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How can we understand what God means when He says that He has forgiven our sins? In Old Testament times, God used some very earthy comparisons to describe the character and extent of His forgiveness. Here are a few:
As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.Psa 103:12
I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist…..Isa 44:22
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.Mic 7:19
There are similar statements in Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 38:17, Isaiah 43:25 and Jeremiah 31:34, where God says our scarlet sins will become white as snow, that He will cast our sins behind His back, and wipe out our sins, remembering them no more. Are we getting the message? These words are meant to convince us beyond the slightest doubt that God is serious about dealing with the sin problem we have created, and which has broken our relationship with Him. However, there is more! For us as New Testament Christians, the cross is the ultimate statement of the character and extent of God’s forgiveness of our sin. Paul boldly says:
“…..having forgiven us all our trespasses, (14) by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross”.Col 2:13(b)
Do these words re-assure you of God’s love and forgiveness? Are you all the more encouraged to press on in striving to be like Christ in character?
– Phil Pratt
It’s the first Sunday at our new time of 9.30am for our morning service!
In the morning we have John Wilson continuing our series in the Gospel of John, with the next talk titled ‘Jesus, Lord of Creation’, with the bible readings John 6:1-24 and Deuteronomy 18:15-22.
A reminder that following the morning service, we will be having a special pot-luck lunch to farewell Peter & Ruth Blencowe.
At our 5pm service Ken Coleman continues our series on Hebrews, with the next talk titled ‘God Promises our Refuge’, with the bible readings Genesis 22:1-19 and Hebrews 6:9-20.
So, if you normally come in the morning, we’ll see you at 9.30am (not 10am) or 5pm… and just like every Sunday, it’s a great weekend to bring a friend.
See you in person on Sunday, or tune in at www.oakflats.tv.
Different people expect different things from us. When a lot of people are pulling on you, those expectations can build up like a mountain and bury you.
We all want people to be pleased with us, but we must also realise that they frequently have unrealistic expectations and sometimes selfish ones.
So why don’t we just say no.
Realise that you are not called to meet everybody’s expectations. You are called to serve God, using the talents He has given us. ‘We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.’ Romans 12:6
– Valerie O’Regan
This Sunday at our 10am service we have Ken Coleman continuing our series in the Gospel of John, with the next talk titled ‘Healing – Confrontation and Joy’, with the bible readings John 5:1-15 and John 5:14-47.
Our morning children’s program will not be running during the holidays, however creche is still available and we welcome children to be part of our service.
At our 5pm service Ken continues our series on Hebrews, with the next talk titled ‘On to Maturity’, with the bible readings Deuteronomy 29:16-29 and Hebrews 5:11 – 6:12.
We will be sharing in the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, so be sure to join us for this important reminder of the death of Jesus.
You are welcome to come and join us at either 10am or 5pm. Or if you can’t make it in person, jump online to www.oakflats.tv and watch our live stream.
Recent protests have highlighted the concern amongst some young (and not so young) people on the topic of climate change.
The basic issue for them is that the burning of fossil fuels is producing a very rapid and possibly irreversible change in climate. Humans are to take immediate action to end fossil fuel usage or risk precipitating the extinction of all life on Earth. For some young protesters, such a prediction has caused enormous anxiety about their future. After all, planet Earth is the only home we have!
However, the Bible is crystal clear that the end of the world will not occur by human hands, but will take place when Christ returns. Peter says in 2 Peter 3:10-11:
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness…
Paul makes a similar point in Romans 8:18-22 where the end of the world is intimately connected with the return of Christ and the revealing of the sons of God.
While waiting, we are to be faithful stewards of the earth’s resources, preach the gospel and hold on to God’s promise in Genesis 8:22:
22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
– Phil Pratt