Archive for September 2010

Resurrection Sunday and G3

Hi All

In a sense every Sunday is Resurrection Sunday. This Sunday we are looking at “Christ’s Resurrection, His Power in us.” This is the penultimate talk in the His Yoke series. To catch up please see our resources page http://www.silklife.co.uk/resources.htm

Also, next Tuesday 5th Oct is G3 (Growth Groups Gathered) at The Silklife Centre, please come along for an evening of worship, a talk from Keith-“worship and welcoming the Holy Spirit using His gifts” and special announcements including: leadership framework changes, a staffing addition, financial updates and other news. Then we’ll pray for all the above and more!

See you Sunday and Tuesday!

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Posted September 30, 2010 by silklifechurch in Community updates

This Sunday and Friday am’s!!

This Sunday we carry on with our “His Yoke” series looking at how Jesus calls us to lose our lives!! (Mk 8v31-38). Also, a quick reminder, this Friday morning 6.30am at SLC for an hour of praying, seeking God and worshipping Him.

See you Friday or Sunday!

Posted September 22, 2010 by silklifechurch in Community updates

Spurgeon in 1862: “I received some years ago orders from my Master…”

I received some years ago orders from my Master to stand at the foot of the cross until he came. He has not come yet, but I mean to stand there till he does. If I should disobey his orders and leave those simple truths which have been the means of the conversion of souls, I know not how I could expect his blessing. Here, then, I stand at the foot of the cross and tell out the old, old story, stale though it sound to itching ears, and worn threadbare as critics may deem it. It is of Christ I love to speak—of Christ who loved, and lived, and died, the substitute for sinners, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.

Posted September 22, 2010 by silklifechurch in Leadership

“Christianity is not the obstacle…

“Christianity is not the obstacle to unbelievers so much as the isolated sub-culture that the church has created.” PJ Smythe. http://twitter.com/PJ_Smyth

Posted September 20, 2010 by silklifechurch in Leadership

Legalism, license and Grace…

“Legalism says I have to, License says I don’t have to, Grace says, I get to!!!”

On Sunday Nick brilliantly addressed this huge issue and helpfully commented on our current “His Yoke” series by bringing Grace to the fore and letting our own efforts and/or laziness fall into the background.

In the end we promote God’s grace in our lives by living for, with and joined to Jesus.

Nick asked – What’s the point in life?

Jesus is!

Posted September 20, 2010 by silklifechurch in Community updates

Who is the Church for?

The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members. William Temple (15 October 1881 – 26 October 1944). I quoted this gentleman on Sunday and the statement keeps coming to mind. An interesting guy who was the first Archbishop of Canterbury to go into battle since the Middle Ages when he visited Normandy in 1944 during Operation Overlord and said he was “not only non-pacifist but anti-pacifist.”

It is his take on the church that is most challenging for us, for in every church stream/denomination there is a tendency towards looking after no.1 to the detriment of those “who are not its members”. No.1 is ultimately my comfort and benefit, which as we saw on Sunday was the very thing Jesus did not (Harpagmos =) grasp on to.

In traditional churches no.1 is tradition, in charismatic churches no.1 is charismatic gifts, in evangelical-charismatic churches it is even worse because no.1 is charismatic gifts that the bible is very clear about – or so we think!

In the end, Jesus said go make disciples, not go and make disciples but make sure you look after no.1 first. The work of the Spirit of God is vital but “charismatic principles” that mask an ugly “grasping” of our own comfort zone is anti the gospel of Jesus.

We need balance, but we need mission to be the first big stone in the bucket. This will mean different things in different settings, but it will always mean discomfort, digging deep and reading Phil 2v5-8 over and over.

Posted September 15, 2010 by silklifechurch in Leadership

Early Morning Prayer meetings, First one – Off to a flyer!

This morning 15 of us gathered on the Mezzanine to pray, world class turn out, great praying and worship.

We prayed for Sunday, Alpha, Beer night and future developments including staff,  leadership, financial provision and upping the tempo as a church.

Great time, happy days!

Posted September 10, 2010 by silklifechurch in Community updates