What’s next?

We’ve now completed our look at The Trinity. We’ve learnt what it means to call God Father and why we must know him through the Son. We’ve seen that The Trinity is essential to our knowledge that God is love. We’ve thought about how to preach and teach about the Trinity and how the doctrine applies to pastoral situations. Continue reading

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The Trinity and a broken friendship

We now come to Precosia, the last of the group of people we met a little while back. With each of the scenarios, we have seen that what we believe about God and specifically about the Trinity is relevant to how we handle pastoral situations in the life of the church. The Doctrine of the Trinity is not dry theory but something deeply relevant and practical. Continue reading

Happy: Does This World Really Need a God (The Talk)

Starting point

This is a question/objection that I frequently hear.  Maybe it’s your objection.  It runs something along these lines. The human race has grown up. We’re able to explain the world around us without reference to a creator God.  We don’t need religion to fill in the gaps in our understanding.  We are happy with life.  We find contentment and enjoyment without the need for faith.  We’re able to live moral, tolerant lives without needing clergymen telling us how to live.  So do we really need a God? Continue reading

How to listen to evangelistic sermons (If you are already a Christian)

At any one time in a gathering there will be Christians and non-Christians present. This presents the preacher with a challenge.  Does he primarily focus on preaching to the Christians to edify and build them up or does he focus on evangelising the enquirers. Either way, he risks leaving part of the audience behind. Or does he?  One helpful way of approaching the sermon is to preach at one type of listener but with the expectation that the others present will in effect be able to overhear and by analogy apply the sermon to themselves.  So if my main application is for Christians, the non-Christian should be able to trace the Gospel through what I say.  Likewise, there should be something for even mature believers in an evangelistic talk.  So, if I’m the believer in the congregation, how should I listen to an evangelistic sermon?

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If context is King then contextualisation is ….?

Today I had the privilege of learning with and from other church leaders and planters about sharing God’s good news in different cultural contexts. Here are some notes and reflections. Continue reading

Happy? A #whatstopsme event

One of the big objections to the Gospel  is that people are “happy” they find contentment in work, family, leisure etc they don’t need a God.  What is more, our world has “grown up”,  We are quite capable of working out how to do good, to treat each other well, to care for the vulnerable without needing a God and religion telling us how to live our lives.  It’s not just that people don’t believe there is a God.  They don’t need one either.

Often the objection comes not because people are “militant atheists.”  They are not particularly inspired by the likes of Richard Dawkins.  There’s just a sense that life is fine as it is with God and religion being pushed at them all the time.

On the 14th June at Sunday Night Church we have a special guest event where you are welcome to invite friends, family and colleagues along to hear a talk, ask questions and discuss this topic.  The talk starts at 7pm and as usual, food will be served from 6pm onwards.

You can ask specific questions on the subject prior to and during the talk either in the comments here or by tweeting to @bearwoodchapel using the hashtag #whatstopsme

 

“Don’t get drunk on wine …” What happens when an alcoholic meets the Trinity?

Methuselah was one of the people we met a few weeks back.  He had a drink problem. Now we know what The Bible has to say about alcohol. Whilst wine gladdens the heart (Psalm 104:15; Ecclesiastes 10:19) and is useful for sickness (1 Timothy 5:23), drunkenness damages and is associated with folly (Proverbs 20:1; 21:17).  Paul contrasts being drunk with being filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Continue reading