Tag Archives: Debate

The Thinking Christian

I am a thinking Christian. That is what I am. That is the gift that I have. I am not an Overseer/Elder or a Deacon. I don’t have the qualifications for those roles. I am not a teacher – I have not been formally asked to fill the role of teacher and again, I do not consider myself to be qualified to fill that role anyway. But I think a lot. Because of the makeup of my personality and temperament, I need to anchor myself with a good cognitive foundation – a good understanding, a firm perception and apprehension of basic principles – so that I am orientated, so that I know where I am, and so that I know what direction I am travelling in and what my destination is. I find myself constantly asking questions about Christianity and sometimes I find that the answers that I get are not adequate – so I have to explore the theme for myself, more deeply. So, all being well, I eventually find answers that seem to satisfy the questions that I have asked. Continue reading

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Following Jesus versus teaching, doctrine and theology

I sometimes find myself getting a bit annoyed. Many professing Christians that I meet these days seem to say something like: ‘I don’t bother much with doctrine, teaching and labels – I just follow Jesus’. When you are busy studying as I … Continue reading

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Study/Teaching Meeting

The way in which this meeting is structured means that the meeting ‘operates at the levels and concerns of the participants’, so the role of the leader is to detach from their own agenda and allow the meeting to ‘find this level, because this is the level at which the participants are engaged. It is not a meeting whereby the leader merely presents their own opinion/research in the form of a lecture/sermon after which there is no opportunity for questions, discussion or challenge. Rather, this is a discussion/debate meeting in which all participants are actively included and who in many ways set the level of the depth of study as well as the direction of the study/themes under consideration, within the parameters of the main theme under discussion. Continue reading

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