Missionary Dennis Tranter preached on a summary of the life of Abraham from Genesis 12-22, highlighting the main challenges that he faced in following the Lord’s command to him. By trials and difficult circumstances, Abraham’s faith grew to the point where he could trust God completely when told to kill his son Isaac. His faith was perfected through trials so that now we speak of Abraham as a ‘man of faith’ and a ‘friend of God’.
Have you ever had someone tell you that you’re not quite there as a Christian, that you need to do something else, fulfil some extra requirement, maybe have some sort of extra experience? if you do that then you’ll be a real Christian! In preaching on Colossians 2:6-23, Steve Blyth points out how the Apostle Paul says very clearly that authentic Christianity is all about Jesus. If you have Him – you have everything you need. It’s through keeping Jesus at the very centre of our focus that we grow in the way God wants us to and become the type of people He’s created us to be. Beware of people who tell you otherwise.
We are pleased that long-term Presbyterian missionaries, Dennis & Glenys Tranter (with AIM), who have worked extensively among the Aboriginal people of our land (particularly Borroloola in the Northern Territory), will be with us on September 27th and 28th.
Dennis will speak at the Men’s Fellowship at 8am on Sat 27th and Glenys will speak at the Ladies’ Brunch at 10am which follows on the same morning. Then on Sunday 28th, they will both share in the morning service, Dennis will preach and then they will share with us again over our regular monthly lunch in the hall. Come and join us!
1 Samuel 28:3-25 is one of the more difficult passages from the Old Testament, but it is clear that the chapter records how Saul, desperately needing advice about an impending war, consulted a medium who made contact with the recently dead Samuel. The fact that Saul did this shows how far he had slipped from grace. Having rejected God and His Word, Saul had nothing left to cling to. He refused to listen to God, so God stopped speaking to him, illustrating the biblical principle that we reap what we sow, which, in this case again, was to his further demise.
We’ll be meeting together for prayer this coming Saturday, September 13th from 10am – 12:30pm in the Upper Room. All are welcome. Come and join with us. Come when you can, leave when you must!
While artists have long tried to portray the last Supper scene, in Matthew 26:17-30, Matthew records the facts of how Jesus ate the Passover with his twelve disciples just before his death. By taking this meal which all Jews knew well, and adding new symbols that would point to his death, Jesus turned the Passover meal into something his disciples now use to remember him. The meal not only looks back but has a future aspect as it points forward to the day when believers will eat and drink with him in the glory of heaven.