28 January 2016

Fruit of the Spirit 8; Gentleness - By Jack Lewis

 I have heard it said before that you can group the fruits of the spirit into three simple categories. The first three are more inwardly Godly traits. The second three are things we show to other people, and the final three are things that are simply good character traits. Gentleness, the penultimate fruit, definitely falls into the latter category; it’s just a good thing that will help us get through life easier. We can all be gentle with things when we feel like it, but that really isn’t true gentleness. It’s more about getting to the point where we’re naturally gentle all the time, without even thinking about it. I think what sets a truly gentle person apart from the rest of us is that they are gentle with everything that it’s good to be gentle with, rather than just with the very most important things.

 Also, don’t get fooled into thinking that gentle people = soft/weak people; that is an absolute myth. Being gentle doesn’t mean being weak, it just means not being overly aggressive when we don’t need to be.

My final thought on this topic is that we don’t only need to be physically gentle with people and things, but we need to be gentle when we speak to people as well, especially people who aren’t confident at that time. If we aren’t gentle when we speak, we are at far greater risk of causing offense by saying something rash, and then we will instantly start to lose respect from people, and that can cause arguments and fall outs. So why not just let go of all the trouble we cause for ourselves by not being gentle, and instead pray that God will bless us with it instead?

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

25 January 2016

Does God know who will be saved by Nathan Jukes.

 God saves us all what ever we have done. We are never ever to bad for God to want to saved us
 He saves us because he loves us, it is not his will that anyone should die but have ever lasting life.
 But because God allowed sin in to the world, it is not possible for all to be saved.
 God is letting the evil one have control of the world. That will end when he is thrown into the lake on fire. I believe that God chose us as his children before the world began If God knows everything surely he knows who will be saved. You might not agree with me, but I believe that God knows who will be saved. Here are some verse's that prove it for me that God knows who will be saved.

No, we declare God's wisdom, a mystery that was has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 1 Corinthians 2:7 (NIV)

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,…or we know, brothers and sisters  loved by God, that he has chosen you. 1 Thessalonians 1:4 (NIV)

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV)

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. Revelation 13:8 (NIV)

For me these verse clearly state that has chosen us.
This is what I believe, you don't have to believe this. I think everyone reading this blog post will agree with me that they are glad they have been saved.
 And are thankful to God for saving them.
 We our self's don't know who will be saved. So we can't judge and say that he will be saved and she won't be, because we don't know WHO will be saved.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

This verse clearly states that anyone who believes shall not perish but have ever lasting life.
 We can also put the name of someone we want to be saved in here.
For example! For God so loved Nathan that he gave his one and Son, that if Nathan believes in him he shall not perish but have ever lasting life.

For, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13 (NIV)

 If anyone calls out to God to save them, they will be saved.
 I don't believe that if you have done anything really bad that you can't be saved. I believe that anyone who calls out to God WILL be saved.
 I believe that God know's who and who not will be saved. If you haven't ask God to save you do it today. He want's to save you. That's why he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for you.

21 January 2016

Fruits of the Spirit 5, 6, & 7; Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness - By Jack Lewis

This week, I have combined three fruits of the spirit and made it into one post, mainly because the first two aren’t really a post in themselves. Anyway, the three for this week are kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.

First up, kindness. This one is fairly self explanatory, most have us have probably been taught to be kind for as long as we can remember. That doesn’t mean it’s not important though, if it wasn’t then it wouldn‘t be a fruit of the spirit. And although the things we do to be kind aren’t exactly revolutionary, we have to try and occasionally imagine the treatment we get from unkind people; then suddenly those little things seem very important after all. It’s basically a case of just doing nice things for the people around us, as instructed in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” That will make their time spent with us a lot more pleasant. Simples.

The second of the trio, goodness, is really difficult to define; there are so many ways we could look at it. The first dictionary definition for it is “the quality of being good.” What we could say from that is that goodness is simply doing what God would be pleased with, what is good in his eyes. Maybe it could be almost combined with the word “godliness,” as they are really quite similar in meaning. I’m going to try and live in goodliness?!

Finally for now, is faithfulness. This is another one that can be used in a number of different contexts, but the one I’m going to start with is in the way of being perseverant. I would say that there are three main things that we can be faithful/perseverant with, the same three things I talked about with patience. Firstly, other people; if we give up being friends with someone for just one or two small things, then we won’t end up with any friends, we have to be faithful to those people. When they offend you, there is a chance that they are having a hard time of it, and that’s when they need your help most. Next, is things, I won’t bother explaining this one as it’s practically the same as being patient with something, which I explained in my last post. And lastly, God; we have to be faithful to him. That can be hard for new Christians especially as they sometimes get the misconception that once they accept God their problems will disappear into thin air, which is not the case (unfortunately!)  But the good news is that if we are faithful to God, he will reward us. 2. Timothy 2:12 “If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us.”

