STUDY 2: GROUNDED IN GRACE-EMBRACING OUR NEW IDENTITY in CHRIST – Now Available

kathylarkman,

th2DU3XXH0Hi girls!

The next bible study is now online on this website and there are hard copies at CBC and COTG. Especially with half term fast approaching, I got them out earlier than usual so that you will have time to meet with your study buddy!

As we study what it is to live out God’s grace in our lives, we are focusing on how important it is to be grounded in His grace as we embrace our new identity in Christ. We can’t embrace it if we don’t truly understand the implications when we became Christians or as I like to say, followers of Christ.

Have a blessed week,

Kathy xo

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Notice sheet for 15th October 2017

Louise,

Church Meeting

Our autumn Church meeting takes place tomorrow night, 16th October, at 8pm.  Minutes of the July Church Meeting, as well as the agenda for tomorrow night are all on the table at the back.

Praise Evening

Tonight will be another praise evening at 6pm.  Please come along and enjoy an evening of testimony, worship and praise to our God.

Ladies’ Bible Study

There are study notes on the table at the back for the next ladies’ bible study which is taking place on Monday 30th October starting at 7:30pm.  Please speak to Kathy Larkman or Anne Holmes if you would like more information on these meetings.

The Ark

Don’t forget the next Ark on Saturday 28th October at 10.00am at CBC Priory Street.  Come and be enlightened as we think about the Light of the World in a fun way with puppets, story, songs and finishing with cake at 11.00am.  All bright sparks welcome with an adult, but mainly aimed at 0-7 year olds!

Light Party

Our annual light party will be held on Tuesday 31st October from 5-7pm.  Last year we had over 40 children attend – a wonderful outreach event! Much help is needed for this event so please sign up at the back or speak to Rhiannon to find out about how you can help.

Youth Weekend – DRIVERS needed

We require some willing drivers to transport young people to our annual youth weekend. We need a single driver to take young people from Corsham to the centre we will be staying at (by Chepstow) leaving at 4pm, on Friday 20th Oct.  We also need two drivers to transport young people back to Corsham, arriving at the centre for 3:30pm, on Sunday 22nd Oct.   If you can help, speak to Dan.

Calling all regular, occasional or interested sound system users

If you want to learn how to use the Priory Street sound system, find out more about how it works or want to improve your use of it then please register for one of our training sessions. They are planned for 23 Oct and 6 Nov, starting at 7:30pm and running for an hour in Priory Street.  They will be relatively informal and based on your needs so please talk to Steve Chilcott, so he can understand the level of interest and plan the content. If you know someone else who would be interested in or benefit from this training please let them know.

Harvest Offerings

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the harvest offering.  £861 was raised including gift aid.

Bryants’ Newsletter

Gill and Steve have compiled a very interesting and information-packed newsletter for October.  There are paper copies on the table at the back of the church.  Please take one away to read.

October Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer Meeting

This meeting has been cancelled.  However, if you would like to pray, the country of the month is Libya and there are details on the board in the coffee hall at Priory Street.

 

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am; Church Meeting, 8pm
Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm; youth leave for their weekend away

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

 

….Coming up…

23rd October: Sound system training, 7:30pm

25th October: Midweek service, 2pm

28th October: The Ark, 10am

30th October: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

31st October: Light Party, 5pm-7pm

4th November: Craft Club, 10am

5th November: Baptism service at 11:15am

6th November: Sound system training, 7:30pm

8th November: Midweek service, 2pm

12th November: Remembrance Sunday

19th November: Praise evening, 6pm

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

22nd November: Midweek service, 2pm

25th November: The Ark, 10:00am

26th November: Infant Dedication, 11:15am service

27th November: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

 

IDENTITY IN CHRIST

kathylarkman,

identity-300x246In the current climate of our culture and society, an ongoing challenge is becoming more prevalent:
IDENTITY- Who am I?

As followers of Christ, Scripture teaches us that our identity is IN Christ. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT I am realizing how crucial it is to understand this as we “live out God’s grace” in our lives.

