Man Up – Sunday 15th April 2018

Man Up, the group just for men. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

Our next meeting is on Sunday, 15th April 2018 at 8 p.m. in the lounge at the St. John’s Church Centre with Matt Luff leading us.  We will be continuing with our series looking at Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, looking at 2:13-16.  Our series title is:

Rejoicing in changed lives through hearing and believing the gospel”  

This week Paul gives thanks that the Thessalonians recognised that they were not just hearing Paul speak to them, but that the word he was speaking was from God and they accepted it as such.  Paul then compares the sufferings of the church in Judea to what the Thessalonians have been experiencing and concludes that those who oppose the advance of the gospel are storing up God’s wrath against themselves.

Paul’s teaching underlines that we should expect both joyful acceptance of the gospel, as well as significant opposition to it, as we seek to be obedient to Jesus’ command to share the gospel with others.  Come and join the conversation at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Church Centre.

Man Up – Sunday 8th April 2018

Man Up, the group just for men. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

Our next meeting is on Sunday, 8th April 2018 at 8 p.m. in the lounge at the St. John’s Church Centre with Martin Fair leading us.  We will be continuing with the new series looking at Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.  Our series title is:

Rejoicing in changed lives through hearing and believing the gospel”  

This week Paul outlines the effectiveness of his work among the Thessalonians.  In the face of severe opposition and trials, Paul stays true to the gospel and faithfully carries out his God-given task to share the gospel.  His self-sacrifice and warm love for the Thessalonians is evident to all.

There is much for us to learn from Paul’s approach to this young and vibrant church.  Come and join the conversation at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Church Centre.

Man Up – Easter Break

Man Up will be taking a break over Easter – we will not be meeting on either 25th March or 1st April.  We will resume on 8th April with the next in our series in 1 Thessalonians.  Have a great Easter – He is risen indeed, alleluiah!  

Man Up – Sunday 18th March 2018

Man Up, the group just for men. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

Our next meeting is on Sunday, 18th March 2018 at 8 p.m. in the lounge at the St. John’s Church Centre with Rob Page leading us.  We will be continuing with our special topic of the Passover.  Our second session will include an overview of Exodus 12 – 15 as we read about the tenth and last plague which God inflicted on Egypt, in order to persuade Pharaoh to let his people leave and worship him.  This plague achieves God’s rescue and brings the Israelites out of slavery.  The symbolism is clear, from the perfect lamb which is slain and whose blood is daubed on the doorposts.  The wonderful rescue from Egypt foreshadows the much more necessary and comprehensive rescue which Christ’s Cross accomplished.  Come and join the discussion at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

 

Man Up – Sunday 11th March 2018

Man Up, the group just for men. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

Our next meeting is on Sunday,11th March 2018 at 8 p.m. in the lounge at the St. John’s Church Centre with Ian Maclennan leading us.  We will be starting a special topic of the Passover for the next few weeks.  Our first session will include an overview of Exodus 1 – 11 as we read about God’s plan to rescue his people and bring them out of slavery.  We will see how the Passover and the rescue from Egypt foreshadows the Cross and the rescue from sin which Jesus accomplished.  Come and join the discussion at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

 

Man Up – Sunday 4th March 2018

Man Up, the group just for men. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

Our next meeting is on Sunday, 4th March 2018 at 8 p.m. in the lounge at the St. John’s Church Centre with Mike Prosser leading us.  We will be continuing with the new series looking at Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.  Our series title is:

Rejoicing in changed lives through hearing and believing the gospel”  

This week we get into the letter proper.   In many ways the church in Thessalonica is a model church.  We will be looking at Paul’s opening thanksgiving.  He ranges widely touching on their faith, their love and their hope.  He also reassures the Thessalonians that God has chosen them and that the evidence of this is the power with which the gospel came to them, not just in words but with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.  This is followed by the their proclamation of the gospel everywhere – what a fantastic accolade for this young church from the apostle.

There is much for us to learn from this young and vibrant church.  Come and join the conversation at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Church Centre.

Man Up – Sunday 25th February 2018

Man Up, the group just for men. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

Our next meeting is on Sunday, 25th February 2018 at 8 p.m. in the lounge at the St. John’s Church Centre with John Temple leading us.  We will be starting a new series looking at Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.  Our series title is:

Rejoicing in changed lives through hearing and believing the gospel”  

This week we will be setting the scene by looking at Act 16 & 17 where Luke records Paul’s visits to Philippi and Thessalonica.  There is much to learn about the nature of Paul’s visit, how the Thessalonians responded to his preaching of the gospel and the opposition which Paul and his companions faced during their visit.  Come and join the conversation at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Church Centre.

No Man Up on Sunday, 18th February

Man Up is taking a break for half term, and will not meet on Sunday, 18th February.  We will be back on Sunday 25th February with a new series, do join us then at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.  If you have ideas as to what we should be studying, do come to Taste of India at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 15th February where we will be meeting over a curry to decide what we will be studying in the new series.

Man Up – Sunday 11th February 2018

Man Up, the group just for men. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

Our next meeting is on Sunday, 11th February 2018 at 8 p.m. in the lounge at the St. John’s Church Centre with Matt Luff leading us.  We will be continuing with the thirteenth and last in our series looking at John’s first letter.  Our series title is:

“What makes Christians so different?”  

