The Ministry and Mission of God’s Church
7 Letters to 7 Churches
The opening chapters of the book of Revelation contain some of the greatest feedback ever offered to a church - or perhaps more accurately, seven churches! Jesus himself asks sharp and pointed questions to these particular churches, and the same challenges are heard and felt by all those who read these words today. What might Jesus say in his letter to our church in Dorridge and Bentley Heath?
Each letter follows the same pattern. Beginning with a description of Jesus, they continue with an encouragement with what the church in question has been doing well, and an rebuke about what hasn’t been going so well. The letter then ends with both a warning and a promise.
Here in Dorridge and Bentley Heath, these letters have the ability to both challenge and encourage us as we continue to explore what it means to truly trust God - for the ministry and mission of His church - in our lives, in this parish, and beyond.
May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to his people and his church.
Restoring your first love: Revelation 2: 1-7
Second Reading: Matthew 23:1-12
Faithful no matter what: Revelation 2:8-11
Second Reading: Matthew 6:25-34
Deliberately Different: Revelation 2:12-17
Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-12
No Compromise: Revelation 2:18-29
Second Reading: Luke 4:1-13
Wake up call: Revelation 3:1-6
Second Reading: Matthew 25:14-29
Stand Firm - Revelation 3:7-13
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16
Vision Sunday at Pentecost
Second Reading: Acts 2:1-13
Hot, Cold or Lukewarm? - Revelation 3:14-22
Second Reading: Matthew 6:19-24
Grow us in faith - Abraham
The story of Abraham has stood the test of time as one of the most amazing examples of faithfulness to God in Scripture. Both Paul in the book of Romans and the writer of Hebrews hold Abraham up as an example of faithfulness to God.
There is much we can learn as a church about how to remain faithful to God in our own lives, and also as a church.
As we track through the life of Abraham, and as we retrace his story, we see a God at work in his life who had an incredible plan and a purpose both for him, his family and the nation that was born out of his willingness to trust and obey God. His example speaks powerfully to those who seek to follow God today.
May we grow in faith as we explore the life of Abraham.
Faith to start the journey: Genesis 12:1-9
Second Reading: John 3:1-12
Faith in God’s provision: Genesis 13:1-18
Second Reading: Matthew 7:7-12
Faith to wait: Genesis 16:1-10
Second Reading: Luke 2:25-38
Faith that doesn’t limit God: Genesis 17:1-2, 15-22
Second Reading: Matthew 8:5-13
Faith that wrestles with God: Genesis 18:16-33
Second Reading: Luke 11:5-13
Faith that makes sacrifices: Genesis 22:1-18
Second Reading: Mark 9:2-9
Faith that finishes well: Genesis 24:1-9
Second Reading: John 17:20-26