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Jesus said 'The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
 because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

‘He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
 to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ – Luke 4:18–19

For many years it has been our privilege as a church to serve the city as best we can. In recent years, more vulnerable adults have become part of our community through Basics Bank, Big Breakfast, and our CA

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Friends International 2016 3

There is a rapidly increasing worldwide movement of students studying for first or higher degrees in countries other than their own. This gives immense opportunities and challenges for Christian people to obey the scriptural imperatives to welcome them, engage with them, and share the love of Christ with them.

Dr Yaw Perbi was, until recently, an African pastor of the English congregation of a Chinese church in a French-speaking part of North America(!) and is now President of International Stud

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praying (from iStockphoto)

Trypraying is an idea for people who aren’t religious, who don’t do church. It’s for a traffic planner, a shop manager, a writer, a designer, an entrepreneur, a civil engineer, and everyone else.

When I was at school, one of my friends, Charles, was interested in finding out more about God but had big questions. I asked him, ‘If Jesus was real, would you want to meet him?’

‘Yes,’ he answered.

I challenged him, 'Why not ask him: "Jesus, if you are real show yourself to me"?'

We prayed together. A

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SMD 2016 - Kate

So, the School of Missional Disciple-making (SMD) is becoming Formation School. After a pilot year and three full years, has the original vision gone dry? Should we see this as an admission of failure? No! Just the opposite! Instead of resigning, we see this as a renewed commitment – to deepen and broaden what we have started.

Deeper and broader

We want to deepen our vision to have Above Bar Church full of disciples who make disciples who make disciples. So we are re-structuring the course and r

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4 April 2016

Books for all of life

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Ruth Norbury is the ministry leader for the church bookstall, so we asked her some questions about Christian books.

You help run the bookstall, so I guess you like reading? What sort of Christian books do you read and why?

I have always enjoyed reading, whether fiction or non-fiction, blogs, or news articles – but I also make time to read Christian books. We’re really fortunate at Above Bar Church that we receive fantastic teaching which helps us understand God’s word. But sometimes I want to fi

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