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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

Devotion series: The ABC of God’s Word

Theme this week: The power of God’s Word

Today’s theme: The power of God’s Word for blessing

Read Psalm 119:1-8: “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.”

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Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm, but also an acrostic Psalm. This is when each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is used, in chronological order, as the first letter of a verse and thereby dividing this Psalm into 22 stanzas.
The first stanza of Psalm 119 is verse 1-8, of which every line starts with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet – Aleph.
This first stanza tells us that he who lives according to the Word of God is blessed. Every believer who keeps in step with God’s Word will receive the Lord’s blessing.
This blessing of the Lord does not however mean that life will always be good. Paul, Stephen, James and all the other believers who followed the Lord’s Word to then suffer for their faith are shining examples of this.
The New Testament therefore constantly reminds us that God’s blessing lies in the grace and peace we find in Jesus Christ, worked inside us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Word that became flesh (John 1:14)!
Christ after all taught us that He fulfilled the law and that the Holy Spirit gives us a new heart that seeks to be obedient to the Father’s commands.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your blessing in Jesus Christ and for the Holy Spirit working it inside us. Thank You that Your blessing does not depend on us, but is a gift from You which we embrace in faith and in thankfulness seek to obey. Amen

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

Theme this week: Our identity in Christ

Today’s theme: Every Christian has a duty

Read 1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, ’n holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
How do you see yourself... what is your identity?
A Christian’s identity is not found in who we are or what we do, it is found in who God is and what He does.
A Christian could thus never speak of his or her identity without first speaking of God.
About what God has done for you
About God’s special relationship with you
About God’s purpose for you...
This purpose is to proclaim how He freed you from darkness and called you to His light!
God had compassion on us, saved us in His grace, given us faith in His goodness and purified and sanctified us in His power.
Put briefly... God gives us our identity that we may proclaim His identity.
Prayer: We praise You Lord that we may know who we are and what we must do. Thank You that we may bear Your image in this world and proclaim You salvation. Strengthen and guide us in this important task. Amen

Philip Hattingh
hattphil@gmail.com
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: Our identity in Christ

Today’s theme: We wage war with sin

Read Romans 13:12-14: “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

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They who belong to Christ are children of the light!
Through Christ’s work of redemption we have been wrenched away and freed of the forces of darkness. Now we are children of the light, citizens of Christ’s kingdom.
We now have the duty to act as citizens of this kingdom.
We must therefore not seek fulfilment in the here and now.
The world may perhaps meet all our needs and desires temporarily, but we don’t live for this world.
Citizens of the kingdom are engaged in a continuous battle against the sin of the world, but this war is at its end!
Our King Jesus Christ has already triumphed and so we can fight each day with the knowledge that the night is almost over, it is almost day! Persevere in faith in Jesus Christ, live decently as in the daytime!
Prayer: Lord, we pray that we realise anew today that we can and must live as conquerors in this world. Thank You for the grace that we may now already live as children of the light. Amen

Philip Hattingh
hattphil@gmail.com
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: Our identity in Christ

Today’s theme: God makes us new

Read Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which god prepared in advance for us to do.”

Read Ephesians 4:22-24: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
Christianity is not a self-improvement course. It is not a programme in which you work hard or follow a series of steps to become a better person.
No, Christianity changes us in a totally different way.
The Christian is changed by grace through faith.
This changed person lives as the image of God.
God in His grace creates a new “me” and “you”.
Everything we do or say or think is made new... in the image of God.
He restores us that we may live holy.
We cannot improve ourselves. We are full of sin and utterly dead.
When our heart and mind are filled with Christ’s love and grace, we are restored and can live again. This new creation’s whole life is to the glory of God.
Prayer: Lord, we pray that we will be made new. Have us live to Your glory, filled with the love and grace that come from Jesus Christ. Amen

Philip Hattingh
hattphil@gmail.com
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: Our identity in Christ

Today’s theme: Our identity is formed on the inside

Read Romans 12:1-2: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Read Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
The apostle Paul calls on us to live in faith that Christ may guide who we are and what we do.
Our identity in Christ must effectively change our life.
It is to obediently follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
It is to faithfully study God’s Word that we may know and seek to know Him all the more.
It is to always follow Christ’s example.
This is how we are changed on the inside, which will reflect on the outside and make us completely different from the world around us.
In this way we can enjoy the great privilege to live as living and holy sacrifices to God.
Prayer: Lord, we pray that we may be changed on the inside that our identity in Christ may shine in the world. Grant us new hearts that hunger for You more each day and make us willing to be obedient that our life may be a holy sacrifice to You. Amen

Philip Hattingh
hattphil@gmail.com
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: Our identity in Christ

Today’s theme: We are one with Jesus

Read Romans 6:5: “If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.”
Read 1 Corinthians 1:30-31: “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)
One of the most important aspects of the Christian’s identity is that he or she is one with Jesus Christ.
This unity means that in God’s eyes what Christ experienced also applies to the Christian.
In Jesus’ death, we also die
In Jesus’ resurrection, we also live
We are therefore dead to sin in Christ. Sin no longer has power over the believer and the believer no longer bears the guilt for it.
We have thus been freed and can fight sin every day in this world.
Let us therefore glory therein that our identity lies in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Prayer: Lord, we pray today that we may once again realise that our true identity lies in Jesus Christ. We pray that we may live as the redeemed that continuously fight sin. Amen

Philip Hattingh