Celebrate the ‘old story’ – Comment by Chris Collins

There’s an old hymn that begins ‘Tell me the old, old story, Of unseen things above, Of Jesus and His glory, Of Jesus and His love’.

At Eastertime the ‘old, old story’ is re-told at churches around the world, as the accounts of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection are shared once more, and Christians celebrate Jesus winning redemption for us through all He did.

It all happened nearly 2,000 years ago and so it certainly is old, and yet even in 2019AD this ‘old, old story’ remains the message that can save.

Perhaps the modern world feels like a confusing place where you feel you can barely keep up, but at heart the needs are the same – the need for forgiveness, adoption, reconciliation and new life from God.

So don’t be afraid to share the ‘old, old story’ – it is as relevant as it ever was.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4: ‘what I received I passed on to you as of first import ance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures….’ (NIV).

This Eastertime and always, celebrate the ‘old, old story’.

Yours in Jesus
Chris Collins

(Katherine Hanky wrote the lyrics in 1866, George Washington Doane wrote the music.)

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May 2019 Newsletter

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Vicar’s Comment – What’s your debt to God?

Our Lent devotional groups are based on the parables of Jesus, with a focus on parables which are perhaps lesser known or less readily recalled by Christians.

One of these was the so-called parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew chapter 18.

Jesus uses this parable to show how the forgiveness God gives to people is incomparably greater than whatever forgiveness they might be asked to give to someone else.

In the parable a man owes his master 10,000 talents… a figure which doesn’t mean much to us today, but when converted into our money is at least £3 billion.

In the story this enormous amount represents what we owe God because of our sin.

And yet…through the death of Jesus he wipes out the debt completely!!

In the letter to the Ephesians Paul says ‘In Him we have redemption through his blood, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us’. (1:7, NIV).

This Easter, spend time thinking about just how big a debt every person owes to our perfectly holy God, and just how huge his love for human beings is in offering to wipe that debt out completely through the cross.

Yours in Jesus Christ
Chris Collins

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April 2019 Newsletter

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Run with discipleship – Vicar’s comment Feb 2019

At a recent meeting with the bishop of Leicester Martyn Snow, church representatives were encouraged to think about ‘discipleship’.

It’s a word we don’t use much in normal life, if ever, but it’s a regular go-to word in the gospels – the first followers of Jesus (and that’s more than the 12) are often called ‘disciples’.

This word is perhaps difficult to translate but I think the combination ‘learner-follower’ is good. And that means obedience to the teaching of the Lord Jesus……but more than that it means committing ourselves to Him personally, wherever He leads us, because He is alive today.

In Matthew 28:19 (commonly known as the ‘great commission’) Jesus’ early followers are told to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (NIV). That’s the language Jesus uses about anyone who will put their faith in Him, wherever they are in the world – they will be disciples…..learner- followers of Jesus.

The question for us is whether we will take hold of that title and run with it this 2019 and beyond.

Yours in Christ
Rev Chris Collins

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O come, O come Emmanuel – VIcar’s comment

‘O come O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear’.

This is my favourite carol (although I know some might want to say it’s technically an Advent hymn not a carol!). The reason (aside from the beautiful melody) is that of all the songs that churches sing during Advent and Christmas, this is the only one which seems to me to have a sense of desperation about it. The desperation that feels something needs to happen in order to sort us all out, something needs to happen to restore what the human race has lost, something needs to happen to bring us home to God, something needs to happen to free us from the trap we’ve fallen into.

Christmas is about Jesus coming so that all of that could happen. No more desperation, but instead godly freedom, fulfilment and life.

Praise the Lord this Christmas, because ‘the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work’ – and that means the cycle of desperation is broken for all who trust in Him’

Yours in Christ
Revd. Chris Collins

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December 2018 Newsletter

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Light of the World – Comment by Chris Collins

As I write this, Halloween is approaching, once again the themes of light and darkness will be coming to the fore in many churches.

St C’s is no different, with both ‘Angels and Heroes’ and ‘Craft Cafe’ being themed upon Jesus being a bringer of light – indeed, Jesus is the light of the world.

The wonderful thing however is that we get to bask in that light. As Paul says in Ephesians ‘Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you’ (5:14, NIV).

From time to time you may have heard testimonies of people coming to faith who shared how the witness of a Christian’s life was significant in their coming to faith in Christ for themselves. I know I have.

Of course, we need to share the good news verbally, but seeing something different in Christians is something that we want others to experience also, that they may see the light of Christ reflected in the believers they know.

Brothers and sisters, we are saved by grace, but from that point onwards God wants to transform us by his Spirit – so that Jesus’ light may be reflected in us for all to see.

Yours in Jesus
Chris

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