pastor’s weekly thought

Rev. Ian Williams

GOD IN ACTION

John Wesley was an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian. John is largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as the founder of the Methodist movement, which began when he took to open air preaching.

The early Methodist movement encouraged people to experience Jesus Christ personally and emphasised the importance of discipleship, evangelism, and community reformation through what was described as “spiritual awakening.”

The term Methodism originates from the Greek word “methodos” meaning “the pursuit of knowledge!” John Wesley was known among the Methodists as a great preacher and the results of his preaching introduced the progress of revival.

John Wesley and his co-workers were passionate about soul winning, reaching the lost and changing a nation. He is recorded to have said that “we have nothing to do but save souls, therefore spend and be spent in this work.”

Social justice was a concern for the Wesley brothers and their co-workers. Through many of their endeavours they became a voice into their society and time and they were harvesters in the fields that were ready for harvesting.

Many have said that the ministry of John Wesley was like reading the Book of Acts but set in the British Isles. Lets pray that we also begin to see and participate in the outworking of the Book of Acts within our community and our time!

The Wesley brothers were men set and positioned by God for their time and generation. It’s now our time and our responsibility to spend our lives saving souls.

The harvest is Great but the workers are Few! Share your faith stories and show the Love of God in Action!

 

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past illustrious men and ministries

Douglas Scott (1900-1967).

From his youngest days under the influence of his mother he attended the Church of England, where he was christened. They then made a move to a Congregational church, which his mother felt would be of greater profit to them. While here he learnt much scriptural history and almost every year won a prize for his knowledge, but no-one pointed him to Christ and the cross. While at school he showed a great love for and ability with learning languages. Then came the war when he donned a uniform and was caught up in all the temptations and vices of this life style. After the war in search of light he started attending a primitive Methodist church, but no clear convicting gospel message was preached. And so he continued in sin. All his time was taken up by work, dances, cinema, football and races. At one point when he got food poisoning and thinking he had reached the last night of his life, he spent the night at an all night party desiring to just enjoy himself. It was after this that God started to deal with him. First, by speaking through a young man from a holiness mission who asked him directly if he was saved. Then a second time through attending a mission is his town, during which he came under much conviction of heart, but no opportunity was given to respond and no-one approached him personally.

It was in 1925 while walking along Whitecross Street in east London that he heard the sound of singing, as he drew closer he encountered several young men standing together preaching the Gospel. These were students from the HampsteadBibleSchool. One of the men Arthur Bergholz, a Pole, preached clear and direct on the Cross and the sufferings of Jesus in his broken English. That day on the streets of London coming to the feet of Jesus he surrendered all to the Man of Calvary. His old life had to come to an end, he was booked to play his violin at several dances, but this had to go. He had a longer struggle over sports but it went as well. He sought God earnestly in prayer that he would lead him to a spiritual home. He searched but dead denominationalism held nothing for him. One Sunday he came across a simple church without a sign outside but recognized the singing as the same from Whitecross street. He joined himself to these believers in this ElimChurch and by what he saw in this fellowship he came to understand what the power they talked about was, “it was the power of Pentecost, just as fresh and full as ever.”

The Elim revivalist George Jeffreys came to hold a mission in Ilford, some newspaper reports talk of thousands queuing to get into the meetings, many of them visibly sick or disabled in some way. One report was of a 35 year old woman who was deaf for 18 years instantly healed. To see the Gospel coming in power and demonstration left a real mark on this young man. It was in such a meeting that young Scott went out for prayer, when hands were laid on him he felt the power of God go through his whole body and immediately was delivered from a speech impediment which had hindered him for many years. The revivalist asked him if he was seeking the Baptism in the Holy Ghost, hearing that he was he prayed again that God would fill him and lead him out into service for God. The Sunday after this, early in the morning as he meditated upon the scriptures the power of God came upon him, he was filled with the Holy Ghost and magnified the name of the Lord in other tongues. He understood this blessing was power for service and God led him immediately back to Whitecross street to testify of Gods grace. Daily for the next two years on this street he proclaimed redeeming love, being enabled to point many to Christ. Every Saturday he was found at the open-air meetings. Each Sunday attending the services provided a real training ground. The door to door work with tracts gave an understanding of the human nature.

