This Saturday/Sabbath we will have our normal local online services on Zoom. We hope you were blessed by the British Union Conference Day of Worship last week.
We have now received the response to our Risk Assessment from the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. We are responding to a few points raised, but we are one big step closer to re-opening our church buildings, starting with Lowestoft. We also continue to locally prepare for re-opening. Many thanks to all helping.
In our Bible Study and Prayer Meeting on Monday Night we looked at James 2:1-13. James deals with the issue of favouritism. We defined that as "the practice of giving unfair preferential treatment to one person or group at the expense of another". James clearly says that showing favouritism goes against the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ and is sin. It is a denial of our faith in Christ! The Lord does not play favorites! If we practice any kind of favouritism we are undermining our faith and our message to others about God.
The good news is simple. It is found in John 3:16 (NKJV) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life". The challenge is to live such a message in every relationship and circumstance of life, without partiality. We can only do it by recognising that we cannot do it, without the help of God through His Holy Spirit. That means yielding, having humility and being entirely His.
James 2:1-13 ends with "Mercy triumphs over judgement". Christ extends that mercy to us each day because of the cross. The Lord asks us to reflect His mercy in every relationship and circumstance of our life. It is a good motto for life. Mercy triumphs over judgement.
I would like to encourage you all to read the Messenger. You can find the link to it as you scroll down. It is titled "Serious Times".
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
- Pastor Mark Borrett