Last Saturday/Sabbath was a first for the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Seventh-day Adventist Churches. We assembled together as one church, with people in the Lowestoft Church building, with people on Zoom and with others watching via Facebook. It was a blessed day! A big thank-you to all who made it happen. This Saturday/Sabbath we are back on Zoom and Facebook only for our Family Service at 11.15am due to the funeral of Joan Frost today (Friday) at the Lowestoft Church building, and the need to allow 72 hours before cleaning. We plan to be back at the Lowestoft Church building on Saturday/Sabbath, October 17th. We continue to monitor any changes to government guidelines.
In Hosea 13:14, the Lord turns the tables on death, which is the destroyer of life, but God says he will destroy the destroyer. “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.". The Lord says to death, "I will be your plague, I will be your destruction". The Apostle Paul quotes from Hosea 13:14 in 1 Corinthians 15:55, where Paul goes on to describe this victory over death as through Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ". What a blessed thought and a living hope for all who believe in Jesus.
In Romans 2:7–11, Paul says that Christians will receive "eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honour, and immortality". Then Paul continues with a dire warning to all who "are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek". Paul concludes with "but glory, honour, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God". God does not play favourites, nor should we as his followers. There is only one way God has given for eternal life, and that is through Jesus Christ. God's has made this available to all who believe. But let's be clear, true belief and faith will show itself in our lives, where the focus will be on God's glory and His honour.
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
- Pastor Mark Borrett