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The Fulham Fellowship News

23rd June 2013

Dates for your DiaryMonday Cornerstone Café 10am to 12pm.

Tuesday Prayer and Bible Study at 7.30pm is not on this week because we are visiting Chiswick Baptist Church to view their recent renovations. You can meet us at FBC and we will make our way to Chiswick for 8pm or you are welcome to meet us there. If you can help us with transport it would be very welcome.

Wednesday lunch for our disadvantaged church friends at 12pm.

Thursday Prayer & Bible Study at 3pm.

Friday is the Ministers day off.

Sunday Morning Worship at 11am with Pastor Mark in the pulpit.

Advance notice; Pastor Mark and Lynda are on Holiday from the 2nd to 16th July. Pastor Mark will be taking the Communion Service on the 1st July and there will be guest speakers on both the 7th and 14th July and I would ask you to give them your support. If you have Pastoral Needs whilst Pastor Mark is away please contact out Church Secretary Mr Stephen Mbaluka on 07828099410.

Saturday 6th July from 2pm to 6pm, The London Baptist Association AGM is at Regent Hall Salvation Army 275 Oxford Street. If you are planning to attend the LBA AGM please tell Pastor Mark and or email norman.kincaid@londonbaptist.org.uk.

Shoreditch Tabernacle Baptist Church is seeking a Centre Manager. Closing date 28th June 2013, further information from Rev. Georgina Stride email revstride@tabcentre.com.

Message from the minister; The problem with sending the New Minister to College is that He learns things! He learns things and then he comes back to church and blurts out his new found knowledge, why? Because he has too, he just has too, because what’s the point of learning all this great stuff if you can’t tell someone about it? 

The problem really comes when the New Minister drops a bombshell in Tuesday Evening Prayer and Bible Study, just like I did a couple of weeks ago, when he announced that Jesus was not born on the 25th December AD 00, and anyway Christmas and Easter used to be pagan festivals, and actually the only Christian Festival that can actually be traced back to Christ are his crucifixion and Pentecost when we actually have Roman records and the dates of the Jewish Festival.

I’m sorry. I should have been a little more delicate with my pronouncements!

I promised that I would research the subject some more so here are the results so far: First, there never has been a direct association of the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus with the pagan deity. The celebration of the day of resurrection fell on the month of Eastre (West Saxon) or Eostre (Northumbrian). So it was a time of year that was the association, the name of a month. Now that month’s name was probably (not certainly) derived from the goddess of spring. But this association is very remote and that is why if you use the word “Easter” in normal speech today, people make no association with ancient pagan religion and you wouldn’t have known anything about it if I hadn’t mentioned it. Hundreds of millions of Christians use the word “Easter,” and have done so for centuries, with the meaning of “the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.”

Second, there are many words we use that have long-passed connections in pagan culture or religion, but their meaning has been changed. When we talk about going to church on “Sunday” we don’t have much heartburn about the fact that this day in the Roman calendar was for the worship of the sun. The examples are everywhere. And when we pass into January we mark a new beginning with little concern that the word “January” comes from the Roman god Janus, the god of doorways. Many of the words we use have some peculiar etymology. What matters is what the words mean to us today in our normal spoken language.

One last point, Christians have often intentionally placed their symbols and labels on top of pagan symbols and labels because they believe this represents the conquest of the Lordship of Christ. When Christians began celebrating the birth of Jesus at the time of the pagan festival of Saturnalia near the winter solstice they were intentionally saying: the Son of God trumps the sun god.

I hope this clarifies things and if I learn any more you will be the first people I ‘gently’ tell. God bless you all.

Space for Sermon notes; James 1:19-27closeJames 1:19-27 Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (ESV) closeJames 1:19-27closeJames 1:19-27 Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (ESV) Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (ESV)

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