Brad Jersak: Our life in God, God’s life in us

“I’m imagining a baby in a mother’s womb:  in the mother, attached to the mother, nourished by the mother, every cell of baby invested with the mother’s DNA, the mother’s blood coursing through the baby’s veins.  The baby finds life in the mother, the mother’s life flows through the baby.  Maybe our mutual-participation with God is a little like that.   Our life in God, God’s life in us.”

Brad Jersak, A More Christ-like God


No Explore tomorrow

Tomorrow is a fourth Sunday in the month, so no morning Explore service, and no Bible Study this month as Colin and Annette are away.  There is an Allsorts service at 10.30am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.  The Bible Study will return in September.  Explore will be back next Sunday.


Brad Jersak: Are you ‘saved’?

Author Brad Jersak writes:

A constellation of questions, common to some Christian traditions, increasingly makes me cringe.

Are you saved?
Is he/she saved?
When were you saved?

I know what is intended. They are identifying ‘saved’ with the moment I ‘invited Christ into my heart’ through the faith confession involved in ‘the Sinner’s Prayer.’ If that is how and when I was saved, I suppose you could say I was ‘saved’ when I was six-years-old. That’s when I personally and consciously responded to the grace of God.

So why does that give me the heebie-jeebies?

Was that when I was saved?

It caused me to pause and explore how various Christians use the term “salvation” or “saved,” and how the New Testament does so, too.

The issue arose afresh when Paul Young wrote in his new book, Lies We Believe About God:

Are you suggesting that everyone is saved? Do you believe in universal salvation?

That is exactly what I am saying.

Yet Paul also says he is not a Universalist. So then, what does he mean? He continues: Continue reading “Brad Jersak: Are you ‘saved’?”

My hope is built on nothing less

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

Tomorrow at Explore

How does the Crucifixion fit into the larger Bible story?  Was The Cross God’s ‘Plan B’ or God’s ‘Plan A’?  In tomorrow’s Explore meeting, Colin takes us back to God’s promises to Abraham and sees their fulfilment in the Cross.  Steve leads us in Communion, Colin sings a song and has three classic hymns including Thine be the Glory and To God be the Glory.  After the service there’ll be one of our popular Bring and Share Lunches.

Come and remember Jesus’ life and death with Scripture, teaching and Communion.  11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.  Come along, this really could change everything for you!

Matt Redman: One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)

A new video of Matt Redman‘s recent great song One Day (When We All Get To Heaven) recorded Live in Belfast.  A great song of future hope.

When we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We’ll sing and shout the victory

One day You’ll make everything new, Jesus
One day You will bind every wound
The former things shall all pass away
No more tears

One day You’ll make sense of it all, Jesus
One day every question resolved
Every anxious thought left behind
No more fear

When we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We’ll sing and shout the victory
Continue reading “Matt Redman: One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)”