Field Notes – 11/12/M
Last Sunday’s Songs at Banstead Community Church: 1) Come Thou long expected Jesus; 2) You’re the Word of God the Father; 3) Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (Psalm 72); 4) My Saviour left His throne above; 5) Come Thou fount of every blessing.
“It is good to learn from others how to order our speech concerning God, and to imitate those who speak well about the things of God. We are to make the most of the conversation of devout people, and we must learn to speak along the same lines as them.” (Matthew Henry)
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“Think about the Christians you know;
think about yourself;
and you will remember that God is a master at using the unlikely.
We serve the God who calls old men to father many nations and lead revolutions, young men to fight experienced warriors and to tell off kings to their faces.
We serve the God who chose to bring his Son into the world through a young virgin. He called tax collectors for Rome to be friends with Israel’s Messiah, and a middle-aged academic bigot to take the gospel to the Gentiles.
He can use you and me.
We are well within the scope of his sovereign ability to use us for his glory.”
“Our problem is that we often fail to act as we know we should because we do not believe sufficiently to launch out on the bare word of our promising God. Yet nothing can be more certain or secure. When God applies his word to our lives in regard to something he is calling us to do, we must begin to do it, in the strength that he supplies, as soon as we can. Our temptation is to wait and then ask for further light, without acting on the light he has already given us. But all I need to do for my heart to harden after God has spoken in his word, is – nothing! A life that trusts and obey is a life that he can use.” (David Jackman)