Five influential preachers | Part 2 – Ernest Rudman

Terry Virgo, founder of the Newfrontiers family of churches, was asked to name the five most influential preachers in his life.  Not the five best, the five that had influenced him most.

Terry writes:

The first preacher who influenced me greatly was the first (and only) man I have ever called ‘pastor’, namely Ernest Rudman, affectionately known as ‘EGR’, the pastor of Holland Road Baptist Church in Hove.

He taught me that the Bible is completely authoritative and penetratingly relevant to life.  A great student not only of scripture, but of human nature, he spoke powerfully to the heart with piercing application but with Godly gentleness.  I never felt bullied by his preaching but regularly I knew I was meeting with God as I listened to him.  He loved to follow series and tell stories, often of Bible characters, which made you not only appreciate the moment, but also eagerly anticipate next week’s instalment.   Continue reading “Five influential preachers | Part 2 – Ernest Rudman”

When we see You, we see love

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You are good,

And Your love endures forever,

Never changing,

Always faithful,

You are.

Holy God, there is no-one else above You,

Just and gracious, full of mercy You are.

Spirit, show us Jesus.

Jesus, You show us the Father.

And when we see You, we see love,

When we see You, we see love.

God Speaks to Samuel

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The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up; he did not let any of Samuel’s messages fail to come true.  Then all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, knew Samuel was a true prophet of the Lord.

1 Samuel 3:19-20

Tomorrow at Explore we study the calling of Samuel.

Five influential preachers | Part 1 – Bryn Jones

Terry Virgo, founder of the Newfrontiers family of churches, was asked to name the five most influential preachers in his life.  Not the five best, the five that had influenced him most.

One was a man I have heard preach many times, the late Welsh preacher Bryn Jones. When I (Colin) heard Bryn preaching, he always left me feeling that I could do anything with God, he was inspirational.

Terry writes:

What a preacher! He was unafraid to use humour, but nevertheless brought you to God. 

Mostly I heard him from large platforms before vast crowds at ‘Bible weeks’ where thousands camped in tents and caravans and gathered for vast meetings. He used the whole stage.  One of the things I learnt from him was mobility and the use of action in telling a Bible story.  There was a sense in which he acted it out.  He played the parts.  He drew you into the drama.  So very helpful, especially in the large Bible week setting.

He also lived with a big vision.  A make-it-happen man, Bryn caught people up in his vision.  His preaching was a call to arms.  He wasn’t simply explaining the Bible but had a passion to move God’s people into God’s purpose. His preaching galvanised a movement.

Continue reading “Five influential preachers | Part 1 – Bryn Jones”

Family Tree of Ruth

Family Tree of Ruth:

You can reflect more on the Bible story of Ruth by reading Unshaken, a retelling by popular Christian author Francine Rivers.  You can also find it in the compilation, A Lineage of Grace.

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