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A thought-provoking magazine

DISCIPLESHIP Are you a disciple?


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01 Welcome A word from Cliff & Hayley

contents

02 Are You A Disciple? I wonder how many people who call themselves Christians would consider themselves disciples?

03 Deep

Down, Can People Change?

05 Events Calender Your two month guide to what’s happening

08 The Gospel A man hangs from a wooden cross; blood flows down his battered body...

09 Happy or Happy? Discipling our children


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“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”. Matthew 28:19–20


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Welcome W

hat a privilege to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mark 3:14–15 “And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach”. The wonderful privilege is that Jesus calls His disciples to be with Him, then He sends them out. To be with Him, this can so easily and often be overlooked as disciples. We can find ourselves being busy like in the account of Mary and Martha. Martha was anxious about many things to do with the Lord, but Mary had chosen the greater, simply to be with Him. The antitheses is also true, we can sit at His feet but never get anything done. In the verse above the disciples are called so that they can be with Jesus and so that He may send them out. The truth of the matter is this, we are first called to be with Him, then to be sent. Ministry flows from our being with Jesus and not the other way around. That is why when those in Matthew 7:22 come saying they have done many things in the name of

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the Lord. Jesus says “I never knew you”. We are called firstly to be with Him secondly to be sent. I am sure you would agree, this is the way it has to be. Because we can do nothing apart from Him, nothing... The Lord stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, if we open He will come in and commune with us. We then read Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”. Will you come to Him and then go today? Cliff and Hayley Wishart


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Disciples...

Follow Jesus (Luke 9:57-62)

A scriptural picture; a biblical snapshot of discipleship. What does the Bible say about being a disciple?

Disciples follow Jesus wherever He leads. They forsake everything and follow Him...

Disciples...

Change

Disciples...

(Luke 14:33) Every disciple is called to become more and more like Jesus... From one degree of glory to another...

Die

Every disciple is called to die to self, take up their cross and follow Jesus...

Every disciple is called to be on mission in their family, workplace, market place and community...

Every disciple bears witness to Jesus and His works...

Every disciple is called to see eternity as more valuable than anything we can gain on earth.

Treasure Jesus (Matthew 13:44-45)

(Mark 1:17)

(John 21:24)

(Luke 9:22-26)

Disciples...

Are on mission

Bear witness

Invest in eternity

(Luke 9:22-26)

Disciples...

Disciples...

Disciples...

Every disciple realises the treasure they have found in Jesus and His kingdom...

Disciples...

Love Jesus (Matthew 22:36–39) Every disciple loves God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and others as himself...

Disciples...

Know Jesus’ voice (John 10:3–5) Every disciple knows the voice of Jesus and listens out for it... A small still voice...

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Cameron

“Yes, I think people can change. But they first have to truly believe they are willing to, and can, change!”

Lolly

“Yes, I think we can. But no amount of being told you need to, or prayer will do it, unless you want to change. It takes hard work, prayer & determination!”

Tracey

“Yes, anything is possible with Jesus!”

Jonathan

Andy

Hayley

“Yes, they can! Although it depends exactly what kind of change you mean... If you mean their behaviour, or what they think or feel towards something/one?”

“Yes, people can change. I haven’t been very good at controlling my anger & I’d be the first to admit to slipping up alot, but I’ve let God work through me!”

“If we believe God’s word, YES! But it doesn’t happen easily or overnight or without work. Rom 12:1-2 it can only happen by hearing/reading God’s word & acting!”

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The Mature Disciple By Brennan Gordon

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have been a Christian for many years now and of all the things I have had to deal with and overcome, discipleship has been the most painful to receive and the most difficult to accomplish. As a young believer I found it easy to listen to the wise council given by others who had walked the path longer than myself; in fact, I lapped it up, every word. However, as I matured in my knowledge and understanding of God's Word, or so I thought, receiving guidance and correction from others became harder. The reality was that my understanding was immature and mostly untested. Later in my life I had the privilege of being on the other side, trying to disciple other believers, and found just how hard it was to get people to listen. I don't believe I am alone in my experience either.

The reason why people struggle to be discipled is because they have such a

poor understanding of the roles each of us has to play in each other’s lives and the fact that underpinning this is the will of a loving and supernatural God who lives and works in and through His adopted children to build His church. What we need is the faith in Christ sufficient to receive and apply correction and admonition, trusting God to be at work in us - and such faith only comes from the Word of God. It is in hearing the Word that our knowledge increases and the Holy Spirit deepens our understanding, thereby enabling us to be discipled and disciple others ourselves. Without reverence for the Lord and His Word this can not happen, we will simply receive something in one ear and lose it out the other. So, the answer is simple: love the Lord your God will all your heart, all your soul, all your strength and all your mind. The rest will follow...

