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Family Focus – Part Two – Marriage

14th February 2016 | David Bareham

In the second part of this mini series, David talks about ‘Marriage’ and what the Bible says about it as he reads from Ephesians 5:15.

He then quotes some figures taken from the UK 2012 Census and some of the statistics are quite surprising. Marriage is a big discussion within the church as a whole and in 2014, we saw the first same sex marriage here in the UK. The world in general can be quite prejudiced at times but David makes a point that as a church, we would welcome anybody and everybody into our congregation, regardless of colour, age, culture etc…..Because that is what Jesus did and we have to follow His example.

God’s perfect plan is for man and woman to stay together and we can read about that in Genesis 2. David gives us some of the reasons why marriages can go wrong. We are fighting a constant battle and we must be on our guard but at the same time, look within ourselves at our own inner battle.
Remember, we mustn’t let OUR agenda get in the way of God’s agenda!

As couples or husbands and wives, we have been ordained to be together. If things start to go wrong, don’t blame each other. Turn to God and seek His guidance. Allow more of Him to be in our lives and let us be filled with the Holy Spirit.


Family Focus – Part One – Singleness

7th February 2016 | Tope Olukemi

Today we are starting a new mini series, which is looking at issues that affect Christian families. Tope explains that for various reasons, we have all been, or are, single. This fact makes his message relevant to all of us today.

We can sometimes feel pressured by our friends and families if we are single. Tope asks “What does the Bible say about singleness?” He reads from 1 Corinthians 1:7 where Paul is trying to enlighten the church at Corinth.
Being single can be a good thing (even if we may have other ideas!)
We have only to look at Jesus. He was single and He was perfect! Remember, He was fully human, so would have felt all the same feelings and emotions as us.

Paul says that a single person has more freedom to serve God, as they have less distractions. We are reminded that for those of us that stay single all our lives (for whatever reason) will not be single in heaven. We will be the bride of Christ and be in complete union with Him.


CCCH – Our Vision – Part Four

31st January 2016 | David Bareham

Still on our mini series that opens up our vision for CCCH, David reads from Matthew 25:31 as we look today at ‘Salvation’ and what it means to us to see people saved.

He starts by giving us an insight as to what to expect from our teachings this year. He then shares a story from Adrian Holloway. Many of you would have seen him speak in the past at our church. This story sets the scene for David’s message.

We live in a broken world and it is our duty (as given from God) to witness to those that don’t know Jesus.
David gives us some stark realities about heaven and hell and as a foretaste of the series of teachings about witnessing, he gives us some practical advice as to what we can do now. He reads us an amazing story from a 125 year old book that involves the Salvation Army and how a man was saved.
We may never be able to share such a story of how we saved someone – but we have to do what we can to spread the Word, and with God’s grace – we will be able to save the lost.


CCCH – Our Vision – Part Three

24th January 2016 | Malcolm Sullivan

In this, the third part of our series looking at “Our Vision for CCCH”, Malcolm reads from Acts 19. The theme of today’s message is “Transformation”

Malcolm starts by reminding us as to what defines being a Christian is and how we are transformed / reborn again when we commit to follow Him.
We must strive to be more like Jesus and we must change our habits and our mindset.

Malcolm asks, “What weapons are we using to fight Satan?” We can be comforted in knowing that God will give us everything we need and that we must allow the Holy Spirit to enter our lives. He finishes his message by giving us practical advice  on how to rid ourselves of the things that may be holding us back.


CCCH – Our Vision – Part Two

17th January 2016 | David Bareham

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CCCH – You are 20 years old this month!! 🙂

David’s message today is a mixture of two parts. Not only is it our annual review and update, it is also a celebration of our church being on Chafford Hundred for the last 20 years.

To keep the message in context with scripture, he reads from John 15.
There is so much to say, I cannot possibly fit it all in! We hear about our church plants, how we are working in the community, our church eldership and leaders (which includes prayer for them) and David recognises all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes with our many volunteers.

He also gives us an insight as to what our focus will be for 2016….We will be digging deep into the act of Evangelism.

One date to put in your diary is the special ‘Gift Day’ on the 31st January 2016. This is to add to the tithes and offerings so gratefully received to enable our church to continue with it’s work in all the areas that this message speaks about.


CCCH – Our Vision – Part One

10th January 2016 | Tope Olukemi

First of all, I want to say, “Happy New Year” to you all……

We start the new year with a look back at our vision for Community Church Chafford Hundred. We will look at the vision over the next few weeks and to start off, Tope looks at what it means to be a disciple.

He asks, “Who and What is a Disciple?”….. Tope gives a very defined answer, but the good news is, that once we become Christians, we also become a disciple. It is not something we have to aspire too. He reads from Luke 14:25-35 and there are some strong points that come out of the reading and as a parent myself, this is a struggle to get my/your head around.
The remainder of Tope’s message is bringing the meaning of discipleship and what Jesus expects of us. He (Jesus) can offer us so much more than what this world ever can!

Tope also summarises what we do as a church and how you, the congregation, can become involved. Don’t just sit back and think others will do it. Christ has called us to serve.

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