Our connection with Jesus Christ is spiritual. We are born again into God’s family voluntarily by faith and because of that, we inherit eternal life. Judgment follows one act of trespass in Adam. – Sin and Separation. God sends his Son to redeem us – to restore our relationship. And so, where Judgment follows one act of trespass in Adam, grace follows one act of righteousness in Christ. In Jesus Christ relationship is restored….
Alex, our guest speaker on Sunday, July 30th, is a good friend of the CBOQ and a new friend of FBK! Alex works and leads The Harvest: A Christian ministry dedicated to serving and sharing the love of Jesus with migrant workers in Norfolk, Brant and Oxford counties…. and now in Essex county – primarily in the Greenhouse farms of Leamington and Kingsville.
Naomi seems incapable of imagining the memory of the pain will fade, let alone expecting it. Yet this first chapter of the book ends with a statement that is full of promise: “And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest” (v. 22). The famine is over. There is a harvest, and Ruth and Naomi have arrived at a time of reaping. The rest of the book will be about Naomi discovering, or rediscovering, God as her Redeemer and being overwhelmed by his rich generosity to her.
In our technology-dominated culture we are not short of sociological analysis about why Christianity is in decline in the twenty-first-century Western world. There’s nothing wrong in such diagnoses, but they do not provide a remedy. The only remedy lies in the Word of God, in the hands of the Spirit of God and in the prayerful obedience of God’s people.
God’s amazing work in such unlikely places ought to be enough to help all of us move forward into the world with great confidence and holy hope.
When studying a persons life and the legacy they leave, It can be helpful to look at the end of a life. That’s because it gives us a chance to consider the lasting impact they leave. We all have opportunities to leave a legacy, because life is filled with endings – moving away, death, changes in job or church. Have you thought about how will you be remembered? How will your children remember you? Your co-workers? Your family? Your community?
God’s word tells us repeatedly that a rich and beautiful life will never be measured by what we have accumulated, but by what we have sown and invested into the lives of people. Truly, there is no greater place to invest our lives than into relationships with a God-centered purpose attached to them.
Although the story of Tamar and Judah is a strangely unique one it reminds us of how God breaks through our sin by the sending of His Son.
Do you perhaps find yourself asking questions like: Is anyone noticing me? Will anyone reach out to me? Do people really care? In the middle of all these questions we can sometimes take our eyes away from the fact that our ongoing identity as Jesus followers is to participate in the body, and build up others. How do we Neighbour? Recognize and repent of our prejudices; Reach out to serve those in our Neighbourhoods and find the lonely people around you that need love.
That’s how we love one another. That’s How To Neighbour.
Biblical Neighbouring doesn’t just happen by itself. You have to work hard at it. Neighbouring is labor intensive. Neighbouring is not just giving…(it is more blessed to give than receive…). Neighbouring is sweat and toil and long hours of effort.
The word of God says they’ll know that we’re followers of Jesus if we what? If we love one another. That means everyone. Not loving those that look like us and were born where we were born and at the same colour of our skin, but if we love our neighbour. Who is our neighbour? Your neighbour is the next person you come in contact with. How do you love them? You love them as you’ve been loved.
You may not feel this, or even recognize this, but each of you were born for a battle. You were born for the battle. And I can assure you of a declaration of victory in this battle because, when you were born again, in Jesus, you were born to win. That is the first thing you must understand…before we look at anything else Paul has to say – You need to know that because of Jesus victory over death and his defeat of Satan when he returns; because you have made him Lord of your life – then you’ve already won But it doesn’t mean that you won’t have to go through the battle or may not be going through it even now.