The Potter and the clay

Scripture Readings Romans 9:14-21 Jeremiah 18:1-10 Introduction There is a famous story of the days when Sir Christopher Wren was building St. Paul's Cathedral. On one occasion he was making a tour of the work in progress. He came upon a man at work and asked him: "What are you doing?" The man said: "I … Continue reading The Potter and the clay

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Expecting Christ’s return (8)

Bible Readings Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 Introduction My dear friends in Christ, In the early ’40s, communism spread into many parts of eastern Europe fell under the expansionist powers of the Soviet Union.  The USSR was under the firm control of Joseph Stalin, who absolutely destroyed his political rivals.  His brutal methods to achieve … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s return (8)

Look out for false apostles (2)

Bible Readings Luke 21:5-11 2Timothy 3:1-9 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, A friend of mine, then a new Christian, returned from morning worship where the sermon was about false prophets.  He settled for a cup of coffee with his wife when the doorbell rang.  His visitors asked if he would … Continue reading Look out for false apostles (2)

Biblical Eldership (1) – “Why?”

Bible Readings Deuteronomy 1:9-18 Numbers 11:10-30 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,  We will have eldership election in the near future. We have already announced this to you.  But before we get to the actual meeting to elect elders, we will listen to what the Scriptures teach about eldership. There will be … Continue reading Biblical Eldership (1) – “Why?”

Perfect knowledge, perfect joy, perfect peace

Scripture readings Ezekiel 36:24-29 John 16:12-33 Introduction Herman Lange, a German Christian was to be executed by the Nazis during WWII. In his cell on the night, before he was to be killed, Lange wrote a note about two feelings which occupied his mind: "I am, first, in a joyous mood, and second filled with … Continue reading Perfect knowledge, perfect joy, perfect peace

Why does Christ need to reveal Himself, and how does it happen?

Scripture Readings 1 John 4:7-16 John 14:15-31 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, One of the pleasures in our advanced digital society is to talk to robots when you ring enquiries of some more significant enterprises. It sometimes takes many minutes, and many entries into the keypad to get to the right department— if you … Continue reading Why does Christ need to reveal Himself, and how does it happen?

Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (3)

Bible Readings Matthew 10:34-39 Judges 15:1-20 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Many might look at the story of Samson and remember his strength, his long hair and bad choices of women.  Some might think of Samson in the same way as what is told of a Spanish patriot soldier who, in … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (3)

Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (2)

Scripture Reading  Judges 13:24-14:20 Introduction All Sunday school children will encounter the story of Samson.  About all children’s Bibles will have a full-colour page of Samson tearing the lion to bits.   What do you remember of Samson?  How should we understand the story of Samson?  The official synopsis of the 1951 film reads: When … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (2)

Spiritual growth in Christ

Bible Readings Psalm 119:9-16 Philippians 1:3-11 Introduction Who present today would like a 10-page book on 3 easy steps to spiritual maturity? You may go to sleep tonight as a babe, then wake up tomorrow with full knowledge of God’s Word, able to discern the most excellent things in life. But, unfortunately, there are no … Continue reading Spiritual growth in Christ

Participating in the sufferings of Christ

Scripture Reading 1Peter 4:12-19 Introduction The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, honour those who died for their country. Built following World War I, it was expanded to remember those who served in subsequent conflicts. It is a beautiful place, with monuments to courage and devotion, but the highlight of the shrine is a hall containing … Continue reading Participating in the sufferings of Christ