Shame shifting: Food & sex - David Mitchell (7PM Podcast)

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Nov 19th 2017. Shame shifting: Food and sex. Genesis 3:6-13. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Intended for pleasure? That is the title of a Christian book about sex. Food and Sex are intended for and vital for the continuation of life. They also give pleasure, and in our affluent western culture food and sex have been intensively marketed as pleasures we all deserve; ‘naughty but nice’. In reality, food and sex create crisis points in our culture with problems ranging from obesity to anorexia. The sexual abuse of women and children, and the revelations of politicians and celebrities as sexual predators are every day news. Download discussion notes.

Testament: 10 Commandments - Love the Lord your God: John Wilcox (AM Podcast)

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Nov 19th 2017. Testament. Ten Commandments: Love God. Matthew 22:36-40, Exodus 20:1-11.Jesus knew and loved the Old Testament. Its books were his scriptures. When asked about the greatest commandments he quoted from Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 (Love God, and Love your neighbour) and said the whole of the Law and Prophets (i.e. the Bible as he knew it) hung on these two sayings. The ten commandments are in many ways an articulation of these two principles. Download discussion notes.

Testament: 10 Commandments - Love the Lord your God: John Wilcox

Nov 19th 2017. Testament. Ten Commandments: Love God. Matthew 22:36-40, Exodus 20:1-11.Jesus knew and loved the Old Testament. Its books were his scriptures. When asked about the greatest commandments he quoted from Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 (Love God, and Love your neighbour) and said the whole of the Law and Prophets (i.e. the Bible as he knew it) hung on these two sayings. The ten commandments are in many ways an articulation of these two principles. Download discussion notes.

Shame shifting: Food & sex - David Mitchell

Nov 19th 2017. Shame shifting: Food and sex. Genesis 3:6-13. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Intended for pleasure? That is the title of a Christian book about sex. Food and Sex are intended for and vital for the continuation of life. They also give pleasure, and in our affluent western culture food and sex have been intensively marketed as pleasures we all deserve; ‘naughty but nice’. In reality, food and sex create crisis points in our culture with problems ranging from obesity to anorexia. The sexual abuse of women and children, and the revelations of politicians and celebrities as sexual predators are every day news. Download discussion notes.

Shame Shifting: Comparison trap - Clare Thompson (PM podcast)

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Nov 12th Shame Shifting: Comparison trap. Comparison and competition seem fundamental to the way we human beings live in society. The Bible knows all about these things. In family life in the Old Testament comparison and rivalry are vividly expressed. In the New testament it doesn’t seem far from the lives even of those closes to Jesus, the disciples. Even at the end of John’s gospel Peter seems to be comparing himself to John or ‘the beloved disciple, ‘what about him’?

The problem with comparison is that it can make us feel diminished by the comparison, and bring us into shame. God has a different plan for us than this. Download discussion notes.

Why & how to read the Old Testament: Tim Dobson (AM podcast)

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Nov 12th Luke 24:25-27, 44-45. Why & how to read the Old Testament. For many people the Old Testament is literally a closed book. Yet for Jesus himself, and the early Church, it was their scripture. Jesus quotes the Old Testament often, as do Paul and the other New testament writers. Yet for may of us today there seems to be a disconnect between ‘the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’ and the requirements of God as he appears in the Old Testament. How should we read this book? Download discussion notes.

Why & how to read the Old Testament: Tim Dobson

Nov 12th Luke 24:25-27, 44-45. Why & how to read the Old Testament. For many people the Old Testament is literally a closed book. Yet for Jesus himself, and the early Church, it was their scripture. Jesus quotes the Old Testament often, as do Paul and the other New testament writers. Yet for may of us today there seems to be a disconnect between ‘the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’ and the requirements of God as he appears in the Old Testament. How should we read this book? Download discussion notes.

Shame Shifting: Comparison trap - Clare Thompson

Nov 12th Shame Shifting Comparison trap. Comparison and competition seem fundamental to the way we human beings live in society. The Bible knows all about these things. In family life in the Old Testament comparison and rivalry are vividly expressed. In the New testament it doesn’t seem far from the lives even of those closes to Jesus, the disciples. Even at the end of John’s gospel Peter seems to be comparing himself to John or ‘the beloved disciple, ‘what about him’?

The problem with comparison is that it can make us feel diminished by the comparison, and bring us into shame. God has a different plan for us than this. Download discussion notes.

Prophetic Foundations, Liz Evans (7PM Podcast)

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Nov 5th. Prophetic Foundations. Prophecy is a huge and often misunderstood part of the Christian life. It is interpreted by different people in different ways. Some relegate ‘prophecy’ to ‘preaching’ or standing up for justice in the name of Christ, effective de-super naturalising it. Others equate prophecy to personal words of knowledge. Other see it as dreams, vision or other revelatory supernatural experiences. Some see it as fore knowledge, others as ‘forth telling’. Download discussion notes

Jesus Light of the World, Philip Jinadu (AM Podcast)

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Nov 5th. Jesus Light of the World At this Autumnal season we are very aware of light and dark. The darkness of the winter season is mirrored by our thoughts on ‘dark powers’ in the Halloween festival. Bonfire night is a celebration; but it’s also an attempt to keep the darkness at bay. John’s gospel talks about light and darkness and Jesus is introduced as ‘the light that shines in the darkness. (John 8:12, John 9:5). Download discussion notes.

Jesus Light of the World, Philip Jinadu

Nov 5th. Jesus Light of the World At this Autumnal season we are very aware of light and dark. The darkness of the winter season is mirrored by our thoughts on ‘dark powers’ in the Halloween festival. Bonfire night is a celebration; but it’s also an attempt to keep the darkness at bay. John’s gospel talks about light and darkness and Jesus is introduced as ‘the light that shines in the darkness. (John 8:12, John 9:5). Download discussion notes.

Prophetic Foundations, Liz Evans

Nov 5th. Prophetic Foundations. Prophecy is a huge and often misunderstood part of the Christian life. It is interpreted by different people in different ways. Some relegate ‘prophecy’ to ‘preaching’ or standing up for justice in the name of Christ, effective de-super naturalising it. Others equate prophecy to personal words of knowledge. Other see it as dreams, vision or other revelatory supernatural experiences. Some see it as fore knowledge, others as ‘forth telling’. Download discussion notes