September 2017

If all goes to plan, on 30th September our current church, Erdington (Six Ways) Baptist Church, will no longer exist. On that day it is our intention to formally transfer all that this church owns and all that makes it what it is, into the care of our new incorporated body: Six Ways Erdington Baptist Church. We hope this will be the end of this very detailed process and what we know is that it will enable the church to be a legally responsible body, as opposed to individual deacons being legally accountable. It will mean that we are a registered charity.

Life in the church will continue unaffected by the change.
For instance, Castle Vale Baptist Church will remain a part of our church, as it is not yet a separate entity. All of our activities and services will continue as before.

And very importantly, according to the new constitution, the principal purpose of the new church, as with the current/old church is:
“The advancement of the Christian faith according to the principles of the Baptist denomination.”

Yours, lovingly, in Christ Jesus.

Gerard

2017 – A Year of Reaching Out

So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it!
Romans 15:7 (The Message)

The year stretches out ahead of us. What does it hold in store? What can we do with the opportunities and challenges that will come our way?
For ourselves
What steps can we take to strengthen ourselves spiritually?
Could we be spending more time in prayer? What can we do to increase the amount of time we spend praying?
Can we do more to read the Bible in a systematic and thoughtful way in 2017?
For us a church
Can we spend more time going deeper and learning more together? What do we need to do to equip each other for the challenges of life?
“Reaching out” – sounds good, what does that mean for us as God’s people. Do we need to be bolder, more strategic, more sensitive, more engaging? More…?
2017 holds a whole lot of big opportunities for us as a church. If we are to make the most of who we are in Christ we need to be committed, bold. If we believe that God and His church that we are part of are important we need to be committed. The danger otherwise is that we are fall into the same mediocre category as the church at Laodicea whom the risen Jesus addresses in Revelation 3:15-16:-

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

God bless

Gerard