Thursday, 29 May 2014

Co.Mission - 5 weeks to go!

It's hard to believe that it's only 5 weeks until our Co.Mission 2014 team leaves for Uganda! Plans and preparations are coming together well.

The fundraising has been incredible. We have now raised over £27,000!! This is enabling us to do so much more than we ever dreamed possible. Thank you to everyone who has donated towards the project.

Please pray for final preparations and for continued unity among team members. Please also pray for safe journeying. Pray that God would prepare the hearts and minds of the people our team are going to meet as they share Jesus Christ with them.

A full itinerary of the two weeks will be published soon. Keep an eye on the website for details. This will also be distributed in church when it is published.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Co.Mission 2014 - Uganda

The team is now formed and we are beginning to make plans for our trip to Uganda next summer (2nd - 17th July). Please pray for us as we seek God’s will with regards to the work we will be doing in Uganda. Pray that the team will bond well over the next few months. If you would like to support the work of the team financially, please speak to John Kimber or Jeanette Gibson.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The week leading up to the cross


After Sunday morning's sermon, many have asked for notes regarding the layout of Easter week and the incredible parallels between the Passover instructions given by God to Moses in Exodus 12:1-6 and the events in the life of Jesus during the week leading up to His crucifixion.

The notes below are a summary of the sermon on Sunday morning; a recording of which will also be available in the media audio section in a week or so. 

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Easter Week          REMEMBER JEWISH DAY = SUNSET TO SUNSET
                                                        6pm-6am = day, 6am-6pm = night
                                           12noon-3pm minor evening, 3pm-6pm major evening
                                                      Between the evenings/twilight = 3pm


Sabbath day – Saturday (sunset Fri-sunset Sat) Nissan/Aviv 9
Jesus arrives in Bethany six days before Passover (John 12:1)

First day - Sunday (sunset Sat-sunset Sun)  Nissan/Aviv 10
Jesus enters Jerusalem – triumphal entry (John 12:12 The next day…)
Returns to Bethany for the night (Mark 11:11)

Second day - Monday (Sunset Sun-sunset Mon)  Nissan/Aviv 11
On way to Jerusalem from Bethany, Jesus curses fig tree. (Mark 11:12f)
Jesus clears the temple. (Mark 11:15f)
Returns to Bethany or similar for the night (Mark 11:19)

Third day - Tuesday (Sunset Mon-sunset Tues)  Nissan/Aviv 12
Peter sees the fig tree that Jesus cursed is withered (Mark 11:20)
Many discussions, teachings, parables and testings. (Mark 11:27f)

Fourth day - Wednesday (Sunset Tues – sunset Weds)  Nissan/Aviv 13
Many discussions, teachings, parables and testings
Mark 14 (2 days before Passover)

Fifth day - Thursday (sunset Weds-sunset Thurs)  Nissan/Aviv 14
First day of feast of unleavened bread. (Matt 26:17, Mark 14:12, Luke 22:7,
                                                                    John13:1)
Passover preparation Day – lambs slaughtered on this day at 3pm 
                                            (Ex. 12:6 between the evenings/Twilight – see box above)
Lord’s supper (Weds evening)
Mount of Olives – Gethsemane (Weds night)
Jesus betrayed (during night)
Jesus’ trial (during night) (Matt 26:59)
Peter’s denial (during night)
Jesus before Pilate and Herod (Morning – John 18:28, Luke 22:66) John 19:4
Jesus Crucified (Sixth to ninth hour = darkness) Luke 23:44, John 19:14
Jesus dies (Ninth hour, 3pm, between the evenings, twilight) Matt 27:46, 50. 

This is exactly the same time as the lambs all over Jerusalem were being slaughtered (see note above re Passover preparation day). As the lambs all across the city cried out, so did Jesus "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me."

Body laid in tomb (before sunset/before Sabbath – Mark 15:42, John 19:31f)

Sixth day - Friday (Sunset Thurs – sunset Fri)  PASSOVER Nissan/Aviv 15
First day of Passover (Passover meal eaten)
Day one and day seven of Passover = special Sabbath’s
Special Sabbath confirmation – John 19:31

Seventh day  - Saturday (Sunset Fri – sunset Sat)  Nissan/Aviv 16
Regular Sabbath

MATTHEW 12:40 FULFILLED – THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS
Thurs night, Fri night, Sat night.

First day (Sunset Sat – sunset Sun)  Nissan/Aviv 17
Empty tomb discovered



Read Exodus 12:1-6 and Numbers 9:12
 Below are the parallels between the Passover lamb and Jesus.







