Studies

Discussion group on Thursday

Just a quick reminder that on Thursday, I’m hoping you’ll be able to come round to my house to take part in a discussion I’m holding as part of my studies.  We’ll be looking at the issue of how society views children and young people: are they seen as a threat, a nuisance or something more positive?  Hopefully we’ll also be thinking about how we as Christians can address these issues.

If you want to come, it’s at 8pm on Thursday at my house.  You don’t need any specialist knowledge and I won’t be judging you on your opinions: free thinking is welcome!  You’ll also be helping me (again!) in my studies – which I’ll be very grateful for!

Looking forward to seeing you then!

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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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