Christmas is the time of year we celebrate a saviour who came into this world to seek and save the lost. But according to the angels’ first announcement of Jesus’ coming, in order to be found by God we need to get God’s favour so that we can have peace with God. And this is what Christmas is all about: God’s gift of peace to us in the form of a baby, Jesus.
In Derek’s final talk as Pastor of Village Church, he reflects on what it looks like when the gospel bears fruit in our lives and how it is that God works both in us and through us – personally, and within Village Church. (Also, the fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate but then we came back in.)
So as you’ll know, over the next couple of weeks we’re going to look at some of the mistakes the church has made, some of the reasons people are so critical and suspicious of churches, and how God speaks about and into these situations.
Growth Groups have been on a 2 week break, but they’re back up and running next week. So we’re going to spend one week in our Growth Groups before we head into Genesis 1-11, thinking through these things. Here are the studies. Phil’s talk will be this week, and Derek’s the week after. Feel free to choose the one you think will most benefit your group.
It’s a confronting issue, and one that some in Village Church are bound to be affected by directly. Pray that this would be a helpful time to admit the mistakes, but see how God clearly calls us to something greater.