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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Towards Belief

Starting 10 May...
Come enjoy the opportunity to share food and ideas...
Thursdays @ 7:30pm at Alva Baptist Church.

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"Towards Belief"
This series responds to the questions most people ask
about the difficulty they have in considering Christianity's claims to truth.
An opportuity for honest discussion about
> suffering
> the bible
> supernatural
> religious violence
> exclusive faith
> church abuse
> science & God
> homosexuality
> the church

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Acts 14 Pushback: What You are Up Against

Part 1
What is the first thing you hear when you tell someone about your faith in Jesus Christ?

Part 2
How has the Lord of this fallen world spring-loaded the minds of people, to respond to the good news?

Part 3
God is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

(Correction: while "antimony" is a poisonous metal; 'antagonism' better characterises the relationship between Christian faith and 'Spiritism' or 'Spooky Church'.)
Part 1
we started with these videos about "Trust Falls"

What is Faith?
What does it look like?

Part 2
We see faith in in the story in Acts today
AND in the description of faith in the Letter to the Hebrews
AND in James' Letter
We see faith described,
in both the Old and New Testament.

Part 3
The point is not merely that God can, or cannot, do miracles like healing;
but that God has sovereign power over ALL His creation.

Part 4

But the point of healing is not only to relieve suffering.
You might even say that healing is not primarily to relieve suffering.

Part 5

Faith only works when it is in line with the plan of God. But the plan of God has been set like a jewel upon the exercise of faith;

Part 6

We are boldly stepping forward, disrupting the story-lines of suffering people who are enslaved to the appearance of this lost and dying world.

A short clip from the Movie Lord of the Rings that was shared at this point can be viewed here:
(we do not recommend or endorse any other items you may be exposed to by clicking further links at the end of this clip)

Jairus, the Woman in the Crowd, and Tabitha (Mark 5:21-43)

John Morrison preaching on Mark 5:

Part 1
Use your imagination and just 'look' at the faces of the people in this story...
Part 2
Jairus believed that Jesus would heal.
Part 3
The Patience of Jairus
Part 4
Sad stories with a happy outcome...
Part 5
A short reading of Numbers 6:24-26
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

This is what God wants for you...

And an invitation to meditate on Colossians 3:1-17, in light of the sermon that day.