READ | SERMON NOTES (Sermon notes and recording available after 5 Mar 2024.) PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS A. Undeterred Plea (v24-26) B. Unwavering Persistence (v27-28) C. Unique Plan (v29-30)
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The doctrine of divine providence teaches that everything happens in our life has a purpose, point and plot. We have a loving God who is actively involved behind the scenes, in control over all events, circumstances and outcomes. His providential care extends to all creation right down to the smallest details.
How do I know if I am called to a particular job or vocation? We may be struggling at work with challenging bosses or difficult colleagues or coping with demands at home. 1 Cor.7:17 states that “each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them.”
Work is a gift from God. We are His disciples in whatever place God has stationed us. It may be in an office, home, school or a place where we volunteer in. In this series on the Theology of Work, we will focus on the purpose of work, rest from work, challenges of work, character for work, witness at work and the calling for work.
READ | SERMON NOTES Summary | 2 Samuel 7 describes possibly the best days of King David’s life. Good Intentions (v1-3) Our honourable aspirations might not always align with God’s plan for us. Let us be attentive to divine interruptions …
READ | SERMON NOTES Summary l Advent in Latin means “coming” or “arrival”. In our church calendar, Advent marks the coming of Jesus at Christmas two thousand years ago. Advent is also when we invite Christ into our hearts. There …
The writer of Hebrews declares that Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters (V11). Jesus proved this by His incarnation at the first Christmas when He came down to our level and identified as our peers. Why is Jesus, the Second Person in the Trinity, not ashamed to become like us and identify with us? Jesus had good reasons to be ashamed 1) because of who He is and 2) because of who we are.
A common parable is told about four blind men and an elephant. By feeling just one part, they each had a very different idea of the appearance of the elephant based on their perceived truth. In the same way, no assumptions can be made about what God is like based on just our own understanding. Also, we cannot know Him just by thinking or feeling. He has to reveal himself to us!
After Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples went round the Roman empire preaching the gospel. They were passionate, but more importantly it was because they took Jesus’ command seriously – to make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
“Before discipleship, there must be relationship,” a tagline of the Care Group Ministry in Christ Methodist Church. Relationships start with friendship. Friends are those who understand us and know everything about us but still choose to love and support us. “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out” (Grace Pulpit). We can all be assured that we have such a friend in Jesus.