Posts made in January, 2016

What Contribution Are You Making? 0

What Contribution Are You Making?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Today's Teaching

Text: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body You have prepared for me. Then I said, Behold, I have come .. to do Your will, O God’ – Hebrews 10:5,7 Thought: Wherever I go I come across “unattached Christians”, those who are not regularly attending a local church. Usually there is a root cause for their non-attendance. In the parable of the Sower, Jesus gave several reasons as to why there was no commitment and therefore no fruit. Misunderstanding, offended, the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things. 1  All are perfectly plausible, but none are valid! The text reveals that God has prepared a “body” for every Christian. Individually they are a new creation and have a new purpose – to do the will of God. Collectively, Christians are to gather together into local churches. We become the body of Christ and each Christian is a member of that body. God’s intention is that every Christian is a functioning member of a church. Naturally, if a member of my body can’t function effectively due to weakness, disease or paralysis, it causes a great strain on the rest of my body. So the non-attendance or non-functioning of Christians within...

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Which Fire Will Warm You? 0

Which Fire Will Warm You?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Today's Teaching

Which fire will warm you? Text: ‘Peter stood with them and warmed himself’ – John 18:18 Thought: It is amazing how something can be both a blessing and a curse. Fire can heat our homes and keep us warm, yet out of control it can burn the place down. In this study we will look at how fire changed Peter’s life and ministry. The fire of denial – ‘They made a fire and stood there’ – John 18:18 The courtyard was filled with the mob who had arrested Jesus. John, because he was known to the High Priest, got Peter in through the gate. Yet the night’s events had shaken Peter to the core so that even a simple question, “You are not Jesus’ disciple also?” brought the first of three denials, just as Jesus had predicted. 1 In the cold night Peter edged closer to the fire, robe wrapped around his face, hoping no one else would recognise him. He wanted to see what would happen to Jesus which was commendable. He ended up denying three times that he even knew Jesus, which he thought would now be unforgivable. Do people know you are a Christian or is your faith hidden? Watch out! Sooner or later someone is...

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