UPDATED 16th January 2017
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AUDIO SERMONS BY TONY & PATRICIA HIGTON:
Tony and Patricia met at theological college and have spoken together in many places around the world for many years.
We must crucify the old nature Gal 5:1, 16-25 (Tony 26.06.16, 18 mins)
New birth, living hope, eternal inheritance 1 Peter 1:3-9 (Tony 03.07.16, 18 mins)
Getting to know God better Col 1:15-20 (Patricia, 17.07.16, 15 mins)
God is in Christ, Christ is in us Col 2:6-15 (Tony 24.07.16, 22 mins)
Listen to God, Submit to God then God will provide Psalm 81:1, 15-16 (Tony 28.08.16, 20 mins)
How to be a true disciple Luke 14:25-35 (Tony 04.09.16, 18 mins)
The Bible 01 – Inspiration 2 Tim 3:16-17 (Tony 25.09.16, 14 mins)
The Spirit of power, love and self-discipline 2 Tim 1:1-14 (Tony 02.10.16, 17 mins)
The Bible 02 – How to interpret Scripture – Different types of literature (Tony 09.10.16, 19 mins)
The Bible 03 – A glimpse at the first five books of the Bible (Tony 23,10.16, 21 mins)
The Bible 04 – A brief look at the historical books in the OT (Tony 12.11.16, 25 mins)
The Bible 05 – A glimpse of the prophetic books in the OT (Tony 27.11.16, 24 mins)
The Bible 06 – An overview of Paul’s epistles (Tony 08.01.17 25 mins)
“The vital importance of prayer” 1 Thess 5:17 etc (Tony 16 mins 11.10.15): A church must pray together other than in services.
“God’s plan for the universal church” (Tony 18.10.15 19 mins): God wants a united church not a conglomeration of individuals.
“God’s plan for the local church” Acts 2:42-47 (Tony 01.11.15 13 mins): God wants the local church to be a deeply committed fellowship
“The church as the Body of Christ” John 17:11-23 etc (Tony 01.11.15 17 mins): Jesus prayed that each church would experience deep unity in diversity.
“Baptism is not enough” 1 John 5:9-15 (Tony 06.12.15 11 mins): We must also invite Jesus into our lives.
“The church is the bride of Christ” Rev 21:1-14 (Tony 13.12.15 17 mins): The church must constantly prepare for the ‘marriage supper of the Lamb
“Gentiles are heirs together with Jews” Eph 3:1-12 (Tony 03.01.16) 17 mins)
The gifts of the Spirit are important for the church” 1 Cor 12:1-11 (Tony 17.01.16 19 mins): The gifts of the Spirit are available today.
“We have a glorious Lord” Luke 9:28-36 (Tony 07.02.16 15 mins): The Transfiguration shows how awesome Jesus is.
“The many ways Satan tempts us” Luke 4:1-13 (Tony 14.02.16 22 mins).
“As God’s chosen people put on love” Col 3:12-17 (Tony 16.03.16 19 mins)
“Knowing Christ” Php 3:4b-14 (Tony Mar 13th 18 mins)
“Taking sin, the Cross and Resurrection seriously Acts 10:34-43 (Tony Mar 27th 20 mins).
“Overcoming fear” John 20:19-31 (Tony 03.04.16 19 mins).
“St John’s understanding of Jesus as God” John 21:1-4; Rev 5 (Patricia 10.04.16 15 mins).
“The new heaven and new earth” Rev 21:1-6 (Tony 17.04.16 18 mins).
“Overcoming fear” John 20:19-31 (Tony 03.04.16 19 mins).
“St John’s understanding of Jesus as God” John 21:1-4; Rev 5 (Patricia 10.04.16 15 mins).
“The new heaven and new earth” Rev 21:1-6 (Tony 17.04.16 18 mins).
“Longing for more of God” Psa 63 (Tony 01.05.16 13 mins).
“Living by faith” Luke 7:1-10 (Patricia 18 mins 29.05.16)
“The priority of loving God” Gal 2:15-21 (Tony 16 mins 18.06.16) There is a lot of loving neighbour in society but little loving God.
Go to http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/sermons.html and click the appropriate link.
