Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence


It is so easy to lose the meaning of Christmas. We become so consumed with our own presents that we forget that Christmas is all about the presence of God. In fact, the name given to Jesus is “Immanuel” – which means “God with us”. But what would it mean for us if we focus more on the presence of Jesus rather than the presents? Perhaps we will truly discover what it means to have Christmas all year long!

Week One:
Christmas Hope

Week Two:
Christmas Joy

Week Two:
Christmas Peace

Week Four;
Christmas Love

The Apostles Creed

There are many different churches and denominations and we don’t all agree on
everything. However, there are certain doctrines that unite us. The Apostles’ Creed is the
most well-known summary statement of what orthodox Christians hold to be true. It reminds
us of central points about which all Christians must agree, serves as a defence against
heresies or false teachings, summarizes the faith, and provides an important resource for
either private or corporate worship.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to hell.

The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Week One:
I believe...

For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

– Romans 10 : 11

Week Two:
I believe in God

I Believe…

In God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

– Psalm 139:14

Week Three:
I believe in Jesus Christ

I Believe…

In Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

Week Four:
I believe in the atonement

I Believe…

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried

…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

– Romans 5:8

– Matthew 16:21-23

Week Five:
I believe in the resurrection

He descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.

Week Six:
I believe in the second coming

He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Week Seven:
I believe in the Holy Spirit

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. – Romans 8:11

Act 1:1-8

Week Eight:
I believe in the Church

The holy catholic church, the communion of saints…

Week Nine:
I believe in Forgiveness

The forgiveness of sins…

Week Ten:
I believe in Eternity

The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Unblocked Wells

Week One:
Predictable Obstacles

Week Two:

Week Three:
Jesus is at our Well

– John 4 : 3 – 30

Consider: Was she an adulteress?

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Listen: You will never be thirsty again

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Read: Emotionally healthy spirituality

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Visit: Scazerro’s site

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ONE ANOTHER | ING

ONE ANOTHER | ING

Jesus teaches us that the greatest commandments are to love God and to love one another. Love is not theoretical but practical, tangible and active… it’s one another-ing. The New Testament mentions the phrase “one another” 55 times, and all of them are tangible actions. So how do we “one another” the way Jesus commands us to? This series will help us discover how we can welcome one another, forgive one another, honour one another, inspire one another and serve one another

Week One:
"Welcome one another."

Everyone else is different to us, they look different, have different values and sometimes behave differently. It’s often easy to judge others who are not like us and make them feel unwelcome, but love welcomes everyone always.

Week Two:
“Forgive one another.”

Oh, to live with saints above, that would be glory- but to live with saints below, that’s another story. People hurt us, disappoint us and make us angry. When we have been offended, we can either choose to play God and try to bring about justice, or we can trust God that He will do what is right for everyone.

Week Three:
“Honor one another”

We live in a culture that honours those who believe and behave the same as us and shames those who are different. Everyone has an expectation and when others meet these expectations we honour them, and we shame when they fail. But imagine what our community would look like if we honoured one another instead of shaming one another.

Week Four:
“Inspire one another”

Have you ever noticed how people can accomplish nearly the impossible when given a little motivation, a little inspiration? As a community, we can either discourage one another from good works or we can inspire one another to good works.