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Big Jesus At Pride

Big Jesus wins award for the 'best community entry' in the parade.

                         

We had a unique perspective on Jesus, His fame and renown. If the crowds were silenced even the stones would have cried out to Him. This must be what it was like for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, re-enacted for the benefit of his LGBT people... What does this say for us and for Him?  

Photos of ‘Big Jesus’ appeared in ‘The Guardian’ photos of Pride around the world!

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/53e8a957e4b0380cb18e4165?page=3 

 

Andre Rabe, preacher and author, hosted by James and Sarah, Function Room, Wainwright club, Hornby Road, Thursday 21st March, at 7pm.  

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Electric Soul Singers, new weekly singing group, is ready to go!

Starting Tuesdays 1.30-3pm from 26 March 2019, Brunswick Room, Central Library,

Open to anyone aged 18+

A broad range of songs from Motown to Musicals.

Singing reduces stress level.

Led by Phil from the Romeo and Juliet project.  

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F ive Facts

There will be no marriages in Heaven.

God created sex, man created marriage.

Delilah did not cut Samson's hair (Judges 16:19).

There was a lady named Noah (Joshua 17:3).

I was always taught that ‘sin is a problem’; I always teach that Jesus is the answer.

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Extracts from Jim’s Preach ‘The Precious Promise’

The old covenant (contract) that I made with Israel in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. My covenant which they broke, even though I was a faithful to them.

However, this is the new covenant (contract) that I will make with the house of Israel.

After those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

"No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, ’Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. I will forgive their sins completely, and I will remember their sins no more." Jer 31:32–34

In this covenant God says ‘I will’ 5 times. In scripture 5 is the number of grace. This is a hint that this contract God promised was based on Grace.

Its based on Him giving Israel something for nothing, they didn’t have to pay anything. It was a one way contract, an unconditional contract.

It was new and shocking! The Jewish religion was based on having to do, and not do a lot of stuff to please God. This new contract was one way, it was about God doing it all and Israel doing nothing.

It was as shocking as a landlord getting out the contract for a flat or house and signing up to promise to let you live in that property, maintain the property, do the repairs, provide a cooker, carpets, everything needed and asking you to do nothing. No rent to pay, nothing. Just enjoy the owners generous gift. The contract totally relies on the generosity and trustworthiness of the landlord. It would seem too good to be true.

We might walk away saying; ‘ nah! too good to be true, I don’t believe it! So we would miss out. However, if we trusted the landlord we could then move in and enjoy the property.

This new unconditional contract from God was totally different from the old covenant where the people agreed to obey 613 rules to the letter to be blessed by him.

The upshot of it all was that the people just had not been able to do what was asked of them in old covenant. They couldn’t be totally obedient to God. The covenant gave them the rules, but not the power or the ability to keep them. Religious rules bring disagreement and disharmony. Everyone argues about what the rules mean, and who is keeping them and who isn’t, who’s in and who’s out. If you can’t keep the rules you have to look as though you are, that leads to hypocrisy.

In the book of Romans Paul told his fellow Jews, who had become Christians, that God’s new contract, the new covenant, brought through Jesus, was a one way promise from God.

It relied on God’s faithfulness and trustworthiness and didn’t rely on flawed people. So no one could fail and no one had to pretend to be something they were not. Hypocrisy now not needed.

All that Israel had to do to get the benefits of this contract was to believe and trust in what God said. And God said ‘I will’ repeatedly. He didn’t say I will as long as you do something.

No, He said ‘I will’ no matter what you do or don’t do, just trust that I will.

He said “I will forgive your sins and I will not remember your sins.” All sins would be wiped out, past, present and future.

The Paul had problems with the Roman Christians. They said ‘Nah! Too good to be true!’. And they insisted on carrying on some rules and saying they were still essential.

The do’s and don’ts of their Jewish religion had a powerful hold over them, they seemed like the right way. So they said keeping their rules said made you more pleasing to God.

Paul wrote to the Jewish believers in Rome, Ro 4:14-15 “If those who live by the Jewish religion its rules and traditions and are correct in what they practice, faith has no value and what God said in His promise is made worthless.’ In Romans 3:27 Paul called this new covenant promise,

the law of faith.” or simply the law of trust in God.

Though the covenant itself had no rules it did have order. In the first creation the law of nature was governed and set in order by God, and it ensures things work together in harmony.

With the New Creation the law of faith is governed and set in order by God. The three persons of the Trinity are ordered, they relate together in trust and harmony in the new creation. To participate in God’s nature we need to trust using the trust in Him that He plants in our hearts.

So in ‘the law of faith’ God’s people could participate, but not by natural human effort, but by a supernatural intimate relationship with God, brought about by faith in what God said.

The Old Covenant was to the Jew, the New Covenant promise was to the Jewish Christian. Paul’s Roman letter was to the Jewish Christian. What has all this got to do with us Gentile Christians? It’s all there for us to learn by, because the character of God doesn’t change.

It shows us that religious systems that rely on flawed humanity doing it right, always go wrong.

Flawed humanity guarantees failure.

The Jewish Christians had a promise based on God’s faithfulness that was so contrary to what they said ‘Nah! Too good to be true! We’ll do it the old way’. We too have a promise based on God’s faithfulness. Let’s grab it, and trust in His promise to us and go through life trusting in Him.

 


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