6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7
Most of us would know the story of David & Goliath. (1 Samuel 17)David was a young fellow, small in stature and was going to face the giant. This giant that the armour of grown men shook in fear and trembling. How scary it must have been for David. If we think about it—David didn’t do a course, have special military training, in fact there wasn’t anything really that extraordinary about David….at least nothing we could see.
What made David special and successful of bringing down that huge soldier, Goliath, was God’s presence.
David put his hope in God and fanned that small glimmer of faith and allowed God to enable him.
God invites us today to allow Him in to our lives and gift us with His power, His love and self-discipline. All we have to do is say yes!
There is a but...as that ‘yes’ needs to be everyday. We need to actively ‘feed the flame’ each and everyday. That is, allow God’s gift of His Holy Spirit to ignite our passion, our enthusiasm, our joy and our faith and live it out boldly. Without fear, but bravely in God’s strength because we have His power!
Prayer: Father, thank you for your generous gift of salvation in Jesus. Please help us to live out our gratitude to you, without fear. Amen
Sometimes its real, sometimes it is imagined, but the feeling of failure is acute. Disappointment in one’s self is heart breaking and soul damaging. Can even be paralysing. But, one needs to remember failure is not fatal, nor is it defining. Here are some helpful Scriptures to give perspective and encourage ….
It happens to us all—Proverbs 24:16a ‘The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.’
The Lord holds your hand—Psalm 37:34-24 ‘The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.’
The answer is Jesus—Romans 7:24 ’Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God, the answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.’
You are forgiven—1 John 1:9 ‘But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all wickedness.’
The Lord is your strength—Psalm 73:26 ‘My health may fail, and my spirit grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever’
There is fresh mercy—Lamentations 3:2-23 ‘The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.’
Forget the past—Philippians 3:13-14 ‘No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.’
Last week Leighton raised some interesting questions for us to ponder and reflect on. Here is someone’s thoughts on why they go to church….
“In a culture that minimizes commitment and maximizes self-indulgence, I have learned the precious gift of church attendance or, more specifically, the church gathered. I do not see church attendance as a burden or legalistic commitment. I view it as a joy—a place where I can give and serve, a place where I can focus more on others than myself. I could name many but here are ten reasons I attend church:
¨ I attend church to serve others
¨ I attend church to encourage others
¨ I attend church to encourage my pastor
¨ I attend church to state my priorities
¨ I attend church to participate in worship
¨ I attend church even if it doesn’t meet all my needs
¨ I attend church with frequency, not on occasion.
¨ I attend church to set an example for my family.
¨ I attend church because the Bible tells me to do so.
¨ I attend church because I love my church
I love to attend church. I attend church for these reasons and many more. I thank God for my church.”
Do you attend church regularly? What are your reasons? Let us pause and thank God for His church here at Marion Church of Christ.
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.