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The Narrow Way: The mark of the people of God

Galatians 6:11-18 At the time Paul wrote this letter, Christians were persecuted mainly by the Jewish community (who resented the inclusion of Gentiles). The Judaistic version of Christianity (forcing Gentile converts to become Jews) effectively reduced it to no more … Continue reading

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Chosen

We believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints… Deuteronomy 7:7 “The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Community

Galatians 6:1-6 The pursuit of holiness is not a purely personal quest: the road is one on which we travel as a group. And the most sensitive indicator of our spirituality is the nature of our relationships with our Christian … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Leadership again

Numbers 16 & 17 During the long years of aimless wandering, it is hardly surprising that some of the Israelites become frustrated and resentful. A group of high-ranking men, led by Korah, misunderstand God’s insistence on holiness for everyone and … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Holiness

Numbers 5:1-4 The Israelite camp is where God manifests His presence on earth, and like any ‘sacred space’ must be kept holy. And so the final stage in its re-organisation is to exclude all those individuals who are seriously ‘unclean’, … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Organisation

Numbers 1-4 After a year camped at Mount Sinai, the Israelites have built a sanctuary at which to worship, and have received a law to regulate their everyday life. All that remains is for them to be organised into a … Continue reading

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A city on a hill

Isaiah 2:1-5 This is a prophecy of ‘the last days’ – which began at Pentecost. So it is being fulfilled now! When Isaiah was preaching these words, the city of God was Jerusalem (which is on a hill, though only … Continue reading

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