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Exploring baptism

Exploring baptism

By Steve Jeffery, 04 Aug 2017

We have a baptism service this coming Sunday, which gives us an opportunity to think again about the meanng of this important moment in our lives. Here's an extract from the order of service at that point, explaining what baptism is all about, followed by some...

Seminar 6: The Attributes of Scripture

Seminar 6: The Attributes of Scripture

By Steve Jeffery, 04 Aug 2017

Module T1.1 Introduction and the Doctrine of Revelation Seminar 6: The Attributes of Scripture Introduction In this seminar we continue our study of the doctrine of Scripture, turning to the topic of the so-called Attributes (i.e. properties) of Scripture. In effect, we’re exploring the implications of the divine...

Revelation in an hour

Revelation in an hour

By Steve Jeffery, 03 Aug 2017

Here's an extract from a handout from a recent Bible study designed to introduce the book of Revelation in one hour. OK, it ended up taking two hours (quite a lot of the handout isn't here), but it was a noble aim... Introduction (1:1-4a) 1:1 Authorship: Revealed...

Lucky traders

Lucky traders

By Steve Jeffery, 01 Aug 2017

In the providence of God, the Promised Land of Israel was located on one of the busiest trading routes in the ancient world. Many thousands of traders would travel through the narrow strip of fertile land between the great desert of the east and the...

Raising Expectations 2017

Raising Expectations 2017

By Steve Jeffery, 31 Jul 2017

It's a pleasure to invite you to Raising Expectations 2017, a one-day conference for the whole church on Saturday 21 October 2017. Our theme this year is... Work, Leisure and Rest Here's a brief run-down of what we'll be talking about. For more information ad to book tickets,...

Like turning a container ship

Like turning a container ship

By Steve Jeffery, 31 Jul 2017

One of the most striking and unexpected lessons I've learned over the last decade or so is that repentance is hard. Very hard. Initially this came as something of a surprise. Like most people, I used to cling to the instinctive idea that we're basically in control...

The heresy of My Personal Needs

The heresy of My Personal Needs

By Steve Jeffery, 28 Jul 2017

Karen Jobes writes with breathtaking and hard-hitting clarity in her commentary on 1 Peter 3:8 (1 Peter, ECNT, pp. 215-216): "Modern western concepts of individualism tend to trump commitment to community. An individual whose needs are no longer being met by a community terminates the 'commitment'...

An honourable man and his beautiful wife

An honourable man and his beautiful wife

By Steve Jeffery, 25 Jul 2017

In the last couple of weeks we've been working through the first section of 1 Peter 3, with its focus on the respective responsibilities and callings of men and women. The text focuses specifically on marriage, but is clearly relevant also to other relationships between...

Adorned for the Lord

Adorned for the Lord

By Steve Jeffery, 17 Jul 2017

1 Peter 3:1-7 causes confusion and perplexity for all sorts of reasons, many of which have to do with the shameless resistance of our culture to biblical teaching about marriage, male and female sexual identity, and a host of related topics. But even for Christians who...

Help with your Hebrew, step 2

Help with your Hebrew, step 2

By Steve Jeffery, 15 Jul 2017

OK, so let's imagine that you've moved past the first-year level of Hebrew, so that 100 Hebrew Translation Exercises aren't going to be much help any longer You're at the weak verb stage, which means you're at the you've-got-to-be-kidding-me-I'll-never-remember-all-that stage. What you need is a simple way...

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