Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church ... a Light to the Nation

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: It is truly possible to live a godly life

Today’s theme: Show your calling and election by God!

Read 2 Peter 1:10: “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure…”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
• This is one of the clearest pronouncements in the Bible about the connection between God’s grace and our responsibility.
• He calls and chooses us in grace to be His possession eternally, through no merit of our own, and we accept it in faith and reflect it by the way we live.
• Godly predestination and human responsibility are not contradictory, but together constitutes an unbreakable bond in His compassion in Jesus Christ.
• We have every reason to work even harder to show how He has called and chosen us!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am in awe that You have chosen and called me to be saved by Jesus. I want my whole life to reflect Your salvation. Enable me through Your Spirit! Amen

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

Theme this week: It is truly possible to live a godly life

Today’s theme: You can only truly love if you make every effort to grow in faith!

Read 2 Peter 1:6-7: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith...self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
• Faith is not like a piece of land you leave unattended until property prices rise one day. Faith is like a building site where the architect’s drawings are busily being given shape – brick by brick: goodness; knowledge, self-control...love!
• When you endeavour to strengthen your faith, you learn all the more how your life is steered by love. Without love we would never be able to live with others, also not in this country!
• God’s grace in our life is reflected in our devotion to enriching our faith and in so doing knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord all the better from the Word and the work of His Spirit.
• If our life does not reflect God’s promises in us, we are like blind people who hear of the beautiful scenery before them, but are unable to see and be enriched by its wonder.
Prayer: O Spirit of God, I truly sometimes forget that You seek to do great work in my life and that I am completely to blame. Forgive me and stir me to seek the fulfilment of Your promises in my life. Amen

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

Theme this week: It is truly possible to live a godly life

Today’s theme: We must make every effort to grow in faith!

Read 2 Peter 1:5: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge…”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
• Faith in the Lord Jesus is therefore not the end point; it is the fundamental, essential starting point of a life lived to the glory of God.
• His grace doesn’t leave us idle, but indeed activates us!
• For example, the processing of iron ore into steel is known as “value added” manufacturing. In the same way, we must consciously make every effort for goodness (= our Christian lifestyle), knowledge, self-control, etc. to reflect and enhance our bond of faith with the Lord.
• Why must we do so? He has already through Jesus granted us the riches of His benefits that we may do so (verse 3 and 4)!
Prayer: I confess anew that I believe in You, eternal and almighty, holy and loving God! Strengthen me by the riches of Your benefits that I may live out my faith all the more openly with devotion and diligence. Amen

Nico Botha (Emeritus)
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales! Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra/Shoalhaven face “catastrophic fire danger”; There are 85 fires burning in NSW, 46 of which are not contained; Emergency warnings have been issued for 13 of them; 65 fires are burning in Queensland, with the blaze at Cobraball still uncontrolled; Hundreds of schools across both states are closed today.

Please pray for all the residents, those who lost their homes, but worst, their loved ones! Please pray for the firefighters, the countless volunteers and and all those who are affected by the bushfires.

How can you help?

Pray!

You can also donate money: The Salvos have launched a Disaster Appeal to support communities affected by the devastating bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland.
They're hoping to raise $3 million in the appeal. To donate to The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal, go to salvationarmy.org.au, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or donate at any Woolworths checkout.

Our Church family will also have a special collection on Sunday 24 November @ 10 Warrandyte Road, Langwarrin to help our neighbours in New South Wales and Queensland.

Kind Regards,

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

Theme this week: It is truly possible to live a godly life

Today’s theme: He promised He would free us that we can be obedient to Him.

Read 2 Peter 1:4: “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
• Jesus becoming flesh and His intercession are the fulfilment of all God’s promises since the start of the Old Testament. We know this about Him from His whole Word: promises and fulfilment, shadow and reality.
• As promises, He grants all He has called the profound privilege to be free of the hold of sin that we may fight and conquer. He makes it possible for us to flee from sin!
• Does it also excite you to know that Jesus bestows His gifts (His Spirit’s gifts) that you may be free and that something of God’s holiness can even be seen in you?!
Prayer: Holy God, You have made through Your Son Jesus Christ Your glorious promises also true for me. I want to thank You with all of my life! Amen

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

Theme this week: It is truly possible to live a godly life

Today’s theme: He provides us with all we need, even if our circumstances are sometimes difficult.

Read 2 Peter 1:3: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
• It is the godly power of “Jesus our Lord" (verse 2) that provides us with everything we need to live a godly life. He grants us eternal life, the true life that begins with our redemption in Him and goes on forever!
• All you need to faithfully serve Him, having been made new, is to know and profess Him in true faith as Lord of your life.
• Turns out it was never our idea to follow Him! He called us with kingly authority. It all started with Him and He makes it possible to be faithful to Him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You that I have been freed by You calling and enabling me to live for You. Work in me through Your Spirit that I may rejoice therein also today! Amen

Nico Botha (Emeritus)