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Thought for the Day by Stephen Demetriou (Youth Minister)
Whoso pulleth out this sword from this stone, is right wise King born of all England.”
This is said to be the inscription on the legendary sword Excalibur; the very sword King Arthur supposedly drew from the anvil making him the rightful king of England.
I love the Legend of King Arthur and it’s surely based on deep Biblical ideas right?
We’re back in the throne room (see Monday 12th April) and have a look at Revelation 5: 2 “I saw a mighty angle proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’”
Do you see the King Arthur resemblance?!
We’re not dealing with a sword here this is a scroll.
The most important document. A scroll of both judgement and salvation, of the future and history this is THE scroll. If it’s not opened, hope is defeated and all the promises of the Bible fall flat!
It’s no wonder that we read what John says in Revelation 5:4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
Hope looks gone.
Until an unlikely hero steps up.
Revelation 5:6-7 I saw a Lamb, looking as if had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne… The lamb went and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who say on the throne!
A dead lamb?!
And things get weirder because suddenly everything starts singing to this dead lamb v13 I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them saying: To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!
Now I know lambing is a big deal this time of year I can understand why lambs are cute and lovely and fluffy… But I don’t know anyone who would want to go and see a lamb slaughterhouse and witness a dead lamb… And sing songs to a dead lamb? Okay….
Yet that’s what’s happening here!
It takes John the Baptist to help us truly understand what’s going on, he sees the Lord Jesus and he says the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
This Lamb is Jesus. The Lamb who was slain and is NOW standing and alive! Because of His death and resurrection He is worthy to take the scroll! No one objects, no one stops Him the perfect Lamb of God is worthy.
It’s a breath-taking picture of Easter, of Jesus’ triumph and victory through death; so that as long as there is Jesus, there is hope!
Forget King Arthur, this is King Jesus.
Revelation 5 paints Jesus as the central and most important figure in all of history.
Do we see Him like that?
The praise of the Lamb starts in the throne room and should echo into our lives.
Today, let that praise flow into your life. Take time to praise God for Jesus, the worthy Lamb who conquers by being conquered and so brings hope and life to those who believe.
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.
Children's Groups returning
We are very excited to welcome back our children groups at the beginning of May.
If your children attend our groups you will have been sent an email regarding how often you will be attending the children's groups. If you have not received the email please check your junk and contact the church office firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are new to BH and would like your child to join our children's groups please contact the church office email@example.com
BH Youth Returns
Thought for the Day by Phil Washington (BH Member)
Here I am Lord - send someone else!
‘But Moses said, 'Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.’ Ex 4:13
There are just a handful of Bible characters that we get to follow from birth to death. Moses is one of them, and from start to finish we see God's mighty hand upon his life. It's not until his later years that he gets the call to lead the people out of slavery in Egypt and into the promised land. What an adventure that turned out to be for the 80 year old ex-shepherd and failed royal!
Moses got a good many things wrong. We see him with 'warts and all' in the pages of scripture. When the call comes in Exodus chapter 3, at the burning bush, Moses was rather reluctant to take on the leadership task. 'Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?' ( Ex 3:11). The answer to that is clear to us, as we look back over his life. Moses was a man, called, enabled and empowered by God Almighty. So, we could answer him, saying - 'Who are you? You are God's man Moses - that's who you are!’
We too have been given 'works to do' (Ephesians 2:10). We rightly feel our weakness and say 'Who am I to do these things?' Yet, like Moses, we learn, that we are who we are, and we do what we do, by the grace and power of Almighty God. Yes, we'll get things wrong, and (wonderfully) we will also get things right.
Surely it's time we really believed that, as Christians, we are God's men and women - just like Moses. Let's learn from him, answer the call of God positively, then joyfully serve Him with all of our hearts, minds and might.
Books Alive is Reopening - Gillian Carr
Dear Church Friends
We are delighted to announce that we will open again next Monday 12th April – usual hours 9.30 to 5.00 Monday to Saturday.
We would like to thank you for the support you have given us while we have been shut to walk in customers – it has been great to be able to continue to serve you via phone and email messages.
To celebrate our reopening there will be a number of offers –
We look forward to seeing you soon and do spread the word amongst your church members....
Good News National Convention 2021
NATIONAL CONVENTION 2021 23 - 25 APRIL
A warm invitation to all friends of our ministry
Our National Convention is just a week away, and this year (in common with so many other church events) will take place on line, and consequently be much more easily accessible than normal (and at no cost!) Members of the local branch would like to invite friends, family and other interested parties to join one or more of the four main sessions (daily at 7.00pm plus 9.00am. Saturday)
Might you be interested in becoming a member? - or perhaps a ‘Friend of the Gideons’? If so, this may be a good way to find out more about our ministry.
To view the flyer: visit our national website www.goodnewsuk.com
To join the sessions: www.goodnewsuk.com/live
JHMT Lent Appeal 2021
“ The Trustees of JHMT are pleased to advise that £17,600 has been raised from the Lent Appeal. We praise and thank God for the generosity of the Church Family. The Appeal will close on the 18th April. Thank you”
Thought for the Day by Stephen Demetriou
Mental Health Awareness 2021
Please follow the link below to our Resources page for more information.
We have now restarted in church services with 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm services. Numbers for the 10am & 6.30am services will still be limited and must be booked in advance via MyChurchSuite or the website. These services will still be livestreamed on YouTube which can be accessed direct via the website or via MyChurchSuite.