09
Nov 2018

A few weeks ago, I preached on 1 Peter 2:6-12 and my preparation raised two controversial issues.  Incidentally, I decided to address these issues in my sermon.  In hindsight, I think my sermon got bogged down in answering these difficult questions and perhaps suffered as a consequence.  You can listen to the sermon here, if you’re interested. Anyway, here are the two controversial issues: 1 Peter 2:8 raises the question of predestination in relation to the reprobate, while 1 Peter 2:6, quoting Isaiah 28:16, poses a difficulty in how New Testament writers......

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17
Sep 2018

Our second Sunday had a very different feel to the first, but was equally good and encouraging for us at Christ Church Fareham. We had 26 people at the service, we put on kids work for the very first time, we had two new visitors from Fareham, as well as connecting with a lady at the front who said she’d come back next week with her husband. I preached from Acts 2:42-47 and talked about Devotion to Christ and 8 Marks of Christ Church Fareham, established from the example of the early......

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14
Sep 2018

87 people joined us for our very first Sunday service as Christ Church Fareham.  The room we’re using seats just over 100 people, so we were packed.  Friends and family came from York, Watford, Woking and Portsmouth to support us and we also had a good number of people from Fareham.  We also had some non-Christians in the room and have had some really good feedback from them. There were a few things to iron out, but generally we had a really fantastic afternoon service.  I preached on Acts 2:22-41 and Peter’s......

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06
Sep 2018

I am currently reading Union with Christ by Robert Letham.  Union with Christ is such a crucial Christian truth.  Letham is right when he begins his book “Union with Christ is right at the centre of the Christian doctrine of salvation”.  And so I really want to be able to preach it in a clear and accessible way.  I may well touch on it in my sermon on Sunday on Acts 2 – Peter’s magnificent sermon about the magnificence of Christ in his life, death, resurrection, ascension and identity (as Lord and......

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29
Aug 2018

We’re very thankful to Portsmouth News for publicising the launch of Christ Church Fareham with a local news article, available online and in print (https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/group-launches-new-church-to-spread-joy-in-fareham-1-8617094). I must admit being interviewed and seeing the finished article was a fascinating process.  I love the title – Group launches new church to spread joy – but I believe every reference to Jesus or the Bible in my interview was removed.  I wonder whether that was a deliberate decision. I was asked a whole host of questions including “Does Fareham need a new church?” and “How many kids......

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