Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Friday, 28 December 2012

New

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
"Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown!"
And he replied:
"Go out into the darkness 
and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light 
and safer than a known way."

So, I went forth,
and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night
And He led me toward the hills
and the breaking of day in the lone East.

So, heart, be still!
What need our little life,
Our human life, to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low
God hideth His intention.

The Desert 1908 by
Marie Louise Haskins (1876 - 1957)
This poem was quoted by King George 6th
Christmas 1939

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

The Christmas Story

Christmas story means so much to people today.
It meant so much to the people then.
Listen to a simple telling of the promises hundreds of years earlier that came true that night.
God at work leaves people gob-smacked!

Merry Christmas from the Alva Baptist Church Family!


Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Service Schedule

Monday Night Christmas Eve
Christmas Carolling 6:30pm
   Singing Carols around the High Street
Christmas Eve Carol Service 7:30pm
   Straight forward carols and story

Tuesday Christmas Day
Christmas Coffee 10:30
   Toys and family and fun (and maybe some in Pyjamas!)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

24-7 Prayer Sign-up


http://www.24-7prayer.com/signup/e3d16d 

Clicking on this link will direct you to our on-line scheduling resource for selecting the time you plan to come and pray.

We will be encouraged to see some heroic late-night and early morning prayerful people!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Praying: prayerfully, practically, actually!

What we need to do to be prayerful at all is PRAY.
Here are some simple concepts at work in a prayerful moment.

mostly just a reflection on a sermon by Dr. Joel Beeke.

   
   
   
   
   
   

   
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Monday, 8 October 2012

John 15: Fruitful Harvest part 1

When we celebrate the harvest
we are thankful for God's provision.
This sermon looks at God's provision through our lives.

John 15: Fruitful Harvest Part 2

When we celebrate the harvest
we are thankful for God's provision.
This sermon looks at God's provision through our lives.

Friday, 5 October 2012

"Other" (The Crucifixion)

Jesus separated from the 'Us' of Godhead
to reconcile sinful man to the 'We' of God's family
and brutal power ('outside' themselves) esteemed Him as loathsome 'other'.
We all relate to the story.

Monday, 24 September 2012

The Cross Was Not An Accident; Mark 14:53-64

Jesus did it on purpose. There was no evidence offered the night Jesus was 'convicted' of saying that He was God, except for His own testimony in response to the question "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?" The only true words spoken in that mockery of a trial. Listen to further observations by our Associate Pastor Daniel Sturgeon this week...

Monday, 27 August 2012

Mark 13 The End Times Pt. 2

Jesus warns the reader about circumstances that will come, so that we will not freak out if we see those days.

"When you see..." implies that someone 'will see'.  This expectancy fuels our resolve to be disciple making disciples today, and for those believers present during the end times to NOT lose it when the last-days tribulation comes upon the earth. 

There is great hope for those who overcome the challenges of those days.

Mark 13 The End Times Pt. 1

In around 30 AD, Jesus correctly predicts the future event which we know occurred in 70AD and goes further to declare yet-future events about the end of the world; more horrible things than have been since the creation by God, or ever will be until God ends the world.  We live in the tension between the prophecies of Jesus Christ the Son of God, the lamb who shares God's throne.  What Jesus said has either come true; or still has yet to, but will come true.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Mark 12 18-27

 Believing the testimony of God and walking in faith
will demonstrate the power of God as He keeps His promises to us 
and shows us that we may know He is true.

We walk by faith, not by sight

The Sadducees are in denial of the metaphysical world
No angels
No resurrection
Just the social dynamic of good living

Jesus rebukes them and His words instruct us today

Opening Prayer

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Authority (Mark 11:27-33)

The religious leaders challenge Jesus to explain His authority to do what he is doing.
Instead Jesus challenges their claim to authority.
Their selfish deliberations expose their own moral bankruptcy.


Part 1

Part 2 

Monday, 25 June 2012

Holiday Club Registration

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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Mark 10:45-52 Blind Bartimaeus

The Holy Spirit shares this story of a specific person, in a specific place, whom God stops to meet with.  God shares his name. (God knows your name!)

On his way to die on the cross, on purpose; with full knowledge of what was about to happen over the next week or so; surrounded by followers who could not grasp the gravity of the unfolding events; Jesus stops to meet a desperate man who recognizes Him as King and Messiah; a man who recognizes that Jesus has the power to heal his blindness.  

