Our guides have been offering walking tours of London’s rich church history since 2000. This element of the work was inspired by John Martin, a missionary who, having returned from long service in India, sought to commend Christianity in London in our time by drawing attention to its significance in history.
Therefore, among many other things, our walking tours refer to:
Abraham Kuyper, the Dutch theologian and politician, used to tell the story of seeds that had been found inside the pyramids. Having been discovered in the 20th century, after 4000 years the seeds germinated and plants grew.
While the sun appears to be setting on the Christian West we encourage people to consider the gospel, the message of Jesus Christ, here in London. London is a city where, century after century, again and again, having been transformed by the gospel, people have blessed the city to the glory of God.
The gospel hasn't changed.
“For if God be on our side, what matter maketh it who be against us, be they bishops, cardinals, popes, or whatsoever names they will?”
The British Museum is the top visitor attraction in the country with over 6 million visitors per year. Our walking tour draws attention to the vast collection from bible times, including the Cyrus Cylinder, and plates from which Nehemiah probably served Artaxerxes, King of Persia.
At the British Library we visit the Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library. Here we see not only the Magna Carta, the Lindesfarne Gospels, a Gutenburg Bible, and original
Wordsworth poems, but also Beatles lyrics hand written by the Beatles on the back of a birthday card, Mozart’s marriage certificate and Handel’s Messiah. The greatest treasure of all however is the Codex Sinaiticus. This is the world’s oldest New Testament in one volume, dating from the early 300s. As stated on its identification card, it is "a treasure beyond price.” It is sometimes displayed with fragments of the New Testament that pre-date it.
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