We're approaching the end of 2019 (where have the months gone?). Now is a good opportunity to update you all on where TTS is going as we move into the new year.
Theology That Sings has been around (in one form or another) for just over three years. Starting in Gill Brown's living room, then meeting at the McGrath's, before opening up to the Churches in Chester in Oct 2018. We've had dozens and dozens of people participate in sessions, and God has been incredibly kind to us. There have always been hungry sheep, and the Spirit has always been faithful to the Word, making it come alive as we explore it for ourselves.
Moving into 2020 there are going to be some changes. The Foundations and Essentials courses will come to their natural end in Jan/Feb 2020. There's a fairly large elephant in the room here - what next?! At this precise moment in time, we don't feel God leading us to run either course again (at least not immediately). The Virtues course will continue, and all those currently attending Foundations and Essentials are invited to start attending the Virtues sessions whenever they want.
Beyond that... we just don't know! Do pray for us as we seek God's leading. Will we re-run the Foundations course? Maybe. Perhaps in a completely different form. It's also possible that we'll create an entirely new thing, and host that instead. This is something we're actively praying about.
We have also enjoyed meeting at Nathan and Jo's house for the Essentials sessions since Sept 19. The group has actually grown since the change of venue; I think TTS has living rooms in its genes! The big announcement at this point is that as of Nov 19, the Foundations sessions will also be changing venue - we'll no longer be meeting at Freedom, but instead convene at Nathan and Jo's. The living room will be a little more squished, but I think it'll change the dynamics of the session in a positive direction.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Freedom Church for their amazing hospitality! They've been nothing but gracious and generous hosts, always available and willing to help.
Chester has a great heritage in the Lord. From the early Christians under Roman rule in Deva, to George Marsh the Boughton martyr, to Matthew Henry the Cestrian preacher - God has been faithful to this city for many centuries. Our prayer is that God reforms and revitalises the Churches of Chester in the power of his Spirit, according to his Word. For as long as we're able, Theology That Sings will serve God's people to exactly that end. What an exciting privilege! We invite you to join us at our next session, and to join us in prayer as we move forward.
Another set of TTS Essentials notes - this time from last night, when we met in my living room to discuss the Resurrection of Christ! Why did Jesus have to rise? There are all sorts of good reasons - to defeat death, to make us alive together with him, to guarantee that we will be with him forever - but ultimately, the Resurrection was the climax of God's great drama. The Son had to rise because our Father knows how to finish a story - and there is no greater one than this!
We've had a fun time recently meeting at my house for the Essentials sessions. In session five we looked at the doctrine of the Incarnation (Jesus as 100% man and 100% God), and in session six we looked at Christ's work on the cross (how exactly did his death procure our salvation?).
Find full notes below!
At our last Foundations session, we finished our two-part series on 'Pneumatology' - i.e. our theology of the Holy Spirit. Our focus this time was on the Word / Spirit balance. How has that balance been struck throughout Church histories? What about those who believe the spiritual gifts have ceased, and the Word must remain the focal point? What about those who believe the Spirit must be given free reign in the Church?
We addressed each of these questions and more in this session. It's a complex subject, one that requires us to be attentive to the details. On the one hand, the New Testament does describe spiritual gifts, and much of the modern Church takes it for granted that these are still operative today. On the other hand, the New Testament also emphasises the centrality and sufficiency of the Word - it must be given the supremacy, as it is itself a gift of the Spirit.
Find a full set of notes below!
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