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Welcome!"Botley Baptist Church is a warm, welcoming and caring Christian family", wrote a visitor."I enjoy worshipping here! It is so meaningful and refreshing", said another.We are a Bible teaching Baptist church in Botley, Oxford and look forward to welcoming you!
We’re IN! The weekend of 25th & 26th January was busy and exhilarating! Thank you all, for being special and making it special!
Thank you also to Anna and her team for catering tea for more than 50 on the 25th, and a delicious buffet lunch for over 90-100 on the 26th!
Settling into our new Church will be a process! It will take time to get things adjusted and working properly (doors & locks, audio, security), getting used to where things are, and most important, how our Church building will serve us, and serve those who use our building!
It was an emotional moment for some, as we entered the Church on Sunday 26th January, to sing, “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart; I will enter His courts with praise. I will say this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice for He has made me glad.”
What a powerful vision of worship! Imagine God in His Heavenly Home, and imagine us walking towards Him. Paul tells the Church in Corinth, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror’’ he might well be referring to our vision of God’s home as we journey through this life! The human mind, cluttered by the sin of the world (even when we have not given-in to the worst of any) cannot see the beauty and perfection of God’s eternal home.
Paul does not say, We see its imperfections…, because there are none! He does say, WE see things imperfectly, like puzzling, incomprehensible reflections in a mirror, like the “Hall of Mirrors” in the fair grounds of yesteryear, each reflecting a distorted image of ourselves as we walked by? Our imagination of God’s eternal home is the same: distorted, but as we journey closer, we begin to see things with ever increasing clarity.
The Church is the place where we prepare for the life in eternity God intended for us, and it was His Son who bought us a one-way ticket there! Let’s make this Church, a realistic vision of the journey that others may see, and desire to join, all for the pleasure and glory of God!
Yours on the same journey!
If you are new to Botley, North Hinksey, Cumnor (and surrounding areas) or to Botley Baptist Church, or have been worshipping here for a long time and wish to explore more about Church life, Baptist beliefs and how you can participate in the life of the Church, you are most welcome to join us on Wednesday 4th March, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the Das' home.
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