Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Be Ye Also Ready - John the Baptist, and Mary and Joseph


Be Ye Also Ready  Matt 24:44

Hymn 102:  Trust in God

The Lord’s Prayer  (Luke 11:2-4)

Psalm 139:1-6, 14-17, 23-4 -  God Prepares Us

Catechism Questions – 256-258

Bible Readings:

·       Looking to God:  Isaiah 40:1-5, 12-14, 25-31

·       John the Baptist:  John 1:19-29

·       Mary and Joseph:  Matt 1:18-25

·       Be Ye Therefore Ready:  Matthew 24:36-51

Hymn 123:  Show Thy Presence in Our Lives

·        God has a Plan for this world, and nothing that happens is a surprise to Him!

·        God frequently reveals aspects of His Plan by way of prophecy, then fulfills it in due time, often with an early and latter dual fulfillment.

·        John the Baptist was the forerunner of the coming of the Messiah, but the prophecies relating to him can also apply to preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

·        Mary and Joseph were selected by God to fulfill many prophecies in Scripture without realising they were doing so.

·        Jesus spoke about His return and what we need to do to be prepared for it.

·        Are we willing for God to include us in His Plan relating to Jesus Christ’s return, and do we hold the hope of being preserved wholly to witness that great event?

·       Hymn 47:  Proclaiming His Return


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Trusting God in all Things


Trusting God In All Things  Psalm 37:5

Hymn 105:  Thanks and Praise to God

The Lord’s Prayer  (Luke 11:2-4)

Psalm 37:1-7 -  Trust in the Lord

Catechism Questions – 258-259

Bible Readings:

·       Daniel and His Friends:  Daniel 1:1-21

·       Three Men in the Fire:  Daniel 3:16-27

·       Daniel Given Understanding: Daniel 12:1-9

·       Unfeigned Faith:  2 Timothy 1:1-7

·       The Substance of the Vision:  2 Peter 3:1-4, 10-14

Hymn 118 – Tune 117:  God’s Power and Lasting Peace

·        Daniel and his three companions all trusted God, and they were prepared to commit their lives for the belief they held

·        Paul talked about Timothy’s faith, and explained how he had received it through his mother and grandmother

·        Today is Mothers Day in Australia, calling us to recognise the important role Mothers play in influencing the lives of children

·        It is likely that the faith held by Daniel and his friends was similarly nurtured in them by their mothers as they were growing up

·        The New Heavens (Jerusalem Above), for which we look, represents the Spirit of God the Mother (Gal 4:26) – the Holy Ghost – Who will teach and lead us to truly follow God 

·        Through the Power of God the Father and God the Mother, God’s people will withstand the lion (Satan) and be tried by fire (fire of purification) to prove that they have unfeigned faith in God

·        These will be preserved wholly - without physical death - to meet Jesus Christ when He returns to this earth.

·       Hymn 57:  New Heavens and Earth


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Samson and Samuel


Thou Art My Hiding Place  Psalm 32:7

Hymn 122 – Tune 115:  Human Nature!

The Lord’s Prayer  (Luke 11:2-4)

Psalm 32: Forgiveness, Deliverance, Guidance and Protection

Bible Readings:

·       Samson:  Judges 13:1-7, 24-5; 16:16-20, 28-30

·       Samuel:  1 Samuel 3:1-10; 12:1-5

·       Christian Liberty: Romans 14:1-4

·       Jesus on Judgement:  Matthew 7:1-6

Hymn 14:  Good News

·        Samson is a well known Bible character remembered more for what he did wrong rather than for what he did right!

·        Samuel, like Samson, was dedicated to God before his birth, but in his life he showed a Godly example for all to follow

·        Samson and Samuel were quite extreme compared to each other, but both servants of God

·        Paul, who had been putting Christians to death for their beliefs, was turned by God to become a great preacher

·        Each has to answer to God for what they do, and we have no authority to judge or condemn anyone for where we find them

·        Satan causes us to transgress God’s commandments, but when his power is taken away all will serve God

·        Let us seek to “hide” in God’s Spirit so that the need for forgiveness will be transcended, and we can be preserved wholly in spirit and soul and body until our Lord’s return.

·       Hymn 51:  Seeing Clearly


Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Works that Jesus Did


The Works that Jesus Did

the works that I do shall he do also: John 14:12   

Hymn 105:  Thank God Through Praise

The Lord’s Prayer  (Luke 11:2-4)

Presentation:  What Works did Jesus Christ Do?  - Lynne Gray

Bible Readings:

·       The Ten Commandments:  Deuteronomy 5:1-7, 23-4, 27-29

·       The Right Attitude:  Isaiah 58:1-7

·       The Rich Young Man:  Matthew 19:16-22

·       The Father doeth the Works:  John 14:10-14

Hymn 100:  The Good Old Way

·        The Work that Jesus Christ did included being obedient to His Father’s commandments as given to Moses in the Old Testament

·        Jesus also practiced the principles of concern and consideration for others - like those set out in Isaiah and other sections in the Old Testament

·        The Rich Young Ruler had kept the letter of the Laws, but asked, “What lack I yet?” – he needed understanding and a purpose

·        The WORKS done by Jesus Christ included not only doing miracles, and healing, and meeting people’s needs, but having the right attitude to God and others

·        We must have “such a heart” to want to obey God’s instructions willingly, then He will give us Power and do the WORKS in us.

