Letter from the Manse

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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 done …

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Happy Birthday!!

Tomorrow is David’s first birthday… We try to make birthdays special for each member of the family… Wise Christians have always tried to use their birthdays as a time for reflection on the past, and preparation for the future.

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The Return of Christ

On recent Sunday evenings I’ve been preaching on the return of Christ.

I want to preach a couple more sermons on that great theme. But already we’ve laid out the broad outlines of what the Bible says about the great event. I pointed out in one of the earlier messages that I grew up with some very mixed-up ideas about the Second Coming. I hope that you all have a clearer understanding than I had then.

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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?

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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