“For by Him, all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 11 Vrs 16 – 17
This week’s prayers –
• Pray for people hurt in road accidents, due to bad driving and recklessness. Pray for better law enforcement on our roads
• Continue to pray for our economy, for a miraculous turnaround and an attitude of hope in South Africans
• Continue to pray for wisdom over the land issue
• Pray against further fuel hikes
• Pray against racism and a new determination for our population to embrace each other and work together to build an undivided South Africa
THEHARVEST OF THE SPIRIT
GALATIANS 5:16-25; 6:6-10
1. What are the fruits of the Spirit [Galatians 5:22] that you would most like to see in your own
life at this time?
2. What are the kinds of things that get in the way and prevent these fruits from growing in our lives?
3. How have you seen the Bible’s principle of ‘a man reaps what he sows’ [Galatians 6:7] work itself out in your life or other people’s lives?
4. We have these two fields in our lives, the field of our ‘sinful nature’ and the field of ‘the Spirit’. They exist together in us. What does Paul mean when he talks about sowing into these fields?
5. How do we ‘walk by the Spirit’? [Galatians 5:16]
6. What are the ‘works of the flesh’ [Galatians 5:19-21] that we see the most in our lives, church and community these days? Can you add any?
7. So, what is the way of Christian victory in our daily lives?
We’re getting ready for Harvest Festival this Sunday, let’s fill our church with food for those in need!
You are welcome to deliver non-perishable foods to the church throughout this week and we would really appreciate donations of fresh produce on FRIDAY 14 SEPT.
Food can also be brought to church this Sunday. We look forward to seeing the beautiful display of food that Jane Henstock and her team will create.
“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things” Ephesians 4 verse 8
Please pray for the following this week:
• Pray that all South Africans will notice the good things that are happening in the country, pray we will stay positive despite what we are hearing, pray that we can have faith in God
• Thank God for the rain
• Pray for the land issue, for clarity as to how this will be done
• Pray for our police force, for an end to corruption and bribes and for proper policing
• Continue to pray for our leaders, for the wisdom to turn our economy around and pray against a full-blown recession.
“Jesus replied, “I Tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “go throw yourself into the sea, and it will be done . If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” Mathew 21 vrs 21
Please pray for the following this week
• Pray for parents of children who have disappeared, and for the children.
• Continue to pray for the state capture enquiry, that it will proceed with speed and be finalised and resolved quicker than planned, so we can move forward as a country
• Pray for protection for all our farmers, for an end to farm attacks and miraculous resolutions to the land issue
• Pray for our hospitals, for staff to be dedicated, for corruption to stop so good health care can be provided and resources provided.
• Continue to pray for our leaders, for the wisdom to turn our economy around.
Dear followers of Christ,
Appended below are some questions related to my message “Make your life count”. I pray they will engender fruitful discussion in your groups. Blessings, Ernie.
Bible passages: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; Philippians 1:3-11
Question 1: Share when you last paid someone a compliment. What led to this and what did you say? Do you find it easy or difficult to pay compliments and how do you respond when someone compliments you?
Question 2: What for you is the crux of King Solomon’s message in the Ecclesiastes passage?
Question 3: “We are people with a purpose – known intimately by the God who created us and and by Jesus Christ who offered His life for us”
Explain how this statement applies to you?
Question 4: Refer to Philippians 1:6 – What, in your opinion, is the “good work” that Christ has begun in you? Share how you give expression to this and how you might encourage others in their Christian walk.
Question 5: Paul prayed that the Christians might be pure and blameless until the day of Christ (v. 10 NIV). Christian behaviour can at times appear abrasive and off-putting which causes others to stumble, either in their search for salvation, or, in their personal growth towards Christian maturity. In what ways do you make your life count for God whilst also defending the Gospel?
Celebrate Spring Day at this Saturday’s Tea Garden, hosted by the Friendship Club. Enjoy delicious homemade cake, tea/coffee and great company.