14 January 2016

Fruit of the Spirit 4; Patience - By Jack Lewis

The fourth fruit of the spirit, patience, is one quality that, while it may not be absolutely critical, will make our lives and the lives of others so much easier. In other words, being patient isn’t going to get you to heaven, but it will make you and the people around you far happier and much less stressed.

                In my opinion, there are three main things we need to be patient with.               
1: Other people. We have to start by doing our best to be patient with the people who are part of our everyday life; especially those who we are trying to help by teaching them things. We can all learn this from past experience, throughout our time we have all learnt many lessons from many different people, but isn’t it so much easier to learn from someone who was patient? Think of times when you were trying to learn something new; of course you probably made mistakes, but the more you did it the fewer mistakes you made. Then think who was teaching you, was it a patient person who gently explained what you had done wrong, and then advised you how to fix it; or was it an irritable person who just yelled at you and made you feel uncomfortable? Of course, learning with a patient person was much easier, so if we don’t have patience, then we are never going to be able to be very helpful teaching anyone, which is frustrating for us and them. Paul tells us a couple of times in his letters to be patient with younger/weaker people. Ephesians 4:2 says “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,” also 1 Thessalonians 5:14 “And we urge you, brothers … encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” Isn’t it obvious what the Bible wants us to do?  

2: Things. What I mean by this is that if we aren’t patient, then we can waste a lot of unnecessary time and money. In monetary terms, that is particularly true. It would be foolish when, say, buying a new car, to just buy the first car under our budget without even checking the mileage, servicing condition, and distance from where we are, just for the sake of getting it quickly; surely it’s far better to wait for a good car that meets all our requirements to come along. That principle is true for many things, there’s no point spending loads of money just because we couldn’t be patient and wait for the right item to come along; personally I’ve got evidence of that, when my old mattress wore out, instead of just rushing of and buying a new one, I waited and got a really good foam one for free on the internet. A lack of patience with things really is quite expensive!

3: God. We need to be patient and trust God in everything, when we are having hard times we just need to be patient and wait for God to intervene. That is clearly stated in Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” So surely if we are not patient with God, then that can only serve to weaken our relationship with him.

Annoyingly, though, as hard as we try, we will never have total patience; there will always be times when we are tired and irritated and we lose our cool, but patience is about limiting those times so much that we can control ourselves enough not to lose it with people who are annoying us. That is the mark of a truly patient person.

11 January 2016

My Testimony by Daniel Jukes

So yesterday at church I got baptized it was great! and this is what I shared and I thought I would post it on the blog.

I'm Daniel I'm nineteen years old, I've been brought up in a Christian home and I've been to church all my life I've also been home schooled so I haven't had to deal with a lot of the stuff that goes on in the schools which has been a blessing.

When I was a baby my parents dedicated me to the Lord and then when I was 3 or 4 years old I remember talking to my Mum and I asked Jesus into my life in my bedroom.

Since then I guess I've been growing as a Christian but there's been some ups and downs in my life, There's been times when I've questioned if God is really real and if he is does he care about me, But now I can honestly say that he is real and he does care about me, God cares about me so much that he sent his one and only son into the world to die on the cross to save me from my sin not just my sin but yours as well!

I try to read my Bible and pray everyday especially the last few years I don't always find it easy but I know it's what the Lord wants me to do so I try my best to learn about him and pray and follow his leading.

Over the last few years I've seen a few other people get baptized and I really want to grow as a Christian and I believe God wants me to get baptized so that's what I'm doing today!
I chose the song Lord I need you because I really do need Jesus in my life. Thank you to everyone who is here today to witness this special moment in my life!

4 January 2016

My Testimony Updated by Nathan Jukes

  Hi I am Nathan I am 16. I was saved when I was about 3. As I got a little older I went to Sunday school and I learned more about God.

 I also went to holidays bible clubs I learned a lot more about God. Sometimes I would read my bible but not a lot.

In 2011 I went to Faith Mission Camp; I came back feeling closer to God.
 And have been every year since.

I started reading my Bible a bit more. But it wasn't until the spring of 2014 that I really decided that I was going to follow God.

It took time but slowly I learned to read my bible every day. Over the years I have seen a lot of people Baptized. I really didn't feel ready then but now I know that I am now. I really want to grow as a Christian and I believe this is what God want’s me to do. The song I have chosen is Bless the Lord o my Soul.