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Showing posts from October, 2003

Should Christians feel guilty?

1. Guilt & Christians

1 : the fact of having committed a breach of conduct especially violating law and involving a penalty; broadly : guilty conduct
2 a : the state of one who has committed an offense especially consciously b : feelings of culpability especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy : SELF-REPROACH
3 : a feeling of culpability for offenses

Do Christians feel guilty? Are non-Christians guilty? Are Christians guilty?

2. The Doctrine of Justification by Faith [Romans 3v21-26]

21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it-- 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

What is the problem?
How can God deal with that?


24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is…


Once again some quality time with Andy Goodacre & Steph Carter at our weekly Team Meeting in Guildford yesterday before returning to Reading to lead a seminar on Should Christians Feel Guilty?. One of the best titles I've ever been given I think. I'll put the notes up in a while.

At Reading we've just completed four weeks of cell in John's gospel to fit with the Life project. We'll take one week out to focus on cell evangelism before moving back into John for four more weeks. Life - Part 1. Cell Notes from John 3,4,6 &9. It's been great preparing and teaching the material for these and I'm looking forward to the rest of term as we explore John 12,14,19 & 20.

Seventy Five Years of UCCF

Tonight we held a thanksgiving meeting for seventy five years of Christian Unions in the UK. It was a good night with John Risbridger speaking from Philippians 1. Some real encouragement about our partnership in the gospel, our need to love the right things and to proclaim the gospel. Great testimonies and we found amongst us one of the earliest members of Reading CU from 1934!

[RUCU was founded in 1927]

Permission to fail - spiritual healthcheck

Developing a “Permission to Fail Culture…”SPIRITUAL HEALTHCHECKSomeone once described the Christian life to me as living on the road of grace. It’s a great road - the most wonderful road, one on which we are completely certain of where we are going. But, he said, this road has a ditch on either side that many slip into. They take their eyes of the road of grace and soon find themselves stuck in a ditch. Thankfully, it’s always possible for God to get us out of the ditch… Sometimes we even veer between both ditches…

DITCH 1. LICENSE “God is good, he will forgive me, that’s his job…”

This can lead us to think, ultimately, that we don’t need grace and that sin is acceptable… maybe we even deny that anything “sin” is wrong… Grace is not a license to sin - rather grace teaches us to say NO to sin. Are there areas where you’re trying to get away with sin?

Sin can be hard to break free of and the only real way is to make the tough choices and to come to God for forgiveness - and he will always …

The grace driven leader

Talk notes from Canterbury CU.


ome questions
What does it mean to be a leader?
How do you feel about being a leader?
Why should you be a leader?


Let me tell you about some of the leaders who’ve influenced me most…

Ian - taught me 2 Timothy at a leaders weekend and for the first time inspired me to read the Bible. Another guy called Richard helped me a lot later by helping me understand how to read the Bible by showing me a few simple examples. Christian leaders are going to need to be Bible people. Some useful resources to help you with this are Vaughan Roberts book God’s Big Picture or the Read Mark Learn study guides on John or Romans. It’s worth studying any of these with some friends.

John F Kennedy apparently said "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

Chris - a Christian Union Staff Worker, rebuked me for pushing an idea that would have compromised the interdenominational nature of the CU. But after that didn’t give up on m…

On the road

Been a while since I've had time to post anything here. The last week has been great - I've got started on meeting one on one with some lads and we've had some good times exploring the Bible. It's been a challenge and a joy. I'm determined that my vision will be grace and my attitude one of joy and the more I read the more I'm finding this. Today's headline in The Times said: Savour this Monday morning: if only life could always be as sweet as this in response to the weekend's sporting triumphs.

God's mercy's new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Every morning is one to be savoured because God's mercy is new to us because of what he did at the cross. Sport is ok but forget such second rate savouring... God says (Lamentations 3v22-23.): Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Savour that!

Spent a few sunny hours in Canterbury at th…