‘Different routes but the same destination’
by Simon Jary
Have you ever asked that person you sit near in Church every Sunday how they came to faith? The answer for most of us is probably no. Topics like the weather, health, how their week has been, how our families are doing, and what they thought of the service are all fair game but it is unlikely we have ever heard their personal testimony of how they came to trust in our Lord Jesus.
Many of us will doubtless enjoy reading the life stories of people through- out the ages who have their own unique story of
how their life was touched by God’s grace. These accounts inspire and encourage us. Even better to hear those stories told person to person.
Journeys of Faith
It was from this premise that Sue Arnold and I decided to invite some of the members of the 4.30 congregation over to our Children’s Church class over the past few months. We asked them to simply share with the children the accounts of their journey of faith and how being a Christian impacted on their daily lives.
Summer Sermons: E100
The children really enjoyed hearing the variety of ways in which people they knew had come to faith. The children were given the opportunity to ask questions once the speaker had finished and they delighted in grilling them further.
Sue and I would like to thank all those who were willing to share their personal account with the children, many of them had children of their own
By Martyn Taylor
essential 100 hundred Bible readings to take you through the whole Bible story (50 from the OT and 50 from the NT).
As part of growing disciples this year I would love for many us at St George’s and Christ Church to gain an understanding of the overall Bible Story from Genesis to Revelation. Scripture Union has produced an excellent resource called E100 which stands for the
E100 can be done on an individual basis, as a family, a small group or a whole church challenge. Indeed I know that certain small groups have started to use the free online resources already for their weekly studies which feed into their individual Bible Reading during the week.
During July and August our Morning sermons will be setting the scene for five readings that could follow for the week all to be found in the E100 guide book. CLC are carrying stock of E100 for
those who want to take up the challenge of this way of Bible reading. Please also look at the E100 website for more information.
St George’s July Sermon Series 9.15 & 11.00am
Theme for 2011: ‘Growing Disciples’ 10th July
10th July Medad Birungi 17th July ‘Promises, Promises’ 24th July
‘God intended it for good’
31st July ‘I Am’
Medad Birungi 17th July
‘Faith like Abraham’ Romans 4
24th July ‘God’s Sovereign Purpose’ 31st July Youth Service bGh_3
in the group, and we hope it wasn’t too much like being on an edition of ‘Mastermind’. The children really looked forward to who the next person would be coming over to talk to them the following week.
Each journey of faith is unique. Some felt their story was ordinary and not worthy of telling. Having heard the variety of ways that our great God brings people to a relationship with him I think we can safely say that there is no such thing as a dull testimony when he is at work.
Our prayer is that the children will remember the variety of testimonies they heard and grow up to embrace their own personal journey of faith.
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