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Why are Christians so anxious today?
In these times of a pandemic and lockdowns it is easy to be anxious. What are the reasons behind this? How should Christians respond? Kerri and Pete, Christian Bloggers, look at why this should be in the light of Government messaging and the Coronavirus pandemic.
Isolation is not natural for human beings - we are not designed for it. In times of crisis, such as we are experiencing with Covid-19, our instinct is to group together. Yet here we are, millions of us, isolating ourselves even from close family members to prevent the spread of the disease, while at the same time being bombarded with horrifying headlines. So it’s no surprise that many people are feeling anxious and fearful.
We're on a mission from God...
Maggie and Pete discuss why we need to get up and go on world mission. We need to reach out the world in evangelistic mission because God has promised to bless all nations (or people groups) on the earth. What better motivation and encouragement can we have than the understanding that missions (blessing the nations with the Gospel) is in the sure purposes of God. Because Jesus has already purchased people from every tribe and nation with His blood. Like the Moravians motivated by this purchase we should repeat what two Moravians missionaries said as they set sail for India, “May the Lamb receive the reward of His suffering!” In other words, He has already purchased them, our job is only to gather in what is His.
A life changing part of John's gospel explained (good conversation with Alan and Pete)
We look at John chapter 3 and its enduring importance in bringing people out of a path to destruction into ultimate salvation. “If we were asked to read to a dying man who did not know the gospel, we should probably select this chapter as the most suitable one for such an occasion; and what is good for dying men is good for us all, for that is what we are; and how soon we may be actually at the gates of death, none of us can tell.” (Spurgeon)
Beginning with the Word (good conversation with Alan and Pete)
Peter Cooper talks with Alan Riley about the first chapter of John's Gospel, starting at the very beginning. John's Gospel is a highpoint of theological writing with deep truths embedded within it. What or who is God's word and how does God's word affect us. Pete and Alan argue that God's word bring about both creation and new creation in a way that changes everything.
How best to read the bible (good conversation with Maggie and Pete)
Reading the Bible is much easier if you follow some simple steps and get prepared. And, as you delve into it, you might find that you are more familiar with the Bible than you expected: it crops up in everything from Shakespeare to Hollywood movies; it’s inspired musicians, historical figures and campaigners. The Bible is complex. It’s not one book but a collection of 66 books, split into two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. All of the books are divided into chapters and verses. People often find it easier to begin at the opening of the New Testament, which starts about three-quarters of the way through. Maggie and Pete give their tips. Here's a link to the book mentioned: https://amzn.to/38bPH4K
Does God sideline women? (good conversation)
The women in the Bible are rarely mentioned by name, with named women representing only 5.5 to 8 percent of the total of all named characters, male and female. This suggests that women were not usually in the forefront of public life. Those women that are named, rose to prominence for reasons outside the ordinary. They are often an aspect of the over-turning of man-made power structures and the women are often heroic or at the heart of an important doctrine. Does God really sideline women? What does the Bible say? Peter and Maggie discuss this important issue for contemporary Christian thought.
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