Crying in the Wilderness
Posted by Ros Clarke, 20 Feb 2018
The 2018 joint Fellowship of Word and Spirit/Church Society conference was on the theme of Crying in the Wilderness: Post-Christendom mission
The talks from the main sessions of this year’s FWS/CS conference are now available to listen to online.
These three talks explore the missio dei, God’s mission in the world. Dave Walker’s session introduced the missio dei, showing us how to see our place in the restoration of the created order from God’s perspective and for his glory. Jason Ward helped us to contextualise that mission with a careful analysis of contemporary culture. Finally, Geoffrey Firth reminded us that the church is God’s chosen vehicle for accomplishing his mission. Throughout we were reminded of the sovereignty of God, the power of story, and the grace by which God includes us in his mission work today.
Who’s the boss of you?
Posted by Lee Gatiss, 20 Feb 2018
Lee Gatiss discusses the next part of the Apostles Creed in our Lent series of blogposts: Believing, Living, Praying on the Apostles Creed, the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer.
‘And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”’ (Matthew 17:1-5)
I believe in… God’s Only Son, our Lord
All of us are defined in some way by our relationships. I am who I am in relationship to others: the son of Gordon and Denise; the husband of Kerry; the father of Joshua, Cara, and Lucy; the Director of Church Society, and the boss of David, Ros, and Sophie. The next line in the Apostles Creed tells us two things about Jesus’s relationships: he is the only Son of God the Father, and he’s our Lord.
Contending for the Gospel: Time for a New Approach
Posted by Lee Gatiss, 19 Feb 2018
Church Society, Reform and the Fellowship of Word and Spirit are delighted to announce their plans for uniting.
We are delighted to announce that the Church Society Council, the Reform Council, and the Trustees of the Fellowship of Word and Spirit have all agreed to pursue a merger. It is in the light of our shared Biblical, Reformed, Anglican faith and common goals that we have decided that the challenges of the present time require us to unite our efforts so that we are better placed to harness the energies of evangelicals in contending for the gospel.
Bringing such bodies together requires a lot of hard work and much trust but it is right for biblical Christians to pursue this. In the Bible the impact of sin always seems to be fragmentation and dispersal, but the fruit of the gospel and living under the rule of Christ is unity and gathering together. Furthermore we believe that in the circumstances of the present Church of England the coming together of these bodies will enable us to be more effective in the pioneering, establishing and securing of healthy local Anglican churches.