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Evening Service – Colin Jones

Colin Jones continues the series in Psalms

Psalm 47

 

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Clap your hands, all you nations;     shout to God with cries of joy.

For the Lord Most High is awesome,     the great King over all the earth. He subdued nations under us,     peoples under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us,     the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

God has ascended amid shouts of joy,     the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises;     sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth;     sing to him a psalm of praise.

God reigns over the nations;     God is seated on his holy throne. The nobles of the nations assemble     as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God;     he is greatly exalted.

Psalm 47 NIV

Morning Service – Colin Jones

Colin Jones preaches on this First Sunday

Acts 11:19-26 “Three things about: the Church”

 

 

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The Church in Antioch

Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabasto Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done,he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

Acts 11:19-26 NIV

Evening Service – Jon Berry

Jon Berry continues the series in Psalms

Psalm 121

 

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A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—     where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,     the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—     he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel     will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—     the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day,     nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—     he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going     both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121 NIV

Morning Service – Colin Jones

Colin Jones continues in Galatians

Galatians 3:15- 4:7 “The law and the promise”

 

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The Law and the Promise

Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not!For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

Children of God

Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Galatians 3:15-4:7 NIV

Evening Service – Colin Jones

Colin Jones continues the series in the Psalms

Psalm 40

 

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I waited patiently for the Lord;     he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit,     out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock     and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth,     a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord     and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one     who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud,     to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God,     are the wonders you have done,     the things you planned for us. None can compare with you;     were I to speak and tell of your deeds,     they would be too many to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—     but my ears you have opened—     burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—     it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God;     your law is within my heart.”

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;     I do not seal my lips, Lord,     as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;     I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness     from the great assembly.

Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;     may your love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles without number surround me;     my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head,     and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, Lord;     come quickly, Lord, to help me.

May all who want to take my life     be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin     be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”     be appalled at their own shame. But may all who seek you     rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say,     “The Lord is great!”

But as for me, I am poor and needy;     may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer;     you are my God, do not delay.

Psalm 40 NIV

Morning Service – Colin Jones

Colin Jones continues the series in Galatians

Galatians 3: 1-14 “Justified by faith”

 

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Faith or Works of the Law

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law,or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the lawby becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Galatians 3: 1-14 NIV

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