Sunday 14th June 2020
Good morning and welcome to church.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading through the book of Job in the Old Testament. It’s not an easy read but I think it is so relevant to 2020 in many ways.
Job has a wonderful life with great wealth and a lovely family. But in a moment he loses it all, his family die and he loses his home, wealth and his health.
Job’s friends visit him and Job shares his complaint against God. Job see’s that many people seem to be blessed and succeed when they do wrong in this life and others suffer when they appear to be good people.
Job’s friends share their opinion’s and none of them seem to have an answer to the world they live in.
What we see in the book is that God is in full control of the circumstances, he was with Job in the good times and the bad and he loves Job. God allows Job to bring his complaint against him and then lovingly reminds him that he can never understand and have all the answers to this life.
In this time where we continue to ask, how long? Where many people have an opinion to the brokenness of society and where there has been a realisation that all people throughout history are sinful, we read: “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5v8)
Is God with us in the brokenness? Does God love us and care? Will God deal with sin and injustice?
Yes! See him as a man dying on a cross for the sins of the world because he loves us.
The only person in the history of the world who was without sin was killed by a mob and put on public display, naked on a cross.
God is never distant, he is in the mess, loving and saving us.
Have a good week.
Continue to pray for our nation, in this time of people seeking an end to injustice and racism, pray that many will see that the answers are found in the gospel. All are sinners and need forgiveness which is freely given by God in Jesus Christ.
Pray for our young ones, many will not go back to school until September at the earliest. Pray for their mental and spiritual health. For many they have not seen or interacted with friends for a long time and maybe struggling with their feelings.
Pray for each other as a church, that our faith would be strengthened in Christ and that God would give us peace and joy even in these hard times.
Thank God for the many ways in which we can share the Good News of Jesus. Let's pray for our friends, family and neighbours and all the people we have connections with as a church who we are not seeing at the moment.
A prayer for revival
Today, let’s spend some time in worship of our Sovereign Lord, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. And as we consider Him, who chose us and saved us, let’s pray for our nation at this difficult time. Pray for healing. Pray for a turning back to God. Pray for revival. Pray that when the church can at last meet together, many more will be added to our number.
We were reminded of the challenge for believers last Sunday:
Matthew 10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.”
And are also reminded that we don’t go out alone:
Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Father, give us the courage to speak boldly of You.
Matthew Chapter 10 verses 26 to 42
‘So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 32 ‘Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
34 ‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn ‘“a man against his father, a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” 37 ‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
40 ‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.’
this week's sermon
What fears and worries do you have when sharing the Gospel? Are they more to do with how people react to you or the message?
When our identity is in Christ and not who we are or what we are in the worlds sight, we find it easier not to worry. How do we go about living this way?
Where do you think the quote attributed to Francis of Assisi, 'preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words', has been useful? When does it fall short?
What promises does God make us throughout the Bible about His provision and care and grace and love? If you know some look those verses up and remind yourself of them. If you are not sure of any download this file for a look at some verses that tell us who we are because of what Jesus has done for us...and thank Him for each and every one.
young people and children's resources
We are having a break for a week from our journey through the Bible in 10 weeks. So, next weeek we begin our 5 week journey in the New Testament thinking about the question, Who is Jesus? This week we have a video to watch which shows that even though we often think that Jesus only shows up in the Bible when we get to the New Testament...actually, as James has been telling us, Jesus is in the whole of the Bible if we have been looking closely enough.
The Bible Project - Hope
Bible Reading : Psalm 62
I find rest in God; only he can save me.
2 He is my rock and my salvation.
He is my defender; I will not be defeated.
3 How long will you attack someone?
Will all of you kill that person?
Who is like a leaning wall, like a fence ready to fall?
4 They are planning to make that person fall.
They enjoy telling lies. With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.
5 I find rest in God; only he gives me hope.
6 He is my rock and my salvation.
He is my defender; I will not be defeated.
7 My honor and salvation come from God.
He is my mighty rock and my protection.
8 People, trust God all the time.
Tell him all your problems,
because God is our protection.
9 The least of people are only a breath,
and even the greatest are just a lie.
On the scales, they weigh nothing;
together they are only a breath.
10 Do not trust in force.
Stealing is of no use. Even if you gain more riches,
don’t put your trust in them.
11 God has said this, and I have heard it over and over:
God is strong.
12 The Lord is loving. You reward people for what they have done.
As you read Psalm 62, what brings you the most comfort?
In what ways do you understand being in the middle of chaos but finding rest in God?
Take a moment to think about the idea of God as a refuge (somewhere we can run to and be safe) in the midst of chaos.
How does knowing that Jesus rose from the dead help us have hope?
Have a go at memorizing the verse mentioned in the audio clip from Romans 15 v 13...
"I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace while you trust in Him".