The Prayer Calendar for August 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!
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Christian Focus have recently published the papers from the 2015 Affinity Theological Study Conference under the title "In Christ Alone".
The papers deal with the subject of union with Christ.
Editor Stephen Clark says:
Union with Christ is the jewel in the crown of salvation. It has many and varied facets. Indeed, the reality denoted by the words 'in Christ' is unfathomable. But the importance of this great truth is such that Christians need to seek to plumb its unsearchable depths. This present volume seeks to show how union with Christ is expounded by two New Testament writers, how it was understood by two great theologians and how it relates to two key areas of biblical teaching, before a final chapter plots the scriptural development and structure of this great truth and its practical relevant for us today.
Contributors include Stephen Clark, Cornelis Bennema, Tim Ward, Robert Letham, John Fesko, David McKay and Paul Wells.
The retail price is £12.99 but it can be obtained for £9.00 (including postage) by ordering direct from Affinity at firstname.lastname@example.org
Book the dates now! Our next Study Conference, God willing, is 1-3 March 2017 at King's Park, Northampton. The theme is a very timely one for the church in the Western world:
‘The Christian Church – Its Mission in a Post-Christian Culture’
Papers will consider the subject from biblical, historical, theological and practical perspectives. Please consider joining us for this event as we engage with the papers (sent out in advance), with the authors, and with one another in small groups and plenary sessions. In doing so we will seek to understand together what the church’s appropriate response should be in the coming years.
Paper 1: ‘Light to the Nations and Aliens and Strangers: an Overview of the People of God in the Old Testament’ – David Green
Paper 2: ‘Light to the Nations and Aliens and Strangers: an Overview of the People of God in the New Testament’ – Chris Bennett
Paper 3: ‘When Society is Collapsing: Augustine and The City of God’ – Paul Helm
Paper 4: ‘The Church Militant and Martyred: The Reformation till Today’ – Lee Gatiss
Paper 5: ‘On Understanding our Times’ – John Stevens
Paper 6: ‘On Serving God in our Generation’ – David McKay
More details on how to book for the conference will follow soon.
Note: for an introduction to some of the issues in question, see Ted Turnau’s paper in the latest edition of Foundations: