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The backbone of our life together.


There are about 25 Connect Groups of up to a dozen people meeting in different locations, and at different times, in the parish and beyond for bible study, prayer and mutual care and support. We encourage every church member to be “connected” to a group (even if they are not always able to attend). Janet McLean and Janet Goodenough together co-ordinate our groups, and they are the people to contact if you want to find a suitable group.

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Summer 2022

During Summer 2022, we will be looking together, in our morning services at the second half of Exodus, having looked at part one in Autumn 2021.
 

Exodus (7) - 26th June

Sermon: A Covenant Confirmed (11.15am)
Passage: Exodus 24:1-18

  1. What sort of covenants - a binding, formal agreement - have you made or are part of?  Share as appropriate.
  2. Read verses 4-8.  The covenant was first confirmed by blood.  Why is this so significant?  See also Leviticus 17:11 and Hebrews 9:15-22.
  3. In verse 11, the leaders eat a meal in the presence of God without being harmed.  Explore the significance of this 'covenant meal'.  (See also Exodus 18:12, Isaiah 25:6-8 and Luke 22:19-20.)
  4. Read Hebrews 10:19-25.  What does 'new covenant living' look like for us as individuals, Connect Groups and as a church?  Try and be specific.
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Exodus (6) - 19th June

Sermon: A Rescued Life (11.15am)
Passage: Exodus 20:1-17

  1. If you need a group ice-breaker, try "two truths and a lie". Which of the 'facts' about God feels most like 'the lie'; that he gives rules to those he loves, that the rules are more about him than us, or that following rules makes us good?
  2. Think of some examples of where people who love someone give them rules to follow. Can you think of other examples in the Bible? Why does the truth of v.2 give a basis for God to give his people rules?
  3. If it can't make us good, what's the point of the Law? Have you ever experienced God's word acting as a mirror in your life? ie. showing you where you've not been living for him?
  4. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law. In what ways do we see Jesus being the pefect law-keeper and the how do we see him perfect;y displaying God's character, to which the law points?
  5. Read: Ezekiel 11:19, Jeremiah 31:33 and 2 Corinthians 3:3. How does God promise to administer his law in the future? What does it look like for a Christian to "follow God's law" today?
  6. What might you say or do to help a friend who thinks Christianity is all about being good / following rules to find life in Jesus?
 

Exodus (5) - 12th June

Sermon: A Divine Encounter (11.15am)
Passage: Exodus 19:1-25

  1. How has your view of God changed over the course of your life? What has informed this?
  2. Read verses 4-6.  How do we see God's grace at work?  How were the people to respond?  What about us?
  3. On Edward Welch's 'fear of the Lord' continuum, he says the 'Trust' end, "means reverent submission that leads to obedience".  Discuss.
  4. Hebrews 12:18ff says, "For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them ... But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem ...  and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant..."  What difference does it make in our everyday lives that Jesus is our mediator? Be as specific as you can.  (See also 1 Timothy 2:5-6 and 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  5. Use Hebrews 4:16 as a springboard for prayer. 
 

Platinum Jubilee - 5th June

Sermon: The Servant King (11.15am)
Passage: Mark 10:35-45

  1. If God said: ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ would you ask for? Read verses 36-37. What did James and John ask for? What was driving their request?
  2. How had they misunderstood Jesus’ identity and mission? How does Jesus correct our understanding of greatness and set a new standard for His followers? The baptism and the cup that Jesus talks about in verse 38 refer to His suffering and death on the Cross, spoken of in the Old Testament Scriptures (e.g. Jer. 25:15-17; Ps. 75:8).
  3. In verse 51 Jesus asks the same question of a blind beggar, Bartimaeus. Compare Bartimaeus’ understanding of Jesus with that of James and John. Who ‘saw’ most clearly?
  4. Have you ever thought of Jesus’ death in terms of Him coming to serve us (verse 45)? What does that imply about what we contribute to our salvation?

Pray

  • Pray for one another in the areas of responsibility that God has placed you this week: family, home, work, local community, church.
  • Pray for those in positions of leadership in public life, both nationally and internationally.


Exodus (4) - 29th May

Sermon: A Healthy Church (11.15am)
Passage: Exodus 18:1-27

  1. Begin with prayers of thanks to God for his goodness and care for his people.  You may like to use Psalm 100 as a starting point.
  2. Read verses 10-12.  Jethro saw what God had done with his people and Jethro turned to worship the one true God.  In his sermon, Jeremy Taylor posed the question, "Is All Saints a church where visitors coming in can see what God is doing among us and be attracted to him?"  Discuss, including what part you could play in this.
  3. In verses 13-23, we see the importance of shared leadership as opposed to a 'one-man band'.  How might you get (more) involved in serving the church family?  Pray for those in leadership.
  4. In verse 21 we see the type of person Moses is to choose to lead.  How can we encourage each other to become more Christlike in our character? (See Galatians 5:22-23)
 

