ARE OUR SOULS SATISFIED IN CHRIST ALONE?

… This is a question that I want to answer….YES, of course!!!! But I know my sinful heart. And it isn’t…not all the time. But I continue to pray that my soul will be satisfied in Him alone; a process as a growing Christian. God’s love is patient, and He will never let me go. Can you relate?

For example, He gives us constant reminders of who He is and what He’s done for us in Christ. The celebration and reflection of holy week of Christ’s death and resurrection is always doing its work, not just at Easter. It is, after all, the foundation of our faith- the good news of the gospel. So I ask myself, should not the gospel take front and centre in our lives everyday? Should not this change the way we think and live?

I came across the song below in my worship time some months back, and it has resurfaced with deeper profundity in my heart. So I want to share with you.

Galatians 2:20 “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Philippians 3:7-11 “ I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; but rather I become righteous through faith in Christ. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!”

My Worth Is Not In What I Own

My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross

As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us
At the cross

I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross

Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed, my ransom paid
At the cross

And I rejoice in my redeemer
Greatest treasure
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in him, no other
My soul is satisfied in him alone

My. Soul. Is. Satisfied. In. CHRIST. Alone.

Songwriters: Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Graham A. Kendrick

Knowing these awesome truths and asking God to retrain our thinking and desires will change the way that we see ourselves and others. It will change the way we live. It will change the way that we respond to different situations and people. Our souls will become satisfied in Christ alone….more every day. Thank you Lord!

Praying this for all of us, sisters. May the gospel hope change us from the inside out.

A WORD FROM CHRISTINE ABOUT MONDAY’S UPCOMING BIBLE STUDY

Christine Coltman

I am so excited for our meeting this Monday the 29th at 7.30pm on the zoom women’s Bible study! 

This year we’ve been looking at the story of God’s sovereignty in Genesis and how he is the faithful, covenant-keeping God. Last month Sharon brought us to Jacob, and his massive struggle with God. She told us that only way to win with God is to lose, and to give ourselves completely to him. 

The cast of characters that we are going to look on Monday are seemingly determined to lose, but not in terms of giving their lives to God, just in terms of making a horrific mess of things. We have the turmoil of Rachel and Leah’s relationship, the catastrophic response of Jacob’s sons to Dinah’s rape, and Judah and Tamar’s awful night-time encounter. These people try to live life their own way and they fail – spectacularly. But God remains true as we will see, and continues to uphold the loving covenant that he made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  

We’ll see the incredible path God traced through the lives of these real, sinful women (who are more like us than we perhaps want to admit), all the way to Jesus and his wonderful rescue mission, and all the way to us, his redeemed daughters.  

Praying for you all as we get ready to meet and learn even more about our faithful, incredible God. 

Christine’s Introduction to March’s Genesis Bible Study

“This week we are looking at some of the most controversial stories in Genesis, concerning three women who all had a part to play in God’s salvation plan – Leah, Dinah and Tamar. To put them in context – Leah was one of Jacob’s wives, Dinah was her daughter, and Tamar was Leah’s son Judah’s daughter-in-law.

This study is going to look at how through some truly awful family incidents, God was at work in the lives of these women. These true stories are not merely a series of events but a connected progression of circumstances through which God reveals his plan for our redemption in Jesus.

We will see that God cares for each and every individual, even those who might have considered themselves of no account, and that each one, despite their faults, had an important role to play in the outworking of the purposes of God.”

For more of this bible study, look on this GRACE PLACE blog sight under the heading of 2020-2021 BIBLE STUDY GENESIS: IN THE BEGINNING, GOD! If you don’t have a bible study buddy, please contact Anne Holmes, or Victoria Kelly.

SO FAR…

Hi friends!

The 6th Genesis Bible Study: In the Beginning God, is now ready on this website and also to your inbox! Yay!

Below are some thoughts by Tim Keller, from his book, PREACHING. (page 77). They are relevant and helpful in light of what we have been learning from Genesis so far. These came across my desk by Eddie in some of his preparations. May you be blessed today!

“Jesus is the true and better Adam, who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us (1 Corinthians 15).”

“Jesus is the true and better Abel, who, though innocently slain, his blood that cries out for our acquittal, not our condemnation (Hebrews 12:24).”

“Jesus is the true and better Abraham, who answered the call of God to leave the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void ‘not knowing wither he went’ to create a new people of God.”

“Jesus is the true and better Isaac, who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us all. God said to Abraham, ‘Now I know you love me, because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love, from me.’ Now we can say to God, ‘Now we know that you love us, because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love, from us.’”

“Jesus is the true and far better Jacob, who wrestled with God and took the blow of justice we deserved so that we, like Jacob, receive only the wounds of grace to wake us up and discipline us.”

COUNT DOWN TO MONDAY STUDY ON JACOB

Hi sisters! We look forward to seeing you on Monday, 22 February, at 7:30pm on the zoom bible study! We are in for a wonderful feast from the life of Jacob. We will learn more who God is, who we are , and how it all points to Christ. You don’t want to miss it!

