Service Review: 9th August 2015

"Do" and "Don’t" - two of the first words that babies learn to understand along with ‘Yes’ and ‘No’.

It says a lot about human nature that even though we understand them both equally well, we seem to ignore ‘don’t’ and allow ourselves to do things which are not what God would want us to do.

This was the gist of Local Preacher Peter Holland’s thought-provoking service on Sunday 27th September 2015. The readings from Matthew’s gospel reminded us of Jesus’s teaching that ‘if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.’

Whilst Jesus did not expect most people to take that statement literally and mutilate ourselves, it could be put into a modern context such as ‘if you walk past a sweet shop everyday and cannot resist going in, then find another route to walk to avoid this sweet shop’. Do not allow temptation to dictate your actions. Look for ways to avoid temptation.

Many people have said that ‘rules are there to broken’ but Jesus reminds us that God’s rules are there to make our lives better and to help us live lives more to the glory of God if we would ‘trust and obey’.

After a number of busy services over the past few weeks it was nice to have a simple, yet thought-provoking service from LP Peter Holland who has inspired me to re-read Matthew chapter 5 and get to know it better.

Kindly provided by Jamie Blatchley.

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