Growing in faith and assurance

2 Peter 1: 5-11 Introduction It’s quite an anxious time for new parents when the health checks happen. Is baby developing and doing all she is meant to? Is baby growing? Is she putting on weight. Failure to grow is a cause for concern. So too with Christians. Are we growing spiritually in Christ? TheContinue reading “Growing in faith and assurance”

All Our Sickness … All our Sorrow

All our sickness, all our sorrowsJesus carried up the hill.He has walked this path before us,He is walking with us still;Turning tragedy to triumph,Turning agony to praise,There is blessing in the battleSo take heart and stand amazed.[1] But he was pierced for our transgressions;  he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisementContinue reading “All Our Sickness … All our Sorrow”

Going Home (Part 2)

We are running a little series of videos on our You Tube Channel, Faithroots Bearwood Chapel based on John 14. In today’s post we look at the question of Assurance. Jesus’ promise that there is “more than enough room” points to God’s lavish grace. We do not need to worry that he is looking forContinue reading “Going Home (Part 2)”

“Only the young”

For Starters What are the good things about being young? What (if anything) are the negatives of being young? A Look at the Text What does the Text say? Youth is to be enjoyed (11:7-10) 11:7-8; The author uses the imagery of light and sight to show that there is joy and delight in life.Continue reading ““Only the young””

A different kind of leader

Isaiah 42:1-4 What makes a good leader? Perhaps we think in terms of charisma, competence, strength, a compelling vision. Think about these people: Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicol Sturgeon, Robert Mugabe, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin. What makes people look to them as leaders. What about leaders more locally, church, home, school, work. What authority doContinue reading “A different kind of leader”

Isolation and Communion (Part 2)

A Look at the Bible It is important to get back to Scripture and see  what is going on when the supper of bread and wine is first shared and what instructions are given. I think this is a useful opportunity, not just to help us make pragmatic decisions about getting through Coronavirus but toContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (Part 2)”

False Accusation

At some point, it is likely that as a believer you will face false accusation. One of the Devil’s names, Satan, literally means “the accuser” his aim is to accuse believers to cause them to feel guilt and shame, he is the father of lies and so it is no surprise that his accusations areContinue reading “False Accusation”