Watch out false teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3)

He was popular on the preaching team, able to put things forward clearly and simply in an engaging way.  Then something began to shift. We noticed a change of emphasis. Then he began to speak with individuals and tell them that he wasn’t so sure. He did not come out directly and say that heContinue reading “Watch out false teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3)”

Assurance in God’s Word

1 Peter 1:12-21 In the face of false teachers and facing his own imminent death, Peter wants to ensure that the churches are fully prepared for the road ahead.  In so doing, a major priority of his is assurance. So, first of all we see assurance demonstrated by spiritual growth. Now, we also see thatContinue reading “Assurance in God’s Word”

Is God Punishing Us?

Faithroots Live: Discipline, Punishment and the Coronavirus Here are the seminar outline notes for our Faithroots Live session coming up at 2pm. Feel free to use these to add your own notes A. Introduction We rightly stop to ask “What is God doing in this?” The challenge of current issues in the world and TheContinue reading “Is God Punishing Us?”

The bread that divides?

A crisis situation like the one we are in at the moment can throw up the occasional bouncer, a theological issue that affects how we do church that we weren’t ready for. These issues can be controversial.  So we want to approach them carefully and with charity. We also need to be ready for theContinue reading “The bread that divides?”

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”

Isolation and Communion (conclusion)

Applying to today – can we share communion during the pandemic? So, this is the bit that you’ve been waiting for. What do I think about sharing communion during the Coronavirus Pandemic?  Is it okay to do it? Whilst the conclusion is specific to this situation, there may be further implications particularly as we careContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (conclusion)”

Isolation and Communion (Part 4)

The Truth and Lies issues (Systematic Theology) We have seen that making wise, godly decisions depends on knowing the truth about God, Creation, Humanity and New Creation. This means rejecting lies about all four areas of doctrine. In this post we will look at some of the doctrinal (Systematic Theology) issues at stake in ourContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (Part 4)”

Isolation and Communion (Part 3)

The Big Picture – Biblical Theology If we are to make wise, Biblical decisions about communion, then we need the big picture. There are two perspectives on this. Biblical Theology which we will look at in this post is all about seeing how the Biblical story of redemption unfolds and different themes develop within it.Continue reading “Isolation and Communion (Part 3)”

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)”