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Listen to our Christadelphian Kenyan brothers and sisters from Chwele Town Ecclesia performing hymns in Swahili. How many do you recognize?

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Anxious thoughts, threatening opponents and impending danger all seem so much more real and insurmountable in the darkness of the night, so sleep doesn’t always come easy to human beings, even to believers. Psalms 3 and 4 both assert that the terrors of the night can be conquered through faith, however, and in psalm 4 the particular angle is the psalmist’s faith in light of the frustrating naysayers that surround him. They threaten to sap both his energy and his confidence, but the Lord can be his stay.

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Night Sky

Our walk and service should be done through faith, in love, humility, patience, self-denial, and resignation of will to the will of God as Christ modelled.

John 12

Service should be from the heart and cheerfully - not reluctantly or under the feeling of compulsion. Attitude matters.

2 Corinthians

Do all work heartily FOR God not man

Colossians

Let is abound in the work of the Lord

1 Corinithians 15:58

How does the Bible describe itself?

The Bible contains what God wants man to know about him and the purpose He has with the earth - His creation. These two passages from the New Testament give us a good summary of the Bible, or Holy Scriptures:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21

What did Jesus Say about the Bible?

Jesus says to the people of his day, For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? John 5:46-47

Jesus read his Bible and believed it to be God's word. That it was important to read to find out about his Father - our God and his purpose with the earth.

Bible Quotes

Jesus challenges us to:

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39

Read the Bible each day!

Open Bible

 

 

27 November (6pm): Why read the Bible (GE Dawe)

4 December (2pm): Have ye not read?" - Jesus' challenge regarding the Bible (D Brown)

11 December (6pm): Bible teaching about Baptism (D Blacklock)

18 December (6pm): Can there ever be true justice? (P Crossley)

Where is God in all the suffering that exists in the world? How do we make sense of this important topics?

"To address the whole problem of why God allows suffering, we need to go back to the beginning. The Bible says in the very beginning there was no suffering. Man lived in a Paradise. Food was in easy reach, the climate was perfect, and the animals had no fear of man. God the Creator and man His greatest creation, were in perfect harmony.

The problems began when Adam and his wife broke the commandments of God. They had been warned of the penalty for disobedience, but they went ahead and disobeyed anyway. The Bible has a word for human rebellion against God. It calls it 'sin'. Called before the Creator for judgement, the two sinners found themselves driven out of the Paradise, and condemned to experience suffering in its various forms." [Read More]

God in reply to the disobedience of Adam and Eve (the first man and woman) to his commandment replied (recorded in Genesis 3:16-19):

"To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth
,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.”

Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;

Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”

Is there a solution to this problem?

God promises an end to suffering. He promises that there will be a time when the Lord Jesus Christ will return to the earth (Acts 1:11). To do what you may ask. God promises that Christ will be in charge of creating a world wide God based kingdom.

Isaiah 35:5-6 and 10 writes, "the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For waters will break forth in the wilderness...

And the ransomed of the Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
With everlasting joy upon their heads.
They will find gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away."

A grave yard photo in black and white.

Introductory Reading: Ecclesiastes 3

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die... For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; and man hath no preeminence above the beasts: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man, whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goeth downward to the earth?..."

"Mortal"

Cambridge Dictionary defines "mortal" as 

(of living things, especially peopleunable to continue living for ever; having to die:

The Bible teaches that man is mortal:

Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of Thee; in the grave who shall give Thee thanks?

Psalm 115:17 The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.

The Christadelphian Statement of Faith (below) has summarised the topic of the nature of man, the reason for death, the hope of reconciliation to God (our creator) and the paired promise of a hope beyond death - in God's kingdom on earth led by Jesus Christ as King. We'd encourage you to explore the Bible references that accompany each of these excerpts.

Christadelphian Statement of Faith Regarding Man's Nature and the Hope for the Future

4.— That the first man was Adam, whom God created out of the dust of the ground as a living soul, or natural body of life, “very good” in kind and condition, and placed him under a law through which the continuance of life was contingent on obedience (Gen. 2:718:27Job 4:1933:61 Cor 15:46-49Gen. 2:17).

