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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
Theme this week: The great economy of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Read Ephesians 1:10: “...to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfilment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.”

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In verse 10 the Greek word ekonomia is used and translated as: “to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfilment.”
Ephesians 1 describes God’s eternal plan (economy) according to which He brings all things to fulfilment.
The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit determined from all eternity how, where and when certain events would transpire across the history of the world.
Father, Son and Spirit each have His perfect role in making this plan irreversible.
You are part of this perfect plan. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are working towards bringing the plan with your life to, perfect, fulfilment.
Prayer: You are perfect in Your wisdom, love and grace. I know Your eternal plan is perfect in the life of Your church and Your child. I feel safe with You. You have chosen me to share in Your redemption and no one can stop You from saving me. I praise You, o glorious God. Amen

Gert Breed
Gert.Breed@nwu.ac.za
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Today’s theme: God Himself will strengthen us.

Read Isaiah 12:2: “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

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We don’t have to somehow summon up strength from within ourselves.
If you don’t think you have the strength to make it through, well you’re absolutely right. You don’t.
Our so-called little strength will never help us.
We don’t have the strength to save ourselves, but God will pour His strength into us through His Holy Spirit and save us through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore we don’t need to be afraid of anything, including COVID-19, because God through His Son is our salvation and our strength.
Prayer: Almighty God, we know that all power belongs to You and that we don’t need to be afraid of anything, including the Corona virus. Help us to trust in You always. Amen

Kwena Semenya
kwena@gkrandburg.org.za
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Today’s theme: Nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Read Romans 8:35-39: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Bible online available at www.biblegateway.com)

No matter what we go through, we can be assured that it hasn’t separated us from Christ’s love.
If He loves us, we can take heart that He will protect us, provide for us, guide us and help us.
Nothing in all creation can separate us from His love. Whether we lose our job or our home or our health or even our mind or we are attacked by the Corona virus, Jesus will hold us in His love and never let us go. So, let us take courage.
Prayer: Gracious Father, Your love is immeasurable and nothing will separate us from Your love. Give us Your Holy Spirit to always help us understand Your love and mercy. Amen

Kwena Semenya
kwena@gkrandburg.org.za
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Today’s theme: Jesus has overcome the world.

Read John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

(Bible online available at www.biblegateway.com)

Jesus said we WILL have tribulation in this world and the Corona virus is one of them.
We shouldn’t be surprised by it.
If we look at this world only, we will lose heart. We can “take heart” and take courage, however, for Jesus is greater than the world and He has already overcome it.
Nothing in this world can defeat our mighty Conqueror, including COVID-19.
He has overcome the world for us - for those He redeemed.
Prayer: Almighty God, You teach us in Your Word that what seems impossible in our eyes is possible before Your eyes. Even this COVID-19 is nothing before You and we ask You to heal us from it. Amen

Kwena Semenya
kwena@gkrandburg.org.za
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Today’s theme: The Lord has a plan for each and every one who believes in Him.

Read Acts 23:11: “The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, ‘Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.’”

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We don’t have to fulfill some destiny for ourselves.
God is accomplishing His work through us and He never fails to complete His plans.
All that we need to do is to testify about Him regarding the wonders that He is doing through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we know that You have a plan for every one of us here on earth, but we sometimes tend to forget You because of our sinful thinking. Remind us, through Your Holy Spirit, of the plans You have for us. Amen

Kwena Semenya
kwena@gkrandburg.org.za
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Today’s theme: God is with us through His Holy Spirit

Read Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

(Bible online available at www.biblegateway.com)

The world is faced with the Corona virus, which is terrifying almost everyone in the world.
However, we find comfort from the Word of God that teaches us today to take courage, because we do not face this challenge alone.
In our challenges, we are with our God through His Holy Spirit, who comforts us always.
God, the Creator of the universe, the all-powerful One, is right here with us.
He’s not far off and uninvolved. When we don’t know what to do, He does. He’s never tired, never weary, never takes a break.
Prayer: Father in heaven, our help comes from You always and in this present moment we need you to help us with the Corona virus pandemic, which affects most of Your children. Amen

Kwena Semenya
kwena@gkrandburg.org.za