1. TO ENCOURAGE A SENSIBLE APPROACH TO ESCHATOLOGY (THE DOCTRINE OF THE END TIMES, THE RETURN OF CHRIST, ETC).
Many Christians (including Christian leaders) neglect this, either because they don’t feel competent to deal with it or because they are embarrassed by unbalanced extremists. I want to help rectify this by providing Christian teaching and also comment on current events and trends, with particular reference to anything relevant to Jesus’ teaching on the signs of the End Times. I try to take a constructively critical, extensively researched approach. I have completed the main (systematic) section with teaching on the subjects listed below. See http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/eschatology.html for both a Full (more detailed) Version and a Summary Version.
However you will find Updates on Eschatology on the blog below (which have also been incorporated into the main website above) and you are welcome to comment on them here.
2. TO INFORM PEOPLE ABOUT THE ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
For a number of years I lived and ministered in Jerusalem, leading an international organisation whose aim is to share the gospel sensitively with Jewish people and leading Christ Church, Jerusalem. Since then I have been seeking to inform Christians about the need, pain and fear on BOTH sides in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, because God loves both sides. See http://www.prayerforpeace.org.uk/index.html. My recent newsletter on the Israel-Gaza conflict is at http://www.prayerforpeace.org.uk/newsletter.html.
3. TO MAKE CONSIDERED PROPHETIC COMMENT ON CURRENT EVENTS AND TRENDS.
See below on the blog.
4. TO PROVIDE FREE, PRACTICAL, USER-FRIENDLY RESOURCES FOR CHURCHES AND INDIVIDUALS
These include apologetics (defence of the faith), biblical material, church development, church issues, devotional articles, doctrinal resources, evangelistic, interfaith and pastoral issues. Additions will be made to these materials. See http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/
ESCHATOLOGY (END TIMES) SUBJECTS COVERED
The signs of the End
Will there be a sudden, secret “Rapture” of believers to heaven?
The ‘Great Tribulation’ and the Antichrist
Secular eschatology – What secular scholars are predicting about the future of the world
The Battle of Armageddon & Cosmic signs
Old Testament Eschatology
The return of Christ
Will there be a literal Millennium?
End times judgment
The destruction of world
The truth about Hell
The hope of Heaven
Appendix: Understanding the Book of Revelation
Appendix: The Place of Islam in the End Times
What about the Good News?
I am aware that, in focusing on eschatology and prophetic comment on the news, I frequently major on bad news rather than good news. Does that mean I’m only interesting in doom and gloom? No, not at all. However, there is a lot of doom and gloom in New Testament eschatology, and we must take it seriously alongside the love, joy, peace and eternal life which results from the gospel.
Jesus himself told us to watch for negative signs of the time: wars and rumours of wars, famine, disease, earthquakes, persecution, church decline and apostasy, false prophets and messiahs, great distress (tribulation) and worrying events in the heavens. The rest of the NT has a fair amount of doom and gloom about the End Times. After all, the Book of Revelation is hardly light-hearted
So I major on giving updates on some disturbing “signs of the times”: artificial intelligence, church decline, genetic engineering, global warming, Islam, oppression & persecution of Christians, secularisation & societal decline, matters of sexuality, significant political developments, terrorism and war, world poverty, etc.
We have to take note of such things if we are to obey Jesus who said: “Watch out that no one deceives you … keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Matt 24:4, 42-44).
Having said all this, I do come across Christians who take eschatology seriously but read almost everything in society and the church negatively – it’s all doom and gloom. And I don’t believe that is correct. There is a huge amount of good in the world (theologically-speaking, it is the result of God’s “common grace” or the “general work of the Holy Spirit”). We need to maintain the balance and I do seek to share some good news amidst my main emphasis of keeping watch and noting the “signs of the times.”
What is on this site?