The following is an excerpt taken from Jerry Bridges book, The Discipline of Grace. It illustrates our new identity and new status when we become followers of Christ:

“During the long years of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, a Russian air force pilot flew his fighter plane from a base in Russia to an American air force base in Japan and asked for asylum. He was flown to the USA where he was duly debriefed, given a new identity, and set up as a bona fide resident of the USA. In due time he became an American citizen.

The Russian pilot’s experience illustrates to some degree what happened to us when we died to sin and were made alive to God. He changed kingdoms; he was given a new identity and a new status. He was no longer a Russian; he was now an American. He was no longer under the rule of what was then an oppressive and totalitarian government. Now he was free to experience all of the advantages and resources of living in a free and prosperous country.

This former Russian pilot, however, was still the same person. He had the same personality, the same habits, and the same cultural patterns as he did before he flew out of Russia. But he did have a new identity and new status. As a result of his new identity and status as a citizen in a free country, he now had the opportunity to grow as a free person, to discard the mind-set of someone living under bondage, and to put off the habit patterns of a person living under the heel of a despotic regime. Furthermore, as a benefactor of US government’s intelligence establishment, he was furnished all the resources needed to make a successful transition to an American citizen.

In effect, this Russian pilot “died” to his old identity as a Russian citizen and was “made alive” in a new identity as an American citizen. As an American, all the resources of our government were at his disposal to become in fact what he has become in status. But this could not have happened without first changing his status.

We we as believers died to sin, we died to a status wherein we were under the bondage to the tyrannical reign of sin. At the same time, we were granted citizenship in the Kingdom of God and through our vital union with Jesus Christ, were furnished all the resources we need to become in fact what we have become in status.”

th2DU3XXH0When our identity is in Christ, it not only influences our status, but our whole being. Having this new identity given us, it calls us to a new mentality. Ponder that thought! More next week….

So girls, this next week, remember who you are!

Love, Kathy


Steve B travelling to Thailand this week

Tim,

From Sunday 8th to Friday 27th October Steve is visiting Chiang Mai in Thailand. There are two main purposes:

  • spend time at the WEC boarding home where some of WEC’s MKs (missionaries children) live. They attend Grace International School while their parents serve the Lord either in Thailand or another country. Steve’s role is to give pastoral support and practical encouragement to the couple running the home. He will be there from 10th – 17th and from 22nd – 26th October.
  • attend Asiacon, a large conference for leaders from four areas in Asia. From 17th – 22nd he will give presentations on safeguarding and talk with individuals.

Please pray for Steve to be able to minister effectively in both of these situations.

To learn more about Steve and Gill’s work download their biannual prayer letter here

A busy week…

Tim,
A letter to Oasis from an Eastern-European lady

Catch up on some of the people Lesley introduced us to last week (sorry for no re-post on the CBC site, maybe you should read here before going on).

Then on to a big Wednesday when Neal gave an address in six-languages; and some dancing that was truly the oil of joy instead of mourning (Isaiah 61), a glimpse of the “day of the Lord’s favour” surely.

And that’s just half-way through the week, be sure to read (and watch) to the end: http://grindrods.simplesite.com/436990349

Notices for 8th October 2017

Louise,

9.15am : Eddie Larkman

11.15am : Eddie Larkman

6:00pm : Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start – Reformation Remix

Harvest Service Offerings

Today we are holding Harvest services across all the CBC congregations.  Our offering will consist of non-perishable food as well as a monetary collection.  The food will go to support the work of the Corsham Churches Foodbank, and the money will be given to Tearfund to support a local church led project which is teaching rural communities to farm in a more sustainable way as they seek to combat the adverse impact of climate change.

If you are able to gift aid your donation, special yellow envelopes for your monetary offering are available on the table at the back of the building.  Please do mark them “HARVEST – TEARFUND”.  Only the contents of the yellow envelopes, and loose cash/cheques will be included in the Harvest offering total.  Blue envelopes will be treated as regular giving to the general work of the church.

