Tamworth Community Presbyterian Church Experiencing Christ In Community

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What is it in your life that you want to hold onto for dear life?

It mite be your relationship, your children, your investments, your home, your health.

And the thing is when you value something, then you’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to it thru thick and thin.

 

When I watch football, the most important thing to do is to hold onto the ball, to pass it around and keep possession of it, isn’t it.

You don’t want to let go of it because it’ll end up in the opposition hands and so if you have control of the ball, you can dictate the passage of play.

So many times I see people take their eyes off the ball and lose control of it or miss opportunities because they lost focus.

And in the end they end up turning it over to the other team and the opportunities lost and squandered.

You can apply that rule for almost any ball sport between two teams.

 

During 2017, many churches around the globe, recognised the 500th anniversary of what we now call ‘the Reformation’. It was a movement led by men such as Martin Luther and John Calvin that saw faith in Christ restored and redefined from that previously espoused by the church of the day. 

 

There were five key points, ‘5 solas’ which were defined by this movement:

  1. Sola Scriptura = Scripture alone (The Bible alone is our highest authority)
  2. Sola Fide = Faith alone (We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ)
  3. Sola Gratia = Grace alone (We are saved by the grace of God alone)
  4. Solus Christus = Christ alone (Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Saviour & King
  5. Soli Deo Gloria = Glory to God alone (We live for the glory of God alone)

 

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been reading the prophet Isaiah which let’s be honest makes for some very interesting parts of scripture. One of the passages that really caught my attention and then trying to sort it out was the passage we read today.

 

There we have the words of God in Isaiah 31: 1-9; a very strong indictment not just of the days of Hezekiah where he was leading the people and himself away from God. Instead they were relying on Egypt completely. The reality is that these same issues are still applicable to the people of the world today as we all tend to rely upon everything else rather than our Sovereign God.

 

Peace to you from God! First, may I bring the greetings of Beverly Hills Chinese Baptist Church to you all. We always pray for each other and thank you for supporting our mission ministry here. We thank God for this!

I think you all know that those who have just married are called newlyweds as per tradition. Today, the topic I will share with you is: The New Creation in Christ. As in the beginning of 2 Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul uses a series of comparisons, such as a tent and a house, earthly and heavenly, at home in our body and away from it, away from the Lord and with the Lord etc. In verse 17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Let’s look at the 3 points below:

The Meaning of Meekness
Poverty of Spirit- assessment of Self with respect to God.
Meekness-relationship to God and to men.
(a) Meekness is not a weakness.Not a pushover.Not indecisive,Nor timid.Not to be confused with being good natured. easy going completely flexible.a person so laid back that a fuff of wind would knock them over.
Think of Abraham and Lot
Ge 13:10 Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, towards Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
Ge 13:11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out towards the east. The two men parted company:

Eg.choosing sporting teams, Owning a house by the beach and one out west.

Moses.Num 12:1 ¶ And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard [it].
3 (Now the man Moses [was] very meek, above all the men which [were] upon the face of the earth.)
(b) Meekness as a controlled desire to see the other's interests go ahead of one's own.

(Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.)
This verse follows as the emotional expression of poverty of spirit.
General scene as far as mourning is concerned.
The world does not like mourners. Laughter is the best medicine.
The good time and the next high. There are comedians who make a living from the club circuits and the TV comedies do extremely well. The comedy cruises are ready for your booking .I haven’t come across any professional mourners in this country . Who may compose a lament or a dirge and perform those regularly on a cruise..
The closest we get to a lament is if we read the newspapers after the untimely death of a champion sportsman.
WE are not good at mourning in general and so it is not surprising that in a particular way that Jesus speaks of a weeping mourning over our spiritual state . The response to his call to mourn will never have an enthusiastic response .. If we don’t even mourn thoughtfully over things we can see. Mourn over the condition of the world .The injustice . How are we ever going to do a good and proper job of mourning our spiritual condition which tends to come a poor third behind material and worldly relationships.
To mourn in general is to allow a loss of something or someone valuable to sink in and be expressed adequately.

Blessed are the poor in Spirit. The Beatitudes.(5:3-10.)
The shorthand way of describing these short collection of sayings of Jesus . Blessed are …all eight of them is to call them the beatitudes.
The origin of this word.
Beatus. makarios both may be translated "blessed."
Some translate "happy. That is not a very accurate translation given the meaning of being happy today. A person may well be happy while making someone else miserable. You could be happy while milking the system to your own ends and happy getting away with it.
Groucho Marx was a famous comedian was a keen observer of life was reputed to have said. ”The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. He had seen enough of life to see that getting away with wrongdoing may make you temporarily happy with only skin deep satisfaction. .You may be happy if you got away with wrongdoing. For example ,If you were speeding at night and the flash light of the speed camera wasn’t working. You would be happy.. Being happy these days is not necessarily linked with moral integrity, good wholesome behaviour.


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