Sermon Notes: God in 3 Persons – Mark 1 vv 9-11

31 01 2015

I think I’m three weeks behind now, but because in the last three weeks I’ve done Sunday School, we’ve had a baptism and an all-age service, this will actually get me back up to date!

This term our church has started a new series on “Delighting in God”, looking at His perfect attributes.

The bible gives us the following doctrine of the Trinity:

  1. God is three distinct persons“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13v14
  2. Each person is fully God
    • Father – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1v1
    • Son (“Word”) – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1v1
    • Holy Spirit – “Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”” – Acts 5 vv 3-4
  3. There is one God“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” – Deuteronomy 6v4

There are some analogies that help us with this, but none is perfect. For example:

  • The three states of water
    • Water in three distinct forms – Ice, Water, Steam
    • All three forms are the same substance, H20
    • BUT H20 cannot be all three forms at the same time
  • A person has many roles (eg: Father, Office Worker, Neighbour)
    • The person is all three roles at the same time
    • All three roles are still the same person
    • BUT It is all of one person, not three distinct people

Some same that all roads lead to God, but this is not the teaching of the bible, the Trinity does not align with Islam’s description of Allah, e.g. the Koran says that Allah has no son.

We see all three elements of the Trinity at work in unity at Jesus’ baptism. As Jesus is baptised, the Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove, and the Father speaks.

At the heart of the Trinity is a loving relationship.

We are not people who are mainly into the Father, or mainly into the Son, or mainly into the Holy Spirit. Some churches become caricatured to focus too much on one aspect.

  • High Anglican churches can be seen as focussing on God the Father
  • Evangelicals tend to be caricatured as focussing mainly on Jesus as the Word, and so the preached Word
  • Pentecostals can be caricatured as mainly focussing on the work of the Spirit

We should never be afraid of the power of the Holy Spirit, it will never do anything worth fearing. Being filled with the Spirit will always bring glory to Father, Son & Spirit.

We are adopted children of God, unlike Jesus who is the Son of God, but through the Spirit God desires to share the love He has for His Son with His adopted children.

Internet highlights w/c 25th January 2015

31 01 2015

The internet was made for things like this: If Disney Princesses had realistic hair

Or maybe you’d just like a Disney Princess in your hair?

Cats that love water

Emma Watson is going to play Belle in new live action Beauty and the Beast

Mentally disabled man sentenced to death in the USA

Best date ideas ever

All female line-up for Ghostbusters 3 sounds brilliant!

So so many plot faults in Friends – also they missed the one about Ross being a medical miracle vs Jack and Judy having to get married quickly because they’d gotten pregnant…

Study shows that parents of two children favour the younger one

Mind and Soul have launched the Mental Health Access Pack to help churches support those with mental health conditions

Uber static dog

First four Celebrity Bake Off contestants announced – Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Dame Edna Everage and Lulu

The problem with being punctual

Internet highlights w/c 18th January 2015

24 01 2015

All sorts of useful cooking diagrams and infographics

The perfect story of the English

This guy photobombs stock photos

An interesting take on some worship song lyrics, some I’d agree with, others less so!

Wheelie bin gets a parking ticket

Wicked – THE MOVIE?!

Why work friends are amazing

Educating Americans in Britishisms

Dog shaming

Anti UKIP game app annoys Nigel Farage…

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Sermon Notes: In Christ Alone – Romans 8 vv 9-39

20 01 2015

I’m a couple of weeks behind in my sermon notes, but I feel it’s important not to skip – they’ve been pretty good ones! These are my notes from 4th January. This was quite a hard Sunday for most of us as we had just lost a very significant (if that’s the right word) church member over the New Year (in fact the funeral was yesterday), so we were hurting, and our Pastor chose to write his sermon to address this.

Romans 8 vv 9-39

Creation currently struggles with floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, famines, drought, cancer, unemployment and injustice, to name a few.

In v18 Paul talks about “our present sufferings”, this could be broken relationships, financial problems, hunger, rejection, disappointment, loneliness, death of a loved one.

And yet Paul says these “are not worth comparing” with our future glory! This was promised way back in Isaiah.

The original good creation, Eden, was free from the effects of sin, the relationship between God and humans was perfect. Working the garden was not a frustration, there was no pain or death.

This was disrupted by human rebellion.

We have a future hope of resurrected and glorified bodies in a new heaven and a new earth, free from sorrow, pain and death. But while we’re in mortal bodies on this fallen earth, infected with the effects of sin, we long for a greater glory.

Yes Lazarus was raised, but not to his glorious resurrected body – he would have died a second time.

We are adopted as children of God, but we don’t yet fully possess our inheritance. We are like named beneficiaries of a will, who wait to inherit what it contains.

A woman goes through labour pains because of the hope of holding the child in the near future. Similarly, believers live with the groans of the fallen world in the hope of seeing it freed when Jesus returns at the end of the age. We need this truth when we face heartache.

We don’t yet fully see our future hope, we may get glimpses, but we must wait with patience and hope. The Holy Spirit will sustain us – when we don’t know how to pray He even intercedes on our behalf (v26)

The purpose of this life is to become more and more like Jesus. Whatever our trials, God promises to finish His work in us.

We will go through sufferings in this life, but He will go with us.

We have recently lost two members of our congregation, they were both people who had a big smile on their face, they were like Him, and ready to meet Him. Both of their lives shone out His glory and joy even with the sufferings they faced.

