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Dear Friends,

Last Sabbath we were all blessed by the message from Pastor Douglas McCormac, the Executive Secretary of the South England Conference.  His key verse is above, which stresses how we need to keep walking humbly with our Lord.  We need to strive to fast from self and to let God have His way in our lives.  Salvation is on God’s terms, not ours.  That is why Jesus said in Luke 13:24 (NKJV): “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able”. 
 
Pastor Doug stayed after the service and chatted with us, taking some questions on the process around re-opening our church buildings.  It is very apparent that it is a very thorough process that will take some time!  We have submitted our Risk Assessment for Lowestoft Church, as it is our plan to initially have both churches meet at Lowestoft for Divine Worship.  We will keep you updated on progress, but it may be some time before we are given approval to meet in the buildings again.  Of course, our services and events are continuing on Zoom. 

- Pastor Mark Borrett
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Zoom Church Services and Events
 

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Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm. Paul Manogaran will lead the study.

Children’s Sabbath School at 10am on Saturday.   Paul and Sini Manogaran will lead out.  Make sure your children join for fun and bible learning!

TeenStudy at 10am on Saturday.  Norma Borrett and Janna Wilkerson will lead the discussion in a break out Zoom Room.

Family Sabbath Service at 11.15am on Saturday.  Pastor Mark Borrett will share a message from the Book of Ruth. Norma Borrett will share a  Children's Story.  

Church Family Fellowship at 3pm on Saturday. Join for a fun afternoon of quizzes (with prize), testimonies and singing.  

The Epistle of James on Monday at 7.30pm.  We will continue our study this Monday looking at the Epistle of James. 
 
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Last week we started to look at another key date for Seventh-day Adventists, the 1888 General Conference Session in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It marked a massive change in emphasis that was not accepted by all at that time.   The clear call was for more Christ-centered preaching – i.e. putting Christ at the focal point of Adventist preaching more than we had done before.  This in turn, led to an emphasis on salvation by grace through faith, resulting in our church bringing into prominence the importance of living the life of righteousness by faith. The former emphasis on obedience to the law did not disappear but was repositioned in its proper place in the plan of salvation.  
 
In the wake of 1888, Mrs White was led to write, “Of all professed Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be foremost in uplifting Christ before the world … The law and the gospel, blended, will convict of sin.  God’s law, while condemning sin, points to the gospel, revealing Jesus Christ…In no discourse are [the law and the gospel] to be divorced.” (EGW 1888 Materials p.892-3). 
 
Thus in 1888 some Adventists began to understand more fully the third part of Revelation 14:12, “the faith of Jesus”.  “Jesus becoming our sin-bearer that He might become our sin-pardoning Saviour … Faith in the ability of Christ to save us amply and fully and entirely is the faith of Jesus.” (ibid p.217).

To be continued...
Have you noticed that at the end of each of these studies so far was this statement?  “We need to ask for the Holy Spirit on a daily basis.  Jesus has promised that if we petition the Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit, He will grant our request (Luke 11:5-13).  Please take careful note of verse 13.”  Did you read the statement that Jesus made in Luke 11:5-13?  What impact did verse 13 bring home to you?  Think about it!

Summing up our previous three Bible studies, we recognized that in order to prepare for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit we need to regain that “first love” we had for Christ and His truth.  This calls for a genuine change in our partial commitment to a 100% commitment to Christ.  Are you prepared to make that change?  Secondly, this change is to heal our broken relationship with God.  That means we need to receive the genuine “gift of repentance” that will turn us completely around from the downward course we have been unwittingly travelling and from this point onwards, to recommence our upward journey with Jesus.  This brings us to the third imperative in our preparation – i.e. daily surrender to Christ by submitting to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Our focus must be on Jesus, our Saviour. He is able to restore our relationship as we not only submit but also trust in Him Who “is able” to accomplish His good work in us.  By abiding in Christ, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to reproduce the character of Christ in us.

This is what the Plan of Salvation is all about.  Therefore, ought we not to be petitioning our Heavenly Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit?  The impact of Luke 11:13 is that our Heavenly Father is more than willing to grant that request if we are prepared to ask Him.  We need that gift to affect the change to fit us not only for Heaven but also to serve Him effectively as a living witness for Christ (Act.4:13).  The final outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be for that purpose: Act.1:6-8.

