— Again and again the temptation to wish for what is not given will spring upon us … Amy Carmichael, “Gold by Moonlight”
This post by Alex Harris was originally published at Seventy Two
Part 4 in our series from Alex Harris in which he helps us to explore the seven marks common to churches experiencing growth.
Missed the first three? Catch up here.
The works of service we do are not a way to impress Christ – they are His present to us.
— John Hindley, “Serving without Sinking”
This post by Alex Drew was originally published at Seventy Two
The Widow’s Offering
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”
7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.
By faith we can be confident that we’ll be declared not guilty on the Day of Judgment. Indeed, that future declaration has already taken place in the resurrection of Jesus (Ro 4:25 – 5:2).
— Tim Chester, “Galatians: Rediscovering Joy”
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:
Priory Street – joint service @ 10am
This week we will celebrate communion either together on Zoom at 10:45 or via a recording after the sermon so please choose the video accordingly.
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5tpyZ_6K_hTov2tesd9yTA
- Audio & transcript: https://corshambaptists.org/sermon-intro/
The ‘new normal’ continues with prayer and fellowship – contact your LIFE group leaders for when and how that is happening. Or use the contact form if you’re not part of one but would like to join in.
Activities for various age groups will be live on the CBC Junior Church channel on Sunday morning.
Evening prayer @ 8pm
Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.
As trailed last week, we will be re-opening the Sanctuary at Priory Street to all within the fellowship and indeed the wider community from this week. There has been a lot of careful consideration put into this and we believe we have done all that we can to reduce the risks of virus transmission. This included removing Bibles from use, so please bring your own. Dan will also start his Wednesday group in person.
We ask that no one with symptoms comes and we will need to record your names and contact details in case someone subsequently displays symptoms and we need to let you know. You can read our full set of precautions including the privacy statement about how to we will keep your personal information safe here.
Love Nations – a WEC event
Steve and Gill were in a WEC prayer meeting this week and heard about an online event to pray for unreached parts of the world. There will be several speakers and a short devotional from the WEC UK director, Malcolm Gray. It is on Friday 10th July from 7.30 to 8.30 pm.
More details can be found here. You need to email the address provided to get the log-in details.
A ‘Better Story’ – supporting prayer and mental health
- Tuesday evenings at 7pm: Zoom Meetings for junior church children (school years 6,7,8). Please contact either Wendy R or John P (in the directory).
- Each Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm, Lunn Green will be hosting a live prayer event. This is a great way to feel connected to the wider family at a time when many of us are isolated and under pressure. Please use this link to connect to the event.
- Wednesday 7.15 – 8.45pm. Rooted – An opportunity for young people (year 8+) to catch up virtually and dig into the Bible together.
- Friday 6.30-7.45pm. Connect – An opportunity for year 7’s to connect virtually, play games and dig into the Bible together.
- Sunday 7.15 – 8.45pm. Impact – A virtual youth club (year 8+), where the young people can hang out, have fun, & deepen friendships through a range of interactive activities
A new series of five(-ish) minute videos. After twelve weeks of lockdown, people are still looking for hope and our times are still uncertain for hope.
Nigel starts with the fact that we are God’s mouthpiece. If His hope is to be conveyed to those around us it will be through us. Wow! Through 1 Peter 3:15 he goes on to say it’s as simple (and as hard) as getting our heart – the very core of our being – to revere God.
First published on The Fuelcast 26 June.
(Quoting Paul Tripp): “I am more and more convinced that what gives a ministry its motivations, perseverance, humility, joy, tenderness, passion and grace is the devotional life of the one doing ministry. ”
— Kevin DeYoung, “Crazy Busy”
We are always entertaining the delusion that we will go on forever in this world. The result is that the very things which ought to be of assistance to us in our pilgrimage through life, become chains which bind us.
— Sinclair Ferguson, “The Christian Life”
Sooner or later God meets every trusting child who is following Him up the mountain and says, ‘Now prove that you believe this that you have told Me you believe, and that you have taught others to believe.’
— Amy Carmichael, “Gold by Moonlight”