We pray for people to be healed on earth, but when they are, they are not yet set free or given their resurrection bodies.

Our prayers have been answered. They received the greatest healing.

Death is not the end for the believer, but the gateway to our eternal inheritance.

Internet highlights w/c 11th January 2015

17 01 2015

Hidden bits in Disney films

Zac Efron sings Let It Go – sort of

Cat went missing – it was in front of the TV!

Cadbury’s are downgrading the chocolate on Creme Eggs

Woman loses the weight of her three children

Social media box sets

One reason why some women find it hard to accept compliments

Booktrust are helping out foodbanks

Geraldine Granger is The Bishop of Dibley for Comic Relief

The ultimate revenge – Ship your enemies glitter!

Words for book lovers that need to exist

Study shows that most school pupils don’t shower after P.E. – big shock….

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I’ve spent some time wondering at Dumbeldore’s rationale for hiring Gilderoy Lockhart and I’ve reached the following conclusion: When Dumbledore met Lockhart, all he thought was “Oh, this is going to be hilarious.”

Internet highlights w/c 4th January 2015

10 01 2015

Why we need to spend time offline too – and why reversing a statistic can make it very different

If you don’t think you’re an introvert or an extrovert, maybe you’re an ambivert?

Science says paper books are better than e-books 🙂

What to do if you run out of toilet paper on a train

Cartoonists respond to the awful happenings in Paris today

Even Cameron wants the Greens at the TV debates?

Cat playing catch with laundry

First Nick Hewer left The Apprentice and now Dara O’Briain has quit the BBC2 show 😦

Potentially the only time a kiss-cam has been entertaining!

Apparently genius way to put your duvet into a duvet cover without the hassle – disclaimer: I’m yet to actually test this!

Internet highlights w/c 28th December 2014

3 01 2015

Christmas pancakes

Fantastic letter of complaint to a bank

Radio Times TV Quiz 2014 – I got 16/24, how about you?

Christmas 2014 – lessons learnt

The best way to react if ditched just before your wedding

The end of Internet Explorer?

Getting your car on the correct side of the fuel hoses at the garage can be a complicated business

A whole load of creative Christmas trees

New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world

Very challenging piece on why we have to be careful with how much power and importance we choose to give sung worship in the church

Science may increasingly be making the case for God

Unfortunate publishing layouts

Dogs that aren’t that great at being dogs

New Years Resolutions: 2014 review and setting new ones for 2015

2 01 2015

It’s probably not a good starting indication that I didn’t do a single resolution review last year, because it shows they really weren’t at the forefront of my mind!
Let’s start with a look back at last year’s resolutions before setting up a list for this year.

  • Actively make more time for reading – I’d say I did pretty well here, I read 24 books this year (not including devotionals)! That’s nearly one a fortnight. The previous year I read 13, so nearly doubled it! Some were quicker, some (mainly non-fiction) much slower, but I’ve definitely focussed on it a bit more. I think I’ve chosen more fiction because I know I read it quicker, but I’ve really enjoyed it this year.
  • Limit DVD binging – The aim was to not sit and watch countless episodes of something in an evening. I made a good start on this, but then later in the year started on How I Met Your Mother. The episodes are only 20 minutes and so I did tend to watch a few. I finished the year in season 1 of Lost. That’s easier to restrict to 1 or 2 episodes. Several busy evenings per week also helped with this one!
  • Exercise regularly – utter utter fail. I did about 3 or 4 weeks of “bootcamp” which was a half hour in the park on Fridays after work in May. Stopped when I got ill and never really picked anything up after that other than the occasional Wedding reception disco etc!
  • Lose weight – in the worst possible way I lost weight through a bad bout with my anxiety disorder in June when I didn’t eat properly for about 2 weeks. That got me to my target weight, I went up a little after but generally quite happy with my weight now. That said – I’ve not weighed myself since before the Christmas eating began…
  • Make a better attempt at the happiness jar – Yea this didn’t even start this year. I think I’ll use it for storage instead.
  • Learn more meals to cook – I did a couple this year, but definitely tailed off after the first handful of months. I got a couple of new recipe books through the year including one just at Christmas, so I haven’t completely given up.
  • Keep clothes organised and tidy – The whole folding them thing didn’t happen, and while I do maybe hang up my trousers properly once every week or two, the rest of the time they’re put on top of my wardrobe to grab another day.
  • Learn to love God more, do everything for His glory, and make time for Him. – This is a resolution for every year!

I’d definitely give myself a low mark on 2014!

So, what shall I aim for next year?

  • Learn to love God more, do everything for His glory, and make time for Him. – this is for every year
  • Find a form of exercise that I enjoy or at least don’t hate enough that I can stick to it regularly
  • Expand cooking repertoire and use new meals regularly to mix up weeks a bit
  • Start giving blood again if they’ll let me
  • Snack healthier, and maybe don’t eat chocolate every day!
  • Keep my room tidy and organised, and clear out regularly
  • Get my life and particularly evenings more organised!

I’m sure I had some other ideas over the last few days which I didn’t write down as I thought of them, so I might add these at a later date as I remember them. And if you think of anything you think I need to change about myself, let me know! 😉

also adding in…

  • Grow my nails out again
  • Watch all 6 Star Wars films and all three LOTR – and shall we throw in the BTTF trilogy too as it’s an anniversary year?