With effect from 5th June 2011, the Sunday afternoon Tabernacle Cardiff Doctrine class has moved to a new phase. Following the decision to begin a Welsh language work, leadership of the Doctrine Class has passed to Mike Johnson, Alex Hutter assisting. We also hope to enlist the help of other speakers.

Alun Higham’s contribution to the church, each Sunday afternoon, was remarkable, taking us right through the three volume Great Doctrines of the Bible series by Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Audio recordings of these are available from the Tabernacle Cardiff website.

Our (tentativly penned) objectives for the Doctrine Class are as follows:

  1. To glorify and enjoy God together.
  2. To encourage, by God’s grace, and in reliance upon the Holy Spirit, the deepening of the knowledge of God and his Christ in all. We have good reason to hope that He will help us with this (Eph 1:17). We do not seek to grow in a mere academic knowledge of God. Nor is knowledge first on Peter’s list of things all Christians should aspire to.
  3. To exercise ourselves in talking about and explaining our faith so that we can be ‘ready always to [give] an answer {or defense} to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear’ (1 Peter 3:15)
Meekness and fear ought to characterise our attitude when mortals are dealing with eternal truths:
‘Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, But with meekness and fear. Do not permit your readiness to answer, nor the confidence you have in the goodness of your cause, to lead you to answer pertly or superciliously to any person; defend the truth with all possible gentleness and fear, lest while you are doing it you should forget his presence whose cause you support, or say any thing unbecoming the dignity and holiness of the religion which you have espoused, or inconsistent with that heavenly temper which the Spirit of your indwelling Lord must infallibly produce.’ (Adam Clarke)
Other scripture anchors for the work include:
Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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