A warm welcome awaits you on Monday 27th September at CBC Priory Street as we embark on our new series for this year. We are looking forward to seeing more of Jesus revealed as we find ourselves in the gospel of John.
We will have a short time of worship and then the lovely Sharon will be sharing with us.
We want to encourage personal fellowship, but for those who are unable to attend in person, you can join by zoom-contact Anne Holmes, Vicky Kelly, or Christine Coltman for details – they will be the same log in details every month.
For those who like to be really organised, here are dates for women’s events for you diary:Topic: Ladies Study
Sep 27, 2021 07:30 PM
Oct 18, 2021 07:30 PM Nov 29, 2021 07:30 PM Dec 13, 2021 07:30 PM (Christmas event) Jan 31, 2022 07:30 PM Feb 28, 2022 07:30 PM Mar 28, 2022 07:30 PM May 30, 2022 07:30 PM Jun 27, 2022 07:30 PM
We are about to embark on a new series for our monthly bible studies! This year we will find ourselves in the gospel of John where we will be digging deeper into the ‘I Am’ statements.
Our first meeting will be Monday 27th September 2021 @ 7.30pm @ CBC
Please find below the first set of study notes prepared by Sharon. We encourage you to look at the study notes with your study buddy. If you would like a buddy then please contact Anne H, Victoria K or Christine C.
May you be richly blessed as you look at this first study.
Meanwhile, know that you are loved and prayed for. We look forward to seeing you all on 27th!
Women’s Ministry Team
BEHOLD OUR GOD! Study Buddy Questions on John 1:1-18
The opening of John’s Gospel is magnificent and soaring and beautiful and astonishing.
It can also be confusing, for all sorts of reasons.
For instance, there are two people called John who speak in verses 1-18, John the Gospel Writer, and John the Baptist (aka John the Witness).
Also, John the Gospel Writer reuses certain words over and over again, adding layers of detail to each one and building a bigger picture of who Jesus is. But this can sometimes feel like a long tangle to unknot.
To help keep this very familiar passage fresh, read the passage aloud together, slowly. One of you can read the words of John the Gospel Writer and the other read John the Witness.
John the Gospel Writer: Verses 1-5
John the Witness: Verses 6-8
John the Gospel Writer: Verses 9-14
John the Witness: Verse 15
John the Gospel Writer: Verses 16-18
Now read John 1:1-18.
What does this passage reveal about Jesus?
John the Gospel Writer uses a number of key Titles to introduce the Hero of the Gospel – Jesus Christ. What does John teach us about Jesus by pointing out that he is…
the Word (1-5, 14)
the Light (4-5, 9-11)
full of Grace and Truth (14, 16-17)
What two things does John the Witness say about Jesus? (Verses 6-8 and 15)
Where is the name of Jesus first mentioned in John’s Gospel? Compare this with Mark chapter 1. What sort of impact does John give to Jesus by introducing him as he does?
What does this passage reveal about human nature (and, therefore, me)?
Since only Jesus is like this, as he alone is the One and Only Son, what do verses 4-5, 10-11 and 18 reveal about human nature?
Look back at verses 12-13. Who are the people that are children of God? How can anyone become a child of God?
Many commentators pick up on two keywords in this passage, which run through the whole Gospel: Word and Witness.
Word: What does it mean to ‘receive’ Jesus, the Word (verses 12-13)? How can you tell if you have or have not ‘received’ him?
Witness: Verse 18 is very clear; no one has ever seen God. Whose witness about God are you listening to? What informs your worldview and picture of God? Where are you going to, to find out the truth about God?
Give thanks for who Jesus is. At just the right time, God sent Him to us!
Confess when you have rejected the Word-Life-Light-Jesus, hidden in darkness, tried yourself to be Word-Life-Light-Jesus and sought the truth elsewhere.
Ask God’s Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and see Jesus for who he really is. Ask him to help you take hold of him every day, to receive him, to trust him as the one who is full of grace and truth.
… This is a question that I want to answer….YES, of course!!!! But I know my sinful heart. And it isn’t…not all the time. But I continue to pray that my soul will be satisfied in Him alone; a process as a growing Christian. God’s love is patient, and He will never let me go. Can you relate?
For example, He gives us constant reminders of who He is and what He’s done for us in Christ. The celebration and reflection of holy week of Christ’s death and resurrection is always doing its work, not just at Easter. It is, after all, the foundation of our faith- the good news of the gospel. So I ask myself, should not the gospel take front and centre in our lives everyday? Should not this change the way we think and live?
I came across the song below in my worship time some months back, and it has resurfaced with deeper profundity in my heart. So I want to share with you.
