In English, we have one word ‘church’, which is used for a building, a congregation, a denomination, and all the Christians across the world. This reflects the Greek of the New Testament where the word ekklesia is used for local assemblies and as a way of referring to each and every follower of Jesus. It is a real privilege to serve in Ashdon where the two local churches work together so well to show that we are just expressions of the church. The world-wide church is not an organisation, but an organism, which has the life of Christ within it. The Bible has other titles for it: for example, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ. We are to be Jesus on earth, to do the things that he did through his physical body for 33 years. And we are to be in relationship with him as close as a husband and wife.
In Lent this year, All Saints’ Church and Ashdon Baptist Church came together for a series of studies under the title of ‘Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ’. The title is a bit of a mouthful, but it does exactly what it says on the tin. It is delivered by the American writer, Frank Viola who has a heart to help us all know that Jesus’ resurrection is not just about heaven; we can know him living in us here on earth. Our local churches can re-present him to the world, by allowing him to work through us. Do come and join us at the Vicarage during Advent at 7:30pm on Wednesdays 28th November, 5th, 12th and 19th December. Each evening is ‘stand-alone’, so don’t worry if you have missed the previous weeks.
Under the title of ‘In Spirit and Truth’, we have been continuing to meet together for spontaneous worship, teaching and prayer on the first Sunday of each month (at 11am) and the previous Saturday (at 6:30pm). We have been blessed to see people healed as we encounter Jesus in new ways. Please visit www.allsaintsashdon.org.uk for up-to-date details.