At an early stage his heart burnt to go to the mission field. While attending a meeting at SionCollege in London the Spirit gave him a message in tongues. Howard Carter gave the interpretation which was an exhortation to take the step set before him, then the second step would open up and so God would lead onwards. He took this as needed confirmation concerning a step to France. Later in the meeting a lecturer from LiverpoolUniversity stood to testify that he was a saved man but had come to the meeting very skeptical about the Baptism and tongues. But announced that Scott’s message had been in perfect Arabic and that Carter had given an exact interpretation.

news and views

Gavin Calver

‘MY DREAM IS TO REACH A MILLION’

What was it like growing up in a Christian home? When I was young I was not really aware of my family being that different from anyone else’s. You tend to think that your experience is the norm! But as I have got older I became more aware that people knew who my dad was and definitely paid us all a lot more attention than other families. The older I got, the more challenging it became as it felt like there was nowhere to hide!

I particularly remember being away on holiday in France for three weeks and on the last day this couple came over to us and said, “How has your holiday been, Clive? We didn’t want to interrupt your family time but watching from afar, it seems like you have enjoyed yourselves!” We all laughed about it, but I do recall thinking, “My life is on display for all to see.” Now, with hindsight, I can see it is just a goldfish bowl of familiarity, but in that Christian bubble, life is definitely dif­ferent for Christian leaders’ kids.

How did you become national director of Youth for Christ? Long story or short story? Let’s keep it simple. I started working for Youth for Christ ten years ago and, alongside my wife, Anne, ran ETA, which was a gap year programme.

After a couple of years I felt challenged to step into a role running the church resources department at YFC. This was a great experience as I realised the vital importance of working with churches to reach the lost – not just trying to do it by ourselves.

Sitting on the team at YFC in that position was an intense period of learning and developing under Roy Crowne’s leadership and mentoring. It enabled me to apply for the job as national director in 2009.

God has very clearly led me every step of the way and it is such a privilege to be leading an incredible ministry to young people.

What’s the best part of your job in one sentence?

It may sound like a cliche, but it is without,doubt seeing young people meet Jesus! I suppose that’s why it’s the right job for me.

There is nothing more incredible than seeing a young person – especially one who in your human eyes seems like they will always be a million miles away from Christ – stand up in front of hundreds of others because the Spirit of God has just got hold of their life and they are meeting Jesus for the very first time.

What is your vision for the youth of Britain?

My dream is to see a generation of young people passionate about living and serving Jesus. I long to see YFC go from reaching 250,000 youngsters each month to a million by 2020. Imagine if that many lives were changed by the power and love of God; imagine how that could change the face of Great Britain.

Describe yourself in six words Dad, visionary, dedicated follower, advocate, athlete(!)

You’ve written three books -anything else in the pipeline? Well, that would be telling! Yes, there is another book being written.

My wife and I are addressing some of the challenges that can make us give up on our faith or not even give God a chance.

 

minute message

Christopher Roberts (Barrister)

THERE’S A HOLE IN MY SOUL. 

Ecclesiastes 6:7 says, “All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled”. Did you know that we are all born with a soul that needs satisfying? It’s easy to feed the body, because we can see it. We soon know when that body gets hungry. That’s when we crave for food. The problem is that we cannot see the soul. And because we cannot see the soul, we don’t always recognise when it is hungry.

The body gets hungry for food, and the soul gets hungry for Jesus. You see, Jesus is the bread of life. He’s the only person who can satisfy the soul. Your soul is constantly seeking to be satisfied, even though you may not be aware of it. Sometimes, your conscience can be an indicator that your soul needs satisfying. It tells you, deep down inside, that you are not satisfied. As it says in Ecclesiastes, you have tried to satisfy yourself with the nice things in life, but your appetite has just not been filled. That hole in your soul is getting larger by the day. The larger the hole, the more that you try and satisfy your life with more things. But guess what? That hole is still getting larger.

