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.  

 

8th April

Restoring your first love: Revelation 2: 1-7

Second Reading: Matthew 23:1-12

 

15th April

Faithful no matter what: Revelation 2:8-11

Second Reading: Matthew 6:25-34

 

22nd April

Deliberately Different: Revelation 2:12-17

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-12


29th April

No Compromise: Revelation 2:18-29

Second Reading: Luke 4:1-13

 

6th May

Wake up call: Revelation 3:1-6

Second Reading: Matthew 25:14-29


13th May

Stand Firm - Revelation 3:7-13

Second Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16

 

20th May

Vision Sunday at Pentecost

Mark 3:1-19

Second Reading: Acts 2:1-13


27th May

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. 


10th June

Faith to start the journey: Genesis 12:1-9

Second Reading: John 3:1-12

 

17th June

Faith in God’s provision: Genesis 13:1-18

Second Reading: Matthew 7:7-12

 

24th June

Faith to wait: Genesis 16:1-10

Second Reading: Luke 2:25-38

 

1st July

Faith that doesn’t limit God: Genesis 17:1-2, 15-22

Second Reading: Matthew 8:5-13

 

8th July

Faith that wrestles with God: Genesis 18:16-33

Second Reading: Luke 11:5-13

 

15th July

Faith that makes sacrifices: Genesis 22:1-18

Second Reading: Mark 9:2-9

 

22nd July

Faith that finishes well: Genesis 24:1-9

Second Reading: John 17:20-26