted church prayer meeting, 7:45pm

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; CMDAC 7.30pm

Friday: CMDAC 9.30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion and other church activities 8.30am; the Ark Christmas party, 10am

….Coming up…

26th November: Infant Dedication, 11:15am service; congregational meeting 6pm

27th November: Women’s Bible Study, 7:30pm

28th November: Men’s night with Renton Baker, 7:30pm

2nd December: Craft Club, 10am

6th December: Midweek service, 2pm

 

…All things Christmas @ CBC Priory Street…

 

9th December, 10am-12pm: decoration-making workshop

11th December, 7:30pm: Women’s Christmas event

16th December, 5pm: Nativity Service

17th December, 6pm: Carols by Candlelight

20th December, 2-3pm: Midweek Christmas service

24th December: normal 9:15am and 11:15am services; communion 6pm

25th December, 10am: Christmas Day family service; no evening service

31st December: normal 9:15am and 11:15am services; no evening service

Growing in Grace

kathylarkman,

53b15e1fbcc8c_sinclair_b_fergusonSINCLAIR FERGUSON QUOTEThis thoughtful quote is from one of my favourite authors, Sinclair Ferguson.  To grow in grace is to allow Jesus’ redeeming love to act in our undeserving lives to change us to be more and more like Christ. The pattern of Jesus’ life was one of sacrifice, being misunderstood, and many adversities….he was unjustly accused. And, He ultimately died for it- in God’s great plan of salvation for us. All the while Jesus lived on this earth He showed us how to serve and love God and others. He was filled with God’s purpose and joy within Him. We too, should expect adversity, trials, testing, persecution, and injustice toward us at some point in our lives. When Jesus suffered, we suffered. When He died, we died. But also, when He was raised, we will be raised too! We will be with Him in glory! The glory of WHO HE IS in all his majesty. And we will be like Him. The grace of God’s gospel is what grows us to be more and more like Jesus.

These last few months have proven to be stretching for me. In trying to serve God, the enemy has thrown relational toxic stuff at me. Yes, it hurts. It’s painful. But you know, God has it all in hand through His purposes. I am preaching the Gospel to myself everyday. He is transforming me into His likeness. I can trust Him because I am in Christ. I am able to pray for these dear ones. That’s Christ in me.  And I realize that I do most of my growing in grace when circumstances or relationships are challenging. When things are wonderful, I face the temptation of self-righteousness and self-reliance. This is a dangerous place to be as a follower of Christ.

GRACE_Main_0302So be encouraged. If you are facing adversity in some form or another, God’s grace that saved you is the same grace that is sustaining you! More than that, He is growing you to be more and more like Jesus!

Love, Kathy

Notice sheet for 12th November 2017

Louise,
CBC news logo

Remembrance Sunday

Today is Remembrance Sunday and we will take time at 11:00am (between the two morning services at Priory Street and at Church on the Green) to remember those who have fallen in the service of this country.

Transformation Groups

TRANSFORMATION GROUPS are a small step for big gains in your Christian growth. Four men, or four women, committing to meet together once a month for six months to study God’s word, to pray, and above all, to apply the gospel to our daily lives. The groups will be starting in January. If you’d like to join one, speak to one of the group leaders: for the women, Nancy Sawyer, Vicky Holmes, Lynne Little and Louise du Toit; for the men, Ben Ross, Steve Rowe, John Prior and Nathan Coltman.

1Thess 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up …”

Congregational Meeting

Especially for the Sunday evening congregation! Please make every effort to join us for a special meeting on Sunday 26th November at 6pm. As well as prayer and worship, we’ll be holding an open discussion about how we can best develop our Sunday evening gatherings. What would you like to see happen, and what part can you play? Please come and share as a family as we seek together to move forward with God.

CBC Men’s Night – Tuesday 28th November 7:30pm

Renton Baker will be coming to share with the men of our church, reflecting on his past and what it means for men to work out their faith in today’s world (this will be the first of a series of talks from Renton). This would be a great opportunity to bring non-Christian friends. Pizza or curry as well (to be decided).

