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CFS Trustees

Covenant Fellowship Scotland is registered with OSCR as
Scottish Charity SC043628.

Trustees of the charity are:

Rev Professor Andrew McGowan 
(Chairman)
Rev Richard Buckley
Rev Ian Murdo Macdonald
Mr Kenneth Mackenzie
Rev Mark Malcolm
Rev Ann McCool
Rev Hector Morrison
Rev Colin Strong

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The Trustees of Covenant Fellowship Scotland met recently to discuss the way ahead. One of the key points to come out of these discussions was to recognise again the deep sense of calling that so many have for God's work within the Church of Scotland and for its renewal and unity.

As Trustees we were challenged by the question "are we using the tools that God gives us as Christians; His Word the Bible and the power of prayer, individual and gathered?" James 5:16 is often quoted in part but it is worth looking at the verse as a whole; "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."

We are heartened and encouraged to see the launch of the "Together We Pray" initiative from the Church of Scotland which will run over the coming months until May 2018. We will be fully supporting this and highlighting the various elements of this on our website and on Facebook in the weeks ahead as they are launched.

We would ask that, as the Trustees commit to praying about the future shape and work of Covenant Fellowship Scotland and how best it engages with the whole of the Church in congregations across the country, you would do three things:

  1. pray for clarity and vision for the Trustees of CFS and our core calling of working in the Church of Scotland for reformation and renewal
  2. pray for the Church of Scotland itself and, in particular, for "Together We Pray", that it might be a time when many of us reinvigorate our prayer life and lay hold on the Lord, recognising our own failings but coming in the righteousness imputed to us by the work of Christ and believing, as James says, that our prayers will be powerful and effective
  3. visit our website and Facebook page and encourage others throughout the whole of the church to do the same - we will be focusing on providing information and encouragement through these channels on a much more regular basis than we have for a while

Thank you for your continued support.

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison

In Lecture 3 (view here), Trueman explores the changes that took place in Luther’s thinking as he preached his way through the book of Romans in the years 1515-16; and then focuses on the Indulgences Controversy that provided the spark that lit the fuse that led to the Reformation.

Luther’s Biography (Continued)

In the first part of this lecture Trueman continues to explore the changes that took place in Luther’s thinking as he preached his way through the book of Romans in the years 1515-16, in particular with regard to his question ‘Where can I find a gracious God?’ which we might translate as: ‘How can I get into a state of grace?’

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison

In Lecture 2 (view here) Trueman provides us with a biography of Luther up till the eve of the Indulgences Controversy which provided the spark that set the fires of Reformation burning;

Luther’s Biography

General Context

Unlike the other main Reformers (Calvin, Zwingli, Melanchthon, etc) who all belonged (culturally) to the early modern era, Luther was a medieval figure. He and Zwingli were born just weeks apart, yet there was a vast cultural gap between them.

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison

In this year of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, let me draw your attention to this new – and free - series of lectures recorded in January and made available through Carl Trueman and The Master’s Seminary. Throughout the coming months, when other commitments allow, I would hope to work my way through this course.

In the first lecture (viewable here) and before really getting into the detail of the Reformation, Carl introduces us to some basic issues regarding approaches to Church History itself.

Functions of Church History

Church History is not meant to provide us simply with a chronology of the events of church history; nor simply

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; much will be written about the subject this year, events will be held, conferences will be attended. What about our own understanding of these events if we are not church historians, theologians or ministers?

When we talk about the reformation and renewal of the Church it challenges us to understand what has gone before as we seek to live out these ideas in today's Church and society. Over the weeks ahead we will publish occasional items seeking to bring insight.

Please explore these items and the resources they point to. We pray they will be helpful.

As society changes and becomes increasingly concerned about whether or not what people say is "offensive", it seems to be more difficult to speak out about our Christian faith without attracting criticism.

On 19th November, as part of their weekly "News Desk" Saturday morning programme, Trans World Radio UK hosted a discussion on "Freedom of Speech" and Eric Smith, Director of Covenant Fellowship Scotland, was one of the panellists.

Trans World Radio have kindly allowed us to make the particular item available here.

In a separate development, Evangelical Alliance and Lawyers Christian Fellowship have collaborated on producing "Speak Up" - a brief guide to the law and your gospel freedoms. Often, we are uncertain what we can or cannot say within the country's legal framework and this guide may help.

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Download this file (TWR 19th November Freedom of Speech discussion.mp3)Freedom of Speech Discussion[Broadcast on Trans World Radio UK]9119 kB