Song sheet for 11:15 Sunday 10 Oct

CBC Song Sheet

What a Beautiful Name – Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood

Verse 1
You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

Chorus 1
What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Verse 2
You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus You brought heaven down
My sin was great Your love was greater
What could separate us now

Chorus 2
What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Bridge
Death could not hold You
The veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival
You have no equal
Now and forever God You reign
Yours is the kingdom
Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names

Chorus 3
What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Tags
What a powerful Name it is The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is The Name of Jesus

This Is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness?
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order?
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter?
The King of Glory, the King of Glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy, worthy, worthy

This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me

All that You’ve done for me

Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman

[Verse 1]
Blessed be Your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

[Verse 2]
Blessed be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be Your name

[Pre-Chorus]
Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

[Chorus]
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

[Verse 3]
Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s all as it should be
Blessed be Your name

[Verse 4]
Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

[Pre-Chorus]
Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
And when the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

[Chorus]
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name, oh
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name, oh

[Bridge]
You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name
You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name (Blessed be Your name)
You give and take away
You give and take away (Oh, blessed be Your name)
My heart will choose to say (Oh)
Lord, blessed be Your name (Oh)

Graves Into Gardens – Brandon Lake

I searched the world
But it couldn’t fill me
Man’s empty praise
And treasures that fade
Are never enough

Then You came along
And put me back together
And every desire
Is now satisfied
Here in Your love (Hey)

Oh, there’s nothing better than You
There’s nothing better than You
Lord, there’s nothing
Nothing is better than You
(Oh, yes I know it’s true)

I’m not afraid
To show You my weakness
My failures and flaws
Lord, You’ve seen ’em all
And You still call me friend

‘Cause the God of the mountain
Is the God of the valley
There’s not a place
Your mercy and grace
Won’t find me again

Oh, there’s nothing better than You
There’s nothing better than You
Lord, there’s nothing
Nothing is better than You
(I know it’s true)

Oh, there’s nothing better than You
There’s nothing better than You
Lord, there’s nothing
Nothing is better than You

You turn mourning to dancing
You give beauty for ashes
You turn shame into glory
You’re the only one who can

You turn mourning to dancing
You give beauty for ashes
You turn shame into glory
You’re the only one who can

You turn graves into garden
You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways
You’re the only one who can
You’re the only one who can

Oh, there’s nothing better than You
There’s nothing better than You
Lord, there’s nothing
Nothing is better than You

Oh, there’s nothing better than You
There’s nothing better than You
Lord, there’s nothing
Nothing is better than You

You turn graves into gardens
You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways
You’re the only one who can

You turn graves into gardens
You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways
You’re the only one who can
You’re the only one who can
You’re the only one who can

You turn mourning to dancing
You give beauty for ashes
You turn shame into glory
You’re the only one who can

You turn graves into gardens
You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways
You’re the only one who can

You turn graves into gardens
You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways
You’re the only one who can
You’re the only one who can
You’re the only one who can

Only a Holy God – CityAlight

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven
Who else could make every king bow down
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles
Only a Holy God

What other beauty demands such praises
What other splendour outshines the sun
What other majesty rules with justice
Only a Holy God

Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

What other glory consumes like fire
What other power can raise the dead
What other name remains undefeated
Only a Holy God

Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

Who else could rescue me from my failing
Who else would offer His only Son
Who else invites me to call Him Father
Only a Holy God
Only my Holy God!

Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

O Praise The Name – Hillsong

I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet
My Saviour on that cursed tree

His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name for evermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

And then on the third at break of dawn
The Son of heaven rose again
O trampled death where is your sting?
The angels roar for Christ the King

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name for evermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

He shall return in robes of white
The blazing sun shall pierce the night
And I will rise among the saints
My gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

Song sheet for 9:15 Sunday 10 Oct

CBC Song Sheet

Keith & Kristyn Getty – O, Church Arise Lyrics

O church, arise and put your armour on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valour.
When faced with trials on ev’ry side,
We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—
An inheritance of nations.

Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict’ry march continues till the day
Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him.

So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,
Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.

Rend collective – Finally Free


Your mercy rains from heaven
Like confetti at a wedding
And I am celebrating
In the downpour

Your heart is wild with colour
Like a never-ending summer
You burn away the winter
Of my cold and weary heart

My soul cries out holy, holy
My heart is lost in Your beauty
All hope is found in Your mercy
You paid the price now I am
Finally free

Your grace, oh God’s the anchor
That’s holding me forever
Come trouble or high water
I am steadfast

Yeah, you lift me when I’m sinking
Like the swell of mighty oceans
The power of redemption
Yeah, it gives me wings to soar

My soul cries out holy, holy
My heart is lost in Your beauty
All hope is found in Your mercy
You paid the price now I am
Finally free

We’ll cast our crowns before Him
Like the rusting leaves of autumn
Now every chain lies broken
And finally we’re free

My soul cries out holy, holy
My heart is lost in Your beauty
All hope is found in Your mercy
You paid the price now I am
Finally free

