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Vision is the ability to see what is to be and gives us direction, focus and stability. The Bible tells us that “without vision we shall perish”. Here at The Link Church, our vision is to build a large, exciting mature Church whose members love God and one another whilst reaching out to the wider community. We believe we are on a journey and that the Lord is building and restoring the church according to His pattern as laid down in the bible. When Jesus returns, He is coming back for a victorious, powerful and pure church. The heart then, of this church, is for growth. It is to see people of all ages coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and to be able to enjoy a close, intimate relationship with Him. It is to see a glorious, united church which will make a difference in this land. Nothing else will satisfy, will give us the love, peace, joy and purpose we all desire for our life.
Mission: + Relationships firstly with God through our love for His son Jesus Christ and with one another, believing all of us are unique, special and to be loved + Worship which is fresh, lively and in line with what the bible teaches +Fellowship meeting the many needs of people through one-to-one, small and large groups + Team where everyone has a place and an important part to play + Teaching and preaching which is exciting, relevant, clear and consistent with the bible + Young People who are not only the next generation but our future and who have unique qualities and gifting's + Excellence in the quality of our service and facilities + Integrity and authenticity in all that we say and do + Growth through sharing and deomstrating the love that Jesus has for all of us + Maturity of character seeking that al may reach their God given potential + People who really matter to us, both locally and further afield
FRIDAY CHALLENGE: have you let any of the world’s ways slip into your thoughts or behaviours this week? We all live in this world, so we are all susceptible to this. But we are not to be like the world. Let’s spend some time in self examination and prayer this weekend.
How do you experience the joy of the Lord? By being filled with the Holy Spirit and submitting everything to Him.
As Jesus is comforting His disciples shortly before He is to go to the cross, He says this.
This is in addition to telling them that He is sending the Holy Spirit to be with them. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit you can feel this peace that Jesus promises. A peace that comes from Him, regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in.
Be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit today. If you’re feeling a bit distant from God, speak in tongues if you know how for 5 or 10 minutes. Not only will you feel peace, but you will receive another fruit of the Spirit: Joy.
It was a great Word from Pastor Douglas yesterday on joy. If you missed it, it will be on our website soon.
FRIDAY CHALLENGE: it’s important as Christians to take some time to examine yourselves and make sure that you are growing in your walk with Christ. We are supposed to become more and more like Him. Christ is the light of the world. Are you allowing His light to shine through you? You can pray and ask God to help you to shine more brightly.
There are times when we ask God for something and there’s a delay. That’s because He can see things we can’t. It’s not necessarily that God is saying “no” (although sometimes He is). It’s definitely not that He doesn’t care to answer. It’s because He knows what’s best for you, and His timing is always what’s best. Have patience.
God can and does work through all situations. If you are His child, He can work even the hardest/toughest things together for your good. See God in all situations. Don’t take your eyes off Him.
Pastor Douglas continued talking about forgiveness today.
He left us with the words of Psalm 37. Reflect on these words this week:
1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But the wicked will perish:
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
23 The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.[b]
27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34 Hope in the Lord
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.[d]
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future[e] for the wicked.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
All are welcome!
FRIDAY CHALLENGE: let’s embrace this opportunity for self reflection and, most importantly, change in the week ahead. God can help you to overcome anything you’re struggling with this week. Only He can really enable you to walk that narrow path.
Each of us was created for such a time as this; a specific moment in history.
Each of us has a purpose. But that purpose might be scary or difficult.
It will probably involve putting your neck on the line, like Esther had to in revealing that she was a Jew and petitioning for her people. The king had decreed that all Jews should die, and so Esther risked death. Yet she ended up saving thousands of lives.
One purpose all Christians share is to save those who are lost by sharing the gospel and leading them to salvation in Christ.
On a day when racism is dominating the news worldwide, remember that there is no room for racism in Christianity.
The Bible is clear that there is only one race; the human race.
We are all created in God’s image and are precious in His sight. This verse does not say that God made us black and white etc. The only distinctions are gender (and not because we are not equal but because men and women have different roles that work together). God created all of us and He loves us equally. We should love one another too.
Let the reality of this sink in:
Pastor Douglas shared a great Word today on forgiveness. God has saved our whole lives by forgiveness for our sins. What we have to forgive others for is so small in comparison. Yet we need to forgive or God won’t forgive us.
Join us if you can!
FRIDAY CHALLENGE: it’s a good time to reflect on how your week has gone. Have you slipped into old habits or allowed sin to creep in? If so, let’s uproot it before it has a chance to take hold! Confess it to God, ask Him to help you to give it up, and stop doing it.
Unfortunately this is so true. Lies are sold to us as truth. Half truths distort and misrepresent things.
The Bible is unchanging truth. Yet it is now often called hate speech by our institutions and in our courts. Yet the Bible is a book of love. Sometimes that is love through discipline and correction. Love God, love all of His word the Bible, and He will reveal truth to you.
The people were confessing their sins and entering into a new covenant, a binding relationship, with God. They were recommitting themselves to follow God’s laws and walk in a relationship with Him.
As a part of that, they declared this truth about God.
He is ready to pardon us for what we have done wrong (by God’s laws we deserve the death penalty). He is gracious and merciful towards us in that He has made a way for Christ to suffer our punishment for us. He is slow to anger towards us, and doesn’t judge us instantly for our sin (killing us on the spot) but gives us time to make it right and turn to Him. He does not forsake us.
