MRBC Sunday Service 13th June 2021

This week’s Service is about Stepping Out In Faith and will be premiered at 10-30am on YouTube and can be viewed here on demand for up to 28 days afterwards.

For Reflection and Discussion

Read Genesis 12

1. Think of times in your life when God has called you to do something big that would involve life change or serious risk? What helped you understand the call was genuine and gave you confidence to move forward? What happened next?

2. “Faith is spelt RISK not SAFE”. Are Christians who play it safe spiritually shallow? Are there any times in your life where you regret playing it safe? Or perhaps times when you were relived that your did play it safe?

3. How often do you “count your blessings:” how important is thankfulness and worship in your prayer life?

4. Think of times in your life when you acted without discerning God’s will, or even knew what you were doing was wrong. What was the outcome?

Take time to pray, confessing times when God called and you didn’t follow, or when you knowingly acted outside of God’s purposes for you. Praise Him for His love and restoring grace that He brings us back from the sins and big mistakes that so easily beset us when we walk in the flesh and nit in the Spirit.

MRBC Sunday Service 6th June 2021

The service premieres at 10-30am on 6th June and will remain available for about 28 days.

For Reflection & Discussion

Read Hebrews 11:8-11

1. Abraham didn’t just leave the safety of one city, he left the safety of two! What did the writer of the Hebrews suggest was his motive? The following verses may help us understand the answer: Hebrews 11:16 , Hebrews 13:14, Revelation 21:2 .

2. Why do you think it is important to have eternal perspective as we go through life? How do the call and promises of God help us when we face the many unknowns of life?

Read Genesis 11:27 – 12:4

3. We don’t know precisely when Abram received his call to go to Canaan, whether that was in Ur or Harran, but he left his brother Nahor and his wife once Terah had died. What would it take for you to leave everything you know to go to a land full of uncertainties? What would it take for you to be convinced? What may that tell us about Abram’s faith?

4. What benefits did God promise Abram? How did that work out in reality for Abram? How long did it take for these promises to come into reality? What does that tell us about the expectations we should have of God?

The Prayer Meeting Saturday 5th June 2021

9-30am on Zoom –
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83477257766?pwd=TkFCaVZSd0dCdXNta0Zmd0o5bXB1dz09

Meeting ID: 834 7725 7766 Passcode: 498731

Testimonies from Thy Kingdom Come and Unanswered Prayer

We invite you to bring short testimonies of answered prayer in recent weeks and how God has been moving in your life and others.

Prayer for the Pandemic

That progress will continue to be made with the vaccination programme

For countries still struggling with getting the pandemic under control

For the forthcoming relaxation (or not) of restrictions in the UK

For those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and lockdown

For MRBC

For the Leadership Team as they meet on Tuesday

Pray for plans to re-commence face to face worship on 27th June

Pray that the problems with the church ceiling will be resolved soon.

Pray for those in the church who are unwell, lonely or need prayer for other reasons

Prayer for local ministries

  • Walton Parish Nursing
  • Hope Trust
  • CAP
  • Boost!
  • The Compass
  • Pop-Up Shops
  • The Free Meal scheme in the Summer holidays

Anything else that I’ve missed!

MRBC Sunday Service – Prayer Unanswered 5

This Sunday’s Service will premiere at 10-30am and will be available for about 28 days.

FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. The Bible says that we ‘do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.’ (1 Thess. 4:13). What did you find most helpful, inspiring or challenging in what Pete and Sammy Greig, Gemma Hunt and Ladan Nouri shared?
  2. Thinking about an area of long-term disappointment in your life, how might an eternal perspective reframe the way you relate to it?
  3. What do you think the new heaven and the new earth will be like? How will it be different? How will it be the same?
  4. In the video Pete and Sammy Greig used a kintsugi bowl to illustrate the beauty that can come out of brokenness. Where can you see beauty coming out of brokenness in your life, or in the life of someone in this group?
  5. The story of Ladan and the missionaries Mark and Gladys Bliss demonstrates that it can sometimes take months, years or even decades for fruit to come out of our suffering. 
    Are there stories in our community’s history of how challenges and trials have now produced fruit? Or are there opportunities for us to turn our current challenges into long-term fruit? 
  6. Eugene Peterson writes, “Faith develops out of the most difficult aspects of our existence, not the easiest.” How do the stories you’ve heard across this course reflect and inspire you to keep persevering in the midst of challenges?

MRBC Pentecost Sunday Service 2021

Our service premieres from 10-30am as usual and will be available here on demand for 28 days.

For Reflection & Discussion

To get the most out of these questions you may need to go through these with someone else or as part of a group. It will be worth reading through the Acts of the Apostles first with the questions below in mind. It shouldn’t take more than an hour or two depending on how fast you read.

1. Think on incidents you have experienced in your life where you have witnessed or felt the power of the Holy Spirit in a dramatic way. How often have you had these experiences? How often did the apostles appear to have them?

2. Take a look through Acts and see how the apostles and churches “normally” interacted with the Holy Spirit. In what ways do you find the Holy Spirit ministering to you on a day to day basis?

3. Mark identified four ways why we may not experience the power and presence of the Spirit in our lives. How important is expectancy in our prayer lives? How is it affecting our expectancy of God?

4. Spend time in prayer asking the Spirit to open your eyes to what He is doing in your life right now and in the lives of the church family and amongst those you have recently been praying for. Why is it important to count our blessings?

