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What Would Jesus Say…?

What Would Jesus Say

How would you fill in the blank? What would Jesus say to a particular person, about a particular issue, or concerning an aspect of life? Or whatever else you can think of that you’d be interested to hear Jesus on, what would it be?

We want to hear from as many of you on this as we can. Consider it something of a survey, if you like. If you want to tell us your thoughts, you can enter them in our online form, here.

The results of that survey will form four Sunday mornings in January. We’ll take the top four answers and tackle them as best we can on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of January.

Because we want to hear from as many people as possible, why not share this with others on facebook or twitter. Or grab a postcard (available at our church building) and hand it to someone so that they can fill it in.

1 Peter Resources

We’re doing 1 Peter in some pretty large portions. You might want to go into more detail with some of the themes we’re picking out or with the book as a whole. If that’s you, then here are some resources:

“1 Peter For You” by Juan Sanchez

If you want to go deeper, this study book will take you through the entire book of 1 Peter, perfect for personal devotions.

“Distinctives” by Vaughan Roberts

The subheading says it all: “Dare to be Different!” It’s a short snappy book all about how we should stand out, in a good way, as Christians in the world.

“The Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges

An excellent book on how we’re called to be holy and what that looks like.

“Holiness” by J. C. Ryle

This absolute classic takes a bit of work but is very rewarding in its study on the theme of holiness.

“Sacrifice” by Simon Guillebaud

A very short but powerfully punchy book on the sacrifice of being willing to risk everything to live for Christ.

Help Me Teach the Bible: John Piper on 1 Peter

A video on The Gospel Coalition website of Nancy Guthrie interviewing John Piper on how he would teach 1 Peter. (Watch out for when his mobile phone goes off during his interview! See 1:06:26.)

(Nancy Guthrie: Help Me Teach 1 Peter w/ John Piper [Workshop] from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.)

Also available in audio format, with links to other 1 Peter resources, here.

(Books are available from other book shops! Some are available on electronic reading devices too.)

Spiritual Gifts Q&A #2

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Just in case you didn’t have the opportunity, or if you’ve come up with a new question, we’re having a second Spiritual Gifts Q&A. All questions submitted will be tackled on Tuesday 27 November, 7:30pm.

If you’d like to submit an anonymous question, then use the form below:

Systematic Theology

Have you ever wondered what the whole sum of the Bible’s teaching is on God’s providence, or on the work of the Holy Spirit, or on the application of the atonement in the believer? Sounds like a big job? Well, yes it is!

Thankfully, there are many books, called systematic theologies, that do this work for us. In these, scholars have spent years pulling together all the biblical teaching on almost every important topic imaginable.

Inevitably, some go into more detail than others (one famous one is in 13 volumes with over 6 million words — which is vast compared to the NIV Bible’s 730,000 words!) The problem is, the longer a version is, the less likely most people are going to be able to read the whole thing!

I’ve recently set myself the task of working through one of the most well known evangelical Systematic Theologies of recent times, by Wayne Grudem. It’s quite a weighty work, weighing in at 1290 pages and 57 chapters, but I figure if I give it around half an hour each morning then I’ll get through it before too long.

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The reason I’ve decided to do this is to keep stretching myself. To help me to keep thinking through the deep truths of God. That’s something it’s important for each of us to do. We can settle and be happy with the simple basic truths of the gospel, which is great of course, but we can also set ourselves to go deeper and deeper into the good news and all that God has shown about himself. So long as we don’t pursue knowledge for the sake of knowledge, it will only do us good to go deeper and deeper in.

If you’ve never read any kind of systematic theology, then I’d really commend it to you. I can’t imagine many people would read it all the way through in one sitting. It might be something you read a little of each day. Or it might be something you have as a reference for whenever you come across something the Bible teaches and want to know everything else that is taught on that subject. Here are some links to a few shorter ones I’d recommend as well as the full length one:

Bible Doctrine, by Wayne Grudem (528 pages; £15.99)

Know the Truth, by Bruce Milne (384 pages; £12.99)

Concise Theology, by J. I. Packer (224 pages; £8.29)

Christian Beliefs, by Wayne Grudem (160 pages; £6.79)

Or if you want the full length one I’m reading: Systematic Theology, by Wayne Grudem (1296 pages, £25.99)