The Holy Spirit was poured out upon those in the Early Church who prepared for Him to come upon them: Act.2:1-8, 37-41.  Jesus had specifically instructed them to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s promise for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that would empower them to witness for Christ: Luke 24:45-49; Act.1:4,5. How many followed His instruction?  Note carefully, according to 1 Cor.15:6 there were over 500 disciples; but how many waited in Jerusalem, preparing for the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit?  According to Act.1:15 there were about 120!  Their time was spent in prayer: Act.1:12-14.  It was a time for soul-searching, confession, repentance and uniting together: Act.2:1.  Their former rival spirit was removed.

Dear friends, are you preparing yourself for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit?  We all need to take this seriously instead of being preoccupied with earthly things.  Which group are we in, the “120” who waited in Jerusalem or the “380” who didn’t stay with those who received the outpouring?  So, referring back to that question posed in Part 1 of this study (18 June ’20 Issue no.7).  “In what position are you in the church, vertical or horizontal?  Are you standing up or lying down?”
 
“They did not wait in idleness.  The record says they were ‘continually in the temple, praising and Blessing God.’ Luke 24:53.  They also met together to present their requests to the Father in the name of Jesus. . . . As the disciples waited for the fulfilment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief . . . As they meditated upon His (Christ’s) pure, holy life they felt that no toil would be too hard, no sacrifice too great, if only they could bear witness in their lives to the loveliness of Christ’s character. . . . Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship. – E.G. White, The Acts Of The Apostles, pp. 35-37.

“To us today, as verily as to the first disciples, the promise of the Spirit belongs.  God will today endow men and women with power from above, as He endowed those who on the Day of Pentecost heard the word of salvation.  At this very hour His Spirit and His grace are for all who need them and will take Him at His word.  Notice that it was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.  They were of one accord. All differences had been put away.” – E.G. White, Testimonies vol.8, p.20.

“Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witness since apostolic times.  The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. – E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p.464.
 
“When we bring our hearts into unity with Christ, and our lives into harmony with His work, the Spirit that fell on the disciples on the Day of Pentecost will fall on us.” – E.G.W., Testimonies, vol.8, p.246
Prayer Requests
 
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” - Phil.4:6.
  • Continue to pray for protection of all those serving on the frontline. 
  • Pray for our elderly and infirmed members - also vulnerable at this time.
  • Pray for our members who suffer serious, on-going illness.
  • Pray for our young families, children & young people, to stay close to Jesus.
  • Pray for those of our number who may be drifting from the Lord.
  • Pray for our folks who are facing trials and difficulties.
  • Pray for Liz Folkard’s neighbours, Daphne & Steve.
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in our church.
  • Pray for Colin who has just undergone a leg amputation; also pray for his family, Sue & Chris as it has been a traumatic experience for all of them.
  • Pray for John Sampson who has just lost his dog, a long-time friend.
  • Pray for those who preach God’s Word & for those who hear it online.
  • Pray for the leadership of our church & for our Government for wisdom in directing the affairs during this critical period.
We will hold a Zoom Communion Service on Saturday/Sabbath, August 22nd during our Family Service at 11.15am.  Pastor Michael Walker will be preaching and Pastor Mark Borrett will lead the Communion Service. 
Click here for the latest YouTube update from Dr Emmanuel Osei, President, South England Conference (SEC).  Also Click here for the latest Pastoral Newsletter from the SEC, with upcoming conference events by the various departments. 
Thank-you for your giving to the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and to the Local Churches.  Our local church giving is well down compared to last year (over 50%) but we continue to have many expenses even with the buildings closed as this time, such as water rates, building insurance, departmental  expenses, printing costs, Zoom, DVD/CD and mail posting.  You can give on-line at https://sec.adventist.uk/contact-us/donate/  You can also send cheques to our Church Treasurers or contact the Pastor if help needed.  Remember that tithing and offerings is an act of worship, just like prayer and singing.  
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