The Study Guide for the DVD 'The Hope of a New Heaven and New Earth'.
Discipleship and Evangelism Resources
Document is to help Church Councils to be more effective. Written by Rev Dr Dean Brookes at Hope Valley Uniting Church in SA
Robert Iles highlights a "modern Erasmus" - Alister McGrath. His knowledge is prolific, his writings limpid, his commitment to the Gospel passionate, his appreciation of the Church perceptive and his theological convictions powerfully biblical. He is a theological, philosophical and apologetic evangelist and a great gift to this generation of Christians.
Robert Iles shows why Peter Taylor Forsyth was a theological colossus coming out of Scottish Congregationalism. "I have heard him quoted and cited by T F Torrance, Alister McGrath and other luminaries. He has been the most consistently abiding theological influence on my own life and thinking. I once knew a powerful visitation of God’s Spirit while studying The Holy Father."
Robert Iles remembers Erasmus, sometimes called the forgotten Reformer, who was a genius of his time Erasmus had an encyclopaedic knowledge and a devotion to scholarship unsurpassed, coupled with an unwavering devotion to Christ.
Every church I know is concerned about its future. Consequently the members see outreach to children and young people as very important. "Unless more young people join us," they say, "our church has no future." They seem to believe that, above all else, ensuring their church's future is their greatest responsibility. Their priority is "survival, even if it kills us!"
Gil Cann preaches about real preaching! Christianity is not a topic to be mastered but life from God to be received, lived out and shared. Preaching, biblically understood, is not only about informing heads, but much more about transforming lives. Its purpose is that many people will become wholehearted followers of Christ. Preaching that does not aim to produce disciples of Christ is not preaching at all.
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