Those who do not cast themselves upon the perfect sacrifice of Christ will spend their lives attempting to make atonement by offering their own good works to a God of their own imagining.Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”
At the start of this new year, you are all encouraged to come along to tonight’s prayer meeting 6-7pm. Gathered to pray… for the YOUNG PEOPLE…Imagine how encouraging it would be if we gathered together as parents, young people and church members and collectively asked God to move powerfully among the young people of our church and in the community. Think what God might do and how He might respond if different generations came together to pray and seek His face.
So come along and let’s expect God to move in power in our children and their friends in 2020! See you there!
Prayer leaflets and the latest Open Doors’ magazine are at the back of church. The next prayer meeting for the persecuted church and missions is taking place on Monday 20th January at 7:45pm at the home of Vanessa Naish. The country to pray for specifically this month is North Korea.
The first Ark of 2020 is on Saturday 25th January. We’re looking forward to meeting again after our Christmas break. Do come along, with an adult, if you’re aged about 0-7Ish (but any age is welcome) for Bible stories, craft, songs, puppets and refreshments. 10.00am at Priory Street. Happy New Year!
This will take place tomorrow night when the men of the church meet for prayer at 8pm. Please speak to Ian Holmes or a member of the men’s team if you would like more information.
Women’s Bible Study
The first women’s bible study of the new year will take place on Monday 27th January at 7:30pm. Study notes are on the table at the back of the church. Please speak to Anne Holmes if you would like a “study buddy” or would like more information about women’s ministry at CBC.
Do you want to learn how to talk to your friends, family, colleagues or strangers in a non-threatening way about Jesus?
The launch of a new XEE course is planned for the morning of Saturday 15th February,2020. Please put this date in your diary.
More information will be coming in the next few weeks. Meanwhile if interested please contact Norman Fuggle for more information.
On Friday 17th January we are launching an exciting new ministry at CBC. Every Friday from 1pm to 2.30pm a simple lunch of soup, bread and a drink will be served in the hall on a drop-in basis. This is being set up as an outreach to the community but is available to ALL. Please invite your friends and neighbours whether they attend one of our services, or groups, already or not! We look forward to welcoming you. Flyers are available at the back of the church.
Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am; fight night prayer, 8pm
Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am
Friday: Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm
The Scriptures find the justice of God a virtue to be extolled, not a blemish to be concealed. And if we give ourselves a moment to remember that we have been justified before the just Judge, we, too, can celebrate the good government and just law of our God.Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”
Generosity flourishes only when we do not fear loss. Possessing the good and perfect gift of Christ, we can count all generosity as affordable loss.Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”
What does it mean to be good as his children? As those who are the recipients of the good and perfect gifts of God, goodness toward others means generosity. It means we recognize that God gives us good things not so that they might terminate on us, but so that we might steward them on behalf of others.Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”
Just as Christ radiates the goodness of God, so now should we. Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”
Hi sisters! Welcome to our ongoing study of the book of Colossians: Rooted! I can’t think of a better way to begin the new decade with this ongoing study! This month’s passage is Colossians 2:1-10.
The bible study questions are out in hard copy at the churches and it is also on this website. Be sure to meet with your study buddy. If you don’t have a study buddy, contact Anne Holmes. She will be very happy to connect you with someone.
I would further challenge you to read the notes on this website to help you to recollect what we have studied so far. (Sept – Nov 2019) I have found this to be so helpful, as I forget so easily. If you don’t have time, perhaps a read through of Colossians would refresh your memory. There are four chapters and will take you about 15 minutes to read- a wonderful investment in your journey with Christ.
Please know that you are loved and prayed for by our team. Please pray for us as we aim to be biblically faithful, pastorally sensitive, and culturally relevant. As we learn about God together, our hope is that as we know God better and love Him more, it will then help us understand ourselves as His image bearers where the Holy Spirit does His transforming work in us.
Our next group study is Monday, 27 January from 7:30-9:00 in the Corsham Baptist Church Hall.
Save the date! Yay!
Lots of love in our Lord Jesus Christ,
God gives us the joy of family and friends, though we are more prone to rage against him for the hard relationships than to thank him for the sweet ones. He grants us, on the whole, more days of joy than of sorrow, though our darkened hearts are more apt to curse him for the hard times than to bless him for the happy ones.Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”
Once we recognize that the love God has bestowed upon us is not merely an emotion but an act of the will, we are forced to reevaluate how we love others. Specifically, we must re-evaluate our categories. No longer can we parse our fellow humans into the categories of ‘lovable’ and ‘unlovable.’ If love is an act of the will – not motivated by need, not measuring worth, not requiring reciprocity – then there is no such category as ‘unlovable.’Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”
If you did not hear my last Sunday message of 2019 then let me recap: I’d like to offer this to you as your pastor – something brief but good to ponder each day.
The statement ‘My God is a God of love’ often has as its subtext the idea that his love precludes him ever acting in wrath or justice, or in any way that does not fit our human conceptions of love.Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”