Here's the Bible Project's video introduction to the book of James. We'll work through each chapter over the coming weeks.
Here's the poem Veronica introduced us to this morning...read forwards it reflects the negative feelings, self-doubt and lies we can be prone to at times. Read in reverse, it reflects the truth.
We had a really fun, and really important discussion about music today...unpacking a range of different musical styles in terms of the main emotion or aspect of life that each form evokes.
Traditionally, music has been a really divisive thing within Christianity with certain forms and styles being banned and declared 'unchristian' and - back in the 'good old days' there was always the classic tradition of burning records in the street.
But it totally misses the point. The tree of knowledge leads us to focus on whether things are good or evil and what things are 'in' and 'out' (typically the list of things that are 'out' tends to be fairly lengthy!). 1 Corinthians 4:20 tells us the Kingdom of God isn't a matter of talk but power. Its focus is whether things are producing life or death in each moment...and that's the way to approach things like movies and, in today's case, music.
Here's the list we came up with. When you see the core emotions and aspects of life that each style evokes it soon becomes obvious that no style can be evil. All of these emotions are expressed in scripture and have their source in God. Each of us have a different emotional register, so it's also no surprise that we each gravitate to different forms of music. Interesting stuff and powerful. When you get this an enormous world opens up.
There actually isn't any such thing as christian music and non-christian music in the Kingdom. There is only music that radiates life and music that promotes death. If something is bringing life to you, enjoy it.
Building on the recent teachings from Dennis Peacocke and Bruce Billington, this session took us through some of the implications of this in more detail for our daily lives. How do we know whether we're living and building in harmony with God's kingdom or not? What are some of the things to look for? How do we keep it in balance without over-thinking or over-complicating things? It's a conversation we'll stay in for a while...
These are the notes from Bruce Billington's session with us on 29 August, introducing the idea of God's kingdom and starting to unpack what it means and some of its implications in our lives as God seeks to test whether the things we build are built on the foundation of his kingdom or our own. Read on...
Hey everyone, it's been a while between posts...here's the slides that relayed the key ideas from Dennis Peacocke's teaching in Singapore...suggesting that Christianity isn't a belief system about where we go when we die, but the Heaven is God's reality now and he's trying to build our capacity to increasingly live in that shared experience with him and share it with others. Read on!
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