Seminars 2015-16

October 2015

Dr Masters, Pastor, Metropolitan Tabernacle        
Preaching – distinctive modes of sermon construction; good and bad described; do’s and don’ts; the essence of preaching Christ; the thinking process required; the evangelistic sermon defined; doing justice to the fullness and happiness of the Christian life.

Pastor Christopher Buss, Mt Zion Baptist Church, Ashford 
A Survey of Zechariah – with special identification of the principal themes and applications for preaching.

Dr E S Williams, former consultant in Public Health and author       
Review of the Lausanne Movement, its origins, doctrinally-mixed ethos, and its liberal and political ideals.

November 2015

Dr Masters                     
Church Policy and Practice – the elements of NT church life; the evangelistic strategy; the crucial place of child evangelism; the scope of pastoral initiative.

Pastor Buss                    
The ‘Higher Christian Life’ and its Effects. Reviewing the leading Higher-Life authors, its manifestations today, and the helping of people affected by its ideas.  

Pastor Michael Coles, Falmouth Evangelical Church, Cornwall    
A Survey of 1 Kings – a suggestive survey with special attention to the principal themes and applications for preaching.

December 2015

Dr Masters                      
The Holy Spirit – His divine being in both Testaments; His abstention from direct manifestation; mistakes concerning Him; His vital power and roles; His particular work of holiness and order.

Pastor Buss                     
The Teaching of Progressive Sanctification the biblical doctrine set out with helps and hindrances.

Pastor Jack Seaton, Pastor Emeritus, Inverness Reformed Baptist Church     
A Survey of Deuteronomy – a suggestive survey with special attention to the principal themes and applications for preaching.

January 2016

Dr Masters                     
(i) Modern Study Bibles – their technical virtues weighed against their hermeneutical disasters.
(ii) Hymnody – A brief history; hymn categories; a hymn defined; correct deployment of hymns in worship; the place of psalms; the necessity of hymns for Trinitarian worship.

Pastor Buss                      
The Doctrine of Assurance and the Teaching of Assurance to Believers – to encourage a strong living hope; counsel to the unassured.

Rev John Thackway, Holywell Evangelical Church, North Wales
A Survey of Leviticus – a suggestive survey with special attention to the principal themes and applications for preaching.

February 2016

Dr Masters                      
(i) The Church Constitution – for both pioneers and revivers of churches: factors which should be considered in the formulation of articles, and expressed in a biblical, understandable manner.                                         
(ii) The Wider Evangelical Scene – things we need to know about developments in ‘new’ evangelicalism, the promoters, the rapidly appearing consequences, and the right precautions.

Pastor Buss                        
Implications of Millennialism – the profound influence of different views on the interpretation of selected books of the Bible.

Rev Malcolm Watts, Emmanuel Church, Salisbury   
A Survey of 1 Timothy – a suggestive survey with special attention to the  principal themes and applications for preaching.

March 2016

Dr Masters                      
The Unique Revelatory Material of the Book of Job – including the causes of self-induced affliction in believers, and its avoidance, and the age-old battle between faith and works, or evangelicals and their opponents. (The pastoral ‘potential’ of Job cannot be exaggerated.) 

Pastor Buss                    
Hyper-Calvinism v Persuasive Preaching of the Gospel – identifying the development and features of the former, and the virtues of the latter.

Pastor Chris Hand, Crich Baptist Church, Derbyshire      
A Survey of 1 Corinthians – a suggestive survey with special attention to the  principal themes and applications for preaching.

April 2016

Dr Masters                    
The Benefits and Pitfalls of Expository Preaching: The welcome return to consecutive exposition has included some inappropriate approaches which do not help teaching, inspiration or evangelism. This address looks at the good, and the ‘less good’ aspects of the expository method.
The Evangelistic Sermon - A step-by-step demonstration of the preparation of such a sermon drawn from the text.

May 2016

Dr Masters                        
(i) Troubles in Churches – ‘visible’ and ‘invisible’ problems in lives; the corporate grieving of the Spirit; patient shepherding by pastors and office-bearers to effect healing.  
(ii) Church Discipline – from the practice of brotherly correction to the procedures for serious matters.

Pastor Buss                         
Teaching believers about personal prayer the importance of direction, and the necessary themes to visit.

Pastor Roger Brazier, Edmonton Baptist Chapel, London     
A Survey of 2 Kings – a suggestive survey with special attention to the  principal themes and applications for preaching.

June 2016

Dr Masters                           
The Pastoral Manual of Proverbs –  not being merely ‘sundry moral maxims’, but deep, rich, miniature parables arranged in the book’s stated categories: (i) reasoning with lost souls, (ii) exhortation of young believers; (iii) training the mature.  

Pastor Buss                        
The Doctrinal Approach to Comfort in Trials – the most important aspect of personal pastoral ministry.

Pastor Roland Burrows, Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, Cradley Heath, West Midlands  
A Survey of 2 Corinthians – a suggestive survey with special attention to the principal themes and applications for preaching.