There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)
What a wonderful message we have from Paul to all who are in Christ Jesus that we are not subject to final punishment and judgment. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all involved in setting us free from the law of sin and death.
Let us rejoice always but especially every Sunday in this truth, as we hear the Word of God preached faithfully and truthfully. Let us love one another as Christ loved us. Your presence here today is a great encouragement for your brothers and sisters in Christ and especially for the preacher.
True freedom only comes when we love the Lord Jesus as our Saviour.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. If that isn’t worthy enough of our worship, He gave up His glory to dwell amongst us. And then died for us, paying our debt so that we may be reconciled with the Father.
This is who we worship. This is our God! How awesome is He.
Welcome to our service!
This morning as we worship together, may we sense the Lord’s presence with us.
God has promised to be with His people. Isaiah 7:14: “…Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel – God with us!” What a wonderful God and Saviour He is! He is with us as He has promised in Matthew 28:19-20: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, … to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
Let us worship Him with every part of our being. Lord Jesus we know that You dwell in us. May we enjoy Your fellowship today. Amen.
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Phil 1:3-4)
Paul was excited and joyful to pray for the saints at Philippi as they have partnered with him in advancing the gospel. Paul had given thanks for the gift they send in support of his needs. Like Paul, we also get excited when the saints partner with us. We understand that not all have been called to be preachers or evangelists, but all have the opportunity to support those who have.
Are you actively supporting those who are preaching the good news? If not, let this be encouragement for you. You can do so through financial aid and praying for the preachers and evangelist locally at KBC and those missionaries in the field.
Hope you enjoy the service!
Grace and peace to you.
Certainty and Uncertainty
Uncertainty is God’s invitation to trust in Him – a happy event if you do. Anxiety if you don’t.
With the election behind us, anxiety for its outcome has been replaced by anxiety over What Next. What did we gain by our anxiety before? What will we gain by anxiety now? We are told that anxiety is increasing in every nation, with trust in man making matters worse rather than better.
Biblically we have 100% certainty on two things: the fallen character of mortal man, and the goodness of our Sovereign God. He has and will see us through to glory now and forever as we live and move and have our being in Him (Acts 17:28).
Being here today is key to that. Be refreshed together.
[We are] waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.( Titus 2:13-14) (ESV)
Paul’s concern in this letter to Titus, for sound doctrine is balanced by an emphasis on proper Christian conduct, avoiding quarreling, being gentle, and showing perfect courtesy toward all people.
This passage is one of the clearest affirmations in the New Testament of the deity of Christ. Our great redeemer who frees us from our sins so that together we might become a church special to Him.
So as His church let us continue doing good as our way of life.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Psalm 84:1-2 (ESV)
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
Psalm 84:1 (ESV)
When our struggles and trials in this world are over, we shall be welcome guests in God’s own house. What an honour! What a privilege! The more I think about this, the more my heart sings out in joy. Does yours? Sing for joy, all you Saints, for one day we shall worship in His courts!
Less than two weeks after he called a very dead Lazarus from the tomb to life, Jesus’ body was sealed into another tomb and guarded to ensure nobody stole it to claim he had himself risen. The authorities were also planning to murder Lazarus, to suppress such irrefutable evidence of Jesus’ Divine nature.
But it didn’t work – it only served to prove more clearly that God’s personal, supernatural power was – and is – at work. People still sin when, because it points where they don’t want to go, they reject the evidence. And that hurts both them and their neighbours. Keep growing in prayer for unbelievers, in following truth, in service, and in thankfulness for His unspeakable mercy.
He is risen indeed!
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
Each blessing in this chapter relates to the character of a Christian. This first blessing points to the absolute need a disciple has in Christ. When he realises his own spiritual poverty, and his actual spiritual state, only then he is made willing to be filled with the Spirit and to be made ready for the kingdom of Heaven. This is the exact opposite of the world’s standard.
As we worship together this morning, may we all acknowledge our total need in Jesus, and draw closer to Him. It is only by God’s grace that we have been saved and not by any works that we have done. By faith, then, let us sit at Jesus feet, and learn of Him. Augustus Toplady put it this way in his hymn, “Rock of Ages”:
Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come to Thee for dress,
helpless, look to Thee for grace.
Foul, I to the fountain fly, wash me,
Saviour, or I die.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes….For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith” Rom 1:16
God is holy and his standard is very high. We as humans have been tainted by sin, for there’s no one that is righteous according to scripture. God requires us to be righteous to stand before him.
Paul had confidence in the gospel message to bring about salvation to all who believe. This very gospel also revealed the righteousness of God, that is Jesus’ righteousness. By faith, Jesus’ righteousness becomes ours, allowing us access to God.
I hope that this truth encourages you to stand firm in your faith, knowing that God made a way for sinners to be righteous before him!