What was God doing in 2016?

Tonight we welcomed back John Hanna to consider some of the devasting, staggering and 'random' events of 2016, and consider the question: what was God doing?

Turning to John 16, and reading it in full, our attention was drawn to the final verse of the chapter and to the final words "be of good cheer; I have overcome the world". The Lord Jesus Christ has overcome the world.

So, what is 'the world' in this case? In the context we read that 'in the world ye shall have the tribulation'. The world is 'tribulation' for the Christian. It is a heavy weight, a hinderance and a challenge to our Christian walk. It is unpredicatable, it is uncertain and it is potentially destructive. Yet, with this knowledge, many people trust in the world for comfort and for contentment. But if we are trusting solely in Christ, we have sure foundation, a rock, with which to build our lives upon.

When we look around us at the world, our faith can be shaken. But we are reminded that in overcoming the world, Christ already reigns victorous over it. Whether challenged morally, physically or intellectually, we can be encouraged that these challenges will not and cannot last. They have already been defeated. God is not merely everlasting; He is eternal. God exists outside of time itself, from where He controls every event within time - from the actions of human beings to the pattern of the mighty waves and the division of a tiny cell. God is sovereign. God is in control.

What was God doing in 2016? We don't know. But we know that He is constantly working out His purposes. The world is unpredictable. It is no friend of the Christian. But Christ is the same, last year, this year and forever. What happens around us, to us, or in spite of us, does not matter. Christ remains in control.

What are you resting on for security? Your British citizenship, your European allegiance, your celebrity icons or your financial status? If 2016 has told us anything, it is that none of these things can be relied upon. Everything falls away. But Christ, He alone will never change. He alone is secure. He alone is eternal. What are you resting on? Put your faith in Christ, not just for your salvation, but for everything! Stand back and see what God has done.

He has overcome the world.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest - Matthew 11:28

 

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The Hands of the Saviour - Kyle Boyd

The first meeting of 2017, saw a good crowd of young people gathered into the hall as we welcomed back Kyle Boyd to speak. Opening the Word of God in Mark chapter 6, where the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand was recounted, Kyle began to consider the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In this passage, Christ showed that He had compassionate hands. Despite the exhaustion of the day, the hunger of his own body and that of His desciples, the Lord used His hands to produce a miraculous abundance of food. Not only were the people satisfied, but they were completely filled. The compassionate hands of the Saviour are infinitely abundant in reaching out to help His people.

Moving over to Luke 22, Kyle then considered the praying hands of Jesus Christ. In coming to His Father, with the shadow of the cross looming over Him, Christ's humanity is in full view. He is in need of support from His Father, desiring the comfort that comes from Heaven. In this action, the Lord not only shows us His human nature, but sets before us an example of prayer. We must bring our needs to our heavenly Father, trusting Him to take our troubles and cares upon Him and perform His perfect and wonderful will in our lives.

The working hands of Christ are found back in Mark 6. Verse 3 reminds us of His working background, as a carpenter, no doubt working alongside His earthly father in Nazareth. This paints a very interesting picture of a man who works with His hands, shaping and moulding the wood to create beauty, yet who's hands were in turn cruelly taken and nailed to the old wooden, rugged cross. As a carpenter, Christ also showed us an example of dedication and motivation to work, a lesson which is of great benefit in church, in school and in our employment.

In Matthew 14, as Peter cries out to the Lord to save Him, we find the saving hand of Jesus reaches down and saves Him out of the water. Christ was nearby, He was willing and He was ready. All Peter had to do, in verse 30, was to cry out for help and he would get it. Even today, the Lord is waiting, listening for the cry of the sinner's heart. He is nearby, He is willing and He is ready to save. We just need to cry to Him for the salvation that He freely gives us. Salvation from sin, salvation from eternal separation from God and salvation from hell. Christ's hands are ready to save.

