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We are gathering together for small in-person services at 10:30am each Sunday at our Community Hub: Riverside House.
(21 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8AR).
Our services are also streamed LIVE to our YouTube Channel.
We have a once in a generation chance. There is so much pain behind us and so much possibility ahead. What if this is the moment? What if now is the time to throw off the past, and take hold of a future that really is different! What if now is the time to take hold of life?
Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to think, pray and dream about the journey that is ahead. Join us for this important Sunday series as we unpack the path before us as a church.
The biblical book of Nehemiah is about change. Real, lasting change. For the ancient people of God, their past is full of grief, pain and mistakes. They've been ripped out of their country and taken as captives - into what has been known as the 'exile'. But, through a variety of circumstances, one man - Nehemiah - finds himself in a unique position to change the story.
With a dream in his heart, and a passion in his veins, he starts to rebuild. And, as his journey unfolds we catch a glimpse of what it takes to change the story of our lives, and take hold of a future that is unimaginable.
Although in our bibles the book of Ezra and Nehemiah are separate books, originally they were joined together as one book. And that's because they are really one story. Together they tell the dramatic account of God's people returning to Jerusalem after years away, in 'exile'. And under three leaders - Zerubbabel, Ezra and then Nehemiah - the story of rebuilding the city, and rebuilding God's people, is so relevant for us today.
It's relevant because we catch a glimpse of God's heart for people. It's relevant because God's people make huge mistakes and take wrong turns along the way, just like us. It's relevant because we get to hear of God's priorities. And, it's relevant because, ultimately, the change that is needed is impossible for them to do in their own strength. Yes, the powerful message of Nehemiah is that lasting change doesn't happen because we make it happen. No, true, lasting change happens when God gives people a new heart and a new Spirit, changing them and empowering them to live for him. In some respects, the book of Nehemiah is a disappointment because despite some amazing 'highs' it remains incomplete. They never achieve what Nehemiah longs to do.
But, that's the good news! In a sense, we live on the other side of the story. In Jesus, we have forgiveness of sin, freedom from fear and the gift of the Holy Spirit. For those who have been transformed by Jesus, we live as God's people, equipped by him to join his great adventure of change.
That's why we are studying this ancient book of Nehemiah at this stage in our church life:
• Globally and nationally, we are in time of huge change as we continue to battle with Covid.
• Personally, many of us want to change the way we live our lives, but wonder if much will ever change.
• And as a church, we have an exciting opportunity of change ahead of us.
And within all of that the message of Nehemiah is clear - God is in the business of change, and we get to join with His work. Yes, mistakes will be made, but if we take hold of the future with both hands - in humble, prayerful, courageous devotion - we get to join in with what the Holy Spirit is doing. He's at work in us, and through us and he is the master craftsman of change. So, let's dive in and take hold of life!
SESSION 1 - ‘CHANGE BEGINS IN THE HEART’
Sunday 13 June
Scripture Reading - Chapter 1:1-11
When things aren’t as they should be, we long for change. It’s so good to know that change doesn’t just depend on us - God is always at work!
SESSION 2 - ‘SEIZE THE MOMENT’
Sunday 20 June
Scripture Reading - Chapter 2:1-20)
It’s easy to wish things were different, but what if God has given you an opportunity - in the very moment you find yourself, right now - to be that difference!
SESSION 3 - ‘DESPITE THE ODDS’
Sunday 27 June
Scripture Reading - Chapter 4:1-6
Change is never easy! Anything that is worth doing will face opposition, both from outside and from within. How do we keep going despite the odds?
SESSION 4 - ‘BUILDING STRONG’
Sunday 4 July
Scripture Reading - Chapter 8:1-6
When you want to change things for good, it’s crucial to lay the right foundations. What should be the key priorities to make sure that we are g that will last?
SESSION 5 - ‘PICKING YOURSELF UP’
Sunday 18 July
Scripture Reading - Chapter 9:1-3
We all get things wrong, and sometimes it gets ugly. When we do so, how do we pick ourselves up and resolve to move forwards and take hold of what is ahead?
SESSION 6 - ‘TIME TO PARTY’
Sunday 25 July
Scripture Reading - Chapter 11:1-2, Chapter 12:27-30
It’s only when we look back can we see how far we have come. It’s only as we take time to see what God has done, that we really can party!
SESSION 7 - ‘LIGHT DESPITE THE SHADOWS’
Sunday 1 Aug
Scripture Reading - Chapter 13:1-3, 30-31
We are part of a much bigger story, and God is building something much bigger than us. Despite our ongoing failings, it’s so good to remember the difference that Jesus makes!