11 th March 2012 Cell Questions – Faith, Hope and Love This is the second of our series on Faith, Hope and Love leading up to Easter. We looked at the beginning of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, a letter full of hope. Paul is in prison as a result of his work yet he is still full of hope. In Sunday’s sermon we looked at the area of Hope. Before the sermon David Silcock went through our financial status as a church. We saw that we are running an annual deficit of £30,000per annum which we need to address. We saw that the expenditure is split approx. a third each to staff/ ministries & overheads / external (including share to the dioceseto pay for Will and Donna). We saw that with this money we have done so much as a church (see the yellow sheet we gave out a couple of weeks ago). We would love to do more but at the moment (e.g. Emerge and River Ministries etc.). Paul had a huge expectation even in the midst of difficulty of his life that God was at work amongst them. So, we can look back at twenty years of Springfield and give thanks for all that God has achieved and continues to achieve in and through Springfield. We can also say with Paul
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” We looked together at the privilege of being part of Springfield and seeing God at work amongst us – amongst all the different ministries and aspects of the work at home and overseas. We looked also at the privilege that we have of sharing in that mission with Jesus through our ministering with our time, talents, gifts and resources. Read Philippians 1:1-11 together 1. What are the best things that you believe that Springfield has done as a church? What area of Springfield has had the most impact on our community? 2. What area of the church do you find the most privilege in helping with? 3. Do you find it easier to trust in God or your own resources?Why? Do you think that this helps explain why some find it difficult to give “realistically and potentially sacrificially”? 4. How can we learn to give of everything we have and are to God?What difference does it make to our own lives as well as others?