Get in touch with Anne Holmes for zoom details, or check on Facebook on Captivated, our CBC’s women’s FB page on Monday.

Lots of love and we are cheering you on!

The Women’s Ministry Team

CHECKING IN!

Hi friends!

Hope you are staying cosy in the cold temperatures!

Our next zoom Women’s Bible study is on Monday, 22 February at 7:30. Sharon Durant will be leading us in our study on Jacob.

So, we encourage you to get with your study buddy via phone/zoom/ ? if you haven’t already! Your bible study questions and readings were sent to you by Anne via email. It is also on GRACE PLACE.

I found it to be SO helpful and really amazing to consider our human sinful hearts, the wonders and faithfulness of God, and how it all points to Jesus! All through the narrative of Jacob in the Genesis. Such a treasure.

Don’t miss out! Enjoy your time with Jacob! See you on the 22nd! Save the date!!!

Lots of love and cheering you on,

Women’s Ministry Team x

IN THE BEGINNING- GOD! JACOB

Excerpt of Bible Study Questions from Sharon Durant, teaching on Jacob on 22 February

The life of Jacob crosses half of Genesis – he is born in chapter 25 and dies in chapter 49! He is a man well known to us by his deceitful name, Jacob, and God-given name, Israel. This study is going to focus on the earlier parts of his life and if you want to read them through in the weeks leading up to the Monday night zoom study, here are the Bible references for the main episodes of his life:

  1. Jacob is born (Genesis 25:19-26)
  2. The thing with the birth-right (Genesis 25:27-34)
  3. The thing with the blessing (Genesis 27:1-41)
  4. Jacob leaves home to find a wife (Genesis 27:42-28:5)
  5. Jacob has a vision of a stairway to heaven (Genesis 28:10-22)
  6. The thing with Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29:1-30)
  7. The thing with the sheep (Genesis 30:25-43)
  8. Jacob leaves Laban (Genesis 31:1-55)
  9. Jacob prepares to meet Esau and prays (Genesis 32:1-21)
  10. Jacob wrestles with God (Genesis 32:22-32)
  11. Jacob and Esau are reunited (Genesis 33:1-20)

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The life of Jacob is long with many twists and turns. Sometimes he behaves greedily. Sometimes he lies. Sometimes he prays. Sometimes he is cocky. Sometimes he is afraid. He is clearly not an example to follow, yet he is incredibly important because he is part of the family of God and a great-great-great-etc-grandfather of Jesus.

  • At his best, Jacob points to Christ.
  • At his worst, he points to us and our sinful nature.

(The entirety of this study is on GRACE PLACE)

THE MEDIATOR – CLOSING PRAYER FROM BIBLE STUDY

Everlasting Creator-Father,

I have destroyed myself,
my nature is defiled,
the powers of my soul are degraded;
I am vile, miserable, strengthless,
but my hope is in thee.

If ever I am saved it will be by goodness undeserved and astonishing,
not by mercy alone but by abundant mercy,
not by grace but by exceeding riches of grace;
And such thou hast revealed, promised, exemplified in thoughts of peace, not of evil.

Thou hast devised means

to rescue me from sin’s perdition,
to restore me to happiness, honour, safety.
I bless thee for the everlasting covenant,
for the appointment of a Mediator.

I rejoice that he failed not, nor was discouraged,
but accomplished the work thou gavest him to do;
and said on the cross, ‘It is finished.’
I exult in the thought that
thy justice is satisfied,
thy truth established,
thy law magnified,
and a foundation is laid for my hope.

I look to a present and personal interest in Christ and say,
Surely he hast borne my griefs,
carried my sorrows,
won my peace,
healed my soul.
Justified by his blood I am saved by his life,

Glorifying in his cross I bow to his sceptre,

Having his Spirit I possess his mind.

Lord, grant that my religion may not be occasional and partial,
but universal, influential, effective,
and may I always continue in thy words as well as thy works,
so that I reach my end in peace.

From: The Valley of Vision – A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

SAVE THE DATE!

Hi sisters!

Just a gentle reminder that the Genesis: In the Beginning God! monthly zoom bible study is on MONDAY, 25 JANUARY at 7:30. Esther King will be teaching us about Isaac.

Come prepared to be encouraged! Come prepared to have some virtual friendship time!

As ever, we are praying and cheering you on, especially during this Covid lockdown!

Women’s Ministry Team

4 GENESIS BIBLE STUDY QUESTIONS: ISAAC –TRUST AND OBEY

Before you meet with your study buddy …
Read Genesis 18.1–15; 21.1—26.35 for yourself. It’s quite a chunk of Scripture, covering lots of different events and people. You may want to read a chapter a day and write a short summary of what happens in each chapter to help you trace the key points.

As you read and think it over, keep in mind:

  • Who is God and what do we learn about his character/attributes?
  • Who are we and what do we recognise about human nature?
  • How does the gospel message come through, pointing us to Christ?

Praying for you and your study buddy and cheering you on as you take time to do this study together! His Word is living and active!

Women’s Ministry Team