NEW ON THE BLOG
Update on Secularisation (January 2017) http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/interfaith/update-on-secularisation-january-2017/
Update on Persecution (December 2016) http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/update-on-persecution-december-2016/
Update on Church Decline (Nov 2016) http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/church-decline/update-on-church-decline-nov-2016-2/
Update on Anti-Semitism http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/middle-east/update-on-anti-semitism/
Update on World Government and Oppression http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/oppression-of-christians/update-on-world-government-and-oppression/
Update on Global Warming http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/disease/update-on-global-warming/
Update on war and terrorism. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/war/update-on-war-and-terrorism/
Is the UK more Christian than the rest of Europe? See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/european-union/is-the-uk-more-christian-than-the-rest-of-europe/
Is the UK more pro-Israel than the rest of Europe? See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/anti-semitism/is-the-uk-more-pro-israel-than-the-rest-of-europe/
Update on the decline of Christian Belief. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/church-decline/update-on-decline-of-christian-belief/
What should be our attitude to the European Union? See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/what-should-be-our-attitude-to-the-european-union-2/
Update on Pandemics. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/update-on-the-danger-of-pandemics/
Update on Middle East tensions. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/middle-east/update-on-middle-east-tensions/
I agree with Peter Tatchell over Ashers Bakery! See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/oppression-of-christians/i-agree-with-peter-tatchell-over-ashers-bakery/
An update on social decline. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/justice/update-on-social-decline/
An update on Secularism. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/church-decline/update-on-secularism/
An update on anti-Semitism and some dangers in combatting it. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/evangelistic/an-update-on-anti-semitism-and-some-dangers-in-combatting-it/
World inequality. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/justice/world-inequality/
Richard Dawkins speaks positively about Christianity! See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/apologetics/richard-dawkins-speaks-favourably-about-christianity/
Update on the Oppression of Christians. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/oppression-of-christians/update-on-oppression-of-christians/
Further update on terrorism and war. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/further-update-on-terrorism-and-war/
How do we recognise God’s judgment? See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/biblical/how-do-we-recognise-gods-judgement/
Update on the serious implications of terrorism. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/update-on-the-serious-implications-of-terrorism/
Update on the Church of England. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/churchdevelopment/update-on-the-church-of-england/
Update on homosexual issues. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/churchissues/update-on-homosexual-issues/
Update on trends towards world government. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/update-on-trends-towards-world-government/
Secularisation and non-religious spirituality. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/church-decline/secularisation-and-non-religious-spirituality/
Why the church fails to teach about eschatology. See
Chair of the Islamic Society of Great Britain says the next coronation should be Christian. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/interfaith/chair-of-the-islamic-society-of-great-britain-says-the-next-coronation-should-be-christian/
Good news: Palestinian rescues 5 Jewish students under attack in the West Bank. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/middle-east/good-news-palestinian-rescues-5-jewish-students-under-attack-in-the-west-bank/
“Jesus will return this month”. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/jesus-may-return-this-month/
Jesus preached the present and coming Rule of God. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/biblical/jesus-preached-the-present-and-coming-rule-of-god/
“Street preachers must not preach about morality”! See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/street-preachers-must-not-preach-about-morality/
Christians and others under antichrist rule. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/christians-and-others-under-antichrist-rule/
John the Baptist said Jesus would baptise in the Spirit AND judge the impenitent. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/john-the-baptist-said-jesus-would-baptise-in-the-spirit-and-judge-the-impenitent/
Update on war and the threat of war. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/update-on-war-and-the-threat-of-war/
Former imam who attacked churches converts to Christianity. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/evangelistic/former-imam-who-attacked-churches-converts-to-christianity/
Tory MP says use anti-terror laws against teachers who say gay marriage is sinful. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/tory-mp-says-use-anti-terror-laws-against-teachers-who-say-gay-marriage-is-sinful/
The Bible predicts Jesus will rule over Israel. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/biblical/the-bible-predicts-jesus-will-rule-over-israel/
Update on Secular Eschatology. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/update-on-secular-eschatology/
“Birth pangs of the Messiah”. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/birth-pangs-of-the-messiah/
Iraqi Christian leader refused entry to US to advocate for persecuted Christians. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/interfaith/iraqi-christian-leader-refused-entry-to-us-to-advocate-for-persecuted-christians/
Homosexual baker strongly disapproves of homosexuals bullying Christian bakers. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/sexual-morality/homosexual-baker-strongly-disapproves-of-homosexuals-bullying-christian-bakers/
The Middle East situation and its effects on Christians and Israel. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/the-middle-east-situation-and-its-effects-on-christians-and-israel/
So the government wants to relax Sunday Trading laws. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/secularisation/so-the-government-wants-to-relax-the-sunday-trading-laws/
You personally can combat ‘Islamic State’. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/evangelistic/you-personally-can-combat-islamic-state/
Persecution is coming in the West. See
Church growth and decline. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/churchdevelopment/church-growth-and-decline/
Anti-Christian attitudes in Britain: Tim Farron. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/oppression-of-christians/anti-christian-attitudes-in-britain-tim-farron/
