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Lent

Lent

By Steve Jeffery, 28 Feb 2017

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Lent, a time in the church year that has often been associated with fasting. If this is something you'd like to think about, then you may find it useful to take a look at some of the resources below: Sermon:...

A chiasm in Hebrews 2

A chiasm in Hebrews 2

By Steve Jeffery, 25 Feb 2017

I confess that this one took me by surprise this morning. But I'm pretty sure I'm not dreaming. And just look at the central element. Beautiful. Hebrews 2:5-18 5Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6It...

Reasons not to sin

Reasons not to sin

By Steve Jeffery, 24 Feb 2017

Earlier this week, at Wednesday Night Bible Study, we were looking at the start of Romans 6, where Paul responds to the (hypothetical) suggestion that the grace of God in Christ amounts to an encouragement to sin. "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may...

Eschatology and public theology (7) Civil Government (1)

Eschatology and public theology (7) Civil Government (1)

By Steve Jeffery, 23 Feb 2017

Here's the handout from a recent seminar at Emmanuel Training and Resources on Eschatology and Public Theology. Introduction In this session we move decisively from the “Eschatology” to the “Public Theology” portion of this module as we turn to the topic of Civil Government. We’ll be looking...

A new theology course, beginning in April 2017

A new theology course, beginning in April 2017

By Steve Jeffery, 22 Feb 2017

At Emmanuel we run a range of theology courses designed to help Christians to deepen their understanding of the Bible and historic Reformed theology. The main course consists of over 50 seminars divided into 7 modules covering all the main areas of systematic theology....

A simple three-step Bible study method

A simple three-step Bible study method

By Steve Jeffery, 20 Feb 2017

I can still remember the day a friend of mine explained this simple three-step method of leading a Bible study. Its great strength is that it doesn't require any additional preparation beyond a good understanding of the biblical text itself, together with an ability to listen...

Emmanuel Church Conference 2017

Emmanuel Church Conference 2017

By Steve Jeffery, 13 Feb 2017

It's a pleasure to announce the 2017 Emmanuel Conference, Our God Reigns, jointly hosted with Christian Concern, on Saturday 22 April. Jesus declared that one day every nation would not only hear the gospel, but be transformed by the gospel. Our God Reigns is a conference...

Raising up Cyrus to bring down Babylon

Raising up Cyrus to bring down Babylon

By Steve Jeffery, 25 Jan 2017

So much has been written about the Trump Phenomenon that it's hard to know where to start making sense of it all. Personally, I found this article by David Ernst to be one of the most insightful pieces I've read so far. At the very least,...

The Babylon Bee

The Babylon Bee

By Steve Jeffery, 06 Jan 2017

The following Bible passages all have something in common – can you spot what it is? The LORD said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet,  therefore...

Reading the OT law

Reading the OT law

By Steve Jeffery, 05 Jan 2017

We're working through the book of Leviticus in our Sunday sermons at Emmanuel, and this week we come to chapter 11, the regulations about clean and unclean foods. Understanding the significance of this chapter presents us with a particular challenge - even by the bewilderingly high...

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