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!
Behold, the Bridegroom cometh! (Matt 25:6)
Betrothal is a thrilling event, but it’s only the curtain-raiser for the Wedding Day. My Curtain Raiser: I yielded to Jesus humbly and unreservedly in July 1970, astonished that this putrid, fleshly apology for a human being could be welcomed by Him. Us Brides-To-Be are now waiting for the glad call – eager to be found ready, but apt to distraction. Visiting our sacred covenant in Scripture, worshipping gladly, praying earnestly, ministering thankfully and witnessing faithfully keeps our lamps topped up – But sorrow and distraction are always near. It helps not to be a “Lone” Bride!
Praise God that His strength was always there when we look back – and for our mutual encouragement, especially each Sunday.
God has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. (Hebrews.1:2)
To our Lord Jesus is ascribed glory because He is the Creator of all things.
He made the world. Unlimited power is His. Unlimited possessions are His. We are also His. He says, "All that the Father has are mine”. Praise God, what a revelation we have of Him! He purchased us with His precious blood. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We belong to the "heir of all things". Our needs will be supplied, then, for we are heirs of, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. Let us keep our eyes turned heavenward. O blessed "heir of all things”, take us under Your wings today and may we be gloriously happy in fellowship with You. Amen.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
We can be confused between Jesus clear teaching here, that we must shine for Him, and His command in 6:3, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – how do we shine if we don’t show what we’re doing?
It’s all about context! That’s why it’s so good to be in a home Bible Study, where we can together explore and grow and shine. And to join every Sunday at Church for full corporate worship and teaching. Glory happens!
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.