We are a gathering of believers united in our love for Christ, where all are welcome to come and join us for worship, where we hear the Word of God preached faithfully. We confess the Reformed Faith as outlined in the 1689 Baptist Confession, holding to holy scripture as the only certain rule of faith and practice and seeking to glorify God in the town of Ramsbottom.
Ecclesiology Week 2021- Dr James Renihan
We are delighted that Prof. James Renihan is returning to teach his ecclesiology course October 27th to November 3rd 2021 God-willing. Go to our 1689 page for more details and to secure your place – numbers are limited.
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Christmas & The Marmite Effect
Have you ever spread Marmite on toast? It's a British condiment made from yeast left over from beer brewing. It is dark, thick, and sticky, like a savory molasses. Marmite is hailed as the superhero of sandwich spreads because it’s bursting with vitamin B. Over the past century, it has come to the rescue of soldiers in the trenches of WWI, anemic mill workers in India, and malaria sufferers in Sri Lanka. But Marmite's flavor is so powerful that it is polarizing, winning as many friends as foes. This little jar of food paste has inspired some strong opinions. For years, the company's slogan was "Marmite: Love it or Hate it."
The birth of Jesus has a Marmite effect, inspiring equally passionate, polar responses. In a sense, the gospel's catchphrase could be: "Jesus: Love him or Hate him." This contrast is evident when we consider the opposite reactions of the wise men and Herod to the Messiah’s birth in Matthew's gospel.
The Bible Is Reliable
One of Billy Graham’s early crises of faith was over whether he could totally trust the Bible. After much struggle he prayed to God, “I’m going to allow faith to go beyond my intellectual questions and doubts, and I will believe this to be Your inspired Word.” Graham’s conclusion sets a good example for us.
While the Bible is fully defensible, like God himself it need not answer all our questions and doubts. And we have no right to judge Scripture. “In controversies of religion or matters of faith, we can not admit any other judge than God Himself, pronouncing by the Holy Scriptures what is true, what is false, what is to be followed, or what is to be avoided.” Like the aural words of the prophets the Bible is simply and truly the Gods word written. The prophets didn’t invite hearers to deliberate over whether their words were true. They were proclaimers, declarers of what God had spoken to them. This is how we should receive every Word of God.
Barnabas Fund Prayer Focus Update December 2021
A group of 17 Christian missionaries,
including five children, were abducted
by an armed gang in Haiti on 16 October
while returning from a visit to build an
orphanage there. At the time of writing
only two of the party have been released.
The notorious 400 Mawozo gang,
known for carrying out kidnappings
and killings in the region, abducted
the group, comprising 16 Americans
and one Canadian, as they travelled to
the airport where some were due to fly
home. The missionaries, who travelled
to Haiti with the US-based Christian
Aid Ministries, were seized when the
gang set up roadblocks east of the island
Haiti has the worst global record for
kidnapping. At least 328 people were
reported kidnapped in the first eight
months of 2021, according to figures
from the United Nations Integrated
Office in Haiti.
Call out to the Lord for Christians
held against their will throughout the
world. Ask that the missionaries still
being held will know His perfect peace
as they keep their minds focused on God
(Isaiah 26:3) and that they will soon be
released. Pray that the light of Christ will
shine brilliantly in all the group and that
the forces of darkness will not be able to
withstand it (John 1:5).
Kenya Prayer Diary December 2021
2 Thursday Rendille land and North Kenya as a whole has experienced horrible
drought and famine. We sent some food to the 34 households represented in the
church in Korr in November which hopefully could last them a few weeks. Please
pray for them to fix their eyes upon Jesus, for our help comes from him. In the last
few days there have thankfully been some showers.
3 Friday The TBCN Elders spend the day together to pray and think through the
various aspects of the church in light of the end of the year and in planning for 2022.
We thank the Lord for the blessing of working together.
4 Saturday The Deacons will join the Elders today for the annual retreat where
various issues will be addressed including the church’s budget for the 2022. One of
the challenges we have had to deal with this year is the deficit in giving (the Lord
has graciously provided) but we desire to live within our means.
Over-engineering in nature: an evolutionary conundrum
Over-engineering in nature is indeed a conundrum for evolution, and a serious challenge for evolutionists. They see the problem this way: How and why would natural selection select for an attribute for which there is no survival advantage, given the living conditions and lifestyle of the creature in question?
There’s a fundamental principle at issue here. If something is over-engineered, does that not mean that it must have been engineered in the first place? And if it was engineered, does that not imply an engineer who designed and built the creature?
Melvin Tinker (1955-2021)
Melvin Tinker, who died this week, was a consummate pastor-theologian who was valiant for gospel truth. The prolific author and church planter was well respected among conservative evangelicals, having overseen the growth of one of the largest Anglican churches in northern England. He later made an “orderly exit” from the Church of England, believing it had "gone adrift from its biblical moorings." His friends remember him as a gospel-centred man who wanted Jesus to be glorified. He was booked to speak at our forthcoming conference for young people in January, but is now in glory beholding the face of his blessed Saviour.
MP calls for inquiry after parents raise alarm over trans ideology in schools
An MP has said the Government must take a lead in combatting the pervasive influence of transgender ideology in schools.
After publicly criticising the “extreme ideologies” of Stonewall and Mermaids recently, Miriam Cates MP said many parents had been in touch to complain about trans activists brainwashing their children.
During a House of Commons debate, the MP said the promotion of radical gender ideology in schools “is having terrible consequences” and that “teachers and pupils are afraid to speak out”.
What is An Apologist?
All Christians are apologists. All of us must be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). But God not only demands that we defend the faith, he also defines how we must defend it.
By demanding confidence, love, and holiness (1 Peter 3:15–16) Peter warns against three faulty apologetic approaches:
1. The fearful apologist avoids all religious controversy. He craves safety. The approval of people matters more to him than the approval of God. He also fears that if exposed to controversy his faith might fail.
2. The firebrand apologist isn’t afraid of people. He also doesn’t really care about them. What he cares about is being right. His passion blinds him from seeing that his fierceness compromises his mission.
3. The fraudulent apologist boldly engages critics. He might know his Bible and his theology. He might exude compassion and tenderness. But his life contradicts his message. He is disqualified by ungodliness.
There is a better way.
November News From The Gulas In Nigeria
PRAISE – PRAISE – PRAISE. HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND GOD’S BLESSING IN 2022.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall
be upon his shoulder, his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9v6
Dear Prayer Partners,
This year has been very traumatic. Covid-19, thrombosis, slight heart problems (all post Covid) and in late
September sepsis and being very ill. (Kathleen is much better now, but the antibiotics are not working
completely, so do pray for a full, speedy recovery.) Daniel’s blood pressure rose for a few days due to
stress, but is ok now.
But in-spite of all this there is so much to praise God for. I am still alive. God still has work for us to do.
IRBS November News
Read the IRBS November newsletter, featuring our very own student, Benedict!
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