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Teach Us How To Pray:
The Lord’s Prayer
Prayer is the medium by which we connect and commune with God. It is ongoing, dynamic and loving communication. We know how vital good, regular and deep conversation is with friends and family; the same can be said of our relationship with God. When prompted by his disciples, Jesus shared a pre-made prayer to pray to God. Today, this is known as the Lord’s Prayer.
As disciples of Christ, we want to become more like him. As children of God, we want to grow in the love of the Father. As a new humanity, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live Spirit-led lives. In this series we will learn about the person and works of the Spirit so that we might keep in step with the Spirit.
A Beginner's Guide
To The Apocalypse
The Book of Revelation is one of the most misunderstood books in the Bible. For this reason, many have feared reading its pages and relegated it to academics or eccentrics. And yet this was a gift God gave to the author, John the Apostle, to help serve, comfort, challenge, and bring hope to Christians in peril.
Doors Wide Open
In Loughborough, there will be open heavens for open doors. At our 2023 Weekend Away, we explored the possibilities of heaven breaking out, illustrated by the image of an open door. Under an open heaven, prayer is unbroken, justice is possible, and salvation is shared.
Faith in Action
Actions speak louder than words. This is the mantra of the letter of James; a letter of faith, patience, and wisdom. James wrote this short but powerful letter to Christians scattered throughout the world. It is a call to live a life of wholeness, where our words match our actions.
At The Table:
Jesus and Hospitality
For Jesus, discipleship and mission happened around a table. In Luke’s Gospel, it is said that Jesus was often either on the way to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal. Our tables are places of transformation and reconciliation, where our open doors illustrate our open hearts.
From Amos through to Matthew, justice is a core message of the Bible. How do we open our eyes to see God's perspective of justice? We will repent together for when we've not seen God's perspective for a people or situation. And we will, in turn, be equipped to advocate for the poor, broken, and hurting.
Your Kingdom Come
At our 2022 Weekend Away, we welcomed our friend Martin Young from Rising Brook Church in Stafford to speak on our theme ‘Your Kingdom Come’. We gathered again as a church to fix our eyes on Jesus, the King of the Kingdom, looking at how we establish Heaven’s reality on Earth.
The Gospel of Mark:
Living the Way of Jesus
in the World
Mark invites you to immerse yourself in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Hope-filled and healing, disruptive and demanding, love-growing and fear-beating, this is the way of King Jesus we’re called to live, Monday through Sunday.
Faith & Hope:
Running With Perseverance
Jesus is the first cause of our faith, showing us what it means to trust our heavenly Father with our whole lives. Faith lifts our eyes heavenward and onto the Kingdom of God. It sees what's possible, not what's impossible. It's the source of hope.
Living in Community
The Greek word ‘allelon’ is usually translated ‘one another’. It commands us to treat others as Christ treated those around Him. How could we experience greater peace and joy if we followed these commands?
Gentle & Lowly:
The Heart of Christ
We want to respond to the invitation to draw near to Jesus, knowing that His heart towards us is always good, always kind and always loving. We want our compasses to point as one to Jesus. We’ll be digging into teaching inspired by Dane Ortlund’s book of the same name.
Open Heaven has five values together spelling out the word grace. These are; growth, relevance, authenticity, community and empowerment. These values root us into the calling we feel God has given us as a church. We want to be a community characterised by the grace God has shown us.
Imagine if we looked around at the people we spend our days with and asked God: ‘how do you want me to be good news to the people here today?’ Our teaching series ‘Frontline’ looks to affirm, celebrate, and inspire our community for everyday mission, wherever we find ourselves.
The Book of Nehemiah:
In this series we'll work through the Old Testament book of Nehemiah chapter by chapter. We'll examine the process of the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem by the people of God. We'll see how the Israelites work with each other and with God, and how they deal with sorrow, persecution and fear along the way. We'll draw parallels to our need to rebuild our lives and our society.
The Names of Christ
Jesus is the centre of it all. The centrepiece of creation, the heart of our faith, the author of life. Our faith hinges on a single man, known by many names: Son of God, Saviour, Healer, Teacher, Friend, King. As we uncover the names and character of Christ, we are drawn closer to Him.
The Way to Wellbeing:
The Fruit of the Spirit
The priority and goal for the Christian is not wellbeing itself but seeking the being who makes us well. It is the Holy Spirit that produces the fruit of wellbeing in our lives. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Conversations About Race
Conversations About Race is a series of discussions with members of Open Heaven Church about racism in the UK, their experiences, and how we can be an inclusive church community.
The Book of Acts:
A New Reality
The years of the early church were a time of extreme growth, but also internal resistance. Believers met in homes, modelling community in a pure and powerful way. The disruption of the early church came in the form of persecution, forcing believers out of the temple courts and out onto the Roman roads.
We live in a culture that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. We live in a time in which community is scattered, isolation is the new normal and rhythms of life are being rethought. Cutting through all this is the Word of God, a great shining beam of light in the darkest of moments. The Spirit of God, our helper, our protector, draws close, comforting us in our time of need.
Revival and Renewal
Simon Ponsonby joined us for our 2020 Weekend Away. Simon is a renowned author, speaker and theologian who unpacked our theme ‘Awaken’ through teaching over the weekend.
The Earth is the Lord’s and Everything In It
Stewardship; the job of supervising or taking care of something. Jesus understood that everything he had belonged to the Father. Jesus was able to manage everything he had to its full potential for the purposes of God’s kingdom. Why and how we use our time, treasures or talents well reveals our heart’s true intentions.
