Alan Batchelor has just published this must read book ‘The Plans I Have For You’.
It draws from talks that he has given at his local church, sermons which Alan reworked as studies from the word of God that can be read, rather than merely listened to. The subject matter covers a range of topics from both Old and the New Testament, but the message of God’s Love and His Grace shines through it all. It is an unchanging message, as God is unchanging and it is a message that men and women today need to hear in a world that is uncertain and often, to many, frightening.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, I have a degree in languages from Dublin University, Trinity College. I have had no formal training in the art of preaching, although many years at my place of work, the King’s School in Macclesfield, where I had responsibility for organising and frequently delivering the morning assembly, has given me a unique experience in communication to a wide range of listeners.
It has been an enormous privilege, a challenge and a responsibility to be asked to preach from time to time at my local church, Tytherington Family Worship Church in Macclesfield, and previously at the Good News Church in the same town. Both of these Church Fellowships hold the Word of God dear to their hearts and my sermons, I trust, reflect that. Perhaps they might more accurately be described as studies in the word God, since they do not often follow the usual sermon pattern of “say what you are going to say, say it with points beginning with the same letter, and then say what you have said.” – Written by Alan Batchelor