Show me the way to go home (John 14:1-14) #HomeFor Christmas

Sermon notes from Nueva Vida (Saturday)

Introduction

Worried that your faith will fail?

–          Persecution

–          Life’s difficulties (work, family, health)

–          Imperfect church

Context – Last Supper. Jesus is going to his death and his disciples are about to fail badly

Anxiety

What will keep your faith going? Continue reading

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What is the point of a theological argument? (Updated)

A week or so ago, I mentioned some of the challenges relating to theological debate, discussion and disagreement. One challenge I mentioned was this:

“We want to be careful to give matters their proper importance

There are two things to watch out for here. First of all, we need to carefully identify which issues are essential to Christian faith and which are not.  There are some matters that if we get them wrong, we undermine the Gospel. There are other areas that are still a matter of discussion and debate between Christians. Continue reading

Another way to help the urban church – use your retirement

Are you planning for your retirement? What does that retirement look like. For some people it will mean staying put and increased opportunities to serve in their home church. For others, the dream may be of a move to somewhere new to enjoy a well earned change of scenery. Some may even be looking at a place in  a retirement village. Continue reading

Faithful Servants and #Churchtoo #MeToo

When I first wrote about handling the difficult Bible passages in 2 Samuel about David, Bathsheba, Amnon, Absalom and Tamar, I identified 3 types of person in the narrative. The first two are

Culprits – who are causing harm to others through their sin and carry specific guilt.

Victims – who are hurt by the sin of others often subjected to shame and a sense of defilement.

However, I don’t want us to lose sight of the third category. There are those we identified as faithful servants.  These are people seeking to be obedient to God and faithful to his word and promises even in the face of intense provocation. Continue reading

Responding to a break in

If you follow Bearwood Chapel’s Facebook page or get our weekly e-bulletin, then you will know that we recently suffered a break in. I just wanted to share a few personal reflections here. Continue reading

Are you on the same field of play?

Mike Ovey used to draw a triangle on the whiteboard, he would label each side as follows:  No denial of unity, no denial of distinction, no denial of unity. Stray over any of the lines and you are outside of the “field of play” when you come to the Trinitarian orthodoxy.

David Peterson used to do something similar when it came to  the question of male amd female leadership roles to take account of those passages that talk in terms of male elders and women not exercising teaching authority over men (1 Tim 2-3) and those that clearly show women speaking and being involved in leadership (1 Cor 11, Romans 16).  He explained that within the boundaries is the field of play, space for discussion and learning from one another.  Continue reading

Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (part 4)

So now we are ready to look at 1 Timothy 2:15 itself. We should be familiar with the text by now:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.

What does the verse mean?  The meaning of the verse depends upon how we understand three key words, “saved,” “through” and “childbearing.” Continue reading