Angels

Angels are an integral part of a biblical understanding of the world.  Unfortunately their presence, existence and significance has often been downplayed by many within the Christian community.  Even so, this book ‘What’s All This About Angels?‘ by Geoffrey C. Bingham, will greatly enhance our understanding, if approached with faith.

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New Creation Teaching Ministry

March 17, 2019

The New Creation Teaching Ministry (Blackwood, South Australia) with Geoffrey Bingham‘s material, and other materials from other NCTM teachers, are now in a new online Library. It is still called, New Creation Library.

——>    The new website is hosted here:  https://www.newcreationlibrary.org.au/

 A 500mb zip-file can be downloaded onto your computer at this site:  ZIP-file

And also here:  https://geoffreybingham.com/

Please email, or Facebook me, if you need any of the books or songs passed on.

Email:   trevor.trf@gmail.com

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Trevor Faggotter

 

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Christology

Christology is the study of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. It is a great subject. It opens to a person the glory, wonder, joy, power, and presence of the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

One of the best, most unusual books on Christology is the one by Geoffrey Bingham, entitled: Christ and the Triune Glory.

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It is of note that Geoff has chapter headings which begin in Chapter 3 with ‘The Person and Work of Christ: The Incarnation—1’.

He continues repeating the term ‘The Incarnation‘ in each Chapter heading as he goes on to discuss,

The Work of the Cross, The Work of the Resurrection, The Work of the Ascension and Session, and even The Work of the Parousia.  I repeat.  All are ‘The Incarnation’!

These chapters were originally lectures, or teaching sessions given to pastors.

You can download a copy for free.  Enjoy.

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Sabbath Rest

Is Sabbath Rest, for today?

For Christians, when, or how, is it to be observed:

(1) Saturday, (2) Sunday, (3) Any day? (4) Not required? (5) By Faith (Hebrews 4:9-11) in the gospel?

This book, ‘Sabbath Rest or Human Turmoil’ is a PDF file by Geoffrey Bingham. It will stimulate your thinking, no matter what your current view of the matter.

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Please download for FREE.

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Covenant?

Covenant is an important concept in understanding the bible. Karl Barth said it was crucial in grasping the biblical narrative. James and Thomas Torrance from Scotland, provided some excellent teaching regarding a biblical covenant of grace, not being a legal covenant, rather like a business contract. No. Covenant is not a Contract.

Geoff Bingham’s book on Covenant adds a lot of good insight into the mix.

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Commonly known are the Covenants made with Noah, Abraham, Israel, David and the New Covenant inaugurated by Jesus. However, is there a Universal Covenant for the human race?  Peter said that God is ‘a faithful Creator’. Paul taught that he is the God, who in Christ Jesus reveals most fully, his plan to redeem creation (Romans 8).

How does the Covenant God ‘set out’ with Creation?

Geoff Bingham wrote, in “Love’s Most Glorious Covenant”, that if there is a covenant with creation, then:

“it would mean that human beings are human beings and have covenant in common long before they are Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and animists. They are of one common stock5 before they are Chinese, Japanese, French, German and British. Behind their cultural laws and taboos they have a common morality which springs from Creation and not from second thoughts about everything. We know we will never unravel the complexities of race, culture and religion but there can be much coming together—if we will—on the basis of our common created humanity.”

Regarding a universal covenant he said:

“I am suggesting in this important Preface that we need to open our eyes, refresh our thinking and alert ourselves to the fact of this Covenant of Creation. We may have had a foreshortened perspective of history and so of God, Man and Creation. We may have missed much that pertains to hope—the kind of hope which would make much sense of past history and of the history that is moving towards a universal climax. If so, it is possible that our study of God’s Covenant of Creation may not only supply hitherto missing pieces of a puzzle, but understanding that Covenant may show us history is, in fact, not a puzzle to be solved. The humble in spirit are not baffled by the mystery of God. They live in that mystery and know what is what.”

Reading the book is a task well worth the effort.

 

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ACC- Completed Work – Uniting Church

Jesus and the Gospel

For Uniting Church ACC Conference August 2016. A study paper by Trevor Faggotter.

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“The Uniting Church acknowledges that the Church is able to live and endure through the changes of history only because her Lord comes, addresses and deals with people in and through the news of his completed work. Christ who is present when he is preached among people is the Word of God who acquits the guilty, who gives life to the dead and who brings into being what otherwise could not exist. Through human witness in word and action, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ reaches out to command people’s attention and awaken their faith; he calls them into the fellowship of his sufferings, to be disciples of a crucified Lord; in his own strange way he constitutes, rules and renews them as his Church” (Paragraph 4, The Basis of Union).

 

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Prophets and Prophecy

Amos, the farmer-come-prophet, once said: Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). Prophets spoke from God. And God revealed the plan.

Pontius Pilate was a prefect of Judaea, answerable to Rome. As Jesus stood before this politically insecure leader, he said: For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Jesus lived the truth, and spoke the truth, and bore witness to the Truth. Pilate’s response revealed that he really knew only politics—manipulation of people—as he asked ‘What is Truth?’ Likewise, many people today have lost any real anchor when it comes to knowing, doing and being part of ‘truth’. Politics is not ‘the way’. Prophecy is. And it involves speaking up, and living out the truth.

The Christian church has a prophetic role: to share in the truth what God is doing for, and saying to the world. God’s plan for creation, and for the future is essential to all to know. The church’s witness to the truth of God’s way and will is a ‘prophetic’ word. It liberates, and evokes reaction.

In Acts 21 we hear of the ministry of prophecy. It was given to Philip’s 4 daughters and Agabus. It is also present with Paul as an apostle. There are components of prophecy:

  1. the office of a prophet,
  2. the charisma of prophecy,
  3. the general prophetic utterance of the Christian community, and
  4. the general use of the prophetic deposit (Scripture and the Gospel)

Without prophetic vision—or prophecy—people run wild, but blessed are those who follow God’s teachings. (Proverbs 29:18 – God’s Word). All nations, the church and local community urgently need to find ‘the Way’. Prophecy is crucial. Filled with the Spirit—the church can and should sing, speak, live and meet in a prophetic manner. This component is vital for humanity today.

Lord Jesus Christ, may our worship, service and words bear witness to your plan, foretelling and forth-telling.

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