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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!
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We have moved to St Pauls.
St. Paul's Worship Centre, North Shore
Map etc. Go To: https://www.stpaulsnsbpl.org/info/
Coffee Club on Thursday begins this week with a walk along the Prom, starting at North Pier 12noon and finishing at 1pm at the Tower Cafe Abingdon St for coffee.
Group: Glasson Dock St 21st July 11m –
Extracts from Jim’s Preach ‘Faith, Hope and Love'
Reading from the beginning of Romans 5:1-5
...Since we have been made righteous through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope, in the expectation of the glory of God...
hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his
love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Tonight’s reading speaks of Faith, Hope and Love. At the end of 1Co 13, the famous chapter on love, it says of Faith, Hope and Love, love is the greatest. Faith hope and love are needed in this life but only love the greatest remains in the next.
Some Christians focus on love as being the answer to everything we need in life as a Christian, (I once did), others focus on faith. But hope is very rarely spoken about.
So what are these qualities in the scriptural sense? 1Cor 13 tells us about pure love that keeps no record of wrongs and never fails, surely this is about the purity of God’s love. My love is an impure emotion; my human love fails regularly, like everyone else’s. At times God empowers me with his love when I’m able to love beyond my human limitations.
Faith is trusting in God and all that He is, merciful, just, true, loving, faithful. It’s a sureness in His faithfulness, the faithfulness He has revealed to us. It is from God, a free gift from Him, not anything we can muster up ourselves. Hebrews 11 tells us that faith has a substance and has a real effect on us, it’s our inward evidence for what cannot be seen.
Hope is a vivid expectation of something God has promised that will surely come to pass; a knowing that even though we cannot see it God can, it has substance and it exists. It is a work of the Holy Spirit in us. While faith is about trusting God and His nature hope is about having a distinct expectancy that what He has promised us will come to pass.
When God has revealed something to us, it becomes a reality to our spirit; it is the only evidence we need to know in our inner being that it is true. We may not see it with our eyes but we can perceive it in our inner self, in our spirits.
When a woman is expecting a child, the child is real though she cannot see it. Her confident expectation is not without substance, mother nature guarantees it; and the woman knows that something beautiful and wonderful will happen.
Scripture declares there is one God yet three manifestations; Father, Son, and Spirit. God has one nature yet scripture declares three manifestations of it Faith, Hope, Love. Three yet one.
The love of the Father, the faith of the Son, and the hope/the expectancy of the Spirit (Ro 8:23)*.
Scripture repeats: ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.’ Abraham the father, Isaac the Son, Jacob represents the Spirit.
In the Gospels Jesus often takes Peter, James and John with Him to the exclusion of all others.
Peter represents the faith of Jesus, John represents the love of the Father and James therefore represents the hope given by the Holy Spirit.
(Remember in the Old Testament Jacob represented the Spirit. James was Greek for Jacob).
These things are not a coincidence they are to teach us. Father, Son and Spirit three yet one, Faith, Hope, Love three yet one.
Faith, Hope and Love are fulfilled in Jesus who is the glory of God.
Liberty is built on the foundation of Faith, Hope, and Love. It was out of His love for this community that He sent Nina and me, it is out of faith in God, and His faithfulness that we came.
He has given us our hope, our confident expectation that He will reveal His glory among us.
We have a sure expectation that after a period of gestation Liberty will give birth to something that is beautiful and wonderful.
Faith, Hope and Love are featured in tonight’s reading where it is recorded that faith in God, given to us as a gift, renders us righteous in his sight. So faith brings peace of mind because we know that at all times and in all circumstances, no matter what we are like or how we fail, we always, always have right standing with God.
This undeserved favour, known as grace, gives us hope, that confident expectation, the overwhelming feeling in that we know, that we know that we know, that we are welcomed and included in the glory of God.
We hope in confidence because God has poured His love into our hearts. Our experience of His love is our guarantee that our faith and hope are true.
His love is
where our trust and expectation was conceived. His love brings
life to the glory of God within us. The glory of God whose name is
* Ro 8:23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
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