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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

June 2015
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Praying always

‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints’ (Ephesians 6:18) All of God’s children look for answers to their prayers, but do they always pray ‘in the Spirit’? This must be their goal, but how to attain it is their challenge. Powerful weapon Prayer is a spiritual weapon that is more powerful than the sword, bomb or pen. It is more effective than the worldwide internet and all other modes of communication in moving people to action. Martin Luther said, ‘This little word “Father”, lisped forth in prayer by...

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June 2015
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God-honouring evangelism (1)

If we were to ask the question ‘What is the most important aim in evangelism?’ we would no doubt say it is seeing souls coming to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. That is indeed a great aim to keep in mind and heart. It is such a wonderful thing when lost souls are found, when those spiritually dead are brought to new life in Christ, and when those under divine condemnation are justified by God’s free grace. God’s glory However, there should be an even higher aim in our evangelistic endeavours. It is closely related to the blessing of lives being transformed by the...

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June 2015
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Cherish your church! (2)

Continued from Cherish your church (1) ‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together,  as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near’ (Hebrews 10:24-25). Last month we saw four significant reasons why Christians should cherish their church. But there are three other important reasons as well. Because every Christian thrives on encouragement Encouragement has been called ‘oxygen for the soul’ and we all know what a boost it gives us. The need for encouragement is so important that the writer of Hebrews...

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May 2015
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Redefining marriage

The push to present a positive image of same-sex families has hidden the devastation on which many are built. We must stand for marriage - and for the precious lives that marriage creates.

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May 2015
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Cherish your church!

'And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near' (Hebrews 10:24-25).

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February 2015
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Non-negotiables in gospel ministry

In an era with a torrent of books about ‘ministry’, we need to remind ourselves what a gospel minister’s core values should be. They are prayer, preparation, proclamation, pastoring and purpose. One of the phrases used in the New Testament to describe a minister is ‘man of God’ (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:17). This means prayer. The perfect Shepherd sets the example: ‘And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone’ (Matthew 14:23). Paul prayed for churches and believers (1 Thessalonians 1:2) and exhorted others to pray for him...

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January 2015
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Through winding paths (2)

The Bishop of Southwark invited me to be vicar of St Peter’s, Battersea. This was the Clapham Junction area of south London, with slum clearance, a new high-rise flat area and a large influx of immigrants (continued from ET December 2014). The church building could hold 1000, but there were about a dozen worshippers on Sunday mornings. It was in this parish that I joined with some other clergy in a prayer group for revival. In a short period of time we began to hear of strange things that were happening in the USA. An Episcopalian rector called Dennis Bennett had known a personal experience...

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January 2015
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Creeds and confessions

I once read a Christian magazine that had the statement, ‘No creed but Christ!’ While, at first glance, this seemed an impressive phrase, further examination confirmed it showed a lack of understanding of the vital place of creeds in churches today. Creeds are a confession or expression of the faith of believers. While they do not have any claim to existence apart from the Scriptures, a sound creed is a properly worded statement of biblical truths. We must remember that the English word ‘creed’ comes from the Latin word credo, which means ‘I believe’. Philip Schaff, the noted church historian, in his Creeds of Christendom,...

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