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July 05 July Corporate Prayer GHS School // 19:30

09 July Men’s Breakfast Black Horse Kidlington // 9:00

15 July Movie Night In the Blink of an Eye Cliff & Hayley’s, 10 Reid Place, OX25 5TW. Bring popcorn & drinks Start time // 19:30 for 20:00

31 July Family Day Cliff & Hayley’s, 10 Reid Place, OX25 5TW // 10.30


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WEEKLYMEETINGS GCF meet on Sundays in: Gosford Hill School, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 2NT Sunday Services Gateway Kids Corporate Prayer Life Groups Outreach

Every Sunday Every Sunday Every Sunday 1st Tuesday of the month Every Thursday Every Saturday

10:30 10:30 10:00 19:30 19:00 10:30

August 02 August Corporate Prayer GHS School // 19:30

23 August Men’s Pool Evening Red Lion, Kidlington // 19:30

26 August Movie Night - Hidden Secrets Cliff & Hayley’s, 10 Reid Place, OX25 5TW. Bring popcorn & drinks Start time // 19:30 for 20:00

Photo: Snowdon, by Cliff Wishart

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On a Mission

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bout a week ago, 20 odd ‘missionaries’ from Spring Creek Church in America came to Upper Heyford to do youth work in Heyford and Bicester. Every morning they would meet all the kids going to school at the bus stop and hand out food and drinks and talk to them, which I thought was amazing because I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit around the area and couldn’t help but smile when I saw them. After school from about 15:30 they would invite all the kids to come and hang out with them for the afternoon and everyday there would be a different event on. The first day we went there, there was a candy floss machine and everyone was playing football or table tennis. It was really fun to be a part of it and I really felt at home with them. One of the nights they had a prayer concert in which one of the guys lead worship and sang great Christian Songs and shared a testimony about when he and his wife went on mission to Haiti. Many of the young people came to that and it was really good for them all to be there because they got

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to hear about Jesus, even if it was for a brief moment. After the worship we all got into a big circle and started sharing what we did that week and how God has been working in our lives and what was awesome is that about four kids gave their lives to Christ and we all prayed for them and it was just generally a great time. I felt that their visit had a real impact on all the youth in Heyford and Bicester and it encouraged me to try and help even more with young children in our church and my school. They also encouraged me to start the Christian Union again; me and a few friends started one at our school a year ago, but there were so few young people who knew about Jesus and what He did for them. So I believe we have a responsibility to spread the Word of God. Cameron Wishart


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THE G OSPEL John 3:1

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man hangs from a wooden cross; blood flows down his battered body from the thorn tears on his head, lacerated skin on his back, holes in his hands and holes in his feet. A pool of blood forms on the ground beneath him and spills down the rocky crevices below, weaving between the feet of a hoard of jeering onlookers. Further down the spectators are staring with horror and disbelief at the transformation that has just taken place. A man who's face was once the picture of peace and humility now stares back at them in anguish and pain. "Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani!" they hear him cry shortly before he breathes his last and is dead.

He has bled to death, poured

out on the dusty ground and no one notices as the blood seeps into the ground and is covered by the dust of soldiers boots as they push back the crowds and prepare to lower the cross. All tear-stained eyes Now a perfect man lay dead and his sinless blood lay spilled on the ground to redeem all of mankind who would have the faith to believe it.

are on the lifeless body as iron nails are pulled from the mangled flesh of the hands and feet. The sky is dark and thunder and lightening threaten calamity on all below as the man is carried away and the crowds quickly disperse. There is shrieking and wailing, laughing and shouting in the city; Jesus of

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Nazareth, the carpenter and prophet is dead. To some he was the messiah, the king of Israel, the son of God but now all hope is lost and where joy abounded now only pain and fear remain. In the silence of the deserted hill the blood remains, discarded and forgotten like that of a slaughtered animal. But the blood is not silent, it cries out to all of heaven and earth that redemption has come for man, thousands of years since that fateful day when the faithlessness of one man caused all to fall from grace. Now a perfect man lay dead and his sinless blood lay spilled on the ground to redeem all of mankind who would have the faith to believe it. Brennan Gordon

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Happy or HAPPY? Discipling our children

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was standing in line waiting to get my breakfast at IKEA. In front of me was a child in a stroller crying, moaning, but mostly bellowing. At one point, as we moved forward in the line, his mother leant over his pram and allowed him to stroke her hair. The crying stopped and he looked quite 'happy' for a few minutes. The minute his mother moved her hair away, he began his tantrum again. About an hour later, after I had my breakfast and walked through the entire store, I heard a familiar sound and noticed this litte boy sitting in his stroller, still crying...

That child seemed so unhappy, and yet when

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his mother gave in to his whim, he seemed pretty 'happy'. I began to wonder about happiness; what results in it and whether God wants us to always be 'happy'. I see the word 'happy', in the worldly sense, as a very short-lived or temporary feeling of contentment or pleasure. The Bible actually uses the word 'blessed', which is a more permanent state of happiness meaning 'divinely happy and fortunate'. There is a common phrase sprouted on movies; ‘as long as he is happy’, usually a parent talking, concerning their child. Do we want our children to be 'happy', or do


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Allowing children to stay up until all hours of the night - until they are ready for bed, will make them 'happy', giving them a bed time and enforcing it will not always make them happy. Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. Going back to the lady in IKEA, her child had a temporary 'happiness' when he got his way, but was he truly content, or happy? I don't think so. Our children don't come by true happiness (blessedness) quickly or easily but over time and through patience, endurance, consistency... and discipleship on our part. Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. Ecc 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. Heb 12:10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. Heb 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hayley Wishart

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Movie Nights See Events Calendar for details

In The Blink Of An Eye An apocalyptic movie like you have never seen before. You will never know the day or the hour but it will happen in the blink of an eye.

Friday night, 15 July 2011

Hidden Secrets A young man finds himself torn between his current girlfriend and an old flame at a funeral of friend where lifestyles and attitudes clash over a long weekend in this faith-based dramedy.

Friday night, 26 August 2011

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Photo by Cliff Wishart

Editor: Thandi Meets Design: Thandi Meets and Cliff Wishart Layout: Cliff Wishart Thanks to all who have contributed time and effort to this issue: Brennan Gordon, Cliff, Cameron and Hayley Wishart. Thanks to CityHill Church for the use of images.


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