Thursday, 23 April 2015

NEW ALPHA COURSE STARTING SOON IN CHESTERFIELD

Not sure whether Alpha is the right thing for you?   
Come and enjoy a free two course meal followed by a short talk which is the introductory session to the course entitled 'Is the church dull boring and irrelevant to life today?' At the end you can decide if you want to sign up for the rest of the course.  It's a great opportunity to ask all your questions in a relaxed, friendly setting and maybe find some answers that will change your life for ever.

 
Wednesday 27th May 7.30pm
at The Saints Coffee Shop, St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield
 
We will need to know if you are coming for catering purposes so let us know by ringing Dave on 01246 200768 or email info@newlifechesterfield.co.uk

Monday, 20 April 2015

SUNDAY 19TH APRIL WHEN JESUS RIDES INTO YOUR LIFE THINGS CHANGE

On Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem like the hero in those old westerns my Dad used to make us watch.  Many people at the time expected the Messiah to appear just like that, with guns blazing, to restore justice and order. But Jesus had an entirely different kind of victory in mind, he rode into Jerusalem as King of Kings and Lord of Lords on a young donkey knowing that things were about to change for ever.

Jesus saw that the courts were filled with traders who cheated and took advantage of people as they came to the temple.  It was 'wall to wall Wonga'.  A righteous anger consumed him and he drove them out of there. When Jesus rides into our lives he still does the same thing.  We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and Jesus comes and overturns the tables of wrong stuff in our lives. He gets rid of the rubbish and that which doesn't honour or serve God in our lives in order to make room for what does.

He called his disciples together for the Passover feast, a time to fellowship together but he wanted them to understand things were about to change in their lives too.  He sang to them - I wonder if it was Psalm 116 or Psalm 118, psalms of deliverance:

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.  I look in triumph on my enemies. Psalm 118: 5-7

He asked them to remember him everytime they sat down together and shared a meal.  As they broke bread to remember his body broken for them and as they shared a cup of wine to remember his blood shed for them so they could live free from sin.  What he was about to do would radically change their lives and those to whom they would preach the good news.

Jesus was mocked and flogged, made to carry his cross and crucified like a common criminal, died and was put in the tomb.  Yet three days later transformed by resurrection power he was alive and eating breakfast on the beach with his friends.  Scripture tells us that exactly the same resurrection power lives in us but just like Jesus we have to die to self in order to live in the fulness of that new life and to experience that power at work in our lives.

Two disciples walked the Emmaus road depressed, disheartened, disillusioned - everything they had hoped for had been destroyed when they saw Jesus breathe his last on the cross.  As he walked with them and explained the scriptures about himself their hearts burned inside their chests but it wasn't until he broke bread that they recognised who he was. When Jesus walked in their depression lifted, he lit a fire in their hearts and gave them purpose and vision.  Being with him changed everything for them.

When we truly allow Jesus to ride into our lives as King and Lord everyone will know about it because the change in us will be obvious and as we submit every day to his Lordship he will help us to clear out the rubbish in our lives to become increasingly like him in everything we say and do. Amen.

Dave B

Friday, 17 April 2015

CAFE CHURCH LAUNCH AT SAINTS COFFEE SHOP

Yes, it is the same great Cafe Church team but we have moved to a new venue. Join us at 6 - 7pm at the Saints Coffee Shop, St Mary's Gate near the Spire.  Enjoy worship led by our musicians followed by bible teaching from guest speaker Martyn Rowe (aka 'Tigger').  Stay and chat over coffee and cake. Friendly, relaxed family time enjoying God together.  Come and see for yourself.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

WONDERFUL WATOTO WEEKEND

It has been a real privilege to have the adults and children of the
Watoto African Children's Choir with us this last weekend and performing three times. The show itself is vibrant and full of life with some great new worship songs and amazing dancing. 
The message the children want to convey is made very clear.  Each
 of them, through a variety of tragic circumstances, have found themselves with no one to care for them, but they have discovered that God is their Father and that he loves and cares for each of his precious children.
 
His love is not just for the orphans, God loved each and every one of us so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross to get rid of every sin and obstacle preventing us from knowing God as our Father. We are all God's children and he loves us and longs for us to know him.

