We have been looking at love at link. Love is mentioned in the bible 551 times, 232 of which are found in the New Testament and 44 of which are found in 1John.
Love is top of the agenda for a Christian.
Ch 5 v1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God….A good start.
I also believe that Theresa May is the Prime Minister of England.
I may not like it, but its true. They are two statements.
If I believe that Jesus is the Son of God in the same way that I believe Mrs. May is the PM, have I fulfilled the necessary conditions as verse 1 states, to be born again?
The kind of belief we just described regarding the PM doesn’t result in a relationship, it is simply an acknowledgement of a fact.
Belief in Jesus, involves acknowledging facts about Jesus, but it is more than that.
Knowing that Jesus is the Son of God doesn’t fulfill the conditions to be born of God, because even the devil believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Believing in Jesus, knowing who Jesus is does not necessarily mean that you have a relationship with him. To be born of God means that I am now a member of His family, that I now have a relationship with Father God.
We are God begotten, we have been brought into existence, (our Spirit is made alive) by Father God, brought into His family, we have been born again, we are His children.
And as His children we can have a relationship with the Father…….
We, us, me and you, can have a relationship with the awesome God that spoke the world into being, it truly is mind blowing…
And when you believe in Him, when you are born again, when you have that relationship with Him, you surrender your life to Him, Jesus becomes our all in all, our Lord of Lords and King of Kings, Messiah, Saviour, healer, restorer, Prince of peace, The bright and morning star, the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega, our perfect Friend.
True belief in Jesus is seeing Him and knowing him for who He truly is, the One and Only Son of God, infinitely precious and valuable.
When the Holy Spirit begins to work in our lives we are not deceived by lies. We just want to know Jesus, be with Jesus, enjoy Jesus, follow Jesus, worship Jesus and celebrate Jesus
We have a saving, believing, faith in our Father in heaven and His Son Jesus.
So who is someone who is born of God, begotten by God…….
John in the first 5 verses of chapter 5 says that someone who is born of God
Loves Gods people.
Lives by God commands.
Overcomes the world.
Intrigued, well, please listen to our podcast or stop me in the street.
Have a great summer.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
We continue to meet each Sunday evening in the Methodist Chapel.
We are usually setting up link from 5pm, so if you see the lights on and the doors open please pop in for a pre meeting cuppa and a chat.
Or if you fancy, please come and join us on a Sunday evening from 6-30.
We continue to have a time of lively praise and worship followed by a talk.
During the talk to the adults the children go out for kids church, a time of bible teaching, craft making, singing and generally having a good time. At the end of the talk we all come together again usually for a final song followed by a cuppa a chat and doughnuts and muffins with a healthy option of seasonal fruit.
We are a very friendly crowd and our meetings are very informal please come and “try us out” we would love to see you. There is a doughnut with your name on it……..
All our Sunday evening meetings are recorded and are very easily downloaded as a podcast or can be listened to direct from your laptop or pc through our website www.brandesburtonlink.me
Smartiz for fun, crafts, songs, stories, friends and more is an after school club with a Christian theme for key stage 1 children on a Tuesday afternoon, (during term times) 3-30pm to 4-30pm in the Chapel hall.
The kids have a great time, singing, playing games, making crafts and generally having fun which is rule number one for all of the Smartiz.
Little links meet each Wednesday morning anytime between 9am and 1130am, in the Methodist Church hall.
The group is for Mums, Dads, Grandparents, and carers of babies and toddlers.
The sessions are free and there will be a range of activities for you to experience with your child including: creative play, crafts, music time, story time, snack time with coffee and biscuits for adults. Meet up with friends and make some new ones. The group is led by Sue who taught in the foundation stage at Brandesburton school for many years and is now semi retired.
Link Ladies meet every Tuesday evening at 7-30pm, in the Chapel hall. Please pop along to any of the evenings you will be made more than welcome.
Link Up for Coffee Tuesday mornings from 1030-1200. Coffee is always a great idea. Why not pop in for a coffee or a cup of tea. We are open when the sandwich board is outside of the Methodist chapel.
Our coffee mornings will be having a summer break during July and August and will resume in September.
On a Wednesday evening we have a weekly prayer meeting at 7-30pm in the Chapel hall. If you require prayer please stop either Sue or myself in the street, or even better still, why not drop by on a Wednesday evening.
Families and Food at Five.
Our next Families and food at five is scheduled for June 24th. Please let Sue know if you would like to join us.
Men’s Breakfast. We have been having mens breakfasts every few months or so on a Saturday morning. Our next breakfast is scheduled for the 28th July. Good food and fellowship, a time of worship and a short word. For more details please give me a call.
Link Up Parenting Course
Our parenting course is now finished, but was a great success if you are interested and need more details for a further repeat course please get in touch.
Beverley Street Angels continue to be out on the streets of Beverley on a weekly basis. Particularly now that the hot weather is upon us.
We will be particularly busy on Ladies day in August when we will be out and about from 6pm until 3am. In fact, I could well be out and about from 10am as part of the Race Course Chaplaincy team. (It could be a long day!)
We will be handing out many flip flops, bottled water and lollies as required.
Why lollipops I hear you say, well it is very difficult to look and sound “hard” holding and sucking a lolly! Do you know, all we do is walk around with a smile on our face and engage with people…… It’s good to talk and it is certainly good to smile! Please spare a thought and a prayer for the Angels between 2200 and 0300 on Saturday nights.
Holderness food bank continues to be very busy. If you have any food you would like to donate please give us a call and we will collect it and forward it on to Hornsea for distribution. The food bank shopping list is : Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g) Fruit Juice (carton), Soup, Pasta Sauces, Sponge Pudding (tinned), Tomatoes (tinned), Cereals, Rice Pudding (tinned), Tea bags / Instant Coffee, Instant Mash potato, Rice / Pasta, Tinned Meat / Fish, Tinned Fruit, Jam, Biscuits or Snack Bars.
Details of all our meetings and activities can be found on our website www.brandesburtonlink.me.
For any further information regarding Brandesburton link please phone Sue or Pat Clark on 01964 544116.
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