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Standing, sitting and kneeling

Standing, sitting and kneeling

By Steve Jeffery, 24 May 2017

Have you ever noticed that Christian worship involves a fair amount of moving about? For most of the service we remain seated, but we stand at the call to worship, whenever we sing a hymn, during the prayers, and then again at the blessing. And...

Notes on 1 John (part 2)

Notes on 1 John (part 2)

By Steve Jeffery, 24 May 2017

The second extract from some notes for a recent Bible study on 1 John: 2. The relationship between 1 John and John's Gospel Similar imagery, vocabulary, themes, metaphors, etc. Light, darkness, testimony, truth, life, seeing, etc. a. The two prologues Question: Compare 1 John 1:1-7 with John 1:1-18. How many...

Notes on 1 John (part 1)

Notes on 1 John (part 1)

By Steve Jeffery, 23 May 2017

The first extract from some notes for a recent Bible study on 1 John: 1. The overall message of 1 John Was John addressing false teaching in the early church? a. Three inter-related philosophies in the ancient Greek world (1) Gnosticism (Gk. gnōsis, "knowledge"; ginōskō, "I know") The world was...

John Calvin on lifting hands in worship

John Calvin on lifting hands in worship

By Steve Jeffery, 22 May 2017

At Forum (check out the recording here) after last Sunday's church service, one of our members (prompted in part by this article) asked what John Calvin might have said about our practice of raising hands at various points in our service of worship at Emmanuel....

The witness of the Spirit

The witness of the Spirit

By Steve Jeffery, 19 May 2017

Romans 8 raises some intriguing questions about the work of the Spirit in the hearts and prayers of God's people. Here are the key texts: "For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption...

Lift up your hands

Lift up your hands

By Steve Jeffery, 18 May 2017

Anyone who’s ever been to Emmanuel will notice that we raise our hands at a couple of points in the service. This is a traditional gesture which has been common in Christian worship for centuries and is still found in some contemporary Christian traditions, but...

A chiasm in 1 Peter 1

A chiasm in 1 Peter 1

By Steve Jeffery, 16 May 2017

1 Peter 1 contains a remarkably thought-provoking chiastic structure. I'm struck by the fact that here, perhaps even more than usual with biblical chiasms, the second half of the chiasm functions as an interpretive framework for the first. So, for example, the new birth of...

Seminar 2: Godliness and Theological Study

Seminar 2: Godliness and Theological Study

By Steve Jeffery, 11 May 2017

Module T1.1 Introduction and the Doctrine of Revelation Seminar 2: Godliness and Theological Study Introduction This is the second of the three introductory sessions, which are designed to pave the way for the programme of theological study that follows. Here’s an outline of the first three weeks: Session 1:...

Faith doesn't save you

Faith doesn't save you

By Steve Jeffery, 03 May 2017

At least, that's one of the thought-provoking correctives offered by Matt Fuller in his new book Perfect Sinners. Just in case you can't wait to get hold of a copy to find out what Matt means, we'll let B. B. Warfield explain: "The saving power of faith...

Raising Children in a Secular World - videos online

Raising Children in a Secular World - videos online

By Steve Jeffery, 01 May 2017

A few weeks ago we had a four-part series of sermons on the subject of Raising Children in a Secular World. They're now available both on audio and also on video - scroll down to watch the videos and read brief descriptions of each talk. Sermon...

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