What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up


Sunday Series

We are two weeks into our Sunday series “Walking on Water”. This next Sunday Andy will be sharing on “Getting out of the Boat”. Come and join us for our 10am start at Tree Tops Academy.


The Big Question – Equipping and Outing

What is The Big Question?

The Big Question is a chance for ordinary church members to adopt a lifestyle of speaking about Jesus and discipling others. Volunteers are invited to partner with God in sharing His love to our broken world by engaging in conversations with people on the street.
Each month there will be an equipping night followed by a morning of going out in different parts of Maidstone.

How can you be involved?

We need volunteers from different churches in Maidstone to help in three different areas:
– part of teams going out
– prayer support
– follow up (discipleship)

It is essential for those who will be going out to attend an equipping session prior to doing so.

Equipping Evening

When: Tuesday 21st January 2020 | 7:30-9pm
Where: Jubilee Business Centre | 11 Ashford Road, Maidstone, ME14 5DA

Outing

When: Saturday 25th January 2020 | 9:45am – midday
Where: Meet at the Jubilee Business Centre for a time of worship and prayer before going out in pairs.

Maidstone Churches Annual Winter Shelter

Maidstone Churches are joining forces, to love and serve the homeless by washing sleeping bags this cold winter!

What’s involved?

We need volunteers to pick up, wash and dry weekly, 1-2 sleeping bags and return them to Jubilee Resource Hub (9 Ashford Road, ME145BJ) by the Wednesday following the Sunday celebration.

If you didn’t get to sign up, let Jutta know you would like to help and she will send you more information on where to pick up sleeping bags and when to have them returned to the hub.

jutta.neumann@restoringhands.org.uk

What a great opportunity to love and serve those in need!

If you’d like to find out more about Maidstone Shelter and the wonderful work they do, visit their website here: http://maidstoneshelter.org.uk/


The Feast – Starter | Ladies Ministry

We’re looking forward to the 22nd January, spending time together as ladies for a ‘starter’! We’ll be meeting at Christ Church, Parkwood at 7:30pm. Please book on by clicking this link, £2.50 per person.
Bookings close this Wednesday 15th January.

Have a read of this article post for more info on what ‘The FEAST’ is all about!


Shopping on Amazon?

Support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk with just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnug3ZCu9KN0utngWi2wh57q6WTmEA1XZJtF7Lqcrs3Xl00Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


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What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up

Sunday Series

We have launched our new Sunday series “Walking on Water” with Darren sharing on “Jesus walks on water”. This next Sunday Dan will be sharing on “Is it really You, Lord?”. Come and join us for our 10am start at Tree Tops Academy.

Maidstone Churches Annual Winter Shelter

Maidstone Churches are joining forces, to love and serve the homeless by washing sleeping bags this cold winter!

What’s involved?

We need volunteers to pick up, wash and dry weekly, 1-2 sleeping bags and return them to Jubilee Resource Hub (9 Ashford Road, ME145BJ)

If you didn’t get to sign up, let Jutta know you would like to help and she will send you more information on where to pick up sleeping bags and when to have them returned to the hub.

jutta.neumann@restoringhands.org.uk

What a great opportunity to love and serve those in need!

If you’d like to find out more about Maidstone Shelter and the wonderful work they do, visit their website here: http://maidstoneshelter.org.uk/


The Feast – Starter | Ladies Ministry

We’re looking forward to the 22nd January, spending time together as ladies for a ‘starter’! We’ll be meeting at Christ Church, Parkwood at 7:30pm. Please book on by clicking this link, £2.50 per person.

Have a read of this article post for more info on what ‘The FEAST’ is all about!


Shopping on Amazon?

Support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk with just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnug3ZCu9KN0utngWi2wh57q6WTmEA1XZJtF7Lqcrs3Xl00Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


Join our Mailing List!

