The Belonging course runs for 3-weeks and is an introduction to Church by the Bridge. The course explores the history, vision, beliefs of Church by the Bridge, and most importantly how you can get involved and make Church by the Bridge your home. The course is led by our Senior Pastor, Paul Dale, and his wife Rachel in their home.
If you are new at Church by the Bridge, thikning about joining, or even if you've been here for years you will find the Belonging Course excellent! There are no costs involved and no expectation that you have to join our church afterwards.
The next course will commence 18th July 7:45pm.
If you'd like to come along or have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesus of Nazareth never held a political office, never wrote a book, never married, never attended university, and never visited a big city. He was a lower-class worker who died homeless and poor. Yet, in spite of all odds—obscurity, powerlessness, and execution—he is the most famous person in all of human history. Why?
Christianity Explored is a free 6-week course which gives you time and space to think about the big questions of life and to explore the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ. You won’t be asked to pray, sing or read aloud, and you can ask any questions you like. Or, if you prefer, you can just come along and listen. Visit the Course website
Christianity Explored is available at various times throughout the year, on Monday nights at 7.30pm in the Hall at Church by the Bridge (Broughton Street, Kirribilli). Light refreshments are provided. Sign up for the Course
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Christianity Explored for?
Christianity Explored is for anyone who wants to investigate Christianity informally with a group of other people. Whether you have previous experience of Church, Christians and the Bible, or none at all, this course is for you. Everyone is welcome - from the most sympathetic believer to the convinced atheist. We will respect your background, culture and beliefs. Tell us as little or as much about yourself as you feel comfortable.
What goes on?
Light refreshments (antipasto/dessert) are provided at the start of the evening, so don't worry if you have to come straight from work. The course is normally run in several groups of six to nine people, and after briefly discussing the course material from the week before, there is a talk or DVD on the theme for that week. Then the groups discuss any questions that have arisen, and the evening ends at about 9pm. Of course, if you'd like, you're welcome to stick around a bit longer for a coffee to discuss any further issues you might have. And you can ask any question you want, at any time during the course.
How long does the course last?
The course runs for 6 weeks, including a weekend (or day) away, when you can explore other areas such as the Bible, the Holy Spirit, prayer and the church.
Can I pull out if I want to?
Of course you can.
How much does the course cost?
Nothing - but some courses might ask for a small contribution towards any food provided.
Do I have to bring anything?
No, all course materials are provided.
Is it 'churchy'?
We hope not. It's not a church service. There's no praying, singing, or clapping, and you won't be asked to read aloud.
Am I going to get preached at?
Each evening includes a talk (or DVD) designed to explain an aspect of Christian belief and to stimulate discussion. Hopefully you'll find it challenging and amusing. The group leaders will facilitate discussion and try to answer questions.
Do I have to speak in the group?
Not if you don't want to. You are welcome to come and just sit and listen.
How is Christianity Explored different from other courses?
The focus on Mark's Gospel, with its emphasis on who Jesus was, what his aims were, and what it means to follow him, makes Christianity Explored quite different.
Why is the course run?
Christians count it a real privilege to explain the truth and relevance of the Christian message. We don't have all the answers but believe that we have exciting news to share about Jesus Christ.
We are excited to be preaching through Isaiah this term. We’re taking 11 weeks to do a big picture overview, with all the major chapters being tackled in sermons and in HiveGroups. Alongside this, we’re encouraging people to read through Isaiah in their Quiet Times and providing daily bible readings to enable us to read through the whole book in line with the sermons series.
The book of Isaiah has been described as the Romans of the Old Testament – theologically rich and complex, yet with
a very simple message ‘Trust God who will bring salvation through judgement’. Isaiah says that same message again and again. Trust in the Lord, whatever your situation, whatever political crisis or spiritual confusion. Keep trusting the Lord. He is often at work in hidden or surprising ways to save His people.
As we read through Isaiah, the repeated question is ‘In Whom will you trust?’ The question is posed a few times. For example Isaiah 36:4 “where will God’s people put their trust?”. Will they trust the surrounding nations, their political wisdom and shrewd policies – or will they rely on the promises of the Sovereign Lord?
Or Isaiah7:9 “If you do not stand in your faith, you will not stand at all’. That’s a warning to King Ahaz, who aligned himself with worldly powers, rather than the Almighty, all-sovereign God. Similar questions are asked in Isaiah 12:2 and 26:4
Primarily a study of Isaiah will enhance our knowledge of God – not just doctrinally, but relationally.
If we want to strengthen our understanding of God’s sovereignty over his world, read Isaiah. If we want to be more content in God’s faithfulness to his people in the present day, as well as future hope, read Isaiah! If we want to be more certain of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, to judge and to save all people, read Isaiah.
As David Jackman helpfully says “How would you try to woo people away from the siren voices of our contemporary culture, with its supercial understanding of human nature, it’s remedies which cannot mend broken hearts and lives, reductionist and materialist ways of life in this world which fail their adherents over and over again? If you want to encourage faith in God’s promises, rather than a desperate resort to human policies, whether political, social, ecclesiastical or personal, you will preach Isaiah”.
Our prayer for this preaching series is that we would indeed trust God, because of his character that we will be pondering on and delighting in each week.