random thoughts and things from all saints youth cell groups

Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Crowded House..

The Crowded House is the name of a network of house churches in Sheffield. They have the most exciting, biblical church set up (ecclesiology, for those of you who like big words!) I know.. and guess what.. it looks a lot like a cell!

Their site is brill, full of good stuff, stuff on church, church planting, mission, and lots of other good stuff.. have a look.. www.thecrowdedhouse.org

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Make Poverty History

This year, 2005 (just in case you didn't know), we as a country have one of the best chances to make huge strides towards making poverty something you only read about in history books.

The Bible makes it abundantly that God hates and injustice and has a "bias to the poor". It is not a matter of indifference to God that a child dies every 3 seconds of preventable causes. Neither should we be indifferent. Have a look this from Isaiah 58...

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
The Bible is full of God's passion for justice. Let's make sure that this year Tony Blair knows about it. Keep checking the Make Povery History and Tearfund websites for details and wear your white bands with pride!
You can also get hold of a new book "How to help beat extreme poverty in seven easy steps" which is full of quotes from people like Bono and Nelson Mandela and gives helpful ideas for action. And it's only £2. Or you can read it online. What more could you ask for!

Monday, June 20, 2005

**Merseyfest Update **

Finally, our new project idea, to clean up and renovate the shopping precinct on Gateacre Park Drive has been accepted and the hard work can now begin!

If you haven't visited the shops recently then get down there and have a look.. they are a well used community resource with a chemist, numerous restaurants and take aways, a newsagents and other stuff. But it's run down. It is in need of a tidy up. Our plan is to go in Christ's name, demonstrating the love of God, by freely and joyfully giving up our time and energy and money to serve the community by picking up the litter, repainting where needed, planting plants, making a new garden, getting to know the shopkeepers and local shop users and sensitively sharing the good news of Jesus with them.

Merseyfest gives us a real opportunity to further the Kingdom of God. Get involved and make a difference both for time and eternity!

Please, please pray for this project. We are completely reliant on God to make a lasting difference in our area. Pray for equipment. Pray for volunteers. Pray for good relations with council. For good relations with shopkeepers, and the community. Keep checking back here for updates.

Cell (not quite a) weekend away..

What are you doing on Mon 8th - Wed 10th August? If you're free then come camping! We're planning to head up to Coniston for two days, the week before Merseyfest spend come time, relaxing, swimming, eating, getting stuck into Philippians (not all at the same time, of course).

Costs to follow, but I guarantee this will be the cheapest holiday you go on.. ever.

If you're interested, leave a little note on the comments bit for me.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Discipline and Integrity..

Living for Christ requires discipline, like an athlete.. "An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules" 2 Timothy 2v4, ESV What does that mean? Have a read of this excellent article on Dave Bish's blog..

http://thebluefish.blogspot.com/2005/06/athlete-discipline-integrity.html

Meditation on the Trinity

Three is the magic number
calling us out of individualism
insisting on relationship
i to you we to another
trinity seeding networks
until all the cosmos joins in

one to create
one to save
one to sustain

one to author
one to fight
one to enliven

one to conceive
one to die
one to resurrect

one to plan
one to act
one to explain

one's sufficient
two's company
three's community

trinity expose our self-reliance
trinity break open our exclusivity
trinity seed our joining tonight

amen

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

""Of course he isn't safe! But he's good."

So said Mr. Beaver about Aslan.

Clearly Ananias and Saphira shocked us the other night. And it should. It shocked the Church at the time - "Great fear siezed the whole church and all who heard about these events" v.11.

We don't like to think of God as a judge. Or as wrathful and angry. Those pictures of God are unpopular today. A lot of Christians tend to ignore this whole aspect of God's character completely. But in doing that, we ignore what God has revealed about himself in the Bible. Yes, "God is Love".. John tells us. We much prefer to think of God as love, but God's wrath and anger at sin are an expression of his love and holiness. They are not opposites. To say that because God is loving, he never gets angry is a nonsense. What sort of loving God would turn a blind eye towards the sin which destroys his creation and brings dishonour to him? Not the God revealed in Jesus. In love and holiness and justice, God deals with sin by judging it, and punishing it.

Imagine. You're in town. You're on your mobile chatting away. And some coot comes along and robs your phone. You run and tell the policeman who's standing not 10 ft away who saw the whole thing. "Didn't you see that - do something!!" you shout. He stands there, grinning innanely. "Well, if he wants to steal your phone, who am I to stop Him". You'd be fuming, right?

When God looks at his world in all its fallenness, his heart breaks. He sees the mess were in, and is angered at the sin that abounds because it brings dishonour to him. His supreme holiness is offended. God is under no obligation to suspend his judgement on us. He would be acting perfectly fairly and justly if he were to not give grace to ANY of us - Why does he?

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" John 3: 16.

Our God is not safe. But he is good, and loves us with a love that is "vast, unmeasured, boundless and free".


Feel free to add comments or questions.

Here's some decent links to talks on Acts 5: 1-11 and God's wrath and judgement if you want to do some further reading:

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Merseyfest

If anyone hasn't signed up for Mersyefest yet, then get a move on! Check out www.merseyfest.com or get in touch with George, Vicky or me.


Please pray for the Merseyfest projects going on all over the city especially at St. Peter's and All Saint's. St. Peter's is rejuvenating the Swing Park in Quarry Street, Woolton. All Saint's don't quite know what we're doing yet..but watch this space!

Above all pray that God may be glorified and lots of people have an opportunity to hear about Jesus!

New blog!!

Hello!

We thought a blog (or a website for the more simple among you ;) ) might be a good way to post notices, useful Bible study stuff, debates using the 'comments' bit and any other wierd or wonderful stuff. So keep checking back.

Hope you enjoy!