Making a difference where you are

Explore starts a new series Fruitfulness on the Frontline on Sunday 31 May.

It’s a horizon-expanding, spirit-lifting, liberating view of how God can and does work in and through us in our daily lives, whether we are a student or retired, at the gym or at work, at the school gate or in the supermarket.

It’s a little different, with a short video input each Sunday.  Here’s a 2-minute teaser of what is coming!

It’s a fresh and original framework for fruitfulness.   Continue reading “Making a difference where you are”

What is sin?

The topic of ‘sin’ can be unappealing because it is not enjoyable to think about and is so unflattering to us.  Nevertheless, it is critical because it speaks to our perspectives on God, ourselves, the world around us, and the need for salvation based on God’s grace alone.   Continue reading “What is sin?”

What does it mean that God is a Trinity?

The idea of the Trinity is that God is one in essence (or being or nature) and three in person, each of the three persons fully and eternally sharing in the one divine essence.

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This would be a logical contradiction if it were affirming that God is one and three in the same way at the same time.  However, the affirmation is that God is one in one aspect (essence) and three in a different aspect (person).   Continue reading “What does it mean that God is a Trinity?”

Week 19: The Second Coming of Jesus

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As Jesus was ascending into heaven after his death and resurrection, two angels appeared and said to the disciples, ‘This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into Heaven (Acts 1:11).

Our next five readings will clarify what the Bible says about Jesus’ Second Coming.

Week 18: The Early Church of Jesus

Our next week covers the first three chapters of the Book of Revelation, which is the record of a vision that John had nearly sixty years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the vision it’s as if Jesus Himself has been a newcomer in seven first-century churches, and He describes the unique dynamics within each one. Imagine what Jesus would say if He visited us at Explore this Sunday!

To Know God better, to make Him better known

relationship with God

In today’s Explore service, I said I feel God’s wanting to reveal Himself more to us throughout 2015, and nurture our relationship with Him.

What ways can you already note that God has been deepening your own relationship with Him, or our relationship with Him as a congregation?

Are there any ways that God is revealing Himself to you at the moment so that you can know Him better, or us as a group to know Him better?

What are your hopes for 2015 that God will draw you closer, or us closer to Him?

Week 17: The resurrection of Jesus

In our next five readings we will cover all the major passages in the Bible about the resurrection.
First we’ll look at the four Gospel accounts and you’ll find it fascinating to go through them back to back. In our fifth reading, we’ll look at what the early church leader Paul taught about the resurrection many years after it happened. By then, the first-century Christians were beginning to have doubts about whether the resurrection of Jesus even happened or not, or whether it was all that important after all. So Paul wrote to reassure the doubters and to firmly re-establish the importance of the resurrection.