Monday, July 22, 2013

Outline of Service 28th July 2013

I Will Come to You  John 14:18

Hymn 3:  The Promised Power  
The Lord’s Prayer Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 107:1-8, 42-43:  – God’s Lovingkindness

Bible Readings:
God’s Blessings to Believers:  Isaiah 44:1-19 
How to Prepare:  Acts 15:5-21
Obedience – The Key:  John 14:10-21

Hymn 15:  God’s Spirit Will Prepare His People
·        Isaiah speaks of three Groups of believers
·        Most Christians follow only some of the Old Testament Laws
·        Jews do not accept the (New) Testament of Jesus Christ
·        Christian Israelites both accept Jesus Christ and also seek to follow the life-style God set out in the Old Testament
·        The Spirit of Truth will prepare people wholly, in spirit and soul and body
·        When Jesus Christ returns He will be looking for obedient followers of His Commandments who are in the World but not of the World
·        All will be changed in accordance with God’s Will.

Hymn 47:  Proving Faith by Works  


Friday, July 19, 2013

The Paper July 2013 - Beyond Reasonable Doubt?
How do we prove something?  I guess for different types of hypotheses (what we are trying to prove) and for different people there are different criteria that would be acceptable as a “proof”.  And then there are different sorts of proof - scientific proof, mathematical proof and personal proof – and a combination of them all, as appropriate, needs to be considered before we would be personally satisfied that something is true.  In this article I would like to share some mathematical facts, and then think about how these might support a personal proof of a related matter. 
 Have a look at the following Tables.  They do not “prove” anything as they are a set of true mathematical statements.  However it does show something about the symmetry of numbers and as a result creates a feeling that the power of numbers is greater than just the equations.
1x8 +1=9
or this one:
Get’s you wondering, doesn’t it!  There is an order beyond our basic understanding that seems to be demonstrated here.
Next let’s take the letters of the alphabet, A to Z and assign a number to each; A=1, B==2 and so on up to Z=26.  Let’s then look at a number of words, assign the numbers, add up the total and call it a percentage.  We find the following:  Knowledge = 96%       Hard work = 98%      Attitude = 100%
The three are each important, but this gives them a ranking.  This suggests that whilst knowledge is important, hard work (through application of the knowledge) is more important, and that attitude - your approach to the job or what you feel inside – is even more important. 
Now as a Christian I believe there is a greater power than that which we are presently able to comprehend, and that the World has been ordered by a Great Creator who we call God.  I believe that this God manifested His love toward His creation in a strange way – He sent His Son to live on this Earth some 2,000 years ago, and He was subjected to its ways and whims; He was crucified because people argued about the good He did and miracles that He performed, but strangely enough through His death the power of death has been overcome.  Through belief in Him we can experience an inward assurance that we will receive life in the World to come, but we can  also hold a hope of being kept alive until His (Jesus Christ’s) promised return.  Maybe this all sounds unbelievable to those who have not studied the matter, but it reflects the Love of God as set out in His Plan in the Bible.  And what do we get if we total the letters in the “Love of God”?  Love of God = 101% - more than we are able to imagine or comprehend!
Whilst these mathematical facts themselves really do not prove anything, they hopefully can help us to think about a paradigm or framework of understanding that transcends our own ability.  What hidden knowledge might be tucked away into which we get a window of perception when we consider examples such as these?  What other issues of life might be hidden in ideas and principles that many people don’t respect any more, but consider to be old-fashioned or out of date?  If we know these principles, and work at understanding them with the right attitude we may get closer to finding out!

We would like to invite you to visit us, or a Church in your local Community, to talk about how many things in the World around us point to a Great Creator, and to discuss the Plan that is set out in the Holy Bible.  See Church Notices in this Paper for times of Meetings at the Christian Israelite Church at 196 Campbell Street, Darlinghurst.  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Outline of Service 14th July 2013

The Sign ... of the End of the World Matt 24:3

Hymn 37 – Tune 26:  The Promised Time  
The Lord’s Prayer Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 80:1-8, 18-19:  – God’s Leadership

Bible Readings:
God’s Protection for His People:  Exodus 8:16-32 
A Falling Away:  2 Timothy 3:1-9
Jesus Describes the Conditions:    Matt 24:1-14, 21-31, 36-44

Hymn 100:  Preparing for the Time
·       The End has been spoken of from the Beginning
·       The World will follow the ways of evil, but God will give His People rest in a time of trouble
·       When Jesus Christ returns Satan will be bound
·       The dead in Christ will rise with spiritual bodies, but those who are alive will be changed without physical death
·       God’s Spirit will enter into the bodies of His people and replace the life of blood – as Jesus is now

Hymn 83:  Coming Ready or Not!