Increasing in number soon – frequently asked questions and brief answers:
What is ‘the gospel’ ?
Start by watching this:
Why do you worship God in such an old-fashioned way?
Just because something is old, doesn’t automatically make it wrong (or right!). We certainly don’t do what we do because it is our ‘tradition’, but because we believe it to be right. We believe that the praise offered to the Lord throughout the scriptures is characterised primarily by both reverence and joy. So, we don’t seek to sing slow, miserable tunes, or only hymns by people who lived hundreds of years ago, but we certainly do seek to sing tunes which are simple, straightforward, and which fit the words being sung. We also believe that sung praise is to be intelligent, and not a mindless ‘feel-good’ exercise. So we’ll choose items to sing which are profound, and teach us much about our great God and all His ways. We will always admit that we could do better – and we try to!
Why don’t you keep the Old Testament days for worship such as the Sabbath and other ‘feasts’?
The answer is very simple – because we live in New Testament times. Every ‘ceremonial’ aspect of Jewish law was fulfilled in Christ and no longer applies to the Christian Believer. Regarding the importance of one ‘special day’ versus another, we refer you to two passages of scripture:
Romans 14:5-6 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.
He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.
Colossians 2:16-17 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
For more answers to those who seek to add Jewish customs to Christian faith, consider Paul’s letter to the Galatians, and also this excellent article online: What is the Hebrew Roots Movement?
Why does Jonathan Hunt not use the title ‘Reverend’ if he is ordained?
Whilst it is common in our culture to refer to ordained Christian Ministers as ‘Reverend’ or ‘Rev.’, it is an entirely man-made construct. It is, of course, intended to convey respect for the office held by the ordained Minister. We offer no criticism of anyone who does use the term, but we prefer not to – as the Office held by the Minister is referred to by various terms in the New Testament, which we translate as Minister, Pastor, Elder, or even Bishop – but not ‘Reverend’.