Hymn 47:  Freedom from Sin and Death


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Lifestyle Taught by Jesus Christ


Outline of Online Service 31st January 2021

The Lifestyle Taught by Jesus

- if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments  Matt 19:17

Community Songs – led by Terrigal Singers

The Lord’s Prayer  (Luke 11:2-4)

Psalm 19:7-14: Following God’s Ways

Bible Readings:

·       God’s Lifestyle Instructions:  Deut 10:1-5, 12-22 - Singleton

·       Jesus Outlines His Lifestyle:  Matt 5:1-12, 17-20 - Terrigal

·       What .. shall I do?  Matthew 19:16-25 - Windsor

·       How The Work Will be Done:  John 14:23-27 - Windsor

Hymn 47:  The Standard is Obedience  - Singleton

Message – Sydney  

Hymn 83:  The Truth will be Shown  - Singleton

·        God gave Israel full instructions for the Lifestyle He wanted them to follow; this was summarised in the Ten Commandments; 

·        Jesus endorsed this same set of instructions as still being the way that people should seek to live, but couched them in a Spirit of love rather than legalism;

·        Jesus pointed out to the young man that to keep the commandments requires more than compliance with a set of instructions – they need to be obeyed through love for God and our neighbour;

·        Jesus also explained that God will send Power through Christ and the Holy Ghost that will enable people to obey His commandments with the right attitude;

·        Let each seek to God to join the Law and Gospel in us as we wait to be changed wholly in spirit and soul and body at Jesus Christ’s return.


Closing Comments - Terrigal


Monday, January 4, 2021

The Temptation of Jesus


Outline of Online Service 10th January 2021

The Temptations of Jesus

Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 1 Peter 2:21   

Hymn 102:  Joy in God’s Presence

The Lord’s Prayer  (Luke 11:2-4)

Psalm 91:1-4, 11-16: Relationship with God

Bible Readings:

·       The First Temptation:  Genesis 3:1-7

·       The Promised Land:  Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:8-17

·       The Temptations of Jesus:  Matthew 4:1-11

·       Our Ongoing Temptations:  1 John 2:6-8, 15-17

Hymn 40 – Tune 34:  The Tried Corner Stone

·        When Eve was first tempted to sin she saw that  it was good for food, pleasant to the eyes and to be desired to make one wise

·        The areas in which Jesus was tempted were to satisfy hunger, to try God’s Word to be true, and to be seen as being great by others

·        In 1 John chapter 2 John points out that we are called to face these same temptations which he describes as the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life

·        God is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent -  and in all areas is able to bring us through any temptations that we are called to face 

·        Let us look to be led by the Spirit so that our desire to follow God will over-ride our attraction to fall for the tempter’s allurement

·         In Deuteronomy 11:12 God says He will be with us from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year – and will lead us into the Promised Land – the life of spirit and soul and body at Jesus Christ’s return.

Hymn 3:  The Time is Come


Friday, December 11, 2020

The Need and Provision for Reconciliation


Outline of Online Service 13th December 2020

The Need and Provision for Reconciliation


Hymn 142:  Forgiveness, Healing and Restoration

The Lord’s Prayer  (Luke 11:2-4)

Psalm 130: Plenteous Redemption

Bible Readings:

·       Sacrifice Required for Disobedience:  Ezekiel 33:10-16

·       To Obey is Better than Sacrifice:  1 Samuel 15:1-25

·       Sin Exposed by the Law:  Romans 5:12-14, 7:7-10

·       The Perfect Sacrifice:  Hebrews 10:1-7

Hymn 101:  Pardoned Sin

·        As Bible Believers we accept the concept of an absolute right and wrong as outlined in the Scriptures; sin is transgression of God’s Law

·        Right is always right, and wrong is always wrong; right is never wrong and wrong is never right

·        In the Old Testament there was an elaborate process for sacrifices which were to be made for reconciliation with God because of disobedience

·        In the New Testament, Jesus came and became the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world

·        Building on a foundation of reconciliation, obedience could transcend the need for forgiveness – but this is the standard of perfection

·        God has promised Power to remove the evil and overcome sin in a group of people in preparation for the Second coming of Jesus Christ to this earth.

Hymn 59:  Universal Reconciliation