A new online resource
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.
Subtitle: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus In the age of “self-help” and “self-care”, Lydia Brownback’s latest book is definitely not one of them. Although, it kind of is, in that the aim of the book is ultimately to help you find happiness and live a more fulfilling life… to “flourish”.
The main difference is that you’re not going to accomplish that by trying to look within to unleash your inner strength. In fact, Brownback would advise that you choose the better option. Forget about yourself entirely and look to Christ instead! She sets the tone at the beginning of her book by reminding the reader of what Paul tells Timothy in II Timothy, chapter 3: “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self…” (verses 1-2) And how does Paul go on to warn Timothy? “Avoid such people.” (verse 5) Brownback tells the reader that we too are now living in these last days before Jesus’ return. Rather than trying to hammer in her reader’s head that they ought to think more about Christ and less about themselves, the author is a bit more ambitious. She wants to use this book to train the reader to think and come to this conclusion for themselves. Not only that, she wants the reader to learn the necessary tools to be able to make discerning decisions going forward based on biblical understanding to differentiate between these two mentalities.
The way she goes about doing this is by using a 3-part structure in each of the 6 chapters. Each chapter focuses on a common area where people may be tempted to focus too much on the self:
- 1. Self-Consciousness
- 2. Self-Improvement
- 3. Self-Analysis
- 4. Self-Indulgence
- 5. Self-Condemnation
- 6. Self-Victimisation
- i. Dig (going deeper into the heart of the issue)
- ii. Discern (gaining clarity on the biblical mindset required to tackle the issue)
- iii. Flourish (conclusion of the matter and what it looks like to embrace Christ over self)
by Michelle Cheng
We are so excited that our Teaching Ephesians book has just been published in Indonesia. We are so thankful to our friends at UFM and also Langham for making this possible. As always we want to thank Christian Focus for their continued partnership in this project. Please do pray with us that this volume might be greatly used to equip pastors and build up churches in the region.
Cornhill Book in a day 2019: Acts (Tuesday)
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Cornhill Book in a Day is an opportunity for people to come and join the Cornhill students for the day as they focus in on one book of the Bible.
The four sessions across the day will look at an overview of the book, exploring key themes and the unique place it occupies in the canon of Scripture. The structure of the book will be analysed and there will be help with how to preach and teach different passages from the book. The teaching will include both lectures from the front and work in small groups. The day will finish with a model sermon from a key passage of the book.
If you are a Bible teacher, home group leader, or involved in other Word ministry then coming to Book in a Day will be an invaluable help in getting a handle on a whole Bible book. We would love to have you join us; space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
The content on both days is the same; please book for either the Monday or the Tuesday.
Both days will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm and be held at Willcox House on Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB.
Sorry, online booking for this conference is now closed.
Workshop for cross cultural preaching training 2019 (Level 1)
Thursday 7th February 2019
Many Bible teachers and preachers around the world have benefited in the past from the 'Project Timothy' programme, whereby pastor-preachers have gone for a week or so on a regular basis to give Bible-training in the Majority world. Last year Neil Watkinson, our International Director, ran some well-received one-day training workshops for those interested in or involved with short-term cross-cultural expository ministry training events. In 2019 there will be a repeat of these workshops. Please note that to be able to come to the Level 2 workshop, you will need to have attended a Level 1 workshop.
Thursday 7 February 2019 - Level 1 workshop.
Wednesday 27 March 2019 - Level 2 workshop.
Both workshops will run for a whole day (9.30am-4.30pm) at Willcox House. Spaces will be limited, so please book soon. The cost of the training will be £30 for the day, which includes a sandwich lunch.
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
Autumn Ministers 2018
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)