5. Having counted your blessings, be prepared to share them with others both to encourage others in Christ and as a witness to those who don’t know Him yet. You have a particular opportunity to do that at the Prayer Meeting on Saturday 1st June.

BMS World Mission

Mark mentioned BMS World Mission during the service. If you want to find out more about this ministry we are part of, please go to the BMS World Mission website. If you were watching the Baptist Assembly service last week, you would have heard of their Vaccination Campaign. You can find out more and donate on this link. If you would like to read their Engage Magazine it can be downloaded in pdf form here.

MRBC Sunday Service – The Baptist Assembly – 16th May 2021

We joined with the Baptist Assembly for their Sunday Service along with baptist churches throughout the country. The keynote speaker was Shane Claiborne from Philadelphia. You can listen back to any or all of the BA Sessions or Seminars on https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/357176/Programme.aspx. They are well worth a look.

The service can be viewed from the Baptist Assembly YouTube channel and you can get there by clicking or tapping the link below.

https://youtu.be/n6h5vVaPfjM

There is no transcript or discussion questions related to this service.

Thy Kingdom Come 2021 at MRBC

Journal – Each year you can follow Thy Kingdom Come daily using the Prayer Journal. It can be downloaded on this link:

Ascension and Pentecost Services – on the MRBC Website.

Midday Prayers – on Zoom. Meeing ID: 826 0508 2729 Passcode: 430668 or click or tap the link below.

Click or tap here to connect directly to Midday Prayers

CTF Community Prayers – On Zoom, Monday 17th at 11am. Meeting ID: 849 0942 4793 Password: 454104 or click or tap the link below.

Click or tap here to connect directly to this meeting

MRBC Sunday Service – Unanswered Prayer 4

The service will be premiered on Sunday 9th May at 10-30am and be available on demand for about 28 days.

Please note that all the notices for the week ate at the end of the video this week, so do hang on after the blessing. At the very end of the video, Pete Greig introduces us to a free daily devotional resource that equips you to pray the Bible each morning and night called Lectio 365. Find out more about the app: 24-7prayer.com/lectio365.

For Discussion & Reflection

1. In God on Mute, Pete Greig talks about our tendency to “rush the resurrection”; to “leapfrog Holy Saturday”; to tidy up the mess too fast. What is it that makes waiting with unresolved questions such a hard thing to do?
2. People often say that God’s timing is perfect. Do you agree with this? Why does he sometimes seem so slow?
3. In God on Mute Pete Greig says that “God’s silence is not his absence but rather his presence in another form”. In what ways have you experienced God’s presence in the midst of silence in the past?
4. In the midst of your pain and silence, have there been moments where you have been able to say, like Elie Wiesel, “There is God?”
5. Pete Greig shares about the significance of developing spiritual muscle memory to carry us through the darker and more difficult times of life. What does this mean for you? What ‘holy habits’ have you cultivated – or would you like to cultivate – in your life?
6. The Bible articulates the reality of life; the pain and hope coming together. Are there any particular Bible passages that have sustained you during times of trial or struggle?

BAPTIST ASSEMBLY

If you would like to attend the Baptist Assembly online next Weekend (13th to 16th May) then you can register on the Baptist Union website. Registration is free but you will be asked to make a donation of £10 towards costs which is optional. You do not have to register if you only plan to watch the service on Sunday 16th. The link for this is on the Service Page on this website for 16th May.

THY KINGDOM COME

Please look at the index top right for information about Thy Kingdom Come 2021 at MRBC which includes the Zoom links.

MRBC Sunday Service – Unanswered Prayer 3

This Sunday it’s the third instalment in the Unanswered Prayer Course, as well as our monthly Communion Service. Service premieres at 10-30am and will be available on demand for about 28 days afterwards.

As in the two previous weeks, we do not have a full transcript of the course video, but hopefully the items for discussion and reflection, and the readings will help you to get a flavour of the session.

For Reflection & Discussion

Bible passages from the session: Mark 15:33-34, John 14:12, Genesis 17:17-22, Ephesians 6:10-17

On the cross Jesus asks God “Why have you forsaken me?” Can you describe a time that you felt abandoned or deserted by God when you needed him most?

God’s will: In the book of Isaiah, God says: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” (Isaiah 55:8)

Looking back on past disappointments, does anyone have an example of a time when God knew best, even though you didn’t think so at the time? Why do we find it so hard to trust God?

God’s world: Pete Greig quotes C.S. Lewis saying that, “the very conception of a common, and therefore stable, world demands that [miracles] should be extremely rare.” Do you agree with this? Should we pray less for miracles or simply trust more when our prayers aren’t answered the way we want?

God’s war:

Is it possible for a tragedy not to be God’s ‘fault’? Do you agree with Pete Greig’s statement that we tend to blame God for things that are Satan’s doing? Does anyone have an experience of spiritual warfare that they can share?

Prayer

Pete Greig says that “it’s possible to trust even when we don’t understand”. Pray for one another if you are able to do that with someone. As you do so, you may find it helpful to remember God’s words to the apostle Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9)

Today we’ve tried to understand better the things we can, and to trust better when we can’t understand. Here’s a prayer of relinquishment written by George Macdonald. It’s not an easy prayer but you may like to open your hands as a sign of surrender.

Afresh I seek thee, lead me—once more I pray— Even should it be against my will, thy way.
Let me not feel thee foreign any hour,
Or shrink from thee as an estranged power.

Through doubt, through faith, through bliss, through stark dismay,
Through sunshine, wind, or snow, or fog, or shower, Draw me to thee who art my only day.
Amen