Letter from the Manse

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Why missionaries?

Why is it important that we maintain an interest in the cause of the gospel overseas? Do we need to spend time listening to reports from our missionary friends? Don’t we have enough to do here at home? Millions of people in our own country have never heard the true gospel. Can we afford to put time, energy, resources, prayer into supporting Christians and churches across the world?

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The suffering Church

Are you enjoying our Sunday evening studies in the book of Revelation?  I doubt it.  I hope we’re finding the studies mind-stretching, edifying, even exciting.  But hardly enjoyable.  Many of the things John sees in his vision are shocking, disturbing, at times terrifying.

One of the most constant themes in the book of Revelation is persecution.  John wrote for believers who were facing persecution.  And he took it for granted that believers in every age will be persecuted.

John was a true prophet.  All through history, believers have been persecuted.  And persecution continues throughout the …

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1689 Confession of Faith

As a church we are committed to upholding the 1689 Confession of Faith. Our constitution says that elders of the church must assent “to the system of doctrine taught in the 1689 London Confession of Faith and the 1966 Affirmation of Faith”.  The opening lines of our trust-deed say “The objects of the Church are…to promote the Calvinistic Baptist faith as defined in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith in the town of Stockport..”

So what is the “1689″? …

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Ernest C. Reisinger

I was given recently a copy of Geoff Thomas new book: Ernest C Reisinger: A Biography Ernest Who? you ask. I had heard of Ernie Reisinger but I knew almost nothing about him.  I knew that he was a Reformed Baptist leader in the USA.  But I’d never heard him speak, never read anything he’d written, had little idea what he’d done.

Well now I know.  Ernest Reisinger was born in 1919 and grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  He …

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A Gospel for old people

The book of Ecclesiastes includes a powerful poetic picture of old age and its limitations. It compares a human being to a great house where the inhabitants one by one stop working. Many of the elderly people we meet refused to remember their Creator when they were young. They put it off, assuming they’d have opportunity to get right with God in later life. But now they are old and their faculties are gone. What huge barriers there are preventing them from hearing and understanding the gospel now! They closed their ears; now they have no …

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