Fulfilling the Law (part 4) Typology

We’re continuing to think through the continuity and discontinuity between the OT and the NT. One helpful way to do this is through Typology. The OT provides types/ patterns or foreshadowing of the greater reality to come in Christ.

Let’s sketch that out a little (nb there’s nothing original in this post but if I were to cite everyone who had picked up on these images the footnotes would be longer than the article). Continue reading

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Rivals for Creation

Here we pick up on our “How did we get here?” Creation Series:

The contemporary discussion about origins is usually polarised between Atheistic Evolution and some form of Creation or Intelligent Design approach. Later on, we are going to have a look at the Creation v Evolution debate; however, it is worth noting that, for most of history, atheistic evolution has not been the primary rival to the Biblical account of Creation.

Rather, when the Bible accounts were first written, each ancient culture had its own Creation myth or story. Indeed, some scholars have suggested that the Genesis account of Creation, Fall and Flood is an Israelite copy or adaption of either the Babylonian or the Canaanite origins myth.[1] Such a view is a little simplistic and not without its problems, however, and we will come back to that later. Continue reading

Can I be a faithful follower of Jesus without attending church? (5 Reasons why the answer is “No”)

This is a question that @PremierRadio asked on twitter today. At last count 38% voted yes, 52% voted “no” and 10 % not sure.

How would you answer?

I voted “No.” Here are my reasons.

1.       It is actually the wrong question to start with. Church is not a venue or an event that you attend. Church is the people of God. You don’t attend a church, you are part of the church. If you belong to Jesus then you belong to his family meaning that you are a member of the world wide and historic church. Your membership of The Church is reflected in and demonstrated by your membership of a local church. Continue reading

Creation and Biblical Theology

The first few chapters of Genesis are setting up the rest of the book. So, just as a film or novel will return to key places and characters and just as a particularly melody will keep appearing in a musical, so too, we can look forward to the themes we discover in these first few chapters being repeated and built upon throughout Scripture.

To understand better how this is happening, we need to know a little about something called Biblical Theology. Continue reading

The Beginning of the Story (Genesis 1:1-2:3)

The story of Creation starts right at the beginning of the Bible. The stage is set, the main characters introduced and we begin to read about who God is and what he is doing in time and space.  In Genesis 1, we are told that God creates the world over a 7 day time frame. Continue reading

Coming up “Where did we come from”

Our next big faithroots series is all about Creation. We’ll be looking at origins- how did God make this World. We will also find out more about God’s providence, how he sustains and looks after his creation. The series will look at the problem of evil and the affect of the Fall on creation. Continue reading