London Metropolitan Tabernacle
School of Theology
The 2014 School of Theology will be held on 1-3 July.
Recordings of the 2013 School of Theology Lectures are now available
Details of the school are below.
RECOVERY FROM SPIRITUAL DECLINE
Proving the Methods of Scripture
2013 brought the 38th annual School of Theology at the Tabernacle, with very many pastors, Christian workers and church officers attending, and younger people seeking a more biblical and committed style of Christian life and service.
How may evangelical witness be rebuilt to reach vastly more people in our day? The answer to evangelical decline is not to be found in radical new ways of ‘doing church’, and the adoption of entertainment culture, as some claim. Worldly methods will only produce worldly churches.
The answer lies in much greater effort and prayer being invested in the ‘old paths’ and the ‘good way’. School of Theology this year was designed to stimulate the revival of authentic evangelistic preaching from throughout the Bible; also the defence of biblical methods to secure greater instrumentality, the promotion of personal witness, and the necessity of biblical separation from error and worldliness to know the blessing of the Holy Spirit.
DR PETER MASTERS
Pastor, Metropolitan Tabernacle
SERMONS FOR SOULS
The Word of God is a mine of appeals to lost souls, having persuasions and urgings for every kind of sinner, with soul-winning words and warnings. Two addresses will show how to recognise and deploy the powerful and varied evangelistic reasoning found in all parts of the Bible, providing an agenda for soul-winning sermons every week of the year, and supplying fuel and illustrations for the personal witness of believers.
WHAT A BIBLICAL CHURCH IS LIKE
Proving the New Testament Pattern. Promoters of new methods for church growth adopt the sin-connected culture of the world and dismiss the sufficiency of Scripture. This address will review the essential features of the New Testament pattern church, so derided by today’s innovators, but vital in God’s plan and purpose. These biblical principles are the basis of true blessing.
REVIVING THE ‘WORKING CHURCH’
In a non-churchgoing age, the rarity of ‘working’ churches is a major element of spiritual decline. This address will present an essential biblical concept, by which as many members as possible are involved in Christian service. How is this to be attained? What are the hindrances? What spiritual nourishment is required, and what is the fruit?
REV JOHN THACKWAY
Pastor, Holywell Evangelical Church, Wales
PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL SEPARATION
The Distinctiveness of Gospel Churches
1. Separation in Church Associations and Co-operative Ventures
Obeying God’s call to His people to be separate from churches and organisations that tolerate false teachers. This address challenged today’s indifference to the principles of biblical separation, including a rebuttal of the misuse of the terms ‘hyper-separatist’ and ‘guilt by association’.
2. Separation in Personal Life, and in Service for God
The biblical attitude to Gospel outreach were contrasted with the man-centred methods for success of new evangelicalism, giving special attention to the need for an integrity that rejects pragmatic compromise. An appeal to do God’s work in God’s way, and for His glory alone.
PASTOR DEWI HIGHAM
Pastor, Tabernacle Cardiff
PREREQUISITES FOR REVIVAL
God’s sovereignty brings about in His people certain desires and moves them to a new level of consecration, in preparation for a season of great blessing. Here were the prerequisites traceable in times of true spiritual awakening, and identified in Scripture, that we should long to manifest and attain to.
PASTOR ROLAND BURROWS
Pastor, Station Road Baptist Chapel,
Cradley Heath, West Midlands
WHAT DID THEY ACTUALLY SAY?
What were the distinctive approaches of great revival preachers in their sermons? What were their characteristic texts and biblical arguments? How did they frame their appeals to souls? How did their language ‘fit’ with reformed theology? For our inspiration, two addresses will review the typical outlines and remonstrations of compelling revival-period preaching.
PASTOR CHRIS HAND
Pastor, Crich Baptist Church, Derbyshire
THE RECOVERY OF EVANGELISTIC PREACHING
The preaching of specifically evangelistic sermons on a regular, weekly basis was once the rule in evangelical churches, but not for many years now. Many preachers will not themselves have sat under such ministry when younger. Theological seminaries nowadays seldom advocate it, and churches suffer the outcome. Two addresses presented a new call to such evangelistic preaching, considering its aims and implementation.
PASTOR CHRISTOPHER BUSS
Pastor, Ridley Hall Evangelical Church, Battersea
ATTITUDES NEEDED IN CHURCH LEADERS
Personal attitudes to be embraced and nurtured to secure God’s blessing on the labours of churches, drawn from the example of Christ and His apostles. Will our work be merely an outwardly impressive structure, or a genuine, spiritual accomplishment?
DR TED WILLIAMS
Consultant in public health, and author
UPHOLDING BIBLICAL MARRIAGE
Crucial to blessing upon churches is the restoration of truly biblical marriage ideals (by contrast with the deeply mistaken concepts of the ‘Christian’ marriage counselling courses), elevating and imparting the virtues of chastity, modesty, chivalry (including self-control and respect) and faithfulness. This address set out the basis of pastoral teaching and guidance.
PASTOR JAMES ZENKER
Pastor, Beeches Road Baptist Chapel,
Blackheath, West Midlands
INSPIRING STRONG PERSONAL WITNESS
Beside the preaching, the backbone of spiritual awakenings has always been personal witness, equally essential to all church growth. In a single address Pastor Zenker presented the pastoral role in the reviving of individual witness.
PASTOR ROGER BRAZIER
Pastor, Edmonton Baptist Chapel
JEREMIAH’S GOSPEL ILLUSTRATIONS
Jeremiah employs graphic evangelistic reasoning more than any other Old Testament prophet, frequently calling individuals to consider their souls. To see the prophet’s searching, pressing arguments is like turning a key in a lock, opening the door to the utilising of Old Testament passages for evangelistic preaching.
PASTOR JACK SEATON
Pastor Emeritus, Inverness
Reformed Baptist Church
RECOVERING THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH
During the Babylonian captivity, Zion languished, but with release and restoration to Jerusalem, God brought them to fulfil their calling once more. Two addresses drew out the lessons of this ‘typical’ restoration, when God’s people gained a renewed sense of privilege, a readiness to engage in labour, face opposition and sin, and rectify wrong priorities.
PASTOR IBRAHIM AG MOHAMED
Pastoral Staff, Metropolitan Tabernacle
REACHING OUT TO MOSLEMS
What to Know and What to Say
The first address (Wednesday afternoon interval session) summarised the articles and pillars of Moslems’ faith and practices. The second address (Thursday afternoon) explained Moslems’ misconceptions of Christianity, and offered engaging, effective approaches to be used in witness.
PASTOR JONATHAN NORTHERN
Pastor, Baldock Baptist Church, Hertfordshire
EVANGELISTIC PREACHING FROM THE PSALMS
Soul-winning reasoning often of a unique kind is found throughout the psalms. This address showed some of these themes and provide sample suggested sermon outlines, including individual verses with special potential.
School of Theology
Afternoon Interval Sessions
CHURCH PLANTING AND SUNDAY SCHOOLS
Tuesday 5.30-6.20 pm: Pastor Richard Clarke, of Beacon Park Baptist Church, Plymouth, who commenced the church with a Sunday School operation in 1992, will give encouragement and counsel on the establishment of new causes. (Sunday School resources including new materials will be displayed in the hall.)
REACHING OUT TO MOSLEMS (1)
Wednesday 5.30-6.20 pm: Pastor Ibrahim Ag Mohamed, who ministered for 15 years in a Moslem land, provided essential insight for witness, summarising the articles and pillars of Moslems’ faith and practices.