Bible

How To See God

  • 28 April 2016

The Bible has some interesting things to say about the importance of God’s Word and how it relates to His personal presence with us.

Everyone wants to experience a deeper intimacy with God and feel a greater sense of His presence and be filled with more of His Spirit. And the Bible tells us that the main way that happens is through His Word, the Bible.

It is helpful to think of this in trinitarian categories - God’s word as a revelation of God, more specifically of Jesus Christ and, more specifically again, the Spirit of Christ.

GOD

Read your Bible!

  • 1 February 2016

This paper may fall into the hands of someone who "loves and believes the Bible, and yet reads it Only a little." I fear there are many such people in this day. It is a clay of hustle and hurry. It is a day of talking and committee meetings, and public work. These things are all very well in their way, but I fear that they sometimes clip and cut short the private reading of the Bible. Does your conscience tell you that you are one of the persons I speak of? Listen to me, and I will say a few things which deserve your serious attention.

How Paul interpreted Jesus

  • 20 May 2015

Matt Perman:
 
“One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven and come, follow me” (Luke 18:22).

Is this something that God commands every Christian to do?

Many are puzzled by that question, because if we say “yes,” it immediately seems impractical. On the other hand, if we say “no,” we seem to be diminishing the force of Jesus’ command.

Memorise the Greatest Chapter in the Bible in 2015

  • 30 December 2014

Romans 8 is widely regarded as the greatest chapter in the greatest book of the Bible.

Martin Luther called Romans: 

The chief part of the New Testament, and the very purest gospel. It is well worth a Christian's while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily.

He went on to say that: 

If the Bible were a ring then Romans would be a the gem that enhanced that ring...Romans 8 would be the brilliant splendor that emanated from that ring

Resources for Advent 2014

  • 1 December 2014

Advent, meaning "coming" or "arrival", is the four week period running up to Christmas, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. For some this is a special time of the year to reflect more deeply on the coming of Jesus into the world to save sinners. Although we should always be thinking on these things, there is value in celebrating special seasons each year. As one authors puts it "When evertything is special, nothing is. God wants us to cultivate a biblical cadence and rhythm to our lives, and not a constant pounding 1". 

The Whole Counsel Of God

  • 29 October 2014

Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Captiol Hill Baptist Church, preached 66 sermons on every book of the Bible. The Old Testament sermon series was made into the book Promises Made.  The New Testament Overview series formed the book Promises Kept. The entire series available online and the links posted below.

A Worthwhile New Years Resolution

  • 31 December 2013
...apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. (Proverbs 22:17-18)
 
How about starting the New Year with a new resolve to memorise scripture? The (rough) plan is that all those who sign up will memorise the same passages together throughout the year, meeting for 5 minutes after church once per month to see how we are getting on.

Check out the following articles for reasons, help and encouragement. Then fill in the form below to sign up.

http://www.glenarmbaptistchurch.co.uk/blog/scripture-memorization-8-reasons-and-8-tips
http://www.glenarmbaptistchurch.co.uk/blog/scripture-memorization-part-2

10 Facts and 10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon

  • 26 August 2013

New Testament scholar Michael Kruger has produced the following 2 blog series' to help Christians understand how the New Testament canon was developed, presenting 10 facts and 10 misconceptions.  These are “designed for a lay-level audience and hopefully could prove helpful in a conversation one might have with a skeptical friend.”. Click on the links to read the full articles.

10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon

1. The Term “Canon” Can Only Refer to a Fixed, Closed List of Books
2. Nothing in Early Christianity Dictated That There Would be a Canon
3. The New Testament Authors Did Not Think They Were Writing Scripture
4. New Testament Books Were Not Regarded as Scriptural Until Around 200 A.D.
5. Early Christians Disagreed Widely over the Books Which Made It into the Canon

Know doctrine, know life. No doctrine, no life.

  • 12 April 2013
Ideas have consequences.
 
What we think affects how we live. Orthodoxy (right belief) leads to orthopraxy (right behaviour). 
 
Sometimes this is obvious and sometimes it isn’t. We sometimes struggle to apply the weightier themes in the bible to specific aspects of our daily lives. Does it really matter what I think about doctrines like election, the trinity or substitutionary atonement? Does a correct understanding of  these things really affect how I live? Can’t I just love Jesus and be good?
 
Lets see what the bible has to say.
 
Titus 3:4-8
 
In Titus 3:4-8, Paul sets forth some of the big, old, orthodox Christian doctrines - the nature of God, salvation, grace, mercy, regeneration, indwelling of the Spirit, justification, adoption, eternity. We are then told to insist on these things. Why? Notice the “so that” in verse 8. So that we will devote ourselves to good works.
 
 

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