Keynote – Jesus, the peace-child
“Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’” Luke 2:13-14
The shepherds gathered in the field that first Christmas night saw an amazing manifestation of the heavenly host. God said to them, “I bring you peace”, so the shepherds hurried to Bethlehem. And when they arrived they saw… a family.
God’s peace is beyond understanding. When all of your external circumstances are in turmoil, you can find on the inside of you a deep internal peace that speaks of the invisible Kingdom of God.
In their day Mary and Joseph were caught up in the busyness of the season; Mary was pregnant when they had to travel to register for the census, which most likely coincided with one of the Jewish festivals. There are many similarities with our lives, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas!
It was a time of rising costs; the census that they were registering for was to number and organise the population, but it was also about raising taxes. There was also dissatisfaction with the government – the people had returned from exile but were still not free and at this time were bent under the weight of the Roman occupation.
In the middle of these circumstances, like the calm in the eye of a storm, came God’s peace. We can receive his peace in the middle of pain and disappointment, because it is not dependent on our circumstances. The true peace on earth is the peace that passes all understanding. It comes from heaven and arrived in the form of a baby.
The peace that God brings flourishes in the midst of simplicity. Our lives can be extremely complicated, but it is often the simple things that we appreciate and value – small children smiling, or sharing a meal with our loved ones.
Mary demonstrates simplicity of spirit. She responded to the mind-blowing news that she was going to have a child who was the Son of God with a simple question, “How can this be?” And when the angel Gabriel explained, she simply said, “OK, let it be so, according to your word.” That principle will take you through the most difficult times; knowing that if God has spoken then you can yield to his word with confidence.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the ‘peace-child’, let us glorify God in the certain knowledge that his peace and goodwill covers the earth!
[2 minute read] Senior Minister Colin Dye has launched a pioneering online Bible school for the converts from Islam in Central Asia and Caucasus. The Bible school is using Colin’s Sword of the Spirit video series which has been translated into Russian as a study material, and it includes live interactive teaching sessions where believers in the region can find answers to difficult questions.
[1 minute read] Sunday 18 April was a great day at Kensington Temple as 30 people gathered with family and friends at 2pm, first for a reminder of previous teaching on baptism and then to be ministered to. Some had the joy of being baptised with the Holy Spirit immediately before going through the waters of baptism.
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Many of us know Roberts Liardon. He s a great friend of Kensington Temple and has visited many times. Less well known to us personally, but playing a vital role in his ministry is his mother, Carol, who passed away earlier this month. Click for video from Colin Dye.
[ 3 minute read] Back to the office as the roadmap to ending lockdown unfolds
Monday 12 April was a very big day in our country as it marked the re-opening of outdoor cafes, restaurants and pubs, as well as hairdressers, gyms, and swimming pools. Seeing the High Street busy and shopping and town centres come alive again, one senses a cautious sense of euphoria.
[2 minute read] Following the completion of the external audit of the Church’s accounts for the financial year ended 30th September 2020, we are delighted to be able to present a short financial update setting out some of the financial highlights.
[ 3 minute read] Never have I felt so challenged about sharing my faith. To step up to the plate and publicly throw out the lifeline as a follower of Jesus during lockdown was a startling thought.
[3 minute read] A year ago when you walked down a busy road, or a high street, you would find a number of cafes, bars, and pubs – many of them playing music. You would find people standing outside because there isn’t enough room inside – drinking, laughing and having a great time.
[ 3 minute read] Imagine a world where you can ask a question, make a request, register for training, or book time with a pastor without having to contact or go into Kensington Temple. Welcome to X-change – Kensington Temple’s own one-stop online system designed for you.
[3 minute read] Since the first Novo Tempo church was planted in Pernambuco, (North East Brazil) back in 2005, our dream has been to have a church that is more than just a gathering of people in a building.
[4 minute read] Following the Understanding the Times webinar on 23 January we want to move forward in the 2020 Vision aim: to see every “giant” represented in KTLCC pursuing at least one major transformational change in that area of influence.