Will you recommit yourself(or commit for the first time) to follow God’s laws and walk in relationship with Him today?
1 Corinthians 6:9&10 lists examples of sinful behaviour. But verse 11 holds words of truth: all of us have fallen short of God’s standards. Some of us have done some pretty bad things. But Jesus can make you clean again.
Here’s the full verse:
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Let’s start the day off right: in the presence of God. How do you do that? By reading your bible and worshipping Him.
Here’s a song to get you worshipping today:
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It was a great Word from Jamie yesterday on sin.
We have all fallen short of God’s standards and deserve the death penalty. But that’s not the end of it. God made a way for us to be forgiven, made right in His eyes and live.
It was a great Word today from Jamie on Sin. Sin can be broken down into categories: transgressions, which are the spur of the moment decisions to break God’s laws; and iniquities, which are the thought-out and planned actions that break God’s laws and go against His standards. The good news is that the blood of Christ can take away them all. We don’t have to live in sin, guilty under God’s laws and deserving of death. We can be set free through Jesus Christ. You turn away from your sin, sin no more, and choose to follow Christ’s example of how to live because He is now Lord of your life.
Here’s a few words from our pastor:
Today I want to conclude my messages on the Coronavirus by looking at how we should respond in the wake of this virus and the devastating effects it is having on our economy.
There are really only 2 responses we can make.
1. Despite all that is going on, we can just carry on as before, carry on as we have always done. Despite the deaths, sickness, economic collapse, it beggar’s belief that some people stubbornly refuse to change their ways, refuse to question what might be going on, refuse to change. We read about such people in the Bible, in Revelation chapters 9 & 16. Despite the terrifying sights recorded and the destruction of a third of the world’s population; many “refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.” They continued on as before, blaming God for all that was happening to them.
2. We can properly reflect on this pandemic and see it for what it is;- a warning from God and an attempt to bring us to repentance and to come back to him through Jesus Christ. God’s words to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:14 aare words we need to hear and act on today;-
“..if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
That is what we need to do as individuals, Churches and as a nation.
This is a time of crisis, but it’s also a time of opportunities. A time to make people think about their mortality and the meaning of life, a time when it is hoped that many will turn to prayer and be more open to God. A time when we may have opportunity to reach out to friends and neighbours who are feeling vulnerable and afraid. A time when we can show compassion and help to those who are suffering. And a time for us as God’s people, God’s Church;- to focus on what really matters ;- the most important things of prayer and the Word. To focus on the eternals and not on the things that are passing away (as this virus eventually will).
Coronavirus is only the beginning of what will befall us if we close our eyes and ears to the “signs of the times.” It is not too late but let us understand these times and know what to do about it. That starts by us asking God to forgive us for all the things we have done wrong and by putting Jesus first and foremost in our lives.
May God bless you in these days!
No matter how bad the things you have done in the past are, if you sorrowfully turn away from them (repent) and turn to Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, He will completely remove them from you. Oh what good news!
In his prayer, Nehemiah is quoting back to God some of His earlier promises. We can do the same too. But look at some of the things God promises us: He will gather us back to Him from the ends of the earth and bring us to where He is. To be in His presence. But only if we obey Him.
This was what Ezra had told the king when he embarked on a journey. He and the people with him then prayed and entreated with God for this, and fasted so that their prayer would be answered (v23). This statement is true. God is with those who seek Him and against those who forsake Him. But do we believe it? Would we be so bold as to proclaim it? Notice both sides: God is not with everyone, but only those who seek Him. Are you seeking Him today? The Bible is full of promises for God’s people, who obey His Word.
This is the first in Pastor Douglas’ series on “Why does God Condone Violence?”. Part 2 will be on our website shortly, but if you missed it have a listen here:
thelinkchurch.org.uk We think it's important that everyone has an opportunity to hear the Word. As such you can listen to most recent sunday sermon audio, from The Link Church, Aldridge.
For some reason, looking down on others is a human trait. Whether we look down on them because of their age, appearance, education, wealth etc. However, you don’t have to accept others looking down on you! Don’t worry about what they have to say. God sees things differently. Rise up and be an example.
What a challenge! As Christians, we are supposed to become more and more like Christ.
We had a great time at church today. Pastor Douglas is looking at some of the questions Christians are often asked, focussing today on “why does God condone violence?” (E.g. with the killings in the Old Testament.) But remember: Under God’s holy law, we all deserve death. Christians talk about being “saved” because Jesus has saved us from the death penalty that we rightly deserve, by dying in our place. If you want to be saved, you must accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life, confess your sins to Him and sin no more. [message us if you want to know more.]
It’s so important that we keep meeting together, even if that’s only possible virtually at the moment. “See” you at church tomorrow!
FRIDAY CHALLENGE: lingering sin can disrupt your life. We need to uproot it completely. Take some time for self reflection this weekend and take any areas of wrongdoing to the Lord in prayer. Let’s deal with it.
Do you sometimes ask yourself why God doesn’t seem to answer your prayers? Or maybe you find yourself thinking that there are parts of your life God isn’t interested in? Think about this. He loves you and wants what is best for you!
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