Thursday, October 12, 2017

Titus - Setting Things in Order

Outline of Service 22nd October 2017

A Series of Studies on the Pauline Epistles

Titus – Setting Things in Order

Hymn 102: Joy in His Presence

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 100:  A Psalm of Praise

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Sharing the Responsibilities: Exodus 18:1-8, 13-27

·     Appointing Leaders: Titus 1:1-2, 5-9

·     Stop the Gossip! Titus 1:10-11

·     Ensuring Truth:  Titus 2: 1, 7-14

·     Maintain Good Works: Titus 3:1-8

Hymn 118 (Tune 115):  Tried and Proved

·     God showed a blue-print for Church organisation when Moses set up a governance structure for the Israelites in the Wilderness

·     Paul gave guidelines for New Testament Churches in his Pastoral Epistles – 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus

·     Titus was written about the same time a 1 Timothy and lot of information is a cut-and-paste between them

·     Paul emphasises the need for appointing good leaders, stopping the gossip, ensuring that the truth is taught and the need to maintain good works 

·     Whilst these principles apply to the Church as a whole, each of us should seek to apply them in ruling over our own temples – our own lives – as we await the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ .

Hymn 26:  The End Game


Monday, September 25, 2017

Hebrews Chapter 11 - Faith

Outline of Service 26th June 2011

Hebrews Chapter 11 - Faith
Faith is the substance of things hoped for
Heb 11:1-3

Hymn 123: Something from Outside Within

Psalm 111:1-10 – The God in Whom we believe

Bible Readings:
Can you see it? – 2 Kings 6:8-23
The Challenge – Habakkuk 2:1-4
Faith ... the Foundation – James 1:1-8
Faith calls for Action – Mark 2:1-12

Hymn 64: The Works of Faith

• Faith is the inward substance of our hopes
• There is more to life than what we see
• God gives us faith so that we may please Him
• We are spiritual beings going through a physical experience

Hymn 128: True Faith Demands a Response


2nd Thessalonians - Encouragement and Exhortation

Outline of Service 10th September 2017

2nd Thessalonians – Encouragement and exhortation

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 91: 1-16 – The Lord is our refuge

Bible Readings:                                                  
·     Be thankful and trust in God – 2 Thessalonians chapter 1
·     Signs of Jesus Christ return – 2 Thess. ch. 2
·     God protects, but we need to help ourselves – 2 Thess. ch. 3
·     We see glimpses of God’s plans for us – 1 Kings 19: 9-18


·     Times are not always easy – let’s celebrate God’s provisions and protection
·     There are clear signs for Jesus Christ return
·     A group has been called to live like Jesus Christ and receive redemption of Spirit, soul and body
·     We are all special enough for God to have a plan for each of us.
·     Let us strive to be worthy of our calling



1st Thessalonians - Running the Church

Outline of Service 26th August 2017

1st Thessalonians – Running the Church

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 34: 1-8 – The Lord is there for us

Bible Readings:                                                  
·     Josiah finds lost treasure (Book of the Law) – 2 Kings 22:1-13
·     The Holy Ghost builds churches - Thessalonians: 1: 1–7
·     Jesus Christ will return to his Church – Thess. 4:13-18; 5:1-11
·     Advice for running a positive Church - Thessalonians: 5: 12-26


·     There is both refuge and joy in Christianity
·     Christianity is not an easy road, but it is rewarding.
·     Run our Churches and our lives with peace, encouragement, comfort, joy
·     At Jesus Christ return, there is a reward for the faithful
·     There is a special calling to those who remain alive and seek the redemption of spirit soul and body
·     Remain observant, vigilant, and true to your calling – we can’t unhear what we have heard



Colossians - Jesus and Christ

Outline of Service 13th August 2017

A Series of Studies on the Pauline Epistles
Colossians – Jesus and Christ
Hymn 103: Christ and Jesus
The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 110:1-7:  Victory over the Enemy

Bible Readings:                                                  
·     Christianity in the Old Testament:  Isaiah 40:12-31
·     Christian Doctrines:  Colossians 1:1-2, 9-23; 2:1-11, 18, 20
·     A Believer’s Walk:  Colossians 3:1-4, 22-25; 4:1-2, 16-18

Hymn 12 (Tune 13):  Jesus the Man
·     The first 2 chapters of Colossians presents doctrine about the pre-eminence of Christ, whilst the chapters 3 and 4 present practical aspects of the Christian life
·     Christian Israelites understand that Christ is the Heavenly Father of this creation, and that Jesus is the (physically) begotten Son of the Father
·     It was Christ (the Spirit of God) that did the works in Jesus when he was in his mortal life, and then at His resurrection, God’s Spirit entered into Jesus and became the source of His life – making him fully Jesus Christ
·     Paul says Jesus was the firstborn of many brethren, and hence His life shows an example of what God has promised to do in a special people in the Last Days in preparation for Jesus Christ’s return
·     God’s Plan encompasses restoration and redemption of all in the fulness of time.
Hymn69:  Restore and Redeem

1 Timothy - Identifying True Doctrine

Outline of Service 24th September 2017

A Series of Studies on the Pauline Epistles
1 Timothy – Identifying True Doctrine
Hymn 115: Advice for All Situations
The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 125:1-5:  The Lord Will Lead Us

Bible Readings:                                                  
·     OT - Walking, Caring & Sharing: Job 31:4-8, 13-22, 24-28
·     Warning against False Doctrines: 1 Timothy 1:1-11
·     Worship & Dedication Instructions: 1 Tim 2:1-4, 3:1-9
·     Doctrinal Wisdom:  1 Timothy 4:1-7, 5:1-4, 17-21
·     Respecting Authorities: 1 Timothy 6:1-2, 6-16
Hymn 100:  Our Daily Bread
·     In the times of Paul there were only the Old Testament documents, as the “New Testament” had yet to be written
·     A lot of doctrinal instructions in the New Testament came from what was expected in the Old Testament
·     Many of Paul’s epistles such as 1 Timothy contain instructions about the doctrines that should apply to the Christian Church
·     Those who love God will seek to show their love by living a life in accordance with these principles, and by keeping His commandments
·     We believe we are in the times when we can hold the hope of His appearing as something that could be fulfilled within our lifetime.
Hymn90:  Following the Master’s Doctrine

2 Timothy Perseverance and Endurance 8th October 2017

Outline of Service 8th October 2017

A Series of Studies on the Pauline Epistles
2 Timothy – Perseverance and Endurance

Hymn 32  (Tune 34): Hold the Promise Fast
The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 68:1-5:  God Rewards Endurance

Bible Readings:                                                  
·     Joseph – a Good Example: Genesis  45: 1-13
·     Reminder of Responsibilities: 2 Timothy 1:6-18
·     All Workers are Called to Endure: 2 Tim 2:1-15
·     Always Opposition!  2 Timothy 3:1-7, 14-17
·     Paul’s Faith and Closing Greetings: 2 Tim 4:6-8
Hymn 3:  Seek to Endure
·     We must be prepared to persevere for God and good, and must endure to receive the end promises
·     In chapter 2 Paul addresses Teachers, Soldiers, Husbandmen and all Support Workers exhorting them to work together in supporting the message
·     In this life there will always be opposition experienced by those who chose to follow God
·     There is a great importance in supporting and helping each other as we establish our personal faith
·     We live in the time when we may be delivered from the prison of death to receive fulness of life not only spiritually in the world to come, but physically at the return of Jesus Christ.
Hymn 51:  Persevere Till the End