The story from the underside

Stories are powerful. They shape who we are, and who we will become. But what happens when our stories are read in a different place, culture, or economic setting? This six week series will be a space to explore the Bible in a different context—one that may bring new questions and challenges to us as we seek together to follow

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John 18:38-19:42

Grace To learn how to pray. Readings John 18:38b – 19:16a John 19:16b – 30 John 19:31 – 37 John 19:38 – 42 Devotion 1 Wait: Spend some time waiting on God, begin with confession and reflect on your love for Jesus. Read: John 18: 38b – 19: 16a Three times Pilate declares Jesus ‘not guilty’, then sentences him to

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Words Create Worlds

by Gordon Griffiths The murder of local shop owner Navtej Singh in 2008 was a catalyst that started a dialogue for change in Randwick Park, Manurewa. Randwick Park had reputation as a deprived neighbourhood with significant social issues. Often represented in the media as a crime ridden and dark place. The community had also internalised some of this discourse. What

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John 13

Grace To be reproducible models of nurturing, training and raising up of others. Readings John 13:1-20 John 13:21-30 John 13:31-38 Examen Devotion 1 Wait: Take a few moments to be still and thank God for his mercy and goodness. Read: John 13:1-20 Reflection: Jesus knew the time was approaching when he would be betrayed and begin his journey to the

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John 12

Grace To see God’s Kingdom come in the whole life of our neighbourhood, the way Jesus would, using Word, Deed and Sign. Readings John 12:1-11 John 12:12-19 John 12:20-36 John 12:37-50 Devotion 1 Wait: Spend some time waiting on God, letting God reshape your heart and vision. Read: John 12:1-11 As we approach this passage, the tension is building dramatically.

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John 8:1-47

Grace To live out God’s priority for those facing poverty and seek the full life God has for each person and neighbourhood. Readings John 8:1-11 John 8:12-20 John 8:21-30 John 8:31-47 Devotion 1 Wait: Play the following video from “The Passion” showing Jesus drawing a line in the sand and soak in what it was that Jesus did that day in

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John 6:25-71

John 6:25-35 John 6:35-59 John 6:59-71    Grace To discern and share what I’ve been learning and needing from God with the broader Body of Christ. Devotion 1 Read: John 6:25 – 35 As we read, we find a people who are misunderstanding what Jesus is saying.  Firstly, they ask Jesus in verse 28 about what work they must do

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John 1:29-51

Grace That we would we met God afresh in our daily communion times and life together and follow through on any challenges that emerge. Devotion 1 Light a candle  Listen: “The Lord is My Shepherd” by Keith Green, asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Sit in silence for 5 mins Read: Acts 2:1-21 Pray: Use your time of

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Seeking the Good (Baptist Magazine NZ)

Recently, Dave Tims (UNOH, NZ) was interviewed for an article about discipleship in the New Zealand Baptist Magazine. Below is an excerpt and link to complete article.  Dave, what is your story with God? Dave: I’ve always known God, even as a little child: I have Mum and Dad to thank for that. I think I made my first commitment

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