Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Battle is the Lords: Lord, Open the Eyes of these Men


Outline of Service 27th October 2019



The Battle is the Lords: Lord, Open the Eyes of these Men

2 Kings 6:20 

Hymn 105:  Give Thanks to the Lord

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 5:1-5:  – His Truth Endureth

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     Winning through Perception:  2 Kings 6:8-23

·     Jesus Heals the Blind Person:  Mark 8:13-30

Hymn 115:  God Protects Those Who Trust in Him  

·     God made the enemy willing to follow His instructions 

·     Sometimes we only know some of the facts and something can appear to be quite different to what it really is 

·     Jesus healed the blind man and he saw but only partially

·     We must each be open and wait for God to reveal the whole truth to us and not think He has finished if He is still teaching us

·     Paul spoke about the light of the Sun, Moon and Stars as representing different levels of understanding about, or relationship with, God

·     Having the assurance of the forgiveness of our sins is a reflected righteousness - like the Moon, a partial vision; being obedient to His Word is like the Sun - and seeing all things clearly. 

Hymn 51:  Seeing Fully

Doxology

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Battle is the Lords: Winning Without Fighting




Outline of Service 13th October 2019



The Battle is the Lords: Winning Without Fighting  Neh 4:20

Hymn 121:  God’s Unfolding Purpose

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 92:1-4, 9-15:  – The Lord Protects His People

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     God Protects His Warriors:  Nehemiah 4:1-23

·     God Controls Circumstances:  Acts 23:11-33

Hymn 24 – Tune 22:  The Meek shall Inherit the Earth  

·     Sometimes when circumstances seem to threaten us we think we will have to fight! 

·     However, God is able to change circumstances to work in favour of those He is protecting, so we need to put our trust in Him and not dwell on thinking about how we might fight the battle. 

·     Our physical nature is tainted with evil which Satan attracts and causes us to sin, and we must battle with this evil to remain faithful to God.

·     But - the battle is the Lords - He can change the circumstances, and by removing the evil from within our physical being, the devil will have no power over our actions. 

·     Like Nehemiah’s army, on the one hand we have a desire to do God’s will, but also need the Sword of the Lord in the other to fight against Satan. 

·     Let each seek to God to cleanse us from evil so that we can be obedient to His Laws and Commands and present our whole being (spirit and soul and body) to be ready to be changed and made like He is, when Jesus Christ returns. 

Hymn 47:  Victory Through God’s Love

Doxology

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Battle is The Lords: Windows in Heven


Outline of Service 22nd September 2019



The Battle is the Lords: Windows in Heaven  2 Kings 7:2

Hymn 123:  A Personal Relationship with God

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 3: – The Lord Protects His People

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     God Unsettles the Enemy:  2 Kings 7:1-20

·     God Can Control our Minds:  Acts 9:1-9, 19-22



Hymn 100:  An Example to Follow  

·     Sometimes God works miracles and defies the Laws of nature, and other times He just pushes the boundaries!

·     With God we should not fear to believe the unbelievable – either in events or the changes He can bring about in people’s lives

·     The lord who did not believe did not partake of the promises

·     It took the sincere disciples some time to accept the changes God made in Paul’s life

·     We must always be prepared to put our trust in God when we ask in prayer for Him to do something for us

·     Jesus Christ exhorts us above all to develop a personal relationship with and dependence upon God and He will provide what we need

·     Sometimes prophecies about the end of this world order and the return of Jesus Christ may be difficult to understand, but we can still hold a hope to be preserved alive in spirit and soul and body to see the windows of Heaven open at His return, and be changed wholly and be made like He is

Hymn 6:  Heaven will Come to Earth

Doxology

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Battle is the Lords: The Lord Fought for Israel


The Battle is the Lords: The Lord Fought for Israel Josh 10:14

Hymn 67:  A Personal Relationship

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 111: – The Works of God

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     Help beyond Human Ability:  Joshua 10:5-14

·     Power from Above:  Acts 12:1-17

·     The Lord Provides:  Matt 6:25-34

Hymn 122 – Tune 123:  A Personal Battle  

·     When we ask God for help He sometimes helps us using resources far beyond our control – like calling on the forces of nature (hailstones) to help! 

·     Further, God is not restricted to “acts of nature” with which we are familiar, but can loosen secure chains and open locked gates

·     Jesus exhorts us to above all develop a relationship with and dependence upon God and He will provide what we need

·     It is through prayer and doing things for others that we will grow closer to God and receive His protection in the battle between good and evil

·     Let us ask God to give us understanding to believe in things beyond the limitations of this world as He prepares us wholly for the return of Jesus Christ to this earth.

Hymn 49:  A Personal Calling

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Battle is the Lords: Joshua Follows God's Instructions




Outline of Service 25th August 2019



The Battle is the Lords: Joshua Follows God’s Instructions – Joshua 3:5

Hymn91 – Tune 96:  Unparalleled Power  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 119:89-96 – God Looks After Us

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     The Battle of Jericho:  Joshua 6:1-7, 10, 13-16, 20-23

·     Personal Instructions: Romans 14:1-13

·     God Does the Work in Us:  John 15:5-11

Hymn 24 – Tune 13:  Victory Comes from God

·     Sometimes we may not understand why God instructs us to do certain things, but if we do follow His instructions we will get the outcome He has promised!

·     God has set out a Life-style in the Bible which in many ways seems “strange” to the natural-man

·     As believers we must seek to follow the instructions God has given in His Word, and to do the things He puts on our hearts

·     God and good will win the ultimate battle against evil and wrong, but we need to present ourselves to follow His instructions if we want to be part of the victory

·     When Jesus Christ returns and the walls of evil which preclude us from fully knowing God fall, we can hope to enter His Kingdom wholly – in spirit and soul and body.

Hymn 121 – Tune 115:  Trust and He Will Make it Plain

Doxology

Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Battle is the Lords: The Rod of God


Outline of Service 11th August 2019



The Battle is the Lords: The Rod of God – Ps 23:4

Hymn 104:  God is Our Refuge  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 23 – God Looks After Us

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     The Battle With Amalek:  Exodus 4:17, 20; 17:8-14

·     The Rod of God: Isaiah 11:1-5

·     Depend on God:  Mark 6:1-13

Hymn 3:  The Time is Come

·     God will win the battle for us, but sometimes He requires a token acknowledgement to show that we trust in Him

·     We should seek for the favour of God to bless our lives

·     The Rod of God was a type of God’s Power shown through Jesus Christ who reconciled the World to God

·     In showing our faith in God we are holding up His Rod and He will continue to bless us and lead us as we go through life’s experiences

·     Those in whom the battle between good and evil will be won will be changed wholly, in spirit and soul and body, when Jesus Christ returns.

Hymn 47:  Uphold God’s Standard

Doxology

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Battle is The Lord's: God Does It All


Outline of Service 28th July 2019



The battle is the Lord’s: God does it all



Hymn 105:  Thanks to God for Everything!

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 34 – The Lord delivers the righteous





Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Exodus 14: 5-25 – The Red Sea parts, Israel escapes

·     Romans 8: 28-39 – If God be for us, who can be against us



Hymn 6:  Unconceivable Joy



·     God fought on behalf of Israel and delivered them from the Egyptians.

·     Just like Israel, if God is with us, we can overcome anything!

·     It is a challenge to surrender our will to God and let God fight for us.

·     God has a special group of people – “Brethren” of Jesus Christ – who overcome evil and their own fallen nature.

·     Are we willing for God to do the work in us so we can become part of his special people and part of his grand plan?



Hymn 126 – Tune 125:  The Righteous and Peaceful Lord



Doxology