Eat, Drink, Create

To coincide with Thetford’s Christmas Lights switch-on we are holding Eat, Drink, Create at King Street Baptist Church from 5:30pm on switch-on night November 30th, and again the following day December 1st from 10am – 2pm. Pop inside to enjoy a festive bite to eat and a drink, and optionally create your own unique Christmas gift. As last year, you can also visit our quiet space if you wish, for you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period and spend a moment in quiet reflection. Now and again we hope to be carol singing outside too!

This week’s questions

During our current sermon series ‘Joseph: The BIG Picture Guy’ we are posting questions to help you think about the scripture passage. For Week 8 on Remembrance Sunday November 11th we looked at Genesis 45 on Reconciliation and Forgiveness. (Recordings of the sermon will be available in the foyer of the church).

We invite you to use some or all of the following questions as you consider this scripture:

1. Forgiveness
What does it mean to live out the lines of the Lord’s prayer?
You may be familiar with the older version:
‘And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us’.
Or the newer:
‘Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us’.

What makes it hard? What human characteristics get in the way?

2. Read Ephesians 1:3-10. Discuss in the light of our themes of revelation, forgiveness, reconciliation and God’s big picture and his plans for each of us.

3. Consider 1 John 1:5-10 which places forgiveness at the heart of our Christian faith.
What do verses 8 & 10 say to you?
Are you able to be light in the darkness?
What opportunities do you have to reach out and be a bridge of reconciliation:
a) In your family?
b) In your work place?
c) Between your friends?
d) At church?

4. Consider the Triangle picture on this post, as used in Sunday’s sermon. (If you are in a group it may be useful to follow the bullet points in twos).

UP is your relationship with God – your worship time, devotions, prayer, bible reading, 1 to 1 with God.
IN is your relationship with those in the family of church and other Christians, the time spent walking with others, receiving and giving, growing in your own Christian journey but also helping and encouraging others. Being a disciple and being discipled. It is intentional and regular.
OUT is your opportunity to share what you have received from your UP and IN with those who do not know Jesus. Not necessarily bringing them to church but sharing friendship, hospitality, acts of kindness, peace.
Oikos is the Greek name for household it meant the church community that met in each other’s homes in the New Testament.

• Score yourself out of 10 as to how you think you are doing in each aspect of life at the moment in each area.

• Are you in or out of balance – it is an equilateral triangle.
• Share your scores with someone else and discuss where you can make small changes.
• Pray together about being in balance.

Remembrance Sunday November 11th 2018

This coming Sunday November 11th King Street Baptist Church is holding its annual Remembrance Sunday service, as we commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. Join us at 10:45am. We will be linking up live with the Cenotaph in London at 11am for the two minutes silence. Local artist Kevin Moore will be displaying and introducing various artworks relating to Remembrance. Our Minister Sally Sally will be preaching from Genesis 45 on reconciliation and forgiveness in our series Joseph: the Big Picture Guy. Adults, children and young people all welcome, refreshments served after the service.

This week’s questions

During our current sermon series ‘Joseph: The BIG Picture Guy’ we are posting questions to help you think about the scripture passage. For Week 7 on Sunday 4th November we looked at Genesis 42:1-28. We invite you to use some or all of the following questions as you consider this scripture:

1. In this passage we see many insights into a family that has lived with deceit at its heart for many years.
Consider the power of an unforgiven past on the characters of
a) The brothers
b) The father Jacob
c) Yourself

2. There was a famine in the land. People were hungry.
What pictures, thoughts and feelings do you see and feel when you consider the impact of famine?

What action can we take today to help those in famine torn countries?

WHO…High risk countries: Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan and the food security situation is of grave concern in 6 other countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, and Yemen. Very high levels of severe acute malnutrition have been reported in the most affected countries.”

If you are able to look online – search to find more information about famine in 2018 and discuss with others if you are part of a group. Spend time in prayer for these countries and discuss actions that will help.

3. In verse 8 the brothers come before Joseph but do not recognise him. They do not see because they do not expect to see Joseph.

How often do we not see what is before us?

4. The tables are turned in this passage as Joseph has power and authority over his elder brothers. They are accused of being spies and held hostage in prison. Only then do they suddenly realise how Joseph must have felt when he was thrown into the cistern and sold even though he was not guilty of a crime.

What was the result of this do you think?
What emotions do they experience during this episode?
Who can you think of who was falsely accused or imprisoned either in reality or fictional characters?
What does Jesus’ reaction to being falsely accused, arrested, imprisoned and crucified have to teach us?

5. ‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.’ Galatians 6:7-9

Consider these verses and think about
a) how it relates to the brothers thinking about their guilt
b) what it means for us today

Sunday November 4th

We invite you to join us at 10:45am this coming Sunday November 4th when our own Liz Pearce will be bringing us the message, continuing our series on ‘Joseph: The Big Picture Guy’. This week is called ‘Reap what you sow’. Our Minister Sally Sago will be leading the music, and adults, children and young people are all welcome. Hope you can join us!

Café church

Yesterday we had #cafechurch where we continued our series on Joseph. We had a great time meeting new people and enjoying time with each other… whilst having a cuppa ☕️🍩🍪

This week’s questions

During our current sermon series ‘Joseph: The BIG Picture Guy’ we are posting questions to help you think about the scripture passage. For Week 6 on Sunday 28th October we looked at Genesis 41:40-56. We invite you to use some or all of the following questions as you consider this scripture:
1. How do you think Joseph managed to handle the change that happened in his life? From prison to second person in the kingdom? Discuss together how you imagine it must have been like?
2. Can you think of modern-day people who have started with nothing and become powerful or rich? What do you think are the dangers of this?
3. Joseph appeared to live in the moment and yet he was planning ahead. How do we as followers of Jesus get the balance right in responding to God on a daily basis and planning the future?
4. When Joseph was building storehouses and planning for famine, it must have been like Noah when he built the Ark. To ordinary people there didn’t seem any reason to keep grain when there was a good harvest. People must have been sceptical and rather amazed or amused by it. Joseph stuck to the task, kept going.
List all the strengths of Joseph’s character that we have seen so far in the story that would help him in his task. Which ones are the most difficult to develop or live out in our lives?
5. Can you think of any similarities/parallels between the lives of Joseph and Jesus?
6. What do the names Joseph gave to his two sons tell you about Joseph?
7. Key words this week are Abundance, Famine, Power and Prudence. Look up the meanings of these words and in prayerful thought before God consider what meaning they may have for the church today as well as for ourselves individually.
Personal Challenge: What part or which detail of Joseph’s story has had the greatest effect on you and why? How can you use it for your own spiritual growth and faith journey?

Join us on Sunday for café style worship

We invite you to join us at 10:45am this coming Sunday October 28th for our monthly cafe style worship. It will also be Week 6 in our series on Joseph: The Big Picture Guy, this week’s instalment is called ‘Put in Charge’. Our Minister Sally Sago will be leading, and there will be provision for children. All welcome, we are just down the road from Costa in the King Street pedestrianised area of Thetford, postcode IP24 2AP.

This week’s questions

During our current sermon series ‘Joseph: The BIG Picture Guy’ we are posting weekly questions to help you think about the scripture passage. On Week 5 on Sunday 21st October we looked at Genesis 41:1-40. We invite you to use some or all of the following questions as you consider the scripture and sermon:

1. How well do we practise gratitude and thankfulness? Spend time thinking about our church text, Colossians 2:6-7.

How are you walking with it at the moment. Is it helpful?

Is Jesus Lord of all your life? What areas are difficult to let him rule over? Relationships, Finances, Physical body, Thoughts and emotions, Work, Spiritual Life, Possessions?

2. We saw this week that Joseph was a credible man. Think of people who you regard as being credible.

What it is it about them that makes you regard them in this way? How well do we identify credibility and incredibility in others?

3. Joseph spoke about his God, to an unbeliever, boldly, with confidence when he was given the opportunity.

How well do we speak when we have the opportunity? What would help you to be more confident?

4. Can you think of a time when God used you as part of his plan? Or have you seen him use others?

5. Discuss the words Redeemed, Restored, Rescued, Rewarded, Raised up, in terms of your Christian faith and your life.

6. Sharing the gospel is a way of being incarnational. Human but engaging in the divine plan of God. Taking God into our neighbourhood, into our everyday lives. In what ways can we do this? Share ideas or situations where this is happening. Imagine new possibilities.

Personal Challenge:

Remember someone this week. Call or visit them, send a card, give a gift. Practice kindness, gratitude and thankfulness.

Sunday October 21st

We invite you to join us at 10:45am this coming Sunday October 21st for Week 5 in our series on Joseph: The Big Picture Guy. This week’s instalment is called ‘Pharaoh Dreams’. Our Minister Sally Sago will be preaching and also leading the music worship. The morning will include communion. All welcome.