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Are you a Pharisee?

22 Oct

As yet another politician fell by the wayside recently because his private life did not match up with his wholesome public persona I was reminded yet again of Jesus’ interactions with the Pharisees.  Everyone who has read the Bible knows that the Pharisees are the bad guys of the Gospel story.  They were the ones who hated Jesus and certainly Jesus reserved his harshest criticisms for them.  As a result, it is easy to condemn the Pharisees for their cold religion and hypocrisy.  However, even as I read about their failings, I fear that if I am honest the spirit of the Pharisees is alive and well in my heart.

Jesus’ major problem with the Pharisees was their hypocrisy.  They put on a show of religion, ostentatiously obeying all the laws and fulfilling all the important religious obligations, however, their godliness was only on the outside.  They were not willing to admit their sinfulness.  The outward appearance was white but their hearts were black.  As a result they refused to listen to Jesus.  Jesus famously said that he had come to heal the sick not the healthy.  Jesus’ message of salvation was for the sinner, not for the righteous.  Continue reading

Praying in small groups

20 Oct

[This post is courtesy of Col Marshall, posted on The Briefing 22nd November 1994.]

If there is one sure-fire prayer point in small groups, it’s praying that God will make us more prayerful! Everyone believes in prayer; everyone recognizes that we need to pray more, but everyone has trouble making it a priority. Put it down to the bustle of 90s life, or simply to sinful, independent hearts—either way, we can always find something which is more pressing a task than speaking to God in prayer.

Prayer ruts

Most Christian groups pray. Most Christian groups easily drift into prayer ruts. Our times of prayer become hurried intercessions, a quick vote of thanks at the end of the Bible study, prayers for the sick or ‘those who aren’t with us’, or general prayers for more love and peace. Of course, these are all great things to pray for, but we usually end up praying for them by default, because we don’t put in the time and effort to think about what to pray. Continue reading

‘What it means to be God’s man’

12 Oct

Recently the guys at SNAC met together to enjoy some great food and fellowship. Tim Booker joined them to discuss and challenge the guys on the idea of ‘What it means to be God’s man’.

Check out some of the great things the guys had to say about the night below …

What did you think of the night?

Rob: It was very encouraging to be challenged again to be a christian man, to take initiavtive and to stand firm in this world.

Tim: I found tonight to be a real challenge – but a good one!

What are some of the biggest challenges facing christian men seeking to live a godly life?

Greg: Consistency, it is very difficult to remain consistent within this world

Pete: I would have to say breaking out of the comfort mold that we like to live in within Australia

What can you and your christian brothers do to help eachother live as ‘christian warriors’ in this sinful world?

Eddie: To continually pray for each other and look into God’s word and rely on that as our guide

Cam: To combat this sinful world Christian guys must be comrades. We’ve got to bite the bullet and open up to one another. We need to share our victories and our battles. We need to read God’s word and pray together. We need to be more like a Band of Brothers than a lone ranger; more like the A-Team than James Bond.

What was your biggest take away from tonight?

Tom: That as a Christian guy I need to focus on fulfilling a mans duty under God

James: To not to be lazy and just sit at home

Adam: To be a man for God who is willing to take his stand and do his duty

INVEST WEEKEND AWAY

14 Sep

  Invest 2012

What a fantastic weekend!  It would take a good argument to convince me that there is a better way to spend the first weekend in September than with Church in the Bank at #Invest.  Invest 2012 was our second and now annual congregational weekend away.  It’s called ‘Invest’ because it’s a time where we escape for a weekend to Invest in God’s People and God’s Word for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

It was also a weekend away – Church in the Bank style!  Continue reading

Our very first blog post ….

13 Sep

Hey guys! Welcome to our very first blog post here at Church in the Bank (CITB).

We’re really keen to talk through ideas; challenge each other and our world and engage with our culture in light of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our blog is also a great way for us to engage with each other outside of our usual Sunday night and to give us an idea of what goes on at CITB and what our wider church community gets up to.

Each week we will be posting sermon wrap ups from the previous sunday, topical series, thought-provoking articles from great christian writers and also lots of other great content written by our very own CITB members.

So now that you are as excited as us, all that is left to say is …

STAY TUNED!

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