Whilst a whole bunch of new guys have just started the Foundations course in recent weeks, the 'second years' are now coming to the end of it. We met on Sunday evening to begin our last ever series - on eschatology, or our theology of the end times.
In this first session, our focus was on living the Christian life before Christ's return - how does Scripture imagine the walk of discipleship? What about suffering and tribulation? What about prayer, and evangelism?
IMPORTANT: we will not be meeting for the second instalment in this eschatology series, instead I'll be providing written notes. These will focus on the Church's life before Christ's return - how are we to engage (for example) with the state, and with politics? We will then be meeting on Sun 9th Dec at Gill Brown's house for our last ever Foundations session, looking at the triumphant Christ's return, and the end of all things. Exciting stuff!
Find below a link to the notes for last Sunday's session, as well as two videos. The first is a copy of the Tommy Walker song we played, which asks how we'd behave if we knew Christ was returning tomorrow. The second is a time-stamped section in the 'Revival Hymn' video referenced in the notes (beginning at 31 mins 18 secs) - which describes the fundamental Christian disposition in all things. We do evangelism, we do prayer, we do everything - not because it 'works', but because the Lamb deserves the reward for his suffering. We rejoice in him in all things - and so, there can be joy in all things.
Second year TTS students - click here for the S23 notes! If you can't remember your password, please do get in touch.
Theo led our Scripture session on Sunday night, handling 2 Timothy 3:10-17. He showed us that Paul isn't just deconstructing that which is bad or to be avoided, but is positively exhorting Timothy to do good, learning from his own Godly example.
We're really grateful to Theo for leading us so well, and we're going to get him back to cover the rest of the passage soon. In the meantime, you can find his notes below!
Fiona led us last night in a wonderful examination of 2 Tim 1:8 - 2:7. We looked at Timothy's calling - to faithfully teach the Word no matter what, to expect and endure suffering, and to be sustained in that suffering by the the grace of God in Christ.
Fiona also read to us a beautiful poem by G.A. Studdert-Kennedy (aka 'Woodbine Willie'), entitled A Sermon In A Hospital - in which the poet (a WW1 chaplain) wonders why God chose to allow his mate Bill to suffer, ultimately finding in Christ not only the example of our sufferings, but in his death we find "the God that sees it through", for me and for you. Even when we're called to endure horrors.
A great session - find notes below.
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