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Abraham Rejoiced to See My Day: 11 Sermons Proclaiming Christ from the Life of Abraham

Jesus declares in John 8:56 that 'Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.' So Abraham saw Jesus. It's not just that Abraham heard about Jesus - He actually saw Him. (And the Jewish leaders Jesus was speaking to definitely understood it that way, for they start into a discussion about Jesus' age. In other words, they're trying to reject what Jesus has just said about Abraham seeing him by arguing that he's nowhere near old enough!)

Jesus is present in the book of Genesis. He appeared to Abraham. We find Him in Genesis in promises and patterns as well. Genesis is a book full of Jesus, so here are 11 sermons proclaiming Jesus from the life of Abraham in Genesis (plus one from the life of Isaac too).

Genesis 11:27-14:24  Jesus Promised, Patterned and Present to Sinful Abraham
Genesis 15  Justified by the Word of God
Genesis 16  Hagar meets Jesus
Genesis 17  Gospel Signs
Genesis 18-19  Who is this God?
Genesis 20  Law and Gospel in Gerar

A Foretaste of Heaven: Early Pentecostal Thoughts on Worship

Worship is a significant feature of Pentecostalism around the world. In some places Pentecostals seem to be identified more with a form of worship than even with their doctrine of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. But what was early Pentecostal worship like? Was it like today? And what did the early Pentecostals think about worship that led to it becoming such a significant feature of Pentecostal life?

Several months ago I was talking to a lady from church about her experience growing up in the Apostolic Church. She told me about the Penygroes Conventions back in the days of D.P. Williams, and about what her assembly was like when she was young, under such pastors as W.R. Thomas (which is just the sort of thing that interests me greatly, seeing as I’m writing a PhD which deals a lot with both D.P. Williams and W.R. Thomas!). Anyway, as we were talking, it dawned on me that, when she would talk about ‘worship’ or ‘praise and worship’, what she had in mind was rather different from what …

Apostleship, Communion and Unity (Part 2): From Bradford to the World

How do churches share communion (fellowship) when they’re divided by language or geography? How can English-speaking Yorkshire churches be ‘in communion’ with Latvian/Romani/Russian speaking churches in Yorkshire? How can Yorkshire churches share communion with churches in the Scottish Highlands, the Welsh Valleys, or across the sea in Northern Ireland, when few of our members have ever been either that far north or west? If you’ve read Part 1, you might not be surprised to hear that my answer is going to be something to do with apostleship.

In Part 1, we were thinking about apostles as a ‘focus and sign of unity’ among the churches of an Area. But the connection between apostleship and communion doesn’t only apply internally within the life of the Area churches, but also externally, between the churches of the Area and the wider church. (We were using the Bradford Area as our test case last time, so we’ll continue to use it today.)

Now, the first hypothetical above isn’t really hypo…