** Reformation Remix Show – TONIGHT at 6:30pm!! (doors open 6pm) **

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation starting with Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. We owe a great deal to this period of church history, and to mark the occasion the Bible Society have created a show to tell the historical story in a very engaging and entertaining way.  Corsham Baptist Church is hosting a live performance of the show tonight at 6:30pm.  It’s a free event, so please invite your friends!!

Midweek Service

The next midweek service is taking place on Wednesday 11th October at 2pm.  The text is 2 Samuel 6.  Eric Seager will be leading and David Morrell preaching. Please join us for the service and stay for fellowship over light refreshments in the coffee hall at 3pm.

INSPIRE – WEBA training for people working children, youth and families

There is an opportunity to join with others from our region at Cirencester BC for a day of inspiration and encouragement on Saturday 14th October 10am – 4pm.  To see what is on the agenda and to sign up please visit http://www.webassoc.org.uk/event/inspire/.  ​Speak to Rhiannon if you want more information​.

Light Party

Our annual light party will be held on Tuesday 31st October from 5-7pm.  Last year we had over 40 children attend – a wonderful outreach event! Much help is needed for this event so please sign up at the back or speak to Rhiannon to find out about how you can help.

No Youth Group Tonight

Due to Reformation Remix taking place, please note there is no youth meeting this evening.

Youth Weekend – DRIVERS needed

We require some willing drivers to transport young people to our annual youth weekend. We need a single driver to take young people from Corsham to the centre we will be staying at (by Chepstow) leaving at 4pm, on Friday 20th Oct.  We also need two drivers to transport young people back to Corsham, arriving at the centre for 3:30pm, on Sunday 22nd Oct.   If you can help, speak to Dan.

Calling all regular, occasional or interested sound system users

If you want to learn how to use the Priory Street sound system, find out more about how it works or want to improve your use of it then please register for one of our training sessions. They are planned for 23 Oct and 6 Nov, starting at 7:30pm and running for an hour in Priory Street.  They will be relatively informal and based on your needs so please talk to Steve Chilcott, so he can understand the level of interest and plan the content. You will usually find Steve hovering around the mixing desk before and after the 11:15 service! If you know someone else who would be interested in or benefit from this training please let them know.

 

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm
Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

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

 

…Coming up…

15th October: Praise and worship evening, 6pm

16th October: Church Meeting, 8pm

20th-22nd October: Youth Weekend away

23rd October: Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer meeting, 7:45pm; sound system training, 7:30pm

25th October: Midweek service, 2pm

28th October: The Ark, 10am

30th October: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

31st October: Light Party, 5pm-7pm

6th November: Sound system training, 7:30pm

8th November: Midweek service, 2pm

12th November: Remembrance Sunday

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION?

kathylarkman,
Kathy Larkman

Kathy Larkman, contributor for today’s post

“Whatever we do, it is because Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we have all died to the old life we used to live. He died for everyone so that those receive His new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Cor 5:14-15 NLT

When I read the above passage of scripture, I realize how counter-cultural Paul’s motivation in life comes from. And as followers of Christ, this is the Christian DNA we need to encourage as we grow as His children. Sometimes I find it difficult to be motivated to clean the house, or love difficult people, or serve at the church. That’s because I can’t in my own strength. The gospel of Jesus’ love changes that.

Paul’s words above tells the Corinthian church and US why he behaves the way he does. Paul explains to them that he is working by God’s economy; Christ’s pattern and not the world’s. But what is Paul’s bottom line? His motivation? It is not because of a theory, not because of fear of judgement, not because of duty, but because of Christ’s love. That’s why Paul no longer lives for himself but for Christ. His perspective is totally changed. Paul can’t do this within himself. How does he do it? “He says, I am compelled, I am constrained,(held together and held in and held completely) I am controlled, I am made to press on by Christ’s love!” This is a love which outweighs all other loves known to the human race. It is a love that changes everything. the-love-of-christ-compels-us-5a68e9edbee14b48baecfa30750ce378It is a love which gives people the power and grace to face things and do things they wouldn’t have done otherwise.