Finally, turning to John 20, Kyle reminded us that the hands of the Saviour were pierced hands. Christ's hands, right now in heaven, retain the marks of the brutal death He suffered on the cross. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, suffered, bled and died for the sins of the world. His nail-pierced hands are the eternal evidence of His love for men, women, boys and girls. When we see the hands of the Saviour in Eternity, we will be compelled, as Thomas was in verse 28, to utter the words 'my Lord and my God'. Will you see those hands in glory? Will you see the Saviour face-to-face?

The hands of the Saviour are compassionate, praying, working and saving hands. THey are hands pierced by the brutal nails on the cross. If you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, they are also the hands that will welcome you into hands, and the hands that will place that Crown of Glory upon your head. What a wonderful thing to look forward to. The hope of every believer.

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Dinosaurs in the Bible?!

Philip Robinson joined us again to consider the challenge many believers face against those who claim that God's creation of the world is a lie. This time around he focused on the topic of Dinosaurs, and how perceptions of these magnificent creatures have been shaped by many sources. For example, the tagline of the famous dinosaur movie, Jurassic Park, "65 million years in the making", presumes that the account of creation was not correct and that instead everthing evolved slowly over time.

While merely a Hollywood film, Jurassic Park, and other sources of a similar theme, have been instrumental in the belief that evolution alone has the answer to the origin and extinction of great beasts such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex. There is, of course, an alternate view to this one. It is a view that opposes evolution, ocurred within thousands of years - not millions - and places God in control of everything we see, feel and hear. It is the view of the world contained within the pages of Scripture; detailed for us in the book of Genesis.

While considering these two contrasting views, it is important to realise that these views are based, not on Operational Science (which which can be tested, repeated and observed), but on Origin Science (that which must be extrapolated from the evidence we see before us). Whether we believe in evolution or creation, the evidence at our disposal is the same. It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle to see the final picture. The difference, for Christians, is that we know what the final picture looks like before we began fitting together the pieces. This gives a unique insight into the evidence and how it all fits together.

There are many challenges with the evidence. In particular, with dinosaurs, the fossils which have been found do not have labels that say how old they are, and with so much room for error in the dating process it is impossible to be sure of the numbers. It is then necessary to look for other things we are certain of. In some interesting recent discoveries, soft tissue and DNA have been found in dinousaur bones. While, again, it is not known exactly how old these finds are, it is well established that bone tissue and DNA would not survive beyond a few thousand years. This further piece in the puzzle supports the view that God created man and beasts (inlcuding dinosaurs) on day 6 of creation, around 6,000 years ago.

Another interesting piece of the puzzle is the existence of clear drawings and descriptions of dinosaurs made well before the first fossil discoveries. Carvings on walls, etchings on stonework, stories of dragon-like creatures being fought by brave humans and Biblical references to large grass-eating beasts with tails like trees and bones of iron. The evidence strongly suggests that dinosaurs and humans coexisted, once again supporting the presentation of Creation in Genesis 1.

So, then, what happened to them? If these mighty beasts (although not all were large), lived alongside man within the last few thousand years, why are they not still here today? Firstly, we can't say for certain they are not, as not all areas of the world have yet been explored. Secondly, since the book of Job was most likely written after the Flood, they must have made it on to the Ark, built by Noah. There are many who would mock this notion, but as Philip explains, it is perfectly reasonable that a range of dinosaurs would have been able to fit onto the Ark - perhaps up to 50 different types!

The dinosaurs, like all the other animals, would have then left the ark to find food and reproduce. It appears this happened successfully until at least the days of Job and likely much more recently (according the markings that have been found and the 'legends' uncovered), before they died out through natural means - and perhaps hunting - like so many other ancient species before and after them.

The Bible is true from the beginning. When we read of God creating large, land-dwelling beasts on the same day as He created man, there is no reason for us to doubt this. Nor should there be any reason to fear what scientists and archaeologists will discover under the ground. While the extrapolations and best-guess scenarios of many scientists have seemed to be in direct contradiction with what the Bible teaches, the actual evidence itself has been far from that. In fact, when viewed through the completed picture of the Bible, the evidence takes on much more meaning and makes a lot more sense than through evolutionary eyes.

