Monthly Newsletter — April 2013

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 Family of Faith Christian Fellowship

London Newsletter

April 2013 / Issue 39

In this issue:

  • Upcoming events

  • April Letter

  • Joseph Tkach on the Resurrection

  • Things to pray for

  • Quotations Worth Thinking About

Upcoming Events:

  • Communion – Sunday, April 14, 2013

    Our Communion service takes place on the second Sunday of each month.

  • Discipleship 101 – Sunday, April 21, 2013

    Our discipleship course takes place on the third Sunday of each month. The topic this month is “What is the Church?” (Chapter 22 of the booklet).

April Letter

Dear Brethren,

I hope this Easter season has been an encouraging reminder for you of Christ’ victory over sin and death. In keeping with this theme, I have included in this month’s newsletter Dr Tkach’s comments on the Resurrection and some quotations on the same topic.

Last week Sue and I visited the Aylmer Conservation Area to see the tundra swans making their annual migration up to the Arctic Circle. I thought Spring had arrived, but the recent cold weather seems to have delayed things. Still, it’s a good time to start making plans to take advantage of the warm summer months.

I would like to continue to remind you to remember the Foodbank. We collect donations each week, and make a delivery at the end of every month.

Please remember also to pray for one another. It seems that at the moment a number of us are going through particularly challenging trials.

 

Warmest Regards,

Colin and Sue

Joseph Tkach on the Resurrection

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:40 (NIV UK)

The resurrection of Jesus stands at the heart of Christian faith. We believe in Jesus because he did something no other human being has ever done: he rose from the dead to life eternal.

It’s funny how we sometimes believe things that don’t make sense or that have no supporting evidence whatsoever. The tabloids carry a multimillion-dollar business by tantalising believing readers with a steady diet of the sensational, if not the ridiculous. You’ve seen the headlines: Elvis is still alive. JFK was abducted by aliens. Miners discover an opening to hell.

And then there are the facts we simply take for granted in our modern scientific world: The earth is a sphere, not flat like a pancake, and it revolves around the sun, not vice versa. A virus causes measles. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

Most of us believe these things, not because we have personally proven them, but because we trust the authorities who tell us they are true. We use the ’phone; who invented it doesn’t really matter to us. We go to the doctor when we get sick; it doesn’t matter to us who discovered a given vaccine. And we can enjoy a beautiful sunset without giving much thought to Galileo, telescopes or star charts.

We live in a world of facts, but most of the facts we know have little, if anything, to do with who we are and how we live. The resurrection of Jesus is different. It might be easy to believe Jesus rose from the dead as though it were just another fact for a history exam. But this fact is not like other facts. It’s the one fact that changes everything.

If Jesus Christ really rose from the dead, then he is far more than just another great figure in history. He is who he claimed to be—the Son of God. And if that’s so, then he, and everything he said, has to be taken seriously. The resurrection of Jesus stands at the heart of Christian faith. We believe in Jesus because he rose from the dead. He told his disciples he would be raised on the third day after his crucifixion—and he was!

The fact of his resurrection verifies that what he said about himself was true: He was indeed the Son of God and God was acting decisively through him to deal with human sin. Jesus said in the Gospel of John, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

Greater words of comfort have never been spoken! It doesn’t matter how far from God we have been. It doesn’t matter how dark and vile our sins have been. When we believe the word of God, the good news that God is redeeming sinners through his Son. God forgives us, accepts us and gives us fresh, new life in his eternal kingdom.

Things to Pray for:

Please pray for:

  • Lisa Masse (health); Bob Shepard (intestinal problems); Wayne Vickery (high blood pressure); Gabriele Hodgins (arthritis and tendonitis; loss of job); Scott Blaine (MS).
  • Mozambique: please pray that the flood waters will subside so that aid can reach our brethren in central-northern Mozambique. Please pray that there will be no outbreak of cholera or other water-borne diseases.
  • Our local congregation that we might fulfill God’s will for us. Pray that we might each be a light in our community, manifesting the love of God to friends, family, co-workers and neighbours.
  • Opportunities to share the gospel with others, the courage to do so, and the wisdom to know how.

Quotations Worth Thinking About

Only one act of pure love, unsullied by any taint of ulterior motive, has ever been performed in the history of the world, namely the self-giving of God in Christ on the cross for undeserving sinners. That is why, if we are looking for a definition of love, we should look not in a dictionary, but at Calvary.

John Stott

We are not to regard the cross as defeat and the resurrection as victory. Rather, the cross was the victory won, and the resurrection the victory endorsed, proclaimed and demonstrated.

John Stott

In the Bible, the opposite of Sin, with a capital ‘S,’ is not virtue – it’s faith: faith in a God who draws all to Himself in His resurrection.

Robert Farrar Capon

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