This Sunday we began the exciting journey of delving deeper into the theology and wonder of the Trinity in our new series THIS WE BELIEVE.
Often viewed as peripheral, extra, weird or just plain confusing, our understanding of the Trinity is actually central to our faith as Christians.
Why? Because, it is all about the God we love, worship and have our life in.
Michael Reeves writes “Neither a problem nor a technicality, the triune being of God is the vital oxygen of Christian life and joy.”
Come and breathe deep this ‘vital oxygen’, as God takes us deeper with Himself.
Every word, thought, feeling and action utilises neural pathways. As we use these pathways we make them bigger and stronger and easier to use. Every time we speak, think, feel or act we shape our physical brains. The brain is constantly changing according to how we use it!
Neuroscience tells us that we can rewire our brains.
The Bible tells us that we can renew our minds.
Listen in as we journey thinking well with Sarah Field for a workshop that helps you engage in this rewiring, renewing experience using two simple and effective tools.
We will use Philippians 4:2-9 to learn how to "Think Well" with our guest speaker Sarah Field.
How would it feel to have a mind which is continually focused on what is excellent and noble? What would it be like to have a mind which is truly your friend? As a Jesus-follower, how much influence do you have over your thoughts and feelings?
This week as part of living out our faith, Lawrence Jensen from our CBC whānau, will introduce us to the idea of how we might begin to love our Māori brothers and sisters as Tangata Whenua.
As Christians we know that money and possession can't buy our happiness or fulfil us, but why do we still pursue them as though they do? Jesus came to give abundant life, why do we pursue it in other things? Craig wraps up our series in James with thoughts from chapter 5.
James addresses the two ways of living and what he refers to as the battle within our divided souls.
The pull between two worlds, two ways, two kingdoms.
But James tell us there is hope for a whole soul!
When we are surrendered to God, we experience the reality of Him who is so very near.
James points out that we can tame a tiger, but we cannot tame the tongue!
Why is it that a person's tongue is completely impossible to control?
In Chapter 3, James explains exactly what we need to do to not only control our tongue, but to also become as wise as God Himself!
Or as James puts it; wise with heaven's wisdom. Whoa.
A core message through the book of James is that the truth of a persons outward actions reflect their true internal nature.
Is the faith a person claims to have in Jesus changing their life so they live a life of sacrifice and service and live in obedience to Jesus - or not.
This Sunday we began our new series on the book of James. We explored what it looks like to live out our faith from a soul that is whole instead of divided.
This Sunday, we celebrated Campbell and Lorraine's time in leadership and service as part of the CBC family over the past 24 years.