More training Wednesdays

Here are some resources from the last few weeks: From the Bible Overview: The Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis) Journeying to and Entering the Land (Numbers to Ruth) From the Hebrews series: The warning passages in Hebrews (Lee Gatiss) Session on Hebrews 8-10 From the servant leadership and ministry skills series: Servant leadership lessons from 2 Corinthians 1-5 How to get things done: time, energy & mission (Tim Challies) Daily workflow (Matt…

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Injecting eternal comfort into hard realities

The following powerful testimony from Barnabas Omenda, former iServe Africa apprentice, featured recently in the GLA magazine The Link: What do you say to someone who feels they have lost it all, is over the edge with no one there to break their fall? What do you say to someone who feels so unloved, giving themselves away just to be good enough? What do you say to a hopeless soul who can’t remember their…

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The heat-seeking missile

One of the things we do with the TransformD team is help them to think about their own hearts in terms of idolatry. Idolatry can mean a false view of God which is then represented physically. In fact that’s usually what it means in Scripture. But it can also mean a whole life of worshiping created things rather than the creator (Romans 1:25; Ephesians 5:5). We are heart-driven beings, constantly…

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Self-care: Know your capacity and do all you can

There is a fantastic book by J C Ryle called Christian Leaders which I’d put in my top five must reads. The meat of the book is a series of eleven biographical sketches of the key preachers of the eighteenth century revival in the UK – the days of George Whitefield and John Wesley. One of the lesser known figures who Ryle sketches is James Hervey. The whole chapter is…

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By Scripture Alone (with the church, experience and common sense)

One of the big things we celebrate today – 31 October 2017 – Reformation Day – is the rediscovery of the Word of God as the supreme rule of life and doctrine. Scripture Alone The Reformation was a question of authority but it was also a question of freedom and life. To exist with anything else as your ultimate guide is to be enslaved to a harsh and unstable master…

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God’s Big Picture

Book review by current iServe Africa apprentice Onesmus Onyango: A lot of us struggle to point to Jesus from the Old Testament. In that regard this book has been one of the most mind-blowing inspirational resources I have ever found! Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. (Matt. 5:17) Many people only…

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Training Wednesdays 2017-18

We’ve started a new year of special weekly training sessions with the second year apprentices, extending and stretching on faithful Bible handling, gospel theology, servant leadership, engaging other cultures and practical ministry skills. Here are some resources from the first few sessions: Bible overviews – an introduction Biblical Theology (2nd Year Curriculum) session 2 – Abraham Hebrews 2 Conversation KE

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TransformD recruiting now!

TransformD is the newest programme in iServe Africa. It is a six-month residential aimed at transforming the lives of high school leavers between the ages of 18 and 21 years into Christ-centred individuals who are: Devoted to the Word Disciples of Christ Disciplined in following Christ Dependable in Christian ministry Deployable to do good works among others Interested in joining yourself or sending your child or a young person you care about? Basic…

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4 patterns of master-slave relations

Here are 4 different models of interaction between masters (leaders) and slaves (employees): Oppressive master and submissive slave This tends to be the pattern in settled traditional societies and modern totalitarian societies. Hierarchy is strong – the pyramid model. Those at ‘the top’ very much see themselves as ‘above’ others and those at the bottom know their place and submit. Leaders are dictators who cannot be questioned, ‘big men’ who…

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Kanisa ni nini?

It’s an important question. If we are looking for a faithful church to be part of. If we are looking towards being involved in pastoral ministry. If we are wanting to be good members and servants of our church week by week. We need to know how to approach this thing which is the centrepiece of God’s eternal plan, the bride of Christ, the agent of mission, the great means…

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