Tim Hughes – Happy Day

The greatest day in history
Death is beaten, you have rescued me
Sing it out Jesus is alive
The empty cross, the empty grave
Life eternal You have won the day
Shout it out, Jesus is alive
He’s alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same
Forever I am changed

When I stand, in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am Yours Jesus You are mine
Endless joy, perfect peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate, Jesus is alive
He’s alive

Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You have saved me
Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious name

Chris Tomlin – Yes And Amen

Father of kindness,
You have poured out of grace
You brought me out of darkness,
You have filled me with peace
Giver of mercy,
You’re my help in time of need
Lord I can’t help but sing

Faithful, you are,
Faithful forever you will be
Faithful, you are,
All your promises are yes and Amen
All your promises are yes and Amen

Beautiful Saviour,
You have brought me near
You pulled me from the ashes,
You have broken every curse
Blessed redeemer,
You have set this captive free
Lord, I can’t help but sing

Faithful, you are,
Faithful forever you will be
Faithful, you are,
All your promises are yes and Amen
All your promises are yes and Amen

Faithful, you are,
Faithful forever you will be
Faithful, yes, you are,
All your promises are yes and Amen

I will rest in your promises
My confidence is your faithfulness
I will rest in your promises
My confidence is your faithfulness

I will rest in your promises
My confidence is your faithfulness
I will rest in your promises
My confidence is your faithfulness

Faithful, you are,
Faithful forever you will be
Faithful, yes, you are,
All your promises are yes and Amen…

All your promises are yes and Amen
All your promises are yes and Amen

Forever (moon and stars)

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him

One final breath He gave
As heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, He is alive

We sing Hallelujah
We sing Hallelujah
We sing Hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

‘I Am the Bread of Life’ (Session 2) Study buddy questions on John 6:1–15

This post by christinecoltman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

As he writes in John 20:31–32, John the Gospel Writer is selective about the signs and teachings of Jesus that he shares. So, whilst reading this very familiar passage, we need to ask: why this miracle/sign and why this moment and place?

Besides the miraculous multiplication of bread and fish, what other significant details does John share that show Jesus’ intentionality in performing this sign? What was Jesus revealing and teaching, about his true nature and identity as the Messiah, when he fed the five thousand?

Read John 6:1–15 together

  1. In verse 4, John writes that ‘the Jewish Passover Festival was near’. Although it might seem like a casual mention at first glance, it is significant detail.
    1. What were Jews thinking about and celebrating in particular during the Passover Festival? (cf. Exodus 12:1–28)
    1. How does this relate to what Jesus has been sent to do?

What is Jesus teaching the people about his identity? What does he reveal about himself?

  • Jesus, seeing the crowd gathering, asks Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?’ and John lets us know that Jesus was testing Philip (verses 5–6)
    • What was Jesus was testing?
    • What do Philip and Andrew’s responses tell us about their understanding of who Jesus is (verses 7–9)?
  • Jesus takes charge (verses 10–12)
    • What does he say and do and how does he involve the disciples?
    • Why do you think the miracle is described in such an understated way? What does it reveal about Jesus?
    • Why do you think Jesus provided so much more than ‘enough’? What does it reveal about him/what point might he have been making?

What does this passage reveal about human nature?

  • Compare verses 2 and 14–15
    • How does John explain Jesus’ popularity with the crowd at the start? What are they seeking?
  • After seeing the miracle, people recognise Jesus as the promised Prophet. Read Moses’ words in Deuteronomy 18:15–18 to see where this realisation originates.
    • The people have grasped something of importance but verse 15 reveals they do not fully understand. Why would they want to ‘make him king by force’? What kind of king are they hoping for?

So what? What does this mean today?

  • Like the people in this passage, what are some ways you think the nature of Jesus’ kingship is misunderstood in our society and even churches today?
  • Have you become aware of any misguided perceptions you have, or had in the past, about how Jesus should act in our lives and what it means for us to follow him?
  • How could you use this passage to share the far more amazing truth about who Jesus is and what it means to follow him?

Prayer points

  • Give thanks for who Jesus is and what the sign of the feeding of the five thousand reveals about him and the abundant life he offers
  • Confess the times when you have been seeking the wrong things from Jesus and ask God to correct anything you have misunderstood about him
  • Ask God’s Holy Spirit to shape your mind and heart to love Jesus for who he is and worship and praise him for the right reasons
  • Give thanks that what Jesus offers is far more than a life supply of bread! He is the bread of life and whoever comes to him will never go hungry and whoever believes in him will never be thirsty. (See John 6:35.)

Talk Notes by Sharon D – ‘Behold the Lamb of God’ (Session 1)

This post by christinecoltman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

It’s a privilege to speak here tonight. Thank you to everyone who has put in hard work to set up the building and the Zoom. It’s so encouraging to see so many women who are up for it, who want to get to know Jesus more and are serious about their faith. It reminds me I’m not the only one!

Sometimes we can become isolated in our faith. Charles Spurgeon, the Victorian preacher, used the idea of a coal in the fire. As Christians we can be like coals, glowing and on fire for Jesus and spurring each other on. But when we are plucked from that warmth, we cool and cease to be light in the world.

