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For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Philippians 1 vs 21


Following the latest Government advice, we will only be holding our morning Sunday Service at 10:30 in the Church building, respecting the Covid-19 restrictions (please see Risk Assessment). This service will also be live streamed. The evening service will only be available via live stream. The Tuesday evening Bible Study at 7:30 will continue as an online service via the website.

17 January 2021 Morning Service - Matthew 13 vs 24-30 - The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares - Christian Warfare (James Buss)
17 January 2021 Evening Service - Matthew 5 - The Marks of a True Child of God (James Buss)

12 January 2021 Bible Study - Ruth (Daniel Hyde)


Sunday School ministry for children

Please note the above online services contain hymn singing recorded during services held before the coronavirus restrictions. Previous sermons are available here. May the Lord bless His Word to our souls.

King David – Steps to a Closer Walk with the Lord” - Psalm 37

David writes this Psalm as a believer
He describes steps to take to know a closer walk with the Lord
David writes from personal experience of knowing God
Here is Holy Spirit inspired guidance for the coming year

1-2 Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.

Do not get worked up about evildoers.
The word translated “fret” has a very strong meaning.
To burn up with anger, get all hot under the collar, Worked up, very incensed and indignant. The verse is telling us to let go of the envy as it is damaging your spiritual walk with the Lord and proactively avoid being envious of the wicked.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

Here is the antidote to envy. Take refuge in God, not with uncertainty but with total confidence in Him and His faithfulness.

4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Consider the wonders of the Holy Triune God –
Wonders of His – Love – Grace - Mercy – Faithfulness
All these blessings come to believers through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Value your spiritual communion with God.
Your desires will be met by God, as they centre on Him.

5-6 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.

Pledge yourself to follow Him. Roll your burden upon the Lord Trust in God to deal with the situation. While such trust seems foolish to the world, God will vindicate His cause and stand by His people Stand by those who by faith put their trust in Him

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Quiet submission to God’s will is meant here. It means resting and waiting in awe & reverence for God

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.

Envy and fretting unchecked, eventually leads to anger The path of the mind and emotions controlled by evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those that wait on the Lord shall inherit the earth.

Remember the end of the wicked compared with inheritance of eternal peace in the new heavens and the new earth for those that trust in the Lord.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

A definite action is meant here to depart from what is wrong and engage in what is good, looking to your eternal home.

34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt you to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

Wait patiently on the Lord keep pressing on in His way. Eventually God will exalt His people to glory. The unrepentant unbeliever will receive his due.

Conclusion

We have been considering steps for a closer walk with the Lord. In verse 23 of this Psalm there is an amazing statement made. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand” How can the Lord delight in the way that we walk especially since, as it says here, we fall? This is all because of the Grace of God towards us as we trust in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Lord delights to witness believers trusting in the Lord and provides for them security and support in Jesus Christ both for time and eternity.

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