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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.
I’m greatly enjoying Andrew Cornes speaking on 1 Corinthians 1 at our preachers' conference. Andrew is an experienced preacher/pastor and is recently retired. What I love about him is his honesty talking about his long experiences of ministry, both in terms of what was going on in his church, but – just as importantly – what was going on in his own heart. This is useful stuff. For sure, looking back he could see lots of external causes of division and difficulty. And it’s always easy to point the finger at others. But, said Andrew honestly, we have to look inward too. And very often it is our own pride which is the chief issue. Moreover, it is not disconnected to the difficulties in the church. For if our pride is making us awkward or negative or critical, is it any wonder that such attitudes are prevalent in our churches? In other words, what preachers need to hear time and time again is that we need to look internally before we start blaming externally. I think I read something similar in the Bible somewhere. 1 Timothy 4:16 anyone?
I’m enjoying Bryan Chappell at our ministers’ conference teaching on application. This is a contentious issue for some Christians. Too much, too little, and all kinds of practical and spiritual objections. He told the story of how he was himself taught preaching by Dr Robert Rayburn, an ex-army Colonel chaplain who had parachuted into Korea behind enemy lines with the men to whom he ministered. This man stood for no nonsense. He told his students, ‘Men, I don’t care how famous you get, or how big your churches are, or how good a preacher you are, but I want you to imagine that after every sermon I’m sitting in the back row and you have to walk past me every time you preach. I have my arms folded and I have a frown on my face and one question that needs answering, “So what?”’ ‘Stephen saw heaven opened?’ ‘So what?’ ‘The Israelites were in the wilderness for forty years.’ ‘So what?’ ‘Justification is by faith alone?’ ‘So what?’ For, Chappell argues, we cannot really say we understand a text unless we have understood its significance. Take justification by faith. We might think we understand it, but if we believe that the way to get right with God is by, say, reading our Bibles more, we have not really understood the text. It’s only when we have grasped its significance that we can truly say we’ve understood a text. In other words, application counts.
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Tuesday 21st June 2016 –
Thursday 23rd June 2016
PT Cornhill Summer School 2016
Monday 27th June 2016 –
Friday 1st July 2016
For people who are, or hope to be in any kind of Bible teaching ministry in the local church. All sorts of people come to the Summer School - students, workers, people who have retired; those who want a taster of Cornhill; people taking a week out of their normal lives to be equipped, encouraged and refreshed in their service of the Lord. It's an opportunity to work through some of the important principles of handling the Bible faithfully with the aim of teaching Christ with integrity. The week consists of some of the key elements of PT Cornhill and is taught by Cornhill lecturers at our offices in central London, near London Bridge.
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