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A Strategy to Cope (Hebrews 3)

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I wonder how you have changed over the years. It is almost 40 years now since I first became a Christian and started following Jesus Christ. I haven't fallen away from Him in that time, but I have known some people who have. A question as we start: "How can we, as 21st century Christians, keep from falling away?" Particularly at this time when we have a global pandemic due to the Corona Virus. The answer I believe, is what I would call it the COPE strategy: Consider, Persevere and Encourage.

1. Keep Considering! (Hebrews 3:1-6)

  • Moses was cool
  • In Comes Jesus
  • How is Jesus better than Moses?
  • What about us?

2. Keep Persevering! (Hebrews 3:7-12, 15-19)

3. Keep Encouraging! (Hebrews 3:12-14)

Conclusion

If you would call yourself a Christian and you are unsure where you are, then please do look back and remember what Jesus has done for you. Consider Him as you look back to your first profession of faith in Him. Consider that just as He died, you died in the waters of baptism. Consider that just as He rose to physical life, you rose from the waters of baptism and will also rise again when you physically die. Consider that just as Jesus will be glorified, so too will you be glorified before the Father - if you hold out until the end. Be assured of who you are - you are a child of the living God - hold out to the end. He has a firm grip on you, so maintain your grip on Him! Remember who you are! The way to cope with the rigours of 21st century life as a Christian believer is to keep considering, keep persevering and keep encouraging. Thank you...

 

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Partakers Friday Prayers

15 January 2021

For the Persecuted  Church Worldwide

 

We pray together and when Christians pray together, from different nations, different churches and different denominations - that reveals Church unity! Come! Let us pray together!

 

Prayers for the Persecuted Church

Sovereign God, we worship you and acknowledge that you know all of those who suffer in your name because they follow you. We remember those who are imprisoned for their faith and ask that they would join with the Apostle Paul to see that even though they remain captive, their chains have furthered the gospel, not frustrated it. May they inspire and embolden their fellow believers to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
Amen

God of all comfort, for those who are tortured both in body and mind, give them the grace to endure and to see their suffering as part of following in Christ’s footsteps. Merciful God, for those asked to pay the ultimate price; who are martyred because of their love for you, may they truly know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
Amen

Father God, for those who are widowed and orphaned may they know the comfort that comes from your promised presence even when they walk through the valley. May they be strengthened by your Spirit, enabling them to rejoice with the psalmist as they proclaim that the LORD will not abandon them in death.
Amen

Heavenly Father, we ask that you would make us ever mindful of our brothers and sisters around the world who need us to stand with them as they suffer in your name. Teach us what it means to overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony; we pray that we would not love our lives so much as to shrink from death.

We ask these things O Father, through the name of Your Son, Jesus

and in the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
Amen

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Today we are praying a prayer together concerning the Corona Virus Pandemic. I am sure each of us knows somebody who has contracted this virus, if indeed they succumbed to it and has died because of it. Come! Let's pray together!

O great God, as you know, we are in the midst of this wretched COVID-19 global pandemic.
O Great Comforter, embrace those grieving the loss of loved ones and wipe their tears.
We don’t know the right way to combat this pandemic, but we know and trust that you do.
Therefore, give wisdom and courage to those involved in its treatment, prevention, cure and vaccine, including our government and leaders.

May the vaccines be distributed justly, quickly and efficiently and we thank you O God that they were prepared by wise people.
We thank you for all those caring for others during this time – carers, nurses, medics and others. May you O God, give them courage and wisdom.
Amen

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22. Prophecies Fulfilled Part 8

Over the last few studies in our Christmas series, we saw together some things predicted in history concerning the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Predictions made about Him before He was born. We only looked at a few of the 300 events predicted. Let’s look at these in summary together:
The Messiah would be born of a woman - born of a virgin - in the town of Bethlehem. The Messiah would come from the line of Abraham and be a descendant of Isaac & Jacob - from the tribe of Judah and be an heir to King David's throne.
This Messiah's throne will be anointed and eternal and his name would be Immanuel. This Messiah would spend a period of time away in Egypt. At the Messiah’s birthplace there would be a grand massacre of children.
There would be a messenger sent who would prepare the way for the Messiah who would be rejected by his own people.
The Messiah would be a prophet, preceded by Elijah and this Messiah would be declared the Son of God.
This Messiah would be a Nazarene and bring light to Galilee. He would do this by speaking in parables and healing the broken hearted.
This Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek, be called King yet also praised by little children.

This Messiah would be betrayed for a sum of money which would be used to buy a potter's field.
This Messiah would be falsely accused, He would be silent before his accusers who would spit upon and strike him.
This Messiah would be hated without cause and be crucified with criminals.
This Messiah would be given vinegar to drink, have his hands and feet pierced, be mocked and ridiculed and soldiers would gamble for His very clothes. Yet despite all this, this Messiah would pray for his enemies. This Messiah’s bones would not be broken but He would be forsaken by God Himself. Soldiers would pierce Messiah's side on His death and he would be buried with the rich. But there is more!

