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The Disciple’s Toolkit
Teaching series: June & July 2017
Discipleship involves discipling.
It’s too easy to concentrate on our own personal discipleship whilst ignoring the discipling-others part entirely, or to pass the buck and hope that “The Church” will do that once we’ve made the introductions.
But what if the disciple-making part was the most vibrant, life-giving and dynamic aspect of discipleship? What if in discipling others we ourselves grow best? Then where would we start?
We start with Jesus.† Learning from him, we begin to fill our toolkit with disciple-making tools.
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Open the Floodgates
Teaching series – May 2017
This three part teaching is based on a promise. God’s promise. It’s the only place in the Bible where we are invited to test him.
The test is not based on the length of our prayers, the number of worship songs we can sing or the number of Bible verses we have memorised. Surprisingly it’s about money – yours and mine – and how we handle it.
And then the promise:
As part of this series we will have a Gift Day on Sunday 21st May 2017 and a 24/7 Prayer Room from 18th May 2017.††I explain more here:
Posted Fri, 05 May 2017 14:08:00 +0000 - View in WordPress
FORM Internship 2017-18
A year to grow in leadership, discipleship & mission†
Form is our burlington internship programme. †It is rooted in a culture of leadership, discipleship and mission. Being a disciple is about following Jesus and becoming more like him. Jesus invites us into his story to imitate him and live life along side him. Form is about that story, imitating Jesus wherever he has called you to be and learning how to draw other people into his story too.
The internship will be a balance of stepping out in leadership, being discipled as part of a team of leaders†and seeing transformation in you and others in the area where you choose to serve.†We are excited to be able offer internships in many areas†of Church life including youth and children’s ministry, missional communities, creative worship, administration, AV, graphic &†design, social media †or working with other†key ministry staff including
Posted Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:44:40 +0000 - View in WordPress
Who do you think you are?
Teaching series – Spring 2017
Who am I?
Often our identity can trouble or confuse us. It can leave us anxious or even afraid. Easily we become prey to marketeers who promise with each brand so much more than the product.
Yet our true identity can liberate us, catapulting us forward into becoming our true selves.
So join us week by week as we ask: Who do you think you are?
Starts Sunday 19th February 2017
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Emma’s Charity Curry Night
Emma writes …
I would like to invite you to a Charity Curry Night on Monday 20th February at 7.30pm.
ABOUT LIV VILLAGE
LIV Village† is a fantastic response to the millions of orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa, mostly due to AIDS/HIV.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to travel with Soul Survivor to support all that LIV Village are doing. We will be helping out practically with life on the village as well as helping out with a few building projects outside of the village, this will involve building houses and other practical tasks to support the charities working in Durban.
ABOUT THE EVENING
Please join me for an evening of good conversation and great food. Come yourself, or bring a few friends and share a table and know that every meal will help make a difference. The restaurant will give 50% of the menu price towards our support (thank you Manik so much).
•Cost: £18 per head. This gives us a selection of starters and main courses, a variety of rice, naan and side dishes and coffee with mints. Other drinks are not included.
I’m looking forward to a great evening and the knowledge that it makes a difference.
See you there!
Posted Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:24:45 +0000 - View in WordPress
Autumn teaching series 2016
Joseph was a ‘nobody,’ the youngest son in a large family living way out in the country. Yet God chose him to become a man of great influence and consequently, as the Bible says, “many were saved.”
Joseph’s calling is our calling. His story is ours. Whoever we are, and wherever God has placed us our destiny is to become people of great influence and Joseph’s journey is our road map.
Begins: †Sunday 4th September 2016
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Summer 2016, teaching series
Beginning Sunday†8th May 2016
How alive are you?†
How alive are those you are discipling?†
How alive is your small group or missional community?
Jesus himself often used biological life to help us understand his kingdom life. He talked of farmers sowing, of seeds planted and vineyards pruned. He also described a community of his followers as a body. All biological metaphors. In other words the way things live and grow in the physical world helps us understand how things should live and grow in his kingdom.
There are 7 signs of life. You may remember them from biology (or perhaps not!). In this series we will look at each of these Vital Signs to help us explore our own vitality,† and that of the communities we are building
Podcasts and slides will be posted here when they are available.
Posted Sun, 08 May 2016 05:02:33 +0000 - View in WordPress
Job Opportunity: We are seeking an Operations Manger
Burlington Baptist Church†is seeking a†full-time Operations Manager
Who we are
Burlington (burlingtonbaptist.org.uk) is a lively growing community with 240 members. Our buildings are located just off the town centre of Ipswich and people from across the town, and beyond, are a part of our community. Over the last 5 years we have been developing our vision of missional living: of being both a gathered and scattered community as we have launched a number of missional communities.
What we are looking for†
At this exciting time of opportunity and challenge, we are seeking a dynamic team player to work alongside our senior minister in our†leadership team, coordinating and developing our administrative,†communication and property operations. †This will involve the leadership†and support of both paid staff and volunteers.
This is a great opportunity for someone with management skills to take on
The successful candidate will demonstrate a vibrant personal relationship
Closing date for applications:†Sunday 5th June 2016
Selection process: †Saturday 18th June 2016
For further information and an application pack, please contact†Mrs. Katie Faux, PA to Senior Minister:
– Tel: 07527 747 828
Posted Mon, 02 May 2016 11:01:36 +0000 - View in WordPress
Spring 2016, teaching series
Beginning Sunday 21st February 2016
The run up to Easter is traditionally a time for self examination.† It’s a time to slow down, refocus and examine our hearts. This 40 day period called Lent recalls the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for his ministry. †In our teaching series at burlington we will let the words of Jesus be our guide …..
Jesus said some extraordinary things. His words were direct, witty, bold, insightful and, above all, life transforming. Cutting through the noise, they go straight to the heart. But it’s easy to forget them. At least, forget to work their truth into our lives. So each week we will take something He actually said and let its truth settle on our hearts, provoking and comforting us as we align our lives with the†truth.
Here’s one to get us started. Jesus actually said:††Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?†Luke 6:46† So, according to Jesus there are people who address him as Lord (in prayer or song maybe?) but then don’t do everything he says. Ouch! That’s me, and maybe you too. Where in my life do I need to remember that Jesus isn’t just my Saviour, he’s also my Lord?
Podcasts and slides will be posted here when they are available.
Posted Sat, 20 Feb 2016 17:44:48 +0000 - View in WordPress
1. It’s a command
Maybe that should be enough.
2. To centre on God
Biblical fasting was always for spiritual purposes, despite the other benefits it may have.
Fasting is for Him.
3. To deepen our prayer life
Often great prayers in the Scriptures were accompanied with fasting.
4. To strip away self †– enriching our encounter with God
We cover up what is inside us with food and other good things, but during fasting these things surface.
5. To remind us that we are sustained by God
Fasting awakens in us our dependence. Our dependence ultimately on God.
6. To increase our ability to hear God
Jesus set aside 40 days and nights for this exact purpose.
Does it work?
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