Tag Archives: Teaching

Book – God’s Plan for the World

In this book author Robert Laynton takes an overview of what scripture has to say about God’s Plan of restoration, renewal and reconciliation and in the process considers what it means for each and every one of us – whether we are Christian or not. Continue reading

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Theology – Why bother?

I’ve met more than a few Christians who take a dim view of studying theology. Either they are worried about it damaging their faith, or they dismiss it as irrelevant to the real world of Christian living. Yet, every Christian, whether … Continue reading

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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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