Pastor's Letter

Dear friends,

A new year, full of new possibilities, new challenges (not least for our newly elected government), new life situations – for better or worse, as the case may be. But some things remain constant, despite the changing years: Water is still wet, cats still purr, and Jesus is still Lord.

The church has always proclaimed and confessed Jesus as Lord – it’s one of the two criteria for salvation in Rom 10 – but has not always been good at living up to that confession. It’s easy to pay lip service to the lordship of Jesus, while continuing to live your life as if you were in charge. That’s not how it works!

Calling Jesus Lord is a life-changing confession. It means living according to Jesus’ requirements, regardless of the cost. It means seeking his kingdom first. And it will usually mean sacrifices – whether giving up a selfish lifestyle, changing the way you speak about other people, or realigning your sex life with God’s holiness standards…

This is what the book of Revelation is really all about, and that’s why I make no excuses for restarting that sermon series on the 12th January. Yes, it’s a slightly on the complicated side, but in a way it’s very simple: it’s all about discipleship, all about being 100% committed to Jesus as Lord, whatever his enemy throws at us, because it will be worth it in the end.

And the main message is that God wins in the end. Remember: Revelation is interspersed with praise and worship because Jesus is on the throne, leading to the final vision when all evil is removed and we will finally live happily ever after.

As we enter yet another year, with unsettling events unfolding in our country and elsewhere, isn’t it good to be reminded that Jesus has already triumphed?

Blessings

David

(January 2020)


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