Minister’s Letter December 2017

Dear Friends, I wonder, what are the first five things that spring to your mind at the mention of Christmas? Maybe turkey, presents, Father Christmas, Christmas trees and, yes, Jesus. They’re probably up there as a Top Five. But have you ever considered the contrasting Christmas offers of Father Christmas and Jesus? Let’s put themContinue Reading

Minister’s Letter – March 2017

(My purpose in writing these occasional ‘Minister’s Letters’ is to communicate in a different way on issues of contemporary relevance that may not be covered in sermons or the normal teaching programme. I hope you find it interesting and stimulating.  Do let me know your thoughts.)   Dear Friends, I am extremely aware of theContinue Reading

HeiCat 6 – ’Til on that cross, as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied’

Lord’s Day 6 of the Heidelberg Catechism:   16 – Q – Why must he be truly human and truly righteous? A – Because God’s justice requires that the same human nature which has sinned should make satisfaction for sin; but no sinner could ever satisfy for others. 17 – Q – Why must heContinue Reading

HeiCat 5 – Can’t make no satisfaction

Lord’s Day #5 of the Heidelberg Catechism:   12 – Q – Since then, by the righteous judgment of God, we deserve temporal and eternal punishment, what is required that we may escape this punishment and be again received into favour? A – God wills that his justice be satisfied; therefore, we must make satisfyContinue Reading

HeiCat 4 – A God merciful and compassionate…who will by no means clear the guilty

Lord’s Day 4 of the Heidelberg Catechism:   9 – Q – Does not God then wrong people, by requiring of them in his law that which they cannot perform? A – No: for God so created humans that they could keep the law; but people, through the instigation of the devil, by wilful disobedienceContinue Reading

HeiCat 3 – Is it really all bad?

Um, in one sense, yes:   6 – Q – Did God create people so wicked and perverse? A – No: but God created people good, and after his own image, that is, in righteousness and true holiness; that he might rightly know God his Creator, heartily love him, and live with him in eternalContinue Reading

HeiCat 2 – Woe is me, I am ruined!

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 2 3 – Q – From where do you know your misery? A – Out of the law of God. 4 – Q – What does the law of God require of us? A – This Christ teaches us in sum, in Matthew 22, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord yourContinue Reading

Why pray? And maybe a word to the sceptic…

This is a post written by Kevin Russell, a member of the church family at GCH. What follows is a reflection that he wrote back in the Autumn concerning the traumatic events that his family endured, and how God encouraged and upheld them, as their otherwise healthy son’s life was threatened by a mystery illness.  Continue Reading

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