A New Normal – Week 5
Numbers 13:25 – 14:4 (ESV)
Welcome to Nambucca Baptist Church for our Sunday Service for 20th September 2020. Today, we will be celebrating Communion right after the message. This will be the fifth and final message in the New Normal series. In today’s message we look once again at the central message of the Exodus, a call from God “Will you trust Me”. Clearly, after two years in the desert, the Israelite people had not grown in their ability to trust God. When the opportunity came for them to enter their destiny, the Promised Land, they were unable to trust God to help them defeat the inhabitants who were already living there. This lack of trust had a devastating consequence as they had to spend the next thirty-eight years in the wilderness before another opportunity was offered. With the two exceptions of Joshua and Caleb, that entire adult generation of unbelievers had to die without ever seeing their inheritance. The message for us is pretty simple. It’s a whole lot better to trust God no matter how difficult the situation looks than to try and deal with it on your own, or worse still wander around in indecision for the rest of your life.
As always we have our welcome to church from Meryl who also leads us in prayer. Fay did a great job with the bible reading, she managed her way with all the … ites, like a pro. We have some wonderful music for our worship this morning, and since you are at home and not in church, you are allowed to sing as much as you want. Please settle back and enjoy the service that we have for you today.
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.
Thank you for staying with us for the whole service. I can’t offer you a cuppa and a snack but I can offer you a glimpse into an oasis in the middle of the Judean desert, fairly close to the Dead Sea. Our friends Sergio and Rhoda explore an ancient monastery in the desert and whilst the whole idea of monks and monasteries may seem alien to us here in Australia, somehow when you are in the Holy Land so many of these spiritual disciplines begin to make sense. My eyes were opened to experience a number of spiritual experiences that could only happen there. I hope and trust that you were blessed by our service for you today. Perhaps you might leave a comment in the comments section below to tell us what you enjoyed the most.