Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wednesday's Reflection

Read Isaiah 5. Notice the sin that lies behind all Judah’s sins – v12 and v24. Confess you guilt in these ways. Pray for a non-believing friend you know to be convicted of their guilt before God.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tuesday's Reflection

Read Isaiah 5. What is so shocking about the vineyard producing wild grapes? What sins are the wild grapes metaphorical of? How does this passage show how wrong it is for God’s people to rebel against him?

Monday, 16 January 2017

Monday's Reflection

Read Isaiah 5. The vineyard owner’s care for his vineyard in v2 and v4 reflects the way the LORD had provided for and protected his people. Praise God for his fatherly love for you (and us as a church) in your life: “all I have needed thy hand hath provided”!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday's Reflection

Emmanuel Bishopston: Read Isaiah : 5:1-30. How is the song of the vineyard a fitting description of the state of God’s people? Pray that through Carl’s sermon today we would be kept from falling into the same sin as God’s people.

Emmanuel City Centre & Emmanuel Westbury: Read Isaiah 5:8-30. Pray for Carl Bicknell (EB & EW), Tom Murray (ECC on Is 6) and Sim Jemmett (EH) preaching today, and for ourselves that we’d all have ears to hear God’s word to us.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Getting your head round Isaiah

You may find this video helpful as we continue our preaching series in Isaiah 1-12 this week -

Saturday's Reflection

Emmanuel Bishopston: Read Isaiah 4:2-6. Pray through these verses thanking God for all the ways they have been fulfilled in Jesus, and asking him to return and finish what he started 2000 years ago.

Emmanuel City Centre & Emmanuel Westbury: Read Isaiah 5:1-7. What did God do for his ‘vineyard’? What should his people have done in response? Ask the Holy Spirit to enable us not to repeat their mistake.

Friday, 13 January 2017

No, I'm not "fine thanks"

If you ask me at church over coffee how I am doing, I will probably tell you that I am “fine.”

If there is acute suffering, then I will tell you. If I have a toothache, I will tell you. If you had asked when my friend had just died, I would have told you I was not fine, and I would have told you why.

But otherwise… “I’m fine thanks”.

Except, what if I’m not? Nothing is “majorly wrong” but I’m just a bit, well… disappointed? How do I tell you that I am disappointed in my work, my family life, my church; in myself, and maybe even in God? You know the feeling. That creeping sense of dissatisfaction. A joyless weariness that colours each day. There are no words for it, no quick ones anyway. So, yeah, I’m fine...

Read on here.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A flavour of Life Explored

If you’re planning on inviting someone along to the Westbury/Bishopston Life Explored Course over the next few days I thought it might be useful to know the question we’ll be discussing together at the beginning of each session.

Sharing some of these questions with your friend might help them decide whether the course is for them of not!

Week 1:               What’s the best gift God could give you?
Week 2:               What’s your current view of God and how did you reach that viewpoint?
Week 3:               What keeps you going in difficult situations?
Week 4:               Often we feel our lives would be happier “if only” we had someone or something.  What’s your “if only”?
Week 5:               What are you hoping will bring you fulfilment in life?
Week 6:               What, if you lost it, would make you feel that life wasn’t worth living?

For more information and to see an introductory video go here

For a fuller lowdown on Life Explored go here

Friday, 6 January 2017

Give your Christmas Roots

This Sunday we'll be beginning a new series in the first 12 chapters of Isaiah - here's a little taster of what we've got to look forward to.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Grief, the holidays, and a biblical Christmas

Does this describe you?
If we’re honest, I suspect that many of us sitting in church (not to mention those absent from church) struggle with the gap between the idealized Christmas, and the real holiday experiences of sadness, loss, or anxiety.
If so - read on  here.