These evenings are always, for me, a chance to get back in the fire with the other coals and they always spur me on, to get back into God’s Word, face the honest truth about my Spiritual walk and cry out to God in prayer.

So my prayer for you is that, similarly, this evening you can come closer, encourage each other and get in the fire of God’s Holy Spirit, ready to burn bright for him out there in the dark world.

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We’re starting a new series of Bible studies today in the book of John. This is John’s account of the things that took place when Jesus walked on the earth 2000 years ago.

We are going to focus on the I Am statements – teaching where Jesus declares to his disciples and the whole world who he is. Jesus in his own words. And we’re going to get to know Jesus through these amazing statements of truth. Through the year, we will touch on some of the miracles as well, as the miracles Jesus does are also signposts to who he is – yet often those miracles are set right next to Jesus explaining who he is – telling us that the miracle is a demonstration of a particular thing that is so special about him.

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Today: John 1.

The opening of John is incredibly famous and usually read at Christmas. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…” Surprisingly, John doesn’t open his Gospel by saying the name of Jesus. Instead he begins with a really long introduction about “the Word” and “true Light” which leads up to and culminates eventually in the verse 17 with “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

It felt to me, as I prepared this passage, that John is almost writing his Gospel for the sceptical people, the cynical ones, who need extra proof. He starts with something we can all agree on – “In the beginning, there was something…” and goes on to demonstrate how that something came to live among us and that something was actually JESUS.

In the prologue, if you studied it with your study buddy, you’ll have explored some of the fantastic truths about who Jesus is: the Word, God, the Maker, Light, Life, able to make us children of God, glorious, full of grace and truth. He is God the one and only. He makes God known.

And John goes on to write from verse 19, about how John the Baptist saw Jesus walking past and shouted out “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

Whether you have a Jewish background or not – those are awesome claims to make about someone.  Even if the bit about being “Lamb of God” and the “Passover” and so on, even if that goes over your head, “who takes away the sin of the world” is a phenomenal thing to say about someone.

And John is going to go on, throughout his Gospel, to give evidence to support that claim. To tell us about the signs and teachings and events that prove that Jesus is this Lamb of God, the Maker, the Light, the Word. Everything is written (John 20:31) “…so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

This is great. But. The sceptic in me, the cynic, doesn’t want to believe based on what someone else says. Is John trustworthy? Is he telling the truth? Like Thomas, who wouldn’t believe Jesus was alive again unless he stuck his hand in the wounds from Jesus’ crucifixion, I want to find out from the horse’s mouth.

And that’s why John’s Gospel is so great for the curious, the questioning and the doubting – because John presents the first-hand facts and allows us to investigate for ourselves: WHO IS THIS JESUS? Is he really all the things John claims that he is, in the first chapter?

Let’s hear Jesus speak for himself.

So this whole series is going to be Jesus in his own words. An invitation to BEHOLD, to look at Jesus and find that he is exactly who he says he is. And after 35 verses of preamble, of build-up, of glorious description of the Word made Flesh, introducing eye-witnesses who relate that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world… Finally we come to Jesus’ first words in the Gospel. Now at last we can hear Jesus’ words to us, revealing who he is.

  • READ THE PASSAGE. John 1:35-51

BREAKOUT 1. Look at the words Jesus actually says. The words of Christ in red.
Quick reaction – Are these overwhelming or underwhelming to you?

In this passage, Jesus meets 5 people in four separate encounters, which are really two pairs:

  1. Andrew and John
  2. … and then Andrew brings Peter along
  3. then Philip
  4. … who in turn brings Nathanael along.
  1. Andrew and John

Persons 1+2  = Andrew and John. vv 35-49

Look at what Jesus says. It’s quite something, isn’t it? Overwhelming? Underwhelming?

Andrew and John were following John the Baptist, hanging on his every word, desperate to be right with God, and John the Baptist points out to them this man, walking past: BEHOLD the Lamb of God.

Worth noting that this is the second day in a row John has said this. in verse 29, the day before this, John saw Jesus walking by and shouted out, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

The next day, he again points him out: “Look the Lamb of God!” And these two happened to be standing there, and heard him, and took the hint and they went to find out.

Jesus turns round to them and says, “What do you want?” or in the ESV and the Greek, What are you seeking?

This is such an invitation. After all we have heard so far about Jesus, the Word who was with God in the beginning, without whom nothing has been made that has been made… The one full of grace and truth… He asks them what they want. What are you seeking for?

John the Writer has not set up this encounter as a throwaway thing – he has been leading up to it for 37 verses. He is at pains to introduce us to Jesus. The fact is, that Jesus’ first words to those who would follow him are:

What do you want?

and then

Come and See.

As we read on, we will realise this is not a one-off invitation specific to Andrew and John. This is an invitation for all time to all people.

What do you want; what are you looking for?

Come and see.

And Jesus makes that invitation in the supreme confidence that, whatever it is, they will find it. Jesus asks us, also – What are you seeking? And he makes the invitation to us to Come and See, because he knows that he is it. In fact, John was originally writing in Ancient Greek and in his original language, this invitation is in the future tense: come and you will see.

