What is the Church?

I’m John Thompson and it’s great to be working with LLCC – I’ve now been here for a month.  As we launch into this new season, we’re looking at the question ‘What is the Church’.  Scripture gives us 3 images:

1) The Church is ‘Living Stones made into a Spiritual House where the very presence of God dewlls’ (1 Peter 2, 1 Cor 3, Eph 2).

2) The Church is the Body of Christ – continuing the works that he calls us to and building one another up with Christ as the Head of the Body (Eph 4, 1 Cor 12).

3) The Church is the Bride of Jesus Christ (Eph 5, John 3, Rev 21).

Others are also coming to speak to our community – bringing God’s word on other topics to build us up and commission us for mission and service.  If you’ve missed a sermon you can download it from the ‘Sermon audio’ page.  It’s an exciting time for the church.  We look forward to seeing you on Sundays and other times – see our calendar and events pages for details.

Rev John Thompson, BUGB Minister

We are at war!

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Jo Grimond, leader of the Liberal Party in the 1960’s once famously said, ‘In bygone days, commanders were taught that when in doubt, they should march their troops towards the sound of gunfire’.

As Christians we know that we are in a battle, and the ‘sound of gunfire’ is all around us. We all face trials & battles in life – our workplace, our family life, battles against temptation, thoughts of worry and anxiety, our health and well being, as well as spiritual battles for another person or to move forward spiritually ourselves.

How should we respond? Do we keep our heads down and find shelter in worldly ways or rise up, press in and seek Him for the answer? Indeed our response makes the difference between victory and defeat, ground taken or ground lost.

These battles can be fought in one of two ways, in own strength or turning to God and fighting His way, trusting in His power.

Trusting Him with them it’s no longer our battle but His battle! David used the same phrase for his fight against Goliath, ‘It is His battle and His victory’ 1Samuel 17:47

Goliath was much bigger than David. But David’s faith was in the God who is greater than all. David showed his faith by declaring the victory in advance and giving God the praise for it. Then he attacked the problem, rather than waiting for it in fear. Each time we go into battle against our Goliath let’s declare our faith is in God alone. ‘The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.’ Psalm 24:8

In every situation, clothed with His armour, trusting not of ourselves but in His promises, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’ Matthew 19:26, we can be ‘Strong in the Lord and in His mighty power’ Ephesians 6:12, and march toward the gunfire the words given to Gideon ringing in our ears, ‘Arise mighty warrior, the Lord is with you’.

Big bowl Christianity

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‘The lost are found, the blind will see, the lame will walk, the deaf will hear and you are God – forever you will reign.’ What fantastic words to a brilliant song, just found on my new Hillsong CD. They echo Jesus’ words to His disciples of what would happen as they followed His instruction to, ‘Go to every village, town and city telling everyone about the glorious love mercy and power of the Son of God.

And guess what? Those are His words to us today, his 21st century disciples, the church, including here at LLCC. That’s big bowl Christianity (see picture above)

Come on Church, let’s pick up the standard of Jesus and go and declare Him, demonstrate Him because He is with us, He is for us and all of us can do all things in Him who is able to do more than we can ever ask or imagine. Why don’t we live Christianity and church in the bigger bowl!

Let’s not despair when we Google BBC News, or see what’s happening in our community, instead let us demonstrate our faith is real in the risen, triumphant, all conquering King of kings who is coming back soon! Not for a weak & weedy church hiding behind a sofa of theology and traditions but for a church of men and women, teenagers and children who are full of faith and confidence in their Saviour. And not because of who they are or what they have done but all because of who He is and what he has done. He’s coming back for big bowl Christians!

Here at LLCC we believe Jesus is alive, giving hope for the present and certainty for the future, empty cross empty grave – price paid victory won. Big Bowl Saviour!

Pastor Simon