Sunday 12th July
Life of Paul – Performer of Miracles
This week we will be continuing in our series, looking at the life of Paul. We will be looking at Paul being a performer of miracles, and thinking about how God sometimes does strange things to further his kingdom. The reading will from Acts 13:4-12
Song: All I once held dear
When I was thinking about introducing this subject and in our worship time, it reminded me of when Charles was with us last week and he was talking about Paul – how that he was zealous in serving God, but the problem was he didn’t know who Jesus was, and so he thought Christianity was something that needed to be destroyed as it was against God. He had to have a renewing, a transforming of his mind. This reminded me of Romans 12, where it says:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2).
It was that thought about needing to be constantly renewed and transformed. There can be big transformations, like in Paul – where there was a recognition that Jesus was the fulfilment of all that had gone before in terms of the prophets and the law, and he recognised that Jesus was God’s son.
We are constantly being challenged in terms of our thinking. We see what’s going on in the world and need to think about how that works with Christianity, and we wonder on whether we need to reflect and change our thinking as a result. It comes back to recognising who Jesus is. We were thinking in our earlier series about what would Jesus do in any situation, and He’s the one we need to turn, He’s the one we need to focus our attention and minds on, and He will transform our thinking.
Song: Jesus, all for Jesus
Song: Jesus shall take the highest honour
Reading: Acts 13:4 -12
Song: I give you my heart
Lord we want to just use the words of that song and renew our commitment to you, in the way that you’ve called us. It’s a struggle at times, and we ask that you’d help us to know your will in our lives and that you would help us be the true servants in the way you’ve called us to be. Lord, in everything we’ve got coming up this week, we commit to you – whether they’re challenges or struggles, or things we need to overcome, we commit them to you. Lord if we have people that we want to help and to serve, give us the guidance and help to do that to bring glory to your name. As we go forward through this week, we ask that we’d continue to know your presence with us and your peace upon our lives and your blessing as we seek to live for you in this way. Lord we thank you for all the words we’ve heard today and help them become deeply embedded in our hearts, that we may be the people you want us to be. Help us and bless us we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
We’ll be looking at Paul being persecuted, and thinking about how we are not immune to suffering while doing God’s work. The reading will from Acts 14:8-20