nigel silvester sermon

What’s important to you?

What is important to you? What is worth fighting for? What would make you be determined and persistent, not give up on, not be put off until you got it sorted?

Is there something that you are so passionate about that you would stick with it and be prepared to struggle for as long as it takes? What would make you like a terrier who has got a shoe in his teeth and won’t let go?

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Mind the gap

The message from Nigel and I is: go, share your experience, tell about what you’ve seen, testify to what you know to be true.

Because whether you know it or not, or like it or not, you’re all preachers! You each have a story to tell, a testimony to give.

It can be over a cup of coffee or at the checkout or from a lectern or a pulpit. But go.

Bury FC Football Club

Bury FC – lessons for the church?

Bill Shankly famously said “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I can assure them it is much more serious than that”

Seeing the reactions of followers of Bury FC over recent days gives credence to that point of view.

It comes home to you that football supporters do have a great sense of community, of belonging, of common identity, of being in fellowship, in a family.

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The faith challenge

Picking up on recent media sound bites, faith seems to getting a much more negative vibe – “We’ve lost faith in the justice system”; “The country has no faith in politicians”.

Closer to home, in relation to Bury FC, “the fans have lost faith in the current owner”. Interestingly though the latest chairman statement calls us fans to hang on in there and have faith!

Our Christian faith is becoming more and more marginalised. Having faith – Christian or otherwise – is becoming a challenge – but wasn’t it ever so?!

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