Loveology – Summer 2019
Whilst we were created for community, human relationships are a complex web of joy, heartache, excitement, confusion, conflict, blessings and everything in between. For this reason, it is paramount that the Church engages openly and honestly with relevant topics. The ‘Loveology’ series will be an attempt to do just that, as we enter a conversation about what the Bible has to say about God, love, marriage, sex, romance, commitment, community and the complexity of human relationships.
Listen & Love – Summer 2019
This short series compliments the evening series, ‘Loveology’, and is based on the ‘Shema’ found in Deuteronomy 6.4-5, and adapted by Jesus as ‘the greatest commandment’. We’ll be exploring what it is to listen and love with ‘all your heart, soul, mind and strength’.
1 Peter – Spring 2019
This series digs deeper into the theme of exile, going through the book of 1 Peter, looking at becoming the church in this cultural moment. The theme of exile also runs through 1 Peter as a metaphor for the experience of the early church in an alien society. In the liberal West we need to be cautious about using the metaphor of exile to describe the church’s relationship with a post-Christian society, but there clearly are parallels. We may have a sense of being ‘exiled’ not because we have been relocated but because society has moved. How do we live faithfully in such a society?
Exile – Spring 2019
This series follows the theme of exile, a major theme in the Old Testament, and one that has shaped the Bible we have today. The series dips into the vast literature of the Old Testament that deals with exile and looks at these passages in the context of Brexit, asking how they can teach us to live faithfully through a time of crisis, when national and international events beyond our control are impacting our lives. This series is complemented by the evening series on 1 Peter.
Love Story – Autumn 2018
A series going through the books Hosea and Ruth, reflecting on God’s faithfulness despite our failure.
Seven Signs – Autumn 2018
Catching sight of Jesus in John’s gospel. A series going through the seven miraculous signs of Jesus’ power found in John’s gospel, stories including: water into wine, the official’s son, the paralytic man, feeding the 5000, walking on water, man born blind and Lazarus raised from the dead.
Giving – September 2018
A short series for September looking at the theme of ‘Giving’. The series set a vision for St Nic’s for the coming year, looking at joyful giving, tithing and concluded with First Fruits Sunday.
Garden City – Summer 2018
It has been said the church spends the majority of its time teaching people to live the minority of their lives. Although the vast majority of our time is spent working (whether that’s paid work or the tasks of every day life), our focus is often on helping people with specific, explicitly spiritual activities. Important though these activities are, discipleship encompasses our whole life and scripture portrays work itself as spiritual and a key part of what it means to be created and commissioned as a human.
Drawing heavily on John Mark Comer’s ‘Garden City’, this summer series aims to create space to reflect on the role of work and rest in God’s plans for our lives and our world.
Acts of the Apostles: Adventures of the Early Church – Summer 2018
From the highs of Holy Spirit encounters and church growth, to the challenges of external persecution and internal disagreement, the book of Acts gives us a glimpse of the early days of the church.
Beginning on Pentecost Sunday, we will be journeying alongside the early church and its attempts to get to grips with what it meant to follow the way of Jesus. As we wrestle with this same question in 21st century Nottingham, the aim of this series is to be inspire St Nic’s by stories of how it all began.
Third Person: Exploring the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit – Summer 2018
The Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, is present throughout the story of Scripture and His work is foundational to the life of faith.
Despite this, the Holy Spirit has been referred to as the Forgotten God, often relegated to an impersonal force or neglected altogether, mentioned only at the end of prayers/liturgical formulas. The purpose of this series is therefore to explore the person and work of the Spirit, in order to gain a glimpse of His central role in the life, worship and ministry of the Church.
More Than A Feeling – Spring 2018
Looking at how many feelings in modern society are seen as commodities that can be manufactured, we instead explore how feelings such as happiness, intimacy, and peace are portrayed in the Bible as more than just a feeling.
Blunt Wisdom: Faith and Action in the Letter of James – Spring 2018
Often referred to as ‘the Proverbs of the New Testament,’ the letter of James is filled with pithy and punchy wisdom.
This wisdom hasn’t always been well received within the church however, with Martin Luther (in)famously denouncing James’ work as ‘an epistle of straw’. Luther’s fear was that James’ emphasis work contradicted Paul’s emphasis on faith.
However, far from contradicting Paul’s talk of justification by faith (Galatians 2.16), James complements this message by stressing the need for saving faith to be outworked in practice (James 2. vv. 14-17). The aim of this series is therefore to explore how the blunt wisdom offered by James can help us to put our Christian faith into practice.
Habbakkuk: Strong Faith in Confusing Times – Spring 2018
We know next to nothing about the prophet Habakkuk. Given the content of his prophecy, and its focus on the emergence of Babylon as a regional power (from around 612BC), it would seem that he was writing at a similar time to Jeremiah and Zephaniah, or slightly earlier.
Habakkuk is characterised by direct, lamenting, engagement with God about contemporary developments. Habakkuk complains, God answers and Habakkuk responds in prayer. The prophet is deeply disturbed by moral decline within his own society, and uncontrollable threats arising from the shifting geo-political scene around Israel. Where is God in all this? Why does he seem so inactive? What does it mean to live as the people of God in such unpromising circumstances? Is it worth trying to live faithfully when ungodliness seems so rewarding?
These themes and questions are very relevant to where we find ourselves in the UK in 2018. Lent is a very appropriate time to engage with the prophecy of Habakkuk.
Honest Conversations with God: A Journey Through the Psalms – Spring 2018
The book of Psalms constitute an incredible resource for the worshipping life of the church, providing a diverse range of poetry, prayer and songs of praise. Strikingly, within this collection there is great openness and an ability to reflect the highs and lows of life with God. During Lent, we will therefore make our home in the Psalms so as to help us have some honest conversations with God.
Epiphany: Gifts of the Magi – Winter 2018
Having celebrated his arrival at Christmas, the season of Epiphany invites us to reflect upon who Jesus is revealed to be in scripture. Inspired by the magi’s gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, we will spend the last three weeks of January considering the importance and implications of Christ’s kingship, divinity and mortality.
A Life Worth Living – Autumn 2017
A Life Worth Living is based on the book of Philippians, this series is particularly good for newer Christians. Structured using Nicky Gumbel’s book, also called “A Life Worth Living,” this course looks at six topics over the course including “New Heart,” “New Attitude” and “New Ambition”.
Outline notes for the series can be found at https://www.htb.org/life-worth-living and are suitable for use in Core Groups and Missional Communities!
Jesus and the City Gods – Autumn 2017
The return of a popular series, ‘Jesus and the City Gods’ is particularly aimed at students coming to Nottingham where they will be ‘initiated’ into the worship of the city gods during their first term. But this series should help everyone understand the contemporary culture of the city from a Christian perspective.
It is really important that we acknowledge the goodness of God’s gifts, whether that is power, knowledge, food & drink, etc. These things are good. We make them dangerous when we exalt them to a position that belongs to God.
Most of the passages are drawn from the Corinthian letters as Corinth was a metropolis where the city gods were very evident. The second readings point to Jesus and give an opportunity to preach the gospel.