Here’s a 90 second encouragement for you today if you are facing some opposition today. Fresh from the river Thames this morning…

Do you have any relationships in your life that need a little bit of help? Perhaps they are strained, broken, empty, familiar, superficial, and you want to do something to change that – but how? This was the purpose of our recent series called “Skills for Loving Well.” The purpose was simply to equip every person with skills to love well/better. 16

We need to realise that good intentions to change something are never enough. I recently encouraged someone to speak to another about a particular issue that had come up between them. A week later I asked how it had gone. Their reply: “I did speak to her, but it didn’t go as planned!”  Well done to them for engaging in that conversation, but what was missing was the skill to do this in a more healthy and effective way that values the relationship and also gets to the heart of the issue. So what we need is “skilful action”.

A “skill” is the learnt ability (through teaching. training and practice) to to do something well in order to achieve a determined result. The result we are reaching in all relationships is to “love well”: To love God, others, and ourselves well/ better.   Read the rest of this entry »

God has some BIG questions to ask you… and the way you answer could change everything! 
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We have just finished a rich preaching series entitled “God’s BIG Questions”. We all have questions we’d like to ask God about all sorts of things, but scattered throughout Scripture are a handful of very significant question that God asks all of us. God doesn’t ask us questions because He doesn’t know the answer, and they are also not to test our knowledge. Rather, when we wrestle with these questions they penetrate to the deep of us, and in the answer we find the truth, freedom, life of Jesus.

Here are the 5 BIG Questions we listened to and tried to respond to:

  1. “Where are you?”
  2. “Who will go for Us?”
  3. “Who do you say that I am?”
  4. “What do you want Me to do for you?”
  5. “Do you love Me?”

You can access the videos to all these messages on the YouTube playlist here

And also, we interspersed the series with some “Your BIG Questions” sessions, where we gave 6 people the opportunity to answer some of the big questions our congregation said they would like to ask God – these ten minute talks are very well worth watching on this Youtube playlist here

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free! 

“Men need men” is a phrase that a certain wise Englishman from our tribe uttered a few years ago at one of our awesome men’s days. MENDATEIf you are a man, you need men in your life. And we need adventure. We need some man-talk moments to wake up the real man in us who is sadly too often suppressed in our over-sanitised, over-feminised, over-insured, risk-adverse, black-and-white-and-grey, play-it-safe culture…

So, for something to stir your man-soul, join us for a night out of the city in the Bracknell Forest for our men’s Camp 2016.

Arrive on Friday evening 31st August for a steak bbq around the fire, and some man-talk and action on Saturday till around 16.00. If you can’t make Friday evening, join us on Saturday – just let us know on the registration form below…

AND: The day now includes a session of “Archery Tag” on Saturday – an awesome alternative to Paintball – see here

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Our venue… mens camp venue

We have many questions to ask God, but in this series we pause to consider 5 of the BIG questions God asks us in Scripture, and the way we answer these could change everything…

God doesn’t ask us because He doesn’t know the answer, but because he wants us to know the truth of the answer, and in the truth find all the freedom we were ever created to live in.

The first question we consider in this series is the one God asked Adam after he had sinned, and God still asks all of us today: “Where are you?” This is a question to all of us who are covered by F.I..G. leave, hiding is fear, inferiority, and guilt.

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Don’t answer too quickly. In order to answer this question fully you must know something about three things:

  1. God’s PRESENCE – His Holy presence and omnipresence
  2. God’s PROVISION – the plan He made to replace my fig-leaves
  3. God’s PROMISES – His assurance that I can come out from my hiding into a confident restored relationship with HIm.

Here’s the message on video, as we explore the right answer to God’s big question of “Where are you?”

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“We were hoping… but its been 3 days” – Luke 24v21
Are you hoping for something, but its just not working out?
In Luke 24 we read about two guys walking along a road 3 days after Jesus had been crucified, and they say these words: “We were hoping…but its been three days”. However long you have been waiting, the person and promise and resurrection of Jesus are the sure anchor of all hope. My prayer for you today is from Romans 15:13

‘I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.’

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We all have questions we want to ask God: Why? When? Where? Who? – and these are all valid and important questions on our life’s  journey. But God also has some big questions to ask us too, and the answers we give could change everything for us… In fact, we often also find the answers to our own questions as we answer the questions God asks us.

So we invite you and your friends to join us at our Hammersmith congregation services in June & July as we help each other answer God BIG life-changing questions through our”God’s BIG Questions” preaching series:

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Also, during the series you will also have the opportunity to ask God your own big questions. You’ll have the chance to register your questions in the services on Sunday 14 & 21 June, and we’ll seek to answer the most common ones over Sundays 28 June and 19 July.

God’s first BIG question is very near the beginning of the Bible – do you know what it is?  Find it in the Bible here