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Philippians 3:1-11

Philippians Week 4

Welcome to Nambucca Baptist Church for our service this morning, Sunday, October 18th, 2020. This morning we celebrated Holy Communion and we invite you to prepare the elements at home and join in the service with us today. We are now at week 4 of our series on Philippians, with the scripture passage for the day Philippians 3:1-11. In my bible the passage is titled ‘All For Christ’ and so I have adopted that title for the message this morning.

In this passage Paul warns against listening to the Judaisers who follow him around after he has established a church and then try to get the new Greek converts to also adopt other Jewish legal practices and rites such as circumcision to become fully saved, a sort of salvation+++. Paul warns the believers about the dangers of this and compares his own qualifications in the flesh with theirs and says that so far as he is concerned it is all rubbish for the sake of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.

As always, we have a welcome to church from Meryl who also leads us in prayer this morning. Anne kindly did the reading for us and as always we have some powerful and worshipful music for you. We hope and trust that you will enjoy our service as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

Blessings

This week we are introducing a new song called ‘Promises’. We will be playing it twice today and this first one is the shorter of a live performance without lyrics. I encourage our congregation to just close their eyes and drink in the spirit of the song built around the faithfulness of Father God.

This is where we would normally take up a collection but as you can see we can’t pass an offering bag around online. We have, however, provided a secure online giving facility for you. You can either use the Tithe.ly app on your smartphone or just click on the green button on the screen. We have been blessed by the way so many of you have managed to continue to give in various ways so that we can continue with the work of the Lord here in our church and beyond our walls.

I hope that you enjoyed our service today and that you will appreciate this little video treat that I have for you this week. I can’t offer you a cuppa and some cake but this is the latest video clip from Sergio and Rhoda who have finally been given permission to visit the temple mount and film there. I also had this rare privilege when I was in Jerusalem to visit this amazing and I must say a little bit intimidating place. The pictures that you see on TV don’t do it justice. This site covers some 40 acres and includes the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome Of the Rock which is not a mosque but is probably one of the best known buildings in the world. There is also a large Olive grove which we walked through between the buildings which are at opposite ends of the site. The video also includes some historical information about the temple mount. This is one of the best videos that this couple has shot.

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