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Hot Topic Sunday: A new monthly stream of teaching and discussion around contemporary issues and potentially difficult biblical topics. Today we began with the topic of Sexuality and Gender by interviewing Liz Connelly of another local Baptist Church. The aim of the interview was to hear how she dealt with a particular experience in her life as a Christian relating to todays topic and to highlight the relevance and need to discuss and teach on this topic.
A challenge to pray bigger, bolder prayers.
1 Corinthians 3:1-23, A Ministry of Gold
Genesis 28:10-22 & John 1:43-51
Do we see and experience God’s favour?
‘Don’t waste your time on getting angry at other people’s sin. Turn your eyes on Jesus.’
In the USA it is believed that around 20 million children come from fatherless families. A headline in a South African newspaper read, ‘consumed by fatherlessness.’ It is believed that over 60% of South African children are fatherless! A UK newspaper reported that, ‘Britain is facing a “crisis of fatherlessness” in which almost half of all children born today will not be living with both parents by the time they are 15.’ Christian adoption charity, Home for Good, state that ‘every year 40,000 children and young people come into care in the UK’.
As a result of this fatherlessness several negative consequences have been highlighted through several different studies: Poverty, substance abuse, decreased educational achievement, increased involvement in crime, sexual activity and teen pregnancy, decreased physical and emotional health, low self-esteem, a lack of ability to form happy long lasting relationships as adults, increased aggression, and more!
So, it is important for us to think about two questions:
As the Church, what do we have to say into this situation of fatherlessness?
What hope do we have to offer our society, this world, as the people of God concerning fatherlessness?
 These consequences are taken from the previously referenced sources and http://fathers.com/statistics-and-research/the-consequences-of-fatherlessness/
Bruce and Louise Nadin joined us this morning as part of their sabbatical from ministry in South Africa.
We begin to explore our 4 key CBC values beginning with worship.
Palm Sunday 2019
The third part of our current series, Baptism: What’s the Point?
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.
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.