Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Sword of the Lord - the Story of Gideon


Outline of Service 14th July 2019



The Sword of the Lord – Judges 7:18

Hymn 106:  God’ Truth Shall Prevail  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 96 – The Greatness of God

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     Gideon, God’s Servant:  Judges 6:1-2, 36-40: 7:1-11, 15-23

·     The Light within Us:  2 Corinthians 4:3-7

·     Rest, after the Victory: Hebrews 4:1-12

Hymn 35:  The Battle of Faith

·     Like many of us, Gideon looked for confirmation about what was God’s Will for him to follow

·     God wanted a small number of helpers through whom to demonstrate His power, not to win the battle for Him – using the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17)

·     God showed Gideon that He works at a level beyond earthly constraints that control our capabilities!

·     Paul talked about the Day of Rest when sin and evil will be conquered by God’s Sword, and we will live in peace

·     As Gideons warriors’ pitchers were filled with light that was not seen until the pitchers were broken, so we must seek to be freed from the evil that stops us from knowing God

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

Hymn 15 – Tune 13:  The Sword of the Spirit

Doxology

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Battle Is the Lord's




Outline of Service 23rd June 2019



The Battle Is The Lord’s – 1 Samuel 17:47

Hymn 117:  The Victory is the Lord’s  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-4 – An All-knowing God

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     David and Goliath:  1 Samuel 17:1-11, 23-30, 38-47

·     Jesus Looks to the Lord: John 14:1-14

·     The Armour of God:  Ephesians 6:10-18

Hymn 25 – Tune 20:  The Battle for Good

·     The story of David and Goliath reminds us that God always has a simple way to win, but we often would not even think of it!

·     We would do better to put our trust in God, without knowing how He could possibly solve our problems, rather than try to solve them ourselves

·     Even Jesus acknowledged that the battle is the Lord’s, and trusted in His Father to set the directions in His life

·     God’s Power extends to solving both our day to day problems as well as upholding us in our hearts and minds as we fight against the influences of this world that try to turn us away from God

·     Let us seek to God to give us His armour so that we can stand against Satan and his forces as we wait the return of Jesus Christ to this Earth

·     The Battle to be preserved wholly, in spirit and soul and body until His return, is the Lord’s, and He will win that battle in those who believe in Him. 

Hymn 37 – Tune 34:  God and Good Prevail

Doxology

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Learning from the Past - Jude


Outline of Service 26th May 2019



Learning from the Past – Jude 3

The faith which was once delivered unto the saints…

Hymn 102:  Joy in God’s Presence  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 47:1-9 – God Reigns!

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     A New and Parallel Hope:  Isaiah 65:1-7, 17-20

·     Changing Relationships:  Acts 15:1-9, 13-21

·     Jude’s exhortation - look for the truth: Jude 1-13, 20-25

Hymn 26:  God’s Plan for Renewal

·     God chose Abraham and Sarah and delivered to them a special Faith which resulted in God choosing Israel as a “peculiar treasure” to be the witnesses of His Presence to all people on the Earth

·     Isaiah tells of how Israel dropped their side of this relationship, and as a result, God told about how His Plan of Salvation would be extended to all

·     This was fulfilled after the ascension of Jesus when the Christian Message was spread abroad and offered to all

·     Some people believed that this “new” message replaced the old Covenant with Israel, but Jude points out that the “old” message is still there in parallel with the “new”, and should not be forgotten

·     Jude raises a number of important ways in which understanding the past can help us to know what to expect in the future  

·     May each of us seek to God for personal understanding and commitment as we look for the outpouring of His Power this coming Whitsuntide and the fulfillment of His Promises with the return of Jesus Christ to this Earth.

Hymn 59:  The Past Points to the Future

Doxology

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Servanthood or Selfishness - 3 John


Outline of Service 12th May 2019



Servanthood or Selfishness – 3 John 11

He that doeth good is of God

Hymn117:  Faith of Those Who Have Gone Before  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 44:1-8 – God is our Deliverer

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     Sarah and the Angel:  Genesis 18:1-15

·     Gaius and Diotrephes:  3 John 1-14

·     Faithful Supporters: Luke 23:50-24:11

Hymn 14:  Power to Stand for God and Good

·     In 3 John, John compares the different lifestyles of Servanthood (Gaius) and Selfishness (Diotrephes) recommending us to follow the example of Gaius

·     Through this Epistle John demonstrates the importance of friends and friendships in our Christian life 

·     Sarah one of the Matriarchs of the Bible shared fellowship with an Angel, whilst still questioning the Power of God

·     On Mothers Day let us remember the role that women (and mothers) played in supporting Jesus during His lifetime and through His trial and crucifixion

·     In this period between Easter and Whitsuntide let us seek to show true servanthood to the Master as we seek for the Promised Power to deliver us from selfishness!

Hymn 90:  Faithful Servants

Doxology

Speak What is Kind, True and Necessary


Outline of Service 28th April 2018



Speak what is kind, true and necessary



Hymn

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 86 1-17 – show me mercy, give me strength





Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Micah 6:1-8 – do justice, love kindness, walk humbly

·     Ephesians 4:1-8, 11-16, 23-25 – speak the truth in love

·     Philippians 4:8 – a guide for good conversations



Hymn

 ·     Much of our communication is non-verbal, but we live in an increasingly verbal world

·     We can learn from Jesus conversation – say what is true, kind, and necessary – act from empathy with tolerance

·     With God’s help we can be the best version of ourselves at His return

·     We can use the gifts God has given us to help us perfect each other



Hymn



Doxology

Friday, March 15, 2019

James Chapter 5: Prayer and Praise


Outline of Service 24th March 2019



James Chapter 5:  Prayer and Praise – Jas 5:13

Faith at Work – helping and waiting

Hymn105:  Saying Thanks!  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 19:7-14 – Following God’s Way

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     Oppression and Discrimination are Wrong!  James 5:1-6

·     Elijah’s Power through Prayer:  1 Kings

·     Patience and Prayer: James 5:7-20

Hymn 26:  God has a Plan – Wait for It.

·     In chapter 5 James firstly points out that oppression is wrong, just as he did about discrimination in chapter 2; he uses the term “riches” to refer to not only money, but attitude and life-style

·     He exhorts us to be patient, “for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (8) and like the farmer waiting for the crop to mature, God will fulfil His plan in His time 

·     James recommends that we pray and praise (13) whilst we are waiting, and that we seek to help others in need

·     James uses the example of God’s Prophet Elijah who, although just like us, was used by God through his prayers

·     Remember – God is in control, and nothing is too big for God 

·     Using the keys that James has given let us establish a relationship with God, and seek to be preserved in spirit and soul and body until Jesus Christ returns.

Hymn 132:  A Permanent Resident?

Doxology

Sunday, March 3, 2019

James Chapter 4: Submit Yourselves to God


Outline of Service 10th March 2019



James Chapter 4:  Submit Yourselves to God – Jas 4:7

Faith at Work - against Worldliness and Strife

Hymn 90:  Waiting on God  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 130:1-8 – Waiting on the Lord



Bible Readings: -                                             

·     Beware the Influence of Others!  Deuteronomy 8:1-20

·     Draw Near to God:  James 4:1-12

·     Let God do the Planning: James 4:13-17



Hymn 122 (Tune 123):  An Inside Problem!

·     James tells us that “friendship of the world is enmity with God” (4) – this was what Moses told the Israelites!

·     God humbled Israel because of their disobedience – James said for us to humble ourselves before God

·     Moses exhorted Israel to follow God’s commandments, and James said to draw near to God 

·     God planned Israel’s journey through the Wilderness, and we should make our Plans loosely, saying, “If the Lord will”

·     In humility we should submit ourselves to God and seek to Him to fulfil His Will in our lives as we wait for Him to carry out His Plan for this World.



Hymn 59:  God’s Plan for Us

Doxology