A new series of Who Do You Think You Are is on TV at the moment. If you’ve never seen it before, it consists of celebrities looking into their family tree, seeking to discover interesting things about their immediate ancestors. Interestingly, in this week’s episode, a BBC news presenter discovered that her 5x great grandparents were Christian dissenters from Birmingham who suffered persecution for choosing not to be part of the established church.
Whilst I find it a fantastic programme, the general title can seem to suggest that who we are is in some way down to who our ancestors were and what they did. There’s probably some truth in this. I am part English, part Scottish and part Polish and I suspect I’m influenced in some way by all three!
The title could also lead you to believe that you’ll only find your true identity by understanding your family line. However the Bible tells us that identity is found in a different way. One of the Apostle Paul’s favourites phrases was that we are ‘In Christ’. It means that our identity is now found in Jesus. Because he is accepted and loved by God the Father, if you’re a Christian, you now know that acceptance and love.
And so being ‘In Christ’ is our next Sunday morning series, starting this week!
Knowing we are in Christ will lead us to think and live differently too. Paul says in Colossians 3:1, ‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God’.
At the end of this month, our good friends Don and Lisa Smith will be visiting us from the USA. They’ll be spending a week being amongst us as a church as well as serving us in all sorts of ways. On Saturday 1st April they will host a morning to equip all of us to play our part for God in the local church and in our communities. I think there is a link between this and our upcoming series on being in Christ. Because we know who we are in Christ, we are free to be passionate about setting our hearts and our lives on eternal, kingdom things!
As we come out of our Covid restrictions and look into the next season for us as Jubilee, I wanted to take this time to share some news with you regarding our next steps as a church.
This month, we're privileged to have Michael Akotia write a blog for us. Michael along with his wife Mabel and three children (John, Keziah and Grace) are dear friends to us. Michael leads City of Grace Church in Ho, Ghana and serves on the Christ Central Churches International Team.
Have you ever thought that there might actually be a number of similarities between our Christian walk and baking a cake? Gavin explores some of these similarities in this month's Elders letter!
So Sunday saw the finale of series 6 of the BBC drama Line of Duty. If you haven't been watching it or have watched the latest series then you can read on. If you still plan to watch the final installment of series 6, you may want to stop here (although it's not a huge spoiler)!