Total Gospel: MTC December 2015

Tim Keller puts it like this: ‘We never “get beyond the gospel” in our Christian life to something more “advanced.” The gospel is not the first “step” in a “stairway” of truths, rather, it is more like the “hub” in a “wheel” of truth. The gospel is not just the A-B-C’s of Christianity, but it is the A to Z of Christianity. The gospel is not just the minimum required…

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Induction #2

Our main intake of apprentices is June-August ready to start in September but, since 2012, we’ve been having a smaller intake in October/November ready to start in January for the calendar year. This time, the secondary intake was the largest to date with 9 men and women joining us to serve and learn as ministry apprentices. We really thank God for bringing us these keen, servant-hearted fresh graduates and particularly…

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The light dawns

We finally got to the coming of Christ in our Bible overview with the 2nd year apprentices. The light has dawned, the king has come, grace has appeared, the branch has sprung up, the Son has been given. Resources for the last couple of weeks of Training Wednesdays: 365 Messianic Prophecies (Jews For Jesus) How Christ fulfilled and ended the Old Testament regime (John Piper) The Persian Empire (Youtube) The…

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Darkness before the dawn

More good sessions of Training Wednesdays. Particularly appreciated how Harrison brought home to us the darkness over the Jewish nation just before the light from heaven dawned. The end of the Kings. The humiliation of the people. The desecration of the Temple. The occupation of their land. The promises to Abraham seemingly in tatters. The return from Exile a mere shadow of the prophetic expectations. A dejected people in sore need…

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AICMAR Annual School of Preaching

Thanking God for a good time in Butere. Especially profitable evening sessions dealing with nitty gritty issues of pastoral ministry. Great to hear a bishop giving us his theme verse, “We preach Christ crucified” and challenging us, “Which is more important to you, your denomination or Christ and being a Christian?” Here are some of the notes and relevant links: Sermon Preparation Toolkit What, Why and How Do We Preach? Preaching through the…

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Reloaded [2]

Had a great time yesterday with the 2nd years. Here are the notes and links in connection to the last couple of weeks of Training Wednesdays: Biblical Theology (sessions 3 & 4) The warning passages in Hebrews (Lee Gatiss) Personality & Ministry How to get things done: time, energy & mission (Tim Challies) Daily workflow (Matt Perman) Being wise on social media Conversation KE

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Kingdom-minded

There is a command of the Lord in Luke’s Gospel that I find breathtaking. “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2) There are almost as many surprising things in this verse as there are words. But just to chose one: The call to be Kingdom-minded The prayer Jesus wants is for more workers to…

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