Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Eschatology and all that...

Does the study of the end times really need to be so confusing?

As I sang the hymn below at the Sunday service this past week I asked myself that question. The words are so moving and seem to sum up so clearly and so cogently the message of the Scriptures about the end times. Christ is coming and we must be ready! I personally find all the charting of specific events rather confusing and often rather distracting. I think also it can distract hearers from their desperate need for repentance in view of Christ's coming. So if you, like me find it confusing, then let your end times theology be shaped by this summary of the Scripture.  Let's keep it simple, and let's keep singing, "Lo! he comes..."

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment! Come to judgment! Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

A Significant Anniversary for Bradley Road

I wrote the article below for a community magazine in Wrexham which should hopefully be published in November, along with the accompanying photo.

This year Bradley Road Evangelical Baptist Church marks a significant anniversary.  There has been a church building on the site since 1899, but the current modern building was officially opened 20 years ago on 11th November 1995.

Many long-standing members of the church who were there that day are still with us and were actively involved in the construction.  One member speaks of that time saying ‘pages could be written’ of how God provided for them so that the church could be built.

Bradley Road Church is a community of people who believe that the gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a life-changing message that is still relevant for Wrexham today.  Back in 1899 the first pastor of the church, Joseph Beaupre, preached his first sermon to the church from a book in the Bible called 1 Corinthians.  This verse reads, ‘We preach Christ crucified.’  He said in this sermon, ‘We preach Christ crucified because it is the power, and the wisdom of God.’  He went on to say that it was his prayer that this message would be ‘a blessing to God’s people and lead to the salvation of many in our midst.’

That is the same message that we share today and the same prayer that we pray.  Over the last twenty years we have watched the church grow and diversify, just as Wrexham grows and diversifies.  Whoever you are and wherever you are from, you would be welcome to visit us and find out more about what we do and why we do it.  We meet every Sunday at 10:30am and 6pm.  You would be especially welcome to join us for a thanksgiving service to celebrate this twentieth anniversary, which will take place on Sunday 8th November at 6pm. 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Community Eating

Last night before our Bible Study and Prayer Meeting, the church put into practice what we have been learning from the book of Acts: We enjoyed a community meal together. "We are church," as we have been hearing on Sunday mornings and the early church ate together regularly.

Revelation 19 encourages us to look forward to The Marriage Supper of the Lamb where the great multitude from every tribe, nation and language are gathered. Last night was a little foretaste of this, I felt. Cross-culture, cross-generational, and despite our differences, old and young, adults and children, South Africans, Portuguese, English and Welsh enjoyed shared in the joy of the Lord together around a table, naturally flowing then into a time of Bible Stu

dy and prayer.

Here's to many more such joyful occasions!