Field Notes – 21/11/T
Looking for ideas for the children’s slot in church during Advent. Here’s a series of 4 kids talks I did in church on each Sunday in Advent last year.
I’ve put together a list of hymns and songs that we sing at Banstead Community Church – the hymns and songs in our own hymnal – loosely divided into three categories (Praise to our God; Thanksgiving for His saving work; Songs for the Journey).
You can find it HERE.
Why is it important to keep studying? “Because our people are bathed in trivial information in this day and age, they need a shepherd with real knowledge, much discernment and a nose for truth. This knowledge must be acquired and those qualities cultivated, and both require that you become a permanent student.”
What should be studied? “You will want to be reading soul-fattening books – works that will increase your knowledge, your love for the Lord and your confidence in Scripture.”
How should you study? “There are five main ways in which your ongoing study will be aided: reading, reflection, writing, teaching and living.”
When should you study? “You are going to have to plan carefully when to study and then how to protect that time.”
Why should you study? “We want to learn in order to be serviceable to the church.”
What should your aim in studying be? “To acquire true and useful information or knowledge… The acquisition of the ability to employ the right use of that knowledge, which you gain in study… The development of your analytical skills… An ongoing refreshment of our desire to learn, obey, worship, pastor… To enable our capacity for self-criticism and to increase our ability to exercise appropriate repentance… The cultivation of a warm, full, natural, practical piety or godliness.”
What should you do with your study? “All our study ought to be turned into prayer and made to serve the interests of sanctification – ours and that of others.”
“If you never accept your neighbours’ or colleagues’ invitations to go to the pub or to a football match, why would you expect them to accept your invitations to attend a Carol Service?” (Eddie Arthur)
“It is remarkable how many of the great preachers of the world are inseparably associated with the places where their work was done, where perhaps all their life was lived…
Certainly the long pastorates of other days were rich in the knowledge of human nature, in a very intimate relation with humanity.
These three rules seem to have in them the practical sum of the whole matter. I beg you to remember them and apply them with all the wisdom that God gives you.
First. Have as few congregations as you can.
Second. Know your congregation as thoroughly as you can.
Third. Know your congregation so largely and deeply that in knowing it you shall know humanity.”
In our elders’ meetings at Banstead Community Church, I’ve been giving theological reflections on a paragraph or two from the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.
We’ve reached Chapter 4: Of Creation. This chapter was the focus of the Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference recently, and the audio from this is now online.