“Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant” Hebrews 7:22b Some Christians are confused because of misunderstandings about the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. Some wrongly drive a wedge between the two Testaments, leading to muddled ideas such as ‘the God of Old Testament was a God of wrath and law, but the God of the New Testament is a God of love and grace’. Others fail to see that the theocratic nation of Israel has passed away, leading to falsehoods such as thinking that the material blessings promised to the nation of Israel must mean there are ‘health, wealth and prosperity’ promises for modern day believers. The continuity of the moral law, in particular, is a subject that is often misunderstood when the relationship between the Testaments is confused. This series of lectures aims to shed some light on these important matters. Listen
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 The influence of secularism on our society can often feel overwhelming. In a nation that is increasingly turning from God’s word, the Church is in need of those who are willing to stand firm in the truth of the gospel. But in the face of so many challenges, how should Christians respond? This year’s Autumn Lectures will help encourage Christians to be confident about their beliefs by focusing on the sovereignty of God and the truthfulness of his word. The series will help Christians see that, even in the midst of fears and disappointments, we can continue to be courageous ambassadors for Jesus Christ. Listen
The quest for religious liberty in the seventeenth century
‘For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.’
Galatians 5:1 (ESV)
The religious ferment of the seventeenth century was like a cauldron. Into the mix went a passion for biblical orthodoxy, a cry for religious freedom, the emergence of new independent congregations, the flight to America, oppression of various groups, civil war and Commonwealth, the Great Ejection and then a new toleration. The quest for liberty has deep roots yet often generates oppression. What are the boundaries of religious liberty and toleration? What happens when those who are seen as ‘radical’ gain power? We find both the origins and the price of religious freedom in this century with many lessons for us today.
‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The English Reformation was foundational in establishing the biblical and Protestant faith in England. At its heart lay both the recovery of the authority of the Bible and religious liberty. The English Reformation also shaped our culture, our laws and our national sovereignty. We have lost sight of these great truths and yet their importance for us today cannot be overstated. This year’s Autumn Lectures take the English Reformation as their theme. We will seek to look through the eyes of some of its key figures at the vital truths that changed the lives of countless individuals and, through them, changed a nation. We celebrate the Reformation in this land. As we do so, we pray that the Lord would revive his Church today, and that we would not forget how he has used those who have gone before us.