The Inside Column 26/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 27, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with as today we hope you feel at home and enjoy worshiping with us today. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

 

Today we come to the final part in our series focusing on Intimacy with God. Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at Prayer, Community, Bible Study, Worship and the Holy Spirit. This week we are going to be looking at Modelling – No not modelling clothes but modelling Christ.

Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 1:4 – 10,

For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you   welcomed the message in the midst of  severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.  And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia – your faith in God has become known everywhere.

 

This of course is a great challenge to us all. Paul says in a number of his letters “follow my example”, he holds himself up us a model of what it means to follow Christ.

 

There are a number of reasons that we might find it hard to follow Paul’s lead, but I think for most of us it would be because we don’t think we are very good models. We get it wrong and don’t want other people to say “I thought they where a Christian?” So times it might be easier if we just don’t tell people we are Christians in the first place.

There is a well known quote ‘Spread the good news and use words if you have to’. It is our actions that speak louder than our words.

The way we act, the things we do and say will represent how we are and what it is we really believe. Is a good thing we have a forgiving and loving God that through the Holy Spirit is there to pick us up, forgive us and encourage us to move forward.

A date for everyone to put in their diaries, Friday the 5th of July is the night we are planning the quiz night fundraiser. So start getting you teams together for a great night of fun, and if you know someone that would like to make a donation for the prize table that would be great too.

Remember “the Big Question “ starts tonight at the Honest Lawyer at 5.00pm…

 

Have a great week

Philip

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