In week 1 in this series the apostle John emphasised that his account of Jesus is as an eyewitness.  His purpose in writing is to proclaim Jesus and encouraging the believers in their fellowship with the Father and the Son.

In week 2 we focused on light and darkness as well as considering some false teachings which John was keen to refute.

In week 3 looked at obedience, lifestyle and consistency and saw that obedience to Christ’s commands and brotherly love are great indications of the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts as he causes us to be more and more like the Lord Jesus.

In week 4 we looked at words of warning from John.  We saw that we must not love the world, that is society organised apart from God.  John warned us about the lust of the flesh (our appetites); the lust of the eyes (appearances) and pride of life (boasting), which should be carefully avoided.

In week 5 we looked at what John has to teach us about believing in Jesus and being steadfast in that belief.

In week 6 we looked at what it means to be children of God.  John sets out the privilege we have, as well as the responsibilities, since we are children of the living God, having been born again into new life.

In week 7 we looked at how we demonstrate love as God’s children and John got down to practicalities.  He also tackled how we can be sure that we belong to Christ and came back to the three tests (obedience, brotherly love and belief in Christ).

In week 8 we looked at being spiritually discerning.  We learned the believing that Jesus has come in the flesh is an important test for any teaching.  Being certain about who Jesus is, acknowledging both his divinity and his humanity are critical.  Any other views are likely to be those of false teachers.

In week 9 we looked at 1 John 4:7-21 where John explains what it means to say that God is love and he draws out the implications of this for each of us.  The implications affect our behaviour (imitating Jesus) and our relationship with God (being in Jesus).

In week 10 we looked at 1 John 5:1-5 where John weaves together his three major themes of belief, obedience and love into one seamless whole.  He shows us the connections between these as well as their origin.

In week 11 we looked at 1 John 5:6-12 where John looks carefully at the basis for our belief in Jesus as the Christ, God’s anointed king who came by water and blood, fully human.  God himself has testified to Jesus, through the Holy Spirit.  Accepting this testimony brings eternal life, rejecting it also has eternal consequences.

Last week we looked at 1 John 5:13-17 where John reassures his readers about their eternal life, if they are in Christ.  He encourages great confidence in prayer and boldly states that God will grant us what we ask for in prayer, if we ask it according to his will.  He goes on to apply this through the example of prayer for someone who commits a sin.

This week we will be looking at 1 John 5:18-21 where John concludes his letter by reminding us that sin should find no settled home in the life of a Christian.  He also mentions the glorious rescue we have experienced, so that we can rightly call ourselves sons of God.  Come and join the conversation at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Church Centre.

Man Up – Sunday 4th February 2018

Man Up, the group just for men. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.

Our next meeting is on Sunday, 4th February 2018 at 8 p.m. in the lounge at the St. John’s Church Centre with Rob Page leading us.  We will be continuing with the twelfth in our series looking at John’s first letter.  Our series title is:

“What makes Christians so different?”  

In week 1 in this series the apostle John emphasised that his account of Jesus is as an eyewitness.  His purpose in writing is to proclaim Jesus and encouraging the believers in their fellowship with the Father and the Son.

In week 2 we focused on light and darkness as well as considering some false teachings which John was keen to refute.

In week 3 looked at obedience, lifestyle and consistency and saw that obedience to Christ’s commands and brotherly love are great indications of the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts as he causes us to be more and more like the Lord Jesus.

In week 4 we looked at words of warning from John.  We saw that we must not love the world, that is society organised apart from God.  John warned us about the lust of the flesh (our appetites); the lust of the eyes (appearances) and pride of life (boasting), which should be carefully avoided.

In week 5 we looked at what John has to teach us about believing in Jesus and being steadfast in that belief.

In week 6 we looked at what it means to be children of God.  John sets out the privilege we have, as well as the responsibilities, since we are children of the living God, having been born again into new life.

In week 7 we looked at how we demonstrate love as God’s children and John got down to practicalities.  He also tackled how we can be sure that we belong to Christ and came back to the three tests (obedience, brotherly love and belief in Christ).

In week 8 we looked at being spiritually discerning.  We learned the believing that Jesus has come in the flesh is an important test for any teaching.  Being certain about who Jesus is, acknowledging both his divinity and his humanity are critical.  Any other views are likely to be those of false teachers.

In week 9 we looked at 1 John 4:7-21 where John explains what it means to say that God is love and he draws out the implications of this for each of us.  The implications affect our behaviour (imitating Jesus) and our relationship with God (being in Jesus).

In week 10 we looked at 1 John 5:1-5 where John weaves together his three major themes of belief, obedience and love into one seamless whole.  He shows us the connections between these as well as their origin.

Last week we looked at 1 John 5:6-12 where John looks carefully at the basis for our belief in Jesus as the Christ, God’s anointed king who came by water and blood, fully human.  God himself has testified to Jesus, through the Holy Spirit.  Accepting this testimony brings eternal life, rejecting it also has eternal consequences.

This week we will be looking at 1 John 5:13-17 where John reassures his readers about their eternal life, if they are in Christ.  He encourages great confidence in prayer and boldly states that God will grant us what we ask for in prayer, if we ask it according to his will.  He goes on to apply this through the example of prayer for someone who commits a sin.  But he gives the caveat that there are some sins which lead to death, from which there is no return….  Come and join the conversation at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Church Centre.