In the second of our latest Big Questions series, Steve Burnhope looks at the Bible. What’s it for? What’s the point of us having it? People sometimes say that it’s ‘God’s Instruction Manual’, but if so, which instructions? What makes a 2,000-plus year-old text relevant to today?
In the first of our latest series of ‘Big Questions’ about Christianity, faith and the Bible, Steve Burnhope looks at the Church. Jesus said, “I will build my Church” — but what sort of Church did he have in mind? How closely does that resemble what we see today? Is there a kind of Church that’s worth believing in…?
It’s interesting that neither Jesus nor the Apostle Paul used the term ‘Christian’ (or, ‘Christianity’) — and it only appears in three New Testament verses. By far the most common word is not ‘believer’ or ‘follower’ — rather, it’s ‘disciple’. But that’s an unfamiliar word today — so what does it mean? Steve Burnhope suggests five characteristics that are the difference between being a ‘disciple’ versus just a ‘believer’ or a ‘follower.’
Lyn Burnhope shares some thoughts about Aylesbury Vineyard’s ‘mission statement’ based around Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 – with an important added dimension, of “being known by him” as well.