Peter Grainger at Resurrection 2016

The Trust’s Director, Peter Grainger, delivered a narrative sermon as a part of the Origin Scotland event “Resurrection 2016″ this Easter at the Usher Hall. He concluded with the hymn “Abide with me” which is based on the same story as recorded in scripture. Take a look at the video below or you can read the script here.

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Don Carson: Preaching John’s Gospel

We’re pleased to be able to share the video of Don Carson’s very helpful teaching on how one might best go about preaching from the Gospel of John, recorded at Faith Mission College in Edinburgh in July 2014. The video is divided into eight segments of approximately twenty minutes for technical reasons.


Don Carson: Preaching John's Gospel

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Don Carson on “Preaching from John’s Gospel”

We are delighted to report that the Trust, with Faith Mission, will be co-hosting a seminar on “Preaching from John’s Gospel” with Don Carson on Wednesday  2nd July from 2-5 p.m. at the Faith Mission Centre in Edinburgh.

The preaching seminar is for pastors, preachers and students training for ministry and is free but you need to register by emailing admin@faithmission.org.

Don Carson will also be preaching on the Psalms at the Faith Mission Convention from 2nd-5th and at a Ministers’ Breakfast on Thursday, July 3rd at 8.30 a.m.

Don Carson is Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has been since 1978. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. He received the Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, and the Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. Don is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. He has written or edited about sixty books. He is a founding member and currently president of The Gospel Coalition.

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David Cook on Preaching Acts

We’re pleased to be able to post video from the Trust’s recent workshop on preaching through Acts where David Cook provided excellent teaching. Share and enjoy.




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Mentoring Programme

Room for improvement?
Want to be a better preacher?
Don’t know how?

The Trust is excited to introduce our mentoring programme for preachers in Scotland.

The programme offers a personal and confidential engagement with an experienced preacher who will provide constructive feedback and coaching on your preaching, helping you to become a better preacher, and is available in two flavours.

  • An intensive thirty day programme designed to deliver the maximum impact in the minimum time – regular comprehensive feedback on sermons delivered in the period combined with deep engagement in the preparation process. The programme aims to deliver a step improvement in your skills and performance which can be sustained in the long term.
  • A more flexible extended programme incorporating monthly meetings and operating at the intensity you choose, but still built around the same comprehensive sermon feedback and engagement in your preparation process.

The process has been prototyped with a number of preachers and feedback is encouraging:

“Being mentored by Peter Grainger has been extremely helpful, not only in developing the structure of my sermons but also greatly enhancing my understanding of the Bible and how it should be handled.”
Andy Lloyd-Williams
Community Worker at Greenview Evangelical Church, Glasgow and now Associate Pastor at Harborough Evangelical Church, Leicestershire

“As a preacher, I have greatly appreciated the mentoring, support and wisdom that Peter Grainger has given me. His critique of my sermons has led to several positive changes that have tangibly increased the effectiveness and impact of my preaching.”
Peter Anderson
Lead Pastor, Destiny Church, Edinburgh

Would you like to become a better preacher? The Trust believes:

every preacher can become a better preacher

From £250, bursaries available.

Contact mentoring@2tim4.org to get started today.

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Unashamed Workman Blog

If you haven’t met the Unashamed Workman blog orchestrated by Colin Adams, you should be ashamed! The 2 Timothy 4 Trust’s director, Peter Grainger, is a regular contributor and the trust commends the blog to you most highly.

Visit now

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Preaching from the book of Acts

A practical workshop for all who want to preach
and teach God’s Word more effectively
led by David Cook

David CookDaTeaching Actsvid recently retired from his role as Principal and Director of the School of Preaching at Sydney Missionary and Bible College in Australia, and is now involved in an itinerant preaching and teaching ministry, He has spoken at a number of Christian Conventions including Keswick and New Word Alive where his ministry was much appreciated.

When: Tuesday May 29th 2012, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Charlotte Baptist Chapel, Rose Street, Edinburgh
Cost: £10 including a copy of David’s Book “Teaching Acts”
please bring your own lunch or there are plenty of sandwich shops nearby

To register: email register@2tim4.org

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Narrative Preaching

Telling the story? Or missing the point?

On Easter Sunday evening at the Easter Event “Resurrection” in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Peter Grainger preached a narrative sermon based on the story of Thomas from John 20. Read the text here or watch the video below:

He reflects on the experience and answers some of the questions about “narrative preaching” in this post. If you’d like to learn more, please consider attending our Narrative Preaching Workshop.

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Narrative Preaching Workshop

Telling the Story - preaching narrative texts

It is remarkablethat the Gospels and Acts, taken together, comprise almost two thirds of the bulk of the New Testament. Here is evidence of the importance of narrative in the formation of Christian faith.

  • How does this affect what we preach on?
  • How does preaching from narrative differ from other genres?
  • Why is this so relevant to today’s generation?

Come and explore these and related issues with:

Peter Grainger
  • Director of the 2 Timothy 4 trust
  • Formerly Senior Pastor at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh
Alex MacDonald
  • Senior Minister, Buccleuch & Greyfriars Free Church
  • Author of “Tell Me The Story”

7th May, 10am – 1pm

Charlotte Chapel Lounge, Rose Street, Edinburgh EH4 2AZ

Cost £10, email register@2tim4.org to register.

It is remarkable that the Gospels and Acts, taken together, comprise almost two thirds of the bulk of the New Testament. Here is evidence of the importance of narrative in the formation of Christian faith.

§  How does this affect what we preach on?

§  How does preaching from narrative differ from other genres?

§  Why is this so relevant to today’s generation?

Come and explore these and related issues with:

Peter Grainger
  • Director of the 2 Timothy 4 trust
  • Formerly Senior Pastor at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh
Alex MacDonald
  • Senior Minister, Buccleuch & Greyfriars Free Church
  • Author of “Tell Me The Story”

7th May, 10am – 1pm

Charlotte Chapel Lounge, Rose Street, Edinburgh EH4 2AZ

Cost £10, email register@2tim4.org to register.

It is remarkable that the Gospels and Acts, taken together, comprise almost two thirds of the bulk of the New Testament. Here is evidence of the importance of narrative in the formation of Christian faith.

§ How does this affect what we preach on?

§ How does preaching from narrative differ from other genres?

§ Why is this so relevant to today’s generation?

Come and explore these and related issues with:

Peter Grainger

· Director of the 2 Timothy 4 trust

· Formerly Senior Pastor at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh

Alex MacDonald

· Senior Minister, Buccleuch & Greyfriars Free Church

· Author of “Tell Me The Story”

7th May, 10am – 1pm

Charlotte Chapel Lounge, Rose Street, Edinburgh EH4 2AZ

Cost £10, email register@2tim4.org to register.

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Potential Preachers Workshop

Thinking about preaching? Just starting out? Needing some help?

“From text to sermon”

Practical teaching… practical examples… practical exercises     

Peter Grainger, senior pastor of Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh for 17 years and now Director of the 2 Timothy 4 Trust which is dedicated to strengthening Scottish preaching, will help you explore and experience the process of preparing a sermon.

Saturday April 2nd, 10am – 1pm

Airdrie Baptist Church, 97 Graham Street, Airdrie ML6 6DE http://www.airdriebaptist.co.uk

Cost: £5

To register, email peter@2Tim4.org

Comments from previous participants:

“The principles and practical aspects of the workshop were invaluable and answered so many questions which I have been carrying around as I have been thinking about a future in pastor-teaching ministry.”

“Excellent, encouraging and entertaining, also informative, instructive, and very helpful.”

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