Sovereign Over Us!

colossiansTree[5971]Wow. Isn’t it amazing how the world can change so quickly? In the time that Ed and I have been away in USA visiting family, we have arrived back to daily changing world of Covid-19. Thank you for your prayers to get us home. I thank God every time I think of you, my church family, who held us up in prayer. Whew.

Concerning our Women’s Bible study on 30 March, it of course will not happen. We will keep in touch by Grace Place and our Facebook page, Captivated CBC in the coming weeks.

As God’s children we can be comforted in the sovereignty of our Creator God during these uncertain times. I was reminded of the song that Michael W Smith wrote, and want to share it with you. May we trust and serve our Sovereign and Loving God, knowing His purposes will be fulfilled.

Love and prayers to you all,
Kathy
sovereign over usSovereign Over Us
Michael W. Smith
There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You’re sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You’re teaching us to trust
Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us
You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways
Reigning high above the Heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You’re the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight
Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love, you are sovereign over us.
Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

LOOKING AHEAD TO 30 MARCH BIBLE STUDY- COLOSSIANS: ROOTED

colossiansTree[5971]Hi Sisters,

Just a reminder that our next bible study is on Monday, 30 March. Yay! Vicky Stephenson will be leading us.

Have you picked up your bible study at church or on the website? Still plenty of time to get with your study buddy!

Many blessings on you and yours as you grow in our Lord Jesus Christ through His Word.

A PRAYER IN THE SUNSHINE

colossiansTree[5971]Hi sisters!
I imagine that, like me, you are now inundated with social media resources. This of course is a good thing, given our current crisis.

At the same time, I want to encourage you to proactively, intentionally, take time out from EVERYTHING and to talk to our Creator God everyday at some point….  I encourage you to sit quietly in the sunshine (those with children- while they are occupied or they are having a rest.) Enjoy the nature of birds, breeze, spring flowers. God in his kindness, has given us these days of beautiful temperature and sunshine to help us in our confinement.

Yes, this is a crazy time, but I believe that God is drawing us to Him like never before. This is the perfect time to pray continually for each other with what we have been studying in Colossians 2:6-7:

Our Lord God, 
and now as we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord, help us to continue to follow You. Cause our roots to grow down into You, and our lives to be built up only in You. You promised us that as we follow you in this way, that our faith will grow strong in the truth that we were taught and that we would overflow with thankfulness. Make it so dear Lord. You are God. We know that we can trust you and You are working out your purposes in our world, in our community, in our church, in our families, and each of us individually through this crisis. Help us to honour you and to reflect Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If we pray this from our hearts to God for each other, He will answer as we cling to Him! He will fill us with His peace, His freedom, His enabling.

Know that you are loved and prayed for. Know that nothing is wasted in God’s economy! If you need us, our team is available to you for support and prayer. Contact us on this website.

Women’s Ministry Team at Corsham Baptist Churches

CHRIST IS OVER HISTORY!

Excerpt from 24 February Bible Study:

We have to own our sin to be able to take in the glorious news of the Gospel! 1 John 1:8-10 “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts.”

What do we make of all this? In short, the law of the Old Covenant reveals to us our sins. Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. (Rom 7:7)

CHRISTThe OLD COVENANT points us to Christ, the reality.


It is drawn out in the scriptures calling it the NEW COVENANT (JESUS) with new hearts.

 

 

circumsized heartThis is the spiritual circumcision of our hearts which Paul speaks of in
Colossians 2:11. “When you came to Christ, you were ‘circumcised,’ but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision-the cutting away of your sinful nature.
Deuteronomy 30:6
“The Lord God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants so that you may love him with all your heart, and all your soul and live.” NIV

Ezekiel 36:26-27
“And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.”
Romans 2:29
“No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.”
Philippians 3:3
“For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort.”

This is the gospel which is radically counter-cultural. This is the gospel which gives us our only hope, purpose, identity, meaning. It teaches us how to love this broken world in the same way that Christ loves us through His life, through His death on the cross, and resurrection to eternal life. Amazing Love.  Let’s continually thank our Lord that we are His image bearers, and pray that we will rooted and built up in Christ, and grow in the faith that we were taught!

