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.
During June at Gospel in the City we’re returning to Mark’s gospel for a 4 part series we’re calling “Kingdom Secrets”. Focusing on chapters 3 and 4, we’ll see how Jesus is rejected by people, including his own family, and how he begins to build a new family in God’s kingdom.
We will be thinking about our witness in the workplace by answering the question “if Jesus is God why don’t more people believe in him?” through four key passages:
- 7 June: “Far from the madding crowd” (Mark 3:6-21)
- 14 June: “The strong man bound” (Mark 3:20-35)
- 21 June: “The four soils” (Mark 4:1-20)
- 28 June: “The secret word” (Mark 4:21-34)
What does it mean to be a disciple of King Jesus in our workplaces?
For the first few weeks of 2017, we’re going to be looking at the opening to the Sermon on the Mount. With potent images Jesus sets out what life in his kingdom looks like: comfort for the mourners, joy for the persecuted, salt of the earth, light for the world, a city on a hill.
Jesus gives us a vision for a kind of “public faith” – a way of shining brightly as citizens of his kingdom in a world that rejects his rule. As Tim Keller has said:
“To be “public” doesn’t mean being strident, nor to force the subject into conversations. It simply means that Christians should not hide who they are.”
Join us for a mixture of Bible teaching and interactive seminars over five Wednesday lunchtimes as we work out how we might bring light to our workplaces by being who we are.
- 11 Jan Time to be blessed
- 18 Jan Salt of the earth
- 25 Jan Light of the world
- 01 Feb Kingdom living in my workplace (part 1)
- 08 Feb Kingdom living in my workplace (part 2)
Some people, and some messages, seem to command a hearing. For most of the last two thousand years, in most of the world, Jesus and his message of the good news of God have created just such a response. The gospel writer Mark tells us that at the beginning of his public ministry Jesus went into Galilee saying “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
In the crowded religious marketplace of 1st century Palestine, Jesus was immediately recognised as a uniquely authoritative voice. Since then few people have felt able to ignore Jesus’ message. But perhaps in Belfast today we find it harder to understand exactly why the people who first heard Jesus asked themselves, “What is this? A new teaching with authority!” (Mark 1:22)
In this series of four lunchtime Bible readings in the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel, we’re aiming to go back to those heady early days of Jesus’ ministry and see for ourselves what it was that made Jesus and his gospel so compelling.
12th Oct The Voice of God (Mark 1:1-11)
19th Oct A top line summary of the entire Bible (Mark 1:12-15)
26th Oct Listen to the boss! (Mark 1:16-34)
2nd Nov Words of life (Mark 1:35-45)
Sam Bostock (Gospel in the City)
Moore Casement (Cornhill Training Course, Belfast)
Martyn Cowan (Union Theological College, Belfast)
Join us upstairs in Caffe Nero on Fountain St (1 min from City Hall), 1:10-1:40pm, for lunch, a reading from Mark’s Gospel and a short talk. Sandwiches are available (suggested donation £3).