25/08/2019

This week we are looking at an entire book of the Bible. And that is the book of Jude. And it’s so short – there are not even chapters in it!

Jude, the brother of Jesus Christ, (and also the brother of James) writes this letter to a group of Christians reminding them that they have been called, loved and kept by Christ.

But the main ‘guts’ of what he has to say is about ‘fighting’ for the faith or ‘contending’ for the faith.

And the reason for that is because while Jesus was alive, Jude was not a believing Christian, but after Jesus rose from the dead – things changed, and Jude came to believe in Jesus as his Lord and Saviour.

He wanted to share this good news with people all over the world, but was facing a pressing issue, and so in this letter he list a whole lot of ‘red flags’ of what Christians should be aware of, things that he had seen and things others had already warned them about.

And in this call to ‘fight’ or ‘content’ for the faith – it is a charge to really delight in God and to show mercy in others, because that is how the church fights valiantly for the faith: by loving God and showing mercy.

May God our Saviour who has glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, bless you this week as you ‘fight’ for the faith.
Pastor Ben

18/08/2019

This week we are celebrating ‘Thanksgiving’ by remembering all that God has given to us, especially His gift of life, forgiveness and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

As we focus on Psalm 100, we find five calls from God:

To shout for joy to the Lord;

To serve the Lord with gladness;

To come before Him with joyful songs;

To know that the Lord is good; and

To enter His gates with thanksgiving.

My pray for each of you today, is that you see all the blessings in your life as blessings from God, and that you spend meaningful time in thankfulness to Him.

I encourage you to take the time to read through the 100th Psalm again. Listen to God’s call and His blessings in your life, and I believe that your heart truly will overflow with thanksgiving to the Lord, as we “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4)

May God bless you as no matter your circumstances, no matter anything else that is going on in your life – you give thanks to Him
Pastor Ben

11/08/2019

This Sunday is the last in our series ‘All Are Welcomed’, and over the past five weeks we have done the following:

We’ve asked, ‘Are we a welcoming church?’

We’ve learned that our gatherings are not really about us, and that we should focus on others;

We’ve followed the teaching and example of Jesus to ‘go the extra mile’;

We’ve considered faith and obedience that leads us to prepare well for guests.

And we’ve learned from the principle of the holy kiss how we can lovingly greet one another and our guests;

This week, we put it all together by considering what it means to consider others greater than ourselves, and how we can make some practical changes to do just that.

Because ‘welcoming’ means ‘going’. The welcoming church is not merely a church that waits for the world to arrive at the physical address of our worship centres. The welcoming church is more of an attitude or disposition. It represents the mindset of an outward focus rather than an inward focus. It is about serving, rather than being served.

May God bless you, as we seek to be the welcoming church Jesus calls us to be.
In His Service, Pastor Ben

04/08/2019

Hi Church,

This Sunday, as we continue our series “All are Welcomed”, we are looking a little more closely at first impressions. Just how important is it that a first impression is one of love and care? It can be difficult, sometimes even impossible, to recover from a bad first impression whereas a good first impressions goes a long way.

Paul writes to the Thessalonian church about the importance of how we deal with each other, and others we encounter that may or may not be of God’s family. He encourages the church, God’s family, to not live in bitterness but instead to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Here, again, Paul emphasises his teaching of self-sacrificial living. A lifestyle that makes a true and therefore the right kind of first impression.

Jesus laid aside his “rights” and “freedoms” to live a selfsacrificial life for the benefit of everyone else. He lived the life we fail to live, died the death we deserved to die to give us this life we can never earn and never have to pay back. With this gift of life comes a freedom to live by His Spirit. To live lives that are selfless and good for everyone else. This way of living makes the right first impression because it shows that God’s community lives like Jesus and reflects the nature of the God whom we represent. This way of life, because it is given by and supported by God, brings true joy.

Live fearlessly for others and experience the joy God has in and for you. In His Service, Pastor Roelof