“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”
Romans 15 vs 13
In view of the latest Government advice, we will be holding our Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 in the Church building and respecting the Covid-19 restrictions (please see Risk Assessment and Amendment). The Evening Service at 6:00 and the Tuesday evening Bible Study at 7:30 will continue as online services via the website.
11 August 2020 Bible Study - Sanctification - Prayer
9 August 2020 Morning Service - Philemon - Where true freedom is found
9 August 2020 Evening Service - 1 Peter 2 vs 18-25 - Christian Behaviour - Employment - Christ!
Sunday School ministry for children
Please note the above online services are pre-recorded, and then edited to include hymn singing from services held before the coronavirus restrictions. Previous sermons are available here. May the Lord bless His Word to our souls.
How often we can feel our inadequacies when serving the Lord or simply in our daily Christian walk. We can really empathise with the Apostle Paul when he cried ‘who is sufficient for these things!’ Sometimes we can baulk at doing some act of loving service because we just can’t see how it is possible for us to have the resources to do it. There was an occasion when the disciples were asked by Jesus to do just that and it gives some real insight in how we should face such a ‘mountain’.
The Lord Jesus had been teaching crowds of people one day and it was getting late. They were all getting hungry. The disciples’ answer to the problem was to send them away so that they could go and buy some food before it was too late. At that moment the disciples had left Somebody completely out of the equation when deciding how the hungry could be fed – the Lord! How often can we, when facing a problem, simply forget God when thinking how we might solve it but simply limit ourselves to a ‘sensible’ natural decision.
But Jesus was so different. He had compassion on the people. They had been following Him for 3 days and He just couldn’t send them away. His heart was (and is) so full of love. So He said a remarkable thing to His poor, inadequate, limited disciples, ‘They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat!’ An awesome challenge indeed.
So, like we often do, they said, ‘But we’ve only got five loaves and two fishes!’ What we have is totally inadequate to do the job. So the Lord said, ‘Bring them here to Me’. That was, and is, the key to dealing with the reality, that in and of ourselves we are inadequate. However, if bring what we have to Jesus in prayer and ask Him to multiply it, we will have more than enough. For that’s exactly what happened. Jesus took the food, asked a blessing from Heaven on it and broke it into so many pieces, that the 5000 people had too much, and there were 12 basketfuls left over! This is the key to successful ministry, service and the Christian walk. Jesus said, ‘Without me you can do nothing’, and in the words of the Apostle Paul, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me’. May the Lord help us each to bring our inadequate resources to Himself, to be transformed and multiplied, to the blessing of others.
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This Church continues in prayer each day unto God, trusting in Him!
Pastor Christopher Buss