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.
Children's Talk (Joseph part 8):
Joseph's brothers return again to Egypt with the youngest brother (Benjamin). Joseph holds back on revealing himself to them. They only see a high ranking Egyptian official and they bow before him, just as Joseph's dreams had predicted.
Morning Service; Daniel 5:31
Just as God had decreed the Babylonian Empire falls. In a time of huge political upheaval Daniel's priority is "be faithful to the LORD". He knows that the situation is in God's control and trusts his sovereign God. God's people are assured that he rules over all things and have the privilege of trusting him
Children's Talk, Joseph part 7
The famine is causing havoc in many countries but because God has enabled Joseph to know the meaning of Pharoah's dreams the land of Egypt is managing. Joseph's family (back in Canaan) hear that there is food in Egypt. Joseph's brothers arrive in Egypt & come face to face with Joseph who is now in his 30's. They don't recognise him. On the face of it Joseph treats them harshly but he shows them great mercy. They take food and their money back to Canaan.
Morning Service Daniel 5(b),
Belshazzar, proud God-mocking king of Babylon has been waned by God that judgement is coming. Even though Belshazzar is terrified he refuses to repent. God's swift judgement falls on him - he is killed and the Medes & Persians take over the Empire. We are foolish to mock God and ignore his warnings of judgement.
Finally after 2 years the butler remembers Jospeh in prison. The king (Pharoah) has dreams that unsettle him: 7 thin cows eat 7 fat cows, then 7 thin heads of corn eat 7 fay he3ads of corn. God uses Jospeh to warn the king that 7 years of plenty will be replaced by 7 years of famine. Egypt needs to prepare. The king promotes Joseph to be his right hand man to prepare for the famine. The LORD is with Jospeh - he is released from prison and by the end of the day is Egypt's prime minister.
Morning Service Daniel 5,
Belshazzar, proud God-mocking king of Babylon throws a self-centered party. During the part God spectacularly through writing on the wall and Daniel announces that Belshazzar has been weighed in the balance of God's justice and will be judges. That very night he is killed and the Medes & Persians take over the empire.
Evening Service: Ephesians 6:15,
The Stability of the Gospel of Peace.
Christians need a stable base in the spiritual warfare. This is provided by understanding that the Good News of Jesus is all to do with God giving us his peace when we trust Jesus Christ. This peace guards our souls and minds in Christ Jesus.
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Next Sunday 22nd Sept @ 10.30 am
Proverbs: The Name of the LORD is a strong tower
10 - 11.30am
Tea, Coffee, Chat (Thought For The Day)
Explore the Bible,
Explore the Bible, Luke 14
@ 1.45 pm
Short Informal Service
(normally twice / month,
first and third Monday).
9th October @ 2.30pm
Details to follow