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All articles by Malcolm Watts

Malcolm Watts was born in 1946 in Barnstaple, North Devon, England. Brought up in a Christian home, he was called by grace in his teenage years, and subsequently, called into the ministry.
He trained at London Bible College between 1967-70, and since 1971 has been the minister of Emmanuel Church, Salisbury. He married Gillian in 1976, and they have two daughters, Lydia and Naomi, and several grandchildren.

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December 1996
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

What is a reformed church?

Last month we considered this subject historically. Now we shall consider it doctrinally. In so doing, we shall begin to mark the leading distinctives of a Reformed church. A Reformed church believes that the Bible in its entirety is God's written Word, without error or fault of any kind; and it also believes that…

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November 1996
Articles > Biblical/theological

What is a Reformed church?

The term ‘Reformed’ has received considerable prominence in recent years. It has become quite common to speak and hear of Reformed doctrine, Reformed practice, Reformed worship etc., but it is to be feared that many Christians are still unsure about the precise meaning of the term. What exactly does it mean? And what kind…

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September 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Where will you spend eternity?

Someone once described death as 'the last thing we talk about'. With life expectancy longer than ever before, people tend to think of death as something remote, an event so distant that it is not even worth a thought. The Lord Jesus obviously thought otherwise. His teaching is recorded in Luke 16: 19-31. Here,…

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April 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

THE CROSS OF CHRIST

The Roman cross was a cruel apparatus of execution. Crucifixion, as a means of death, was devised to inflict great pain and drawn out suffering for the victim. While Christians ought not to give undue emphasis to the physical cross by way of ornament or relic, yet there is a symbolism and significance of…

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cross of Christ

In the New Testament, the word 'cross' invariably refers to the instrument on which Jesus Christ suffered death. The Greek word properly signifies a stake, or upright pole; but the Romans modified this form of punishment and scholars have therefore found it difficult to determine the precise form of our Lord's cross. It is…

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January 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

What is ‘a call to the ministry’?

The word 'apostle' means 'one sent'. In the strict and official sense it denotes 'the twelve' (and Paul, of course), all of whom were immediately 'sent' by the Lord and who therefore may be described as the apostles of Jesus Christ'(Luke 6:13; 1 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1; 2 Peter 3:2). In a more…

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