We will gather for prayer meeting this Lord’s Day at 11 AM at the Phillips’ home, and we will conclude our time with a fellowship lunch. Please consider bringing a dish to share. If you have family or friends in town for the holiday weekend, please consider bringing them to prayer meeting and to our regular worship service at 5 PM.
If you need directions to the Philipps’ home, contact us. For more reading on prayer, consider picking up the book Persistent Prayer by Guy Richard from our resource table.
There is much to consider in passage such as this one. The resurrection brings great hope–because Jesus is alive, all of His people have hope of life eternal and the hope of the resurrection of their own bodies unto glory. The resurrection gives us a hope that is truly unshakable.
What we see in that scene is the innocent condemned in the place of the guilty. Is this not what Jesus has done for His people? The Spotless Lamb was condemned so that His people might go free. The old hymn, “Man of Sorrows, What A Name!” by Philip Bliss uses the phrase, “In my place condemned He stood.” Christ stood condemned instead of His people. Though we deserved the judgment of God, Christ Himself took it upon Himself at the Cross. Because Christ has accomplished all this on behalf of His people, we may go free.
We will meet this Lord’s Day for prayer meeting at 11 AM at the home of the Phillips. Please contact us if you need directions.
During our prayer meeting we will consider question 6 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and we will spend time in prayer of adoration, confession and thanks to God, and we will pray for the needs of our church, community and world.
We will also meet for our regular Lord’s Day evening service at 5 PM at The Commons at St. Andrews Church.
Many people seek change. Perhaps they want to change their lifestyle, or perhaps they want to change their location. If you listen to the radio very often, you’ll likely here of people singing about moving far away to change their scenery. But if you listen long enough, you realize that while there may be a change of location, there is often no real change in the person.
The kind of change Paul speaks of in Colossians 3:1-4 is unique in that it describes a core change in the life of the believer. The passage reads,
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (English Standard Version)
Paul is describing someone who has not merely had a change of lifestyle, but someone who has been brought from death to life. The Christian is united to Jesus Christ, and therefore he is a new person. The Christian is dead to the power of sin and is alive in Christ. Based on that truth, Paul exhorts the believer to seek that which is above. In other words, the Christian who is a new creature in Christ ought to seek to cultivate a heavenly mindedness.