God's New Community

Current series - Advent

We're going to be looking at three words relating to the Advent season as we prepare for Christmas:

MYSTERY

POWER

PRESENCE

and we'll see how as the Nativity unfolds that the wonderful unity of God's Word shows us how He works today.

03.12.2017: Luke 1:34 - Mystery: "God has made known to us the mystery of His will" - but what did this mean for Mary and Joseph, and what does it mean for us in the 21st century?

10.12.2017: Luke 1:37 - Power: "His incomparably great power for us who believe" - the mystery has been revealed but how can this be? How big is your God?

17.12.2017: Luke 1:46 - Presence: "My soul glorifies the Lord" - God's presence brings peace to God’s new community, so that Christ "may dwell in your hearts through faith" and we can "be imitators of God therefore, as dearly loved children."

 

Previous series

Our neighbourhood of Paulsgrove in many ways displays much of what is good about community. There are generations within the same families who remain in the area and many relationships are close-knit; you often bump into people whilst out and about; and there is a rally-round mentality when someone is in need. So the idea of ‘community spirit’ is highly esteemed by many in our area and is probably why many people are reluctant to move away.

But there is a community that God has created which is designed to display ‘community’ in an even greater way – and it’s called the Church. In welcoming us into His perfect community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, through Jesus’ sacrifice for us, Christians are also formed into a community of believers.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians helps us with the challenge we have with our western individualistic mindset to realize that we’ve been saved to be part of the body of Christ with others, and to grow in Christ together – as equals in unity, thanking God and praying for each other, living in the light as new people, and battling against our enemy the devil.

As Christ is at work in us as members of Paulsgrove Baptist Church, can we demonstrate what it means to truly live in community with each other, God’s new community, in a way that is so attractive to those in our neighbourhood and draws them to Christ?

Date                     Section                      Passage                              Title

10th September    New Life                   Ephesians 1:1-14           Adopted into God's family

17th September    New Life                   Ephesians 1:15-23         Knowing Jesus more and more

24th September    New Life                   Ephesians 2:1-10           Made Alive in Christ

1st October           New Community       Ephesians 2:11-22         A community in unity

8th October           New Community      Ephesians 3:1-13           A community proclaiming the Gospel

15th October         New Community      Ephesians 3:14-21         A community confident in God's power

22nd October        New Living               Ephesians 4:1-16           Living and growing together

29th October         New Living               Ephesians 4:17-32         Living as new people

5th November       New Living               Ephesians 5:1-20           Living as children of the light

12th November     New Relationships   Ephesians 5:21-33         Husbands and wives

19th November     New Relationships   Ephesians 6:1-9              Parents & children, slaves & masters

26th November     New Relationships   Ephesians 6:10-24         The battle against the devil