Our sermon series on The Ten Commandments is nearly at an end; if you would like to do some follow-up reading for yourself there are many good books available. You might like to consider this one by Jen Wilkin.
In Ten Words to Live By, Jen reminds readers of the life-giving power of God’s perfect law for the believer. The Ten Commandments are words about obedience and holiness—timeless in their importance and wisdom—spoken by God to a nation recently set free. Yet today these same words are often misunderstood, forgotten, or simply ignored.
Wilkin teaches readers how the Ten Commandments come to bear on their lives today, helping them to love God and others, live in joyful freedom, and long for that future day when God will be rightly worshiped for eternity. Ancient and timeless, these words cannot be overlooked. They serve as the rightful delight and daily meditation of those who call on the name of the Lord.
The book is available from 10ofThose, The Good Book Company and other sellers.
Our friends at Moulton Church have arranged this event.
Three Zoom sessions led by Mel Lacey, Head of Growing Young Disciples. Mel has many years experience in leading youth and children’s work and is an excellent teacher and communicator.
This event is aimed at parents and children’s/youth workers.
Session 1. Monday March 29th 8pm – 9:30pm In this session we’ll be thinking about helping kids to know who they are in light of the pressure to form certain types of images & identities by the world. The session will focus lots on helping parents/youthworkers/childrens workers understand the pressures & how they can then help kids know they are created in the image of God.
Session 2. Monday 26th April 8pm – 9:30pm. This session will move onto helping kids relate to people who differ from them, and how to have a biblical faith & lovingly engage with others.
Session 3. Monday 24th May 8pm – 9:30pm. This session we’ll be thinking about how to help kids relate to the world, focusing on helping them to engage well with TV, movies, social media, music etc. with a biblical worldview.
There is a small voluntary contribution of £5 towards the cost of the event.
Our monthly Saturday hour of prayer is happening this week, 13th March, from 9am by Zoom. Please contact Helen: Helen@stbots.church or Victoria: firstname.lastname@example.org for login details. We’d love to see you!
At the time of the Reformation in England, when the Church of England was established, it became clear to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, that very few of the clergy could preach! The answer to this problem was to write a book of sermons or ‘homilies’ that clergy could read out at their services. The idea was that over time they would cease to be needed as clergy learned the art of preaching. The books of homilies have been available from that day to this, which says a lot about the standard of preaching in the Church of England over the centuries. For many, the homilies have become inaccessible due to their antiquated language. If only someone would update the language and reprint them? Well. Lee Gatiss, formerly of this parish, and now National Director of Church Society has done just that. The book will be available soon. However, if you can’t wait, head over to the Church Society YouTube channel where Lee will be reading one of the homilies each day during Lent. Each instalment lasts about ten minutes. It is well worth a visit each day during Lent to hear ‘Lee’s Lenten Lections’ from the books of Homilies.
There are lots of really helpful Bible reading notes around which I’m sure a good number of you make excellent use of. I wanted to draw your attention to one in particular. They a couple of volumes which we have been using as a family over the last few weeks and which we have found to be enlightening, encouraging and engaging.
Reading Between the Lines (Volume 1 – Old Testament and Volume 2 – New Testament), written by Glen Scrivener provides “true refreshment, both of mind and spirit.” (Richard Bewes OBE). Glen’s style of writing is easily understood; at times he is surprising and forthright whilst explaining a well known Bible passage with new insight and detail.
The foreword to the second volume is written by Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology. In it he says, “Glen takes your focus and fixes it on Jesus in all his grace and glory… you’re drawn to marvel and rejoice and treasure Christ more each day”
I mentioned that we have been using the books as a family; the daily Bible readings and notes can be done in around six or seven minutes, this is great for the attention span of a teenager (no offence to all the teenagers out there!). I would recommend that the notes are appropriate for teenagers and adults but not for younger children.
The books are available from 10 of Those, The Good Book Company and other suppliers.