Carpenders Park Church - Caring and Sharing in the Community

ELDERS' MESSAGE
Greetings to you all.
Inspired by our memory verse for last March (Romans 8:29), we have “kicked-off” 2018 with a new sermon series entitled “To be like Jesus”

The Apostle Paul says to the believers in Rome “God has set us apart to be like His Son, so that Jesus will be the first in a huge family of brothers and sisters”

It is a tremendous privilege to be set apart by God, but also a tremendous challenge. As human beings, we experience a need to belong, somewhere, among some others, to feel “at home” in a certain setting and, if we are honest, we don’t really want to be different to those around us; we want to “fit in”. Yet God says to us in this verse “I have set you apart”!

The truth is, we are different from many folks around us, because we know God and all that He has done for us, especially through the life, death and resurrection of His dear Son Jesus, and, He is at work in us, changing us into His likeness.

So, does this mean that we keep away from those around us who are not like us? Well, both Jesus and Paul would say “no way!” Jesus came in for a fair amount of criticism for associating with sinners (tax collectors, in particular!), one of whom, Matthew, went on to write a powerful account of the life and works of Jesus, to prove to his countrymen that Jesus was the Messiah

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”

God is at work in us, changing us into more recognisable Jesus people, day by day, but sometimes we feel we have made so little progress in the Christian life. Be encouraged, God hasn’t finished with you yet, and sometimes the changes are more noticeable to others than they are to us!

We have been won by God’s love, to be one with Him and to reach out with His love, to win others for the Kingdom of God. So let’s be winsome in our dealings with those outside of the church, that we might win some to Jesus!.                                 

 Paul


SERVICES FEBRUARY 2018

Sunday 4th        All-age Worship

                          Led by the Elders and others

Sunday  11th     Constant in prayer

                          Mark 1:35-39, Luke 5:16, Luke 11:1-4

                          Douglas Nwosu leads, preacher to be announced


Sunday 18th      Bold in faith

                          Mark 2:1-12
                          David Sims leads and Douglas Nwosu preaches

                   
Sunday 25th      Filled with compassion

                          Mark 1:40-42, Matthew 9:35 -10:1 (10:5-16)

                          Andy Coomar leads and Luci Booth preaches

                          This service is a Communion Service