One of the earliest statements written about the first Christian believers in the book of Acts was that; “they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people”. (Acts 2:46-47) On our 6th ‘Hospitality Sunday’, in some small way, we hope to do just as those first believers did.
The practical and helpful letter of James begins where it most hurts. Trials (whatever form they take) have a habit of testing and trying our faith. In this first installment on James, Philip Burns tackles the connection between trials and the grand purpose they serve in God’s plan to help us on the path toward maturity.
Rev. Philip Burns continues this series highlighting the text of Exodus 33. The passage speaks of Moses’ bold approach to God in prayer that he might not pour out His wrath upon the wayward people of Israel and that he might see something of God’s glory. This happened when God put Moses on a rock and covered Moses with His hand as His glory passed by. The passage challenges to also be bold in our approach to God’s throne which will enable us to be bold in sharing the gospel with others. We also have been granted access into the presence of God through the Lord Jesus Christ to know something of this glory.
After quite a lengthy break, we are pleased to announce that our Sunday School will be up and running as of Sunday July 29th, during our morning service, catering for primary age children down to toddlers! “What we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psalm 78:3-4)
Rev. Philip Burns begins this series of messages on the people of Israel’s journey through the desert at Exodus 32. The text tells how the people of Israel worshiped the golden calf in the desert. The core problem was not just idolatry but unbelief which led them forget all about the God who saved them and His commands to them. The circumstances caused by the absence of Moses remind us that Jesus our Redeemer is also ‘out of sight’ and the question is whether or not we will live and act in faith or unbelief until the day He returns.
Christian Tirtha spoke from Daniel 4 about the pride of King Nebuchadnezzar. He foolishly sought to build a kingdom without acknowledging God. Only after being humiliated did he turn and give God the glory he deserves. Our pride comes before a fall too but Jesus – who is humble and yet King of kings – offers us restoration. Are we too proud to receive it?
Joel Thomas spoke from 2 Timothy 2:2 and encouraged us to pass the baton of the gospel. The gospel has come to us by God’s work through faithful people in the past. Unlike the Olympic relay, life is not a sprint and when we pass the baton, it remains with us too. As we entrust the gospel to the next generation, we run alongside, evangelise and train in such a way that they will pass it on too.
Russ Grinter spoke from Matthew 9:35-38 and asked us about our prayers. Our prayers can be self-centred but our growth in the gospel – the good news that Jesus is Lord – ought to change that. Jesus says many are ready to hear this good news but few are ready to proclaim it. He tells us to pray that God would raise up workers for this harvest and equip us for this work. Sharing God’s concern for the lost changes our priorities and our prayers.