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What’s Coming Up


Christmas Carol Service 22 December 2019

Our last Celebration for 2019 will be our Christmas Carol Service on the 22nd December 2019, 10am at Tree Tops Academy (ME15 9JR, Furfield Close entrance). Come and join us in Celebrating Christ Jesus! Bring friends and family – the more the merrier.

Celebration will resume as normal in 2020, on January 5th.

Maidstone Churches Annual Winter Shelter

Maidstone Churches are joining forces, to love and serve the homeless by washing sleeping bags this cold winter!

What’s involved?

We need volunteers to pick up, wash and dry weekly, 1-2 sleeping bags and return them to Jubilee Resource Hub (9 Ashford Road, ME145BJ)

If you didn’t get to sign up Sunday, let Jutta know you would like to help and she will send you more information on where to pick up sleeping bags and when to have them returned to the hub.

jutta.neumann@restoringhands.org.uk

What a great opportunity to love and serve those in need!

If you’d like to find out more about Maidstone Shelter and the wonderful work they do, visit their website here: http://maidstoneshelter.org.uk/


Light Of The World

“Light Of The World” our December Advent series has started! Click the above image to view all our recent Light Of The World posts! You can also follow the Advent series via our twitter or facebook.


The Feast – Starter | Ladies Ministry

We’re looking forward to the 22nd January, spending time together as ladies for a ‘starter’! We’ll be meeting at Christ Church, Parkwood at 7:30pm. Please book on by clicking this link, £2.50 per person.

Have a read of this article post for more info on what ‘The FEAST’ is all about!


Shopping on Amazon this Christmas?

Support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk with just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnug3ZCu9KN0utngWi2wh57q6WTmEA1XZJtF7Lqcrs3Xl00Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


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Catch up on all things Jubilee right here!

If you have any questions about this post’s content, feel free to send your queries to office@jubilee.co


OUTREACH


Blessing the shoppers of Maidstone this Thursday

Together with a number of Maidstone churches, we will be blessing shoppers in the town this Thursday evening. Come dressed in festive outfits!

If you do not want to give out the gifts, why not come and pray?

When? Thursday 12 December, 6pm – 7.30pm.

What? A special Christmas event for the church in Maidstone to bless the town. It is General Election night and a great time for the church to spread some Christian hope, love and cheer along Week Street.

How? Spend 45 minutes in the Town Centre giving a small gift with the times of all the churches’ main Christmas gatherings. We meet 6pm at the Maidstone United Reform Church, Fremlin Walk entrance, for tea, coffee and hot chocolate, small-time of fellowship with other church members, and then a quick briefing and prayer before we head out to Week Street.

Who? As many people as possible from different Maidstone churches.


ARTICLE


Thoughts On Voting

Seven Principles to help guide Christians in the run-up to the 2019 General election


Jubilee’s own Andy Faulkner gives us seven principles to help guide Christians in the run-up to the 2019 General Election. Click here or on the image above to go straight to the recorded message.

As mentioned in the video, Engage 19 is a useful and impartial resource that explains the position of each party on a variety of issues that are likely to be important to British Christians and links to party manifestos on their own websites.

Spoiler alert: we won’t tell you how to vote, but we will tell you that it’s your responsibility to vote and to think it through carefully. Watch the video for some helpful advice as you prepare.


EVENT


Light Of The World

“Light Of The World” our December Advent series is well underway. Follow the journey of Christ Jesus, the true meaning of Christmas by clicking here


EVENT


The 0 – 4 children’s group will have their last Seedlings Celebration on the 8th December 2019, and on the 15th December, they will be having a ‘Jesus’s Birthday Party’! — More info below:


15th December | Seedlings room at Tree Tops Academy | 10:30am
Please RSVP to Anni! If you don’t have her contact details, please email office@jubilee.co to let her know your child/ren is joining the party!


EVENT

POD This December

Upcoming events:
The Sprout & Thrive children will be singing Christmas carols at our Christmas family service on 22nd December. Lovely Joani will be organising this musical contribution!