5.— That Adam broke this law, and was adjudged unworthy of immortality, and sentenced to return to the ground from whence he was taken — a sentence which defiled and became a physical law of his being, and was transmitted to all his posterity (Gen. 3:15-19,22,232 Cor. 1:9Rom. 7:242 Cor. 5:2-4Rom. 7:18-23Gal. 5:16,17Rom. 6:127:21John 3:6Rom. 5:121 Cor. 15:22Psa. 51:5Job 14:4).

6.— That God, in His kindness, conceived a plan of restoration which, without setting aside His just and necessary law of sin and death, should ultimately rescue the race from destruction, and people the earth with sinless immortals (Rev. 21:4John 3:162 Tim. 1:101 John 2:252 Tim. 1:1Titus 1:2Rom. 3:26John 1:29).

19.— That God will set up a kingdom in the earth, which will overthrow all others, and change them into “the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ” (Dan. 2:447:13,14Rev. 11:15Isa. 32:1,62:3,411:9,10).

20.— That for this purpose God will send Jesus Christ personally to the earth at the close of the times of the Gentiles (Acts 3:20,21Psa. 102:16,212 Tim. 4:1Acts 1:9,11Dan. 7:13).

An image displaying a likeness of the empty tomb of Jesus

Introduction

God revealed in the Bible a number of important promises or covenants:

  1. Adam and Eve in Eden - Genesis 3:15
  2. Noah - Genesis 9:9-16
  3. Abraham - Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 13:14-17; Genesis 22:16-18; Gal. 3:16, 26-29
  4. David - 2 Samuel 7:12-16

God tells us about the special character of David when discussing His choice of a human king for Israel: “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

The Bible tells us further about God's opinion of David as "a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will" (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22).

What is Contained in the Promise to David?

The promise in 2 Samuel 7 speak of a coming descendant of David:

Verse 12 A seed who will be King in the future
Verse 13 He shall build an house for God's name - the throne of his kingdom will last for ever.
Verse 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son
Verse 15 God's mercy will not leave him
Verse 16 David's "house" and kingdom and throne will be established for ever.

Matthew 1:1 tells us that Jesus Christ was the son of David and the son of Abraham.  Jesus was described by God as "my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5; Luke 9:35; 2 Peter 1:17).

But didn't Jesus die like all men die? Yes he did (John 19:30) but he was raised back to life by God due to his pure and sinless life (Psalm 16:8-11; 1 Peter 2:22; John 20:17; Acts 2:24-31; 13:35-37) and then ascended into heaven to sit next to God (Acts 1:11).

God’s promises to David will be completely fulfilled when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to restore God’s kingdom and reign from David’s throne in Jerusalem as promised (Acts 1:11).

So What?

God reveals through the Apostle Paul how anyone can join into the "seed" of David and Abraham:

"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:27-29).

Romans 6 talks about the importance of baptism and the way we should behave afterwards. Verse 4 points to us following Christ's footsteps and "walk in newness of life". This newness of life is one that follows the ways and character of God and Jesus to the best of our ability being guided by the Bible.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

Bible Reading: Hebrews 12:22-29

Jesus our Mediator

What does God and the Bible mean by by this term - is it the same as the dictionary definition of mediation?

In the garden of Eden there was a Adam and Eve disobeyed God and there was a break in communication because of disobedience of man:

"they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden"..."he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life" (Genesis 3:8, 24).

God didn't want there to be be a barrier between Him (as creator and Father) and his children who had turned away from His holy way of living (thinking, talking and walking). God doesn't want this break. He sent firstly Moses as the first mediator between God and man and his Law. Jesus then became the second mediator and of a new covenant. Galatians 3:19-22 summarises this,

"Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator [Moses]. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Why? God says in Hosea 6:6 "I desired mercyand not sacrificeand the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings". 

"In the New Testament, Christ in his role of mediator is in exactly the same role as Moses: communicating the new covenant from God to all people. Consider the references in Hebrews: Now Jesus is the “the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises…And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament…And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant…” (Heb. 8:69:1512:24). Every instance refers to the case of communicating a covenant, the new covenant which Jesus Christ relays from God to humankind." (Read more here Tidings Magazine)

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ (1 Timothy 2:5)

How do we access this mediatorship that Jesus Christ is offering? By

1) reading, believing and obeying the Bible message delivered firstly to Abraham (the Gospel)
2) joining the family of God through baptism
3) continuing walking with God, guided by the Gospel revealed in the Bible
4) grace of God at the judgement seat of Jesus Christ

"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:27-29).