“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” – 1 Cor 11:1
Paul could have simply said, “Be imitators of Christ!” – but the people were forming factions around various authority figures. So he cut through the confusion with the simple rule: “only imitate me (or anyone else) to the extent that I imitate Christ.”
The best teachers are also role models, helping us to see what it looks like to apply their teaching. But like the rest of us, they have feet of clay. God has given us the Bible and the Holy Spirit to help us in discerning truth: and a plurality of wise guides in applying it. What joy it is as we gather in church and at Bible studies, exploring and celebrating our life in Him, knowing He will bring us through!
“Never in the history of mankind has so much been owed by so many to so few” – Winston Churchill’s emotional cry at an RAF station during the Battle of Britain. While building this into what would be his most famous speech, a friend said, “What about Jesus?” – and Churchill changed the word “mankind” to “human conflict”.
But the words are indeed owed to Jesus Christ, with the whole company of martyrs and missionaries who have established the Church for our salvation and joy.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses … to the end of the earth” – Acts 1:9
Rejoice today as we welcome Andy and Debbie Abbott, on furlough from labour for the Moskona people in Papua. We are in partnership with them!
There is nothing better than this!
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord", Psalm 92.
God will guard the feet of His faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail…The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; He will give strength to His king and exalt the horn of His Anointed.” – 1 Samuel 2: 9,10.
In dark times, God gives us enough light for each step, as and when we have to walk. In order to receive that light, we need to be tuned to the right channel, giving it priority. Surely, darkness that trips the ungodly lurks even in relatively innocent channels like friendship and commerce.
If we receive on other channels (and we do), then God’s channel needs to be the one governing both how we choose, and how we interpret what we see and hear.
Welcome this Lord’s Day, be encouraged in walking His way through 2019.
Forgetting what lies behind … I press on toward the goal … Philippians 3:13, 14
The Christian’s goal is to glorify God. As 2018 draws to a close we must forget those areas of our lives when we have not glorified God as we ought to have done, but rather press towards our goal to be more useful and pleasing to God. May our goals be to please Him; to delight in Him; to desire Him above all; and to know Him more intimately than ever before. Some things need to be renounced and others more diligently disciplined. It is not the pace we set at the beginning, but the race we maintain to the end. A crown awaits us and the Lord requires nothing less than our best as we journey through 2019.
May this coming year be one in which we all bring glory to our Lord and Saviour.
“And Jesus is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast” Colossians 1:19-22
Reconciliation is costly and involves pain.
What a glory that the cost and the pain of our evil is no longer on us.
For this, Jesus was born. Be humbled, in awe, and amazed!
Once again we are preparing to celebrate the Advent season.
2 000 years ago, God announced the coming of Immanuel through Isaiah. What wonderful anticipation there was that God would come and be with His people! Joseph was given even more wonderful news that Immanuel would be the One who would save His people from their sins as His name Jesus revealed.
Then one glorious night, the angels sang the wonderful news to the shepherds. Christ was born in Bethlehem! Now in 2018 it is our turn to announce to a predominantly secular world that Immanuel, our Saviour has come. Our need is to be sure that He is Immanuel, Saviour to us. Let us start, even today, preparing room for Him!
Joy to the world the lord has come!
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink .. out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37,38)
“If you see your child suddenly forgiving, jolly, happy, listening to you, not arguing, talking about not hating, these are signs that they might be going to an underground church. This is a threat to your family.” – recent warning from the Algerian government, concerned about illegal growth of Christianity in the population, and the rapid growth of House churches. – blog.godreports.com
God’s most powerful miracle is changed lives – when streams of living water flow as you not only acknowledge the Doctrines of God, but, in desperation, act on them.
Welcome to this place of teaching, worship, confession and healing.