  • Looking for clarity in life?  You will see, I am the light of the world…
  • Looking for safety? You will see, I am the good Shepherd…
  • Looking for belonging? You will see, I am the true vine and you are the branches…
  • Weary and looking for strength to go on? You will see, I am the bread of life…
  • Looking for hope? You will see, I am the resurrection and the life…
  • Looking for direction and moral wisdom? You will see, I am the way, the truth and the life…
  • Looking for someone who can keep promises made centuries ago? You will see, I am he…

I could go on… but those are some of the passages the other ladies are going to speak about as we go through the year.

He invites us to Come and See. Look at it for yourself. That’s a bold thing to say – and supremely confident. Because Jesus knows that, if they come, they will see. They will not be disappointed. They will not be let down.

If you are feeling disillusioned, dispirited, tired, weary, confused… disappointed, even… in your faith, listen to Jesus’s invitation and take him up on his offer. He isn’t going to judge. He is giving an invitation. A chance to bring your questions and your scepticism and see if Jesus really is as good as he says he is.

***SPOILER ALERT** HE IS

I mean, admittedly, in the context of the passage, the “come and see” is pretty banal.

Andrew and John, with Jesus who is God made flesh standing there; Jesus asks them “What are you seeking?” and all they can say is… “Can we see your Air BnB?”

I’m being flippant.

What they really ask is – can we come and abide with you? Where can we go to be with you, Jesus? What sort of life are we signing up for if we go with you?

And Jesus gives an invitation that he gives to us all. Come. And. See.

Andrew was one of those two men who took Jesus up on that offer. He stayed with Jesus from late afternoon onwards, and then he went off to find his brother.

“He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ).” (verse 41)

Andrew is so convinced by what he has seen and heard while he was hanging out with Jesus, that he goes straight to his brother and says, “We have found the Messiah”. Which means Christ. Which means, the long promised King that God chose.

What a declaration!

Work backwards with me. Jesus said: “What are you seeking” and then after that, Andrew said, “We have found the Messiah.”

So what was Andrew seeking?

This is the first time that title is used in John’s Gospel. It’s a special moment.

— BUT! It’s yet another person’s opinion of who Jesus is, and not actually who Jesus himself said he was!! We want to find Jesus’ own words

So what happens next.

verse 42. “Andrew brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter)”

Jesus looks at Peter, and he knew. This is terrifying. I don’t want to butt into the I am the Light of the World talk later in the year, but when the sun is streaming through the windows into my kitchen, you can see every mark on the work surfaces, every fingerprint on the taps, all the dust in the air and the spiderwebs hanging off the ceiling. Jesus looked at Peter and he shined the light on him and he saw him… and he said…

You’re so impulsive you can’t shut up? You’re a terrible friend who will deny me three times? You’re going to die because you follow me?

NO, he says “You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). Which means “Rock”.

Jesus looks at him and he identifies him as the man he will make him into. As David Turner points out, “Jesus has authority to identify us, to remake us.”

Now this could be terrifying. Imagine that. Meeting someone with the right to identify me, to remake me.

But Jesus is the one full of grace and truth, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…. all the things we have been told about Jesus are true…

Because look! Behold! Here’s some proof, from what Jesus says. Here is not condemnation for being an idiot, or a rubbish friend, etc (which Peter totally is)  Instead Jesus directly addresses him as “Rock” . Not because he is, but because this is who Jesus will re-make him as. He sees the end from the beginning and has the power to make it come to pass.

Just like his confident “Come and you will see”, Jesus also confidently says, “You will be Peter”, knowing that it will be so, because he has the power to make Peter into the man he has called him to be.

Carson comments: “The focus is much less on what this name change means for Peter, than on the Jesus who knows people thoroughly (cf. vv43-51), and not only ‘sees into’ them (cf. vv47-48) but so calls them that he makes them what he calls them to be.”

Jesus’ words reveal that he has authority to identify us, to remake us… But remember who Jesus is – he is the one who is full of grace and truth. So yes, he knows our deepest thoughts, fears, achievements, and worries. But he is full of grace, gentle, forgiving, kind and, ultimately, good. So if anyone is going to identify and remake me – I think I would want Jesus to do that.

BREAKOUT 2. What is it about Jesus that reassures you that you are in safe hands?            If you’re not sure where to start, look back through John 1 for some of the special names given to Jesus: the Word of God, the Light that gives Life, the Lamb of God, full of grace and truth… and so on.

Jesus with Philip… Jesus with Nathanael

Look at John 1:43-51

Verse 43. Jesus meets Philip. This verse is really exciting. Throughout John 1, John the author has been giving lots of eye-witness reports about Jesus. One of the things he focusses on is the time – on the next day, on the next day, on the next day… It gives some idea of the pace in which the following around Jesus grew.

There was a lot of curiosity about Jesus. It started with some of John’s followers (Andrew and presumably John himself) and then Peter was brought to Jesus by his brother.

On the next day, something a little different happens: Jesus set out to go to Galilee and found Philip. Philip wasn’t even looking for Jesus but he heard the Lord’s direct call.

