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Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church

Our Name: As a CHRISTIAN Church: We believe that the entire Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God. We hold that the historic Creeds shared by all Christian Churches, (the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed), the Reformed Confessions, (the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt) and the Westminster Confession as an accurate summary of the teachings of God's Word. The Church is Presbyterial in its form of Government, being governed by the Church Council, comprising the Minister(s), the Elders and the Deacons, as elected by the Church Membership. As a REFORMED Church: We are in the tradition of the historic Protestant Reformation. We believe the Bible to be our rule for faith and life. We believe that God saves us from our sin by Grave Alone. We believe that we receive the gift of eternal life only by faith in His only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. As a CHURCH: We believe that we belong to Christ, as members of His body. We believe that He is our King, the Head and Saviour of His Church. We believe that He has called us to be His People, living out our faith in His Church and in His Kingdom. OUR VISION: We are a Christian Church that Loves God and others, Grows together in Christ, and Reaches the Lost
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme: Genesis grace

Today’s theme: The Tower of Babel

Read Genesis 1:28; 11:4-8; Revelation 5:9-10

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)

Is there only wrath at the tower of Babel? The Lord comes to scatter a rebellious mankind. It is indeed punishment, but also grace.
Genesis 1:28, after creation, and Genesis 9:1, after the flood, tell of the LORD blessing mankind and saying: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” It has always been the Lord’s intent for filling the earth and subduing it to His glory bring us fulfilment, giving rise to a range of cultures and societies trusting in and worshipping Him!
Building the tower of Babel is the exact opposite: It is a tower of control. Verse 4 clearly shows: It is a way to control mankind and keep it in one place, a way for them to make a name for themselves and gain security. It is not faith in God and deserves absolute destruction, doesn’t it?!
The Lord keeps to His plan: He doesn’t destroy them, despite their defiance. It is grace. He brings their self-destructive behaviour to an end and sets into motion what we read about in Revelation 5:9-10. He cares for different tribes, peoples, languages and nations, because it is from them that He calls His children to be His people in His city and under His care!
Prayer: Lord, our world and culture rebel against You! Thank You that this will ultimately be turned around to Your glory. Help me to build, do, say or think to Your glory! Amen

Hanno van Schaik
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme: Genesis grace

Today’s theme: Noah

Read Genesis 6:5-8; 8:1, 15-17; 9:1

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
After the fall, mankind is in a crisis – “every inclination…of his heart was only evil” (Gen. 6:5). It’s serious, a problem of every heart. It grieves our Creator (Gen. 6:6) and deserves punishment.
He brought order to chaos at creation (water became habitable ground – Gen. 1:2, 6), now the flood will restore order (Gen. 6:17). It’s what man deserves.
Yet God does bestow grace on someone (Gen. 6:8)! Noah, his family and the animals in the ark are spared. God starts over (Gen. 8:1), the water evaporates, and the earth is once again habitable.
God blessed man at creation and said: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” After the flood He does so again: “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.’” It’s a new beginning – a clean slate. This time God does not call it good, but “I now establish my covenant with you…”
He hangs His “covenant rainbow” in the sky, deeply symbolic. The original Hebrew makes it sound like and it also looks like a fighting bow, with the arrow pointing to God. He promises grace, at His own expense: His Son pays that we, together with Noah, may receive grace time and time again.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for hanging the “fighting bow” between you and me. I see Your care in the rainbow and look forward to the complete restoration of creation – when You will once again look upon us and say: “It is very good!” Amen

Hanno van Schaik
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme: Genesis grace

Today’s theme: Adam & Eve

Read Genesis 2:25; 3:7-10; 21-23

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
Genesis 1 and 2 tells of our world before it broke. A sinless world in which mankind lived in perfect, fulfilling relationship with God and each other. Mankind was totally open to God and each other (naked - Gen. 2:25).
Genesis 3 relates the source of the evil in our world. The “snake” uses lies and temptation to make man doubt God and act against His Word. Relationships shatter: man’s relationship with God, each other and all of creation – a tragic world in which man hides. Adam and Eve cover themselves with fig leaves and hide (Gen. 3:7). When God comes searching for man, all confidence and openness have gone (Gen. 3:8). Openness had turned to shame.
Yet the question “where are you?” are words of grace (Gen. 3:3, 9). He seeks them out in their shame and clothes them with garments of animal skin (Gen. 3:21), covering their shame – their sin. The blood of animals flowed for these garments – the blood of Christ flowed for God’s grace (Rom. 5:15).
Prayer: Lord, I often pull on my “fig leaf suit”, ashamed and trying to hide. Show me today where I hide and please ask me: “Where are you?” Amen

Hanno van Schaik
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: Know God’s wonderful nature that we may proclaim His mighty deeds!

Today’s theme: God’s grace!

Read Psalm 145:14-21: “The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. “

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
All we have is grace!
God promises His grace to all who are in need. He upholds the fallen, He carries the downcast.
Let us keep our eyes on Him
We know God is great
He is good
He is glorious
We have the assurance of His faithfulness
It is grace!
Prayer: Our Father, we pray that You will guide us today to see Your greatness, goodness, glory and faithfulness. Keep our eyes focused on You. Amen

Philip Hattingh
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: Know God’s wonderful nature that we may proclaim His mighty deeds!

Today’s theme: God’s assurance

Read Psalm 145:13: “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.”

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God’s promises are also the guarantee that it is assured.
We know His kingdom is eternal.
We know He keeps His promises.
We know He is faithful from generation to generation.
God has always been faithful and that is the assurance that He will continue to be so in future.
We know that we will ALWAYS be under His rule!
We can now already hold fast to God’s assurance of love and righteousness and let it encourage us to live as we should and always seek His will for our lives.
Prayer: Lord, we pray that we may always remember that we are assured of Your faithfulness and love in our lives. Steer our course and grant us peace and trust in You that we may hold fast to Your assurance. Amen

Philip Hattingh
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: Know God’s wonderful nature that we may proclaim His mighty deeds!

Today’s theme: God is glorious

Read Psalm 145:11-12: “They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
When we proclaim God, we cannot help but speak of His glory.
We have the prospect of the new kingdom one day, when we will see and experience the full glory of God.
No ruler or kingdom on earth could remotely come near the glory of our only and true King.
May each of us realise this coming year that the personal honour and glory we so often seek is meaningless. We need to remember that it is God’s glory that must be sought.
Prayer: Lord, we pray that all we do and think and say will proclaim Your glory. Amen

Philip Hattingh