Though we may agree about the separation between church and state, let us not fail to participate in this democracy. Please pray and consider what you will do to make your individual voice heard as a Christian who testifies to a Biblical Worldview.
The Christian church cannot accommodate sinful behaviour masquerading as a civil rights issue. Racial and gender issues which are genetic, are not comparable to human sexuality which is a behaviour. While a person may even be more inclined toward a particular orientation as a result of genetics, the choice to engage in particular sexual behaviour is just that: a choice.
As Christians, we must acknowledge individual choice and must also exercise love and mercy towards others who do not believe what we do. It may well be that a secular government which represents all people may find it necessary to accommodate people who do not follow Christ, and who engage in what a Christian will recognise as sin, to develop a social framework for bonding and support. But this would not be marriage, this would be civil partnership. This would be the alternative contrivance that the Christian recognises but does not endorse and in fact warns against.
We cannot acquiesce to be forced by legislation to behave in a way which is contrary to our conscience. It is not the government's job to enforce cultural change under the guise of equality. The commonly held faith of the Universal Christian Church can not be homogenized with the beliefs of an anti-Christ worldview.
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"Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."
~Mark's Biography of Jesus, Chapter 2, verse 17
Jesus has come for us.
God let's us respond to what God has
been doing in our lives. If I don't acknowledge it, if I don't agree
that I am sick and in need of healing,
then God let's me choose not to come to Jesus.
"If we say we have no sin, we
deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us." ~written by the Apostle John in his First Letter, Chapter 1, verses 8-10
This short episode is a fraction of the sermon preached that day. More was said but only those who followed closely as requested were able to hear the rest.
In the first Chapter of Mark's Gospel the disciples were following Jesus without explanation, based on their trust of the man Jesus. The Pastor asked the congregation to follow him in similar fashion.
Not everyone enjoyed this experience. Not everyone followed.
The act of following did lead people, beside the preaching pastor, along the road to meet up with the Parish Church down the road in procession to the Alva War Memorial in Johnson Park for a Remembrance Service.
The pastor is just a man and his words have value only to the extent that they are useful in pointing the congregation toward God. This is why we rely on the word of God revealed in scripture so confidently.
Following Christ, we don't have a flesh and blood person to walk beside, but we do have the sure record of His words and His example; and on this basis we do have fellowship with others in the community of believers that the Bible calls 'Body of Christ'. There is a principle in scripture that we might describe as 'discerning the mind of Christ in community'. (observed in the Book of Acts 15:4-35)
We come to know God; we become convicted of sin; we repent (turn away from sin) turning to God for forgiveness; and forgiven, we have fellowship with the Holy Spirit and with each other as redeemed believers. In this faith we have communion.
Through the word and worship stay close to Jesus and know first-hand what He has said and is saying to His church. Don't refuse to come when He says 'follow me'.
We see the Trinity in action in this short slice of Scripture: The Gospel according to Mark Chapter 1, verses 1-15.
There is a short introduction to Mark as he tells "The beginning of the
gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God", according to Peter's eyewitness
account that Mark witnessed Peter preach over the time he travelled
Founded on an understanding of prophetic scripture, Mark
tells how Jesus is baptised and driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness for and
battles for 40 days with Satan and wild animals; helped by ministering
Jesus declaration of intent is summed up in the quote "The time is
fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the
gospel." (Mar 1:15)
Wednesday 7:30pm Clackmannan Town Hall with Island Breeze
Thursday 7:30pm Alva Academy with GX International
Friday 7:30pm Alloa Town Hall With Team Xtreme International
Saturday 7:30pm Alloa Town Hall with GX International
Sunday @6:30pm Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry with Island Breeze
Joseph gets on with it in prison. With God's favour and gifts faithfully exercised, Joseph lifts up the name of the Lord and is delivered from adversity into the seat of government. Dreams and dreams yet unfulfilled all coming true. God's plan revealed in due time.
God guides us through temptation by our obedience to Him.
good instructions that steer us to where blessing is ordained; directions which keep us out of harm's way.
Joseph is spared by his fidelity to God and also to Potiphar.
It is worth noting that Potiphar, captain of the guard, the officer
of Pharaoh, may have been a eunuch.
So Potiphar's wife has unmet needs and
is left alone with herself while Potiphar serves the needs of Pharaoh.
Do we fail to meet our spouses needs while we pursue our vocation?
Every man and woman is tempted; and our safety and deliverance is
already provided for by God: in our knowledge of Him, in fellowship with
each other, and ultimately, in Christ.
God's plan for Joseph and all the descendants of Israel is unfolding.
God's favour benefits others as well. God does not spare His servants
of suffering when it is necessary for the greater good in the will of
God. God who shares in our grief and did not spare His only Son, whose
Son suffered willingly. We can learn from the story of Joseph today.
Jacob is called by God to arise from Shechem where he has
settled, because he is coming up short of the completed journey that God
has in store for him. He is lead to where God has ordained the
blessing of Abraham and Isaac.
Only obedience gets him there. Only his life has taught him this obedience.
God has patiently guided Jacob through the suffering his choices have rendered, back to the place where he met God;
to recognize that God is not found in a place but in the relationship.
Face to face. The God of the House of God. Not a God among gods, but God Almighty.
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It is a work accomplished for us, destined to effect reconciliation: between God and man; it is a work accomplished in us, with the object of effecting our sanctification.
By the one, a right relation is established between God and us; by the other is the fruit of the re-established order. By the former the condemned sinner is received into the state of grace; by the latter the pardoned sinner is associated with the life of God....
How many express themselves as if when forgiveness, with the peace which it procures, has been once obtained, all is finished, and the work of salvation complete.
They seem to have no suspicion that salvation consists in the health of the soul, and that the health of the soul consists in holiness.
Forgiveness is not the re-establishment of health, it is but the crisis of convalescence. If God thinks fit to declare the sinner righteous, it is in order that He may by that means restore him to holiness."-Godet.
Today a student at the Scottish Baptist College spoke on Job. Daniel proposed that the whole story hinges on Job 1:8 "The LORD said to Satan, 'Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.'"
The main thrust was this: it isn't a question of whether or not Job has faith in God, Or if he will be found faithful in the midst of suffering; but that the story is told to show that God has faith in Job!
Job 1:21-22 ...Blessed be the name of the LORD." Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.
May we be found to trust God with what challenges He has entrusted to us!
Morning Service 11:00 am Adult worship with an age appropriate Children's Service for primary school age and creché for infants. This Sunday, David Fraser will be teaching an expository study from The Word of God
Every 1st Sunday of the month Evening Communion Service 6:30pm
Alva Baptist Church is a body of believers that love and trust the creator of the universe Jesus Christ, and are committed to making him known.
Located in the town of Alva (5,200 pop) at the foot of the picturesque Ochil Hills, Alva Baptist church has a spiritual heritage that goes back well into the 19th century.
We believe that God has big plans for this wee church and town of Alva.