Sinful man will not want to accept that God exists, that He created us and that He can both judge and redeem us. But the actions of sinful men should not taint our enjoyment and excitement of new scientific discoveries, for with every new discovery comes a further example of God's great power and His wonderful creation of the world. Science books change constantly as new evidence is found, highlighting errors in the previous versions. On the contrary, the Word of God remains the same, as yet another piece of evidence adds weight to the claim of God.

The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
'Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.

The Bible stands tho' the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.

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Men and Women of Faith: ABEL

Continuing our long-term series on the characters of faith found in Hebrews chapter 11, Scott Woodburn spoke on the story of Cain and Abel, focusing on the faith displayed by Abel. Before stepping into the Word of God, however, Scott briefly shared his testimony, recounting how the Lord saved him as a young man when he came into contact with both Christian company and with the glorious Gospel.

Moving on to Genesis 4, where we read that God accepted the offering of Abel, we also find that the offering of Cain was rejected. This made Cain very angry, against both his brother and against God. Driven by his anger, Cain then killed his own brother. As with many who read the Scriptures, Scott shared how he first, as a young child, sympathised with Cain. Why should his offering be rejected? Why would God treat him so unfairly? But as Scott grew in his knowledge of Scripture, he began to realise that there was a far deeper understanding to be had of this passage. Allow the Bible to interpret itself, which is how it is meant to be, we read in Hebrews 11 that Abel came to God by faith. Abel came believing in the holiness of God and the importance of the sacrifice.

Cain, on the other hand, did not come with either faith or a sacrifice. He came his own way, of the work of his hands, in a faithless and selfish act. This is key to why Cain's offering was not accepted. The sacrifice is critical, as it points back to Genesis 3 and the clothing of animal coats provided to Adam and Eve. It was from innocent animals who had to die that a 'covering' might be made for sin. This set a standard that only the shedding of blood could atone for sins; only the sacrifice of an innocent party could satisfy the wrath and justice of God. That standard was what was ignored by Cain.

The sacrifice also points us forward. The sacrifice of an innocent lamb, for the sins of an individual, is a beatiful picture of the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. The Lord Jesus, in dying on the cross, taking upon himself the sins of the whole world, became the ultimate sacrifice - the final sacrifice. In Christ, those who trust in Him have been set free from the stranglehold of sin. We have been redeemed by faith. We have been redeemed from sin by the faith that saved Abel, the same faith that saved Abraham and the faith that saved Paul.

The story of Cain and Abel is not about Cain, and how unfairly he was treated. It is not even about Abel, and how he was accepted of God. It is about Christ. It is about His love, His suffering and His redeeming power through His precious blood. Are we trying to get through life our own way, relying on the favour of God on our good deeds? Do we reject the notion that there can only be one way to get to Heaven and insist on testing God with alternatives? Or do we humbly accept our own worthlessness, as Abel did, knowing that Christ alone has the power to forgive sin. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Impossible. Abel had the joy of being the first believer to be received into Glory, as the redeemed of God. Be sure that you will join him, by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone.

"...to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel."
Heb 12:24

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Reaching the Arab World for Christ

From an organisation working in the Arab world, our visiting speaker shared with us the work among the Muslim community, both in Northern Ireland and abroad. 

He reminded us of the great privilege of hearing the Gospel at almost every turn, with so many Bible believing churches in this land. He then turned our attention to the Arab world, where so few have heard the glorious news of Christ Jesus and His sacrifice for the sins of many.

But God is at work. Many are fleeing from their towns and cities to find refuge in other lands - countries in which the Lord has a presence. Believers in Jesus Christ are faithfully proclaiming the Gospel and Arab men and women are coming to put their trust in Him.

There is a rise in Atheism, among the Islamic community, with families turning their backs on the Muslim faith. This is a great opportunity for the work of God. We were told of a website which reports that 60,000 individuals in the Arab world have downloaded the complete Bible for personal reading. The same website has had over 3,000 stories of Muslim people coming to know Christ. God is at work!

Speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ to normal Muslim people is, in many ways, easier than reaching the native population of Northern Ireland. Muslim people accept that Jesus Christ lived. They believe that He was born of a virgin, He lived a perfect life and He performed miracles. Sadly, however, they do not believe that He is the Son of God, nor do they accept that He died on the cross for the sins of the world.

Muslim people are approachable. Let's not allow media perception to dictate whether or not we speak to them. Muslims need the Lord, and Christ has given us a responsibility to share the Gospel of Christ with the unsaved.

The Lord is bringing Muslim people to us. In our work and in school, we will be faced with a growing number of opportunities to speak with people from the Arab world. Let's show the love of God with them and share how Christ has transformed us. Share with them the Word of God, and pray that they too will come to know Him and obtain eternal life in Him.
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Luke Barker - Feasting on the Word (Part I)

Luke Barker joined us for the first of our two-part series on 'Feasting on the Word'. Beginning at Hebrews 4:12, Luke impressed upon the young people the authority of Scripture, reminding them that preachers, teachers, commentaries and books can all be flawed, but the truth of God's Word never fails.

The Bible is never out-of-date. The truths contained within its pages apply as much today as they ever did. As we read in Isaiah 40:8, "the grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever"Yet while the truth of God is secure, it can be twisted and manipulated by those with malicious intent. When Scripture is made complex, it is often a sign that we are being deceived by an argument of man. Be wise, beware, and ensure that you are comparing what you are being told with what Scripture truly teaches.

We have to also be wise about the translation we use. Luke gave an example of the Ethiopian eunuch, who asked Philip what hindered him to be baptised. Philip's answer "if thou believest thou mayest" makes it clear that there is a criteria to being baptised. Sadly, in some versions/translations of the Bible, this criteria is removed.

Take the Bible literally. When God describes a creation which occurred over 6 days, then it literally happened in 6 days. Yes, Scripture sometimes uses symbols to describe something that is happening, or will happen. However, when it does this, the verses around it will often make it clear that symbols are being used. In a similar way, the Bible also becomes its own dictionary, with the context fully explaining what the complicated word or phrase actually means.

As we come to study God's word we should pray for help. He has given us the Holy Spirit, if we are saved, to guide us into all truth and show us hidden depths from His word. James 1:5 reminds us that the wisdom of God is freely given to those who ask.

If reading God's Word could be considered as eating, the Bible must then be thought of as a complete meal. Take the entirety of Scripture, beginning with the first page right through to the last. Establish the habit of reading Scripture daily, a small portion at a time, from Genesis to Revelation. Only then will we become grounded in the Bible, and become strong and established in both word and doctrine.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 1:1-3
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Standing Out from Day One (2 Timothy 3)

An excellent crowd joined us, many for the very first time, for our opening meeting of this new season. We also had the pleasure of welcoming Danny Roberts, no stranger to us, who appropriately considered the need to stand out for Christ from day one.

He began by considering the general opposition of society to Christians. The vast majority of people with whom we share our school, university and workplaces with are not sympathetic to the truth contained in the Bible. So how can we, as Christians, continue to stand strong and speak out for Christ in the environment in which He has placed us?

It won't be easy. As we know from 2 Timothy chapter 3, the days that we live in are inherently evil. Christians, therefore, cannot expect to get an easy ride from those who do not believe. In school particularly, the expectation to conform, to 'fit-in', is very high. Yet choosing, as many do, not to take a stand at the first opportunity we open ourselves up to many and mighty temptations.

We will face trials. We are different. God, in saving us from the punishment of sin, has made us different, and so we know that we will be targeted by some. But this is where we must call upon the weapons that God has given us. We must pray, bringing the challenges of each day to Him and seeking His strength and guidance to face them. Constant communication with God, through Christ, will strengthen our relationship with Him and give us the power of God upon our lives.

