And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Mark 9:28-29
The church is so constituted that every member matters, and matters in a very vital sense. So I call attention to this whole subject [of revival] partly because I sense there is a curious tendency today for members of the Christian Church to feel and to think that they themselves can do very little, and so they tend to look to others to do all that is needed for them. This, of course, is something that is characteristic of the whole of life today. For instance, men and women no longer take exercise in sport as they used to. Instead, people tend to sit in crowds and just watch other people play. There was a time when people provided their own pleasure, but now the radio and television provide their entertainment and pleasure for them. And I fear that the tendency is even manifesting itself in the Christian church. More and more we see evidence that people are just sitting back in crowds while one or two people are expected to do everything.
Now that, of course, is a complete denial of the New Testament doctrine of the Church as the Body of Christ, where every single member has responsibility and has a function and matters, and matters in a most vital sense. You can read the apostle’s great expositions of that doctrine, for example in 1 Corinthians 12, where you find that he says that our less comely parts are as important as the more comely parts, that every part of the body is to function and is to be ready for the Master’s use, and always to be usable.
Unless we as individual Christians are feeling a grave concern about the state of the church and the world today, we are very poor Christians indeed. – Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
We are planning for three Christmas outreach sessions. December 4th, 11th and 18th at 4:00pm. The Jew family have kindly offered to host a light lunch for each of these dates. Please join us to give the glorious Christmas Gospel Message!
Sunday School Christmas Concert
The Sunday school and Good News Club will be taking part in our Christmas program on Sunday December 18th, in the evening service.
Christmas Day Services
As Christmas day falls on the Lord’s Day this year, we are planning a special International Lunch following the morning service. Everyone is invited, and families are asked to bring a hot dish and salad or dessert. After lunch, we will have a time of Carol singing and reading of the Scriptures. There will be NO evening meeting that day.
An Excerpt from “The Person and Work of Christ” by BB Warfield on the Reason for the Incarnation
“Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels because of the suffering of death, ‘crowned with glory and honour, that by the grace of God the bitterness of death which he tasted might redound to the benefit of every man’ (Hebrews 2:9), and the argument is immediately pressed home that it was eminently suitable for God Almighty, in bringing many sons into glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect (as a Saviour) by means of suffering. The meaning is that it was only through suffering that these men, being sinners, could be brought into glory. And therefore, in the plainer statement of verse 14 we read that Our Lord took part in flesh and blood in order “that through death he might bring to nought him that has the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver all them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage”; and in the still plainer statement of verse 17 that the ultimate object of His assimilation to men was that He might “make propitiation for the sins of the people.” It is for the salvation of sinners that Our Lord has come into the world; but, as that salvation can be wrought only by suffering and death, the proximate end of His assumption of humanity remains that He might die; whatever is more than this gathers around this.”
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Francesca Fernandes, Jenny Tian and Aszerina Ijaodola.
Pray for Our Seniors
Florence Chung, Mary Long, Margaret Schenk,
Yvonne Postill, and Alf Jordan.
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