Let me ask some questions for us to ponder in our hearts:
On those battle weary days, do you find yourself living by your feelings as your final authority instead of what you know to be true about God’s love through Christ? Has the gospel lost its power and meaning in your life? Do the world, your flesh and Satan pull you down at times so that you lose sight or doubt God’s love in Christ…. which then dominoes into questioning why you are a follower of Christ in the first place?
You know, I could easily say yes to all of these questions at different points in my life. And I would guess that most of you have as well. We may feel this but we must not stop there. Our Lord wants to draw us from that place. And if you are in this place of struggle right now, Our Lord wants to gently lead you back into the safety of HIS COMPELLING LOVE of the Gospel.

Let’s pray for one another and ask the God from scripture to “pour out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” And He will. More and more, Christ will be the motivation behind why you get up in the morning, why you clean your house, why you serve in the church, why you love difficult people. The list goes on. We can’t do this apart from God’s gospel grace and love for us.
But if we are motivated more and more by Christ’s love for us, our joy will expand while we live for Christ counter culturally and in God’s economy! Yay!

 

 


Reformation remix – THIS Sunday

Adrian,

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation starting with Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. We owe a great deal to this period of church history, and to mark the occasion the Bible Society have created a show to tell the historical story in a very engaging and entertaining way. Corsham Baptist Church is hosting a live performance of the show (October 8th) and regardless of whether or not you’re are a keen historian this show is not to be missed! – You’ll come away with a better understanding of this important period having also been well entertained by the impeccable acting, humour and music.

You can checkout more information and show your interest at https://www.facebook.com/events/860660314086674

Notice sheet for 1st October 2017

Louise,

Welcome to our service today

1st October 2017

 

9.15am             Eddie Larkman

11.15am           Eddie Larkman

6:00pm             Prayer Service

Summer Mission Celebration, 4pm TODAY!

The summer period has been an exciting time for CBC/ COTG as many people have taken part in mission events either personally or through supporting those who have participated.  This afternoon we will be having a Summer Mission Celebration event where we can hear from those who served on mission events which will then be followed by praying for God’s ongoing work in these mission areas.  We will start at 4pm with finger food and hearing from those who went, followed by the evening prayer service.  We hope as many of you as possible can come and please bring some finger food to share. In addition, the Tanzania Building team will be selling shopping bags, aprons, cafetiere covers and other fabrics in support of the Africa Inland Church mission. The items are made in Morogoro in support of aids widows and their families. You will need cash to purchase these goodies!!

If you are able to help serve drinks, set up the tables and clear up, please let Wendy Rowe know. We look forward to seeing you.

Night of Prayer for Children and Youth

Note the date – 6th October, 7.30pm to midnight! (yes you read correctly!) We will be setting up prayer stations in the church designed to help you pray for the burgeoning youth and children’s work at CBC. We are simply asking you to sign up for one 30 minute slot (sign up sheet at the back). If you have not witnessed Dan’s prayer stations before – you have missed out! They have been developed to help even the most novice of pray’ers to engage with God in prayer through visual props. So why come? You get to spend time with God, you get to bring before Him some crucial ministries in the life of the church, and compared to last time’s all-nighter the latest slot finishes at midnight – it’s a WIN win situation! So sign up now!

INSPIRE – WEBA training for people working children, youth and families

There is an opportunity to join with others from our region at Cirencester BC for a day of inspiration and encouragement on Saturday 14th October 10am – 4pm.  To see what is on the agenda and to sign up please visit http://www.webassoc.org.uk/event/inspire/.  ​Speak to Rhiannon if you want more information​.

Light Party

Our annual light party will be held on Tuesday 31st October 5pm – 7pm.  Last year we had over 40 children attend – a wonderful outreach event.  Much help is needed for this event so please sign up at the back or speak to Rhiannon to find out about how you can help.

HARVEST SERVICE OFFERINGS – 8th October 2017

On Sunday 8th October, the offering from the harvest festival services across all of our congregations will support the work of the Corsham Churches Foodbank and Tearfund.  Non-perishable food items (information on sheets at the back) will be taken to the Foodbank.  Our monetary offering will be sent to Tearfund to support the work of Living Waters Church in Malawi where their EAGLES project is empowering rural subsistence farming communities to grow crops in a more sustainable way as they seek to combat the adverse impact of climate change.  Please do pray about how you can contribute towards this offering.

