The Inside Column 10/7

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to you.  We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

Today we welcome Andrew Burgess, the Dean of BTC (Bishopdale Theological College). He will be speaking to us from Acts as we continue our series.

Not long now until we host Synod – have you put your name down to help? If you are baking for the morning teas, could you please bring the baking in on Thursday 4 August? The church will be open if you could drop food off in the church kitchen. If you have put your name down to help in some other way we will be putting up rosters, with times and places in the next couple of weeks, thank you all so much.

Some thoughts from my readings this week…

Jesus turned the world upside down. He taught that the first would be last and the last would be first (Matthew 20:16). He said, ‘Blessed are those who mourn … Blessed are those who are persecuted … Blessed are you when people insult you’ (Matthew 5:4-11). He reversed the values of the world.

Supremely, on the cross he turned the world upside down. In an act of ultimate humiliation and apparent defeat he brought the greatest victory the world has ever known.

In Psalm 118:22–23 The psalmist writes: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success’.

Jesus quoted this passage to the teachers of the law and the chief priests at the end of the parable of the wicked tenants in Luke 20. Jesus saw himself as the stone rejected by the builders that became the cornerstone.

Likewise, the apostle Peter quotes these verses as referring to Jesus. Jesus is the stone that the builders rejected which has now become the cornerstone of the church. He is the stone on which the whole building rests. In 1 Peter 2:4 Peter writes:

‘As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by human beings but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’.

 

Have a great week

 

Philip

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