Therefore, POD will not be running on 22nd December (all children will be in for the family Christmas service) and 29th December there will be no Celebration.


EVENT


Mens Ministry – This Friday!

Men – We will be getting together for a meal out this Friday 13th December at Kokoro 7.30pm. Make sure to sign up with Siji or Steve today!


DONATE


Do you shop on Amazon?

Did you know that you can support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk? With just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnug3ZCu9KN0utngWi2wh57q6WTmEA1XZJtF7Lqcrs3Xl00Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


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Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


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What’s Coming Up

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Light Of The World

“Light Of The World” our December Advent series has started! Click the below images to catch up with Day one and Day Two of the advent series.








The 0 – 4 children’s group will have their last Seedlings Celebration on the 8th December 2019, and on the 15th December, they will be having a ‘Jesus’s Birthday Party’! — More info coming soon.


Mens Ministry – yes, you read right

Men – We will be getting together for a meal out on Friday 13th December at Kokoro 7.30pm. Sign up with Siji or Steve Spaces are limited so first come first served


The Feast – Starter | Ladies Ministry

We’re looking forward to the 22nd January, spending time together as ladies for a ‘starter’! We’ll be meeting at Christ Church, Parkwood at 7:30pm. Please book on by clicking this link, £2.50 per person.

Have a read of this article post for more info on what ‘The FEAST’ is all about!


Do you shop on Amazon?

Did you know that you can support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk? With just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnug3ZCu9KN0utngWi2wh57q6WTmEA1XZJtF7Lqcrs3Xl00Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


Join our Mailing List!

If you’d like to be added into our mailing list, please contact us at office@jubilee.co

What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up


Star Kids – 115 Kids Sponsored!

A big thank you for the successful launch of Star Kids 2019. As of Sunday, we now have 115 kids who will receive a gift this Christmas! We have remaining, 14 international children to sponsor so if you missed out on getting a tag this Sunday, or if you’d like to help out Starkids in other ways, contact Anna at starkids@restoringhands.org.uk

DO YOU HAVE LOCAL TAG NUMBERS: #5 #8 #11 #28 #29 – You were so quick to grab a tag we didn’t quite catch your name! Please let Anna know you have the tag number so we can make our list and check it twice!


Light Of The World

“Light Of The World” our December Advent series will be starting this Sunday! Come along to Celebration December 1st and hear about this series we’re launching by Susie Steele for the Christmas period.


LAST CHANCE TO BOOK! Care For The Family – “Left to their own devices?”

Last chance to book on for Care for the Family‘s event – “Left to their own devices?” November 28, 2019 held at St Luke’s Maidstone, ME14 5AR.

From Care for the Family:

“Last week, a BBC article highlighted that for many children and young people, there is often no escape from the school bully at the end of the day. The bullies are still able to reach them through social media and online chats wherever they are.

Next week at Left To Their Own Devices? Katharine Hill and Philip Jinadu address this challenge and share insights on how parents can equip their children to make wise choices and develop resilience online. Plus they’ll share useful tips on how to keep a close connection with your child and enable them to thrive in the digital world. There is only one week left to book your ticket – don’t miss this vital parenting event.”


The Princess Project – Christmas Fair

The Princess Project charity will be running a Christmas Fair to raise awareness and funds to continue the amazing work they do.

Did you know that they offer love, support, and encouragement to mums by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs?

Why not come along on Saturday 7th December from 10am – 12pm at Christ Church, ME15 9JW. You can chat to them on twitter @princess_proj and visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/pg/princessprojectuk to find out more!


The 0 – 4 children’s group will have their last Seedlings Celebration on the 8th December 2019, and on the 15th December, they will be having a ‘Jesus’s Birthday Party’! — More info coming soon.


Mens Ministry – yes, you read right

Men – We will be getting together for a meal out on Friday 13th December at Kokoro 7.30pm. Sign up with Siji or Steve Spaces are limited so first come first served


The Feast – Starter | Ladies Ministry

We’re looking forward to the 22nd January, spending time together as ladies for a ‘starter’! We’ll be meeting at Christ Church, Parkwood at 7:30pm. Please book on by clicking this link, £2.50 per person.

Have a read of this article post for more info on what ‘The FEAST’ is all about!


Do you shop on Amazon?

Did you know that you can support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk? With just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnug3ZCu9KN0utngWi2wh57q6WTmEA1XZJtF7Lqcrs3Xl00Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


Join our Mailing List!

If you’d like to be added into our mailing list, please contact us at office@jubilee.co

What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up


Light Of The World

“Light Of The World” our December Advent series will be starting next week! Come along Sunday December 1st and hear about this series we’re launching for the Christmas period.


Star Kids Launch this Sunday

This Sunday we will be launching Star Kids! Putting a smile on children’s faces locally, and internationally by donating a gift to those who would go without this Christmas. Pick up a tag this Sunday! If you aren’t able to make it this Sunday Celebration and would like to sponsor a child or help in some way, please contact Anna at starkids@restoringhands.org.uk


Care For The Family – “Left to their own devices?”

It’s not too late to book on for Care for the Family‘s event – “Left to their own devices?” November 28, 2019 held at St Luke’s Maidstone, ME14 5AR. We really encourage those with children to book on to attend this course, as the content is so relevant to family life today. If you missed out on a postcard or brochure this past Sunday, you can find out more and sign up here: https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/events/owndevices


The Princess Project – Christmas Fair

The Princess Project charity will be running a Christmas Fair to raise awareness and funds to continue the amazing work they do.

Did you know that they offer love, support, and encouragement to mums by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs?

Why not come along on Saturday 7th December from 10am – 12pm at Christ Church, ME15 9JW. You can chat to them on twitter @princess_proj and visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/pg/princessprojectuk to find out more!


Mens Ministry – yes, you read right

Men – We will be getting together for a meal out on Friday 13th December at Kokoro 7.30pm. Spaces are limited so first come first served


The Feast – Starter | Ladies Ministry

We’re looking forward to the 22nd January, spending time together as ladies for a ‘starter’! We’ll be meeting at Christ Church, Parkwood at 7:30pm. Please book on by clicking this link, £2.50 per person.

Have a read of this article post for more info on what ‘The FEAST’ is all about!


Do you shop on Amazon?

Did you know that you can support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk? With just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnug3ZCu9KN0utngWi2wh57q6WTmEA1XZJtF7Lqcrs3Xl00Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


Join our Mailing List!

If you’d like to be added into our mailing list, please contact us at office@jubilee.co

What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up

As announced on Sunday, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are being hosted at ‘The Life Church’ on the 13th November 2019, 13 Brewer Street Maidstone ME141RU

You are invited to come and “discover how you can help reach thousands of searching hearts online.”

Find out more on their page www.facebook.com/SearchforJesus


Care For The Family – “Left to their own devices?”

It’s not too late to book on for Care for the Family‘s event – “Left to their own devices?” November 28, 2019 held at St Luke’s Maidstone, ME14 5AR. We really encourage those with children to book on to attend this course, as the content is so relevant to family life today. If you missed out on a postcard or brochure this past Sunday, you can find out more and sign up here: https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/events/owndevices

Equipping Evening:
Wednesday 20th November. Time: 7.30pm-9pm. Location: CAST office, 4 Buckland Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 0SL. 
First Outing:
Thursday 21st November. Time: 9.45am-midday. Location: CAST office, 4 Buckland Road, Maidstone, kent, ME160SL
Who? We will need volunteers from different Maidstone churches to help in three different areas: a) Follow Up (discipleship); b) Prayer Support; and c) Part of the teams going out. 
Where? We plan to meet in different locations every month at different times of the day. The first location is along the River Medway between Lockmeadow and The Range.
Format of morning: 9.45 arrive followed by welcome, prayer and worship. 11am go out in pairs. 11.50am return to base for report back.


