A gift to the church – more on church leaders

Last Sunday I preached about the role of leaders in the church and I focused on Ephesians 4:11 which says:

“ Now, these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.”

We saw that Continue reading


Lessons for Church Life

Here at Bearwood Chapel, we’re just coming to to the end of a fantastic Bible teaching series looking at Paul’ first letter to the Corinthians. It’s great when you get to the end of a series to look back and see some of the things God has been teaching the church. Continue reading

What stops me using my gifts?

Our recent preaching series has been all about how we worship together and how we use our gifts to encourage one another, glorify God and help each other to hear what God is saying.  I wanted to round off with some thoughts about what can stop us using our gifts.  Continue reading

Silence must fall (1 Corinthians 14:26-40 – Orderly Worship)

After School Club -excitable kids want to play with the toys, run off steam, tell us all about their days and what is going on.  Sometimes very chaotic and we have to work hard to get some peace and quiet in which they can listen.

Could church life get a bit like that too? Everyone learning to use their gifts, excited, wanting to be heard.

Added to that, there’s all the other noise in our lives, the worries about paying the bills, the decision about an elderly relative’s care, the difficult conversation you need to have with a colleague, boss or employee, University applications to get in etc. Continue reading

Where The Prosperity Gospel Creeps In

The Prosperity Gospel teaches that God just wants to shower us with the good gifts of financial prosperity, healthy bodies and trouble free relationships. All we have to do is “name it and claim it.” Continue reading


We spent this weekend in a lovely converted stables set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. We were celebrating my dad’s 70th birthday. On Sunday morning I went for a walk down the country lane and along the way met a young family out on a nature trail. They were picking up conkers from the ground.  Continue reading

Enjoying The Gifts of the Spirit (and navigating some minefields).

giftsThe bit of Christmas when we get presents shouldn’t be controversial. We should just be delighted and excited to receive and give.   But sometimes it does become controversial. We look to see who got the best present, whether the recipient showed the appropriate response, did they give me something of equivalent value etc. Joy turns to argument

God gives us incredible gifts but this can get controversial too. Here are some of the reasons why it gets controversial. Continue reading