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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 this week: CHRISTIANS ARE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW JESUS!

Today’s theme: THE TRUE MEANING OF A CHRISTIAN

Read Acts 11:21: “And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.”

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• Serving the Lord and following Jesus is worship from the heart. This is a worship of being 100% dedicated, where the Lord Jesus is the centre of your life. This is the true meaning of being a Christian! This is where you love the Lord above all and your neighbour as yourself! The priority is making disciples and teaching them to observe what Jesus has commanded in His Word.
• The congregation responded and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. Verse 21 and 24 describe God’s good hand upon the congregation and Barnabas. There were many blessings where people turned to the Lord and many were added to the Lord. Barnabas went to look for Paul and with Paul he met with the church and taught great numbers of people. A successful church we would say. No, this was a church that focused on the Great Commission and not on personal differences anymore. They focussed on the Lord and they experienced His grace!
Prayer: Lord, thank You that we can experience Your grace every day! Amen

Lourens Nel
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: CHRISTIANS ARE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW JESUS!

Today’s theme: CHRISTIANS MUST GROW IN KNOWLEDGE

Read Acts 11:23: “When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.”

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• Barnabas comforted, encouraged, but also admonished them to stay true to the Lord. Everyone got his attention and he urged them to stay true to the Lord with all their hearts. This is the second part of the command of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:20, where Jesus said: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
• The people came to faith in Jesus, now they had to hold on to Him and grow in their faith and knowledge. Barnabas encouraged the congregation to hold on to Jesus and this would ask the discipline of living in faith, to pray and to study the Word that they may grow and change in a life of holiness.
Prayer: Lord, teach us Your Word that we may grow in faith and knowledge. Amen

Lourens Nel
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: CHRISTIANS ARE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW JESUS!

Today’s theme: GRACE LEADS TO MINISTRY

Read Acts 11:23: “When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.”

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• What did Barnabas see when he arrived in Antioch? He saw the evidence of the grace of the Lord and he was greatly encouraged. He urged the members to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. This is how we should look at each other! Grace is not something that can be earned, but a gift from the Lord. Being glad in the Lord is to live in the grace of our Lord Jesus.
• The church in our Bible reading was a new congregation and surely there were many questions. They were not blameless and certainly not all were mature in their faith, but Barnabas focussed on the positive. Our Bible reading relates how he saw God’s grace, was glad and immediately started preaching the Gospel and educating the people. This is the right focus and the right priority to have. Barnabas immediately started with the ministry. He comforted, encouraged, but also admonished them to stay true to the Lord. Grace led to ministry!
Prayer: Father, open our eyes that we may see Your grace in our life. Amen

Lourens Nel
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: CHRISTIANS ARE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW JESUS!

Today’s theme: WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT YOU

Read Acts 11:26: “For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.”

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• Barnabas was sent by the church of Jerusalem to Antioch. For the first time, the gospel could be heard and proclaimed to non-Jewish members and for the first time the disciples were called Christians by the people of Antioch and not by themselves. They were recognised as people who follow Jesus.
• What does it mean to be a Christian? This is not a limitation, but the true life. It is a joy to do His will and to give up those things that bring division between Him and us, this is our sin, and seek our unity in Him.
• What do people say about you? More importantly, do they see a Christian when they talk about you? What is a Christian? As the name "Christ" makes it clear who Jesus is, our only Saviour, the name "Christian" makes it clear who we are. As the name "Christ" declared the secret of Jesus' life, so the name "Christian" explains the secret of our life. As the name "Christ" fits Jesus, because He is the Christ, the anointed or appointed by God, so also should the name "Christian" suit us because we are Christians and we are incorporated in Christ in faith.
Prayer: Lord, lead me so that everyone can see Christ in my life. Amen

Lourens Nel
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Read 1 Peter 1:7b: “… so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

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• When gold is refined, all impurities are eradicated and only the pure and valuable gold remains.
• Faith in God – as He has revealed Himself in his Word – devoid of doubt, unconditionally and childlike is worth much more than gold!
• Trials help us to recognise the worthlessness and repent of everything that doesn’t belong in our relationship with God.
• All who belong to Jesus in true faith will rejoice and share in His glory when He comes again!
Prayer: Lord, as long as You lovingly hold me in Your hands, I will endure all trials that show me how I am doing damage to my relationship with You. Guide me to glorify You, in true faith! Amen

Nico Botha (Emeritus)
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Read 1 Peter 1:6-7a: “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith…may be proved genuine.”

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• Though we may be safely in God’s hands and though we have the glorious anticipation of eternal glory, it isn’t easy to endure suffering.
• We do, however, have two very good reasons to rejoice, even amid our troubles: These trials won’t last forever, they will pass, and such suffering isn’t pointless, it serves a purpose.
• The way in which we cope with our troubles shows us whether our trust in God is genuine. Even if there is no cure or even if the sick die, true faith still finds comfort and strength in God – despite the enormous grief.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, let your Name also be sanctified in our lives, though it may at times feel like the pain and suffering is too much to endure. Have mercy on us that we may be comforted and joyously serve You, even under the most difficult of circumstances! Amen

Nico Botha (Emeritus)