So what should you do about that ever increasing hole in your soul? Try not to do what most people do. They just ignore it. This is not the solution. That hole in your soul will only get bigger. No! You need to face up to one fact. Filling your life with nice things is not going to replace that hole in your soul. Only Jesus is able to fill that hole in your soul. Only Jesus can satisfy that inner longing. only Jesus can make you whole. He is waiting to come into your soul and satisfy you. If only you would let him in. If only you would say yes to Jesus. If only you would stop trying to cover that hole with nice things.

Today, God wants you to invite Jesus into your heart and soul. Just ask Jesus to step right in, and forgive you of every last sin you have ever done. He will forgive you today. He will heal you today. He will save you, and fill you today. Then, and only then will you be complete. Then, and only them will that hole in your soul disappear.

 

message by rick warren

FIVE WINNING CHOICES

Rev. Rick  Warren

“Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being, the old is gone, the new has come” – 2 corinthians 5: 21 LB

We learned yesterday that, ultimately, your identity is based on your choices. Here are five winning choices you can make that will help determine your destiny:

1. I CAN CHOOSE TO GET HEALTHIER. Instead of bemoaning the fact that you don’t have an Olympic body, find ways to increase your energy, lower your stress, get more sleep, and have more power. Psalm 119:73 says, “You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands” (LB). Improving the controllable factors in your life helps you reduce the impact of the uncontrollable factors.

2. I CAN CHOOSE TO DEEPEN RELATIONSHIPS.The fear of rejection prevents connection, and the only way to get rid of fear is to do the thing you fear the most. Learn communication skills, replace bad relationships, reach out and risk connecting with someone. “Let love be your highest goal!” (1 Corinthians 14:1 NLT)

3. I CAN CHOOSE TO TRUST GOD NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.I will always thank the Lord; I will never stop praising him” (Psalm 34:1 LB). When you get to the point in your life where you can say, “I praise the Lord no matter what happens,” that is a confidence that you won’t find anywhere in Hollywood, on Capitol Hill, or on Wall Street. That is a confidence built on a relationship with God!

4. I CAN CHOOSE WHAT I THINK ABOUT.Throughout the 20th century, scientists believed the adult brain could not be changed. When the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner finally proved that you can rewire your brain, science finally caught up to the Bible: “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (Romans 12:2 NLT). Your self is created by your memories, and your memories are created by your mental habits. Feed your brain with truth — God’s Word.

5. I CAN CHOOSE JESUS AS MY SAVIOUR. I’m not just talking about Jesus saving you from your sins. I’m talking about letting Jesus be your saviour every day. Letting Jesus save you gives you the power to follow through on the choices you make. “Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17 LB).

You get to choose how much God blesses your life; he is just waiting on you to use your wild card. It is never too late to change. When you make these five winning choices, God gives you a winning hand.

TALK ABOUT IT

Pray this prayer today: “Dear God, there are some things you’ve dealt me and life has dealt me and others have dealt me that I don’t like. But I thank you for the wild card. Thank you that you made me in your image and that I can make choices. Today, in your power and your strength, I choose to get healthier. I choose to do the things that will give me more energy and a healthier mind, body, and emotions. Lord, I choose to build healthy relationships. I’m scared to death, but I’m going to risk building new, healthy connections. I want love to be my highest goal; I want my life to be built on love.

“God, I choose to trust you regardless of the circumstances. I will praise you no matter what happens! I will trust that every detail of my life is being worked out for good. Lord, I choose what I will think about — no more junk. Help me to fill my life with positive memories and the Word of truth. Most of all, Jesus, I choose you as my saviour. I need your salvation, but I also need you to save me from myself. I need you to help me rewire my body, my heart, my mind, and my relationships so that the rest of my life is the best of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Message of Note

Rev. E. Anderson

CHRIST MAKES A DIFFERENCE 

“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” — 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

A Chinese folk story tells of a group of elderly, cultured gentlemen who would often meet to exchange wisdom and drink tea. The men took turns hosting, and each host tried to find the finest and most costly varieties of tea. He would create exotic blends that would arouse the admiration of his when the most respected member of the group entertained at one meeting, he served his tea with guests.

