divisions in the shed

we’ve hardly started as a church but already there are factions amongst us !!
this week we split up into three smaller groups to chat and pray about the passage.

In a few weeks time these 3 groups will form 3 separate home groups meeting in Terrigal, Kincumber and Saragota.
we also hope to keep starting new home groups each quarter with new members to our churchand new converts from our ‘meeting Jesus’ course’.

chapter 4 of 1 Peter charged us to have the same attitude as Jesus when we face suffering in order to make a clear break with sin.
“They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you – but they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead”.

The end is nigh my people ! – lets stay sober and self-controlled so that we can pray !!

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~ by saturdayev on June 29, 2007.

2 Responses to “divisions in the shed”

  1. Man, thinking about unsaved people, especially loved ones, giving their account to Him breaks my heart. In the words of Kevin Prosch:

    “i weep for you now
    what’s coming upon you

    fires of hell
    made for the devil and his angels
    and those who choose to go
    there’s no life, no joy, no sound of laughter there
    no music to soothe the soul
    only the sound of weeping, crying, grinding of teeth
    over how things could have been
    consumed by the flames of remorse and regret
    they’ll be outside looking in

    i weep for you now
    what’s coming upon you”

    So when experiencing rejection or ridicule for following Jesus, it may make me feel a bit better to think ‘one day you will have to account before God (and you’re going to a bad place)’ – but i remember how Jesus ministered to those who persecuted him, even as they were killing him…. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:24).

    Loving those who don’t love me – ministering to those who ridicule me – mmmmm……. something i need to be better at!

  2. good call mate

    it sure takes a bgger man (or woman) to love and bless those who abuse them for the name of Jesus – its actually a very powerful way to live – a jesus way to live – where grace and mercy rule.

    I think peter’s encouragement to Christians to remember that everyone will stand before judge Jesus and have to give an account is very helpful when our ability to stand firm for Christ is hampered by concern about the abuse we are recieving from pagan friends.

    It is helpful to be reminded that even though we stand exposed before the world to be judged (and possibly ridiculed) now – that its our final judgement before Christ that really matters

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