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Spot the Christian

One day Jesus said: let your light shine so that people will see it and praise your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). People are meant to see a difference in us. Jesus also said: if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out (Mark 9:42-47). If we took Him literally, it would be easy to spot the Christians. They would be the ones without hands, feet, and eyes!

Actually, Jesus was not promoting self-mutilation. He exaggerated to make a point. Often sin can only be conquered by radical “spiritual surgery”, the kind that must be performed by the Holy Spirit. But we need to be willing, obedient “patients” to undergo this kind of surgery. Our faith and our actions must be consistent with God.

 

Scripture Readings

 Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Moses chooses seventy leaders

James 5:13-20
Prayer offered in faith

Mark 9:38-50
Acting in Jesus’ name

What is Your Colour?

The stained glass window at the front of Zion church is magnificent. Like stained glass, God has given us different personalities to reflect His light in a variety of ways and colours. We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

God wants us to use our gifts to bless others for His glory. In fact we are to spur one another on toward love and good deeds and encourage one another all the more (Hebrews 10:24), operating from the perspective that whatever we’re gifted to do can be done for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). How are your colours showing?

 

Scripture Readings

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Nathan’s message to David

Romans 16:25-27
Prayer of praise

Luke 1:26-38
The birth of Jesus is announced

Using Your Talents

During Advent we talk about the coming of the “Light” into the world. Each one of us has a unique personality that can reflect the light of God in a variety ways. This means we are all able to do things for others as no-one else can.

“It is God Himself who has made us what we are ……… He planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.” (Ephesians 2:10)

We can all assess our S.H.A.P.E.

Spiritual gifts to use in Ministry.

Hearts that determine why we say the things we do and why we feel and act the way we do.

Abilities – the talents God has given to us to use for His glory.

Personalities that affect the use of our gifts.

Experiences will influence our service to others.

Let your light shine!

 

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 64:1-9
Open the heavens and come down

1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Wait patiently for the Lord’s return

Mark 13:24-37
No-one knows the day or hour

You are…

Matthew 5:13-20

God’s people are called many things in the Bible. In Matthew 5:13-16  Jesus says: you are the salt of the earth and you are the light of the world. These are very important descriptions because they give us a clear indication of what we are meant to be and why.

Salt is used to flavor or preserve food. We are not meant to eat it by itself. A light shines in the darkness so that we can see, but if you turn the light off the darkness prevails. As God’s people, our witness is meant to be seen and experienced by the world around us. As we gather together for worship and fellowship we are called by the Lord to shine with His light and to be His body in the world.

Sunday’s Scripture Readings

Isaiah 58:1-9a
What is acceptable to God?

1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Wisdom from the Spirit

Matthew 5:13-20
Let your light shine

The lights are on…

1 Corinthians 1: 18

Most people would be familiar with the saying: “the lights are on but nobody is home”. It is often said to describe a person who is not thinking too clearly or who has made a rather obvious mistake.

We can almost hear St Paul saying this when he wrote to the church in Corinth. He said: “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”. Whenever people try to rationalize God and His plan for our salvation they fail because human wisdom just can’t compare with God’s wisdom. The lights may be on, but…

As people began to follow Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, He said: “the people walking in darkness have seen a great light”. He is the Light that we need shining in us every day. He is the wisdom and power of God.

Sunday’s Scripture Readings

Isaiah 9:1-4
People have seen the light

1 Corinthians 1:10-18
An appeal to avoid factions

Matthew 4:12-23
Jesus begins His ministry

Come for a Chat & Cuppa

In the hall after each worship.
EVERYONE WELCOME

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