This blind man has no sight, but great insight.  He is paying attention to the evidence about the person of Christ.  Not distracted by the world, since his participation is limited, Bartimaeus is able to grasp the truth about Jesus.  His faith (knowledge, belief AND trust) that Jesus is the Christ, is 'where' God met him that day.

Bartimaeus knew he had great need and cried out again and again, in spite of people telling him to be quiet.  In spite of people who were embarrassed by his pathetic screaming out. And he sprang up when called, forsaking creature-comforts like his cloak, to come to Jesus.  And healed, Jesus bid him to go his way; but Bartimaeus chose instead to follow Jesus in THE way.

Do you have great need?  Have you cried out?  Have you lost the will to keep calling out?  Learn a lesson from Bartimaeus: It is worth seeking out the one, who alone can help you.  Don't let others define your worship of God.  Come to Him.

"Although my memory's fading,
I remember two things very clearly:
I am a great sinner
& Christ is a great Saviour.“
 ~ John Newton
The story of Bartimaeus:
Part 1


Part 2



Bartimaeus, Witness and the 
Declaration of Principle of the Baptist Union of Scotland

Monday, 18 June 2012

Mark 10:32-45 Destiny

Jesus speaks of the cross as He walks to Jerusalem.  He has spoken about His death a third time before it happens.  Jesus knows His destiny.  And He walks resolutely toward it, choosing to embrace the Father's will.

Part 1

Jesus went on ahead of us
Jesus died instead of us
Jesus would be wed to us

Part 2

People were amazed and afraid as they followed Him.  What's your response to Jesus?

Monday, 11 June 2012

Mark 10:17-31 The Rich Young Ruler

Jesus identifies the core truth of salvation: Commitment to follow Jesus,  Though the example was wealth, Jesus calls us to shed any obstacles to our earnest response to His call. 


Sermon:

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Calling

We affirm and support the calling of God on Daniel Sturgeon to serve as an associate Minister in Alva.  We testify that the gathered church is unanimous in our agreement and that God has called us to meet Daniel and his wife Joanna with God's provision to pursue this calling.  They will move to Alva and Daniel will join in the work in July.

it's a very exciting time!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Mark 10 Divorce in Light of Pentecost: God's Promise to be Kept


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Jesus just lays out the truth about divorce. 
Tough facts about reality and the intent of our creator.
Jesus quotes Genesis because it's historical fact and relevant to how we view the world.

The point of today's sermon was the enduring nature of covenant and the quality of God's promises.
At Pentecost we reflect on the down payment of the Spirit toward the promised redemption...

God has betrothed us and we look forward to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
He is faithful to all His promises and we can depend on that.

Just as marriage is meant to be for a lifetime and we work through the trouble caused by sin,
Salvation is eternal and we face the trouble caused by sin.
God gets us through ;)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Hell


Jesus almost threatens people who cause believers to stumble.  He declares it would be better to drown with a millstone tied around their necks.

God is not using Hell to threaten people into relationship with Him. God offered real choice to validate love and URGES us not to choose to be apart from everything good, eternally.

Jesus describes NOT with God, Hell, in specific language. Biblical literature paints a very negative picture of this avoidable final state.

Smarter guys with publishers are reasoning away this pretty simple language about Hell. Give a listen and Read the bible verses quoted and decide what you will believe...



Monday, 14 May 2012

Servant of All

The one who would be great must follow the example of the greatest man who ever lived [and died, and lives] :
God the Son - Jesus Christ.
The Greatest shall be last of all, servant of all...

Thursday, 3 May 2012

The Church

I am so inspired by the people who gather to discern the mind of Christ in the Alva community! Seeking the Lord, considering the cost, plotting a course ahead.  There is nothing like people using their brains and arriving at decisions that still require faith, willing to stand and see the goodness of the Lord.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Mark 9 Faith with Results


Our faith is rooted in historic evidence about unique occurrences which actually happened on earth thousands of years ago, but also on things that continue to happen in the lives of disciples of Jesus Christ

FAITH
Mark 9:11-29 Part 1
Mark 9:11-29 Part 2

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Transfiguration

Mark's Gospel account gives us insight into
the Miraculous Authority of Jesus:His Deity;
the intentional purpose of the crucifixion;
the poor vision of the healed, formerly blind,
newly sighted, followers of Christ;
and Jesus aversion to ranting promotion of His work.
Mark chapter 9: verses 1-10; also ch 8:22-25