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1429620_82814371Jared Wilson:

“Pastor, the people you currently have in your congregation

are those whom God in his wisdom has dispensed to you.

They might not be the people you’d handpick if you had your druthers,

but be measured by the fact that God handpicked you to be a citizen of his kingdom.

What on earth was he thinking?”

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LSThe Big Bible Adventure – Mark 14:12-26

Powerpoint Pictures: Bonfire; Poppy; Present; Hot Cross Bun; Birthday Cake

Why do we do the following?

Have a bonfire and fireworks on November 5th? [To remember the failure of the Gunpowder Plot to kill the king by blowing up the Houses of Parliament]

Wear poppies once a year? [To remember the brave soldiers who died in World War I and II defending our country]

Give presents at Christmas? [To remember that Jesus is God’s gift to the world and He was given gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh]

Eat Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday? [To remember that Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday]

Have a birthday cake with candles on them? [To remember that on that day --- years ago that person was born]

We do different things throughout the year to help us remember important things that have happened in the past.

Jesus and his followers were in an upstairs room in Jerusalem eating the Passover meal.  They ate the Passover meal together to remember something that had happened in the past.  They were remembering a time when God had rescued His people from slavery in Egypt.

God had instructed His people to remember that great rescue every year by eating together this meal.  Now as Jesus and his disciples ate, two important things happened.

The first thing was that Jesus told his disciples that He knew that one of them was going to betray Him.  He knew what Judas was planning to do.

The other thing that happened was that “And as they were eating, [Jesus] took bread, and after breaking it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take, this is my body.”  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.  And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out from many.” (Mark 14:22-24)

Jesus said to them that the bread they were eating was to remind them of His body that was going to be put to death on the cross, and the cup they drank from was to remind them of His blood that He would shed to rescue many people from their sins.

In this meal He was reminding His disciples again about what was going to happen to Him, but before He died He had some more things to say to His followers.

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

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132HTim Challies:

“Information tools allow you to collect, archive and access important information.

Scheduling tools allow you to organise your time, and they alert you ahead of important events.

Communication tools allow you to communicate, and they allow you to archive and access your previous communications.

Task management tools allow you to capture and organise your to-do items.”

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SONY DSCPastors are called “to do the work of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:5)

Who should they preach the gospel to?

Steve Lawson:

Every pastor must preach the gospel to himself: “Every pastor must be certain of his own salvation before he can powerfully preach the gospel to others.”

Every pastor must preach the gospel to his family: “Evangelism in the home begins with shepherding one’s own wife in her relationship with Christ… Similarly, he must give the same attention to his children.”

Every pastor must preach the gospel to his flock: “He must implore his congregation to respond to the gospel and be saved.  There should be a distinct urgency in his voice as he exhorts, even pleads, for his flock to be converted.”

Every pastor [must preach the gospel to] the community: “As a fisher of men, he must go where the fish are. He must leave dry land, sail out into deep waters, and cast his net. Pastors must venture out into the community, share the gospel, and urge people to believe upon Christ.”

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