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by David Jackman
Equipped to Preach the Word is a training course designed to develop faithful and effective preachers of the Bible. Click here for more.
Every now and then you sing a hymn that is crying out for a better tune. Even a slightly better tune. This is one that is in my head now and I’m glad not to be able to shake it off. 18th Century finest Moravian: Jesus, your blood and righteousness my beauty are, my glorious dress; mid burning worlds, in these arrayed, with joy I shall lift up my head. 2. Bold shall I stand on your great day and none condemn me, try who may; fully absolved by you I am from sin and fear, from guilt and shame. 3. When from the dust of death I rise to claim my home beyond the skies, then this shall be my only plea: Jesus has lived, has died for me. 4. O give to all your servants, Lord, to speak with power your gracious word, that all who now believe it true may find eternal life in you. 5. O God of power, O God of love, let the whole world your mercy prove; now let your word in all prevail; Lord, take the spoils of death and hell! 6. O let the dead now hear your voice; let those once lost in sin rejoice! Their beauty this, their glorious dress, Jesus, your blood and righteousness.
I explained very briefly yesterday how texts rightly understood in context bring a sermon a power that it cannot have otherwise. This is, I guess, “rightly dividing the word of truth.” But I want to go further and say that this context also drives application. Take just one of those texts from yesterday’s passage: “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here.” In my teenage Bible this is underlined a few times, highlighted too, but I’m not sure I ever bothered to understand it in context. It’s an obvious truth, as a standalone verse. It is about the difference that being born again makes. It is about how significant the change is. I could make a sermon out of that! But the context makes you think quite differently, even about application. The context is Paul defending himself against the super-apostles: Paul doesn’t mind even if they claim he is out of his mind, for – if so – it is for the Lord’s sake. And though the super-apostles are assessing Paul from a worldly point of view (in terms of the spectacular that he lacks) he will not be drawn into the same slanging match (2 Cor 5.16). Why? Because even his detractors, if saved, are new creations! The old has gone, the new has come. Suddenly there is pointed application. This is about how Paul relates to others, especially those who are his detractors. To paraphrase the late Bob Horn, he “starts with generous assumptions.” And so must we.
Weekend Wives conference 2016
Friday 7th October 2016 –
Sunday 9th October 2016
A conference for minister's wives who would otherwise struggle to make a week-time conference. We plan to have particular application for those working outside the home, whether full or part-time, as well as for those working hard within the home. More details of speakers and topics will be added in the coming months.
If you would like to transfer your booking from another conference to attend this event instead, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange this and any necessary refund for you (there will be no charge to do this).
The conference will begin at 5pm on Friday and conclude with lunch at 12.30pm on Sunday.
Sorry, this conference is not open for online booking. To see if there are spaces, please call the office (0207 407 0561) or email email@example.com.
Marriage and Ministry Leicestershire Oct 2016
Monday 24th October 2016 –
Tuesday 25th October 2016
A 24 hour stopover for up to 14 couples. Based at Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire. Marriage can be tough. Ministry can be tough. Together, they can be an explosive combination. What should be a joyful partnership sometimes turns out to be the very thing on which both ministry and marriage founder. We cannot let it.
The conference will begin at 11am on Monday and conclude with lunch at 12.45pm on Tuesday.
Started in 1991, PT Cornhill exists primarily to train preachers, as well as equipping men and women to teach the Bible in other contexts, such as youth/children's work and women's ministry. Click here for more details
We're gradually adding material from our archive. EMA 1993 featured Dick Lucas, Phillip Jensen, Don Carson, David Petersen and John Lennox for a mix of inspiring teaching, challenging exhortation and encouraging reports of gospel work. (Click the title, left, for the talks)