Daily message – 22 Sept 2020

Eddie,
cover page showing image of lavender field

If men and women were surer of their God there would be more genuine manliness, womanliness, and godliness in the world, and a whole lot less fear of each other.

— Elisabeth Elliot, “Keep A Quiet Heart”

Making the Message of Mark Matter

Steve and Ruth Lancaster,
Picture of Steve and Ruth

This post by Steve and Ruth Lancaster was originally published at Life in the Lancs Lane

Monduli seminar
The Monduli conference – the heart of
Masai land

We’re now midway through our conference season and preparing for our fourth event, this time in the wilds of Magambua (23rd-25th Sept), a 3 hour drive from the nearest tarred road. So far the IBM events have gone really well, with 90 pastors (and wives) in attendance. During the 3 day course we journey together through the gospel of Mark, although with only ten teaching sessions we’re only scraping the surface of some of the major events.  Here’s the breakdown, with a few added comments:

1: Intro to Mark.  A man who was possibly a failed missionary but was given a second chance by Barnabas, and who later became very useful to both Paul and Peter.

2: The Parable of the Sower.  A session that promotes more discussion than any other, quite possibly because many of our pastors are also subsistence farmers!?

3: Jesus calming the storm.  A key lesson for me this term, as I keep trying to apply the truth that Jesus is in the boat with me as I face the waves.

4: The feeding of the 5000.  Jesus doesn’t actually need the five loaves and two fish to do his work, but he chooses to use the small amount the little boy can offer to feed thousands!   

5. Peter’s confession of Christ.  If Jesus really is who he says he is, then we must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him.

6: The donkey-riding King!  King of the Universe – yet he comes in humility and gentleness.

7: The authority of Jesus and the rumble in the temple!  What do we need to remove from the courtyards of our lives in order to give room for more reverence and worship to God?

8: Anointing the anointed.  The deep devotion of one woman who was prepared to give something of immense worth to Christ. 

9: The power of the cross.  Jesus (who didn’t deserve to die) was crucified, whilst Barabbas (who deserved to die) was freed.  Our middle name is Barabbas!   

10: He has risen!  Some of the most important words ever uttered by an angel!

Steve’s just relieved he didn’t get
the jacket!
At the three conferences so far, the day that stands out from the rest is the third day of teaching.  From a teaching/preaching perspective it has felt as though there has been an extra ‘uummpphhh’ to sessions 9 and 10.  Swahili utterance has felt more fluid and there’s been a real feeling of the message hitting home. The singing that follows these sessions has borne testimony to the fact that hearts and minds have been challenged and blessed, as we’ve considered the awesome power of the cross and the empty tomb.  It’s our hope that the teaching the pastors receive will enable and inspire them personally, but that they might also be mobilised to pass on what they’ve learned to their congregations.  

The Long Goodbye!  At each conference so far the closing minutes have involved a farewell presentation to us from the pastors and their wives, even though we haven’t shouted from the rooftops about our departure home to the UK!  I’d rather pop out the back door once the conference has finished!  A lengthy speech is normally followed by a procession of swaying gift-givers who parade to the front and wrap us up with tribal blankets!  At the Monduli event we were robed in Masai gear, followed up by the longest of photo-calls! 

At the Monduli seminar – clearly the couple on the 
right didn’t get the joke!


At the Pwani event, in an attempt to get us to rethink our exit strategy, pastor Reuben quoted from Acts 18:20 where the Ephesians pleaded with Paul to stay: They asked him to spend more time with them.  I politely quoted the end of the verse which says, but he declined!  Such farewells are indeed a blessing and enable us to realise that the work God has given us to do has not been in vain.  Such farewells also help us to finish well and give us the platform to say good goodbyes!  It also gives me the opportunity, in my closing speech, to lift up my Enabler in all of this. 1 Peter 4:11 says whoever preaches must preach God’s messages; whoever serves must serve with the strength God gives, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs glory and power for ever.  In a season which has seen a few struggles, I am so aware that it is He who has given us the strength to do our work here, and therefore the glory belongs to Him.

Daily message – 21 Sept 2020

Eddie,
Profile photo of Sinclair Ferguson

The heart of repentance is the lifelong moral and spiritual turnaround of our lives as we submit to the Lord.

— Sinclair Ferguson

Daily message – 20 Sept 2020

Eddie,

Texts used without reference to context can darken the very sun.

— Amy Carmichael, “Gold by Moonlight”

Notices for 20 Sept 2020

Tim Stephenson,

Church on the Screen, Sunday @ 10am

Sunday at Priory Street @ 10am

Matt G will bring us lessons on dealing with a crisis from Hezekiah this week.

