Killing Scripture?

Evangelical Christians believe that God’s Word is infallible and inerrant. These two closely related words are intended to convey an important point, that in Scripture God speaks truthfully -all that Scripture says is truthful concerning the things it speaks about and that it is without contradiction and error.  When Evangelicals say this, they are speaking… Continue reading Killing Scripture?

Can I trust the Bible? – A question of presuppositions

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Presuppositions are the foundational beliefs that underpin our worldviews. Why is this important when we are considering the question “Can I trust the Bible?” Well, when we are talking about the amazing things that the Bible describes, we are either pre-disposed to take them seriously or to dismiss them. You see, I will either have… Continue reading Can I trust the Bible? – A question of presuppositions

God’s Word and its practical implications

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The aim of this blog is not to simply present theoretical information, but rather to help us think through the practical implications of what we believe.  Having set out the Christian doctrine of Revelation, we are now in a position to think through its practical implications for individual and church life.  In this section, we… Continue reading God’s Word and its practical implications

Scripture – the source of special revelation

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A while back, someone visited our church and, after the sermon, came to speak to me.  He thanked me for what I’d said, but then said, “I’d rather you had spoken from the heart, not a book.”  Now, it’s important to check on what someone means when they offer critique.  It could well be that… Continue reading Scripture – the source of special revelation

Sheep and Goats: Are Paul and Jesus in conflict -a worked example

I got involved in a conversation the other day about what it means to say that Scripture, the whole of it is God’s Word.  It arose because some people were going back over that old question “are we as evangelicals guilty of Bible-olatry?” In other words do we end up worshipping our Bibles more than… Continue reading Sheep and Goats: Are Paul and Jesus in conflict -a worked example

“I’ll wait for Survation”

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Survation famously got their 2017 General Election prediction pretty near right when all the other pollsters floundered. So in 2019, when nearly every pollster was calling it for the Conservatives as a clear win, a frequent refrain from those rooting for Jeremy Corbyn was “I’ll wait for Survation”. The hope and belief was that once… Continue reading “I’ll wait for Survation”

How can we encourage our church family to know God’s word well?

It starts with children.  Look at your teaching programme for your Sunday School and also what you do with your midweek clubs.  At Bearwood we used a programme with our 4-11s that took them through the whole Bible.  With our 11-16s, they were either joining in the main Sunday morning teaching programme at our 9:30… Continue reading How can we encourage our church family to know God’s word well?

Can I trust the Bible?

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Can I trust what I’m reading?  It’s an important question -especially if you are reading out the winner of the Oscar for best film! Actually, that probably doesn’t matter too much but what about a prescription for medicine, a repair manual, a letter from the Home Office? You want to know that those documents tell… Continue reading Can I trust the Bible?

A COVID-19 opportunity – more Scripture in corporate worship

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There has been a little progress this week in regards to corporate worship.  From Sunday it will be possible to include a small choir as part of public worship and for a congregation to sing outside of the building. These are small baby steps but hopefully they will help us move towards normality again. However,… Continue reading A COVID-19 opportunity – more Scripture in corporate worship

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 that… Continue reading Assurance in God’s Word