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GLOW | light in the darkness
It has been said that when the world is darkest that’s when Jesus’ light shines the brightest. Lighting up the darkness of this broken world. Hope is Alive because Jesus is Alive – that’s what the Gospel story declares – and we are part of that story: Jesus’ best source of light in our darkened world. It’s our time to GLOW!
[ GLOW ] Light in the Darkness - Encouragement, Debbie JohnsonScripture: Job 16:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Matthew 11:28-30; John 15:1-17; John 16:7
1) Recall someone who has been an encourager in your life. What were some of the things they did that encouraged you? Share some of the ways you have tried to encourage others.
2) Does the translation that offers us an image of the Holy Spirit as one who walks with us, cheering us on, connect with you? Are there ways you have your experienced God as for you and not against you?
3) What do you think of Job's friends and Job's response to them (Job 16:1-5)? How does encouragement lead to hope and how can discouragement lead to despair?
4) Would it surprise you to learn that Derek Redmond is now a Motivational Speaker. What were the encouraging lessons/learnings you got from watching the video of his Olympic race?
5) Today our world is still battling the Coronavirus Pandemic. In Toronto, the PRIDE Parade is happening virtually and we are in the grip of the struggles raised by the #Black Lives Matter movement. Individuals are experiencing some of the hardest times of their lives. It can be easy to be discouraged. I believe that we seek to be a church of encouragement and hope. What are some things you believe we are doing and can do as a church community to offer encouragement that leads to hope?
Scripture in message:
“I’ve had all I can take of your talk. What a bunch of miserable comforters! Is there no end to your windbag speeches? What’s your problem that you go on and on like this? If you were in my shoes, I could talk just like you. I could put together a terrific harangue and really let you have it. But I’d never do that. I’d console and comfort, make things better, not worse!” Job 16:1-5 (MSG)
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
NBUC is where I found my faith and I learned to give and receive the grace of God. This is where, every day, I learn to be a better parent, wife, and friend. My daughter and husband worship with me weekly, and we are growing in Christ, together as a family!Andrea
Since coming to NBUC, God has brought into my life a community of support and acceptance through the kindness and wisdom of the church parishioners and staff. I’ve been inspired and touched by the experience and it’s truly begun a journey of growth in faith in my life.Trevor
God is always reminding me I am "enough", that I am a good person, and that God is always with me. NBUC has taught me more about prayer and the power of prayer - reminding me that we are here to serve and not be served.Catherine
Reviving The Church, Rewiring The Culture
We want to seek God’s presence. We will pray for what God puts on our heart. We will give thanks for all God has done and is doing. Prayers for our City and its leaders, our churches and leaders/programs, NBUC initiatives, people that have submitted prayer requests, events happening in our community. Including prayers of thanksgiving to God.
We invite and encourage anyone and everyone that wants to pray. We hope to connect with other churches and community groups within Brampton to participate together with us. Our goal is to have at least 168 people to each take 1 hour in the week to dedicate to prayer but will celebrate where God takes us.
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Jesus together… Online.
Alpha Online is an 11 week course that creates a space where people meet online and discuss life’s big questions in a friendly, open and informal environment.
What is Alpha Online?
Alpha Online is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith.
Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha Online is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. Because of our current social distancing, we have the opportunity to engage and meet online through the Zoom App. No two Online Alphas look the same, but generally, they have some commonalities:
Utilizing the Zoom App, we are able to gather online from wherever we are. Whether you are at your kitchen table, coffee on the porch, streaming on your TV in your room, or hanging out in your backyard patio, we can still connect, relax and build friendships.
The video talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Each talk is around thirty minutes long and given as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?
One of the most important parts of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and discuss in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.