We don’t hear much more about what Philip did about that call – but in the next verse we hear that he has found someone else and is encouraging him, Nathanael, to come and see Jesus.

Whatever Philip heard and saw when he met Jesus, it convinced him that Jesus was the one “Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote”. Philip, like Andrew and John before him, was clearly looking for the one Moses and the prophets wrote about. He must have been studying his Old Testament and looking out for the rescuer God was going to send, the one who completes and fulfils the Law. What an amazing thing, that God opened his eyes and revealed that Jesus is that One, very impressive Person.

Philip continues – “We have found the one…Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph.”

It’s interesting that he introduces Jesus by Jesus’ human credentials: Where he’s from, who his father is. And that’s not very impressive.

This whole episode takes place where John is baptising people, in Bethany just next to the Jordan river in the south of the country. It’s very interesting that we’re told that Philip, Andrew and Peter were all from the town of Bethsaida (v44), and Jesus is setting out for Galilee.

You’re probably nodding wisely because you’ve heard of all these places lots of times. Let’s look at a map.

Bethany is in the south of the country; Galilee is the region in the North. Google maps says it will take me 26 hours to walk from Bethany to Nazareth; 29 hours to walk from Bethany to Bethsaida. So it’s a few day’s journey from the place where John is baptising back home. Nazareth and Bethsaida, however, where Jesus and Andrew, Peter and Philip are from, are only about 30 miles away.

Imagine Philip’s surprise and joy to find that this person who is the one the whole Old Testament points to, is actually a (relatively) local boy! He’s from Nazareth, in Galilee, near us!

It would be like travelling to London on foot to hear an amazing speaker, and meeting them walking back along the M4 and finding out that they’re from Gloucester!

Nathanael, however, thinks this is just too unlikely. Gloucester? Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?

Nathanael is a skeptic and a scholar. It seems like he and Philip have been studying Moses and the Prophets, looking for the signs of the one God promised… and in the Old Testament, there is no prophecy about Gloucester Nazareth.

Philip is not dismayed by Nathanael’s cynical response. Instead he just invites him – Come and See for yourself.

Jesus’ invitation becomes Philip’s invitation.

So often we wonder how we could persuade someone about something – how can I persuade you that the John Lewis chairs are better that the IKEA ones? I could show you the catalogue and the technical speculations, I could show you all the 5 star reviews, but the simplest thing to do is to invite you to Come and See. Come and sit on them. Come and make up your own mind.

Philip is so confident that Nathanael will be blown away by Jesus that he just invites him to come and see.

— I feel I have got sidetracked here. We’re supposed to be looking at the words of Christ. So. Here we go. verse 47. Jesus says “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

Just like before, with Peter, Jesus looked at him and saw straight through to who he truly was.

How do you know me, Nathanael replies.

Jesus wasn’t making a lucky guess. He was right – this man really is an Israelite with no trickery (There’s a little joke in here – Israel is the name given to Jacob, in the old testament. Jacob was a very tricksy and untruthful man, but after he wrestled with the Lord, physically, and was severely injured by the Lord, at the end God changed his name from “trickster” to “he wrestles with God”. So when Jesus says this to Nathanael, he’s making a little joke: “Here’s someone who wrestles with the truth about God and isn’t at all false, like Jacob was.”)

And we see that here – Nathanael wrestles with the truth about God. He didn’t instantly accept that Jesus was God’s long-promised king when Philip told him about it; he disagreed that such a person could come from Nazareth where the hillbillies live. And he even questioned Jesus’ assessment of him – “Yeah you say I really am an Israelite, but how do you know that?”

— I love this because this is the kind of reaction I have to what Jesus says in the Bible. “You say that, well prove it.” And I have so many questions and uncertainties about my faith. And I wonder – will God reject me if I don’t just blindly agree with it all?

Not at all. The invitation is to Come and See. Come and Find out.

And in fact, even though we might think Nathanael is being rude to question Jesus, the Lord has the grace and kindness to answer Nathanael.

We find that all the way through the Gospel, Jesus consistently makes the time to talk to skeptics and doubters, to discuss their fears and concerns, to reassure and console, to give them firm proof which annihilate their doubts.

Remember Martha, who couldn’t believe that Jesus could do anything to help her dead brother and ended up having a full-on theological debate with Jesus – then Jesus went on to prove it by raising Lazarus from the dead?

And Doubting Thomas who wouldn’t believe Jesus had come back to life unless he put his finger in the wounds from Jesus’ crucifixion? And then Jesus invited him to poke him and see it really was him who had died and is alive again?

— ALL of John’s Gospel is written so that we might believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing we may have life in his name (John 20:31). And John is out there to tell us to come and see, come and see the proof – whether you are an atheist, a very religious person, grieving, celebrating, friendless, victim of others’ poor choices, if you are hungry, or in the dark about life. Jesus says Come and See. Come and put it to the test. Because Jesus knows he absolutely is the real thing and he does not disappoint. Bring your questions; bring your doubts. Jesus is ready to answer them.

