“It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear”
Isaiah 62 verse 24
Give thanks for all positive developments in South Africa at the moment and for answered prayer.
Please Pray for:
Cyril Ramaphosa – For Godly wisdom in decision making
For our law enforcement agencies to be efficient and do their jobs well
That those involved in state capture will be held accountable and stolen funds recovered
For Wisdom and integrity in our courts
For new hope and growth in our economy and job creation
For our education system from 0 – tertiary, for creative solutions
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. “
Jeremiah 20 Verse 11
COVENANT… OBEDIENCE AND SACRIFICIAL RESPONSES
(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 15- 21st January 2018)
ICE BREAKER: Reflecting on your life what are you most grateful for, and what do you desire most for 2018?
FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Acts 5:27-32; Matthew 7:21-23; Mark 1:14-20
- READ: ACTS 5:27-32. The gist of this passage is obedience to God’s word over world authorities. In what ways do you find it challenging to live this out in your daily walk?
- Share an experience where you have gone against what the worldly standards dictate and followed in faithful obedience what you believe to be the truth using God’s Word as a yardstick. What was the challenge in that and what good outcome came from your obedience?
- READ: Matt. 7:21-23. Again, Jesus is more concerned about our walk than our talk. He wants us to ‘do right’ not just ‘say right’ What you do cannot be separated from what you believe. Share your thoughts on these statements.
- READ: Mark 1:14-20. Interesting to note again that the disciples were not great men of faith – they had to grow in their faith just as we do. What do you believe it takes to grow in your faith?
- We will be sharing in our Covenant service in a few weeks. Some of the sacrificial responses like: ‘Put me to doing, put me to suffering,’ have raised difficulties for some people because these word don’t fit with a merciful and loving God. What if we looked at it like this: the emphasis is on God’s readiness to enfold us in generous love that is not dependant on us deserving it? And our response springs with repentant joy because we recognise God’s grace in all things?
- Are you able to see the Covenant as something that we desire, by God’s help, to actively do or patiently accept whatever is God’s will for us?
- This passage is also on call to follow Christ, and makes missionaries of all God’s people – where are you casting your net?
NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.
Sermon : Deacon Wendi Tiedt
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Sermon : Rev Peter Crundwell
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PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 8 – 14 JANUARY 2018
Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.
We have as a church alongside other churches collectively prayed with ONE voice for issues of concern in our country – congregation members have faithfully prayed each week for justice and righteousness to prevail and this has paid off. The turn of events in our country seem to be moving towards a better future; less ridden with crime and corruption. Well done everyone – prayer does pay dividends. Galatians 6:9: ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we DO NOT GIVE UP.” Please do continue to pray for a better future for our country.
Let us continue to put our hope in the Lord: Psalm 42:5 ff: “Why are you downcast, oh my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my saviour and my God.”
Please pray for:
- Effective education. The news abounds with great stories at the moment of excellent matric results and accolades of those with distinction, may we give thanks for this. Let us however also pray for the bottom of the spectrum where some ineffectual teachers and leaders have neglected their duties, resulting in weak results. Please also pray for anyone who might be tempted to commit suicide as a result of failure. As Andrew preached last Sunday – may everyone make wise and thoughtful, insightful decisions for their own lives. May the ruling party make wise decisions for our country?
- Pray for those who carry out hate crimes. Pray for those who feel the need to throw rocks off bridges to harm the innocent. May we all show ‘balance” when circumstances throw us off course. Pray for wisdom for those in authority who are looking into solving this issue.
- Please pray for all those who have been bereaved. The families whose loved ones have tragically died in accidents. Those who have passed on from old age or ill health.
- Please pray for gender parity.
- Pray for fire-fighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, municipal workers, dustbin collectors, and ministers, ANYONE involved in public service who has given up family time for the greater good.
- There has been a request for unity in prayer for the ongoing drought in the Western Cape. Deuteronomy 11:13-16. 2 Chronicles 7:14. There is a prediction of possible rain today – let’s pray it in!!!
1 Peter 1:3: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy he has given us NEW BIRTH into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Thank you Lord that you have been with us through all the changes and different transitions. You are our perfect protector. Help us to keep our bearings when the going gets tough. Give thanks for precious down time, much needed rest/leave time – some of it spent with our wider families. Pray for all those who “face” work today, may their year be blessed.