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Sunday 29th March

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A Passion for Christ

In today’s world, personal comfort is king. Our consumer culture expects instant gratification of our desires. Coffee just as we like it, online shopping delivered next day or even within hours and we definitely don’t want to wait in line for anything. “Good things come to them that wait” is not a proverb that carries a great deal of kudos these days.

So how do you feel about waiting on Christ, or the idea of suffering for the Gospel?

Paul was passionate about Jesus, the Church and spreading the Good News, even if this meant facing hardship and persecution. This was a man with the cross on his heart, who was able to see joy in suffering for his Lord.

As we enter into Lent and into our ‘Month of Mission’ how passionate are we for the Gospel? Is the cross etched on our hearts? (by which I mean is your faith and relationship with the Jesus vibrant and living, or is it more doleful or just dutiful)? Lent is that time of re-examination, working not merely through a penitential season of monochrome obligation, but a re-awakening of our hearts for the Lord, culminating in the utter joy of the resurrection.

The Lent study course this year has been written by Michael Baughen a former Bishop of Chester. He encourages us to live with renewed passion. To share the gospel and to be prepared, if necessary, to suffer for Christ’s sake and for His glory, in the hope of the resurrection.

A study guide will be given to each participant to enable joint learning and home study and there are opportunities to come together during the day on Tuesdays or on Wednesday evenings (see poster).

 

Using 2 Corinthians as his main source the studies look at:

  • Sharing in Christ’s sufferings,
  • Seeking love in the Church,
  • Spreading the aroma of Christ,
  • Shining with the light of Christ,
  • Showing the life of Jesus in our lives,
  • Serving with a passion for Christ our Saviour.

 

In March we will be considering our Mission. It is not to maintain the status quo, but to have a more outward looking approach. I was appointed in December 2016 for that very Mission. It was not only to be your pastor but to help us to be church “beyond the walls of the church”.