Healthy Church / Serving Church: Christ’s body in action
The Church is called to God’s wonderful mission in the world as Christ’s body.
A healthy Church looks like Jesus – it is God’s servant in the world.
Our hearts should beat with Christ’s heart, in prayerful submission to its Father’s will for our families, communities and society and dependence on the Holy Spirit’s work in, through and around us.
Our mouths should speak Christ’s words, proclaiming gospel hope to our culture and speaking out for those who have no voice with gentle boldness.
Our feet and hands should carry Christ’s presence into our society, serving the marginalised and oppressed with courageous compassion.
We pray that this will be a week when we delve deeper into God’s Word, discovering His heart and experiencing His grace in our lives individually and as church communities.
Ben Stuart is the pastor of Passion City Church, Washington D.C, and author of Single, Dating, Engaged, Married. Prior to joining Passion City Church, Ben served for eleven years as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries, a weekly Bible study attended by thousands of college students on the campus of Texas A&M. Ben earned a master’s degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Ben and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime.
Rev Dr Chris Wright is the International Ministries Director of Langham Partnership (www.langham.org). After ordained pastoral ministry in the Church of England, he taught the Old Testament in India for five years (1983-88) and then at All Nations Christian College in England until taking over the Langham leadership at John Stott’s invitation in 2001. His books include commentaries on Deuteronomy, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God; The Mission of God; The God I Don’t Understand; and The Mission of God’s People. Chris was the Chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group. (www.lausanne.org), from 2005 – 2011, and was the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment – the Statement of the Third Lausanne Congress in October 2010. Chris and his wife Liz, who come originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, have four adult children and ten grandchildren, and live in London as members of All Souls Church, Langham Place.
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Rev Malcolm Duncan F.R.S.A. is the Lead Pastor of Dundonald Elim Church, an author, broadcaster, lecturer, advocate and international speaker. His academic discipline is practical/ public theology. He is passionate about helping Christians understand their place in the wider world and helping them to flourish in life and in service of Christ. He regularly preaches and teaches in conferences, churches and seminaries in different parts of the world on the importance of being ‘Good News’. He believes that the power of God’s word, coupled with the presence and anointing of the Holy Spirit, bring about change that releases us into what God wants for us.
His latest book, ‘Good Grief: Walking with God through Sorrow and Loss’ explores the challenges of bereavement and loss and seeks to offer comfort. hope and a pathway through mourning.
He is married to Deborah, a faculty member of Queens’ University and an author and church leader. They have four children and one grand-son.
New Irish Arts
New Irish Arts is a Christian Charity which organises around 30 public events per year. Whether performing on the stage of the Belfast Waterfront, on BBC Songs of Praise or in a church concert, their aim is to use the Arts to encourage people to worship God. A key area of growth in recent years has been New Irish Youth, which runs residentials preparing young singers and instrumentalist for worship and Christian service. New Irish Arts is delighted to serve at New Horizon once again under the leadership of Creative Director, Jonathan Rea.