The Ark

Come and find out about the Greatest Journey of them all and the real meaning of Christmas at the Ark Christmas party on Saturday 25th November.  It’s going to be lots of fun with puppets, games, treasure hunt, video, talk, songs, party food, cake and gifts. Bring your friends along as well.   Aimed at 0-7 year olds but ALL welcome, at Priory Street, 10-11.30am (a bit later this time as we will be finishing with party food!).

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study is on Monday 27th November at 7:30pm.  There are study sheets on the table at the back.  Please take one in preparation of the meeting.  If you would like to know more about these meetings, or would like to have a “study buddy”, please chat to Kathy Larkman or Anne Holmes.

A Sweet Christmas – Women’s Christmas Event: Monday 11th December

We look forward to having fellowship and food together as we celebrate Christmas and encourage one another in our walks with God at this special time of year. This year we’re having a ‘Christmas curry’ with oodles of sweet treats! Any questions please speak to Anne Holmes, Christine Coltman or Vicki Kelly.  There is a sign-up sheet.

Family Christmas decoration-making workshop

We will be making Christmas decorations and having some festive fun on Saturday 9th December at church between 10am and 12pm. There’ll be glitter and tinsel in abundance! Children to be accompanied by a parent please.  Help is needed for this event so please speak to Rhiannon to find out more and to sign up.

Help requested!

Joan is travelling to Austria to visit Neal and Lesley Grindrod and needs a lift to Bristol airport from Corsham next Sunday 19th November at 10am. If you can help with this journey, please contact Joan.

Grindrods’ Blog

Please take a paper copy of the latest blog from Austria or visit the link http://grindrods.simplesite.com/435831945.

 

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; CMDAC 7.30pm

Friday: CMDAC 9.30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion and other church activities 8.30am

 

….Coming up…

19th November: Praise evening, 6pm; Joan Cooper leaves for Austria

20th November: Mission and persecuted church prayer meeting, 7:45pm

22nd November: Midweek service, 2pm

25th November: The Ark Christmas party, 10:00am

26th November: Infant Dedication, 11:15am service; congregational meeting 6pm

27th November: Women’s Bible Study, 7:30pm

28th November: Men’s night with Renton Baker, 7:30pm

 

All things Christmas @ CBC Priory Street

9th December, 10am-12pm: decoration-making workshop

11th December, 7:30pm: Women’s Christmas event

16th December, 5pm: Nativity Service

17th December, 6pm: Carols by Candlelight

20th December, 2-3pm: Midweek Christmas service

24th December: normal 9:15am and 11:15am services; communion 6pm

25th December, 10am: Christmas Day family service; no evening service

31st December: normal 9:15am and 11:15am services; no evening service

SPECTACLE OF GLORY

kathylarkman,

Hi girlfriends!

I have been praying for us this week that we will celebrate God’s amazing grace every day—- His grace that saved us when we accepted Christ as our Lord and Saviour, but more-than-amazing grace that sustains us. It keeps and preserves us and grows us!

As I have been preparing and studying for the coming study for this month, LIVING OUT GOD’S Grace: Transforming Grace, I came across a short quote from one of my heroes of the faith, Joni Eareckson Tada. She talks about what it looks like to live out God’s glory in our lives as the Holy Spirit transforms us into Christ’s image, one day at time. I found it very helpful and hope that you do as well:

“Glory, I’ve learned, is what God is all about. His essential
being. Whenever you talk about His character or attributes – like
holiness, love, compassion, justice, truth, or mercy – that’s God’s
glory.JONI
So how is it that you and I can glorify God? It happens every
time we reveal His attributes in the course of our daily lives.
Every time you share the good news of Christ with another. Every time
you reflect patience in the middle of an upsetting or perplexing
problem. Every time you smile from the heart or offer an encouraging
word. Whenever those around you see God’s character displayed in your
attitudes and responses, you are displaying His glory.
God’s glory isn’t reserved for a temple of stone or some
heavenly vista. It can shine out clearly while you’re changing a flat on
the freeway … or counseling an angry co-worker … or lying in a
hospital bed … or balancing two crying babies in the church nursery.”

As we ponder this transforming grace this month, let us pray for one another that we will understand and allow the Holy Spirit to do that transforming work in us; to glorify God.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV 

Until next week,

Kathy xo