One of the great encouragements of Gospel work in the West Midlands has been the 2020 Birmingham partnership. 2020 Birmingham set out in 2010 with the aim of planting 20 churches by 2020. As a church with a small building but a large heart to reach the community around us, we’ve found the advice, support and encouragement of our 2020 partners a big help. Continue reading
A speaker at our CPI Urban Midlands Hub recently touched on the challenged of mobility amongst urban communities. They commented that at one point they were part of a church where they said that every year they had to grow by 30% to stay the same size. In other words, they saw about 1/3 of the congregation move on every year. Continue reading
Preachers need to do three types of exegesis
1. We need to clearly understand the text
2. We need to know the congregation we are speaking to
3. We need to be aware of our own hearts.
The third one, exegeting myself, means being aware of where God is challenging us, this includes where he disagrees with and rebukes us but also where he encourages and comforts us. In other words, I pray “Lord speak to me that I may speak…” It means being aware of where my biases, hobby horses, cultural assumptions etc are.
Here are some things that might help us to do this. Continue reading
As soon as a General Election is announced, church leaders start asking what they can and should do during the campaign. There are two reasons for this. One is a desire to do good for the local community. The other is to help Christians have a voice. Continue reading
When churches go wrong and turn into cults, one of the ways they do this is to put mystical qualities into baptism and specifically into the baptism that they and they only offer. This means that it is only if you are baptised by them that you can receive the full benefits. Continue reading
Our biggest concern when dealing with false teaching is that people will be robbed of the joy of salvation. Cults want to control and manipulate people and to do that they need to take away their assurance. This enables them to use guilt and shame to control people. Continue reading
If one of the significant responsibilities that elders have is to protect the flock from false teachers and false teaching then how should we go about it? I want to make a few practical suggestions here. Continue reading