This Messiah would rise from the dead and into new life! WOW! This Messiah would ascend to heaven where He would be seated at God's right hand. This Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin before God and therefore anybody can take on this Messiah as their Saviour and be restored back into a living and dynamic relationship with God.
If you are not already in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, there is no need to delay! If you want to turn to God there is no need for delay. You are separated from God now, but there is no need to be. God is ready and willing to take you as His own right now. Just ask and He will take you in and help you.

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21. Prophecies Fulfilled Part 7

Today we look at events predicted which would occur after the Messiah’s death

Predicted: 40. Messiah would rise from the dead.
Prediction: Psalm 16:10; Psalm 49:15
Fulfilled: Matthew 28:2-7; John 20:19-29; Acts 2:22-32

Predicted: 41. Messiah would ascend to heaven.
Prediction: Psalm 24:7-10
Fulfilled: Luke 24:51-53

Predicted: 42. Messiah would be seated at God's right hand.
Prediction: Psalm 68:18; Psalm 110:1
Fulfilled: Mark 16:19

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20. Prophecies Fulfilled - Part 6

Today we start to look at predictions about the Messiah’s death

Predicted: 30. Messiah would be given vinegar to drink.
Prediction: Psalm 69:21
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:34
John 19:28-30

Predicted: 31. Messiah would be crucified with criminals.
Prediction: Isaiah 53:12
Fulfilled: Mark 15:27-28

Predicted: 32. Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed.
Prediction: Psalm 22:7-8
Fulfilled: Luke 23:35

Predicted: 33. Messiah's garments would be gambled for.
Prediction: Psalm 22:18
Matthew 27:35-36

Predicted: 34. Messiah would pray for his enemies.
Prediction: Psalm 109:4
Fulfilled: Luke 23:34

Predicted: 35. Messiah would be forsaken by God.
Prediction: Psalm 22:1
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:46

Predicted: 36. Messiah's bones would not be broken.
Prediction: Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:20
Fulfilled: John 19:31-33

Predicted: 37. Messiah's side would be pierced.
Prediction: Zechariah 12:10
Fulfilled: John 19:34-37

Predicted: 38. Messiah would die and be buried with the rich.
Prediction: Isaiah 53:9
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:57-60

Predicted: 39. Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin.
Prediction: Isaiah 53:5-12
Fulfilled: Romans 5:6-8

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19. Prophecies Fulfilled Part 5

Today we start to see predictions of how this Messiah would be treated by other people!

22. Predicted: Messiah would be a King.
Prediction: Psalm 2:6; Zechariah 9:9
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:37; Mark 11:7-11

23. Predicted: Messiah would be praised by little children.
Prediction: Psalm 8:2
Fulfilled: Matthew 21:14-16

24. Predicted: Messiah would be betrayed by a close friend.
Prediction: Psalm 41:9; Zechariah 11:12
Fulfilled: Luke 22:47-48; Matthew 26:14-16

25. Predicted: Messiah's betrayal money would be used to buy a potter's field.

Prediction: Zechariah 11:13
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:9-10

Predictions of how this Messiah would be treated in the leadup to His death…

26. Predicted: Messiah would be falsely accused.
Prediction: Psalm 35:11
Fulfilled: Mark 14:57-58

27. Predicted: Messiah would be silent before his accusers.
Prediction: Isaiah 53:7
Fulfilled: Mark 15:1-5

28. Predicted: Messiah would be spat upon and struck.
Prediction: Isaiah 50:6
Fulfilled: Matthew 26:65-68

29. Predicted: Messiah would be hated without cause.
Prediction: Psalm 35:19; Psalm 69:4
Fulfilled: John 15:23-25

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18. Prophecies Fulfilled Part 4

We continue by looking at some aspects of the work this Messiah would do.

18. Prediction - Messiah would bring light to Galilee.
Predicted: Isaiah 9:1-2
Fulfilled: Matthew 4:13-16

19. Prediction - Messiah would speak in parables.
Predicted: Psalm 78:1-4; Isaiah 6:9-10
Fulfilled: Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35

20. Prediction - Messiah would be sent to heal the broken-hearted.
Predicted: Isaiah 61:1-2
Fulfilled: Luke 4:18-19

21. Prediction - Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Predicted: Psalm 110:4
Fulfilled: Hebrews 5:5-6

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17. Prophecies Fulfilled Part 3

We continue today with some global predications about Jesus the Messiah.

11. Prediction: Messiah would spend some time in Egypt.

Prediction: Hosea 11:1
Fulfilled: Matthew 2:14-15

12. Prediction: A massacre of children would happen at Messiah's birthplace.
Prediction: Jeremiah 31:15
Fulfilled: Matthew 2:16-18

13. Prediction: A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah
Prediction: Isaiah 40:3-5
Fulfilled: Luke 3:3-6

14. Prediction: Messiah would be rejected by his own people.
Prediction: Psalm 69:8 Isaiah 53:3
Fulfilled: John 1:11; John 7:5

Predictions looking at who this Messiah would be!

15. Predicted: This Messiah would be a prophet.
Prediction: Deuteronomy 18:15
Fulfilled: Acts 3:17-24

16. Predicted: This Messiah would be preceded by Elijah.
Prediction: Malachi 4:5-6
Fulfilled: Matthew 11:11-14

17. Predicted: This Messiah would be declared the Son of God.
Prediction: Psalm 2:7
Fulfilled: Matthew 3:16-17

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