Time for a change: Haggai

This autumn, we’re going back in time to the year 520BC, as we look at four sermons preached by the prophet Haggai. In a world where God’s people have lots on their plates, and God doesn’t seem to be doing very much, Haggai helps us to get our priorities straight.


Consider your ways

The desire of the nations

The pathway to blessing

How to be on the right side of history


Haggai 1

Haggai 2.1-9

Haggai 2.10-19

Haggai 2.20-23


4th September

11th September

18th September

25th September

Our speakers for this series are Sam Bostock (Gospel in the City) and Steve Auld (Great Victoria Street Baptist Church).

We meet each Wednesday lunchtime, 1.00-1.30pm. Our venue is the restaurant of the Clayton hotel, just a few minutes walk south of City Hall. Turn left immediately after you enter the hotel and our area is usually at the far end of the restaurant.

Sandwiches and hot drinks are available (suggested donation £3/£1).

We look forward to seeing you!

Faithfulness on the frontline

At Gospel in the City one of our aims is to equip Christians to be faithful followers of Jesus in their workplaces – we can think of them as one of our ‘frontlines’ – places where we interact with people who don’t share our faith. The Scriptures have a number of examples that show how the people of God can faithfully live for him in their work environments. One great example is the work life of Joseph.

Joseph is a character well known to many of us, but we’ve probably never thought much about Joseph as a worker. The interesting thing about Joseph is we see almost nothing of Joseph’s relationship with God: all we and those who interact with Joseph see are the results of his clear faithfulness. Those who interact with us on a daily basis may never see our prayer and devotional lives. They may never see us in church. But do people notice the difference faith makes in our lives as we face difficult and dead end jobs, and as we react to promotion and success?

Come along over the next four weeks as we explore how Joseph was faithful in his work and see what God might be calling you to in your work.

20/03     Faithfulness in a dead-end job    Gen 39: 1-6

27/03     Faithfulness in promotion           Gen 41: 1-40

03/04     Faithfulness in success                Gen 41: 41-57

10/04     Faithfulness used by God            Gen 50: 15-26

A New Start

The New Year is about new beginnings. At least, we often hope so!

At Gospel in the City we are going to be spending the opening weeks of this new year looking at the genuinely new beginning that Jesus’ coming brings.

We’ll start off with the water becoming wine at Cana and the cleansing of the temple in Jerusalem, before turning to Jesus’ conversations about the new birth and the living water. In all these episodes we’ll see that the one who is the Word of God in the flesh offers us a radically life-changing new start. Good news for our workplaces. Good news for our working lives. Good news for us.

We meet on Wednesday lunchtimes, 1.10-1.45pm. Each meeting features a change to get a sandwich or a hot drink and to listen to a short talk on the Bible passage for the week. Our venue is the restaurant of the Clayton hotel, just a few minutes walk south of City Hall. Turn right immediately after you enter the hotel and our area is usually at the far end of the restaurant.

Sandwiches and hot drinks are available. Suggested donation £3.

Workplace Christmas Carol Service


Our annual workplace Christmas carol service is a traditional service of lessons and carols.

This year we will have music from the Salvation Army and we are delighted that our speaker is Steve Auld, pastor of Great Victoria Street Baptist Church.

All are very warmly welcome to join us on Weds 19th December, 1:10-1:50pm in Assembly Buildings Conference Centre, entrance opposite Jury’s Inn Hotel.


This photo of Spires Mall and Conference Centre is courtesy of TripAdvisor



Meeting Wednesday 3rd Jan cancelled

Dear friends,

We are sorry to say that Sam has been unwell for the past few days. He was due to speak this lunchtime, and we aren’t able to get a replacement at this notice. With regret we need to cancel this Wednesday’s meeting.

More details on the rest of the series are available on our website at: gospelinthecitybelfast.org

God willing, we will look forward to seeing you next week instead.

In Christ,
the Gospel in the City team

Reformation rediscovered: How the Reformation changed the world

This October is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his controversial “95 Theses” in Wittenberg. The theses took issue with a number of problems in the medieval church, including the sale of indulgences. From such small beginnings a popular movement began that would radically change the world.

Here in Belfast we can still see the impact of the Reformation all around us: in obvious ways, like the different denominations of churches and the sectarian conflict. But also in more subtle ways, the Reformation changed how all of us think about God and the Bible, and how we think about life and work.

So join us for two weeks as we rediscover why the Reformation changed the world:

25 Oct How the Reformation rediscovered the goodness of God

1  Nov How the Reformation rediscovered the goodness of work


Our speakers are Dr Stafford Carson (Principal, Union Theological College), and Sam Bostock (Gospel in the City).

Wednesdays, 1:10-1:45pm, upstairs in Caffe Nero on Fountain Street. Sandwiches available (suggested donation £3).

The Call of the Kingdom: for the many or the few?

For our first autumn series of short Bible readings and talks we are looking at Luke’s Gospel, chapters 13-15, under the title: The Call of the Kingdom: for the many or the few?

At this busy time of year we’re praying that these talks will refocus our priorities for life in the workplace.

In the first passage in this section a man asks Jesus, “will those who are saved be many or few?” (Luke 13:23) It wasn’t an academic question! Is the kingdom of God basically for a few hardened believers, or is open to everyone? If everyone’s invited, why aren’t more people embracing it?

Join us on Wednesday lunchtimes as we discover how Jesus responds.

  • 13 Sept – For the many or the few? Luke 13:22-35
  • 20 Sept – Discipleship and the greasy pole Luke 14:1-24
  • 27 Sept – Come to the party! Luke 14:1-24
  • 4 Oct – You need a plan Luke 14:25-35
  • 11 Oct – Lost and found Luke 15
  • 18 Oct – The heart of God Luke 15

Each week we’ll also be including a short slot that aims to equip us very practically for living as a Christian in the workplace. This autumn we are focusing on 10 tips for everyday evangelism from New York pastor Tim Keller.

Everyone who is in the city centre is very welcome to join us on Wednesday lunchtimes at 1:10, upstairs in Caffe Nero on Fountain St.

A copy of a flyer for this series is available to view and download here.  Feel free to share this with anyone you know who may be interested.