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.
Who we are
Urban Life is a church made up of people from various backgrounds and of different nationalities who follow Jesus Christ and who live in the city of Derby, UK.
Our communities meet together in our houses or other local community venues at various times and places through the week.
We follow the teachings of the bible, believing what Christians before us have believed for centuries.
We believe that God has made us new, forgiving us and setting us free from our brokenness. He makes us whole and enables us to live as we we were made to be. Jesus Christ has rescued us and given us certain hope, purpose and freedom, through his death on the cross and his resurrection to life again. We are far from perfect but God is at work in us, and will finish what he has started!
Jesus told us the two most important things we need in life and these are what we seek to live by:
Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Love your neighbour as yourself.
So at its most basic what we aim to do as we live out our faith is this: we love God and we love people.
Therefore, as church communities we meet to worship together, to eat together, to pray, to read and learn from the Scriptures, and to support one another as part of God's family. Then we seek to worship God through the week in our daily lives as we live for him and serve others.
Contact us to find out more, to meet with us, to request prayer, or a copy of the bible.
Katy Jones Parry
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