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Malcolm Cox Malcolm Cox. Spiritual disciplines coach (http://www.coach.me/mccx). Enjoying communicating the depth & relevance of the Bible to life today. Author of 'An elephant's swimming pool' about John's gospel. Twitter: @mccx See: www.malcolmcox.org, www.watfordchurchofchrist.org & www.tvcoc.org

  • 63: The Sunday Sample: "From the heart to the Lord", Worship Team Devotional
    by Malcolm Cox

    Our theme verse for 2019 for the Watford church of Christ and the Thames Valley churches of Christ is: “And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:22 NIV11) I fell to thinking what relevance this had to at times of corporate worship, and the significance of this theme for our worship teams. A couple of verses later on in the book of Ephesians came to mind: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18–20 NIV11) I shared these thoughts with the worship teams of the Watford and Thames Valley churches in a short devotional before we lead the worship. When we lead worship, we are helping to build the body of Christ together. This happens not because we are singing the same words, or the same music, but because we are all singing from the heart to the Lord. A worship leader’s responsibility is to help the worship team and the worship team together with the congregation to sing from our collective hearts to the Lord. Have you shared any devotional thoughts with your worship teams recently? I would love to see what has been helpful in your situation. Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.  Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org. If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org. Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review. “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11) God bless, Malcolm PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.  PPS: You might also be interested in my book: "An elephant's swimming pool", a devotional look at the Gospel of John mccx, Malcolm Cox, Watford, Croxley Green, teaching, preaching, spiritual disciplines, public speaking, corporate worship, Sunday Sample, Corporate Worship Matters, Tuesday Teaching Tips, Quiet Time Coaching, Coach.me, coaching, coach me, coaching near me, coach, online coaching, savior, quiet time, devotion, God, Jesus, Pray, prayer, devotional, Epistle to the Ephesians, […]

  • 66: Quiet Time Coaching, "Sources of spiritual courage", Part 4
    by Malcolm Cox

    Recently I preached a [Sermon](https://youtu.be/YMs6kE3v6xM) based on Luke 4.19-30 and the visit of Jesus to the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth (synagogue [video](https://youtu.be/ZE4zfXLk57k)). “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” (Luke 4:28–30 NIV11) Where did his bravery come from?  In Luke chapters 3 and 4 I can see four sources of his bravery.  If we can understand them, they can help us with our growth in spiritual courage. The first one is God’s approval, the second is God’s refining,  the third is God’s Word and the fourth is: **God’s calling, or mission** “At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.” (Luke 4:42–44 NIV11) Jesus knew that God believed in him to be effective in the calling he had been given. When we have something to live for that is bigger than us, and when someone we trust believes in us, it makes a huge difference to our bravery. God has something important for you to do. That can make you more courageous - not because of your own competency, but because of the Spirit of Christ living in you. What will help convince you of this reality? How would being convinced of it increase your spiritual courage? Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org. If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org. Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review. God bless, Malcolm PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here. PPS: You might also be interested in my book: "An elephant's swimming pool", a devotional look at the Gospel of John mccx, Malcolm Cox, Watford, Croxley Green, teaching, preaching, spiritual disciplines, public speaking, corporate worship, Sunday Sample, Corporate Worship Matters, Tuesday Teaching Tips, Quiet Time Coaching, Coach.me, coaching, coach me, coaching near me, coach, online coaching, savior, quiet time, devotion, God, Jesus, Pray, prayer, Mission, Gospel of Luke, courage, bravery, purpos […]

  • 136: Tuesday Teaching Tips: "Are you listening to Classic FM, or Radio 3?"
    by Malcolm Cox

    Who inspires your thinking about teaching and preaching? Someone who challenges your thinking in a way that raises your vision. I share some lessons from today’s visit to see an old friend of mine, Laurence Roman, who left me wanting to hear more of Radio 3 instead of Classic FM. Thank you for listening to this recording. You can find more teaching tips here and on the on the YouTube teaching tips playlist.  Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.  Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org. If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org.  Thanks again for listening. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week. God bless, Malcolm  mccx, Malcolm Cox, Watford, Croxley Green, teaching, preaching, spiritual disciplines, public speaking, corporate worship, Sunday Sample, Corporate Worship Matters, Tuesday Teaching Tips, Quiet Time Coaching, Coach.me, coaching, coach me, coaching near me, coach, online coaching, savior, quiet time, devotion, God, Jesus, Pray, prayer, Laurence Roman, Douglas Jacoby […]

  • "New Year, Newer You!" Eph 2.19-22, Thames Valley churches of Christ
    by Malcolm Cox

    “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19–22 NIV11) **1\. New Identity, v19**   • This is what has been done for us by Christ: vv4-22 **2\. New Foundation, v20**   • Revelation 2:1–7 **3\. New Purpose, v21-22**   • We have a new purpose - Ephesians 2.10   • Therefore we…   _a. Pay attention to our personal relationship with God_   • Matthew 4:4   • Luke 6:46–49   • John 15:4    _b. Pay attention to our relationships with one-another in church_   • 1 Peter 2:5   • Ephesians 4:15–16 Questions for reflection    1. How “joined together” do you feel with God, and with the rest of the church?   2. What is it about Jesus (see the rest of Ephesians 2) which will provide the inspiration for you to grow, serve and sacrifice for others in the year ahead?   3. How do you anticipate us experiencing the presence of God by His Spirit dwelling in us as a congregation in 2019? Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.  Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org. If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org. Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review. God bless, Malcolm PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.  PPS: You might also be interested in my book: "An elephant's swimming pool", a devotional look at the Gospel of John mccx, Malcolm Cox, Watford, Croxley Green, teaching, preaching, spiritual disciplines, public speaking, corporate worship, Sunday Sample, Corporate Worship Matters, Tuesday Teaching Tips, Quiet Time Coaching, Coach.me, coaching, coach me, coaching near me, coach, online coaching, savior, quiet time, devotion, God, Jesus, Pray, prayer, […]

  • 62: The Sunday Sample, "Are we sensitive to the congregation's need for fellowship?"
    by Malcolm Cox

    What is the buildup to your church service like?  Is it conducive to the congregation having fellowship?  I recently received some feedback on our services in Watford.  I learned that some people were coming late to church because the hall is too noisy with worship team rehearsing. We’ve done some experimenting to reduce the “rehearsal racket”! What is your situation? Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org. If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org. Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review. “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11) God bless, Malcolm PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here. PPS: You might also be interested in my book: "An elephant's swimming pool", a devotional look at the Gospel of John mccx, Malcolm Cox, Watford, Croxley Green, teaching, preaching, spiritual disciplines, public speaking, corporate worship, Sunday Sample, Corporate Worship Matters, Tuesday Teaching Tips, Quiet Time Coaching, Coach.me, coaching, coach me, coaching near me, coach, online coaching, savior, quiet time, devotion, God, Jesus, Pray, prayer, rehearsal, fellows […]