Galatians 2:20 “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Philippians 3:7-11 “ I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; but rather I become righteous through faith in Christ. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!”
My Worth Is Not In What I Own
My worth is not in what I own Not in the strength of flesh and bone But in the costly wounds of love At the cross
My worth is not in skill or name In win or lose, in pride or shame But in the blood of Christ that flowed At the cross
As summer flowers we fade and die Fame, youth and beauty hurry by But life eternal calls to us At the cross
I will not boast in wealth or might Or human wisdom’s fleeting light But I will boast in knowing Christ At the cross
Two wonders here that I confess My worth and my unworthiness My value fixed, my ransom paid At the cross
And I rejoice in my redeemer Greatest treasure Wellspring of my soul I will trust in him, no other My soul is satisfied in him alone
My. Soul. Is. Satisfied. In. CHRIST. Alone.
Songwriters: Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Graham A. Kendrick
Knowing these awesome truths and asking God to retrain our thinking and desires will change the way that we see ourselves and others. It will change the way we live. It will change the way that we respond to different situations and people. Our souls will become satisfied in Christ alone….more every day. Thank you Lord!
Praying this for all of us, sisters. May the gospel hope change us from the inside out.
I am so excited for our meeting this Monday the 29th at 7.30pm on the zoom women’s Bible study!
This year we’ve been looking at the story of God’s sovereignty in Genesis and how he is the faithful, covenant-keeping God. Last month Sharon brought us to Jacob, and his massive struggle with God. She told us that only way to win with God is to lose, and to give ourselves completely to him.
The cast of characters that we are going to look on Monday are seemingly determined to lose, but not in terms of giving their lives to God, just in terms of making a horrific mess of things. We have the turmoil of Rachel and Leah’s relationship, the catastrophic response of Jacob’s sons to Dinah’s rape, and Judah and Tamar’s awful night-time encounter. These people try to live life their own way and they fail – spectacularly. But God remains true as we will see, and continues to uphold the loving covenant that he made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
We’ll see the incredible path God traced through the lives of these real, sinful women (who are more like us than we perhaps want to admit), all the way to Jesus and his wonderful rescue mission, and all the way to us, his redeemed daughters.
Praying for you all as we get ready to meet and learn even more about our faithful, incredible God.
“This week we are looking at some of the most controversial stories in Genesis, concerning three women who all had a part to play in God’s salvation plan – Leah, Dinah and Tamar. To put them in context – Leah was one of Jacob’s wives, Dinah was her daughter, and Tamar was Leah’s son Judah’s daughter-in-law.
This study is going to look at how through some truly awful family incidents, God was at work in the lives of these women. These true stories are not merely a series of events but a connected progression of circumstances through which God reveals his plan for our redemption in Jesus.
We will see that God cares for each and every individual, even those who might have considered themselves of no account, and that each one, despite their faults, had an important role to play in the outworking of the purposes of God.”
For more of this bible study, look on this GRACE PLACE blog sight under the heading of 2020-2021 BIBLE STUDY GENESIS: IN THE BEGINNING, GOD! If you don’t have a bible study buddy, please contact Anne Holmes, or Victoria Kelly.
The 6th Genesis Bible Study: In the Beginning God, is now ready on this website and also to your inbox! Yay!
Below are some thoughts by Tim Keller, from his book, PREACHING. (page 77). They are relevant and helpful in light of what we have been learning from Genesis so far. These came across my desk by Eddie in some of his preparations. May you be blessed today!
“Jesus is the true and better Adam, who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us (1 Corinthians 15).”
“Jesus is the true and better Abel, who, though innocently slain, his blood that cries out for our acquittal, not our condemnation (Hebrews 12:24).”
“Jesus is the true and better Abraham, who answered the call of God to leave the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void ‘not knowing wither he went’ to create a new people of God.”
“Jesus is the true and better Isaac, who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us all. God said to Abraham, ‘Now I know you love me, because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love, from me.’ Now we can say to God, ‘Now we know that you love us, because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love, from us.’”
“Jesus is the true and far better Jacob, who wrestled with God and took the blow of justice we deserved so that we, like Jacob, receive only the wounds of grace to wake us up and discipline us.”
Hi sisters! We look forward to seeing you on Monday, 22 February, at 7:30pm on the zoom bible study! We are in for a wonderful feast from the life of Jacob. We will learn more who God is, who we are , and how it all points to Christ. You don’t want to miss it!
Get in touch with Anne Holmes for zoom details, or check on Facebook on Captivated, our CBC’s women’s FB page on Monday.