Sunday Morning 28th February 2016

Aaron-Feb-2016.jpgThis morning’s worship was led by Aaron Davies – Whitfield who preached from Philippians chapter 2 verses 5-11, which he titled “The lowly steps to humility.”  He described this as an ‘awesome text which should challenge everyone of us.’  There should be a stripping down of pride, a lowering of self and a lifting up of Jesus. When Jesus is lifted up in our lives, our thoughts and our attitudes we will also be lifted up in Him. This is the promise of His Word. This is the way the Spirit of God would have it. We will draw near to God and be comforted. There has to be a lowering of self. We are not perfect people. The true work of God needs to grow in our lives. We need to be stripped, to be crushed, to bring out the fragrance of Christ. So often the Lord challenges us but we will be lifted up.

Aaron preached on three points:

  • What Christ was
  • What Christ became
  • What Christ is now

What Christ was (v5)
Christ’s  equality is with the Father in all things.  Jesus is the one who created everything. We see everything is held together by Him. He is none other than God the Son. This is the one angels, seraphim and cherubim would bow down and worship. He spoke and there was light, the stars were displayed. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. He is the Son of God and God the Son. In the Old Testament He is called the Lord of Hosts. He is the Lord of angels who proclaimed His birth. He has never ever not existed, not known everything. He is omnipotent.

What He became- His emptying (v7)

Christ made Himself of no reputation. He stepped down from heaven in humility. He wanted no praise, no glory. He concealed His deity and divinity behind human flesh. He was born in a manger. He chose to be conceived in a young lady called Mary. He never walked on red carpet. He never sought praise and adulation of any man, yet He deserved the praise and adulation of every man.

He took the form of a servant. The Alpha and Omega, King of Kings became a servant to sinners, to fallen humanity. He washed His disciples’ feet. He humbled Himself to the purpose and will of His Father. He made Himself a servant, but He goes lower still

Christ became obedient unto death (v8). There was only one time Jesus lifted Himself up – when He lifted Himself up on a cross. He was lifted up for all men, but never in pride. He was lifted in humiliation He became obedient. Gethsemane, when He saw what was before Him, when He knew He would suffer the wrath of God, He fell on His face. Trembling and sweating great drops of blood He asked for the cup of agony, of suffering to be taken away. Yet He became obedient unto death. He laid down His life like the Lamb of old on the altar. He did not turn or resist, He humbled Himself. Sinless. Spotless. Perfect. Before He could receive a crown of honour He had to receive a crown of thorns. What does this mean to us? We must never ever think anything is beneath us, no-one ever goes lower than Jesus. The church is not a place of self-promotion but of Christ’s promotion. We need to serve Jesus, lower ourselves, strip away our pride, become like Jesus. Humility in an attitude and action so we can lift Jesus high. We need to lower ourselves then we will be lifted up by the Spirit of God.

Where Christ is now (v9)

Jesus, who became so low, was gladly lifted high by the Father. He is more glorious now than He was before. His exaltation is unique. He is exalted as a man in human flesh. There is a man in glory. He has raised our human nature. He is now fully God and fully man. He did this so our fallen nature will be likened to His glorious body. We will one day be clothed in immortality of life. He is now exalted. Christ did not do this Himself, the Father exalted Him (Psalm 24). He has been given name above all names (v10). One day every knee will bow and confess Him as Lord. Some will do this to their condemnation but some who will bow the knee to glorification. Have you bowed the knee and do you hold Him as your Saviour? Bow the knee and confess Him. Let Him be Lord of your life, your dreams and your aspirations. One day everyone will confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.” (v11).

 

 

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Sunday morning: 21st February 2016

Lawrence Mitchell Feb16Morning worship was led by Lawrence Mitchell who preached on the temptations of Jesus, Matthew chapter 4. He began by reminding us that when we do God’s work there will be difficulties and opposition. When we go through times of temptation, remember Emmanuel, God is with us.

In the first temptation we see the humanity of Jesus. Here is was hungry and the devil tempted Him on the material side of His life. The devil is the enemy of the church, the enemy of the gospel. Jesus Himself said the devil has power, has knowledge. He believed in Jesus otherwise he would not have tempted Him. Thank God we have a Holy Father we can turn to. The Lord Jesus Christ did not argue with the devil, He defeated him with the Word of God, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The answer is the Bible.

The second temptation shows us that the devil knows the Scripture and he knows how to pervert the Bible, to leave things out. He quotes from Psalm 91, verses 11-12, but leaves out the best part, we have a God who keeps us every day –He is with us every day. Again Jesus defeats the devil with the Scripture. John warns us in Revelation not to add to the word of God or take away from it. This great book lets us know that Christ is coming again.

The third temptation shows us that the devil has power in this world. We see this today in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Israel itself, but God is with the people. We worship Him, we serve Him. The Lord who was victorious in these temptations is coming again. Amen!

Sunday 14th February 2016

Gerald Tait Feb16Yesterday’s morning worship was led by Gerald Tait who gave a Valentine’s message from Song of Songs. He told us how Solomon had wanted the Shumannite woman to love him for who he was and so he came to her in disguise as a shepherd, in the same way as Jesus came in disguise wanting us to love him for who He is.

