Main Studies

The subjects and the study leaders for the main studies were:

Elijah - the prophet who stood before Yahweh God of Israel

Bro. Richard Mellowes

"Among the prophets Elijah is unique in a number of respects. There is no record of any inspired writings that he penned. The end of his ministry to Israel was unusually dramatic in being taken up into heaven in a chariot accompanied by a whirlwind. Moreover, alone among the prophets he has a future role specified in Scripture. And if that were not enough, he is one of only two prophets who appeared to the Master at the Transfiguration. So he surely deserves our careful attention.

God willing, we shall trace his life as recorded in Scripture; his ministry to the house of Ahab and Jezebel during a prolonged drought; his vindication of Yahweh before the prophets of Baal; his humanity displayed at Horeb; and the dramatic end to his work in the past with Israel. We shall then go on to consider his later work, firstly at the transfiguration, and finally his latter day mission subsequent to the judgement and glorification of the saints, and the Gogian invasion of the promised land.

Our hope and prayer is that we will be encouraged in our walk by the work of this valiant man of faith, and that we shall be enthused to consider further, and to eagerly anticipate the time when he will be on earth again to perform Yahweh’s work with His people.”

The Epistle to the Colossians - the acceptable walk in Christ

Bro. Robin Beeson

“The Apostle Paul writes to the ecclesia beginning with the importance of doctrine and then he moves on to deal with the impact that such beliefs should have upon the way they were living their lives in Christ at Colossae. In effect we see a statement of faith that sets out a foundation for belief that to be a real belief has to have its fruit seen in “Walking worthy of the Lord”. The Apostle Paul, writing under divine inspiration, commences many of his letters to the various first century ecclesias in this way. In doing this we are left with a message that helps us understand some of the issues when contending for the faith in the first century Roman world and of even greater importance how these lessons and warnings can support us today as we await the return of Jesus Christ.

There were some very difficult problems at Colossae and it is clear that these were known to the Apostle Paul. The tone is that of seeking to warn but at the same time giving encouragement and guidance and at the heart of the Epistle we have the example of the Lord Jesus Christ and his obedience unto the Father in all that he did and the work of redemption that is through him.

With this all in mind we shall look at our ‘acceptable walk in Jesus Christ”, how our statement of faith and belief must show ‘fruits unto holiness’ as we seek be true sons and daughters of the Lord. We shall, God willing, see our duties and responsibilities in connection with our calling and our relationships with each other and our relationships towards those around us.

Our discipleship is at the heart of this epistle and when we come to ‘Masters and Servants’ we will look at Philemon and Onesimus who had run away and found the truth and who was being sent back with a loving letter from the Apostle Paul. This will enable us to see Masters and Servants in more detail than just looking at the relevant verses in Colossians. We look forward to gaining support and comfort from our study as we prepare for the coming kingdom.”

The Goodness and Severity of God

Bro. Steve Davis

“The phrase the goodness and severity of God is only used once in the scriptures in Romans 11v22 and yet this theme runs all the way through the Word of Life. In our consideration of this we intend to ponder over the difference between what God understands as goodness and severity and what we, as men and women, consider.

We will look at the memorial name of our loving heavenly Father and see how this principle is contained there and how it continues throughout the pages of scripture. Examples of the goodness and severity of God are very many, but we shall look at a few from various parts of the Word and see the lessons which we can learn from holy men and women of old.

Other principles of truth will come to the fore during our considerations that hopefully will give us warnings and encouragement as we walk to the kingdom that Yahweh will shortly establish. With all our studies of God’s Word it is vital for us to not only learn, but to put these things into practice in our life. So, after considering examples we hope to then turn to ourselves and apply these lessons in our lives.

We long for the day when the Lord Jesus will return, to establish God’s Kingdom on earth and rule in righteousness from Jerusalem. It is to this end that we trust our studies will help us prepare and be ready for the Master at His appearing. May it be that in that day God’s goodness will be extended to each one of us and we become citizens of the New Jerusalem.”