2018 - A Year of Expectation!
There is a real sense of expectation in the church that God is doing something new and exciting - and it is growing weekly! Our worship times are great, our prayer meetings are buzzing, our home groups and bible study are exciting and our 'Times of Refreshing' are filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit.
We sense that God wants to bring Revival to the Church here in the UK. We are also very aware that revival is associated with fire and burning up of everything that is not Godly. It means that each individual believer is going to be challenged by the Lord to look at everything we do and see whether our actions are in line with the standards that Jesus Christ wants for His pure Body (the Church).
Revival means that we will have to face some disturbing realities as we start to see what Holiness really means and how far most of us may be from it. No longer will it be sufficient to believe and discuss - Revival will effect the lives and actions of believers before it spreads outwards to those who need Christ in their lives - from healthy and revived churches who are living the life!
LETS BE READY!
Find out more every Sunday morning at 10:30.
Could 2018 really be the year that Jesus Christ returns?
When Jesus Christ went up to Heaven after His death and resurrection, He promised that He would return for all who follow Him. He said that the whole world " ... will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory ... and he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven". (Matthew 24:30-31 NLT)
His followers asked Him how they would know when He had returned. He replied that no-one would be in any doubt! He also told them, and us, of many signs that would happen before He returned .. and many of those are clearly on display now! (Read more on the page "When will Jesus Christ return?")
Jesus said that no-one, not even He Himself, knew the date that His Father in Heaven would choose for Him to return - but that we should always be prepared!
The best way to prepare is to start immediately to follow Jesus Christ, to join an active church near you, to read the bible (God's Word to us) and to pray. CHURCH@Claremont will be pleased to guide you on that journey - but don't delay. He could come today!
Don't be Fearful - be Expectant!
For the Christian, the return of Jesus Christ is just the beginning of an amazing adventure culminating in the joining in marriage of Christ and His faithful people (the Church) and the revelation of a completely New Heaven and a New Earth, where sin, decay, sickness, famine, fear and death no longer have a place. That's not a threat - it's an amazing promise!
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin ... (Zechariah 4:10 NLT)
Churches everywhere are praying for God to give our church, our town and our country a fresh realisation of our need for Him. We welcome everyone reading this page to join in that prayer at this time of great national and international change, when the things that we thought we knew and understood are being shaken.
We pray and believe that these "small beginnings" are sent from God as part of something new and big that He has planned - and we are already seeing more of God's presence in our gatherings as we learn to trust Him more!
Someone prayed that we would see more of the supernatural - the response from God was; "You do the NATURAL and I will do the SUPER part"
Times of Refreshing
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah. (Acts 3:19-20 NLT)
Just as a mountain stream provides refreshment, so our God will refresh those who will follow Jesus Christ.
Times of Refreshing is a journey of exploration, discovering what it means to be free to worship and pray without constraints and to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us to encourage each other, to bring spiritual gifts, to heal and comfort and to fill us again.
Every Monday a small team from Times of Refreshing goes out into the town centre to speak about the Good News that God has already sent His promised one, Jesus Christ to open the way for every one of us to have a relationship with Himself. They offer free coffee and tea to whoever will stop and listen - from rough sleepers to early evening diners and late business people. Please pray for them as they go out - that God will bring about significant encounters and that they will be protected from harm.
"Times of Refreshing"
will take place on at least two Thursdays each month, depending on how many weeks there are in the month, at 7:30pm (see "What's Happening" for actual dates).
Discovery Bible Studies
Imagine a bible study in which you felt completely comfortable to contribute; in which your contributions had just as much value as those of the leader; in which no-one is wrong and no-one is right; where we learn from each other as we study God's Word. That's our Discovery Bible Study - every other Thursday at midday in the prayer room at Claremont House.
Anyone may come but, if you want to participate to the maximum, simply contact the office in advance to find out which passage we are studying - it works best if you prayerfully read the passage before you come and ask God to give you insight into what He is saying to the church through His Word.
Our present theme is "Times to Come - prophecy about the Return of Christ and beyond.
See you there?
It’s About People!
CHURCH@Claremont is all about real people who have found that life works better when we allow Jesus Christ to lead us. We are everyday folk with everyday lifestyles who simply love to tell our stories to anyone who will listen. Come along and find out what makes us different.
" … when you see people praying and prayers being answered week after week, it makes you think.”
Find out what it means to really be loved – by Jesus Christ and by His followers. Join us at 10:30 each Sunday.
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him”. (Jesus Christ, speaking in John 3:16-17 NLT)