Service 7th June 2020


Sunday Service

June 7th 2020

 

 

Hello everyone to another virtual church service. What a week this has been with yet more unrest both here in Australia and across the world. Thankfully we can take heart from the words recorded in John’s gospel chapter 17

29 His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! 30 Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God.”

31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

As believers we can take heart that in Christ we have assurance that we can have peace within because He has overcome the world by His death and resurrection.

How has your week been? What has been your main focus? Have you opened your Bible to seek direction and/or comfort.

If we were to have a song now I would have chosen ‘This is the victory’

This is the victory

That has overcome the world,

Our faith, our faith

This is the victory

That has overcome the world,

Our faith, our faith

 

For everyone who believes in Christ

Has been born, born of God.

And everyone who is born of God

Overcomes the world.

 

I have the victory

I have overcome the world

By faith, in Christ

I have the victory

I have overcome the world

By faith, in Christ

 

For everyone who believes in Christ

Has been born, born of God.

And everyone who is born of God

Overcomes the world.

 

This is the victory

 

Take time to pray now giving thanks for the victory Christ has won for us.



For some reason the word ‘patience’ came to me this week so I thought I’d explore why.

How patience relates to me and what God says about patience.


What does the dictionary have to say about patience?

The Cambridge dictionary says this:-


the ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed:

 

Merriam-Webster

Synonyms & Antonyms for patience 

Synonyms

forbearance,

long-suffering,

sufferance,

tolerance

 

Bible (taken from this website https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-does-the-bible-define-patience/ )

How Does The Bible Define Patience?

by DR. MICHAEL L. WILLIAMS · 

It is no secret that technology and innovation has made routine tasks easier and quicker. We now have restaurants that can produce a family size meal for drive-through customers in seconds. We also have cameras on police officers, news coverage, and personal cell phones that record events on the ground as they unfold. With these innovations and other advances, an expectation has been set that we should no longer have to wait to get what we want or make judgments about right or wrong. For this reason, it is good to reflect on how does the Bible define patience?

The Bible defines patience in a similar way (to the one’s quoted previously in the dictionary), but with additional aspects. In addition to the simple use of the word patience, when it comes to suffering, the word longsuffering is sometimes used (KJV). When it comes to continuing through adversity, the word enduring may be used. In all cases, the idea of patience in the Bible covers the same aspects as the common definition.

The Bible has much more to say about patience than the common definition as follows:

Patience originates from God: Romans 15:4-6

Patience is part of the fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22

Patience is a product of self-control and is part of Godliness: 2 Peter 1:5-9

Patience was demonstrated by Christ: Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:14; John 8:6-7

Patience helps us grow during trials: Romans 5:4, Romans 12:12; Romans 15:4; James 1:3-4

Patience allows us to be strengthened and blessed by God: Psalms 27:14; Psalms 37:7-9; Psalms 40:1; Isaiah 40:31; 1 Corinthians 1:4-9; Galatians 6:9; Colossians 1:10-11; 2 Thessalonians 3:5; Hebrews 6:12; Hebrews 10:36

Patience is pleasing to God: Ecclesiastes 7:8; 2 Corinthians 6:4; James 5:10;

Revelation 2:2-3

It is clear that patience is a virtue from God. With Biblical literacy being at such a low point, it is no surprise that there is such a lack of patience in modern society. Like all the other aspects of the fruit of the Spirit, patience is yet another barometer of our relationship with God.

Unfortunately, lack of patience has led to many situations where poor decisions have been made and injustices have taken place. With continued drifting away from God’s Word, calling for patience by anyone often leads to accusations that someone is deliberately trying to cover something up. Likewise, the lack of patience has led to a vigilante mindset that demands people be fired or officials be jailed because of an unwillingness to wait to gather all the facts before rendering a judgement. Then, later, when the facts do not bear out the hasty verdict, no mercy is extended to those who were wrongfully accused (Romans 1:28-31). God addresses this in Proverbs 18:13, 15, 17, 19; James 1:19-20 and James 3:13-18.

Conclusion

Patience is commonly defined as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” Patience, sometimes referred to as longsuffering, originates from God, and is part of the fruit of the Spirit. It is a product of self-control which was demonstrated to us by Christ. Patience is an important part of helping us grow and become stronger in our faith during trials. Our patience pleases God and results in His blessing. Finally, the lack of patience demonstrates ungodly thinking that is without the protection and knowledge of God and leads to injustices and unmerciful treatment of others.


I have not checked all of the references in this script, I’ll do that along with you as part of the service.

What I have presented here is merely to inspire an approach to your perception of patience and what it means to you (and not necessarily what the author has written)

I have to admit that I am sometimes not the most patient of people in some situations. I don’t like what I become when I get impatient. Sometimes anger rises. Perhaps the Holy Spirit was giving me a prompt this week when ‘patience’ came into my mind.

When I thought of scripture relating to patience, I thought of God being ‘slow to anger.’ Looking up that phrase I was directed to Numbers 14:18:-

18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished;

God does set His limits and we do read what happens when God’s patience runs out in certain situations.

Thankfully Jesus has given us protection, but only to those who truly believe in Him.


Jesus was the epitome of patience, demonstrating His love and forbearance to humanity, which led Him ultimately to His death on the cross.

Take time to give thanks now and participate in communion, sharing the bread and wine, the symbols of His suffering and ultimate victory. This is the victory, ‘I have overcome the world,’ He says. Let us demonstrate the characteristics of His patience and what He died for. The victory is ours now as He lives and has promised to return to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on a new earth. No one but the Father knows when this will take place so we will just have to exercise patience until then.


 


Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper  taken from Matthew 26

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

That’s all for this week, I hope you enjoy taking time to read the quoted scriptures. Be patient and remember those in our church who need prayer, for our church to grow in new believers and for God’s word to indwell the whole world to make it a better place.


Regards

Bob