If you would like to get involved with “The Big Question”, please contact:
Neil by emailing: office@jubilee.co


Light Of The World


“Light Of The World” our December Advent series will be starting soon!
– Watch this space for more info –


The Princess Project – Christmas Fair


The Princess Project charity will be running a Christmas Fair to raise awareness and funds to continue the amazing work they do.

Did you know that they offer love, support, and encouragement to mums by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs?

Why not come along on Saturday 7th December from 10am – 12pm at Christ Church, ME15 9JW. You can chat to them on twitter @princess_proj and visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/pg/princessprojectuk to find out more!


The Feast – Starter | Ladies Ministry


We’re looking forward to the 22nd January, spending time together as ladies for a ‘starter’! We’ll be meeting at Christ Church, Parkwood at 7:30pm. Please book on by clicking this link, £2.50 per person.

Have a read of this article post for more info on what ‘The FEAST’ is all about!


Join our Mailing List!

If you’d like to be added into our mailing list, please contact us at office@jubilee.co


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂

What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up


Light Of The World


“Light Of The World” our December Advent series will be starting soon!
– Watch this space for more info –


Care For The Family – “Left to their own devices?”

It’s not too late to book on for Care for the Family‘s event – “Left to their own devices?” November 28, 2019 held at St Luke’s Maidstone, ME14 5AR. We really encourage those with children to book on to attend this course, as the content is so relevant to family life today. If you missed out on a postcard or brochure this past Sunday, you can find out more and sign up here: https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/events/owndevices


The Princess Project – Christmas Fair


The Princess Project charity will be running a Christmas Fair to raise awareness and funds to continue the amazing work they do.

Did you know that they offer love, support, and encouragement to mums by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs?

Why not come along on Saturday 7th December from 10am – 12pm at Christ Church, ME15 9JW. You can chat to them on twitter @princess_proj and visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/pg/princessprojectuk to find out more!


The Feast – Starter | Ladies Ministry


We’re looking forward to the 22nd January, spending time together as ladies for a ‘starter’! We’ll be meeting at Christ Church, Parkwood at 7:30pm. Please book on by clicking this link, £2.50 per person.

Have a read of this article post for more info on what ‘The FEAST’ is all about!


Join our Mailing List!

If you’d like to be added into our mailing list, please contact us at office@jubilee.co


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂

Freedom Thinking

Freedom Thinking

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1

What a powerful message in the lead up to Christmas. A fundamental core of our Christ message is the freedom that Jesus brings to us morally, socially, spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally.


Freedom Thinking

Chapter 4 of Galatians gives us the wonderful context for this powerful statement that ‘God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.’ (Galatians 4:3-7) With the major battlefield each Christian faces being in our minds, Satan wants to spoil our freedom with lies such as:

  • we are unloved rather than loved
  • we are ugly and ordinary rather than beautiful and wonderfully made
  • we have nothing to offer or contribute rather we can make a difference with our abilities and involvement
  • ‘no one cares about me’ rather than ‘we are cherished by God and part of a loving community of God’s people’?

The enemy is committed to ‘steal kill and destroy’, but the Word of God promises us freedom. Wrong thinking can place us in slavery, even after we become Christians. One of our key values in Church of the Nations is – Hebrew rather than a Greek mentality. This speaks of a biblical way of thinking (represented by ancient Hebrew or Hebraic) that brings freedom, in contrast to a worldly way of thinking (represented by ancient Greek). Here is a quick explanation of the differences between Greek and Hebraic thought.

