'Baptism: What's the Point? Part 1'. Rev. Craig Sweeney-Essex, 17-3-19

As part of our commitment to Christian discipleship (one of our four key values) we offer believers baptism to all those who have declared that they have turned to God and placed their trust in Jesus Christ with the intention of living as Christian disciples. Those being baptised are dipped or immersed (the meaning of the word baptism) in water in our baptistery pool. This is located under our stage and is opened up and filled with water on the day of baptism.

We have two baptism services coming up in the life of the church at CBC in April and October 2019. In order to help us to understand more about why a person might receive believer’s baptism we will be exploring some of the key principles behind it over the next four weeks. These principles are helpful to us even if we have already been baptised since they are part of and inform our everyday Christian discipleship.

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'No Compromise' - Sharing the Gospel, Acts 4:1-22

As part of our no compromise series, the springboard of which is Psalm 86:11, we looked at a particular example of sharing the gospel from Acts 4:1-22. The Church is in the early stages of development as the apostles have been called to be witnesses to the gospel of Christ. Today’s passage presents us with a particular method of sharing: public preaching. In response the Jewish religious leaders try to shut down the preaching of the gospel. Hoever, the one thing the apostles would not compromise on was sharing the gospel regardless of the consequences.

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No Compromise: Speak Out. Esther 4:1-17 (Craig Sweeney-Essex, 17-2-19)

We continue to hear from our series ‘No Compromise’ as we look at how we might be a voice for the voiceless in matters of injustice.

'Although it may look different from person to person and church to church, cost comes with following Christ. Christianity and comfort do not go together if we live lives of no compromise. Lives that share the whole breadth of the gospel - salvation moving us into seeing others saved but also speaking out for justice for those who need it.'

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Craig Sweeney-Essex: 11th November 2018 'Peace Part 1'

This week, Craig Sweeney-Essex begins a new mini series about obtaining greater peace with God. This poignantly begins on Armistice Day, as we commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.

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Craig Sweeney-Essex: 30th September 'To the Ends of the Earth'

This week, Rev. Craig Sweeney-Essex brings us a message about the work that the Baptist Missionary Society is doing throughout the world, in particular the Diamond family who have since returned from India. The Diamond family are a family that we have been specifically supporting throughout their time with BMS and we pray for God’s blessing on them.

Also discussed is a new vision for Central as we move forward, thinking about Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8. Where is our Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria? Craig unpacks this and much more!

The video that was viewed during the service today can be viewed here: https://www.bmsworldmission.org/people/caroline-and-stephen-diamond/

Craig Sweeney-Essex: 15th July 'Building Together Part 11: Power for Everyday Life'

The Central Baptist Church podcast returns, with Craig Sweeney-Essex taking us back into the 'Journeying Together' series. This week we examine the power that Christ gives us in our everyday life. We also are asked these three key things to consider when walking by the Spirit:

1. We have to have Him

2. We have to be aware of His voice

3. We have to follow His leading.

Craig Sweeney-Essex: 10th June 'Building Together Part Nine - Greater Expectations'

This week Rev. Craig Sweeney-Essex brings us the next part of the Building Together series, where we look at how God can and will do immeasurably more than we could ever expect. The message this week focuses on Ephesians 3:20 'Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us