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Serving God - Expounding the Scriptures

This Diakonia website and Bible Studies are provided by Living Hope Christian Ministries in memory of the late Pastor Vernon Ralphs.
Vernon was a great mentor and good friend to so many during his wide ministry in churches, bible college and hospitals.

All material on the Diakonia . co . uk  website is copyright and is published with permission of his family.

John 3v16:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


This survey from Diakonia aims to encourage Christians and church groups to study the New Testament.

Twenty-two studies introduce its books - their authorship, contents and dating. Studies also consider the subjects of the New Testament text and canon.

Endnotes, questions and suggestions are added to encourage discussion and application.
The studies make use of a number of textbooks.

Follow the example of the Bereans: Acts 17:11
"They received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day .... "


These studies invite Bible students to study the New Testament books attributed to Luke, the second generation Christian, who became a missionary companion to the apostle Paul.

The detailed pages on this Diakonia website will benefit those involved in teaching and pastoral ministry. They will also help to develop a general study method and appreciation of the Lucan writings.

Questions and items for thought and discussion groups are included. Students are advised to read widely, and make their own notes. Further reading is suggested.


This section of the Diakonia website aims to encourage individual Christians and church groups to study the Word of God. The 24 studies may provide home groups with material for a whole year or more.

The studies are interesting because they consider charismatic Christians in the earliest church.

Scriptures are carefully chosen to stimulate thought and discussion. The practical application of the Word is suggested by questions and suggestions.


This Diakonia site is especially prepared for those called to a Christian preaching or teaching ministry. However, it will serve and help any who are called upon to share thoughts on the Scriptures. Many churches and chapels in small localities depend on what is termed 'lay' ministry.

The sections deal with the preacher's call, sermon appreciation, sermon preparation and construction, sermon introduction, conclusion and appropriate use of illustrations.

Standing before a congregation can be an intimidating experience - positive advice is given that will feed confidence.

There is miuch more of practical application for all aspiring and even more experienced preachers of the Word of God.

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