Online worship resources for Sunday 11 October

We are currently not worshipping as a gathered community due to the COVID–19 pandemic but we are still worshipping together in new ways. Below you will find an audio recording for worship at home that includes prayer, the bible readings and discussion for October11th. You can listen to this with others or on your own. You may like to light a candle as you begin, and have paper and pen nearby to make your own notes or art responses during this worship service.

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Hell talk, Spiritual Abuse and idols

Rev Dr Sally Douglas invites us to explore the so called “Christian” claim that people are going to hell if they don’t believe certain things about Jesus. We reflect on Exodus 32.1-14, Phil 4.1-9 and dive deeply into Matthew 22.1-14, and its counterpart in Luke 14.15-24.

Listen to this week’s service using the embedded player below. You can also copy this link into your podcast player of choice if you would like to receive updates as they are released:

Music Suggestions for Worship:

Guide me O thou great redeemer by William Williams
(569 Together in Song) this version by Jeremy Casella

At the Table by Josh Garrels

Wondering Questions

  • Read the versions of this parable in Luke 14.15-24 and Matthew 22.1-14. What are the differences that strike you?
  • Have people told you, or loved ones, that you or they are going to hell if they do not believe a certain set of ‘things’ about Jesus? How do you react to the claim that this is a form of spiritual abuse and that this distorted theology does not take the bible seriously?
  • What kind of ‘God idols’ do you make, or do Christians who you know make? Christians are called to recognise Jesus as Emmanuel God-with-us, the Word made flesh. What challenges you most about letting the person of Jesus – the whole of Jesus’ humble living, generous feasting, wise teaching, compassionate healing, non-retaliatory dying and rising in forgiveness – shape your understanding of God and of the life to come?