Field Notes – 19/6/M
Last Sunday’s Songs at Banstead Community Church: 1) Glory be to God the Father; 2) How deep the Father’s love; 3) Not in me; 4) Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling; 5) And can it be?
Flourish is a new course (starting in September) run by London Seminary for women who want to be more thoroughly equipped to serve.
Sinclair Ferguson in the latest issue of Expositor magazine has a cracking article on ‘The Calvin Project’ or ‘What should a genuinely biblical ministry in sixteenth-century Switzerland look like?’ For Calvin, he said, this involved six elements:
- The Pen – Calvin not only spoke the Word, he wrote the Word; he did so out of the conviction that literate Christians needed to study Scripture for themselves, and his goal was to help them to do so.
- The Pulpit – Calvin preached on a daily, not a weekly basis; his vision was to immerse his people in Scripture until its teaching cleansed and transformed them into men and women in whom a biblical understanding and lifestyle was, as it were, instinctive to them..
- The Catechism – Calvin held the view that a catechism was of such importance that the church could not survive without it; every Sunday there was a catechetical service for youngsters; children who know the catechism are equipped to think biblically and clearly about God, themselves, the gospel and the lifestyle to which we are called in Christ, and to speak coherently and persuasively to those who are not yet believers.
- The Lectern – Calvin served as a Bible professor; he gave three lectures each week; to prepare younger men fro gospel ministry, investing his gifts in them out of a burden to send preachers of the gospel throughout Europe and beyond.
- The Congregation – each Friday pastors and others from Geneva and its environs met together for the study of Scripture and for mutual exhortation; served as continuing education opportunities; men heard each other handle Scripture on a regular basis, learned from one another, and helped each other.
- The Prayers – Every Wednesday in Geneva was designated the Day of Prayer, and specific gatherings for prayer were held.
“The Calvin Project – preaching, communicating in writing, committing ourselves to the future preachers of the gospel, engaging with other preachers and sitting under each other’s ministries – and much prayer.”
10ofthose.com have recently released or are soon to be releasing some great looking title. Here are a few I’m going to add to my to read list: Luther and the 9.5 theses; Freedom Movement; Convinced by Scripture; Born to Reproduce; With Him; God’s Leader; The Art of Turning; Wow!
“Commonplace books (or commonplaces) were a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. Such books were essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator’s particular interests.” (Shawn Blanc)
“Adam prefigured him who was to come; for out of the side of Christ, the second Adam, was his bride, the church, formed. This happened when he slept the deep sleep of death on the cross, when his side was opened, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water, blood to redeem his church and water to purify it to himself.” (Matthew Henry on Genesis 2:21-22)