The Scriptures provide comprehensive practical instruction and guidance for the carrying out of all preaching, worship and church activity, and for every instruction there is a divine promise of help and reward. Do we review adequately or often our teaching, or the work of our church? Here are the ‘departments’ of preaching to be honoured, the elements of worship and the essential components of a church ‘programme’, together with the attached promises.
The Bible is a book of ‘reformations’ from beginning to end. One of the great cables or themes running through its narratives is the calling out of the world of the people of God, their (repeated) re-absorption over time by the wiles of the devil, and their victorious reclamations as a distinctive people. [School of Theology address]
There was a time, and it ran for two centuries, when Baptists held a distinctive doctrine of God’s covenants quite different from the Presbyterian view, and eminently more scriptural. Then dispensational ideas made it a minority view. But a revival is taking place. This School of Theology address presents the traditional ‘1689’ covenant, its difference from Sinai, and its devotional rewards.
Even preachers are often confused about whether they should use reasoning in Gospel preaching. Paul persuaded all the time, and so did Reformers, Puritans and preachers in Awakenings. The old Calvinistic view of regeneration compelled it, but today’s view crushes it. What are the differences?
The biblical model for worship (so often overturned today) and the vital ingredients to be included in prayers and hymns. Here also is a swift review of our 300-year hymn genre and its towering superiority in doctrine, depth, quality and music over contemporary songs.