On Monday nights we have been looking at the first letter of the Apostle Peter sent around AD 60 to churches in a region of modern day Turkey where Christians were living in a hostile environment under Roman Governance. Peter's guidance is clear "Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbours. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honourable behaviour, and they will give honour to God when he judges the world
" (1 Peter 2:12). Charles Spurgeon puts it like this, "Let us look to it that in all things we are just—in our trade, in our judgment of others, in our treatment of neighbours, and in our own personal character. A just God cannot bless unjust transactions.
This Saturday in our Family Service at 11.15am, we will look at a letter sent by the Prophet Jeremiah to the captives who had been taken by force from Judea to Babylon around BC 597. A journey of some 4 to 5 months at that time. Jeremiah gives very practical guidance from the Lord for how to live in captivity. The guidance may well surprise you and there is a quote from it in the image above. The letter is even more remarkable in that it is sent to a group of captive people who must have felt abandoned, cast out and judged by the Lord. But the Lord says that was never His purpose in causing them to go into exile, rather His thoughts towards them are ones of peace and not of evil, to give them a future and a hope. Simply remarkable words that are timeless. The Lord also says to them (and to us) that "you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart
" Jeremiah 29:13. What a promise! Regardless of where we find ourselves in life!
We will be having our annual Business Meeting this Saturday, including discussion on our plans for returning to our church buildings. Vespers will be at 5.30pm led by Errol Victorio, followed by the Business Meeting. If you missed the Shepherd's Voice, you can still view it as as PDF by clicking on the small image.
Many thanks to Pastor Michael Walker for putting it together. This Saturday our Family Service will take place as normal at 11.15am on Zoom and Facebook. Pastor Mark Borrett will give the message. Tonight (Friday) at 7pm, we will have Adult Sabbath School continuing our look at the Book of Isaiah, led by Pastor Michael Walker.
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
- Pastor Mark Borrett