Scroll down to see our course now running, taken from 1 John, 'Perfected in Love.'
Preachers for our Sunday Services in October/November are
Sunday 13th October Nigel Bainbridge
Sunday 20th October Eric Parker
Sunday 27th October Henry Coates
Sunday 3rd November Henry Coates
Sunday 10th November Eric Parker
Please note that speakers are subject to change at short notice. All our sermons are also available online should you have missed one, the sermon page can be viewed in the 'Resources' area or directly from the 'Home Page.'
Weekly speakers will be posted on here each month for you to view along with other events taking place at The Ark.
Discipleship Bible Course
A new one-off discipleship Bible course open to all this Autumn started on Sunday 6th October at 19:30pm. If you would like to come and join us you are most welcome. Here are a few details of the course, 'Perfected in Love.'
Perfected in Love
Discovering God in 1 John
According to the Apostle John, ‘God is love’. So why is love lacking in our experience as Christians? We often struggle to love others and we can feel unloved ourselves. As we look into John’s First Letter we’ll be getting to grips with His love so we can grow in our own, considering how we can be sure of salvation, and reminded we are His children going home.
1.Approaching the God of light – 1 John 1:1 - 2:1 – Sunday 6th October
God can seem distant. How can we be reminded of what he’s like? How can we be certain of his forgiveness? Are we walking in His light?
In this study we’ll consider these questions and look at how the answers should impact our lives and change our relationships with other Christians.
2.Objects of our affections – 1 John 2:3 - 2:27 – Sunday 13th October
This session will focus on what John calls God’s new, old command: to love one another. So often our love for others is lacking. We’ll explore the implications of failing to love each other, as well as the tension between love for the world and love for people.
3.What is Love? – 1 John 2:28 - 3– Sunday 20th October
For unbelievers this question is at best an enigma. By God’s grace Christians bear witness to the answer; we know what love is. But what difference should this love make to our lives? Put simply, how should we love one another?
4.Relying on love – 1 John 4:1 - 5:4a – Sunday 3rd November
For God’s love to be perfected in us, we need more than ‘head-knowledge’. We need his Spirit within us; his power to love. This study will centre on how we can rely on this love and consider the knock-on effect for our relationships with others.
5.Know you have eternal life – 1 John 5:4b - 5:23 – Sunday 10th November
In this final chapter John says, ‘faith overcomes’. In the closing session we’ll be thinking about eternity as more than a vague hope, but as a certain reality. To move towards perfection in love, we need to keep in mind the goal.
Anniversary Service, Sunday 29th September.
Our Anniversary Service was attended by 250 people. Greg Bridges spoke from 1 Thessalonians on 'Faithful Work, Loving Labour and Enduring Hope.' It was a fantastic sermon. After everyone enjoyed a BBQ and cake. Before the service prayers were said for God's blessing on the next ten years at The Ark.
Street Pastors Meeting.
On Sunday 20th October there will be a meeting for anyone interested in becoming a Street Pastor or a Prayer Pastor for the town of Dover.
Please meet at the Dover Baptist Church at 4:00pm to find out what is involved and ask any questions you may have.
Housegroup Leaders Meeting
A Housegroup Leaders' Meeting will be held on Sunday 17th November here at The Ark 19:00
Please see our Facebook page which also has lots of information on it.