Let’s see how Jesus answers Nathanael’s challenge; How do you know me?

verse 48: “I saw you while you were still under the fig-tree before Philip called you.’

Hmm.

This doesn’t sound impressive or convincing. Because on my first reading I thought, “Surely Jesus isn’t just saying he has really good eyesight?”

Jesus must be implying something more, because Nathanael’s response is “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel!”

And I don’t think anyone has gone to Specsavers and come out saying that.

The commentator Kruse points out that “Jewish scholars sat under Fig Trees to study the Law.” Israel is a hot country and, at that time, mostly agricultural. There is very little in the way of formal education – no College or Open University course to take up. Nathanael is doing what young men would do to study the scriptures. Jesus says, “I saw you studying God’s Word.” Jesus sees Nathanael and he knows Nathanael.

This now starts to make a bit more sense. And it clearly meant something to Nathanael. Much like with Peter, Jesus looks at Nathanael studying the Scriptures and sees right to his heart – truly a son of Israel. Not like Jacob the trickster at all. He sees the person he is going to make Nathanael into – pure and holy. And he calls him by this name.

Carson points out: “John’s chief point here is Jesus’ supernatural knowledge… not Nathanael’s activity.” So, although the Fig Tree thing may seem a bit obscure to us, it clearly makes complete sense to Nathanael and the penny drops: Jesus understands him far more deeply that he even understands himself. He goes from doubtful and skeptical to “Rabbi you are the son of God.”

BREAKOUT 3: What convinces you that Jesus is someone worth listening to?

OK and now we reach the climax of these 5 encounters. Jesus speaks for more than one sentence!!

Verses 50-51
Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig-tree. You will see greater things than that.’ He then added, ‘Very truly I tell you, you will see “heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on” the Son of Man.’

Three amazing truths in this utterance.

  1. YOU WILL SEE…
  2. VERY TRULY I TELL YOU…
  3. the thing about heaven open and angels
  1. YOU WILL SEE

Jesus points out to Nathanael that he is believing on the basis of the thing about the Fig Tree. But then he invites him to stick with it, follow along with Jesus and makes the promise that HE WILL SEE better things, even more astonishing things… Once again, that amazing confidence Jesus has. That if we look closely at Jesus and stick close to him, he will deliver on everything he says he will do and everything he says that he is.

If you hadn’t noticed it by now, this promise of “you will see” is something I really want you to take away from this evening. When you doubt, when it just doesn’t compute, Look Again At Jesus, objectively and without prejudice, and you will see…

  • VERY TRULY I TELL YOU

If you grew up with the King James version of the Bible, this is Verily Verily I say Unto Thee…  In John’s Gospel, Jesus says this 25 times to “emphasise [the] trustworthiness and importance” of what he is about to say. It means, Pay attention. This is Truth you can’t ignore. And here is the first thing he really wants us to listen to.

  • HEAVEN OPENED AND THE ANGELS GOING UP AND DOWN ON THE SON OF MAN.

Basically, Jesus is saying, “I am the Son of Man.” He is saying, I am the one who is going to bring heaven and earth together when I die on the cross and rise again to new life.

— How did I get there?

Firstly, a very cool thing. In verse 50 he is speaking directly to Nathanael. “You will see greater things.” But now in verse 51, he opens up the promise to everyone: “you plural will see heaven opened…”

Seeing heaven opened is a poetic phrase for having a vision from God, having your eyes opened to unseen and divine things.

And what divine amazing thing does Jesus promise we will see…

“heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

This is a reference back to the story of Jacob once again. In a dream, Jacob saw angels going up and down on him by a ladder. When he woke up, he realized that this was the place where heaven and earth met, he was filled with the knowledge of God’s plans for him and for his children and his children’s children and that he would become the Father of an entire nation — Israel.

Now, Jacob’s ladder is a fantastic picture. But Jesus doesn’t even mention the ladder. He says instead that we will see the angels going up and down on the Son of Man. And that’s the focus. Not on Jacob, but himself. He, Jesus is the new Jacob, and we will see him as the person and place where God is revealed, the beginning of a whole nation – the Church. As Kruse says, “The greater things people were to see, then, would be the revelation of God in the life, ministry, death, resurrection and exaltation of Jesus.”

Jesus promises that WE will see that HE IS the person that reveals God and is the first of a whole new nation, because of his death and resurrection.

And Jesus describes himself as the Son of Man.

= This is the real highlight of the whole passage. Here is Jesus in his own words.

I feel I have let you down this evening. I have not done what I set out to do, but instead done exactly what John the Writer does – given you a load of other people’s impressions of Jesus before actually showing you Jesus himself, in his own words. It’s a lot of build up, but it’s worth getting to. Jesus has been described as the Word, the Messiah, the son of God, Rabbi, the one Moses wrote about… but Jesus says of himself… I am the Son of Man.

Carson comments that Jesus used the title because it was not as loaded with political messianic baggage. “In the New Testament the title refers only to Jesus, and occurs almost always on his lips. In other words, he himself shapes its content… In the Fourth Gospel, the expression occurs 13 times and is most commonly associated with the themes of crucifixion and revelation, but also with eschatological authority.”

