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The following quotations from the Bible summarise some of the important themes of the Gospel message. Rather than give lengthy explanations we will here let them speak for themselves.

(The Bible was originally written in ancient languages. All quotations here are from the New International Version, which is a widely-used modern English translation. References are given so that you can look them up for yourself.)

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:6

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

“It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:16-18

If you are already a Christian we strongly suggest that you memorise these verses, including the references so that you know where to find them in the Bible. This will be of great help in your future Christian life.

If you are not yet a Christian, read them carefully and thoughtfully, praying that God’s Holy Spirit will help you to see the way of salvation in them and lead you trust the Saviour.


“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5, NIV)

Last Sunday morning as Jim and Jenny McCallum were finishing their talk at our 11:30am “Family Time” they held up a card showing this verse.

It is a frequent practice for us to have a memory verse for the young people to learn by the next Sunday but this time they said, “Why don’t we all learn it, adults as well?”

What a good idea! I look back to my own early days in Sunday School when every week we learned a new verse, and sometimes longer passages. Isaiah chapter 53, Psalms 1, 8, 23 and 100, and John 1:1-14 were just a few of the lengthier sections.

Yes, sometimes as children we found it a chore, but what a blessing it has been down the years since then to have God’s word “hard-wired” into one’s brain for ready reference in the many and varied circumstances of life.

And this reminds me of another psalm:

“I have hidden your word in my heart.” (Psalm 119:11)

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This morning I was shown a sample of the questions to be asked of people applying for British citizenship to check whether or not they understand what it means to be British. I must take a look at the full document very soon, but as I read this article two thoughts passed through my mind.

Firstly, there was an uncomfortable percentage of the questions that I myself couldn’t answer with any confidence. Secondly, if this selection of petty detail about Britain in any way defines the identity of our nation then may God help and forgive us.

We have lost our Christian identity, at least in the minds of our political and bureaucratic leadership. It may not yet be true among the bulk of the adult population aged over fifty, but the two generations under that age have been brought up deliberately to be godless. The Bible is virtually eliminated from most schools and parents have neglected to teach their children even what little they themselves know about God while most churches have sat quietly on the sidelines allowing it to happen. May God forgive us for our decades of timidity.

Is this too pessimistic a picture? As the SASRA speaker at our church supper said tonight, to the majority of the teenage soldiers with whom he works “Genesis is a pop group, Sin plays an instrument, and Grace is a vocalist.” There is a massive ignorance of even the foundational truths on which our civilisation, and that of Europe as a whole, was built for more than fifteen hundred years.

The Old Testament proverb tells us, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Righteousness? But surely, no-one today holds to the old fashioned ideas of right and wrong, do they? Sadly, few do! Morality is invented and reinvented according to populist media trends and campaigns with no reference to the God of heaven.

Which brings me to today’s Psalm, 80:19. Actually, similar words occur four times in the psalm:

“Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved.”

The poet’s nation was in a mess. Indeed, it was under the judgement of God for its turning away from Him to worship false idols. Today our nation’s idols are pleasure, wealth and self. May God forgive us and shine upon us once again! May he send spiritual revival to our land! May he send salvation! As Graham Kendrick’s hymn puts it:

“Shine, Jesus, shine,
Fill this land with the Father’s glory;
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
Flood the nations with grace and mercy,
Send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light.”

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Preaching The Word

Thursday, 20th October, 7:30pm
John Risbridger (Above Bar Church, Southampton)

1 Corinthians 1:18-25  –  “Him We Proclaim”

Thursday, 27th October, 7:30pm
Bill Bygroves (Bridge Chapel, Liverpool)

Colossians 1:15-23 – “For What Purpose? The Invincible Jesus”

Thursday, 3rd November, 7:30pm
Bill Bygroves (Bridge Chapel, Liverpool)

Acts 1:4-8 – “With Whose Resources? Power At Work”

This is powerfully encouraging and challenging Bible-based ministry.
All welcome.

 

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