World Mission Sunday - 22nd May

Sermon: Ethiopian Eunuch (11.15am)
Passage: Acts 8:26-40

  1. Read Acts 1:7-8 - how do we begin to see this promise fulfilled in the book of Acts, and specifically in the life of the Eithopian eunuch?
  2. The Gospel goes out from Jerusalem initially because of persecution - have their been times when God has used you to speak of him through difficult or unplanned circumstances?
  3. Philip begins life as a servant of the church (6:5) and ends it being called the Evangelist (21:8)? How and why does God use ordinary people, like Philip, and like you and me to share his gospel?
  4. The Eunuch was an unlikely convert, he knew that he was very much a foreigner and outsider. How did the good news he read in Isaiah 53 (and read on to 56) help him to see the good news? In what ways will the good news of Jesus connect for people in Lindfield?
  5. Consider how the world and our own country are changing, consider in light of what the Bible teaches about God and his character how he might be using these changes to fulfill his purposes...
  • Spend some time praying for our mission partners. In particular, on Sunday we prayed for the work of Open Doors in supporting persecuted Christians.
  • Give thanks for David & Maura Baldwin's visit and for their ministry in equipping churches to share the gospel with the nations in their locality.
  • Pray for the many Ukrainian families who now call Lindfield home and for the village day hub.

 

Exodus (3) - 15th May

Sermon: Powerful Prayer (11.15am)
Passage: Exodus 17: 8-16

If your prayer time is often squeezed out, why not spend a few minutes first praying for personal needs. Then look at the questions below together. Finally, dedicate a few minutes at the end to praying about the lessons you’ve learned.

  1. The Israelites had been delivered from slavery in Egypt, but their troubles weren’t over. What does this teach us about the Christian life?
  2. What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase ‘spiritual battle’? What are the dangers in thinking too much or too little about the spiritual battle we are in?
  3. What does it mean that Christ has won the victory over sin, death and the devil at the Cross? What difference should that make to our Christian living day by day?
  4. ‘Prayer and action’. How does the battle in Exodus 17 illustrate the need for both? Which are you more likely to practise/neglect in your daily life and ministry? How can the group encourage you?
  5. What can we learn from the role of Aaron and Hur in these events?

Don’t forget, Wednesday 25th is our monthly prayer meeting. Why not come as a group. There’s no need to pray out loud if you’d rather not, but it’s a great encouragement to be together united in prayer.

You may like to look at the Open Doors website and watch a short video together as a Connect Group before praying for persecuted Christians elsewhere in the world. https://www.opendoorsuk.org/resources/prayer/
 

Exodus (2) - 8th May

Sermon: Daily Trust (11.15am)
Passage: Exodus 16: 1-30

  1. Briefly share your experiences of grumbling, both as the 'grumbler' and the 'grumblee'!  What can lead you to grumble?  How do you feel when grumbled against?
  2. Read verse 4 and unpack God's response to his people's grumbling.  What words would you use to describe God's actions?
  3. In Matthew 6 verses 11 and 34, Jesus reiterates the 'manna principle'.  What does trusting God one day at a time mean for you in the next little while?
  4. Are there any areas of your life in which you particularly struggle to trust God?  Share as appropriate.
  5. Use John 6:35 as a springboard for prayer.


Exodus (1) - 1st May

Sermon: A bitter-sweet symphony (11.15am)
Passage: Exodus 15: 22-27

  1. Have a think back to the earlier chapter of Exodus (perhaps you can even recall some sermons/studies from the Autumn!). What were some of the key themes and events you remember?
  2. What things are most likely to get you complaining? Why does complaining lead to bitterness, and why is it often then directed towards God? Do the examples of the Israelites / Naomi (Ruth 1) resonate with your own experience?
  3. Can you remember a "Banks of the Red Sea" type experience - how did it make you feel towards God? Can you remember a "Thirsty in the Wilderness" type experience? Please share together some examples.
  4. In v.26, the Lord makes an incredible promise of blessing and healing - how are these promises fulfilled for us in Jesus?
  5. Paul writes to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 10) that these events in the wilderness were written down "for us" - what truths and examples from this passage will help you to live for Jesus this week?

 

 
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At All Saints Lindfield we try to cater for people of all ages, from the very youngest child to the oldest adult. We have a range of Sunday services and midweek activities which aims to encourage people with different needs and at different stages of life. 

Our highest priority is to equip, encourage and build up mature and effective Christians who will be examples of Christ-like living. We therefore place a high emphasis on prayer, worship and Bible teaching.

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All Saints is an anglican church with a strong evangelical tradition serving the parish of Lindfield in the Diocese of Chichester in West Sussex. 

Although we are a local church, we are also committed to supporting God's work further afield - through the Sussex Gospel Partnership and through our many mission partners who are involved in mission work in this country and across the world.

Hugh LeadingOur aim is to be a welcoming Christian community, embodying as well as proclaiming the gospel of God. 
Our belief as a church is grounded in the teaching of the Bible, the inspired Word of God. We joyfully acknowledge Jesus as our Saviour and try to follow him day-to-day as our Lord. We are not a perfect church, but we are trying, by God's grace, to grow in faith, hope and love each day. Our aim, therefore, is to be a disciple-making church, building up and growing mature followers of Christ who will be his witnesses in the world.