Citizenship

 What's happening in the life of GUV;

GUVyouth
-Friday 23rd November - 7pm to 9pm - Netherfield Campus Friday Night Social
-Sunday25th November - There is no Sunday Youth Service
    We ask that people please pray for the teams and for the youth that attend.

Big Weekend
- Sunday 25th November - 10:30am - Netherfield Campus - Big Weekend
- Sunday 25th November - 10am - Stony Stratford Library - Wellbing Morning
- Sunday 25th November - 2pm - Monkston Campus - Big Weekend

Christmas Events
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Sunday 23rd December - 3pm onwards - Bradwell Abbey - Nativity and Carols by Candlelight (Joint Service)
-Tuesday 25th December - 10am to 11am - Netherfield Chapel - Christmas Day Service (Joint Service)

Winter Night Shelter
Please watch out for an email from Rachel with regards providing puddings for our guests at Winter Night Shelter.  We would like to provide a puddings with their meal.  Rachel will communicate later in the week.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes
"Many thanks to everyone who has helped out this year with the boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We have now dropped off this year's boxes at St Marys Church, Woburn, however, they have asked for help in sorting. What this entail is making sure that there is nothing in the boxes that should not be there - any toys that are war-related, any liquids, or sweets that are short dated (for example). You will be given direction on how to process the boxes. The days that they specifically need help are:
-Tuesday 20th November 7pm-10pm
-Thursday 22November 7pm - 10pm

Please make contact with them if you'd like to help.
     Paula Sawers (paulasawers@hotmail.co.uk) or
     Pauline Adamson (jpawoodview@hotmail.com)

 

A new citizenship

The other day I finished a Coffee appointment in Newport Pagnell and was walking back to my car I saw about six Union Jacks flapping in the wind.  I must admit I did a double take.  Even though I have been in the UK for seven months I realise I am still adjusting to living in a different country with different symbols, different practices and culture.

That got me thinking.  We say as Christians that

“we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.”  (Phil 3:20)

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.  Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honourable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on” (1 Peter 2:11-12)

You see when we receive Jesus our whole identity changes, not because of anything we have done but because of who he is!  Sometimes we know this truth and yet we don’t live out this truth.  Each of us are citizen’s of heaven and therefore we need to learn to live differently.  This is what it means to be a Kingdom people.  Our thoughts, Our practices and culture need to be formed by the kingdom and not by the culture of this world.  Jesus clearly says that when we are in a relationship with God our relationship with the world changes.

"If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." (John 15:19 – See also John 17:14-16)

So practically what does this look like?  From a place of understanding our status in Christ, we react to the world differently.  We need to express the love of God to our neighbour in tangible ways. We need to advance the Kingdom one person at a time.  The secret for this is to live as people who are Spirit-led  - for we see the Apostle Paul points to the fruit of the Spirit as being key.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlenesses and self-control. Against such things, there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)

Kingdom people display the fruit of the Spirit and when we live as a Spirit-led people we will not conform to the standards of this world but be transformed by the renewing of the mind (Rom 12:1-2)

Bless you, as you be a blessing to those around you.

Chris