I’ve been posting on the TFG Facebook page over the last few weeks some videos of TFG Members leading worship or preaching. I thought I would add them here too.
This is the last of the regular series of Virtual TFG Weekends. Things are opening up, and now is the time to be focussing on bringing the Good News of Jesus to the world. People have been shaken, before it all settles again we have the opportunity to point them to Jesus. There are opportunities to be real signposts to the Lost of our land. That is the focus of this weekend.
Reading: Matthew 9:35-38
Bible Study: Use the booklet from the 2000 weekend Signposts to the Lost (linked here) to read one or two parables and think through the Kingdom values that call us to reach out to the Lost.
TALK – Signposts to the Lost, 2000 (Not the best audio quality, unfortunately)
Prayer: Let’s pray for our nation, with the emphasis being on the Lost being saved.
For each section of these prayers I want you to focus on one thing relevant and pray about that, and aim to pray about it each day this week (if you are not in the UK why not do the same sort of thing for your own country?):
Firstly, for the UK as a whole (all the coloured bits!). Pray about national leadership (Queen, Government, etc) or something else that needs to change if our nation is to be turned back to Jesus.
Next, pray about the country you live in – Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland or England. Pray for the national church scene in that country (the leaders of the denomination you are part of and also the other national churches). Think about particular characteristics of the English, or the Scots, or the Welsh or the Irish and ask God to show you how we can speak into those peoples.
Now pray for the County or City you are part of and pray for God to inspire the Christians there (including you) with how to bring salvation to the Lost.
Finally, think of your immediate locality or street and pray for that too.
Extract from What’s Going On?, looking at Revelation chapter 7:
“How can a loving God send people to Hell?” is often asked. Here we have the answer. He can’t, and He doesn’t. People are on their way to Hell and the loving God does everything and more to prevent them, to save them, and to restore them to the place they were created to be, in His Presence. In order to save people, He suffered and died Himself. For the Son is God, as we saw in chapters 4 and 5. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9). “Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb.”
It’s also worth looking at the first time the word Salvation appears in the Bible. It’s the Hebrew word Yeshuah – the name Mary was told to call her Son (in Greek – Jesus). It is in Genesis 49:18. It is part of the blessing that Jacob (Israel) pronounces over his sons. It’s meaning included prosperity, blessing, salvation and victory. So the palm-waving crowd are shouting “Prosperity to God!”, perhaps equivalent to “all our possessions we give to God”. “Blessing to God” – honour and grateful thanks. “Salvation to God”, as discussed above and “Victory to God” – it’s all a bit like “Yours is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, for ever and ever, Amen!”
I hope you’ve found these weekends to have been inspiring, useful or at least fun over the past few months. I’ve enjoyed sitting down on a Sunday afternoon and working through them and will miss them myself. However, everything I have used in producing them can be found from the following links:
Firstly, the Weekends Index page on the TFG legacy website gives you a quick way of exploring any weekends you were on yourself.
Then there is the podcast stream with all the talks from weekends over the years.
We also have a Youtube channel (I’ve lost the password to the original, but it is linked as a Channel on this one)
Finally there is a folder containing all the worship songs here (you can’t download individual songs, open the folder for the weekend you want and then download the Zip file).
Until the next time……
We conclude the Lord’s Prayer, and this week there’s a brand new talk from Ken Tombs for us.
Bible Reading: Revelation 3:14-22
We all say this word, but what does it mean? The Hebrew word ’aman means sure, faithful, true and the Greeks used the same basic word (amen) with the same meanings and also ‘let it be’ – which is why it is tagged to the end of prayers.
Jesus calls Himself The Amen in this letter. The Sure, The Faithful and The True. The One who speaks and always it will be as He says. It is a stark contrast to how He goes on to speak about the church in Laodicea -unsure, unfaithful, untrue. He is revealing Himself to them to cause them to repent and to change to be like Him.
That is always Jesus’ purpose.
In Leviticus 11:45 (and again in Leviticus 19:2 and 1 Peter 1:16) we read you shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. God commands us to be like Himself. What we call the “Ten Commandments” are as much “Ten Revelations” of the nature and character of God. God reveals Himself to Israel as the Faithful and True One, so He commands them to be faithful and true in their relationships: Do not commit adultery. There is a similar revelation about God’s character in each of the Commandments. Throughout Scripture God never commands anything that does not involve becoming more like Him. He is Life, and as we seek His face and turn to Him so we become (and act) more like Him.
Jesus is the ultimate demonstration of the nature and character of God – the visible revelation of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). When He reveals something of His character to you, it is an invitation to become more like Himself. Often it will be in contrast to how you are yourself, a call to repent; to turn towards Him and be filled with His Spirit more.
To Laodicea, Jesus is revealing Himself as Faithful, True and “So Be It” because they are wavering, their words are not final but changeable, and there is no certainty in their witness.
Look back over the Lord’s Prayer, all that you are saying “Let it Be” to. What does that mean for your life? “Forgive me as I forgive others”. What does it mean for the Church? “Your will be done” What does it mean for the world? “Deliver us from evil”. What is it that we are praying?
Let’s Pray AMEN! Think about things you know God has said. His promises in the Bible, His promises to you, things He has moved you to be praying about in the past. Simply mention these things and then say AMEN – I’m in agreement Lord. It’s a costly prayer though, for it might mean He says “You be part of the solution, go to do something about it”, can you really say Amen?
Is that it? These virtual weekends were for lockdown, when churches were closed. As things start to open up, as we begin to meet people albeit still at a distance, has the time come to end these weekends? There will be one next week, but after that depends on what you think, so contact me now to let me know.