It is important to remember, however, that we are weak in ourselves. Yes, with God's strength we can do mighty things, but how often do we try to step out in our strength? It is then that we will fail. The great men of God failed, and we will fail. Peter, when quizzed about his relationship with Christ, profusely denied that he even knew Him. Peter failed - and he knew it! And surely that was it for Peter, his witness had been destroyed, his opportunity to serve Christ had been lost. Likewise, when we fail, it seems like any hope of us being a strong witness for the Lord has gone forever. But that just isn't the case. 

Our salvation, and subsequently our usefulness for the Lord, is not reliant on our good deeds. Not at all. It is, rather, entirely dependent on what He has already done for us. God knows our failings and has forgiven us our shortcomings. He knows we will fail Him, but He has promised to give us new and fresh strength every morning to step out once again for Him.

Peter, in denying the Lord, deserved to be seen as failure in his work for God. The Bible, however, records a very different outcome. Preaching on the Day of Pentecost, in Acts 2, Peter was given the joy of seeing thousands of individuals putting their trust in the Lord. God had a mighty plan for the man that we would have labelled a failure, and God has mighty plans for us.

As difficult as it will be, and regardless of how often we fail, we have a responsibility to stand up and live for Christ. Many of the people we share a bus, classroom or office with, will never have read a Bible. But they will read our actions. They will listen to our words and they will watch how we react in various circumstances. Yes, it is a challenge, but it is also a privilege. The God of heaven, the Creator of the universe, has given us a job to do. What a pleasure to be able to serve the King of kings!

When we think of what God has done for us, sending His only Son, Christ Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins, it is a small thing for Him to expect us to do for Him. Let us all stand strong for Christ, and show Him how much we love Him and how thankful we are for Him choosing to save us.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
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Men and Women of Faith: JOSEPH

Joining us for the first time as a speaker, Adrian Reid, a former member of the Youth Fellowship, began by recalling the wonderful blessings he experienced during his time at Listooder and encouraging the young people to commit to the meetings and to be found under the word of God and among Christian friends.

Turning us then to Romans 8, Adrian read verse 28: 'And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose'. Of all the people in Scripture, and specifically among those mentioned in Hebrews 11, Adrian believes that no-one's life relates more to this verse than the life of Joseph.

Joseph had a troubled life, particularly in his early years when he received a lot of abuse from his brothers. This abuse culminated in the selling of Joseph to slave-traders, who subsequently sold him on to Egypt as a slave. Yet even in these circumstances, Joseph, who loved the Lord, served his heavenly Master with all that he had. Working for a man called Potiphar, Joseph worked to the honour and glory of God.

In Genesis 39, we read of an event that would have a destructive effect on that working relationship, and would challenge the principle of Romans 8:28, that all things work together for good to them that love God.

Joseph's employer knew that he loved God, and the Lord subsequently blessed the house and home of Potiphar because of the Godly life of Joseph. Do our friends, family, or co-workers know that we love the Lord? Our influence, if we are truly living for our Saviour, can be a blessing and a benefit to those around us - even those that are unsaved.

In verse 7, the wife of Potiphar, set her eyes on Joseph and insisted that he sleep with her. Joseph was presented by a temptation to sin. Each of us, as Believers of Christ, will be tempted on a daily basis. The question is, how will we respond to this temptation? Joseph refused to yield. Knowing it was a sin, Joseph explained his principles and responsibilities to God. He explained that he was answerable to a higher authority.

Potiphar's wife put the temptation before Joseph on a daily basis. Temptation will come upon us again and again, yet our response must remain the same. Joseph refused to yield, even physically running away from the site of the temptation, from Potiphar's wife (verse 12) - he got himself out of the place where he was tempted. We should never be afraid to run away from the temptation of the evil one. Of course, in our sinful nature we do not have the strength to resist the sin. We must seek the strength of God, who has promised that when temptation comes, He will always provide a way of escape and give us the strength to take it.

The temptations we face will be subtle. It will seem like a minor thing at the start, but can build and build, coming upon us day after day, until it engrosses all of our thoughts. We must take the advice of the Lord Jesus Christ to be watchful, and pray, lest we enter into temptation.

