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Sunday Message, 18th December – Lessons and Carols: Lessons that create the Jesus DNA

Nine lessons and carols: a safe service to come to. Familiar fare wrapped in pleasant carols and ministry from the choir. Annual visit ticked off my Christmas list: now let’s get on with the real festivities!

Before the lessons began, we heard new dad Keith ask how far is it to Bethlehem: Bethlehem means House of Bread. In the time of Ruth and Naomi there was a famine in Bethlehem: no bread, then the famine broke and there was fresh bread in the House of Bread. A foretaste of the nativity of Jesus. This gives you the flavour of our lessons, for they tell of the Big Story that begins with the tale of a garden and ends with the city of Gold. These none lessons were not the result of some kind of ecclesiastical bingo: these are the lessons that create the Jesus DNA and call us to follow.

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Sunday Message, 18th December – God in a cowshed

Christmas is a depressing time for many people, punctuated by greater emotional stress and more acts of violence than any other time of the year. For some, Christmas is a little more than an excuse to get drunk, to party, to visit the relatives, to get something, to give a little, to take time off work, to spend money, to overeat, and perhaps to indulge in other excesses.

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Sunday Message, Sun 5th Dec 2011 – Who do you think you are?

I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God’s temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God’s co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God’s child (Eph1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are?

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