Saturday, January 13, 2018

1 Corinthians - A Beacon in a Challenging World


Outline of Service 14th January 2018



1 Corinthians  – A beacon in a challenging world



Hymn

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 16:1-11 – The Lord shows us the path for life

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     We are the temple of God and fellow labourers - 1 Cor. 3:9-17

·     Hope of something beyond this life - 1 Corinthians 15:12-24

·     The different Glories - 1 Corinthians 15:40-58

·     Freedom of choice set before us - Deuteronomy 30:15-20



Hymn

 ·     We too must remain vigilant when living in a wicked, pagan society.

·     We must maintain our morality and help each other keep a high standard

·     Jesus Christ’s resurrection is an important part of the Christian message

·     We are Gods temple and there is a life beyond (after) this life with many glories - including a life without death at Jesus’ return

·     God gives us freedom of choice… what are we going to do with it?



Hymn



Doxology

Friday, December 8, 2017

Romans - The Need for Christmas


Outline of Service 10th December 2017



A Series of Studies on the Pauline Epistles

Romans – The Need for Christmas



Hymn 53:  To Become Like Jesus

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 147:1-7  Praise the Lord, all His Creation



Bible Readings:                                                  

·     A New Covenant:  Jeremiah 31:31-37

·     The Flesh and the Spirit:  Romans 8:1-11

·     A Call to Victory:  Romans 12:1-2, 9-15

·     The True Light:  John 1:1-11

Hymn 38 (Tune 34):  The Role of Jesus Christ

·     Mankind has diverged from God and people follow their own desires

·     God showed us how to live, but mankind was unable to follow the lifestyle set out in the Law

·     God will make a new Covenant in the Latter Days, based on Obedience to His life-style through love

·     Romans points out that we can be reconciled to God either through forgiveness of our sins, or obedience through God’s Power

·     Jesus had to come to pave the way for reconciliation of mankind with God

·     Let us look beyond the baby at Christmas to the returning King, and seek to be ready for His Glory to be shown to the World again

Hymn 44:  Glory to God

Doxology

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

Doxology

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

Doxology

2nd Thessalonians - Encouragement and Exhortation


Outline of Service 10th September 2017

2nd Thessalonians – Encouragement and exhortation

Hymn
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

Hymn

·     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

Hymn


Doxology

1st Thessalonians - Running the Church

Outline of Service 26th August 2017

1st Thessalonians – Running the Church

Hymn
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

Hymn

·     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

Hymn


Doxology

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
Doxology