Christmas is for everyone and we are putting on a number of services this Christmas so you can connect with God. You may not have been to church for 20 years, you may not have been at all, we want you to know you are most welcome to all of our services.
How do you get into the bible? Easy, just remember SOAP.
Scripture – Pick up the bible and read a section
Observe – Find a particular idea or verse and try to understand what it means in that section
Apply – Think through how that impacts your life
Pray – Ask God or thank God for whatever you have discovered in his word and that you would live in light of it.
One bonus point is that you can simply jot down in a journal or notebook each of those 4 points as you go perhaps a sentence on each. Writing things down is guaranteed to help in remembering what you have read.
This week we have a book recommendation which, I am not exaggerating, has and is giving my entire life a greater focus clarity and passion to use every ounce of energy and rest for God. The book has as its subtitle “How the Gospel Transforms the way you get things done” which is wonderfully clear.
This book is if you are unsure about the point of your life, where you are headed, if you feel like you are totally overwhelmed with the stuff of life, if you feel like you cannot make a difference, if you feel like what you believe has not connected to what you do with your life, or you aren’t satisfied (I think that covers most of us)
It seems so simple and obvious but God explicitly has saved us for good works but we often never practice or think about how to be good at them! So a book about productivity shaped by the gospel should be much celebrated.
4 copies will be given away on Sunday the 22nd!
Christianity Explored is made up of 7 evenings, sharing a desert and then discussing some words for the book of Mark in the bible as well as watching a video. It doesn’t matter what your background is or what your beliefs are you are welcome! Whether you want to look at Jesus for the first time or want to get back to looking at him please contact email@example.com
The course begins on the 2nd of Nov
Little ideas which can help you go a long way!
This week it is Lauren Daigle a wonderful singer and some fantastic lyrics which direct our hearts toward Jesus as our greatest treasure.(Spotify link https://open.spotify.com/album/6jo3hGVeniLRJpLriV6IWB )
Harvest is a time to say thank you to God but out of our thanks should flow generosity. We have a generous God and we are his children.
When we talk about money at Trinity we have got to remember that Jesus says “come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest”. He is not a bully trying to do some financial extraction. He loves you far too much for that!
So what does God has to say? lets look at 2 Cor 8
Example of Giving v1-7
- Joy + Povety = Generosity. God transforms our hearts so that we don’t wait till we have loads of stuff before we are generous.
- Verse 4-5 they were people who were begging to give!
Remember the Macedonians!
Motivation for giving v8-15
- God is your ATM!
- Repay God – thank you for grace how can I pay for it!
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
The Christian motivation is the Gospel. He wants the gospel to so permeate you life you live sacrifice, you love not just looking at the cross but living the cross. God wants this gospel to be our heartbeat “rich become poor so the poor become rich!”
Responsible Giving (v 16-24)
Planned Giving (v1-5)
Helpful budgeting resources: Budgeting; http://www.which.co.uk/money/money-saving-tips/budgeting/guides/planning-a-budget/how-to-plan-an-effective-budget; http://www.moneysavingexpert.com; If you are in debt and need help please contact – https://capuk.org