Resources for YouWe aim to build up many Christians and churches, not just people at City Temple. We make our resources available to anyone so that people might live fully as God intended
We are not a “liturgical” church, using a lot of ritual, following a lot of traditions, or standing on ceremonies. We don’t follow a “lectionary” – a list of readings from the Bible for each Sunday that are generally repeated on a three-year cycle. We do use some written prayers, but we write many of them ourselves. I don’t wear robes, strange hats or other quirky clothes when I’m leading worship. Not that I am against these things. I value historic Christian traditions. I just don’t use them myself.
But there are a few exceptions. I do celebrate Resurrection Sunday (called “Easter” by the bunny people, and my favourite day of the year), Pentecost Sunday (the birthday of the Church, and my second favourite day of the year), Thanksgiving Day (a nod to my American origins and commanded for all Americans by Abraham Lincoln, and my third favourite day of the year), and Christmas (remembering the birth of Jesus and, well, who doesn’t like a good mince pie?). Speaking of Christmas, I used to be a “bah humbug” kind of guy until I started meeting people who fell in love with Jesus around Christmas time. Then I figured that I like Christmas again. But back to my “exceptions”.
Although we are not a liturgical church and although we don’t follow a lot of traditions, I have always rather liked one tradition – Advent. “Advent” generally refers to the arrival of a notable person or thing. For us Christians, “Advent” refers to the coming of Jesus. Actually, it refers to two “comings” of Jesus – his first coming as a baby lying in a manger and his Second Coming as the King of kings.
Advent also refers to a special time of the year – the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day. It is a time to celebrate the first coming of Jesus even as we look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus. It is a time to reflect on all that Jesus did for us by laying aside his Divinity, becoming like one of us, living a sinless life, dying on the cross for our sins, and rising bodily from the dead on the third day. It is a time to examine our lives and prepare ourselves to encounter Jesus. In this series of sermons, we’ll reflect together on the wonders of Jesus, the baby born to die on the cross. Just don’t expect to see me in a strange hat. Or dressed as Santa Claus – another story entirely.
We are joining together with the Chelsea Community Church, Edith Grove, SW10 0LB during the redevelopment of our building. Everyone is welcome. See more information on our “Contact Us” page.
Hope in His Name
27 November 2022
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Some Popular Resources
The Three D’s of Disruption – From the Series “The Church as God’s Agent of Disruption”. 28 June 2020
Philadelphia – An extended prophetic word for City Temple based on Jesus’ letter to the church at Philadelphia in Revelation 3. 16 January 2022
We love new churches. God is reaching out to London by starting new churches.
Preparing for Times of Crisis in Times of Peace – A testimony and talk by Karen Woods discussing how she endured through her husband’s serious illness and hospitalisation. The talk begins at the 42 minute mark.
Turmoil Ahead – A prophetic sermon given just before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, explaining the turmoil that the world would experience in the coming year.
Proclaim the Lord’s Favour. A sermon about the favour of God, especially God’s favour upon City Temple in this season.
Resources for Living
Freedom in Christ Course
A course to help people experience and maintain their freedom in Christ. The battle for our minds, choosing to forgive and breaking strongholds are just a few topics.
Freed to Lead
A course to help Christians lead more effectively in every area of life, including the workplace. Based on the book, Freed to Lead, written by Rod
CAP Money Course
A course to help people develop and maintain a budget while managing their money more effectively. From the ministry Christians against Poverty.
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