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Evening Worship Because of Each Other

16 Mar

Rev. David McCullough’s 4th reason as part of his answer to the question “Why Evening Worship?”

4. Because of our Responsibility to each other

When someone becomes a Christian they are united to the Lord Jesus Christ.  That union with Christ means that we are united to other believers. “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.  And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.” (I John 1:3&4) That union with other believers is to be particularly evidenced in our local church. The many one another exhortations call us to love one another and encourage one another.  One of the ways that we can do that is by being present at the services for public worship.  The writer to the Hebrews makes the direct link between encouraging one another and being present when the church meets. And let us consider how we may spur one another on to love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. (Hebrews 10:24&25)  The presence of other believers at public worship is a support to one another as we remind ourselves what is important in our lives.  Likewise our absence sends a serious message to other believers, particularly young ones – that we can get along fine without the preaching of God’s Word and the company of the saints.

Part 1- Because of the Glory of God

Part 2- Because Jesus is There

Part 3- Because It’s the Lord’s Day

Why Evening Worship? (part 1)

29 Jan
This post is the first in a series of seven offering reasons why we should return to church for evening worship. They were originally written by Rev. David McCullough for a leaflet addressing this issue.

I’m unsure what to use as pictures in these posts!

Introduction

This article is written with the purpose of encouraging the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ to make use of the privilege and blessing of evening worship. It is written acknowledging that there are Biblical reasons why it is not always possible  to return for worship on the evening of the Lord’s day.Though we may not have any direct Biblical command, “You shall return to evening worship,” we have much by way of implication from the Scripture and there are many reasons why the people of God should return for evening  worship

1. Because of the Glory of God

God’s glory is the all important matter in life. Paul exhorted the church at Corinth to, do all to the glory of God. (I Corinthians 10:31) The work of the devil is to rob God of His glory – that is his primary purpose.  When we are absent without due cause from worship God is being robbed of His glory because God’s glory is displayed in His people.  Added to this, if we are not growing as Christians as we should and could, God is being robbed of glory.  We cannot be growing as we ought if we are not taking in the Word of God preached.

To be continued.

Heresy Hunting

5 Dec

“I have alluded to the fact that there are those who consider discerning between good and evil a despicable activity, which they derisively label ‘heresy hunting.’ The mentality behind such language is dangerous. While sounding exceptionally pious, it discourages many inexperienced Christians from pursuing the God-given task of discriminating truth form falsehood and makes them easy marks for every sort of delusion.

Anti-hersey-hunters make a plea for ‘open-mindedness.’ I once studied under a professor who used to say, ‘Open minds are like open windows; you have to putin screens to keep the bugs out.’ The prudent believer screens every idea, every claim, every proposal, every opinion through the grid of Scripture. The Bible is his protection from the stings and bites of error. He open to everything in the Bible, of course, but everything else must be examined carefully in the clear ligfht of God’s Word.”

Jay E. Adams, A Call for Discernment, p.69

Petition to Protect Christians from Working on Sundays

7 Nov

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Protect Christians From Working Sundays.”

Current legislation does not protect Christians from having to work on Sunday so please sign this petition on the Downing Street website.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11

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Dromore Outreach

21 Aug

“Over 15 years of gospel ministry I have been involved in many weeks osf outreach. This past week ranks as the most encouraging week that I have experienced in such work” Rev. David McCullough 

Here are thirteen reasons Dad gave after the week to be encouraged and give thanks to God:

1. Seeing the Lord at work – stirring up workers, equiping men, women and children to serve Him, burdening more and more to pray.

2. Over 40 adults were involved in some way in our efforts to make contact with the community that we live in.

3. An increasing number came to pray.

4. Hearing some of the men of the church explain the gospel so clearly in teaching at the clubs.

5. Seeing members of our church family take on new challenges in your service for Jesus.

6. Seeing God’s people work alongside one another with one aim, to glorify God in making others glad in the gospel.

7. Watching about 20 or so little children associated with our church having fun together and learning about the Lord Jesus.

8. Having a total of 65 boys attend the Champions League Bible Club and seeing them sit as the gospel is faithfully explained.

9. Having the oppertunity to reach 6000 homes with a copy of the Word Today.

10. Having so many new people across the door of our meeting house for the parents evening on the last night of the Champions League.

11. Seeing our young people with a real passion to tell of Jesus Christ.

12. Listening to the prayers of hearts that long for God to be glorified by the rescuing of sinners.

13. Watching God’s pepole do the little behind the scenes activities that are vital to the smooth running of such a week.

Special mentions for those from other congregations who helped.

Hayley Rolleston and Brenna McEwen who helped run the Junior club in the morning, distribute literature and register boys at the football club.

Alistair Rolleston for his 2 cameo appearances at a prayer meeting and literature distribution.

Peter Loughridge, Joel Loughridge and Gavin Blackwell for organsing and providing expert coaching at the Champions League Club.

Mission worker Philip McCollum for co-writing the leaflet, organising the week, preaching in the open air, giving talks, doing door to door and distributing a truckload of leaflets.

Photos

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Hayley, Brenna and Emma – not crying!

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Philip about to start an open air

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“…For Champions”

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Cambi and the only footballer at the club that I can put photos up of

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So proud of the blue shirt

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Head coach in action alongside James F and the Moderator

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IFAcoachingbadgeswell and Joel look in pain, Dave soon will be

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Helping with the competitions

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Not afraid to start with the basics, “This is a football…”
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Probably the most well designed leaflet I’ve had the privilege of distributing – In 2 weeks 6,000 copies were given out  by Dromore RPC

Leaflets were given out in Dromore, Hillsborough, Donaghcloney, Gamblestown, Blackskull, Waringstown, Kinallen and Waringsford.

Three simple point to pray for:

1. Pray that the Lord will use the work done for His glory.

2. Pray that some would yet respond to the offer of a Christianity Explored Course.

3. Pray that we would have grace and patience as we sow the seed of the gospel.

“Therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15 v 58

Young Adults’ Weekend

17 Aug

I’ve been asked to promote the upcoming Young Adults’ Weekend as has already been advertised on Stephen Steele’s blog Shall We Sing a Song for You. The over 18’s weekend is being held on 11th-13th September and the venue is newly-renovated Mullartown House in Annalong.

Mullartown House

Mullartown House
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How to find the place if you already know where Annalong is

The main speaker is Rev. Andrew Lucas, minister of Omagh Evangelical Presbyterian Church, who will be giving talks on the book of Ruth, and Rev. Galbriath (baptism) and Rev. Agnew (topic tbc) will also be giving seminars. The cost for the weekend is a mere £40 if you get your applications to James Blair before August 27th and £45 thereafter. No email applications will be accepted though Steelo has made the form available to download here.

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The weekend schedule (property of SWS)

I’m really looking forward to what will surely be a fantastic weekend and an oppertunity to recharge our spiritual batteries as the summer ends.

Bad Movies Are Dangerous

13 Aug

A thought-provoking article arguing that Christians should not only avoid the Da Vinci Codes and Brokeback Mountains but also refrain from watching “dumb” movies.

“The greatest danger of these movies is not what they are but what they do to us. They give us permission and at worst train us not to think about what we’re watching. As Christians, we don’t have this option. We are charged to remain sober and vigilant and to judge all things by scripture and the gospel. Does this mean we must concoct touching spiritual metaphors based on everything we see? No. But it does mean that if we ever find ourselves being taken on a ride by a movie about giant fighting robots, it’s best to either take control or jump off.”

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