Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | October 3, 2015

The Green Word October 2015


As you know, Peter is on sabbatical at the moment and I have been volunteered to cover his “spot” in the magazine for this month. So I have rather unimaginatively renamed this column “The Green Word”.

It made me think how important names are and the things we associate with different names. I am sure many of you have done some research into the meaning of your own Christian name – my own is derived from the Latin word for “little” (!) Many Baptist Churches are named after the street or road in which they are situated, but many like our own are named after notable people. But we must not forget that first and foremost we belong to Christ’s church, although William Carey was a great man, I am sure that he would not have wanted himself to be considered more important than Jesus. The first recorded use of the term Christian is in Acts 11:26, after Barnabas brought Saul (Paul) to Antioch it says: “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

The verse also reminds us that we are Disciples as well as Christians. It is all too easy to get too focussed on what we do at church – the jobs we do, the position we hold or the various activities we are involved in. Whilst all these things have their place, our main focus should be on meeting and following Jesus and encouraging others to do the same.

Many people have said that our new building will mean doing things differently – and the church is the people not the building. We need to seek God’s guidance in helping us to move forward in a different way so that we might reach out more to those around us. Jesus commands his disciples: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

(Peter Strong is away on Sabbatical until mid October so this month’s Newsletter piece is written by Paul Greenaway)


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