If you are visiting today, we're thrilled to have you with us. We come here to worship God by singing, preaching the Bible and praying together. God is the highest priority in our lives because through Jesus we have forgiveness from our sins and the hope of a new life spent with Him!
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Brothers and Sisters!
We are all aware that the result of yesterday’s referendum on our EU Membership will have major implications. It has been quite a divisive campaign, and the aftermath threatens to be even more divisive. May I offer a few pastoral thoughts?
Second, let us remember that God works in all circumstances to glorify His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, by building His Church (Eph 1:11-12). It is a great encouragement to know that this is the purpose behind all that God does in this world.
Third, let those who voted to leave not rejoice too much in the result – that would be idolatry (Ps 146:3). And let those who voted to remain not despair because of the result – that would be practical atheism (Hab 3:17-18; Mt 6:31-33). But let us remember the wise words of the hymn-writer:
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness … On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.
Fourth, though we may have different opinions about Britain’s membership of the EU, we remain a forever family in Christ. What unites us is infinitely greater than anything that divides us. In troubled times we have a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the difference Christ makes, and to showcase the gospel by which one day this broken world will be remade (Jn 13:34-35; Php 2:14-16; Rev 21:1-5).
Finally, since by God’s grace we are members of His kingdom that cannot be shaken (He 12:28), let us live out the gospel of God’s grace in the ways indicated in 1Thess 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”