HOME FOR GOOD

Every day more than 50 children are taken into care in the UK. They are removed from chaotic, traumatic, abusive, neglectful or desperate situations. Some of them need a home in an emergency. Some of them need a temporary home until they can return to their families. Some of them need an occasional home to give their families a break. Some of them need a permanent home with a new forever family.

The Church is uniquely placed to offer its help to meet this need – both in terms of finding families to foster or adopt and providing an excellent community of support to wrap around those who do.

Home for Good is a charity which aims to make adoption and fostering a significant part of the life and ministry of the Church in the UK. Working together with Care for the Family and the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) to ensure excellence in all that we do, we are dedicated to inspiring, equipping and coordinating the network of local movements, churches and individuals who are making the Home for Good vision a reality. We raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents, encouraging families to provide loving homes for the children in care, and equipping the Church to offer welcoming communities for them.

If you are interested find out more on their website: http://www.homeforgood.org.uk/ or call the Home for Good Team 0300 001 0995.

We are looking for a NLC representative who would attend just 3 or 4 Home for Good local meetings a year on our behalf and feedback information to the church.

Friday, 10 April 2015

WATOTO IN CHESTERFIELD TOO

PhotoGrid_1425645559070PhotoGrid_1425645842109PhotoGrid_1425645714036PhotoGrid_1425645504077The Watoto African Children's Choir will be leading worship at our regular Sunday morning meeting at the Winding Wheel this Sunday(12th April) at 10.30am. You can also see them in concert that evening presenting their 'Oh What Love!' production 7pm -8.15pm at the Winding Wheel.  Admission is free but there will be opportunity to give to the wonderful work Watoto do in rescuing orphaned children and giving them a family home and hope for a bright future. 01246 200768PhotoGrid_1425645384555

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

ALFRETON HOSTS WATOTO AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHOIR ON SATURDAY

Watoto Choir 69 are pictured here arriving at Heathrow earlier this year.  They will arrive in Alfreton this Saturday ready for their concert on that evening at 7pm at the Genesis Family Entertainment Centre. The choir will be performing their brand new concert 'Oh What Love!' in the magnificent Grand Marquee Room.  Admission is free but you can reserve your tickets by contacting NLC on 07849 073078 or info@newlifealfreton.co.uk.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

SUN 29/3/15 TONY LING (PART 3)

Imagine the King Of Kings on his wonderful white horse riding ahead of his army.  We are there proudly following our King to victory.  In the distance you see a dust cloud, a rider has broken ranks and is tearing towards Jesus.  'Who or what is that?', you are thinking. Do not be concerned it is only me (Tony) because I have to get close enough to read the name that is written on Jesus that no one knows but he himself! I have to know everything that there is to know about my Lord, my curiosity drives me to want to know more.

I know he is called the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and where he rules there is blessing.  He wants to rule our lives and hearts as we submit to his lordship.  True freedom is only found in his lordship over our lives.  God can turn situations around in a heartbeat, he has all power and authority.  Submit your life to Jesus.

I know his name is the Word of God and that he wants to make himself known in a greater, deeper way to us.  If you want to know him, read the Bible, it's all about him.  Jesus will meet you on the page and meeting him will change you.  In the last two chapters of Ezekiel we have all sorts of building instructions that I have often wondered if I really needed to know but there is always a litle gem to learn from.  The people were instructed that if they came into the temple by the north gate they were to leave by the south and if they came in by the south gate they were to leave by the north.  Why?  Because when we come into God's presence we will be changed and go out different.  If we come in and go out the same we haven't met with God.

John, exiled on Patmos, a prisoner and yet free to soar in vision in the Holy Spirit.  He had always been close to Jesus, alongside Peter and James and referred to himself as the disciple 'whom Jesus loved'. When Jesus spoke the voice came from behind him, he had to turn to to respond to what Jesus was saying.  Every time the word of God comes to us we have to turn our lives around, it means change.

I also know that Jesus is called Faithful and True.  That's who you want on your side when things get tough, a faithful and true friend but with the power and authority of the King of Kings!  Trials and tribulations are all part of the process of getting to know God better.  As we take him at his word, believe he is faithful and has the power to work in our lives, Christ reveals himself to us in ever increasing measure.

 'I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.'  Ephesians 1:17

I want to know him better, what about you?