Heavenly shaped defence (2) Eldership (a)

Bible Readings Ezekiel 34:1-10 1Peter 5:1-4 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Our study of 1Peter up to this point taught us a few major things: Our citizenship is in heaven where our inheritance is kept save by God Citizens of heaven are those who received the Good News of Christ, who…… Continue reading Heavenly shaped defence (2) Eldership (a)

Heavenly shaped defence (1)

Bible Readings Acts 20:25-38; 1 Peter 5:1-11 Introduction My dear friends in Christ, If our Lord allows us, we will walk slowly through the last chapter of 1 Peter.  The topic of this sermon “Heavenly Shaped Defence”. We of course speak of our defence against the strategy of the devil.  To begin our study of…… Continue reading Heavenly shaped defence (1)

Prayer of Praise

Lord Heavenly Father, If we knew Scriptures well, we would know that we cannot treat You like a computer waiting to be programmed, or a vending machine dispensing lollies, passively responding to our selections. You’re not a private genie waiting for us to express our wishes.  Instead,  You are our sovereign Master, Creator of the…… Continue reading Prayer of Praise

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For forgiveness

Our heavenly Father, if we approached You this morning with our own achievements we would surely stand before You with empty hands.  But we worship You with thanksgiving for giving us the righteousness of Jesus Christ, which fills our hands with a pleasing sacrifice in your sight.  We pray that You will more and more…… Continue reading For forgiveness

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Heavenly shaped refinement

Scripture Readings Psalm 119:153-160 1 Peter 4:12-19 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ Just a few questions to the children:  hands up if you love going to the dentist! Why do you think we usually don’t like going to the dentist?  Is it perhaps because we dislike the trip to the dentist?  Or…… Continue reading Heavenly shaped refinement

Heavenly-shaped community

Bible Readings Romans 12:9-21 1 Peter 4:7-11 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, Some 24 years ago the Lord led our family to leave our homeland and migrate to Australia. The buzzword for migrants was “culture shock”.   Initially living in a different culture was somewhat interesting.  People expect you to be different, and quite…… Continue reading Heavenly-shaped community