Yesterday With My Church Fam

As I set my sights on tomorrow and the joys of fellowship to be enjoyed in the presence of our awesome God, I had the pleasure of going over the events of last Sunday and the many ways in which I was richly blessed. Here is a summary:


Morning Service

The morning service began with a call to rejoice in Jesus and fix our hearts on Him, enjoying his fullness and seeking to delight in His glory. We sang a song which was well selected to help us do this:

What other beauty demands such praises?
What other splendour outshines the sun?
What other majesty rules with justice?
Only a Holy God!

Come and behold Him
The One and the Only;
Cry out, sing Holy!
Forever a Holy God,
Come and worship the Holy God!

Only a Holy God by Cityalight

We are currently reading Deuteronomy together as a Church. Our Pastor shared some thoughts which were really convicting:

How do you approach life and church? Do you do so with the attitude that shows that you are having to do something not because you delight in doing it, but have to do it? God’s people in Deuteronomy had this attitude. Rather than delight in the fact that they had the privilege of being God’s treasured possession for whom He did great wonders to deliver them from slavery and take them to a home promised to their ancestors, they were ungrateful.

When we see in us, this coldness of heart towards God and His Kingdom, we need to repent because it is an issue of love.

“If you love me, keep my commands.”

John 14:15

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome

1 John 5:3

Before the sermon, we sang a couple of songs, I’ll share a part of one of them as it expresses the heart of what our Pastor shared from Deuteronomy:

Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes,
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail-
Let their truth prevail, over unbelief.

Speak O Lord


Sermon

4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6
  • The need to hear God and obey Him is very serious. It is a matter of life and death.
  • When Jesus isn’t the centre of our lives, it has implications which the kids are also influenced by.
  • Ephesians 5 tells us of how much Jesus loves the Church. He refers to the Church as His bride! We should love what Jesus loves. We need to love the church.
  • The church is easy to despise. It is easy to find faults in it.

27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.

1 Corinthians 1
  • The church is full of foolish, broken and weak people who desperately need Jesus. Life as a christian is a daily fight – war with sin.
  • We tend to cover our flaws and hide our struggles because we don’t want our brothers and sisters to judge us. We often feel like slipping away and not coming to church because we are in ‘a bad place’. We need to stop this. We need to be sincere and walk in the light regardless of how our walk with Jesus is going at any given time.
  • It is easy to gravitate towards people in church who are more like us. We don’t seem to handle differences well. We need to deliberately watch out for this. All barriers should be down in Church life. We are all one.
  • Jesus looks at the Church from the point of value. What did we cost Him? We cost Him His life! His blood was shed for us and His body broken on our behalf.
  • We need to see every brother and sister in church the way Jesus sees them – precious. We need to love the church as Jesus loves it. Our attitude to church is a reflection of our love for Jesus.


After the sermon ended we sang a song and had communion together, reflecting on Jesus, his blood and body spilled and broken for us to be redeemed. We ended the service with a song:

Oh taste and see
That the Lord is good
He’ll give you everything
He’ll give you everything.

Psalm 34


Interlude

In the afternoon I had the pleasure of having lunch at the home of a Minister-in-Training at our Church. My Wife and I were invited along with a mother, her daughter and grandson who are also a part of our Church Fam. After enjoying a couple of laughs and conversations while eating the lovely food provided, we all went to a public park. It was a nice sunny day as well!

This isn’t the actual park, but you get the picture right?

We returned to church well in time for the prayer meeting preceding the Evening Gospel Service.


Evening Service

At the beginning of the service, we had a sister share how Jesus is greatly encouraging her through one of her greatest struggles. She pointed out her inclination towards letting her emotions control her and having a hard time battling the deceitfulness of her heart aided by the Devil’s lies about reality and circumstances she would often panic about. She spoke about how listening to Jesus daily through his word and speaking to him has been a massive help in helping her to see herself and circumstances the way he sees them and having her heart and mind guarded in him as she enjoys peace which surpasses all understanding. I was greatly encouraged by her testimony to the faithfulness of Jesus and the help he gives!

I’ll share parts of two songs we sang during the service:

Lean hard, lean hard
Lean on the everlasting arms;
Lean hard, lean hard,
Lean on the everlasting arms;
Lean on the everlasting arms;

Everlasting Arms – Lou Fellingham

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged –
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

What A Friend We Have In Jesus


Sermon

We read Matthew 4 which gives an account of Jesus being tested by the Devil in the wilderness. These are some notes I took:

  • The devil is a tempter who persistently seeks to lure us to turn our backs from God. He wants to destroy us and take us from our life-giving relationship with God.
  • I have often taken the temptation of turning stones into bread lightly. Because I feel Jesus surely used his divine power to not do so. He did, but that does not take away the fact that he was fully human and had a body that needed sustenance just like ours. At the moment having just fasted for 40 days and nights, Jesus must have been craving food.
  • The devil attempted to tempt Jesus to do what he has tempted us to do many times – satisfy our desires at the expense of everything else. We have fallen for this many times but Jesus did not. Jesus taught us that life should not be governed by our desires. Only God should have that place. My life is not about satisfying my desires. It is about worshipping The Living God!


Thank You For Reading!

I was richly blessed by the truths Jesus spoke to my heart last Sunday. I’m really thankful that I get to write YWMCF! It is a blessing which aids needful rememberance. I almost didn’t write this edition. The devil almost succeeded in making me believe the lie that ‘it doesn’t matter. No one even reads it anyway’. No, satan. It does matter; I am blessed by it and who knows, one day, hearts may be blessed by it. Praise the Lord!

Doing that ‘Devil get behind me’ dance!

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