Ancient Greek Thought

Alexander the Great conquered many of the great civilisations of the world around 323BC. He wanted to civilise or ‘Greek-ify’ the world – called Hellenisation. This way of thinking was human-centred ( not God-centred) and very different to the Ancient Hebraic thought found in the Bible (I elaborate further on) – and it still affects us today. Greek thought is about handling things in a legal way, as if you were in a court of law. As an example, my time at school was relatively functional and cold. We sang some fantastic hymns in assembly but, what I was presented with, was a version of God who was distant – if he/she or it even existed at all. Very much, ‘you are up there, and I am down here’.

Law Courts are behind the thinking of our large church buildings and cathedrals – often presenting God as someone who is distant and far off (reflected in their architecture and rituals) – giving you a sense that you can ‘taste a bit of heaven’ that awaits only when you leave this slightly ‘rubbish life’. One of worst extremes of Law Court mentality is children calling dad ‘sir’ – some generations may have experienced this in their relationship with their own fathers. Greek thought deals with philosophy, abstract thought, debating and theory. The word academic can mean ‘not of practical relevance; of only theoretical interest.’

“Greek thought deals with philosophy, abstract thought, debating and theory. The word academic can mean ‘not of practical relevance; of only theoretical interest.'”

Our surrounding culture has become filled with aspects of Greek mindset present in  Post Modern thinking.

  • Existentialism – you are a sum of your experiences.
  • Pluralism – we can hold many conflicting truths at the same time ‘You tell me your truth and I’ll tell you mine.’
  • Relativism – there are no absolutes, everything is relative.
    Disconnection with our past can weaken identity. The question is, can we truly formulate British values without reference to the influence, foundation and impact of our Christian past?

Ancient Hebraic thought

Hebraic thought starts with, and revolves around, Father and family. God reveals Himself as Father – the ‘source and sustainer’ or all-round-provider of everything we could ever need. The bible starts with Genesis – God who made us, who gave us a reason why we were made, and tells us our purpose on earth. God places us in families, a primary place of connection. Why? to learn from the example and life modelled to us by parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and siblings.

When it comes to our responsibility for the world around us, for education, social care and care for the vulnerable, it should start with family. Schools and hospitals and welfare are a blessing and a support, but responsibility should not primarily lie with the state – it should come from family. Personally speaking, the understanding of God as Father with me as His son has set me free from viewing God in a ritualistic and legalistic way. The result is a life of relationship, not of duty. It has been a journey of discovery and I still have much to learn. Ancient Hebrew thought is characterised by reality, what is concrete, the experiential and engaging with life.

“You may believe God is love – but do you believe God really loves you and wants to engage with your life? Not just the people next to you?”

You may believe God is love – but do you believe God really loves you and wants to engage with your life? Not just the people next to you? This has changed my thinking. God is not simply an ‘opinion’ to be pondered about, He is a real, living, breathing, and fantastic loving Dad who wants to live life alongside us.

Dangers for the Western Church

Adopting a Greek mind-set can result in the following:

  • church can become a spectator sport
  • chairs are arranged theatre-style facing a stage where the ‘hired holy man’ entertains the crowd
  • churchgoers receive their weekly input but their lives remain largely prayer-less, biblically illiterate and lacking outreach to others

For the hebrew mind, everything is theological (relating to the study of God). Kingdom thinking makes no distinction between the sacred and the secular areas of life. All of life is spiritual, known as ‘holistic living’. God is interested and part of every part of life – our trials and joys. ‘I have set the LORD always before me’ (Ps. 16:8).

What answer can we provide to counter this weakness of the Western mind-set in church context? We can get rid of the compartmentalised Western thinking of ‘Religion is a system of ethics, a code of conduct, an ideology, or creed’ by viewing our faith as a daily journey or walk with God (Gen. 5:24; 6:9). If a person knows God, he is daily at God’s disposal and walks in close relationship with him, along the road of life.

God invites us to live a life of true freedom. He shouts,

‘I am your loving Father. I want to walk with you in life. Will you walk with me?’

Let’s get our thinking right and walk in the freedom Christ has won for us.

– Article by Neil Pattison