(On 2 Cor 4:3-6): Notice that in the case of unbelievers there is a satanic element to their lack of comprehension. The ‘god of this world’ is actively trying to keep them from understanding the gospel. We must not be naive about the nature of evangelism – when we engage in evangelism, we are in direct conflict with Satan.
— Cliff Boone, “Christ Victorious”
Today’s devotional focuses on Philippians 1:3-5. If Paul’s comfort was his primary goal, his visit to Philippi was a total failure. But ten years later, from his imprisonment in Rome, he thanks the Christians of Philippi for the support and thanks God for the Philippians. Who are you giving thanks for today?
Tonight at 7:30pm, 30 March, we would have met together for our monthly Bible study, Colossians: Rooted where we share in friendship and God’s word. Of course, in the current crisis, this is not able to occur.
I thank the Lord, in this context, that we have social media/internet to stay connected and to “spur one another on in love and good deeds”, albeit in totally different ways! That being said, we encourage you to do your bible study with your buddy via phone or social media. Also, we will be providing “notes” which will contain a summarization along with assistance to understanding and application. We pray you will find it helpful and will initiate fruitful dialogue with your study buddy/family.
These notes will be downloaded on GRACE PLACE in the next few days. So watch this space!
So until then, I want to leave with you a prayer that Christ may be revealed to you this week.
“Offer to God the places of your day, the people you will meet, and the ways you will spend your time, that God may be glorified, and Christ revealed, in all you are, and all that you do.”
“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in all the hearts that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
From all of us at CBC women’s ministry, our love and prayers, as ever,
Simply put, any thought, word, or deed that compromises our ability to love God and neighbour is folly.
— Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”
For anyone at a loss to know what to pray at this time Gill B has put together this handy seven day guide. You can read below or download a printable version.
Pray for CBC, leaders and members. For both Church on the Green and Priory Street. Let’s focus on God and continue our fellowship. Deeper spiritual life as a result of the crisis. Outreach to our neighbours. For Gospel outreach in the UK and overseas. New and different opportunities especially as Easter approaches.
The government as they seek to respond to the crisis. Recovery for Boris J and Matt Hancock. Protection for Cabinet members and others, wisdom for the action they need to take. Increased openness to the Gospel in the govt. and a courageous testimony from Chrstian MPs at this time. Our MPs.
Frontline workers – NHS, carers, teachers and TAs, drivers, pharmacy, grocery industry, emergency services, etc etc. Include people that you know who are in these sectors, from family, CBC and others.
Those known to us who are sick or vulnerable – on cancer treatment, other major health issues, pregnant or new mums, elderly and frail.
Families now with children at home. Parents trying to work from home and care for families. Schooling at home, keeping kids safe and in a routine while getting them out for exercise in safe places. Marriages coping with this stress.
Those who have been affected economically who are known to us. Self-employed or employed in sectors that have been closed down. Pray for their mental health and trust in God at this time. Give thanks for the govt’s efforts to provide financial support and pray that it will work efficiently.
Our immediate and extended families. Adult children that we know, living and working in big cities such as London. New grandchildren that can’t be visited, those whose wedding plans have been wrecked. Unbelieving relatives, that they will reconsider their world view at this time and that we will be ready to share with them.
Unfortunately we are not able to all come together tonight to hear from Steve and Gill in person but we have the next best thing. Below is a complete presentation, complete with worship for you to work through at your own pace.
When you get to the testimony, some people have said they found the link doesn’t work for them, in which case please try this one: https://corshambaptists.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/A-testimony-from-our-time-in-Africa.pdf.
LOVE IS making a daily commitment to grow in love so that the love you offer to another is increasingly selfless, mature, and patient.
— (Paul Tripp, Weekly Devotional)
Church on the Green @ 10am
Rob will be leading interactive Bible Study and prayer as last week. You’ll be able to join online or via a standard phone call as follows:
Online meeting from computer or smart phone: https://meet.google.com/ezs-ftbr-gtg
Or dial in from a standard phone: 0203 956 1708 PIN: 981 793 981#
All the service resources are linked from https://corshambaptists.org/cotgonline/
Priory Street – joint service @ 10am
There will be worship tomorrow and Eddie will be preaching from his study. You’ll be able watch both ‘live’ on YouTube from 10am in whichever order you prefer.
Afterwards we’ll be meeting together in small groups so check with your LIFE group leader or use the contact form if you’re not part of one but would like to join in.
Our Children’s Worker Rhiannon has launched a whole channel just for you guys with a range of target ages. All will be live on the CBC Junior Church channel in the morning.
Through the week
- The WEC mission event planned for Sunday evening has been replaced with a presentation and testimonies.
- Gill has also created a seven day prayer programme specifically for our current (global) situation.
- Women’s Bible Study will be published here instead of in person.
- There will be periodic devotions from Eddie and others published through the week.
- Next Sunday we will have the opportunity to share bread and wine together in Communion. “At least”, says Rob, “I’m going to call it bread and wine – but of course, these are symbols, so if you don’t have wine, or you’d prefer not to use wine, or if you don’t have bread – find the nearest thing you have, and God is big enough to deal with that. The important thing is that we remember Christ’s sacrifice and honour Him together.”
Below is the first short film clip from Nigel Coles (our regional team leader) in a series under the banner ‘Hope in uncertain times’. Webnet are planning it (at present) for twelve weeks or for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.
To watch and share it, please click on the image above or on this link.
A word about The Fuelcast: Recent times have seen biblical illiteracy reach new heights, and The Fuelcast is helping many people who otherwise don’t engage with the Bible on their own, to connect with God.
The tithe is God’s historical method to get us on the path of giving. In that sense, it can serve as a gateway to the joy of grace giving.
— Randy Alcorn, “The Treasure Principle”