I really like this blessing. It is one of my favourites to say at the end of my prayer when I finish a sermon.
I want people to be completely full of joy and peace as they trust in Christ. I want them to know what it is to overflow with a confident hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is one of those blessings like Numbers 6:22-27 when God tells Aaron that when the Priests say the words, God Himself will bless them.
Being a Pastor/preacher is a blessing. It is also nice to bless others by your words and prayers.
Have you got a favourite blessing?
Hi all, my latest sermon is online now. It looked at Ephesians 1:15-23 and Paul’s heartfelt prayer for the Ephesians.
We saw that not only was it Paul’s heart for the Ephesians, but it is God’s heart for us today. We looked at six main points…
- Paul prayed for Spiritual Insight and Wisdom
- Paul prayed they would understand the confident hope
- Paul prayed they would understand the greatness of God’s power
- Paul prayed they would understand that Christ is above all things
- Paul prayed that they would understand that Christ is the head of the church
- Paul prayed that they would understand that we are Christ’s body
If you would like to see the full message, you can find it here.
In Acts 4:32-37 there is a great passage that shows real Christian community in the early church. It says…
32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. 36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.
There are several things that jumped out at me when I read this.
1. They were one heart and mind, so much so that they shared their possessions. As a result, nobody was in need.
2. The Apostles were able to focus on preaching the message of Christ and His resurrection. And blessing followed them all.
3. When they sold land or property they brought it to the Apostles to distribute to those in need. They didn’t decide themselves.
These are three really good things we can think about. I wonder how different our lives and churches would be if we lived more like the early church?
In Acts 2 there is a section of Scripture that talks about a new community of believers that formed after Christ returned to heaven and the Holy Spirit came. It talks about the things they focused on and the results.
Acts 2:42-47 – All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity– 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
What are the four things they focused on as a new community?
- The Apostles teaching – this would have been the Old Testament, the teachings of Christ that they had heard, and the way they believe the new community of believers should live.
- Fellowship – this is about doing life together as a new community of believers. It would include helping each other, worshiping and praying together, getting to know each other, and being one in Christ.
- Sharing meals – this means everyday fellowship and sharing meals with one another including sharing communion. This is about deeper relationship more than just seeing people in church once a week.
- Prayer – prayer is our lifeline to God. When we pray alone we become closer to God. When we pray with others we get closer to each other and seek God’s blessings, help and direction together.
As a result of doing these four things, we see a number of results or blessings.
- Sense of awe – they were in awe of what God was doing in their midst.
- Signs and wonders – the Apostle performed miraculous signs, wonders and miracles.
- Regular meetings – the new community met together regularly in homes and at the Temple.
- Shared – they shared money and possessions and regularly shared meals.
- Worship – they worshiped together daily in the Temple.
- Favour – they enjoyed the goodwill and favour of the people around them.
- Saved – more people got saved and were added to the church.
The thing I find interesting is when we as Christians focus on the right things and are fully devoted to them, great things happen. Devotion to God and His Kingdom, brings blessings and all types of Divine favour.
Let us purpose in our hearts to devote ourselves to the things of God. Things like the Bible, fellowship, sharing and prayer.
Hello all, my sermon from today is now online. It was titled, “Chosen, Redeemed and Sealed by God”. It looked at some of the blessings in Christ from Ephesians 1:3-14. The main points were.
- God chose us and adopted us
- We are redeemed by God
- We are sealed by the Holy Spirit
- Our salvation is all about God
You can find the full text here.
Our sermon from today is now online. It was titled, “Being a servant focused Christian”.
Today we looked at the idea of being a servant focused Christian. We saw some quotes from famous Christians, we looked at what the Bible said about serving and we finished with the crowns awarded for faithful service.
- We were created for good works – Ephesians 2:10
- We need to serve God with all of our hearts – Colossians 3:23-24
- We need to see the secret to greatness is servant-hood – Mark 10:43-44
- We all rely on each other so we all have a part to play – Romans 12:4-5
- We should use our gifts and talents to serve one another – 1 Peter 4:10
We also looked at the five crowns for service – the crown of life, the incorruptible crown, the crown of righteousness, the crown of glory and the crown of exultation or rejoicing.
You can find the full text here.
Hello all, my sermon from Sunday is now online. We looked at seven ways God helps us through suffering. The main points were as follows…
- God helps us to understand why there is suffering
- God is our refuge who promises to help
- God promises to never leave us during our suffering
- God assures us that our suffering has purpose
- God understands our suffering
- God promises to give us strength
- God promises that our suffering will not last forever
We can’t escape suffering, but God can help us make sense of it, comfort us and help us through. The red-letter words of Jesus from John 16:33 can be our comfort…
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
The full text can be found here. As there was some very personal testimonial stories, it was not recorded.