Archive for April, 2011

Internationals Team:

April 5th, 2011

God has called us to build his church in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the UK. At Churchcentral our International Team work hard to welcome, incorporate and bless internationals newly arrived to Churchcentral and sometimes even the UK.

John and Mollie Oldfield: Hello, we are John and Mollie Oldfield.  We have been passionate about cross cultural work since the 1960′s when God first called us to mission.  Having worked abroad, and been involved in cross cultural work in England over the years, that passion has never declined!  So it is a joy to be involved with the International Team. With the many international guests and students that we see coming into the church,  it excites us and encourages us to believe that God will establish us into a truly multicultural church.

Sam and Dawn Keong: We started coming along to Churchcentral around 3 years ago.  We’d moved down from Manchester, had just graduated and were newlyweds, so it was a big move for us.  In Churchcentral, we found a welcoming family, fantastic friendships and people who loved Jesus and showed His love to us. Sam is from Singapore and Dawn is from Northern Ireland. We’re passionate about family and community.  Having people from other countries and cultures in our church brings fun, diversity and experiences of God that we can all learn from.  It reminds us that His family is worldwide, and that we are all one in Christ.   However, sometimes moving to the UK from another country can be daunting, lonely and difficult.   We joined the Internationals Team to help ensure that the Internationals in our church can experience the same family welcome that we were so blessed to have, and so that we as a church can benefit and learn from them.

Nick and Connie Reading: Hello! We are Nick and Connie Reading and we are part of the Internationals Team here at Churchcentral. Why internationals? Well, we love visiting other countries and to immerse ourselves into different cultures. In fact we spent the first four month of our married life together in South Africa.  We find it exciting to learn from and to spend time with people from all over the world. We are ourselves a multi-cultural family – Nick is British, Connie is German and our daughter Heidi is being raised bilingual. It is exciting to be a part of an international church congregation with people from all over the world.

Dan and Anna O’Neill: So we are Dan and Anna, the O’Neill’s, and we are part of the International Team here at Churchcentral but I guess what you are really interested in is what we do… Actually we are writing this to you from Amman in Jordon (truly international I think you’ll find) as we are out here to encourage our friends and see how they are settling in.  We are blessed in Birmingham with being in one of the most diverse cities the UK, if not the world, and what that represents is an opportunity for each of us at Churchcentral to reach out to all corners of the world, every tribe, nation and tongue, from Judea, Samaria, to the ends of the earth!  We want to help build a church that is the beautiful bride of Christ representing the diversity of the character of God in his people, created in His image, worshipping He who created us.

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Overcoming Temptation – Part 5

April 1st, 2011

Part 5. Conclusion

It would be wrong to gloss over the fact that this passage in Genesis 39 ends with Joseph in prison – that’s inspiring isn’t it! Obey God, resist temptation and you could end up in prison! Let’s face it, this is hardly the most compelling of ways to persuade anyone to resist temptation.

Joking aside, I guess our problem is that we tend to always ever focus on the immediate. We fail to see the bigger picture. We resent what happens to us, we feel as though God has forgotten us, we rile against the injustice of our situation, when all the time God is working things out for good if only we would trust him.

If you’re familiar with the story, you’ll know that prison was the place Joseph needed to be in order to step into a position of authority in the whole nation. Because of Joseph’s faithfulness he was in the right place at the right time to become prime minister of Egypt, the most powerful nation on earth at that time. God was working through the trials and temptations of Joseph’s life. So, when you suffer a backlash for faithfully obeying God and resisting temptation, just think about Joseph’s life and recognise that the same sovereign God is guiding your life.

Right now you may be facing a temptation that you have one hundred reasons to give in to. Maybe you can think of one hundred reasons why you would be happier, why it would be better, why your future would be brighter if you just gave in to that temptation. Obey God. Run from that temptation. Let there be no excuses, remember that the LORD is with you, call sin what it is and go to extremes. You have no idea how God might use your obedience. You don’t know who is watching. You haven’t a clue how future generations might be affected by your faithfulness right now.

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