Bringing Ligiht into the Darkness (in our community)
19th May 2019
Readings - Isaiah 58:6-12, and Matthew 5:14-16. Julie talked about how we can bring light into the darkness of our community, and particularly how the CAP Job Club seeks to do this, giving examples from real life of how some people have been transformed, and encouraging us to become more involved in various ways as God leads us.
Readings: Proverbs 11:24-26, & 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. Bob looked at how making determined changes in our behaviour can change the way we look at the world around us and experience life. He gave himself as an example of this. Being deliberately more generous with our time and resources can change our attitude to others and ourselves. Bob has seen how this has affected many people in his experience working with Mission Direct. So the challenge for us is to consider in what ways we can become more generous and see God's kingdom unfold.
Reading - John 21:1-19. Layfetta looks again at how Peter (one of Jesus' most ardent followers) had denied all knowledge Christ three times, and how Jesus later on restored their relationship. Three times Jesus asked him 'Peter, do you love me', and three times Peter replied 'Lord, you know that I love you'. Peter then received his commission to nurture those who acknowledged the risen Jesus. Similarly we can be empowered to share our faith in Jesus with others who don't know him.
Readings - Psalm 150, and John 20:19-31. Jo looked at the second reading where Thomas at first would not believe without seeing the risen Jesus for himself. The question today is how much and in what ways we believe in the risen Christ Jesus.
Reading: Mark 15:42 - 16:8. Nick gave a resume of all the benefits God provides for us by way of Jesus sacrificial death on the cross (covered in the recent sermon series) and resurrection. The challenge for us Christians is whether and by how much we are living in the strength of the new life He offers to us.