What sort of people should we be? ‘Blessed are the merciful’

What sort of people should we be? ‘Blessed are the merciful’

Readings: Micah 6:8. Matthew 5:7 Life Group Questions How would you define mercy? What does it mean?How does God show mercy?What does it mean for us to be merciful?How can we show mercy in our everyday lives, individually and collectively?Why is mercy vital to our vision in terms of loving each other and loving community?Why is mercy an essential element of our core value of witness? ...
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What sort of people should we be? ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’

What sort of people should we be? ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’ Readings: Psalm 63: 1-5   Matthew 5:6 Life Group Questions What does ‘righteousness’ mean?Jesus says that we should hunger and thirst for righteousness. Why?If we’re not right with God, what could we do to resolve this? How would you like to see God’s righteousness unleashed a) in our world  b) across the Old Dean  c) in our relationships? A disciple stands up for what is right. How might you partner with God, to see the Old Dean run His way, to see things work out right  a) today  b) this week  c) this monthWhat do we have to offer? After all, anyone can be good. Anyone, any organisation, can do good things. How are we, as Christians, so different? ...
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March Explore Service

March Explore Service

Our All-Age ‘Explore’ service Readings: Psalm 100 (CEV) Luke 21: 1-4 What is worship? Reading: Luke 21:1-4   The Widow’s Offering ‘God loves us so much, and through worship, we love him back’– Worship is one of our Core Values What is worship? What kind of things can we worship? Why do we worship God?When do we worship?How do we worship? Does it matter? Why? / Why not?What matters most when we worship?How did the widow worship?What might we learn from the widow?How could we worship God this week? ...
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Our Deanery Vision

Our Deanery Vision

‘See I am doing a new thing’ led by Claire Isherwood Readings: Isaiah 43:14-21, Matthew 28:19-20 Life Group Questions ‘See I am doing a new thing’ Isaiah 43:14-21 We are called to learn from the past in order to move on into the future. Do you agree with this statement? If so, why? How might we achieve this?In the bible, history isn’t a pointless repeating cycle, but a story going somewhere – ultimately resulting, at the end of time, with God making all things new. The same is true with our lives as we journey with Jesus. Why is this so encouraging?God isn’t in the business of ‘doing a repair-job.’ He doesn’t just repair things … he renews. Do you agree? If so, why?Where do you see God renewing things amongst us?God brings new life. Both in the world around us, and in the Old Dean, where would you like to see God bring new life?In your own life, where would you like to see renewal? ...
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What sort of people  should we be? ‘Blessed are the meek’

What sort of people should we be? ‘Blessed are the meek’

‘Blessed are the meek’ Readings: Psalm 27:7-11, Matthew 5:5 (NIV) Life Group Questions ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth’ Matthew 5: 5 What images come to your mind when you think of meekness? What is meekness? How did Jesus demonstrate meekness in His ministry? How is meekness evident in your life? Why is meekness an essential quality for Christ-like living? Can you think of a time when you showed meekness? How can you become meeker? What is one thing you can do this next week to demonstrate meekness? ...
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What sort of people  should we be? ‘Blessed are those who mourn’

What sort of people should we be? ‘Blessed are those who mourn’

‘Blessed are those who mourn’ Readings: Isaiah 61:1-2, Matthew 5:4 (NIV) Life Group Questions ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted’ Matthew 5: 4 What do we mourn? Why do we mourn?Mourning comes to us all ... yet, sometimes we struggle against it … and avoid it … yet, Jesus invites us to mourn. What do you think Jesus wants us to pay attention to in our mourning? How do you feel when you see the sin that is in the world? How do you feel about the sin in your own life?How does mourning over your sin, rather than denying it, help you move forward? What role do we have in comforting those who mourn? See Romans 12:15 and 2 Corinthians 1:3-4In Isaiah 61:1-3, what does God promise for those who are mourning?Why can we trust God to help and heal us? Read Hebrews 13:5, John 14:16, Isaiah 40:30-31 and 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 ...
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The light shines in the darkness

The light shines in the darkness

‘The light shines in the darkness’ Reading:  John 1v 4-5 (The Message) Life Group Questions ‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ In what way is Jesus ‘the light of all mankind’? Read John 1:9 & 8:12.  How important is light in a dark room?  -  Can the same be said of Jesus in a dark world? In what way is Jesus your light? How has Jesus brought light into your life? How has Jesus brought light into the life of one of your friends or family? In what way does light “overcome” darkness?      Read John 16:33 and 1 John 5:4-5. Read Matthew 5:14-16 How can you let your light shine before others? ...
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What sort of people should we be?

What sort of people should we be?

Blessed are the poor in spirit’ Readings: Isaiah 66:1-2, Matthew 5:3 (NIV) Life Group Questions What does it mean to be ‘blessed’?What does it mean to be ‘poor in spirit’?What prevents us from being ‘poor in spirit’?How do you depend on God on a daily basis and a moment by moment basis?Where have you seen this in others or known it in yourself?What would it take for you to fully rely on God? What steps might you take to depend more on God?What difference would being ‘poor in spirit’ make in your life? ...
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