The July Prayer Calendar is now available

The Prayer Calendar for July is now available to download. With one item for every day of the month, please use this to inform your praying for the many churches, agencies and individuals who are faithfully serving the Lord both in the UK and around the world. Thank you!

Another very convenient way of accessing the calendar is via the mobile app PrayerMate. Sign up for the daily feed here. Use this app for your mobile device and subscribe to our calendar to receive the prayer item for each day direct to your phone or tablet.

Prayer Calendar - July 2016

The new Social Issues Bulletin is published today

The Bulletin is published three times a year by Affinity’s Social Issues Team to keep evangelical churches and individual Christians informed of the implications of legislation and public policy on social issues in the UK.

The July 2016 issue contains a main article on the subject of transgenderism, alongside a review of the recent movie 'The Danish Girl' which focuses on one person's experience of transgenderism in 1920s Denmark.

Two articles taking different sides in the lead-up to the UK referendum (previously published on our website before the vote took place) come next.

We also have a piece on Freedom of Expression, which is under fire in the UK today.

Then there is a review of a book on the church and culture, plus all the usual updates on life issues and current legal cases of interest.

The whole issue may be downloaded, or individual articles:

The Bulletin - July 2016

Are we all ‘omnigender’ now?

Review of ‘The Danish Girl’

Why vote ‘In’? Faithfulness v self-interest (Remain)

Christian Brexit (Leave)

Freedom of expression

Review of ‘Counter Culture’

Life issues

The day after "Independence Day"

The apostle Peter says “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor.” 1 Peter 2:17.

Do not wring your hands in despair or rub them together in glee but lift them up in prayer.

Practise what you preach and believe that God is in control and trust him for the outcome. He may be judging us as a nation, he may be about to bless us, or both, but always his will always prevails. No-one has won or lost but the Lord of history, who always wins. Do not assume that you have the wisdom to determine if it was the ‘right’ answer or the ‘wrong’ one.

Love your brothers and sisters in Christ and love your neighbours. Your love is being tested. You may have Christian friends, family members, neighbours or workmates who voted differently to you. Be careful not to attribute blame, wrong motives, inferior intellect or failed morality to them. Work for unity within the church and in our divided country. Re-assure those who feel disturbed or anxious.

Preach the gospel. I think the events of the last few weeks have demonstrated a profound spiritual hunger. Tell people about King Jesus. Union with him is all that matters.

Yours in the secure love of Christ,
Graham Nicholls