31st May 2018

Heavenly Clothing

“For all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
Galatians 3:27 (NIV)

When our daughter was at Junior school she startled us one evening by telling us that her R.E. teacher told the class that members of the Salvation Army sleep in their uniforms! This puzzled us, so we sought out the R.E. teacher at the next Parents Evening to ask what he meant by this. He told us that he was trying to get across that members of the Salvation Army wear their faith 24/7. They were not one day a week Christians.

It was a great accolade for the Salvation Army, but ALL Christians are exhorted to “clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14). Our goal should be, when others look at us, they will see Christ, the One with whom we are clothed; in other words, wearing outwardly the One who dwells in us inwardly. Likewise, we should see Christ in other Christians and treat them as we would Him.

A Prayer
Lord, help me to make Your compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love visible to all I meet
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Amen

Study by Hilary Reeve

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About the Author:
Hilary Reeve attends the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK, with her husband, Christopher, Assistant Pastor there.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane
Blean
CANTERBURY
CT2 9JA

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

30th May 2018

Let Your Yes Mean Yes

“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”
Matthew 5:37 (NKJV)

There was a time not too far in the past when a person’s word was their honour, and not to keep one’s word was unthinkable. When people made a business deal, a twenty-page contract covering every minute thing imaginable was not necessary. They simply came to an agreement and shook hands.

We all should aim to be honest and dependable at all times, as the header scripture says—our yes should mean yes. We as followers of Jesus Christ should be always aiming to set a high standard in all that we do so that our lights will always be shining brightly for all to see.

Dependability is important, even when it means that we lose out or are ‘hurt’ because of it. In Psalm 15, the list of attributes of a righteous person who walks uprightly include “He who swears to his own hurt and does not change” (verse 4). While circumstances may change, a better offer come your way, or you may simply reconsider, a promise is a promise. Can you imagine what a future we would face if we couldn’t depend on God to keep his promises? Thankfully we can have complete faith and confidence in the promises of God, as it says in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” Even if nobody in the whole world kept their word we should still keep ours, simply because it is the right thing to do.

Prayer
Father God, help us to be always true to our word.
Amen

Study by Allan Frankcom

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About the Author:
Allan Frankcom is on the Pastoral Council of the Bristol Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International. He and his wife, Julie, have attended the Bristol Church for over 30 years.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
EMMERSONS GREEN
South Gloucestershire
BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Allan Frankcom
Email: jf007d9991@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

29th May 2018

Making Everything New

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIVUK)

If you belong to Christ, then according to the Bible, you are a new creation. Being a new creation in Christ is not dependent on how you feel. With our struggles in this life, the tears, pains and sorrows, we do not feel like a new creation. We sometimes feel like a barely-hanging-on-by-our fingertips creation!

The good news is that being a new creation in Christ is not dependent on how we feel. It is a matter of faith. “For we live by faith, not by sight (or our feelings)” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Being God’s new creation, we eagerly await a new heaven and a new earth. “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13). We may be saddened by the condition of the present world in which we live today. The political uncertainties, the proliferation of mass destruction weapons, the continuous conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, the suffering of children, criminal activities etc.

But there is real hope for our world. “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband…He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true'” (Revelation 21:2, 4-5).

God promised that he will MAKE EVERYTHING NEW! He has already started to fulfil that promise with those who believe in him! We are his new creation, whether we feel like it or not. Our present world may appear to be permanent, but it is temporary, “passing away”. (1 Corinthians 7:31). There is an exciting and glorious future for humanity, made possible by the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for coming to rescue us and to save us from the consequences of deception. We look forward to the new heaven and new earth that you will bring with you at your return.

Amen 

Study by Sherwin Scott

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About the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the congregation of Grace Communion Church in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES
BN7 2XN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

28th May 2018

Are You A Disciple Of Jesus? 

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:35 (NKJV)

The word ‘disciple’ has many aspects—student, adherent, attendant, convert, devotee, learner, enthusiast, supporter, admirer, believer, trainee—and all these words describe how we feel about our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Fellow-learner shows that we want to learn from the teachings of Jesus. In John 8:31 Jesus said to those who believe in him, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.” We are students of the Word of God, learning the way of love—a trainee for the Kingdom.

As a follower, we need to be actively practising what we learn. Not like a ‘follower’ or supporter of a football team or pop group, who sits back and watches what they do with interest, but like it says in James 1:25, not just a hearer, but a doer.

A Fan wants to go see and hear their idol, but rarely has the opportunity to actually spend time with the object of their adoration. Our hero died, yet was resurrected and lives in us through his Spirit. As a devotee, admirer and imitator, we represent Jesus to the world as his Ambassadors. Our actions show how fantastic our hero is—“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8).

He is our Friend and guide and, as his disciples, we can have complete faith and trust in him (John 15:15). 

Prayer
We pray that our lives will show that we are your disciples. That we will show we are fellow-learners, followers, fans and friends of Jesus Christ by the love we express daily.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox

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About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

27th May 2018

Real News 

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.”
Mark 1:14 (NIV UK)

It seems like everywhere we look these days, we’re hearing about fake news. And while the idea of “fake news” may not be surprising to younger generations who grew up with the Internet, it sure is to a Baby Boomer like me! I grew up watching Walter Cronkite pass on Edward R. Murrow’s legacy of unflinching journalistic integrity to my generation of anchors. For decades, journalism as a profession has been trusted to deliver the truth. So the idea that not only does fake news exist, but that it’s so widely available and so easily believed, is a bit of a shock to me. But as I was thinking about it the other day, it reminded me of something: the opposite of fake news—real news. And, of course, I immediately thought of the one piece of real news that matters most: the Good News, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As followers of Christ, I think that we hear the gospel so often that sometimes we can forget its impact. But in case we have forgotten, here is how this Good News is described in the book of Matthew: “…the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16).

Think about that for a second. Those who haven’t yet heard the good news of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection are described as “living in the land of the shadow of death.” It doesn’t get much worse than that! But the Good News of Jesus is that this death sentence has been lifted—there’s new life available in a restored relationship with God through Christ and by his Word and Spirit. And not just for an extra day, an extra week, or even an extra year. Forever! As Jesus himself said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:25-26).

This is why the gospel is described as good news: literally it means life! And in a world where “fake news” is something we might worry about, I’m so happy that the best piece of news I’ve ever heard, is also the one I can put my absolute faith in. Aren’t you?

Prayer
Holy Father, we give thanks for the Good News your son brought to this world at his first coming. But that was only the start, because the promises given to us, including eternal life in your world tomorrow, is the greatest news for us possible. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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