Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Peace and security

Peter wrote his letter in order to encourage ordinary believers (like us) to stand firm against the rising tide of persecution. “This is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.” (verse 12) True apostolic doctrine (our election by … Continue reading

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True worship: together

For generations, right from the time when Abraham first responded to God’s call, he and his descendants had worshipped the Lord by building altars and offering sacrifices wherever it seemed to be appropriate. But once the Tabernacle and priesthood were … Continue reading

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“Everyone did as they saw fit”

History rolls on, and our worldview constantly changes. The 17th and 18th centuries saw the beginnings of rationalism: tradition was rejected, the supernatural was dismissed, and observational science began its inexorable rise. People might have had differing opinions as to what … Continue reading

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True worship: with reverence and awe

Fashions in church worship, just as in other aspects of life, change over time. Modern worship services would probably be unrecognisable to our grandparents: ritual has been largely dispensed with, music has been jazzed up, prayers have been shortened, and … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Spiritual warfare

Peter finishes his letter with some teaching on spiritual warfare. The Christian life is a constant struggle; we must never relax our guard, and there is no excuse for carelessness or self-indulgence. “Watch and pray so that you will not … Continue reading

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True worship: keeping the fire burning

In front of the entrance to the Tabernacle, in the open air, was a large bronze altar for the burning of sacrifices. The fire in it was no ordinary fire, but the sacred fire that had been kindled by God … Continue reading

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A kingdom of priests

We believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints… Exodus 19:5,6 “Although the whole earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Israel’s calling and rescue from Egypt was not … Continue reading

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