Some of us watched this story. Wise insights from Bill Hybels, and an encouraging story of how one bloke's life was changed as he made a point of meeting with God each day.
Video plug for the Rend Collective and Phil Wickham evening.
Thursday 13th November at The Riverside Centre on Pride Park. Let Ant or Adam know if you want to come and we will sort tickets.
We enjoy a bit of Rend Collective, and they're due to play at the Riverside Centre in Derby on 13th November - see www.bigchurchnightin.com
Here's some excellent comments from them on the importance of church community. And a few clips of their songs mixed in too.
Now Paul is a real estate novelist,
There's a fuller commentary on the song here.
We are wired for community - we need it. We don't function well and our mental (and sometimes physical) health suffers without it. Why is this?
In Genesis chapter 1, the bible says men and women are made in the image of God - which is an interesting and baffling phrase. It's given brain ache to many great theologians as they grapple with it. What is it?
Well it doesn't mean we look like God in terms of eyes, a nose and a face. But it does mean that we reflect something of his character and nature. And one of the amazing things about the view of God we have in the bible is that he is in community in himself!
This opens up all kinds of other discussions of course, which make the mind boggle (though should it be surprising that seeking understand God's nature makes the mind boggle?) But it is amazing to realise there is something about the very nature of God which is a loving community - Father, Son, Holy Spirit. At the heart of God himself we see loving relationships. Amazing!
So as those made in the image of God (whatever that fully means), we get something of a sense of why relationships and community are so important to us. Even though the image is broken in us, this community instinct is still there. And the best and most important kind of community we need is with God himself, and with others who also know him. Together we find ourselves to be part of his kingdom, his family, a new society, a community of faith, love and hope.
Urban Life communities - followers of Jesus living life and bringing life in an urban setting!
The blog gives a snapshot of our life together as we post things we are learning about; things we believe; songs we love; readings and prayers to strengthen and help us; and general information about what is happening in our communities.
So here are updates, reviews, reminders and support for those who are part of our communities, and a chance to 'look in' for those who are interested and wondering what we are all about.