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We're a community of people (more a family really) who share the belief that life's greatest joy is to know God and be known by God. He's give us freedom from the past, purpose for the now and hope for the future. We've still got much to learn and are more than happy for others to join us in that journey!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Unfavourite verse - As the verse of the day popped up on my iPhone this week, I wondered if I’d discovered yet another favourite! If you’ve been reading scripture for sometime, you know that it’s common to identify favourite verses. But what about an unfavorite verse? Do you have one? In 1804, Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the United States) took a razor and glue to his bible, removing all of his unfavorite verses. In 1939, Nazi leaders (Himmler, Rosenberg and Müller) sought to start a new National German Church which supported their views.¹ Eric Metaxas² notes that they first removed the Old Testament and then twisted – like pretzels – the words of Jesus to accomplish this. Point thirteen of their thirty-point program stated their ultimate aim, “The National Church demands immediate cessation of the publishing and dissemination of the Bible in Germany…”. Of course, what they ended up with was not Christianity, but Nietzschean social Darwinism. Surely we’ve learnt from the past? Surely we wouldn’t go cutting and pasting our unfavorite verses? Surely we wouldn’t become so called ‘red-letter Christians’ or something similar and place the priority of social reform above good theology? I have said before that good theology is not what we think about God but what....
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A missional vision - Though we were in a bit of a hurry, I had to stop. There on a street corner in the town of Katerini was one of the largest fruit and vegetable displays I’ve ever seen. It was a smorgasbord of colour and the proud owner fussed over the display like an artist adding the finishing touches to a great work. In John 15, Jesus describes our heavenly Father as a gardener and one who takes great joy over his display of fruit. In my last blog, I mentioned that our vision at EBC is, As passionate disciples of Jesus Christ, we desire to live fruitful lives so our God is seen for who he really is. The basis for our vision is John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” Now, classically, a church might base it’s mission or vision statement on a verse such as Matthew 28:19ff, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…”. Surely, there’s the calling of the church right there! That’s what we ought to do! That should be our vision! Now I’m the first to admit that I have been powerfully inspired by those verses of scripture.....
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Our Vision - I still find myself inspired by EBC’s vision statement, just as I was a few years ago when it was first adopted. It’s based on John 15:8 where – having described the essence and nature of discipleship – Jesus said, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” Though reversed and personalised, this vision is still our vision! As passionate [abiding] disciples of Jesus Christ, we desire to live fruitful lives so our God is seen for who he really is.

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