Sunday 09h00 Morning Service Preacher: Pastor William Text: Habakkuk 1 18h00 Evening Service Preacher: Pastor William Text: James 1:1-18 Soup and Rolls in the church Monday 19h30 Bible Study at Adrian & Claire's Thursday 18h00 Re-Bible (Romans- 1st Corinthians) Friday 17h30 D.O.T.S. 19h00 C.H.A.O.S. Saturday 07h00 Prayer Meeting 08h00 Mens Breakfast and Work Party
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. —1 Peter 4:10
Last week I had several opportunities to show grace. I wasn't perfect, but I was pleased with the way I handled one situation in particular. Instead of getting angry, I said, "I understand how that could have happened. I've certainly made my share of mistakes," and I left it at that.
According to my own grading scale, I deserved a high score. Not perfect, but close. Lurking in the back of my mind (I hate to admit) was the thought that maybe by being gracious I could expect to be treated that way at some future date. The following Sunday morning our congregation was singing "Amazing Grace," and suddenly the audacity of my attitude came through to me in the words, "Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me" What in the world was I thinking?!
The grace we show to others is not our own. The only reason we can "give" grace to anyone is because God has already given it to us. We can pass along only that which we have received from Him. Good stewards look for opportunities to pass along to others what we have received from the Lord. May all of us be "good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10).
When you know God's grace, you'll want to show God's grace.
Sunday 09h00 Morning Service Preacher: Colin Text: Colossians 1 v9-14 Communion: Rodney 18h00 Evening Service Movie Night: The War Room Thursday 19h00 Executive Meeting Friday 17h30 D.O.T.S. 19h00 C.H.A.O.S. Saturday 07h00 Prayer Meeting
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
When I am weak, then I am strong. —2 Corinthians 12:10
If there's anything we tend to despise, it's weakness. Strength, on the other hand, is regarded as praiseworthy. But the apostle Paul made a puzzling statement: "When I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor. 12:10). How could he say that? He learned that when his own strength gave out and his personal resources of energy and wisdom were depleted, he had to rely completely on God's inexhaustible grace. When he did that, his experience was like that of a traveller in the desert, who tosses aside his bone-dry canteen because he has come to an oasis with an abundant supply of crystal-pure water. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, knew the secret of strength through weakness. Complimented once by a friend on the impact of the mission, Hudson answered, "It seemed to me that God looked over the whole world to find a man who was weak enough to do His work, and when He at last found me, He said, 'He is weak enough—he'll do.'All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His being with them."
Have we learned the secret of abandoning our utterly inadequate self-sufficiency in order to draw on the resources of God's unlimited power?
To experience God's strength, we must recognize our weakness.
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