When the most respected member of the group entertained at one meeting, he served his tea with unprecedented ceremony, carefully measuring the leaves from a golden box. The experts praised this exquisite tea, claiming it was the very best they’d tasted. The host smiled and said, “The tea you have found so delightful is the same tea our peasants drink.”

The best things in life are not necessarily the rarest or the most costly. In fact, they often are the least likely to impress. Take Jesus, for example. He was born in a small town, likely raised in disgrace as most would’ve thought he was conceived out of wedlock, and sentenced to die a criminal’s death on the cross. By worldly standards, he was least likely to succeed.

Yet Jesus lived a life that was more powerful than any other human being’s. And in much the same way, it doesn’t take an impressive and dynamic personality to make a difference in the world. No matter who you are or what you do, you can have a real impact. So live today knowing that truth, and impact eternity by representing Christ! 

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray and ask God to show you how you can impact others’ lives

 

meet the christian ministers

Rev. Michael and Diane Rollo

Pastor Michael Rollo has been Senior Pastor of the Church since 1989. He is married to Diane who is also a member of the pastoral team and they have four children and two grandchildren. Michael worked in the Bank and in industry prior to being called to the ministry. He did his theological training at the Assemblies of God Bible College at Mattersey Hall. Michael served as the administrator of the Assemblies of God Scottish Regional Council and as a member of the Regional Executive for around fourteen years but in recent years he has stepped back from Regional office to devote more time to the local assembly. Michael was a director of the Scottish Bible Society for eight years until 2009 when he retired as part of the Board’s rotational policy. He is also a director of Positive Steps and one of the Religious Representatives on Falkirk Council Education Committee. He is Chaplain to Stenhousemuir Football Club and also part of the chaplaincy team at Larbert High School and Carronshore Primary School. He is currently a representative on the Falkirk Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Forum. In recent years he has ministered overseas in the Philippines, Kenya, Ukraine, USA, Hawaii, Ireland, India, Austria, Brazil, Belarus, Burundi, NW Spain and Burkina Faso. Recently he has completed a post graduate Master’s degree in practical theology, where his dissertation was on the work of the Holy Spirit in Scotland in the 20th Century.

Michael writes…The ministry of the Church is focused to reflect the wonderful truth that God loves the world. In fact the Bible says, in arguably the most famous of all Bible Verses, that God so loves the world (John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him hall not perish but have eternal life”). Dear reader it is a wonderful thing to know the love of God. Billy Graham often tells individuals that they can put their own name in that text in order to emphasise how personal God’s love is- For God so Loved ….. Imagine that, the God of heaven loves you. I would extend a personal invitation to you to come along and hear more about God’s love and how you can personally be a channel of that love to the world. May the Lord Bless you,

Our Values

  BIBLE BASED
 
  • We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and as a Church, we aim to be Bible based in all we do.
  GOD CENTRED
 
  • We believe that God deserves the best so we aim to love, seek, serve, and praise Him with all our hearts.
  • We aspire to be like Jesus, our Saviour and example.
  • We believe in, and depend upon the Holy Spirit’s power to inspire, direct, empower and transform lives.
  • We believe in prayer and through prayer, partner with, and rely upon God to see His Kingdom come and His will done.
  KINGDOM FOCUSSED
 
  • We believe in the Church and endeavour to build a sense of family where love and care are demonstrated, where a culture of grace is displayed and people are welcomed, regardless of their race, social standing or past.
  • We believe in a culture where excellence is practiced, generosity is encouraged and where honour, integrity and transparency are evident.
  • We believe in a Church community that lives everyday life with enjoyment, authenticity and wholeness.
  PEOPLE EMPOWERED
 