Jesus says “Son of Man” because it refers back to a passage in the Old Testament, Daniel 7 (verse 13), where Daniel had a vision of the end of the world and saw someone like a son of man, full of power and authority, being worshipped by everyone and having a kingdom that lasts forever. In that situation it means, someone like a human.

Jesus takes that phrase “someone like a human” and applies it to himself. Then he keeps on and on expanding on it. In the other three accounts of Jesus life, in Matthew Mark and Luke, ONLY Jesus uses this phrase and he uses it ONLY to describe himself, his power, what he has the right to do, what his death and resurrection mean. And in John’s Gospel we find the same thing. Son of Man is the way Jesus most often identifies himself.

The invitation was to “Come and See”… “Very truly I tell you, YOU WILL SEE… the Son of Man.” So what are we supposed to SEE about Jesus from his choice of phrase?

Other people call him rabbi, master, Lamb of God, even Son of God… But he introduces himself as “Son of Man”.

He is telling us that he is like a human. He is in appearance, human. And we know he was born of Mary. He has a strong link with us humans. He has come to experience with us, to suffer with us, to be the first human-esque creature to truly conquer death and sin.

He is telling us that he has authority to judge – he brings light which shines in the darkness. He sets the boundaries for what’s good and bad. He has the ultimate power at the end of time to judge each soul.

Here he also shows us that the Son of Man is the new Jacob. The new father of the new nation, the Church. The one on whom WE WILL SEE the angels going up and down. If we come and see, WE WILL SEE the place where God reveals himself and comes down among humans – and that is in Jesus.

Behold the Lamb of God – Behold the Son of Man.

This evening we’ve heard from Jesus in his own words. He meets 5 people and gets called all kind of impressive titles. But when we take up Jesus’ offer to Come and See, we will see amazing and more amazing things: that he really knows us, he knows what’s inside of us and what we will become, under his care. Jesus has authority to identify us, to remake us, as he did with Peter and Nathanael. Jesus is exactly who he says he is – the Son of Man.

If you need proof? Keep reading in John’s Gospel. The next thing he does in the next chapter is turn water into wine. A miracle which is a signpost to who he is.

After that he flexes his authority by chucking the salesmen out of the Temple.

And so on.

And so on.

Come and YOU WILL SEE

VERY TRULY I TELL YOU

I AM THE SON OF MAN

Let’s pray.

Song sheet for 03 Oct 21

CBC Song Sheet

You’re the Word of God the Father

Verse 1
You’re the word of God the Father
From before the world began
Every star and every planet
Has been fashioned by Your hand
All creation holds together
By the power of Your voice
Let the skies declare Your glory
Let the land and seas rejoice

Chorus
You’re the Author of creation
You’re the Lord of every man
And Your cry of love rings out across
the lands

Verse 2
Yet you left the gaze of angels
Came to seek and save the lost
And exchanged the joy of heaven
For the anguish of a cross
With a prayer You fed the hungry
With a word You calmed the sea
Yet how silently You suffered
That the guilty may go free

Verse 3
With a shout You rose victorious
Wrestling victory from the grave
And ascended into Heaven
Leading captives in Your way
Now You stand before the Father
Interceding for Your own
From each tribe and tongue and
nation
You are leading sinners home

Create in Me a Clean Heart

VERSE:

Create in me a clean heart oh God
And renew a right spirit within me
Create in me a clean heart oh God
And renew a right spirit within me

CHORUS:

Cast me not away
From thy presence oh Lord
Take not thy Holy Spirit from me
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation
And renew a right spirit within me

You are My All in All

VERSE 1:

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek,
You are my all in all.
Seeking You as a precious jewel,
Lord to give up I’d be a fool,
You are my all in all.

CHORUS:

Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your
na-me,
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your
name,

VERSE 2:

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame,
Rising again, I bless Your name,
You are my all in all.
When I fall down, You pick me up,
When I am dry, You fill my cup,
You are my all in all.

Waiting Here for You

Verse 1
If faith can move the mountains
Let the mountains move
We come with expectation
We’re waiting here for You
Waiting here for You

Verse 2
You’re the Lord of all creation
And still You know my heart
The author of salvation
You’ve loved me from the start

Chorus
Waiting here for You
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it’s You we adore
Singing al – le – lu – ia

Verse 3
You are everything
 You promised
Your faithfulness is true
And we’re desperate for Your presence
All we need is you

Chorus
Al – le – lu – ia
Al – le – lu – ia

Chorus

Sermon – Psalm 85

v1-3: Remember God’s forgiveness
v4-7: Lament what is wrong, confess our responsibility in it and plead for revival
v8-9: Listen to God’s instruction
v10-13: Expect and give thanks for that restoration that is to come

Communion

Afterwards we say together

Almighty God we thank you for feeding us with the body and  blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living  sacrifice.

Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your  praise and glory. Amen

Intercessions

It is Well

Verse 1
When peace like a river,
attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot,
thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

Verse 2
Though Satan should buffet,
Though trials should come
Let this blessed assurance control
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood
For my soul

Verse 3

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious
thought,
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Was nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul

Verse 4
Oh Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be in sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trumpet shall sound and the Lord
shall de-scend,
Even so, it is well with my soul

Chorus

It is well – it is well,
With my soul – with my soul,
It is well, it is well,
With my soul

(repeat)

Notices for Sunday 03 Oct

Details of our Covid-secure measures now that we have moved into Step 4 of the Government Roadmap (from Monday 19th July) are on our website. Key points are:

  • you must not attend if you have any Covid symptoms – a new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ;
  • you must inform us if you receive a positive Covid test within 14 days of attending ;
  • you will be asked to sign-in for test and trace purposes

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Notices are also published on the Church homepage, typically early evening on Fridays.

Following last week’s service in the school…

A massive thank you to everyone who played a part in making the service on Sunday happen so smoothly both up front and behind the scenes; on the day, and in the run up. It was a real joy to see so many of you there, and so many serving with such joy. What a wonderful way to show our gratitude to Eddie and Kathy. — Rob

Our heartfelt thanks to you all for your outstanding kindness to us as we begin retirement, and especially for making last Sunday so special. We carry you everywhere with us in our hearts, and always will. May grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ continue to be yours in abundance, and may the Holy Spirit make every one of us fruitful for Christ as we begin this new chapter. — Eddie and Kathy

Sunday 10am @ Church on the Green

CotG are meeting at the MOD Community Centre in Rudloe as well as online now. All details are at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/. Or Join Now

Sunday 11am Harvest celebration @ Upper Coombe Farm

Note this month we will be in a barn, continue 400m further along the main road and turn right after the Manor House Golf Club. Access is easy for those with mobility issues and well ventilated so wrap up warm. Bring a chair and elements to celebrate communion together.

Barn is 400m further than the usual field on B4039

Junior church will have their own barn adjacent!

Sunday 6pm @ Priory Street

As it’s the first Sunday of the month there will be a prayer meeting in the evening at Priory Street.

Midweek Service

The next Midweek Service is this Wednesday, 13th October at 2pm.

HARVEST OFFERING

Harvest - sheaf of wheat

Harvest is a time which speaks of God’s amazing provision for us, and this year we are planning to hold a Harvest Festival celebration “On the Farm” on Sunday 3 October. This year, our Harvest offerings will be used to support the work of Tearfund, so please do pray about how you can contribute towards this.

Covid 19 may make things a little more awkward than normal, but you will be able to give through CBC in a number of ways, and in certain circumstances you will be able to Gift Aid your donation (more details about this aspect are outlined below):

  • Cash or cheques (made out to Corsham Baptist Church) should be enclosed in a sealed, plain envelope simply marked “Tearfund” and placed in the offering box at Priory Street, or on the day at the Farm.
  • If you are unable to come to Priory Street, then your donation enclosed in a marked, sealed envelope could be handed to one of the Treasury Team either Michael P, Reinier S, & Roger H, or to Paul G at Church on the Green.
  • If you would like to donate on line, then please use the Corsham Baptist Church Lloyds account and reference the payment “Tearfund” (contact the church office if you are unsure of the details).
  • Alternatively, you may wish to give through Tearfund direct, and here is a link to help you do this, and give you the opportunity to find out more about their work: https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/harvest-appeal

With regard to Gift Aid:

  • If you have a current gift aid declaration and you give through CBC either by cheque or on line, then we will automatically reclaim gift aid unless you advise us otherwise
  • If you give through Tearfund direct, then you will have the opportunity to complete their gift aid declaration, on line at the time of making your donation.

Audio visual team – next Saturday

On Saturday 9th Oct Ben and Tim will be offering to show you through the use of the sound desk and / or broadcast studio that together deliver sound to the room, to the people at home and to the long tail of people who come across these things on the internet. Come to either or both as you wish, though it would be helpful if you could let one of us know.

No pre-requisite skills are required beyond enthusiasm.

  • 10:00 Sound desk. Even if you have used the sound desk pre-pandemic it would be helpful for you to come and see the tweaks made since.
  • 10:45 Coffee (or tea!)
  • 11:00 Stream. And because that is too easy on its own, projection of lyrics.

We work in a team of three, one sound, one stream and one co-ordinator. So don’t worry, you will not be thrown into a rota to sink or swim, we’ll follow up with on-the-job training.

And if you’re interested but can’t make this day, speak to anyone on the desk at the back of church next time you’re there.

Light Party 2021

The light party will be in person this year, it will be held on Sunday 31st October 5pm – 7pm at church.  For more information contact Rhiannon (in the directory or via the Church Office). Places are limited and tickets are available here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/light-party-october-31-2021-tickets-181770509487

Your help is needed

Please also contact Rhiannon, if you are interested in serving at this event or if you could help move chairs after the morning services and also to put them back after the event (approx. 7.30pm), ideally a team of approx. 10 people.

Thank you, Rhiannon

Other Activities:

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Small groups meet in person and/or online. Contact us if you’d like to join one.
  • Youth Groups – Contact Dan for further details

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy S by 12 noon on Friday