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Singing Psalms

Singing Psalms

On Sunday evenings we are studying the psalms together. I’m planning to cover the first twenty or so. The psalms were never intended just to be read, either silently or aloud. They’re not merely poems – they are songs. The book of psalms was the hymnbook of ancient Israel. So, if aiming to get the full impact of the psalms, emotionally as well as intellectually, it’s important that we sing them together.

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Christian Doctrine

Christian Doctrine

We’ve just reached the end of a long series of sermons on Christian doctrine.

It was in January 2006 that we began the ‘Truths for Today’ series.  For more than three years we’ve been working systematically through the great truths of the Christian faith.  It’s done me good.  I’ve had to grapple with issues I wouldn’t have chosen to tackle.  I’ve had to go back to the Bible and ask myself exactly what I believe and why.  I hope it’s …

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Baptism

Baptism

Last Sunday was a very happy day. We gathered at Charlesworth, baptised one of the students who has come to us this year, brought him into membership, and then sat down together around the Lord’s Table to remember the Lord Jesus.

I was especially glad that many of the children of the church could be there to watch and to listen. And I wondered how long it will be before some of these children are baptised and become members of the church.

How old must a …

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What is Grace Baptist Church?

What is Grace Baptist Church?

I’ve been asked that question a number of times recently. Of course, the answer I’ve given has varied according to who I’m speaking to, and why they’re asking. But if I were talking to somebody who really wanted to know, and who had the time and inclination to listen, I’d want to say five things.

Firstly, we are a Christian church. And I mean that in its fullest sense. We’re a church that is built on Christ himself. In 1 Corinthians ch 3, Paul describes Christian …

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What is a missionary?

What is a missionary?

 What is a missionary? Silly question. We all know what a missionary is, don’t we? We have missionary prayer meetings. We get missionary newsletters. We read missionary biographies. A missionary is, well… a missionary. And yet, nobody seems to be able to tell me just what we mean when we call a person a missionary.

Once it was simple. People were sent from countries where there were churches to places where there were no churches. They went there to preach the gospel, to make disciples, …

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