Posted by Ros Clarke, 2 Jul 2019
The Summer 2019 edition of Crossway is a special resource edition for individual and church use.
All Christians are called on to contend for the faith (Jude 3) and as Anglicans, we pray for all who are baptised to ‘Fight valiantly as faithful soldiers and servants of Christ.’ But many of us don’t know quite what all this talk of contending and fighting means. Why is it necessary? How are we to go about it? What does the Bible say about it?
In this edition of Crossway, we have included ten stories of contending for the faith to encourage and inspire you to do likewise. They are from lay people as well as clergy, from women and men, from people in the UK and overseas. We hope you will see from their example how contending is part of the normal experience of every Christian, just as much as it is about taking a public stand in the face of opposition.
Alongside these stories, there are eight interactive Bible studies, suitable for individuals or small groups. These look at the Bible’s teaching about contending: what it is, who should be doing it, what it entails, how we can do it in a godly manner. These would be ideal to work through with a church leadership team, PCC or home group. To enable this, we have put together a Study Group Pack, which includes a copy of Lee Gatiss’s book on contending for the faith, Fight Valiantly!, as a leader’s guide, and ten copies of Crossway for group members. You can also order as many additional copies of Crossway as you need, and more copies of Fight Valiantly!
Because this is a special resource edition of Crossway, it does not contain the usual prayer diary. You can download a printable version of the prayer diary, or you might like to use Prayermate, Facebook or Twitter to get our daily prayer updates.
Ros Clarke is Associate Director of Church Society and Course Leader of the Priscilla Programme
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