Men Standing Alone
Holding the Word of God in the worst of times
at Holy Trinity Platt, Manchester
on Saturday 12 May, 2018, doors open 9:00
Speaker – Rupert Bently-TaylorBookings Open Monday 1 January, 2018
Even since the last NMC the assaults on orthodox Christian teaching, and morality, especially in the area of sexuality, seem to have increased at an alarming rate. Those who have stood firm in the Anglican tradition at General Synod have been ridiculed and vilified. The leadership from those in authority in the denominations who should be the guardians of biblical truth has been muted to say the least and even in Bible teaching churches many appear to be wavering under the onslaught of the gay lobby. Add to this scenario the increasing problems associated with immigration, and Islam in particular and indeed many other things which push Christians further and further to the margins, there is for many a feeling of despair and even fear about standing up and speaking out. This can result in us trying to live in two different boxes – the Church Box, among fellow believers where we feel free to speak with one another about our faith and the World Box where we increasingly keep our mouths shut for fear of being demonised. It is a challenging state of affairs.
But God’s word has many examples of those who stood foursquare in such situations. which in reality are not new and unique to our present day world. It is three such men from whom our speaker Rupert Bentley-Taylor will draw lessons and encouragements for us to be Men standing alone:Holding to the Word of God in the worst of times.
This will be a day to nerve us for action, to increase our confidence in God’s word and to point us to the one who is sufficient, and more, for all these things.
Noah in the days of the flood
Micaiah in the days of Ahab
Tim Farron MP
Paul in the days of Nero
Rupert was born into a missionary family and lived as a child in the Far East where he came to faith. He taught history for six years and then went on to serve as a pastor for 30 years, firstly in Bournemouth and then in Bath. He also served for three years as the very last FIEC President. He has taught the Bible in a number of training courses and conventions and been engaged in preaching training in North India over many years. He and his wife, Margie, are currently involved in a new church, Emmanuel Church, in Bath, though Rupert now speaks widely across the country. They have four grown-up children and thirteen grandchildren (at the time of writing!).