Monday, 19 November 2012

As Christmas approaches...

It's hard to believe that in only 5 weeks time it will be Christmas! Life is so busy and time seems to fly by.

Preparations are well under way for the Christmas Celebration on Saturday 22nd December at 7pm. The church choir are working hard, the children's choir are about to begin learning their songs and the all important scripts which will tell the good news of Jesus and His coming to earth are being written this week. We are praying that our Christmas celebration this year will once again point people to Jesus Christ; please pray with us.

Christianity Explored is also well under way. God is moving, and there are a number of unsaved attending each week. Please pray for the 15 or so unsaved/visitors that have come along so far; pray that they will feel welcome and that they will clearly see Jesus Christ, understanding all He has done for them and ultimately placing their trust in Him. Please continue to pray for the group leaders and all who are involved, we thank God for each one.

As we continue to do the work that God has called us to do here in Portadown, and as we approach another Christmas season, let's be encouraged, remembering all that God has done for us and remembering that the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go.

Monday, 8 October 2012

This weekend (12th-14th October) we will celebrate all that God gives to us in a special weekend of harvest celebrations. Please pray for Andrew Roycroft and he speaks from the word of God on Sunday and for Kirk Kirkland as he travels from the USA to lead praise and worship on both Friday night and at our services on Sunday.

Great is His faithfulness

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A new season

September is nearly upon us.

Please pray for all the events planned in the coming weeks and months.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Update

I think it's fair to say we are all beginning to feel tired, but there is so much to do and the excitement of what God can do in the lives of the people we meet keeps us going.

So what's happened so far?

Sunday 
We had a great day! The church was full and the young people glorified God in all that was done.

Morning service: We brought our cardboard testimonies with us as we wanted to begin the week by telling those in the church how we have been changed by God. Chris Baird spoke to the boys and girls sharing the importance of being prepared to run the race with God, then we took the boys and girls out to Sunday school which was run by a few of the team. John introduced the activities for the week and encouraged the church to join in with all that was planned. Stephen then spoke from 2 Tim. 1:1-8.

Evening service: We have a wonderful night of praise and testimony. Sarah Potts and Andy Martin shared their experiences of growing up as Christian's. There was a real sense of God's help upon both Sarah and Andy. John closed with a short challenge from Acts 17 - 'The God you don't know, I have come to proclaim to you'.

During the evening service we met a lady who had come to church for the first time as a direct result of the leaflets we sent out a week before we arrived. She loved the service and said that she was really challenged by all that she heard. She said she would come to the fun-day (which she did) and she has arranged to meet one of the church members next Sunday morning as she wants to come back to church. Please pray for this lady, that God will save her.

Monday
Fun-day. Even while we were still setting up, people began to arrive for the Fun-day. We had bouncy castles, games, nail painting, face painting, treasure hunt, church tours and a BBQ. Many people turned up for the day and we had great conversations, establishing relationships with many who have nothing to do with the church at present.

Tuesday
Our activities for the next three days began today; Holiday Bible Club, Beach outreach and Xpression. Unfortunately the the weather was very bad and we were not able to go onto the beach. Despite this, three children turned up to play on the beach and we brought them to the Holiday Bible Club instead. The weather forecast for the next two days is dry so we hope to begin Beach outreach tomorrow.
the holiday Bible club was great. There were 15 children (which is not bad for England!) and all who were involved delivered brilliantly. Pray that more boys and girls will come along on Weds and Thurs but more than that, that God would help all who are involved to deliver the gospel to the boys and girls in a way which they understand.
Despite the rain, the Xpression team headed out! They washed a couple of cars and got 5 or 6 jobs lined up for Wednesday. They delivered 150 tracts and on the whole had a very successful first day. Please pray for safety as they are involved in practical work. Pray that God will give them the words to say when they are talking to those whom they are doing jobs for.

An unsaved, non-church going man came into the church this morning. He has a neighbour, a retired minister who (in this mans words) "needs to get to church - his life seems as though it's not worth living when he doesn't get to church". The retired minister is 90 and this neighbour is burdened to bring him to church. We introduced him to a man from the church here, and he is bringing his neighbour on Sunday. He said he would stay with his neighbour for the service for the first couple of weeks - please pray that this man will be saved through his desire to help his neighbour.


Please continue to pray and thank you for all your prayer and support so far.

"...I am not ashamed..."