  • We believe that God wants everyone to enjoy a personal relationship with Him and grow into a mature follower of Jesus.
  • We believe in a congregation where everyone is valued, growing, serving and connected.
  • We believe in marriage and the importance of the family.
  • We believe that people of all ages have a role to play in the life of the Church.
  • We believe in encouraging God’s people to be creative, innovative, resourceful and purposeful.
  COMMUNITY MINDED
 
  • We believe in reaching our community so we endeavour to serve, love and help our community, in practical and relevant ways.
  • We believe in the power of the Gospel to transform both individuals and communities and we also endeavour to improve the quality of life for people of need within the community.

living devotions

 

Rev. E. Anderson

A FRIEND AT ALL TIMES

Living Senior Ministries 

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
— Psalm 34:18 

A woman recognized the famous pastor F. B. Meyer one day in her neighbourhood, and she ventured to share her burden with him. For years she had cared for a crippled daughter who brought great joy to her life. But the daughter had died, and the grieving mother was alone and miserable.

So Meyer told her, “When you get home and put the key in the door, say aloud, ‘Jesus, I know You are here!’ and be ready to greet Him directly when you open the door. And as you light the fire, tell Him what has happened during the day; if anybody has been kind, tell Him; if anybody has been unkind, tell Him, just as you would have told your daughter. At night stretch out your hand in the darkness and say, ‘Jesus, I know You are here!’”

Some months later, Meyer was back in that same neighbourhood and met the woman again, but he did not recognize her. Her face radiated joy instead of announcing misery. “I did as you told me,” she said, “and it has made all the difference in my life, and now I feel I know Him.”

You may be dealing with deep grief today. Or perhaps you’re lonely and just need to know someone is there. Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24), and is with you no matter what. So let Him be your best friend and cling to Him though any loneliness you face.

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Ask God to remind you that Jesus is a true friend who sticks closer than a brother. Talk to Jesus like you would anyone else because He’s there and will always listen.

leadership factors

Rev. John Maxwell

The Law of Timing:

JOSHUA BEGINS WITH A DIVINE CALL AND CHARGE

Joshua 1:1-9 

Consider this: It took 40 years for Joshua’s leadership style to match the need of the mo­ment. Moses led diplomatically. He sat and judged the people patiently as they grumbled through long years in the desert. By the time the Israelites reached Canaan, fierce enemies awaited them—and they needed a much more confrontational leader, a military man skilled in war. Enter Joshua. Note the differences between Moses and Joshua and see how timing can dictate appropriate leadership styles:

MOSES                                                                                            JOSHUA

1. Led through 40 years of desert travel                 1. Led through 30 years of                                                                                                            conquering Canaan

2. Was a political, diplomatic leader                       2. Was a military, in-your-face leader

3. Patiently listened to complaints                          3. Confronted laziness and fear of the enemy

4. Led people as a peacemaking shepherd          4. Led people as a tough commander

5. Provided water from a rock when the               5. Told the people to dig their own wells when  people got thirsty                                                                        they got thirsty

just a thought

Rev. A. Linford

Debunking

It is an Americanism denoting the exposure of false claims to goodness or moral character. It is a counter to that sentimental exaggeration of the lives of acclaimed people of honour or fame. Rose-coloured spectacles are exchanged for probing x-rays, skeletons-in-the-cupboard are ruthlessly dragged out, past peccadilloes exhumed – to the (often intentional) destruction of reputations.

Such character-assassination has often behind it personal vindictiveness or political strategy. The troubles that most people have, are incidental failures they’d like to forget. To dig them up can become a shameful exercise.

And what of the debunkers? Are they acting from sincere desire for truth, or merely seeking to gain some pecuniary or political advantage? It may inflate some people’s ego to deflate another’s good name.

“If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” – Psalm 130: 3.4. But He knows us best is willing to bury our past in “the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19), sunk without trace. “There is forgiveness with Thee” -should not there be forgiveness with us.  Keep the dustbin lid on.

 

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