We’re going to try our first streaming ‘live’ in anticipation of being able to welcome some people into the Priory Street building from next week so please bear with us as we try to master this new skill.

The ‘new normal’ continues with prayer and fellowship – contact your LIFE group leaders for when and how that is happening. Or use the contact form if you’re not part of one but would like to join in.

Evening prayer @ 8pm

Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.

Meal train

Could you spare some time to help support vulnerable members / new mums / those out of hospital and needing food by co-ordinating the CBC and Rudloe Meal Train? The job involves a person or family being nominated, often by other church members, you making contact with the nominee to find out food preferences, days of delivery, number to cook for then activating your meal support team. These are groups of people within both churches who do a wonderful act of service for their brothers and sisters and the wider Corsham family. You would be called upon around once a month and it takes maybe an hour or so to activate the links on an existing website. You would need access to a car in order to deliver some meals yourself and for those of your team who cannot drive. For more information please speak with Joan C and Sarah B for hand over details.

The Ark

Next Saturday, the Ark, for families up to 7 years or so, will be online once again at https://www.facebook.com/groups/726702974088284/.

Women of CBC!

Our monthly bible studies are back on 28th Sept! This year we will be studying Genesis; ‘In the beginning, God’ and we’re excited to be going back to the very beginning of God’s word together.

As church is likely to be looking different for the immediate future, we want to encourage you to get together with a Study Buddy prior to our monthly meetings.  You will receive a short study each month with questions that you can work through together: encourage and build each other up in Christ; all the while learning more about our awesome God. You can meet in person (follow government guidelines) or zoom or chat over the phone. Download your study here or go to Grace Place.

For more information contact Anne (details in the directory or or use the contact form).

When we meet together, we will build on the study with a more in-depth view of Genesis. We realise it may not be possible for everyone to meet at church so we are also looking at an online option. Details to follow.

We look forward to studying and growing together as we delve deeper into the scriptures. God bless you ladies.
Love
The Women’s Ministry Team

Coming up…

Please remember bookings are needed for all events at the moment so we do not exceed capacity. You can do this by leaving a message on the office phone or use the contact form.

If your small group wants to meet in person and does not have enough space to meet at the recommended distance the Sanctuary @ Priory Street is available. This needs to be booked and virus-limiting precautions taken but we will seek to make it available to as many as we reasonably can.

Daily message – 19 Sept 2020

Eddie,

Since complete happiness is knowing God, in order that no one should be prevented from finding that happiness, he has kindly put in our minds the seed of true religion … and has also displayed his perfection in the whole structure of the universe.

— John Calvin, “The Institutes of Christian Religion”

Daily message – 18 Sept 2020

Eddie,
Cover image for Sam Allberry - 7 Myths about Singleness

God doesn’t give us hypothetical grace but only actual grace. The point is that when we imagine all those worst-case scenarios, we are imagining them without factoring in the presence and grace of God that would be there if they actually happened.

— Sam Allberry, “7 Myths About Singleness”

Daily message – 17 Sept 2020

Eddie,
cover page showing image of lavender field

Wouldn’t our children learn godliness if they saw the example of contentment instead of complaint? Acceptance instead of rebellion? Peace instead of frustration?

— Elisabeth Elliot, “Keep A Quiet Heart”

A WORD FROM SHARON ON GENESIS BIBLE STUDY-

kathylarkman,

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Hello!

We’re going to be studying Genesis together, looking back to grasp how God has loved us from the very beginning; he has always planned to rescue us and bring us back home to him.

Genesis has 50 chapters, so we are not going to be able to study each of them in depth!

Each month, there will be a larger section suggested for personal reading and then a particular episode or passage for you to focus in on with your study buddy.

The best way to approach the study will be to read the whole larger section by yourself at home in advance, then zoom in to the shorter passage when you meet your study buddy.

This way, you will get a feel for whole sweep of God’s plan across several chapters and then also appreciate God’s work in the detail of everyday human lives as you study together.

Praying that God will reassure you of his unconditional and undeserved love as you read Genesis with me,

Every blessing

Sharon

Download Study 1 here: https://corshambaptists.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/GenesisStudy1.pdf

Daily message – 16 Sept 2020

Eddie,
Profile photo of Sinclair Ferguson

There had been occasions when David could have seized position and power by means that would have compromised his commitment to the Lord.

— Sinclair Ferguson, “In Christ Alone”