Thoughtful Word: Think unselfishly. Give anonymously.

Paul writes: “Don’t be selfish: don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing. Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus.’ (Philippians 2:3-5 TLB). Becoming more unselfish begins with the decision to stop thinking about yourself so much and start looking for ways to help others. If you want to become more Christlike and unselfish, start doing these two things:

(1) Put yourself in situations where people have needs. Is that risky? Sure. You risk rejection. You risk being misunderstood. You risk making mistakes. But becoming unselfish requires putting yourself in a position where you can see a person’s need and so something about it. In other words, get involved!

(2) Give quietly or anonymously. Jesus said: ‘Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven...Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.’ (Matthew 6:1-4 NLT) It’s easier to give when you receive recognition than when no one knows about it. But those who give for recognition and applause have already received any reward they will get (see Matthew 6:3). There are spiritual, mental and emotional benefits that come to those who give anonymously. Try it. The fulfilment you’ll receive will encourage you to make it a lifestyle.

The Word for Today–Vision Christian Media

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God's Love

Human love says, I’ll love you as long as you meet my expectations, agree with my politics, or fit into my social circle. God isn’t like that! He didn’t wait for us to become worthy before making the first move. “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.’ (Romans 5:8)

Jesus came to live as man, lived life here on earth, faced challenges, had hurts, felt grief. Then He underwent a most gruesome punishment, so severe it cost Him his life, for something He didn’t do. His body was put in a grave, but that isn’t the end of the story. God, Jesus’ Almighty Father who had watched everything happen to His Son, raised Jesus from the dead.

The cost/consequence of everything that is not good in this world, called sin, is death. We have all sinned / done wrong and the only way to God is to have the debt paid. So because He loves us so much, He sent His one and only Son to pay that price once and for all. All that so God could call us, each and everyone His beloved children too.

That is real, authentic, perfect Love. It is available for the taking. Want to feel that perfect love and all that comes with it? Simply ask….

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn away from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Saviour and know your perfect love and forgiveness.” Amen

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Baptism

At our Sunday 10am service, we were delighted to be able to witness Noah go through the waters of Baptism.

Water Baptism is an act of obedience to the commands of Christ. “Therefore go and 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28-19.20

Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life.

Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead. It shows that you love, trust and have put your hope in Christ.

“Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:12-14 MSG

If you have any questions or are interested in exploring your faith or baptism further, please either put a note on your Care Card or contact the Church Office during the week, so we can arrange for you to meet with a Pastor.

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