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Posted 14 Jun 2021

More resources have been added to our Living in Love and Faith page.

The Living in Love and Faith process is getting going in most dioceses by now. It is vital that church members, and especially PCC members and Deanery Synod reps, understand the issues that are involved, what the Bible teaches about them, and why this is so significant. As the discussions progress in General Synod over the next year or two, there will inevitably be substantial media attention and ordinary Christians are likely to come under pressure at work and at home. We need to be equipping them to stand firm in the truth.

Three new sets of resources engaging with the issues in LLF, now available from Church Society, are designed to help with this.

Introducing LLF to your PCC
This is a one-off presentation that is designed to give PCC members a clear understanding of what Living in Love and Faith is, why it matters, and what they can do about it. There is a detailed handout and a Powerpoint presentation to download and adapt.

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Posted by George Crowder, 14 Jun 2021

George Crowder considers the Christian virtue of patience.

I confess that I all too often overlook that patience is a Christian virtue.  I am eager to be faithful to Jesus as Lord.  I want to see his mission advance.  I want to stay true to the way of life revealed in his word.  I fail regularly, but I am renewed in spiritual enthusiasm when I am reminded of the doctrine of grace.  I want people to know that Jesus brings joy and peace.  I am concerned for the church to show Christian love, with kindness, gentleness and compassion, and though I see my great shortcomings in these areas I am committed to their necessity.  But patience?  I don’t give that much thought.  I am, typically, far too impatient to contemplate the place of patience in the Christian life.

We live in an impatient society, an instantaneous culture, a non-stop economy of fast results.  As one day is overtaken by the relentless advance of another, it is hard not to be drawn into a constant demand for the next thing to happen.

Yet patience is truly central to the Christian life, as borne out by its presence in the various lists of virtues in the New Testament (2 Corinthians 6:6, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:2, Colossians 3:12).  We are, after all, a waiting people.  As Paul surmises in Romans 8:25, “we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

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Picture of a water splash with the words Refresh: renewing our passion for godliness

Posted 10 Jun 2021

Bookings are now open for the 2021 Fellowship of Word and Spirit Conference.

Please note that due to the ongoing uncertainties surrounding Covid this year’s conference has been deferred from 1st-3rd February 2021 to 11th-13th October 2021, at the same venue. If you have a hard copy of the booking form please note the revised date or download the updated booking form here.

You don’t often hear it talked about these days, but godliness is not only an essential expression of biblical faithfulness, but also an urgent foundation to effective witness. The Christian life has always been a struggle against “the world, the flesh and the devil”, but the pressures of secularism in society, the absolutizing of self and the pseudo-spiritualities of Satan have never been greater.

This year’s Fellowship of Word and Spirit conference will explore that theme of godliness, reflecting on how it has been understood by Christians in the past, as well as specific areas of application for today. We will have plenty of time to consider the implications for our expression of faith in the church and how we should address issues arising in our community.

The distinctive of this conference, is that we actually “confer”! That is, we foster a forum for debate, sharing ideas and encouraging one another in ministry. Each session is rooted in good teaching, but has substantial time for interaction, application and deepening our appreciation of it. We are committed to reformed theology and its application to the whole of life, but are ready to encourage and help each other wrestle with its challenges. We are a genuine fellowship, with plenty of time given for spiritual encouragement and prayer, for cultivating friendships old and new, and for resting from the usual frantic pace of ministry. We hope it will be a time of genuine spiritual and physical refreshment for both clergy and lay people.

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