Sunday 12th July 2020
This week the page looks a little bit different. We still have all the same content but the format has changed. Below is a video with the welcome, prayer, worship songs, Bible reading, sermon and children's talk all in one place. There are still questions to help you reflect on the sermon below, as well as the downloads for the children's talk plus our youth study from the Bible Project.
If you have any feedback on the new format, let us know.
We hope you will be challenged, encouraged and blessed.
To help you think about and reflect on the sermon here are a few questions...
The Pharisees state that Jesus is not the Christ and is in fact evil. Today many may say the same or that he was just a good moral teacher, a historical character but no more.
1. What do you believe about who Jesus is and what is the evidence behind what you believe?
2. Where would you go in the Bible to show that Jesus is the son of God?
Fully man & fully God? Without sin?
3. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in showing us who Jesus is?
young people and children's resources
The Bible Project - Ecclesiastes
As we all continue to live in this COVID-19 pandemic, one of the experiences we’ve all been having is the feeling of losing control. We’ve all been made helpless and never in such a short amount of time have so many people been forced to make such big changes to their lives with work, food, family, and health. Any thoughts we had about being in control of our lives, they’re long gone by now.
And while this is a really difficult experience, according to the book of Ecclesiastes, it’s one of the best worst things that can happen to us. As we have been thinking about when to open our church building up again we have been praying for wisdom. One of the first steps towards wisdom, the Bible tells us, is total surrender to God.
And nothing helps us get there quicker than realising we are not in control of our lives. It can also help us see the many simple gifts that God provides every day—if we are keeping an eye out to see them. In this week’s video and message, we’ll look at what the writer of Ecclesiastes realises about all these things as he reflects on how humans act and have always acted...and still do and think about the surprising wisdom in the book.
Bible Reading :
These are the words of the Teacher, a son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 The Teacher says,
Everything is useless.”
3 What do people really gain
from all the hard work they do here on earth?
Things Never Change
4 People live, and people die,
but the earth continues forever.
5 The sun rises, the sun sets,
and then it hurries back to where it rises again.
6 The wind blows to the south;
it blows to the north.
It blows from one direction and then another.
Then it turns around and repeats the same pattern, going nowhere.
7 All the rivers flow to the sea,
but the sea never becomes full.
8 Everything is boring,
so boring that you don’t even want to talk about it.
Words come again and again to our ears,
but we never hear enough,
nor can we ever really see all we want to see.
9 All things continue the way they have been since the beginning.
What has happened will happen again;
there is nothing new here on earth.
10 Someone might say,
“Look, this is new,”
but really it has always been here.
It was here before we were.
11 People don’t remember what happened long ago,
and in the future people will not remember what happens now.
Even later, other people will not remember what was done before them.
One of the writer’s frustrations in life is that despite all of the human activity in the world, nothing really ever changes. I mean humans progress in their understanding and technology, but the basic patterns of nature were in place before us and will still be here long after us. All of the things that we do that seem so meaningful will one day be gone and forgotten. This makes our attempts to be in control meaningless...like chasing after the wind. The problem comes when we try to understand life without God in it.
Realising that we humans don't really ever change is one of the first steps in understanding a confusing world. Is there anything you feel like you need to accept by faith, rather than try to control or understand fully, in your own life?
Since there’s so much in our lives we can’t control or understand, Ecclesiastes tells us to accept this and live with wisdom and make sure we are close to God. How do we make sure we do this in our own life on a daily basis?
What are some of the beautiful gifts God blesses us with in life that you want to appreciate more?