A WARM WELCOME
‘Putting God to the test’ is one of the essential impulses of the human heart. No matter what God has done for us, our hearts say ‘But what have you done for me lately?’ The evil of this is we reverse places with God. We put him on probation, making our relationship conditional on how well we think God performs. But God created the universe with a word of his power, and even the galaxies are like dust before him. Is this the kind of person you ask into your life to be your personal assistant? Here is a prayer you might like to pray as you consider this evil impulse in your own life.
how can I obey and love you conditionally
when you loved me unconditionally.
You looked down from the cross
and saw us betraying, denying, forsaking you.
Yet you stayed.
Help me to cling to you and obey you no matter what.
RESOURCES FOR OUR CHILDREN
Here are some great resources provided by Quiz Worx Puppets. They teach that JESUS MISSION IS SPREADING. The following resources are available for our use.
● Activity Sheets (for ages 2-4, 5-8, 9-12);
● Discussion Questions & Family Devotions;
● Craft/Game Ideas;
● Videos for the Kids' Talk, Memory Verse & Bonus material
Let us affirm with Christians across the ages what we believe
about God and his love.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
*please note; the quality of the video this week will be slightly different to our usual weekly videos
Kevin prayed that these 5 unchanging eternal realities (on display in Revelation 4-5) would grip our hearts and our minds and give us direction in our lives, in our relationships, in our families, and in our church.
a) God and the Lord Jesus are in control
b) Heaven is real
c) Hell (the second death) is real
d) There is an eternal gospel
e) Life is short
1. Explain as best you can what these five realities are and how they are vividly pictured in the book of Revelation.
2. Discuss/reflect in practical terms the kind of difference and direction these five eternal realities might bring both to our personal lives and church family life.
Be exalted Lord, above the heavens.
Let your glory cover the earth.
Keep our nation under your care.
And guide us in justice and truth.
Let your way be known on earth.
Your saving power among all the nations.
Send out your light and truth.
That we may tell of your saving works.
Hear our prayers, O Lord.
For we put our trust in you.
Eternal God and Father,
by whose power we are created
and by whose love we are redeemed,
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service
and live this week in love
to one another and to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore. Amen.