"The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.”
Psalm 25 vs 14
In view of the latest Government advice, we will be holding our Sunday Services at 10:30 and 6:00 in the Church building and respecting the Covid-19 restrictions (please see Risk Assessment). The Tuesday evening Bible Study at 7:30 will continue as an online service via the website.
20 October 2020 Bible Study - The Gates of Jerusalem (Steve Jakeman)
18 October 2020 Morning Service - John 4 vs 29 - The Most Wonderful Man (Peter Chapman)
18 October 2020 Evening Service - Philippians 4 - Finding Contentment (Peter Chapman)
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.
That phrase ‘seeing is believing!’ is very well known. It might have come from a wonderful incident in the evening of the day of our Lord’s resurrection, after He had suffered and died for sinners, when the disciples were in the Upper Room for ‘fear of the Jews’. Suddenly, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, saying, ‘Peace be with you’, and showing them His wounded hands and side. One of the disciples, Thomas, was not there and when they told him of what had happened he said, ‘Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe’. He was in effect saying, ‘Seeing is believing’. Jesus came again 8 days later, once again saying, ‘Peace to you’, and told Thomas to look at His hands and put his hand into His wounded side. The response of Thomas was wonderful – he simply said, ‘My Lord and my God!’ But Jesus gently reproved him by saying ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’.
In those words, our Lord pronounces a blessing on all those (including today’s believers) who have simply believed the written record (the Gospels) that Christ has indeed risen from the dead. We have never seen with our eyes the risen Christ but still have believed. Indeed, the Apostle John goes on to say that these things (his Gospel) are written that you may believe that Christ is the Son of God and, in believing, have life through His Name.
In various ways we can all be a bit like Thomas, wanting something extra, as well as the Bible, before we believe. We would maybe like a text to come in a special way, or to have a special feeling, before we believe. Some who preach even encourage that! There is not a shadow of doubt that, on occasions, a ‘Word’ does come in a very special way but that is unusual and not to be a pattern for our belief. Instead we are blessed if we simply trust what has already been given to us by a supremely gracious God, the written Word, the Bible, and simply, as little children, believe it. Nowhere is this more important than in the matter of assurance that we are saved. We base our hope of heaven on the simple invitations of Christ, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink’, or, ‘Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely’. Blessed is everyone who simply believes! Don’t wait for a special word or feeling but instead trust that the Lord is pleased with those who simply trust what He has said in the written Word, like a little child. We, truly, are not called to see first and then to believe!
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Pastor Christopher Buss