Steve Chalke argues that because Jesus is the infallible Word of God and the one to whom Scripture points, we must read Scripture in the light of his life and teaching. So far, so good except that for Chalke, this means that he looks at Scriptures which he struggles with and if he finds that they don’t fit with his understanding of Christ’s life and teaching then he does not have to agree with them. Continue reading
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
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. Such a view is a little simplistic and not without its problems, however, and we will come back to that later. Continue reading
Next Sunday we start a new teaching series from 2 Samuel. What can we learn from an Old Testament teaching series? Here are a few clues to look out for. Continue reading
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
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 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