The Book of Esther:
For Such a Time as This
The Book of Esther is the only book in the Bible that doesn’t mention God by name. This story reminds us that even when God is unmentioned, He is still present, and his fingerprints are all over our lives. He is the conductor and the author. Human courage and divine intervention are seen to work together for the deliverance of God’s people.
The Book of Acts:
Ten Lesson from the Early Church
The Book of Acts, written by the gospel author Luke, is the record of what early followers of Jesus did after His death, resurrection and ascension. The bold, faith-filled stories of the early church awaken us to the mission and focus of God’s Church. The raw passion, boldness and urgency found in Acts is what we long to see awakened in ourselves.
The Armour of God
Gear up. Get ready for training as we explore what it means to journey well as followers of Christ. In Ephesians 6 Paul gives us an explanation of what it takes to stand firm through the rigours of life. The items of the armour can produce confidence and longevity.
All Things New
What does it means to play our part in God's redemption plan to renew all things? We explored the theme of ‘All Things New’ at our 2019 Weekend Away. We invited the author and speaker Gerard Kelly and his wife Chrissie to inspire us, provoke us and encourage us.
What does it mean for followers of Jesus to be unified? The pages of 1 Corinthians uncover God's blueprint for a church marked by both diversity and unity. It is a letter of encouragement and a warning against the tides of culture. It's a call to be both joined together and set apart - written to a group of followers in a seaside city in Ancient Greece.
The Gospel of Matthew:
The Kingdom of God
The vast majority of New Testament scholars today, whether evangelical or liberal, agree that the central aspect of Jesus’ teaching was the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Jesus preached that all of creation would be restored. The story ends when Jesus returns to fully bring in his Kingdom and restore the fullness of creation in all its entirety.
The Psalms of Ascent:
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
The Psalms of Ascent is a collection of lyrics, a songbook at the back of the Book of Psalms. These songs were sung by the Israelites on their pilgrimages to the temple or to national festivals. Eugene Peterson unpacks these scriptures in his book 'A Long Obedience In The Same Direction'. Discipleship to Jesus is a lifelong process; it cannot be short-cut or fast-tracked.
The Song of Songs:
Often the Bible seems at odds with today’s culture and its seemingly progressive views on sex and relationships. Yet, as we dig into this wisdom book, combined with the teachings of Jesus and the letters of the New Testament, we find that this conversation is in fact an age-old conflict. The Song of Songs is strange, erotic and unusual, but its message still holds sway in a culture longing for meaningful sex and relationships.
That Hurts the Eyes
At our 2018 church Weekend Away, our guest speaker James Aladiran, founder of Prayer Storm, raised the bar around holiness and the call on us as the church to be set apart. We want to push into this, drawing out exactly what it means to be holy.
On Earth as in Heaven:
The Lord’s Prayer
In this series we'll unpack the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. We'll see what it means for us to partner with God as kingdom builders, to talk with our Father in heaven from a place of deep intimacy, and to seek Him in order to meet our daily needs as a community.
As a church 'heaven' is our name sake, and yet many of us struggle to imagine the realities of life after death. In 'Imagine Heaven', author John Burke compares what the Bible says about heaven to near-death experiences. We find that our understanding of heaven has an impact in the here and now, changing our approach to worship, our hunger for justice, our awareness of beauty and our desire for healing.
At our 2017 Weekend Away we were joined by Tre Sheppard. Tre Sheppard talked about becoming a restoration people who shape and change the culture of our towns and cities.
The Supremacy of Christ
To the west of modern-day Turkey lie the ruins of the small city of Colossae. Written just after Jesus' death and resurrection, and at the time of the explosion and expansion of the early church, the letter to the Colossians speaks to a group of fired up evangelists and calls them to a life of holiness. This book born of limitations teaches us about the supremacy, authority and power of the risen Christ.
The Glorious Gospel
God is on the move. God is giving His church a renewed confidence in the gospel, our gospel of good news. Everything in scripture is either preparation, presentation or participation in the gospel. We'll be looking at these messages and metaphors across the Bible, in turn helping us give words to the hope that we profess.
Emotionally Healthy Lives
Our 'Emotionally Healthy Lives' series is inspired by New York pastor Peter Scazzero's transformative roadmap for discipleship with Jesus. You can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. We can't avoid conflict, we can't ignore anger, sadness and fear, we can't live without boundaries. We need to recapture a biblical integration of emotional health and the spiritual practice of slowing down.
Proclaim The Kingdom:
Prayer, Mission and Justice
At our 2016 Weekend Away we were joined by Philip and Alain Emerson. Philip Emerson is one of the lead pastors at Emmanuel Church in Lurgan, a church that was birthed in his living room, over 20 years ago.
I Am Sent:
Being An Apostolic Community
Throughout this series we look at what it means for us to be ‘sent ones’, as individuals and as a community with a God-defined purpose. We are commissioned, sent, propelled and encouraged through His equipping, and the power of the cross. We will explore how this plays out in our relationships with others through mission, community and discipleship.
Life in Christ
In the Book of Romans the author, the apostle Paul, paints a stunning picture of what life with Christ looks like. We learn what we were like without Christ and who we are when we trust in Christ. We will look at challenging our cultural norms around how we use our bodies, how we relate to the government and to others, and how we treat our time.