Dr Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, UK (www.thecrowdedhoude.org/borougbridge) and a tutor with the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy (www.porterbrookseminary.org). He blogs at www.timchester.co.uk. He has previously been Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK and a adjunct lecturer in both Reformed spirituality and missiology. He is married with two daughters.
Every Christian has the Holy Spirit. You can’t be a Christian without the Holy Spirit because it’s the Spirit who gives faith. But I wonder if some of us don’t ‘feel’ the work of the Spirit because we’re not on the frontline. We’re not on the frontline of the battle against sin or we’re not on the frontline of the battle for mission.
Imagine you’ve been driving a small car with a beat up engine which struggles to go much over 30 mph. Then one day someone gives you a powerful new car w
I wonder if there is a sin that you feel powerless to change. Maybe the temptation grows so strong who feel unable to resist. Maybe it creeps up and takes you by surprise so that before you know it you’ve reacted badly. You’ve committed this sin many times. You’ve tried changes many times. But you just feel struck.
The Nicene Creed says: ‘We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.’ If you are in Christ then the Spirit has given you life: life to live for God, life to
How do we know that the Spirit will give us life if we are in Christ? Because the Spirit has already given life to Christ and we are now in Christ. Romans 8:11 says: ‘And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.’
When God created the first man he formed him from the dust. He held, as it were, in his hand a perfectly formed human being. But i
Yesterday England cricket fans were sent into delirium by one our best ever days of test cricket. And to make it even better, it was against the old enemy, Australia.
In case you don’t know what happened, on the opening morning England bowled Australia out for just 60 runs before lunch. No side has ever bowled another out in the first innings so quickly. Stuart Broad took 8 wickets for 15 runs. By close of play Jo Root had scored a century and England were firmly on top. In my office
Earlier this year we produced copies of Mark’s Gospel with the testimonies of people in our church. Here’s one of those testimonies which we also filmed.
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In a previous post we looked at the opening to Paul’s letter to Titus.
‘Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour.’ (Titus 1:1-3)
Let me tell you why I don’t do evangelism.
I used to think it was because I was afraid of what people would think. But I don’t think it’s that. I don’t generally worry what people think of me. The people on my street already think I’m weird! It’s not because I can’t be bothered. I’m happy to work hard for Christ in other ways. It’s not because I don’t know what to say. I have a strong conviction that the Holy Spirit can speak through me – however fumbling my words.
No, the rea
Zondervan and Biblica are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NIV. It’s not actually 50 years since it was first published in 1976 (an event which I’m old enough to remember), but the 50th anniversary of the convening of the translation committee. For the record, the NIV is my translation of choice.
They have made various resources available at www.thenivbible.com. These include a free app, a free daily devotional email and a video of Douglas Moo lect
One of the things we often talk about is the need to permeate ordinary life with the gospel.
I remember speaking at a conference about living ordinary life with gospel intentionality. Questioner after questioner asked me about the structures that needed to be in place. But, of course, you cannot programme ordinary life! ‘When do you do evangelism?’ people asked. ‘When do you pastor one another?’ ‘While I do the washing up’ did not seem to satisfy them, but it was the only answer I cou
I’ve been preaching through the book of Exodus and it’s getting a bit confusing!
One week Christ is the true tabernacle – the person in whom God dwells among his people. The next week is Christ the true High Priest who serves in the temple. Then Christ is the true sacrifice being offered by the High Priest. So which is it? Is he the tabernacle or the priest or the sacrifice?
The answer, of course, is all three and much more besides.
In Exodus alone we see Christ is the