I am not a cessationist. This means I believe that the types of spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 are available to the church today. However, we often have a problem about what to do with gifts like prophecy, visions and dreams. These are revelatory gifts but we believe that Scripture is God’s full and sufficient revelation. Continue reading
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
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
In our last post, we said that an important safeguard against abuse, manipulation and control is for a church to exercise “servant leadership.” Servant leadership should also encourage servant membership and a church where members are fully involved, using their gifts for the service of Christ, His Gospel and His Church.
Here are some quick thoughts on how we do this. Continue reading