If you are able to gift aid your donation, special yellow envelopes for your monetary offering are available on the table at the back of the building.  Please do mark them “HARVEST – TEARFUND”.  When the offering is taken on the day, only the contents of the yellow envelopes, and loose cash/cheques will be included in the Harvest offering total.  Blue envelopes will be treated as regular giving to the general work of the church.  Please speak to Lynne Little (Rudloe), Michael Prior (Priory Street 9.15) or Roger Hammett (Priory Street 11.15) should you wish to clarify these arrangements.

Reformation Remix Show – Sunday, October 8th at 6:30pm (doors open 6pm)

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation starting with Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. We owe a great deal to this period of church history, and to mark the occasion the Bible Society have created a show to tell the historical story in a very engaging and entertaining way.  Corsham Baptist Church is hosting a live performance of the show on October 8th at 6:30pm.  It is a free event, so please invite your friends to join you!

Ladies’ Retreat

This is taking place from 20-22 April 2018 at Lox Lane, Shaftesbury.  There are booking forms on the table at the back which contain all details.  Please hand your completed form and deposit to Anne Holmes.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am
Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm; night of prayer for children and youth, 7:30pm-midnight

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

….Coming up…

8th October: Harvest services; Reformation Remix, doors open 6pm

11th October: Midweek service, 2pm

14th October: Praise and worship evening, 6pm

16th October: Church Meeting, 8pm

23rd October: Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer meeting, 7:45pm

25th October: Midweek service, 2pm

28th October: The Ark, 10am

30th October: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

31st October: Light Party, 5pm-7pm

8th November: Midweek service, 2pm

12th November: Remembrance Sunday

REFLECTIONS ON GOD’S GOSPEL GRACE

kathylarkman,
VICKY PHOTO

VICKY STEPHENSON, Contributor for today’s blog post

Welcome back, it was amazing to see so many of us gathered on Monday, new faces and old friends. It is great to be working together looking at God’s word and encouraging one another in grace.
Huge thank you to Anne and Kathy for putting together such a wonderful evening to catch up and be inspired with all that God has for us this year.
I was really challenged by the teaching on Monday and here are some brief reflections that I had.

God’s gospel grace is something I find so easy at a head level and so hard at a heart level. I can totally get the grace of forgiveness of sins at conversion;

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

It can’t really be put any clearer than the way John Newton wrote all those years go. I understand this and accept it giving thanks and praise to God.

BUT fresh gospel grace each day after so many years of being a Christian? Believe me, I totally know I need it! However the issue lies with whether I fully trust God will give it to me.
You see the issue that really hit home on Monday that I am half Amy and half Imogen and very rarely Cindy (if you have no idea what I am talking about see Kathy’s notes from the talk on Monday on this website). I spend half my life striving to try and please God and the other half feeling guilty I have failed. So fresh grace every day seems very distant.

I think about how annoying it is when I have to ask the kids for the 10th time not to leave their shoes in the middle of the kitchen floor; or how irritating it is to find that yet again all the mugs at work are dirty. Do you find it frustrating when your husband, sister, mother does that thing which really grates on you? So how must it be for God, when everyday, for the last twenty years, He has had to remind me to see people how he sees them…to curb my impatience, tame my tongue and so much more beside. Doesn’t He just get fed up of me and say “she has had her chance and she has blown it?”

1cc19207f9a7be506aef9a6dac205b3bNo He doesn’t!! How amazing is that.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
He loves us and forgives us day after day, we don’t ever deserve it, it is all from His great love. He forgives us continuously without end, just He as expects us to forgive others.
Matthew 18:21-22 (ESV)
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
SO the challenge for me this month is to preach God’s gospel grace to myself each morning, to trust in His forgiveness and to rest in His joy. By doing this, I pray His spirit will work in me to slowly transform me into the woman He wants me to be able to do all the good works he has prepared for me.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.