Tamworth Community Presbyterian Church Experiencing Christ In Community

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Before I came to Australia, I was a high school teacher teaching IT and the Bible in a Christian
school. Another role I had in the school was IT administrator. I had to write programs or provide IT
solutions to solve problems. So, my role was mainly a problem solver. Before working in that high
school, I was studying theology in Hong Kong. One day I was invited to share my testimony to a
group of high school students at camp.


This is a shorter version of the Lord’s Prayer which Jesus
also taught in Matthew chapter 6. I think it is clear that Jesus
is teaching something very similar, but on two different
occasions.


“Lord, teach us to pray?”

You have no doubt heard the saying, ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’. But when it comes to
inheritances, you often find that ‘where there’s a will there’s a quarrel’! If there is one thing that has
created more conflict in families than any other issue, it would surely be the division of the family
inheritance.
In Luke chapter 12 we have the story of a family in conflict over this very issue.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15.

 

What is the hope? That this life is not all there is. 

 

This hope transcends funerals, 

This hope gives strength in suffering

This hope gives a purpose to our lives

This hope gives us our moral code.

Because at the end of it all is our Saviour saying, “Well done good & faithful servant. It tells us that we will not perish but have everlasting life.

 

Something Christians and non-Christians generally agree on is that this world had a beginning and it’s going to have an end. Non Christians will say it started by accident & it’s going to finish by accident. Christians will say it started with God and it’s going to finish with God.

 

When the Son of God steps into history I would expect He’s going to let us in in a few secrets. And He’s told us today what’s going to happen at the end of the universe.

 

Jesus is going to come back to earth as King and everything will stop. He will sit on a throne and every person from every race and every age will be gathered in front of Him and He will sort them into 2 groups. Just two. They may look similar, but their destinies will be hideously different.

WHO: What do you know about these 5 people?

- men

- belonged to the one church in Antioch

- Barnabas – son of encouragement, picked up Saul

- Simeon – a black African (multi-racial)

- Lucius – from Cyrene = Libya

- Manaen - foster brother of Herod Antipas (now dead) who killed John and tried Jesus.

- Saul – a converted Jew & exterminator of Christians. 

 

Oh Lord, You are my God.

Earnestly I seek You.

 

Just stop there. Take a moment to drink up those words.

 


Tamworth Community Presbyterian Church
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