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Wed 6 Mar (Ash Wed): #1. Cross purposes: God’s master plan
The opening session will take the form of a sermon in each of our two Ash Wednesday communion services. Communion, of course, is centred on Jesus’ redeeming and equipping work on the cross. We will paint a broad brush-strokes picture of the vital place of the cross in God’s plan for mankind, providing a taster of the topics that we’ll explore in greater depth in subsequent sessions.
Ash Wednesday Bible readings can be found here.
Alan's Powerpoint slides are available here.
Wed 13 Mar: #2. Personal salvation: ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven
The life of purposeful faith that God has for us begins at the foot of the cross of Jesus where God deals with our murky past and lovingly adopts us as his children. But what does it mean to be a loved child of God on a Friday night with friends or family, a Monday morning at work, or a Thursday afternoon in Tesco’s?
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Wed 20 Mar: #3. New life: all for Jesus
The cross not only deals with our past, it also gives us a new life to live. Of that life Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23) and Paul declared, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20). What did they mean? Is it as grim as it sounds?!
Wed 27 Mar: No Lent course sessions
Wed 3 Apr: #4. Church: we’re all in this together
We are saved individually, but into the community of fellow believers called the Church, what some have called the Community of the Cross: we’re all in this together. In this session we’ll explore what the “this” is that we’re all “in” together! It’s bigger than you may think!
Wed 10 Apr: #5. Eternal life: now and not yet
Eternal life begins when we trust in Jesus’ death for us on the cross, but we will not experience it in all its fullness until he comes again and God wraps up history: there’s a now and a not yet to eternal life. How do we avoid the twin dangers of triumphalism (expecting it all now) and defeatism (expecting very little now)? How can we implement the biblical encouragement to live with one eye on eternity and the other on the messy world as we experience it day-to-day?