Muslim imam raises money for church vandalised by young Muslim. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/interfaith/muslim-imam-raises-money-for-church-vandalised-by-young-muslim/
Former MI5 boss says Counter-Extremism Bill could be used against Christians. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/ex-mi5-boss-warns-counter-extremism-bill-could-be-used-against-christians/
David Cameron doesn’t understand religion. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/secularisation/david-cameron-doesnt-understand-religion/
Thank God for this Muslim leader’s comment. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/interfaith/thank-god-for-this-muslim-leaders-comments/
Belfast Pastor to be prosecuted for saying Islam is Satanic. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/oppression-of-christians/belfast-pastor-to-be-prosecuted-for-saying-islam-is-satanic/
Bishop encouraged Osama bin Laden. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/bishop-encouraged-osama-bin-laden/
What about the Irish referendum on gay marriage? See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/what-about-the-irish-referendum-on-gay-marriage/
The Belfast “gay cake” controversy. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/the-belfast-gay-cake-controversy/
Serious trends in the present situation. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/serious-trends-in-the-present-situation/
Will Artificial Intelligence be the end of the human race? See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/will-artificial-intelligence-be-the-end-of-the-human-race/
Why we should take note of wars, famines, earthquakes, pestilences? See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/why-we-should-take-note-of-wars-famines-earthquakes-pestilences/
Update on the Signs of the End: Anti-Semitism. See http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/update-on-signs-of-the-end-anti-semitism/
Update on the Signs of the End: Pestilences. See http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=837
Update on the Signs of the End: Nuclear Terrorism & War. See http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=842
Update on Signs of the End 03 – Persecution & Oppression. See http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=871
Update on the Signs of the End 04 – Preparation for the End: Movements towards World Government.See http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=875
Update on the Signs of the End 05 – Global Warming. See http://www.christianteaching.org.uk.blog/?p=883
Update on the Signs of the End 06 – Turning away from the Faith. See http://www.christianteaching.org.uk.blog/?p=886
INDEX OF RECENT ADDITIONS
ATHEISM (SCIENCE & RELIGION)
Why have atheists started their own church? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=263)
A response to Stephen Hawking’s atheism (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=172)
Has science squeezed God out? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=93)
Hawking finally disproves God – or does he? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=70)
The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/Inspiration&AuthorityOfScripture%2001.pdf)
The nature of God in the Old Testament (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/NatureOfGodInTheOldTestament.pdf)
An outline of the Old Testament (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/AnOutlineOftheOldTestament.pdf)
The wind could have parted Red Sea for Moses (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=79)
· BIBLE READING
Why read the Bible? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=46)
· FEAR OF GOD
There is no fear of God http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=333
Miserable Sinners? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=36)
God won’t forgive us if we don’t forgive everyone (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=156)
Love is complicated – but good for you! (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=91)
· RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST
What does it mean to “know” Christ? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=154)
What is the best form of worship? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=60)
Why join a prayer group? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=40)
CHURCH OF ENGLAND
Is the Church of England in terminal decline? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=164)
Should we have women bishops? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=56)
CREATION & EVOLUTION (GENESIS)
How does the Genesis account of the Fall of Man relate to Evolution? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=186)
Recent Tweets/Facebook messages on Creation & Evolution (Genesis) http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=307
ESCHATOLOGY (END TIMES)
Should we be thinking frequently about the Return of Christ? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=224)
Hastening the return of Christ (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=222)
Can we ignore what the New Testament says about signs of Jesus’ return? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/CanWeIgnoreSingsOfJesusReturn.pdf))
Some thoughts on the Book of Revelation (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/SomeThoughtsOnTheBookOfRevelation.pdf)
The meteor/asteroid coincidence – what does it mean? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=256)
GOD & THE WORLD
How God operates in the world (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=181)
What about ‘gay marriage’? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=237)
Church of Scotland approves Ministers in homosexual relationships (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=168)
ISRAEL & MIDDLE EAST
Is it right to divide the Promised Land? http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=284
My attitude towards Israel and the Palestinians http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=277
The decline of Christianity in the Middle East (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=88)
World Council of Churches statement on the Middle East http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=398
Recent Tweets/Facebook messages on Israel (and the Palestinians) http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=309
Innocent until proved guilty (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=158)
Respecting Muslims (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=73)
Christian Unity and Other Faiths (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=34)
My attitude towards Islam and Muslims http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=389
Listen to both sides (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=43)
SCIENCE & RELIGION (SEE ATHEISM)
SECULARISATION OF SOCIETY
Is Britain anti-Christian? (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=95)
· DISCRIMINATION v CHRISTIANS
Discrimination against British Christians (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/DiscriminationAgainstBritishChristians.pdf)
Discrimination against British Christians: Update 1 (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=179)
“Watching violent videos encourages violence” – fancy that! (http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=86)
Recent Tweets/Facebook messages on General Religious Topics http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=305