The temptation will be striking. Sin will rarely seem 'ugly'. The sins of this world have an appeal, and will be desirable to us. Don't be fooled. As beautiful as the temptation may seem, and as Potiphar's wife undoubtedly was, it will bring no lasting pleasure to our lives. Rather it will destroy us. Seek the things that bring lasting joy - seek the things of God.

The temptation will be sustained. Just as with Joseph's temptation, the challenge will not end the first time you say no. The devil will come at us again and again. Seek God's help every day. Put on the armour of God (Ephesians 6) that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the evil one.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 5:8-11

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What Does It Mean To Be A Disciple

Ross Greer turned us to Romans chapter 12 to consider what it means for a Christian to be a disciple. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, He should expect to be given our all. We are to be a 'living sacrifice' to God, thinking not of our own hopes, dreams and desires, but taking His desires as our own. Romans 12 exhorts the members of the church to serve the Lord. Age is of no importance, nor is overall ability. Each of us have been given gifts and talents, and it is in line with those gifts that we should serve our God. For example, if we have the gift of kindness, we should gladly show that kindness to others in the name of the Lord. If the gift of teaching, we must teach diligently in the name of the Lord.

In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul reminds the Believers of what many of them had been saved from - specifically listing many vile sins. However, in verse 11 he speaks about God has done for them and for each us who are saved. No more are we 'branded' by the sins of the past, we have been fully washed and cleansed from all sin by the blood of Christ. We have been sanctified - set apart from this world by God, for service to Him. And we have been justified, set free by a God who promises never again to remember our sin. He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit, a new 'branding' - a permanent imprint upon our lives, the evidence that we belong to Him forever.

When we become disciples of God, we become His property. The Bible reminds us that we are 'bought with a price', purchased for God by the death of His Son on Calvary. It is therefore only right that we desire to glorify the Lord, not only with our mind and our spirit, but also with our bodies. That means controlling the sinful desires, the flesh, within us. Ross made the analogy of owning two wolves and choosing to feed one rather than the other. The wolf you choose to feed will grow to be large and strong, dominating the other one which will grow weaker and weaker. We must choose, before God, whether to 'feed' the fleshly desires of our hearts, or feed the Spirit of God within us. If we continue to feed the flesh, we allow it to grow strong and dominate our lives. If, however, we feed the Spirit, immersing ourselves in the Word of God, and seeking to do His will, the fleshly desires will grow weaker and will have less control over our lives.

Asking what we were motivated by, Ross proposed that the desire and motivation of the world can be summed up in pleasure, prosperity, power and position. Is that what drives us? As believers, we should have one motivation and that is to please God. As Romans 12 puts it, doing the will of God is our 'reasonable service' - it is the least that we owe Him for what He has done for us.

Finally, being a disciple of Christ means we must be crucified with Him to the world - our connection to this earth must die as Christ died. In saving us, He eternally separated us from this world and unto good works - unto discipleship. Although we have responsibility to live our lives in a Godly manner upon this earth, it is not our home. We must set our affection and attention of the things of God and not be distracted by the world around us. It is then that we will realise the true extent of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1

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The Testimony of Rebecca Hutton

Rebecca shared how she had been taught the Scriptures from a very young age. She came to Christ early in life, realising that she was a sinner and needed to be saved. Understandably there was not a drastic change in her life, but as Rebecca puts it 'nothing was ever the same again'. Her name was written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Her name was forever written in heaven.

Despite continuing in the teaching she had received, Rebecca soon found herself falling short in her communion with God, failing to read the Bible as she once did. It was at this time she came across Psalm 73, where verse 2 states: 'as for me, my feet were almost gone'. This resonated with her present state, but as she read on she came to verse 23: 'Nevertheless I am continually with thee'.

This reminder was a help and a comfort to Rebecca as she sought to return to a closer relationship with the Lord. In doing so, she began to understand the great responsibility that God have given to her to live her life as a testimony for Him. Both among saved and unsaved friends, Rebecca has since endeavoured not only to live her life in accordance to God's Word, but to serve Him and actively take opportunities to proclaim the Gospel. 
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