ENCOURAGEMENT TO “LIVE IN THE SHELTER OF THE MOST HIGH”

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CHRISTINE COLTMAN, contributor for today’s blog post 

On Monday night, Kathy continued our studies in Colossians by speaking to us powerfully on the second part of chapter two. One section particularly resonated with me:
‘God cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.’ (verses 13-15)
Kathy pointed out that the imagery used is that of Roman triumph – the winning of a great battle, which indeed it was. Through his death on the cross, Jesus defeated sin and death once and for all.
As I grow as a Christian, I am becoming more and more aware of the spiritual battle that we are all in. I used to think of this as a battle that overseas missionaries face when they had to brave violent tribes, or hostile locals. If you google ‘spiritual battle’, the images that come up are epic, classical paintings of angel warfare against demons. But what about when you wake up with a sore back and your child just won’t put their shoes on and all you want to do is swear and shout at God for adding one more annoyance to your day? Or when yet another unexpected bill arrives at the end of the month that you haven’t accounted for and it adds to your already increasing black mood that you are making sure everyone else in the house is fully aware of?
I know that the big picture battle for our souls is real and raging – and I am realising that this happens on a moment by moment basis. It’s not a ‘once and for all’ final battle, but a slow and steady daily fight. My shield, when I am focused and ready, is God’s Word:
‘Submit yourselves then to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you.’ James 4 v 7.
I repeat this verse to myself almost hourly at the moment. God has disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. Like a chained beast, they will bite back when we stray too near, but when we rest in God’s shelter, we are safe. We studied Psalm 91 recently in our Formation Group and this verse has stuck with me:
‘Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.’ Psalm 91 v 1.
The challenge of course, is not to occasionally camp out in God’s shelter, but to live there permanently. I find the only way I can do this is to start my day with God’s Word, call out to him frequently as the trials arise, and praise Him for the ultimate victory in Jesus, finding comfort and security in that above all else. It’s not easy, but as we ‘let our roots grow down into Him…then your faith will grow strong in the truth…and you will overflow with thankfulness’ Colossians 2 verse 7.

BEING ROOTED

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Victoria Kelly, contributor for today’s blog post

Since studying Colossians I can’t help but be reminded of ‘being rooted’ every time I see trees. As we live in Wiltshire, this is a frequent, daily reminder.

The storm was pretty intense on Sunday (and it’s still having a good go today!). Our sandpit lid had been flying around like a tin can, so come Monday morning I cautiously hit the roads expecting to see trees uplifted and blown over. Actually, I was met with a fairly normal looking scene. Sure there were more branches on the ground, but the trees I expected to see snapped and scattered, stood tall and strong (albeit a little sway-ey when the odd gust came about).

Once again I was reminded of our key bible verse for this year: ‘So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.’ Colossians 2:6‭-‬7

The trees that remain standing after the storm, were only able to be ‘built up’ because their roots were deep and firm in the ground. The storm had been fierce, aggressive in fact. The evidence of the storm was that they were possibly a little pruned after losing a twig or maybe a branch, but the amazing truth was that they still stood sturdy and rooted.

I of course turned back to that key verse, recognising just how important it is to remain firm in God’s word. To be so truly rooted that whatever ‘storm’ big or small comes our way, we will not moved. We can stand assured, confident in Jesus and his blessed gift of salvation, being covered in grace, with endless pourings of mercy. Yes, we can even dance in the storm, swaying and swinging our branches because we are so thankful for the clothing of righteousness we have been given when Jesus died for us on the cross, enabling us to be right with God once more.

Yes, I want to be one of those trees: with roots that are thick, deep and firm in God’s word; unshifting in times of trial; and steadfast in Him during the daily routines of life.

I’m praying this for my life and also for you all too ladies.

COLOSSIANS: ROOTED IN CHRIST + NOTHING ADDED!

colossiansTree[5971]Growing in the Christian Life is about understanding and relying on what God has done for us in Christ.

We can be confident in Jesus because of who He is-the full image of God- and what He has done- dying to reconcile a rebellious world to God.

Because Jesus is fully God and His victory is total, it is foolish and useless to move on from Him. Instead, we should grow stronger in our love for and obedience to Him.

The big idea of the coming study for February is on the passage in Colossians 2:9-23. Christ has done everything we need to be reconciled to God through his death on the cross. If we add anything to Christ, it will only weaken our confidence in Christ and undermine the work of Christ.

Paul is reiterating to the Colossians ( vv9-10) the necessity to understand the origin and completeness of life in Christ we are offered (see Col 1:16-18). Paul goes into greater detail about the nature of the false teaching and the doctrine of what we have in the fullness/completeness of Christ to explain why we need to add nothing!

This February Study is on GRACE PLACE as well as hard copies at COTG and CBC. Praying you will be blessed.