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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!
Weds 11th Sept Social at Squirrel Carvery at 6.30pm
Please let Jim know if you are
going so we can book a table.
1 "Grace is all about acceptance. By accepting grace, we accept God, we accept ourselves, we accept each other." Jay Bakker
2 The stunning message of the gospel is not that we receive Jesus into our lives but rather that He received us into His.
3 Grace meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.
4 Can a Christian be free, that Judges another?
5 Guilt will never produce holiness.
Taken from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 1:3 - 10
Let us give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm.
Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ Jesus, so that we would be holy and without fault before him.
Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his sons and daughters - this was his pleasure and purpose.
Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!
In all his wisdom and insight ………………………...
God made known to us the
mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in
Christ Jesus, to be put into effect when the times reach their
fulfilment—to bring unity to all things in Christ Jesus.
The theme of the first 3 chapters of Ephesians tell us who we are as Christians, the theme of the last 3 chapters tell us what we do as Christians.
To Jewish scholars numbers in scripture have meaning and a spiritual significance.
Their meanings give a greater insight as to what the text means.
The number 10 symbolises ‘completion’. In the book of Ephesians ‘all things’ is mentioned 10 times.
‘In Christ Jesus’ occurs 10 times in the first 3 chapters. This signifies that who we are in Jesus is complete in Him. When something is complete we can’t add to it.
12 symbolises government. Grace is mentioned 12 times in Ephesians. This conveys that grace governs everything stated in the book. God’s grace governs all things.
If God’s grace governs who we are in Jesus and we are in unity with Christ Jesus (who is supreme over ‘all things’) then surely God’s grace, governs what we do as Christians.
2Co 5:17 .’if anybody is in Christ, they are a new creature: old things have passed away; all things are become new.’
The new for me is trusting Jesus, not trusting myself for my standing with God or my course through life. I can trust/have faith in Jesus for both. He makes me right with God and; I can simply be me, faults and all and as I trust in Him He will bring about in my life the things He has purposed me to do.
This squarely, in faith, hands the responsibility for my life and His work in me, over to Him If by self effort I could do the things He wants to work in me then they would not be His work in me to his glory. They would be my efforts which I could claim the glory for.
At the end of today’s reading Paul writes about the mystery of His will. In Col 1:27 Paul tells us the mystery is Christ Jesus in us. We are one with Jesus and this gives God pleasure. This is something we don’t readily have images for, God taking pleasure.
We see God in the court room and God in the cemetery, not God on the Pleasure Beach!
Gods children give Him pleasure, He is pleased with each one of his children.
What pleases God was that His plan and purpose is carried out in Christ Jesus. He takes pleasure that we, His children, have a direct effortless connection with Him once more.
Who we are in Christ Jesus gives God pleasure, everything about us pleases Him.
We can view the second 3 chapters of Ephesians as a list of ‘things we must do’ or as an insight to the plans and purposes of God for us in Christ Jesus, that He can, as He; chooses, bring about in us at His own pace and at the right time.
If we look at the second 3 chapters as a list of ‘things we must do’ immediately divides us into those who can and those who can’t.
Some of us can do these things because life has given them stability and ability to control reactions and behaviour. And some of us can’t because life has robbed them of stability and put up multiple obstacles making them unable to control their reactions and behaviour.
But when we view the second 3 chapters as a list of things God can, when He chooses, to bring about in us in His ways and in His time, we can appreciate his working in all of us and refuse to judge ourselves and others for our failings.
After all, who can separate us from the love of God? Who can separate us from the unity of Christ Jesus in us?
What we do as Christians and what He brings about in us has to be what God brings about in us in union with Jesus and not things we can achieve by self effort.
Letting Jesus lead us is the secret, letting Jesus be sovereign in all of our life gives God the glory. Knowing our union with him is secure, no matter what we struggle with in life, delights God. Recognising His work in us, no matter how we appear to others, respects the way He works in each individually, at the right pace and in the right way.
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