One of our aims when we set up Faithroots was to provide teaching and training material to help people get involved in church life especially in leading, preaching & teaching and pastoral care. Continue reading
Jesus is travelling through Jericho and as he is coming out of the city, two blind men cry out to him and ask him to heal them. Continue reading
We have just run a series of 13 articles on the subject of justice. These all sprang from a sermon on Proverbs 21. That one sermon prompted 13 articles reminds us of two things. First of all, it reminds us of one of the reasons why we run the faithroots website, there is a limit to how much you can cover in one single 30-minute sermon. We encourage Bearwood Chapel members to follow up Sunday teaching by using faithroots as a resource, by doing personal study picking up recommended reading, through 1-1, family and small group conversation and by prayerful obedient application to daily life. Continue reading
Here are some further thoughts on improving Biblical Literacy.
- It starts with children. Look at your teaching programme for your Sunday School and also what you do with your midweek clubs. We try to use a programme with our 4-11s that will take them through the whole Bible. With our 11-16s, they are either joining in the main Sunday morning teaching programme at our 9:30 service or have their own study group that follows the same teaching as the main sermon at our 11:15 service.
- Encourage people to learn the books of the Bible so that they know their way around it. Talk to them about how and why it is structured the way it is. Explain about the different types of literature including narrative, poetry, prophecy.
- Plan in opportunities to give overviews on how the whole Bible fits together. This might include a teaching series or even special days such as “walk through the Bible” events. We have tried
I was at a conference recently where one of the topics was to do with preaching. The speaker (like me) believed in the importance of expository preaching. He stated that one of the challenges today is that many people sitting in our churches do not know their Bibles. This means that we are often preaching to and doing bible studies with people who are “Biblically illiterate.” Continue reading
We have insisted throughout our #ReturnoftheKing series on Revelation that the book offers God’s heavenly and eternal perspective on history in order to enable us to live now. This contrasts sharply with some esoteric approaches that treat it as a series of codes that will only make sense at a future date. Continue reading
In earlier posts I’ve talked about the preachers need to exegete or understand 3 things before preaching: God’s Word, The Congregation and himself (see towards the end of this post). What I mean by this is that we don’t just look at the text in isolation.
1. We need to apply it so we need to think carefully about the congregation- what is the application they will need in their pastoral circumstances and what will stop them from hearing or obeying.
2. We need to be aware of ourselves. What is in my own heart? What might prevent me from hearing, communicating and applying God’s word truthfully and Effectively?
I want to expand on this in two ways. Continue reading