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23 and 24 November 2013 at DBECTopic: Peter—Lessons on Discipleship
Studies given by David Morgan, a brother from the Castle Hill (NSW) ecclesia
Saturday 23 November:
Afternoon session, 4pm: Study 1—“Making our Calling and Election sure” (2 Peter 1:10)
Evening meal—All are welcome to join us for the meal at the Bible Education Centre
Evening session, 7 pm: Study 2—“Be ready always to give an Answer” (1 Peter 3:15)
Sunday 24 November:
Memorial Meeting, 9.30 am—“Feed the flock of God” (1 Peter 5:2)
Special Presentation, 11.30 am—David Morgan’s recent trip to Papua New Guinea.
NOTE: For catering purposes, it would be helpful if you could please let us know whether you might share the meal with us on Saturday by telephoning the Bible Education Centre on 9791 1699 or emailing email@example.com by Wednesday 20 November.
All our plans are “God willing”.
Mark, Ruth, Heidi, Philip and Laura from the Dandenong Ecclesia are currently on an extended visit to India to undertake mission work and to support the ecclesias in West Bengal. They write about the Kolkata Bible School and recent baptisms there and in Joynagar.The Kolkata Bible School is for Christadelphians and contacts from the state of West Bengal. There are small ecclesias in Kolkata, Joynagar and elsewhere in country areas of West Bengal. The Bible School is the main opportunity for brothers and sisters across the state to get together and share fellowship. People come by train or bus from up to 200kms away for the camp.
A very busy but happy and profitable time was spent at the Kolkata Bible School, with over 70 brothers, sisters, contacts and children attending. Brother Peter Morgan was the main speaker.
There were three baptisms at the Kolkata Bible School—one was the wife of a brother, and the other two were the mother and brother of one of our sisters. She and her husband have been teaching many around them of the hope of the gospel. During the week we travelled to Joynagar (a couple of hours’ journey from here) to interview and baptise the daughter of a sister. It has been a great joy to see the witnessing that is going on amongst some of our brothers and sisters.
The baptisms took place outdoors in natural ponds and remind us of baptisms recorded in the New Testament, such as that of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-39.
We pray that God will bless our new brother and sisters and help them to grow in His ways. We also pray that they will be able to encourage those around them.
Once we have responded to the call to enter into a relationship with God and the Lord Jesus Christ and are baptised we become disciples of Christ. We need to learn what this discipleship entails and how we can constantly strive to mould our thoughts and actions to reflect those of our leader. Discipleship is not easy. We have to guard against carelessness and insincerity. We have to recognise that while we will fail many times, we do know where to turn to in those times. We have the comfort of prayer, the guidance of the scriptures and the joy that comes from service to those around us.
Dandenong Market: Saturday, 5 October
Dandenong Plaza Shopping Centre: Saturday, 26 October
Do come along and visit us. We will have a selection of CD’s, DVD’s, books and Cards for sale, as well as some other small items.
Or just drop by for a chat while you do your shopping!
All our plans are “God willing”.
Joy is one of the fruits of the spirit as mentioned in Galatians, so it is important to consider it and its place in our lives. It appears to be a simple concept, but is it easy to demonstrate? Can we grow it within ourselves, like patience? Does joy come more naturally to some people than others? What is it? How do we carry it with us every day?
First of all, we can perhaps think of joy in different ways—such as cheerfulness or being in a state of exhilaration or as deep contentment. Cheerfulness can be the result of external factors, a happy situation, a feeling of wellbeing. It can come and go, as can the feeling of elation. Elation is a soaring of the heart, a feeling of almost bursting with happiness, where everything around us is bathed in a golden light. We know when we experience a moment of pure job. These intense moments are usually fleeting, though. Finally, there is the joy which is born out of a confidence in our future, allowing us to transcend the worries of the present. This is the deep‐seated job which we should carry with us all the time.
We have probably all experienced various states of joy in our lives. We know that cheerfulness is not always appropriate and that soaring joy is not sustainable. So with what is this joy that we need to have and demonstrate? To start us with we need look no further than the joy of our Lord Jesus Christ when he carried out his Father’s will. The deep joy that we should have comes from our knowledge of the grace which has been extended to us. This joy lives in our daily service and obedience to our Lord. We strengthen it through our meditation of His Word. It is expressed in worship and thanksgiving and is exemplified by the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. If we answer the call of our Lord and try to do His will, we are His children. He cares for us now and also will write our names in the Book of Life if we have obeyed His command. Our confidence in this is what sustains us through the daily tribulations and also the greater tests that we face from time to time.
How do we maintain joy in our day‐to‐day lives, especially when some days we seem to be on the run from dawn until dusk? First we need to remember that our joy has substance. It is not a fleeting emotion. It is so much more than being caught up in the moment. Our joy is not just cheerfulness,the smiling face and happy laughter. So, on a day which is overly busy, full of frustrations, distractions or irritations, how do we cultivate joy? Perhaps all we need is to do is to step back for a few moments and utter a prayer of gratitude, even a prayer in a heartbeat like that of Nehemiah (though not a petition, but one of praise). Perhaps we need a prompt like a perfect flower, racing clouds in the sky or a photograph pinned up where we work, to remind us of the mastery of creation and God’s plan for the world and for us. We can then pause for a moment to praise our Father for the wonderful gift of salvation, a moment to thank our High Priest for his sacrifice, a moment to rededicate ourselves to His service. We can take a moment to remember again our joy. In this way we can carry it constantly with us and so share it with others.
If we can remind ourselves regularly of our joy would it not lift us up in our daily lives? It could help us to be obedient when we hesitate, to right ourselves when we stumble and to have courage when we suffer. It could help us to share more easily our hope for the future with others.
Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day. Psalm 96:2