Today Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe brought us the message “The God who restrains” from 1 Samuel 25 23-35, continuing our sermon series “Living under the real King” from the old testament book 1 Samuel.
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Sadly, the greater Sydney lockdown has been extended to the end of September, with additional restrictions placed on the LGA’s of concern. Compliance or lack of it, is what dominates the daily press conferences in NSW these days. Compliance is another fancy word for obedience. So many people are willfully disobeying the health orders and some are agitated claiming their rights have been violated.
Pages of the Bible reveal, the greatest human problem – lack of compliance to God’s law. As a consequence, we are all under God’s wrath.
How did God deal with this problem? He sent his only son Jesus who would willingly and completely comply – even to accept a cruel cross for sins he didn’t commit. As he died on the cross, he didn’t complain about his rights. Out of great love for us he complied with God’s law on our behalf when it cost him greatly.
By his death, Jesus not only took God’s wrath away from us, he has also left us a model for compliance. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters”. (1 John 3:16). As followers of Christ, we can now learn to comply joyfully and willingly even when there is a great cost to us.
Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe
Our first song is “This is amazing grace”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
Today we want to focus our prayers on the country of Algeria. May this video help us all to pray for this nation.
Our second song today is “Bless the Lord O my soul (10,000 reasons)”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
Reading: 1 Samuel 25: 23-35
Sermon: The God who restrains – Dilan Jayasinghe
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The final song for today is “O great God of highest heaven”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
The Food Bank continues to operate during this COVID season. Thank you to all who have contributed to the Food Bank and to those who have contributed financially to help people affected by CoVID-19. There is an ongoing need for food both for folk within our fellowship and also the wider community around us.
Items needed include:
Long life milk, pasta & pasta sauce, rice & coucous; Harvest meals (tinned), meals in a box (e.g. Sun rise), spreads peanut butter, jam, tinned food (corned beef, SPAM, tuna, sardines, corn, fruit, soup), snacks (sweet and savoury biscuits, chips, wafers, chocolate); coffee, tea, Milo, sugar, salt, cooking oil.
Shampoo & conditioner, toilet paper, disposable razor, sanitary pads, bars of soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand sanitiser, moisturiser. Cleaning items: Laundry power, dishwashing liquid, chux/sponges/scourers etc
Donations can be left at Dilan and Faustine’s place or brought to the church.
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