Welcome to Knysna Baptist Church! Scripture says that:
“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
With so many distractions in today’s world. i.e, social media and television, it is sometimes difficult for us to remain faithful to meditate on God’s words. The blessing is, that His very word is food to the soul and if we delight in it, we will want more and more! God is pleased if our delight is in His word.
If this week has been a difficult one making time for his word, you have an opportunity to listen to God speak through the preaching of His word as we fellowship together.
It is therefore my prayer that your soul be stirred up for the Lord and your faith be strengthened as you feast on that which will be set before you this morning!
Grace and peace!
John 15:4-5: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
What a wonderful analogy – Jesus is the vine and we as His followers are privileged to be the branches. Attached to Him and receiving His nourishment and strength, in order to bear fruit. Let us forget about the world as we come to church, listen to the Word preached, and remember as part of the vine our faith can be strengthened and enriched.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)
By seeking the face of Christ, the Glory of God, we will grow in amazement and wonder of Him. Our love for Him will overflow in our hearts. Only then will we truly love our neighbours as ourselves.
“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’….. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, I am strong.” – 2 Cor 12:8-10
Glory belongs to God, and is on display when we are most vulnerable and yielded. Being a frame for God’s glory is Paul’s pleasure and expectation in hard times.
Praise God for worship and preaching where we can learn together like this!
John 14:1-3,6: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.
What a supreme comfort to know that Jesus has prepared a room for His believers after physical death. Not only has He prepared the place in heaven for His own but also promises to return and then take them with Him and be together in eternity. This existence will be in fulfillment of God’s design and a strong affirmation that Christ alone is the way of salvation.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
What an amazing fact – In His great mercy, God has chosen us and caused us to be born again. Not only that He has set aside an inheritance for us, one that does not fade or perish, but is kept secure for us, in heaven. Rejoice in the knowledge of this. And hold onto it when you are grieved by various trials, because while you are being tested by the fire, you are being purified. Praise be to the Lord God Almighty!