A busy week…

This is a busy week for me.  Not only am I preparing Sunday’s service (of which more later), but I’m also in the midst of writing an essay on how early theology might relate to what we do at Greenfield.  Sounds thrilling, huh?!

Alright, it might not be that exciting, but it is quite interesting.  I’m looking at the early creeds (the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed) and how they relate to the sorts of things we ask people to profess their belief in before being baptised or being welcomed into church membership.  This is quite hard, because we don’t say the “historical creeds” at all; the traditional Baptist rallying cry has been “no creed but Christ”, or “no creed but the Bible”.  Yet what’s interesting is the number of similarities between the Creeds and the promises we ask people to make.  Not just in terms of what they say butt hey way they were used: the Creeds were originally drawn up, it seems, as a way for people to profess their faith before being baptised – just as the promises we might ask people to make were.  So perhaps we owe more to these documents than we might care to admit.

Our sermon this week continues our ongoing series looking at Ephesians; this week the text is Ephesians 4:17-5:2; if you want a sneak peek, you can find it here (this will open a new window).  I don’t want to give the game away, but this sermon is titled “How to imitate God”.  And what’s interesting is that all the ways Paul tells us we can imitate God are ways of behaving towards each other.  We’re to be good neighbours, to speak the truth to each other, not to steal, not be bitter towards each other and so on.  It seems that one of the best ways we can imitate God is by loving each other – not just by trying to be good on our own.

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Hi Stephen,
found your blog via the Baptist Assembly twitter thingamajig. I hope you have a good time – it’s a fun thing to attend.

Hope you are enjoying Greenfield too – spent a tiny part of my training on placement there (last time I visited the sign I’d made to say ‘welcome’ back in 2000 was still there!!). A fun place and by the sound of it a lot of changes since I was there last.

HI Catriona,

Thanks for the reply – didn’t realise this was being Twittered!! Fame at last (or something!)

I’m enjoying Greenfield thoroughly – they’re a great group of people who’ve made me and my family extremely welcome and have put up with all my new-young-trainee-minister enthusiasm with good grace. What is surprising me is how many people know it or know of it – so many people I come across have some sort of connection with the church. We seem to be a (relatively) small church with a big reach, which is kinda nice.

You’ll have to drop by one Sunday if you’re ever in this neck of the woods!

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