JOHN STOTT’S MORNING TRINITARIAN PRAYER

colossiansTree[5971]A very helpful prayer as we study Colossians together…

Good morning heavenly Father,
good morning Lord Jesus,
good morning Holy Spirit.
Heavenly Father, I worship you as the creator and sustainer of the universe.
Lord Jesus, I worship you, Saviour and Lord of the world.
Holy Spirit, I worship you, sanctifier of the people of God.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence
and please you more and more.
Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you.
Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God,
have mercy upon me. Amen.
– John Stott, quoted in Basic Christian: The Inside Story of John Stott

 

 

DON’T MOVE ON FROM CHRIST

colossiansTree[5971]How is your reading of Colossians going? Our study this month is from Colossians 2:1-10. I have my date in the diary to meet with my study buddy next week. Have you been able to? I am really looking forward to studying this passage with my study buddy as it helps me to talk it through to understand what is going on in the text. I encourage you to do the same!

mark meynell“The threat to the Colossians’ faith is what particularly provokes Paul to write this letter. There are those who undermine Jesus’ finished work by saying that a believer needs to supplement what Christ has done, perhaps through wisdom that is to be found elsewhere(compare 2v3-4) But such people deceive by their ‘fine sounding arguments.’ The heart of this message is therefore in 2v6-7- don’t move on from Christ; go deeper into Christ.” Mark Meynell

COLOSSIANS IN JANUARY!

colossiansTree[5971]Hi sisters! Welcome to our ongoing study of the book of Colossians: Rooted! I can’t think of a better way to begin the new decade with this ongoing study! This month’s passage is Colossians 2:1-10.

The bible study questions are out in hard copy at the churches and it is also on this website. Be sure to meet with your study buddy. If you don’t have a study buddy, contact Anne Holmes. She will be very happy to connect you with someone.

I would further challenge you to read the notes on this website to help you to recollect what we have studied so far. (Sept – Nov 2019) I have found this to be so helpful, as I forget so easily. If you don’t have time, perhaps a read through of Colossians would refresh your memory. There are four chapters and will take you about 15 minutes to read- a wonderful investment in your journey with Christ.

Please know that you are loved and prayed for by our team. Please pray for us as we aim to be biblically faithful, pastorally sensitive, and culturally relevant. As we learn about God together, our hope is that as we know God better and love Him more, it will then help us understand ourselves as His image bearers where the Holy Spirit does His transforming work in us.

Our next group study is Monday, 27 January from 7:30-9:00 in the Corsham Baptist Church Hall.

Save the date! Yay!

Lots of love in our Lord Jesus Christ,
Kathy

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LOVE…IS NOT ARROGANT

love came down 2“Our Lord Jesus Christ exchanged the throne of glory for a manger borrowed from the animals; when he was presented in the temple, his parents could afford only the offering made by the poor (Luke 2 v 22-24; see Leviticus 12 v 6-8). He had no place to lay his head; his only possession of any worth when he died was a seamless robe someone had lovingly made for him, he was buried in a borrowed grave. Yes, he became poor to make us rich. No wonder then that Paul wrote:

‘Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God…made himself mothing, taking the form of a servant…and…humble himself.’ (Philippians 2 v 3-8)

There is no room for arrogance when every gift we have is from Jesus. Paul teaches us that humility replaces arrogance when we see that Love came down at Christmas.” 

LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS

love came down 2” The Holy Spirit accompanied Jesus throughout the whole course of his life, from the moment of his conception until his resurrection (Luke 1 v35; Romans 1 v 4). Throughout his life he had the Holy Spirit ‘without measure’ (John 3 v 34). In the face of all the pride and failure of his little disciple band, he never said, You’re not recognizing my gifting. 

Instead….

‘Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.’ John 13:3-5 NLT

Jesus had all prophetic powers; he understood all mysteries and all knowledge. He had mountain moving faith. But because he loved us, he kept coming down. See him in the upper room, kneeling at the feet of his sinful disciples. Since Judas didn’t leave the room until later on (v 30), we know that Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his betrayer.

We see this humble in its perfect form at the first Christmas. The incarnation means that “though he was in the form of God….[Christ] made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-8). That is what love looks like. That is what love is. And that love came down at Christmas.” pp. 22-23

LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS

love came down 2Through advent, there will be excerpts from Sinclair Ferguson’s book, LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS. Take time to ponder and reflect the wonder of His love.

“The Christian faith has a grammar all of its own. If we mess up the grammar of a language, we will not be able to speak it properly. In the grammar of the Christian faith, what we are called to be and do, is rooted in who God is and what He has done for us in Christ. (Emphasis mine) So the resources we need to love others are found in the love of Jesus Christ for us. That is why, when we read Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 13, we need to keep our ears open for echo’s of Jesus’ life and look for his shadow following on every line.”

ADVENT AROUND THE CORNER

christmas-charlie-brown December is coming fast, and I feel I have lost some time somewhere…..maybe the month in Germany? Can you relate?  Well the reality is it IS that time of year which is very special if you are a follower of Christ. As ever, we need to prepare our hearts, don’t we? There is so much cultural noise and societal and even church events, that it is imperative to quiet our hearts to focus on what really matters at Christmas. Linus got it right with Charlie Brown.

I want to suggest to you some great resources for advent reading which I and Eddie have found to be so helpful in the Lord  preparing, nurturing, reminding and encouraging our hearts to celebrate and praise God for our Saviour coming into the world to save us.

LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS – SINCLAIR FERGUSON

“Love is at the heart of Christmas—it’s the reason behind all our gathering and gift-giving at this time of year. In this Advent devotional, Dr Sinclair B Ferguson refreshes our hearts as we reflect on the source of it all—love incarnate, Jesus Christ.”

THE ONE TRUE STORY – TIM CHESTER

“The book has 24 short meditative readings working through Bible stories from Genesis to Jesus. Each day ideas for reflection, prayer and application, designed to excite you about the Gospel message in the run up to Christmas day.”

You can purchase these on 10ofthose, the good book company, or amazon.

Here we go! Thank you Lord!

 

ROOTED

colossiansTree[5971]“This is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His glory.” Colossians 1:27 

“Paul was writing to the Colossians to remind them that Jesus was all they needed- no more and no less. This is the ‘entire gospel’ (v25) Despite other teachers preaching the ‘mere Christianity’ was not enough, Paul describes the wonderful riches that are ours in Christ, and states that only through His complete work are we set free.”

The above quote is taken from Christine Coltman in our bible study for this month.  I pray that you have been blessed, know God better, and love Him more through this bible study with your study buddy. It is a great way to prepare ourselves for our time as Women of the Word come together for our third study in the book of Colossians.

A gentle reminder, our next group study is: 
MONDAY, 25 November, 2019 7:30-9:00 

There will be a time of cake, a cuppa, and friendship at the beginning, followed by singing and then being led by Christine in Colossians 1:24-29.

So, see you there! You are loved and prayed for!