In chapter 2 verse 1 she describes herself as “the rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” The rose of Sharon was a wild daffodil that grew in the spring, six pure white petals with a golden trumpet in the middle. It is a very ordinary plant in the desert. The only thing that would catch your eye would be the golden trumpet. This was an ordinary woman who became something because of the royal trumpet. God’s love is for ordinary people. The King of Kings loves us in spite of the fact we are ordinary people.

Solomon describes his love in chapter 4 verses 12-15. Solomon knew his plants and chose this description very carefully. It is a picture looking down from a barren mountain and imagining a garden and a well of living water. It is beautiful amongst all the barrenness that surrounds it. In verse 16 we read how the wind blows hot from the south by day but at night cold air blows from the from the snow-capped mountains in the north, bruising the plant so the fragrance comes out. Her life is fragrant.  John chapter 7 verse 37 speaks of flowing rivers of living water, the Holy Spirit. We have a fragrance of the Lord Jesus.

The woman gives us a ‘selfie’ of herself with Jesus. She is out, she can’t find him so she gives a wonderful description of Him. He is outstanding among 10,000 and describes Him as ‘altogether lovely.’ The woman tells everyone about Him and they are eager to meet Him. We need to share our love for Jesus with other people.

We need to keep in touch. God wants to hear our voice and see us. A face to face meeting is more than a letter or a dozen red roses. A personal meeting is more important. The Lord wants to hear our voice in prayer. We need to meet with the Lord every day.

The Bible is the best Valentine’s letter, Jesus has the deepest love for us – agape.

Sunday 7th February 16 – Morning Service

Ian-Feb16Ian Middlemist, evangelist at Hill Park Church, Haverfordwest, took last Sunday’s service in which he preached on the final verses of Acts chapter 3. His sermon began by saying that too easily we give way to the culture around us. However, Peter says we are not to do this. Our God has a great plan – it’s about having an encounter with the risen Jesus Christ. Ian’s sermon raised three points:

Receiving Christ The Sent Christ and Restoring all things.

Christ must be received into heaven before He is sent. The author of life was killed – without Christ there is no life (Hebrews 1). He was murdered on a cross. But the wonderful truth is death could not hold Him. He is risen. Jesus then revealed Himself to His disciples. Later they saw Him ascend into heaven. Jesus told them to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. This was still not the end – the church grew and the name of Jesus Christ spread into the world. We are still waiting for more to come. Jesus Christ is now seated at the right hand of God. He sits. He has completed His work of Salvation. He sits as a perpetual reminder than sin has been dealt with. He sits because He is reigning. He is not simply the king of the church but He is king of the universe, the King of Kings. All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Him.

Christ sends His disciples and preachers into the world. They respond to His call to share the Gospel which is spoken with Holy Spirit authority. Peter quotes Moses (v. 22). Moses didn’t just speak about the coming of Christ, Moses was like Christ. The Israelite’s were crippled under the reign of pharaoh, not unlike the cripple at the gates. Peter draws our attention to the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one to give us hope – not Moses or anyone else. Too often we hear the voice of the community around us who want nothing to do with the future, with the second coming. They want to hear about now. Our purpose is not to reform society. Peter says it is to give the message of repentance. The people around us don’t need our help, they need the gospel. Christ has defeated death, sin and Satan. He has truly secured a victory.

Everything in history is leading up to when Jesus will be sent. The great event creation is moving towards. Is Jesus coming again – that’s the answer for this world. He will come ‘with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God.’ (1 Thessalonians 4:16). He will come to restore all things. We are waiting for Christ, for His second coming. Jesus is coming very soon!

 

January 31st 2016- Morning Service

Our guest speaker on Sunday was Gaius Douglas of Calvary Church, Haverfordwest, who read 2 Peter chapter 3, preaching on the final verse.

He told us to study and the Word of God and never be ashamed of it. We need to share the Word of God, share what God has done in our lives, how He has transformed our life. Rejoice in the things of Christ, live for Him and glorify His name. Spread the excitement, the thrill of Christ (Song of Solomon, chapter 5).

Peter wants us to grow in Christ. In his writing he often uses the word ‘precious.’ Is Jesus precious to you? We are precious in His sight. God looked upon us in Grace, He reached out to us and sent His Son so we could share everything that is precious to Him. Peter was writing to believers in Babylon. He wanted them to stir up in remembrance of the things that God had done. Peter always had something to say, he was the mouthpiece of the disciples.

Peter encourages us to grow in Grace, Ephesians 2: ‘By Grace ye are saved, not of works, lest any man should boast.’ Christ made it possible for us to be saved and forgiven. We deserved death but we have had the gift of Grace. He has clothed us in garments of Salvation, in His righteousness. We can now go right into the throne room. We belong to Christ. John 1:11-12. We are ‘the sons of God.’ We have been brought in by Grace, now we need to grow in Grace.

When we know the Lord Jesus Christ and allow the Spirit to appropriate His Grace in us, we will grow not only in God but also with man.