CONTEMPLATING SCRIPTURE

This is a new feature for all visitors to ‘Search the Scriptures’ and linked to our fortnightly advertising in ‘The Rugby Advertiser’ where our regular advertising brings important scriptures to the notice of the readers. Recent adverts are shown here . A larger version can be viewed in the EVENT PAGE 

Advert 12 May 2020

“Search the Scriptures”  John 5:39

Dear Readers,

You may have noticed that our on-line site is called ‘Search the Scriptures’ and wondered why we have selected this as an appropriate title.

It is because the Word of God is the very foundation of all belief, and without it we would be in total ignorance of His intentions in Creation, His purpose with the earth, and men and women who live on its surface. The Bible is God’s message to mankind giving answers to otherwise imponderable questions, which despite the enormous advances in knowledge, remain unanswerable by man, an example being ‘What happens at death?’, which we will hope to answer in a later article. The purpose of today’s message is to emphasize the reliability and trust we can place in His Word, given by inspiration to men selected from all backgrounds. It is as the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy in 2Tim.3.15-17) ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works’. This fact is emphasized by Peter when he said ‘holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2Pet.1 21). This is telling us that God’s Spirit power guided the pens of these inspired writers, so that we can have absolute reliance on the accuracy of their words as reflecting the very mind of God.

Consequently the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, must be regarded as infallible, and if this is so, we therefore ignore them at our peril. This is how the Lord Jesus Christ regarded them, when he urged us to ‘Search the Scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me’ (John 6.31)  ‘For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that through patience and comfort of the scriptures we might have hope’ (Rom.15.4).  That is the great benefit we can derive from God’s Word, particularly in the very difficult days we are currently experiencing, and we therefore urge you to seek the comfort and enlightenment that only God’s inspired word can give.

  Advert 30th April 2020

We need the Bible now

Quotation from our advert in the “Rugby Advertise” 30th April – if you have not seen the advert please go to the Events page here.

11  For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;       Song of Songs 2

The keynote in our advert was …

“Today, the world’s institutions and businesses seem to be disintegrating, so that men’s hearts are failing them for fear of the future.  Every day seems to bring more bad news. But spring is here bringing new Light, new Life and new Opportunities.  And the above words from the Bible speak beautifully of a secure hope.”

Our wish is to introduce you to the secure, peaceful and fulfilling escape from the troubles of our present circumstances and way of life that Jesus offered those who accepted His invitation … …

31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8

There’s a lot to take in there!   Believe in Jesus, hear and continue in his words of truth and we shall be free!  What sort freedom?  A very familiar scripture to regular Bible readers can take us another step towards understanding the freedom that Jesus is offering.

16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting lifeJohn 3

And an angel told Joseph, when he discovered that Mary, his wife to be was pregnant, that her child was to be very special.

20  … Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy ‘Spirit’  21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.           Matthew 1

We can read in the opening chapters of Genesis how God gave Adam a simple command and told him if he disobeyed it, the punishment would be death.  He did disobey and he, and his wife Eve who had also disobeyed, became dying creatures. A nature that, as they are the first parents of all the population of the Earth, was passed on to all of us.

Now that is sad news … … and may be new to you.  So please bear in mind that seeming simple subjects and questions often involve the fundamental principles of Christianity and these short articles can’t deal with them in detail.  But we are very willing to, so please ask any questions you may have in the contact box at the end.

So, to get back to our theme of a “secure, peaceful and fulfilling escape from the troubles of our present circumstances and way of life”.  To cope with hardship and trouble we need good friends, and that is what Jesus offers – absolutely dependable friendship.

14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.   John 15

Indeed, who better could we have as a friend?  So much can be gained from friendship with Jesus, because he had just said,

13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.         John 15

By a life of obedience and complete dedication to God, his Father, he gave his life daily and finally as a sacrifice to allow the forgiving and covering of the sins of his truly faithful friends.

23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6

And here we must end with these beautiful words of truth and encouragement by Peter and wait for a host of questions to come rolling in.

3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4  that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you, 5  who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6  This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. 1 Peter 1 (NET – New English Translation)

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This is only a short article and may raise questions in your mind.  We should be pleased to offer answers always from the Bible – the word of God. Please ask them here …

 

Advert for 2nd April 2020

We need the Bible more than ever now

Quotation from our advert in the “Rugby Advertiser” – if you have not seen the advert please go to the events page here.

28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.                  Matthew 11 (KJV)

Life can be a burden at times and now is a time that this is true for most people.  So, it can be reassuring to see that Jesus is promising rest from our burdens and make our burdens light.  However, he says to receive this benefit, we need to do two things – “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.”

As the benefit is very attractive, we thought you might like to know, or confirm, what Jesus means.  So this is an outline to the answer that has many facets.

You probably know a yoke is used across the shoulders of beasts of burden so that they can share the load.  So Jesus clearly is offering substantial help in easing  the weight of our troubles large and small – in fact, to share the load.

But how and what have we to learn from Jesus to receive this important help?  Obviously the two oxen in our picture needed to learn to work together.  If they tried to go in different directions, or one tried to stop, their task would not get done.  Similarly, if we are to achieve the rest that Jesus is offering, we must co-operate with him, that is, ‘learn of him’ what to do, as he said in our quote above.  Surely the obvious thing to do is make a friend of Jesus.  Especially as he has done such an amazing thing for his friends as he tells them in the 15th chapter of John’s Gospel.  Hear what he promised his disciples,

13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

There we see Jesus is talking about his unjust crucifixion on the ‘cross’ – piece of a tree.  But why did he do it?

24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.                                                                   1 Peter 2

That is what Jesus was talking about in the following words of scripture so often quoted amongst ‘Christians’.

16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.                                                                                       John 3

So much can be gained from friendship with Jesus, who when he said he “lay down his life for his friends”, went on to say … …

14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  John 15

Words that apply, dear reader, to you and me because Jesus said in his prayer for his disciples … …

20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.                                               John 17

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These are only a short articles and may raise questions in your mind.  We should be pleased to offer answers or discuss the scriptures, always from the Bible – the word of God.  Please us the form below