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one to one ministry

17 Oct

As I prepared to teach the recent one-to-one Bible reading course I did some searching through the Bible to find Bible references about the need to build ourselves up in the faith.  What surprised me a little was how few references I could find.  Instead, the constant theme in the Bible is that we are responsible for building other people up in the faith more than ourselves.  Of course there are reasons for this tied to the time that the Bible was written.  There was no such thing as a printing press so the idea of reading the Bible yourself each morning was not really an option.  However, there is more to it than just practicalities.   It is clear that God sees it as every Christian’s responsibility to teach, encourage, and sometimes even rebuke their Christian brothers and sisters.  Consider these verses:

Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 1Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

 Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

 How does God build up Christian believers? 

He does it by using our Christian brothers and sisters to share his word with each other.  That is why reading the Bible together is the core of all Christian activity.  We do it in our Sunday services and in small groups but the purpose of this course was to challenge us to do it individually with one other person.  I challenged the people in the course to work out if they could meet to read the Bible with three different people – starting with their own family. 


Perhaps you could take up the challenge yourself?


Phil Colgan


Time to get a new Bible!

9 Oct

Over the next couple of weeks we will be moving to a new Bible translation for our public reading in church – the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Our faith stands or falls on the trustworthiness of the Bible. The Bible is the inspired word of God and accordingly, it is our final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. The Bible is the centre because God speaks through his word.

We have to remember though that the original versions of the Bible weren’t in English. What we have are translations from the original languages of Greek and Hebrew. There are literally hundreds of English translations. Some of them are really concerned to be word for word accurate. Others are more concerned to be readable in modern English. As a result they sometimes paraphrase things to make it readable. However, often that means they have to make a decision about what something means rather than just using the words that the original uses. Continue reading

Live light in 25 words

27 Sep
[This article first appeared on ‘The Briefing’ Website by on 20 September, 2012]

You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God. (1 Pet 1:23)

The Bible Society Australia have identified that only a relatively small number of Australian Christians engage with God on a daily basis—they claim 1 in 5. For people who love the God of Word, this is more than a little disappointing.

But how do we address that? How do we encourage the Christians around us to fix our eyes on Jesus, to hear God’s voice, to spend time in his word daily—or to do that ourselves? How do we develop habits like these?

The Bible Society have come up with a campaign to do just that. It’s a beautifully simple idea:

We’re asking you, your friends & family and churches & schools to commit to reading the Bible daily, starting with 25 words for thirty-one days.

During the month of October thousands of people across the country have committed to reading God’s word. Why don’t you do the same? (Of course, there’s no reason not to get on board even if you’re one of our international readers.)

Here’s an introduction:

There’s loads of resources to help get you started, videos with lots of Aussie Christians, a series that walks you through Mark’s gospel, and much more besides. Go check it out.

Get it into your head!

17 Sep

I love talking to older saints who have grown up with good Christian teaching.  There are many reasons why I love that but one of the main reasons is that they really know God’s word.  When I say ‘know’ I don’t mean they just know the ideas, the really ‘know’ the Scriptures so that they can bring God’s word to bear on any topic or conversation.  In past generations Christians worked hard at memorising Scripture, but this habit has been lost for many of the generations that followed.

We teach our children memory verses, but do we learn them ourselves?

In fact, I wonder if for many they ever actually applied themselves to memorising verses at all.  Instead, I wonder if that is just a wonderful side effect of regular quiet times – spending time in the Scriptures each day.  Perhaps the reason people of my generation don’t seem to be able to quote the Scriptures is that we have got out of the good Christian habit of daily Bible reading? Continue reading