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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: “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

Today’s theme: The Lord slakes our spiritual thirst (2).

Read John 7:37-39: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

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

• Jesus Christ calls out on the big day of the festival of tabernacles: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
o The festival of tabernacles was the people’s way of thanking God for the first harvest of the season.
• It is here that Jesus Christ speaks of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit’s purpose.
• Romans 8:23 calls the Holy Spirit the “first gift” we received, whereby the original word alludes to the image of the first fruits of a harvest. This is how the Lord relates this message to us: We are the first people of the Lord to receive the Holy Spirit who has streams of living flow from within us.
• The Holy Spirit thus works new life in us and, as Lord, slakes our spiritual thirst in this way.
o It is the spiritual thirst of truly knowing God – a thirst all people on earth have, but can only be slaked by the Holy Spirit.
o It is the thirst for forgiveness and absolution – something that becomes a reality for us when the Holy Spirit works faith in our heart.
o It is the thirst to belong, to be part of a community – a wish the Holy Spirit works in us, because He is the guarantee given to us that we will always be God’s children and members of His household.
• How regularly do you thank God that the Holy Spirit slakes your spiritual thirst?

Prayer: Our Father, thank You for slaking my spiritual thirst through the Holy Spirit. Fill me with the Holy Spirit that streams of living water may flow from me to the world that also thirsts for You. Amen

Karel Steyn
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

Today’s theme: The Lord slakes our spiritual thirst (1).

Read Psalm 42-43: “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God!”

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

• Psalm 42 and 43 are actually one Psalm, made evident in the refrain echoing through each of these Psalms: “Why are you downcast, O my soul...” and “Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”
• Why can’t we just accept it?! There isn’t a soul who hasn’t doubted their salvation and there isn’t a soul who hasn’t faced the onslaught of the arch enemies of sin, the world and Satan.
• It may then feel to us that the Lord, our good Shepherd, is so far away. We almost feel as though He has forsaken us, but the Sons of Korah remind us again and again: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God” (Ps. 42 and 43).
• Only Christ, our good Shepherd, can slake this thirst for salvation and assurance of faith. It is only when we grow in our knowledge and faith in Christ’s sacrifice for us that we can find rest for our soul.
• How are you going to make time today to grow in your knowledge about Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant us rest for our soul with Jesus Christ. May we know Him truly and realise the indescribable hope and inheritance we have. Slake our soul’s thirst, o Lord! Amen

Karel Steyn
karelsteyn@gmail.com
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

Today’s theme: The Lord stills our spiritual hunger.

Read John 6:22-40: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

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

• This passage contains one of the fourteen “I am” declarations of the Lord. Each of these declarations reveals a facet to Jesus Christ’s being.
• The declaration “I am the bread of life...” is Christ revealing Himself as the true food for our souls and means that we can only stand firm spiritually if we continually grow in our relationship with Christ.
• Still we hear Jesus Christ rebuking His followers for only seeking their own gain. It wasn’t about Him to them, but about what He could do for and give them.
• We are instead called up to go to Christ to merely be in His presence and not to ask or receive anything from Him.
• How often do you go in prayer to the Lord just to be with Him?

Prayer: Our Lord Jesus Christ, thank You that we may simply be in Your presence in prayer. Not to ask for anything, but to receive more of You. Amen

Karel Steyn
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

Today’s theme: The Lord provides in all I need.

Read Matthew 6:25-34: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

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

· Listening to our good Shepherd’s voice (John 10:14-16) it becomes evident how often He uses nature to teach us about our relationship with the Triune God.
· The Lord Jesus speaks about the wild birds and flowers of the field in Matthew 6:25-34 to remind us once again of how our heavenly Father provides in all our needs.
· Food and clothes are two of our most basic needs and the ones we worry about first, given that it is essential for life and functioning within society!
· Yet our Father knows we need them and He indeed provides in all our needs! Listen carefully: He provides in our needs, not our wants. The Lord provides what we need to live within society to His glory.
· This is why our Shepherd calls on us to rather “concern” ourselves with God’s kingdom and will (God’s righteousness), committing ourselves to asking how to live God’s kingdom in the society we find ourselves and not as people who cannot receive it.
· This part of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) is a comfort to each of us: We have a Father who cares for us! It is also, however, a call to introspection: Do you realise that it is your heavenly Father who leads you to green pastures and beside quiet waters?
· How do you seek the kingdom and righteousness of God every day?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for caring for us as You care for the birds and flowers. You are truly good to us and the ultimate Source of all that is good. Help me to seek Your kingdom and will every day. Amen

Karel Steyn
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

Today’s theme: The Lord gives true rest!

Read Psalm 131: “But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

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

• Peace and calm - two things almost all people seek. Peace and calm relieve you of tension and care, you are virtually burden free.
• Peace and calm, however, means there can be no pride and egotism in you. There can be no thinking more of yourself than you ought and no thinking that you could ever really be “independent”.
• Peace and calm ask of you to be like a small child.
• The word used for “child” in this Psalm refers to one who has just been weaned off of breastmilk. The child must indeed learn that he is dependent on his mother, but that this dependence is about who his mother is to him and not what his mother can give him.
• Psalm 23 teaches that it is our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who leads us to green pastures and waters of rest. Yet we do not believe in Him just to receive this care, but believe in and follow Him simply for Who He is - our Saviour, Shepherd and King.
• How do you go to your good Shepherd every day to find rest, peace and care from Him?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that I may have a good Shepherd who gives me peace and calm. I confess that I often seek control over things outside my control. Teach me trust that I may always wait on You. Amen

Karel Steyn
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

This week’s theme: Do you hear the cloud of witnesses?

Today’s theme: Jesus Christ, our Lord!

Read Hebrews 12:1-3: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him whom who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

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

This week we took a look at examples of faith from the Old Testament and there are many more. It was clear that because of the Lord’s love and grace faith is about trusting that He will come through for us and that He is sufficient for us. We do, however, face one big challenge and that is how small our faith is!

The good news is that the “journey of faith” is not over! There is one final Person of faith we need to see! We need to see Him at all costs!

Hebrews 12:2 tells us that we need to fix our eyes on Him. We need to purposefully fix our eyes on Jesus Christ – the Author and Perfecter of our faith! He is the best example of faith ever – He is its Perfecter. Furthermore – we see in Him the reason for our faith! It starts with Him alone!

When you see just how small and weak your faith is – look away from yourself – look to Jesus:
• See His faith there on the cross! He sacrificed His life on the cross, absolutely innocent, against all human expectation. That is faith! He knew His Father would deliver Him.
• See His joy! He endured it all for the joy that awaited Him on the other side, the joy of eternal glory with His Father! This is how you live in faith! You look forward – to the joy of fellowship with the LORD. You look forward to the wonderful restoration awaiting us in heaven. You refuse to cower before the shame that obedience may bring, because you know the reward will be so much greater!
• Most importantly: We need to fix our eyes on Him, because He endured it all for no one else but us! Can you believe it?! The joy that drove Him to the cross was the joy to have us with Him in His Father’s house forever! Does the thought not stir joy in your heart?! He sat down at the right hand of God, with the authority to restore all things that He may bring us to Him forever. Isn’t that enough to fire up our faith?!
Does it feel like your knees and feet of faith grow weary in the race of life! Then fix your eyes on Him! You are His joy! Press on! Persevere through life – because joy is awaiting you, the joy of full restoration and life with Him, forever! You don’t need to offer Him anything – He offers it all to you!

Prayer: Father, help me today to fix my eyes on Your Son! Help me to believe that You, in Jesus, rejoice in calling me Your child! Amen

Hanno van Schaik