In the days following Pentecost Peter & John (2 of Jesus' disciples) are enabled to perform a miracle: a lame man is healed & walks. This draws a crowd, so Peter and John preach the Good News about Jesus. This puts them on a collision course with Jerusalem's authorities and they are thrown into prison.
Morning Service, Daniel 9:17-21.
In this part of his prayer Daniel asks the LORD to show mercy to the Israelites in exile so they the LORD will be glorified. Daniel's prayer is God-centred. He knows that he and his people can only throw themselves onto the LORD's mercy and promise
Evening Service: Ephesians 6:19-20
Praying that the Good News about Jesus will be communicated boldly is vitally important. Through this Good News God changes hearts and lives. God works through the prayers of Christians to bring his purposes to pass.
Jesus told the story of a man who had a successful life but lived his life ignoring God. When he died he tragically had to leave his wealth behind and leave this world with nothing. The Lord Jesus tell us to make sure that we think about eternal things.
Daniel 9, Daniel's prayer (1).
Daniel's prayer is not a Christmas Shopping list. After reading the Bible (Jeremiah 29) he is made aware of God's great promises and prays giving God glory (worshipping God is important when praying).
He then prays that God will be merciful to the nation just as he has promised.
This morning's service on Pentecost Sunday was focussed on Acts 2.
We told the children the events of the promise of the Holy Spirit being made real. The sound of mighty rushing wind, the "fire" and the foreign languages.
In the Morning Service we thought about Pentecost being the start of the great spiritual harvest of people from all over the world being brought into Jesus' kingdom.
As it was 40 days after Easter last Thursday we told the story of Christ's Ascension into heaven. His disciples witness his ascension to heaven as the angels promise that one day he will return.
Morning Service: Hebrews 1:3&13
Christ ascended to heaven to the place of highest honour. This emphasises that his work as Saviour is complete and that one day it will be seen that he will have complete victory.
Evening Service: Acts 1:1-11
We thought again about Christ's Ascension back into heaven and emphasised the encouragement that this event is for Christians
On the evening of the first Easter Sunday two of Jesus'disciples are walking away from Jerusalem disillusioned and shattered. The Messiah is dead. Jesus, who has been raised appears to them. They don;t recognise him. He explains that the Messiah had to suffer. As he spoke this truth to them "their hearts burned" with excitement.
In Daniel Ch 8 God gives Daniel a vision: in the future the Israelites will be persecuted by a person who is great in his own mind. He will abolish the worship od the LORD, desecrate the Temple in Jerusalem and replace God;s law with his law. In God's time he will be brought crashing down.
In their warfare against the devil Christians must not give him an opportunity to assault their own lives or their churches. Anger not dealt with gives him this opportunity. "Forgive as God in Christ forgave you"
following his resurrection Jesus showed himself to over 500 people. First of all he showed himself to Mary Magdalene before appearing to other followers. So there are many eye witness accounts of the resurrected Jesus.
1 Corinthians 11 (The do's and dont's of communion):
Communion can easily deteriorate into a sham. How important then to understand that the Lord's death is a substitution, a sacrifice and propitiation for sin. How important to understand that it is a celebration for those who in fellowship with Christ and part of his body - the church.
Evening Service: James 4, Resist the devil.
Christians' great enemy is the devil. He expertly uses the passions that"war within us" to cause us to stop making God the priority in our lives. Christians, with God's help, can resist him. Alongside resisting the devil is drawing near to God. The great promise is: resist the devil and he will flee from you, draw near to God and he will draw near to you.
One week after his resurrection Jesus told Thomas, who had at first doubted Jesus' resurrection, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed".
Morning Service: Daniel 7 (part 3).
Daniel sees in his God-revealing vision that believers in the future will be terribly persecuted. This persecution will last until God Most High intervenes and all that opposes God will be brought crashing down. The only thing that will remain will be the never ending kingdom of Jesus Christ.
Evening Service: Luke 4;1-13.
Jesus is led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. Here he is tempted by Satan to sin against God and to turn away from God's purpose for him, which is to die on the cross. Jesus stands firm and is able to go to the cross and give himself as the unblemished sacrifice for sin.
On the first Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem. He claims to be God's chosen king. He is meek an lowly. The crowds didn't realise that this king will soon hang a cross and be forsaken by God as the ultimate sacrifice.
Morning Service: Daniel 7:13-14.
When Jesus claims to be the Son of Man he declares to be the "one like a son of man" who comes with heaven's glory and be given an everlasting kingdom. The challenge is not to remain rebelling against heaven's authority by bowing the authority of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man.
Children's Talk: We learnt a new memory verse. After all the upheavals of his life Joseph was able to tell his brothers "God meant it for good", Gen 50:20.
Morning Service (Daniel 7): Daniel is given of vision of 4 ferocious beasts rising up out of a stirred up sea. The "Ancient of Days" *God, Most High) has authority to bring all that is human crashing to the ground.
Joseph is finally re-united with his father. As he look back on his life and the mistreatment that he had received from others he says, "God meant it for good"
Morning Service (Daniel 6):
Daniel has an "excellent spirit" and is to be appointed to the top job in the Empire. His enemies plot his downfall. Due to Daniel's faithfulness to God he is thrown into the lions' den. No person can help him but God delivers him.
Ephesians 6:17, The Sword of the Spirit: the Word of God, In Spiritual warfare the Bible is vitally important. This is God's revelation to us in which he declares himself and his ways ultimately in the Good News about Jesus. The truth of God's word gives us the attacking edge when it comes to dealing with temptation in our own hearts.
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Next Sunday (30/06/2019)
@ 10.30 am, Daniel 9 pt 3
The Anointed One Cut Off
Psalm 133: Unity - precious and soul refreshing
@ 1.45 pm
Short Informal Service
(normally twice / month,
first and third Monday).
10 - 11.30am
Tea, Coffee, Chat (Thought For The Day)
(Cancelled until 4th July)
Explore the Bible,
@ 7.30 pm
Explore the Bible, Luke
11th Spetember @ 2.30pm
Details to follow
Details to follow