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May 2016

Be cleansed of sin

soap bubbles

We had another great message from Richard Smart this morning, exhorting us not to cling on to our sin. If we do, we can become complacent about it and even comfortable with it, and it gets in the way of us becoming spotless, which is what God wants for us. Instead, we need to allow God to cleanse us, both individually and as a church, washing our sins down the drain where we can no longer try to grab them back again. Then, as part of the spotless bride of Christ, we can start to discover the amazing things God has planned for us, which are beyond anything we can imagine! Click below to listen to Richard’s message.

The world’s greatest Teacher

Peter Stell in Uganda.Peter Stell, who our church supports in his mission work in Uganda with King’s Kid Ministries, delivered a brilliant message today! Did you know that Jesus is addressed as Teacher (or Rabbi) more often than any other way in the Bible? Do you think of him as your Teacher? As you go through each situation in life, do you consider “What is Jesus teaching me through this?”. Click below to listen to Peter’s message, which also includes an inspiring update on how God has blessed the King’s Kid work and Peter’s role in it.

Remain in the True Vine

Grape-vine-croppedWe got a recording of Brian’s message this morning, please do listen if you missed it. He followed on from Dan’s message last week, talking about how important it is that we remain, or abide, in the Vine – which is of course Jesus. It’s from Him that we gain our strength, and because of him that we are able to bear fruit – the greatest of which is love, and that’s the real evidence that God is dwelling in the hearts of the people who make up His church. Click below to listen…

Week of 15 May at Sidley Baptist Church

Grape-vine-croppedCome and join us on Sunday for worship at 10am! We’ll be continuing to hear about ‘The House God Builds’ – Brian Betts is preaching, and this picture may give you a clue to his topic, especially if you heard Dan speaking last week…

 

Later in the week we have:

  • Monday 10.30am – 12pm: Keep Fit & Active Group
  • Monday 11am: MOGS at the Northern Hotel, Sea Road
  • Tuesday 10am-12pm: Coffee Morning, followed by the Heart of Sidley lunch.
  • Thursday 10.30am-12pm: Sidley Tiddlers

Please note there is not a prayer meeting this Wednesday – a new prayer group led by Brian Betts will be starting soon – details to follow…

A mighty cedar?

Cedar tree

Dan brought us a very interesting message this morning. He relayed a word a church member had received a few weeks ago, saying that when people look at a church, they might see a mighty cedar tree, when they see the number of members, the buildings, the community projects, etc.

But what does God see? Maybe the heart of the cedar tree is rotten, and it will be cleared away? It’s important not to take pride in the visible achievements, our identity is found in Christ alone. We’ve had some upheavals at church recently, but we believe God is starting a new work now. Another church member recently received the following word:

God says: This will be a time of new seasons, new growth, a time to live through faith alone. I have this under control. I’m pruning away your dependencies so you can be solely dependant on me. Lift up your eyes to see where I am taking you. Ask and I will tell you. Trust, have faith and you will go a long way. You can’t see the bigger picture at the moment but I can, so draw near to me.

The mighty cedar may have fallen, but in its place is a vine, and this has the potential to grow until it reaches into every home in Sidley, if we are willing to trust God and abide (remain) in him:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:5-8)

Week of 8 May at Sidley Baptist Church

Come and join us on Sunday for worship at 10am! We’ll be continuing to hear about ‘The House God Builds’ – if you missed last week’s excellent message from Richard, you can listen to it here.

 

 

 

Later in the week we have:

  • Monday 10.30am – 12pm: Keep Fit & Active Group
  • Monday 11am: MOGS at the Northern Hotel, Sea Road
  • Tuesday 10am-12pm: Coffee Morning, followed by the Heart of Sidley lunch.
  • Wednesday 7pm-8pm: Prayer Meeting
  • Thursday 10.30am-12pm: Sidley Tiddlers
  • Friday 10am-12pm: Coffee Morning

Today’s message: beware of placing obstacles!

Richard Smart brought a great message to the church this morning, highlighting how out of human concern and love we might inadvertently place obstacles in the path of friends trying to follow God’s leading.

If this sounds odd, consider the example of Saul and David, when David wanted to go and fight Goliath:

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:32-33 NIV)

David was seeking to follow God’s leading, but Saul, acting out of love and fear, was trying to discourage David. Or consider Peter and Jesus:

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” (Matthew 16:21-22 NIV)

Again, Jesus was following the Father’s will, while Peter was thinking in human terms, and didn’t want to lose his friend and teacher. There’s a lot more to it than this of course, for the full story you can listen to Richard’s message here: