Why is Communion necessary?

There is with some Christians the idea that the sacraments are not important.  Some parents would withhold the sacrament of baptism from their children for reasons pure human and not in accordance with the Word of God. Communion Sundays come and go and some church members would not regard the sacrament important to set aside … Continue reading Why is Communion necessary?

Limited Atonement

Limited atonement—is it biblical? [This and other articles can be found at http://www.gotquestions.org/limited-atonement.html] Disclaimer:  By using this article from gotquestions.org does not imply that we necessarily agree with all expressions put forward on that site (The contents of the original article is not altered, but we added some paragraph breaks and headings to help make a … Continue reading Limited Atonement

My funeral, my life

Series title:  "Better things are coming" Scripture Readings Romans 6:1-14 1 Peter 4:1-6 Introduction There’s only one thing more sure than life, and that is death. Death is so final.  The time of death can’t really be postponed to create opportunities for the person who is dying or for the close relatives to put things … Continue reading My funeral, my life

Dead in sin, alive in Christ

Communion Service - association with and participation in Christ Scripture Readings Colossians 2:13-3:4 Introduction First, an illustration.  Heila and I visited a very interesting shop not so long ago during a visit to the Blue Mountains in NSW.  This particular shop is home to the largest collection of teapots in the world. On shelves about … Continue reading Dead in sin, alive in Christ

Abraham, the Father of all Believers (9)

See, I make everything new Scripture Readings Romans 4:16-25 Genesis 17:1-19 Introduction When I went to high school I met a giant.  He was in year eleven and stood six foot and 10 inches tall in his shoes.  When he finished school at the age of eighteen, he was a full seven foot tall.  In … Continue reading Abraham, the Father of all Believers (9)

Abraham Father of All Believers (7)

Do not be wise in your own eyes Scripture Readings Galatians 4:21-5:6 Genesis 16:1-7 Introduction Dear fellow believers, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, had his portrait done by Sir Peter Lely.  Lely had the skill of painting away the not so flattering features of the royals, but when commissioned to do Cromwell’s painting,  … Continue reading Abraham Father of All Believers (7)

Remember your creator

Public Profession of Faith of new members Scripture Readings 2 Timothy 3:10-17 Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 Introduction My dear young friends, Today is one of the most important days in your life:  Today, before God and his congregation, in the Name of Jesus Christ, you made profession of your faith in God.  You did it publicly, so … Continue reading Remember your creator

Abraham the Father of all believers (4)

Alone, but with God Scripture Readings Hebrews 6:13-20 Genesis 13:5-18 Introduction A Sunday school teacher asked if any of his students could remember an instance in Scripture of anyone making a bad decision. “I do,” replied a boy, “Esau made a bad decision when he sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.” A second … Continue reading Abraham the Father of all believers (4)

Abraham the father of all believers (3)

A straight blow with a crooked stick Scripture Readings Matthew 14:22-36 Genesis 12:9-13:4 Introduction It happens slowly, gradually:  we enjoyed the glow and presence of the God who called us out of darkness to his wonderful light.  There was a time that we found ourselves on cloud nine:  we cherished the goodness of God’s grace … Continue reading Abraham the father of all believers (3)

Abraham, the father of all believers (2)

Pilgrim through a barren land (audio file will be posted here) Scripture Readings Acts 7:1-8 Genesis 12:1-9 Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, Someone said in a writer’s conference. “If you want to write, put glue on the seat of your pants and sit in a chair!” He said no amount of … Continue reading Abraham, the father of all believers (2)