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Pastor's Corner 

Our vision, "Learning Christ Together"

In last month’s Pastor’s Corner, I suggested that we all evaluate ourselves before God. Did you evaluate yourselves in the light of God’s Word and the wisdom that the Holy Spirit gives us? Firstly, we should ask our Lord to examine our hearts.

 

As we come to the Lord’s table today, let us seek the Lord’s forgiveness for our sins of commission (things we do that are not pleasing to him) and our sins of omission (things that are pleasing to him that we did not do). We seek his forgiveness on the basis of Christ’s work on the cross, his blood shed for us so that we depend on his merit before God the Father. His atoning sacrifice on our behalf secures forgiveness and allows us to start anew, despite our broken fellowship with him.

 

Let me also repeat the following reminders. We have sinned against God, first and foremost. Yet our relationships with others may have been damaged and marred by sin due to self-centeredness, greed, and selfish attitudes. We also confess our corporate sin as a church, as God’s people by not making disciples of each other so that we can pursue God’s will together—by loving each other more than we love ourselves individually. May we love and give of ourselves to each other, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us.

 

Today, we are on the famous passage of the individual components of God’s armour (Ephesians 6:14-17). Please keep in mind that the context (Ephesians 6:10-13) of why Paul urges us to put on God’s armour is the command Paul gives—STAND. Stand against the schemes of the devil/enemy (6:11b), withstand the evil day (6:13a), and stand firm (6:13b). Since my youth, I have been aware of the spiritual battle that all believers face after putting their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In addition, my eyes were opened to the fight we have “against the spiritual cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the forces of evil in the heavenly places”. Remember Elijah and his servant, Gehazi, in 2 Kings 6:8-23?

 

However, I have not consistently reminded myself of the need to stand in this spiritual battle—we are not on the offensive because Jesus had already won the battle through his death and resurrection. On the other hand, we are on the defensive and therefore, all the components of God’s armour are defensive instruments to help us stand firm/unmovable in our faith. I pray and hope that you will listen attentively to today’s preaching on the armour of God as well as next week’s message on the need to be devoted in prayer, both individual and together as a church in corporate prayer.

 

Let us celebrate firstly Christmas, the first coming/advent of our victorious “Saviour like no other” (Luke 1:46-55). That will be my Christmas sermon that the Holy Spirit had impressed on me, Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat. Secondly, let us also celebrate the second advent or second coming of our Lord Jesus and be reminded of what we learned in Revelation about his victory over sin/death and our enemy.

Pastor Dodie – 0421 436 848

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