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Fancy a coffee?

Because if you do, then please come along to the Coffee Morning THIS Saturday (4th September) from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Market Street, Goldthorpe!

This is the first of the coffee mornings (tea and cold drinks will also be available!) and we hope this will prove an invaluable way of getting to know people and for people to take that first step into the building.

Everyone’s welcome!

Who Am I?

One of the advantages of working in a Christian school is the freedom we have to explore issues and questions from a Christian perspective. I spent much of last week preparing lessons for PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) on the theme of identity, only to find that Dave’s sermon on Sunday evening was on exactly the same theme! God has definitely been speaking to me this week!!

Looking at the passage from 1 Peter2:9-10, Dave tackled the ‘big questions’ of life:
1) Who am I?
2) How did I get that identity?
3) What am I here for?

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)

In answer to 1), Dave reminded us:
a) that we are chosen by God – not because of our colour, culture or creed, but simply because God chooses us (John 15:16) It’s always an amazing thought to think that the Creator of Heaven and earth chose us!

b) that we have received mercy from God – we have been pitied; we have been the recipients of God’s kindness

c) that we are the people of God; we belong to Him. We are not only chosen and pitied, but possessed by God (2 Cor 6:16)

d) that we are a holy nation, set apart for God’s purposes.

e) that we are a royal priesthood, having immediate access to God.

In answer to 2), our identity fundamentally is given to us by God. Who we are is rooted in who God is. God gave us our identity.

In answer to 3), Dave showed that our identity leads to our destiny and our destiny is that we may declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into this wonderful light. Our identity is to make known God’s identity. Our identity is not an end in itself, but a means to making God’s fame known wherever we go.

Perhaps because I have been meditating on this theme all week, perhaps because of Dave’s gifting as a preacher, I found this sermon truly inspiring. I have been wrestling with the pressures of work for weeks now (you probably guessed that from the ‘Thought for the Day’ post!), and the conclusion I reached after much prayer was simple: ‘our identity must always be rooted in who we are, not in what we do’. That’s not to say that our actions are not important, because they are. But, as so often, first things first. We must know who we are before we work, otherwise all our effort tends to be in vain.

And, again as is typical for me, as Dave was preaching, the words of a song were running through my head: ‘I am chosen, I am free, I am living for eternity’. Tim Hughes’s song ‘Holding Nothing Back’ captures what was preached so effectively that I am reproducing the words here:

I am chosen, I am free,
I am living for eternity
Free now forever

You picked me up, turned me around
You set my feet on solid ground
Yours now forever

And nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back

My chains fell off
My heart was free
I’m alive to live for you
I’m alive to live for you
Amazing Love, how can it be?
You give everything for me
You give everything for me

You washed my sin and shame away
The slate is clean: a brand new day,
Free now forever
Now boldly I approach your throne
To claim this crown through Christ my own
Yours now forever

The Holy Spirit

Garry started a series on the Holy Spirit this Sunday morning. Often a neglected person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit could be said to be the creator of the church. Necessary if we are to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5, Titus 3:5), the Holy Spirit lives within us individually and corporately if we are born again.

The church receives revelation from the Holy Spirit (John 14:26) – each one of us can be taught by Him – and He helps us in prayer (Romans 8:26). The Holy Spirit is our encourager, comforter and guide, the director of the church, the one who sanctifies and justifies us (1 Cor 6:11). We are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13) so that no one else has ownership of us. Moreover, the Holy Spirit gives gifts (of revelation, inspiration and empowerment) to the church (1 Cor 12) and makes us beautiful (Gal 5:22-23).

Historically, very little has been said about the Holy Spirit in comparison to the other persons of the Godhead: in the Apostles’ Creed, there is much said about the person of Jesus Christ, but the only time the Holy Spirit is mentioned is in the line ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit’. The Holy Spirit is self-effacing in some ways, pointing us to Jesus, not seeking glory or attention for Himself, which is truly one of the mysteries of the Godhead.

May we, as a Pentecostal church, always seek to learn more about the Holy Spirit and seek to know God in all His fulness more and more.

Thought for the day

“One of the tasks of Christian discipleship is to learn how to ‘do the works you did at first’ (Rev 2:5) and absolutely refuse to ‘work like the devil.’ “
(Eugene Peterson, ‘The Journey’, on Psalm 127)

Coffee mornings coming soon!

After the hectic activity from February through to the official opening in July, things have been a little quieter at church. The summer months are traditionally a time when the busyness of normal schedules is slowed down, when people take holidays, when the usual activities stop. It’s necessary to recharge batteries at times!

But the summer holidays are drawing to a close, and September will be on us before we know it. With that, various ‘old’ ministries will be re-starting and some new ones will be starting for the first time.

The ‘old’ ministries?
Well, Bible studies on Ephesians will be restarting on Thursdays (from 16th September) at 7.30 p.m.

Prayer meetings will be held on alternate Fridays.

Youth clubs and Mums ‘n’ Toddlers will re-start on Monday evenings and Friday mornings respectively from 6th September and 10th September.

The ‘new’ ministries?
A Saturday coffee morning will start on Saturday 4th September and will run from 10 a.m. until 12 noon every Saturday. We need volunteers to help run this and we hope we have many local people calling in for a drink and a chat. The former Methodist church used to run these coffee mornings very successfully for a number of years and we have already been asked by lots of people if we will be holding them, so we hope people will be pleased to know they’ll be running from September!

We are also hosting a badminton/ fellowship evening for adults on alternate Friday evenings.

And there are more new things being planned.

So let’s look ahead with enthusiasm and see what we can learn in the weeks and months ahead. Our aims are to grow closer to God and to each other and to be able to serve our community.