January
10
Author
Jubilee News
New Series: Wellbeing

"Come to me, all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry; I will give you rest. Walk with me, learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in spirit. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace and you will find rest for your souls. For my work is easy and my burden is light." - Jesus - Matthew 11:28-30
 
The subject of wellbeing has become very popular in recent months and we wanted to spend some time at the beginning of a new year addressing the subject and examining what the Bible has to teach us. 
 
In this new series we will be examining the life of Elijah (a prophet in the Old Testament) and how we can apply Biblical principles found in the account of his life to our own lives today. We’ll be looking at various subjects including our physical, emotional and spiritual health. 
 
As part of the background reading on this subject we’ve spent some time looking at the very helpful new book “God’s Plan for your Wellbeing” by Dave Smith. This book comes highly recommended and here’s what others have said about it:
 
‘It’s hard to think of a more timely message than Dave Smith’s invitation to whole-life whole-person wellbeing. This is not just some kind of buzz word; it’s a profoundly biblical concept of shalom affecting every single area of life. This is a brilliant and timely resource.’ Pete Greig 24-7 Prayer International and Emmaus Rd Church
 
"With practical wisdom and biblical truth, David Smith encapsulates Jesus’ heart for us by showing how we can be ‘made whole’, not just for a moment in life but throughout the seasons of life." Pastor Tope Koleoso Jubilee Church London
 
We’re excited about how God will use this series to guide us into a new year and to help us use biblical principles to shape our knowledge of God’s peace in every area of our lives.  The kind of peace which surpasses understanding and which guards our hearts and minds in Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

Catch up
You can catch up on this series by clicking here or by watching or listening below.

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More episodes will be added as we progress through the series. You can watch and listen to other series and talks by visiting our media page: jubilee.org.uk/media 

 

Why not read the book which helped us shape this series? 

“God’s Plan for your Wellbeing” by Dave Smith - This book will help you delve deeper into this subject.

From the back cover:

The UK’s #1 concern, from Cabinet to classroom, is wellbeing.

Dave Smith, writing from personal experience, leads us on a 50-day adventure to improve our physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, financial and vocational health. This book is a simple and easily accessible guide for individuals and groups to take next steps towards greater wellbeing. Informative and practical, bit upon biblical principles, this guide acts as a personal Satnam in a journey towards greater resilience and a richer quality of life. We discover that God really does have a plan for our overall health and sets us on a course for a lifetime of ever-increasing wellbeing!

Recommendations:

Dave Smith is one of the most gifted Christian leaders in the UK today and I am delighted that he has produced this exciting new book to help all of us grow in wellbeing. Nicky Gumbel, Vicar of HTB and pioneer of Alpha

Dave offers bite-sized daily meditations and practical next-steps suggestions to help us on our journey of increasing wellbeing. As someone who has been through my own struggles with wellbeing, I can’t recommend this timely book enough. Simon Thomas, TV presenter, author and podcaster

Who is Dr Dave Smith?
Dave became a Christian while studying at Oxford University, where he went on to complete a doctorate in church history. He and his wife, Karen, moved to Peterborough in 1988 to start KingsGate Community church - now a large, multicultural, intergenerational, multisite church. Dave has a heart to see a revival of healthy believers and churches who in turn impact their neighbourhoods and the nations! He loves walking and is a avid Manchester City fan!

You can buy a copy here