Tuesday 7th April 2020

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Welcome to Digital Church, I hope you find the teaching useful. My prayer is that you will be encouraged in your walk with the Lord and that you will bring glory to his name.

Blocking the Cross

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scoring it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12v2

The cross is not an easy thing to look at, a symbol of torture, an item that took the life in the cruellest of ways. When I look at the cross I see the grace and mercy of God towards me. I look at the free gift of salvation I have received and see the incredible price that was paid for that gift. It is always a sobering thought as I consider what I have done and what I am doing with that salvation.

One of my favourite verses is in Romans:

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.
Romans 12v1

It's a challenging verse, am I offering my life in thankfulness for what Jesus did on the cross or have I cheapened my salvation. For without the constant reminder of the cross it becomes very easy to lose sight of the cost and love that the Father has shown towards me through Jesus. Having lost a child I know the pain of that loss, the thought of giving that child's life for another however is beyond a love and cost that I can imagine. So great is the Fathers love for each one of us.

When I look at the cross and the call to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, scriptures like Luke 9v23 come to mind.

Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Luke 9v23

The struggles and complaints I have are nothing compared to the price that Jesus paid on the cross for me and so it is important to be constantly reminded of the cross, not to allow anything to get in the way.

As I was out praying about this subject one morning the Lord reminded me of an old traditional Anglican church and the layout of the church.

At the front of the church, right in the middle stands the cross and below that is the altar on which the bread and wine are placed, the symbols of the sacrifice and the blessings that came from the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross.

Throughout the whole service the cross and those symbols are in front of the congregation. The choir sit on either side; they never block the view of the cross. Even the pulpit is set to one side so that even during the preaching the cross remains in sight. It is an incredible symbology of the price that was paid for our salvation and that during all our acts of prayer and praise that cross needs to stay firmly in sight so that we can keep our eyes fixed.

As I continued to pray the Lord then gave me a picture of the modern church, the modern stage, the music, the lights, all taking place right in front of our eyes. The cross moved to the side or removed altogether. The bread and the wine removed from that stage so that it doesn't get in the way of the performance of worship!

Now this is not a call for us all to rebuild our churches, but the symbology of modern church needs to be questioned and thought about. For instead of the cross and sacrifice at the centre we have now placed man. Instead of a living sacrifice of worship we want something that is enjoyable and that gives us a lift, even as we preach the cross is replaced by a myriad of multi media. What are our eyes fixed on?

It is easy to slip into the thinking that this is just an old fashioned way of thinking, but the cross is old fashioned, it's a sacrifice that took place over 2000 years ago, yet is as relevant today as the day Jesus poured out his life for us. It may not be trendy, it may put people off, but let us make sure as churches that we keep our eyes fixed on the cross and make sure that mans desires do not get in the way.

Paul writes:

But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
1 Corinthians 1v23-25

We may think that we have modern ways to make the gospel attractive to people, to somehow have a gospel without the offence of the cross, yet the fact remains. It is the power of Christ on the cross by which we are saved. If we take that out of the sight of those we aim to serve and lead we rob them of the truth of the gospel. For it is through the cross we are saved and in thankfulness of the work that was done that we are driven forwards in Christ to serve the Father as living sacrifices.

Let us not get in the way of the cross for it we do, we lose the whole message of God's great love to us.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1v18

The Spiritual Man

The Spiritual Man "The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed."
Romans 8v19

So often we talk about walking according to the Spirit or being led by the Spirit when we really have little idea what these terms mean.

This short book looks at some of our attitudes and behaviours and challenges what is being led of the Holy Spirit and what is being led of the flesh and how can we change how we are led.

ISBN: 9780957698819

Author: Simon Coward

Number of Pages: 42

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A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park An easy to read book covering the basics of Christianity in short chapters. ideal for new believers or those wondering what Christianity is all about.

ISBN: 9780957698802

Author: Simon Coward

Number of Pages: 44

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Blocking the Cross

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scoring it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12v2

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Killing God

The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
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The Dangers of Processed Foods

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
John 16v13

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No one inquired of the Lord!

The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.
Joshua 9v14

Joshua chapter 9 tells us the account of the Gibeonite deception. These people that God had told the Israelites to destroy came of with a simple decept... (read more)