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John 16:5 - 15
The Promised Holy Spirit

Jesus had told his disciples that he would soon leave them, but was disappointed that their only response had been concern for themselves being abandoned, as they saw it. Here Jesus shows that he understands their anxiety ('grief' in v.5) but encourages them with the news that God's Holy Spirit will be sent to be with them when he leaves. In particular the Holy Spirit will have two ministries that will help them live as his witnesses in his absence, one directed to the world and the other to the church.
1) Convicting the world of guilt (vv.8-11)
    in regard to ....
  •     Its sin (Vilification)
  •     Christ's righteousness (Vindication)
  •     Satan's judgement (Victory)
2) Counselling the church in truth (vv.12-15)
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 Welcome to Worship 

Sunday 27th September 2020 

Welcome to our worship resources for this week. Our passage from John's gospel this week is taken from 16:5-15. You will find it helpful to read the passage before viewing. There is a children's message on worshipping God from Psalm 8:3-4.  

If you can, please join us this Sunday evening for our prayer and fellowship time on Zoom at 5.30pm.  The Zoom meeting ID is 856 6759 2629  and the Passcode you will need to join the meeting is 444251. If you do not have internet you can connect by telephone audio only, by dialling in on 0203 051 2874 and at the prompt inputting the Meeting ID followed by # and the Passcode.
Wishing everyone a good week.

Pastor Graham

 Thought for the week 
There are some people who proudly claim to be led by the Holy Spirit. They despise the people who cling to the "dead and killing letter", but if they claim to be led by the Spirit of God, it is foolish to think this revelation would be any different from that given to the apostles and prophets who wrote the Word of God. When our Lord promised his Holy Spirit, he said he would be one who would not speak of himself, but call to remembrance what Christ himself had taught by spoken words. So the promised Spirit will not give new, unheard of revelations. He will confirm in our hearts the very same teaching which the gospel of Christ has given us.
To people who say that it is an indignity for the Spirit of God who is above all things to be subject to scripture, you may reply that it is no dishonour to the Spirit to be consistent with himself. He is the author of scripture and he cannot change. To say that those who adhere to the scriptures are in bondage to the "killing letter" is playing with words. When Paul said that "the letter kills" (2 Corinthians 3:6) he was opposing false apostles who still clung to the law and would not accept God's new law of grace through Christ. The law does kill when it is separated from the grace of Christ Jesus, but when it is powerfully impressed on the heart by the Spirit and sets forth Christ, it is the word of life.
Taken from 'Biblical Christianity' an abridgement of John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion (Grace Publications)
 Worship Song 
 Prayer Points 
  • Praise God for the indwelling presence of his Holy Spirit with his church.
  • Praise him that he once convicted you of your sin, Christ's righteousness and the certainty of judgement, and that he continues to do this wherever the gospel is preached.
  • Thank him for his promise to lead the church into all truth and that he guides his people through his word when we humbly obey it.
  • Pray about the possibility of us meeting together for worship soon and that all who are able will join us for mutual encouragement.
  • Continue to pray for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis around the world, that God would help them and that they would turn to him in their distress.
  • Pray for our government and scientists trying to develop vaccines and treatments for the virus.
  • Pray about the many other problems faced by people around the globe from natural disasters, famine, conflict, climate etc. that continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pray for Martin & Julia Etter and John & Sian Newton-Webb, Antony & Reena and their ministries in Africa and Japan and Israel respectively.