When original Christianity gets twisted
Original Christianity is like a powerful medicine. A powerful medicine heals from the disease and restores someone’s health. Likewise original Christianity heals, saves from sin – our greatest disease And it restores life; eternal life with God.
In Peter’s first letter Peter saw how original Christianity would soon be insulted and persecuted and he wrote a letter to encourage and to help persevere. Upcoming Sunday we will start to read Peter’s second letter. This is his farewell letter, he wrote it shortly before he died. His great concern in this letter is that he saw that while Christianity was growing rapidly, twisted versions of the original would rapidly become popular. He saw that this would happen in a very subtle way. As a result, many would begin to regard original Christianity as outdated. And so the healing, saving power of original Christianity would be lost. In his second letter Peter reminds us in a powerful way of what original Christianity is. He helps us to see how it can get twisted and how damaging that is. And he encourages us to persevere in original Christianity.
Upcoming Sunday we will read II Peter 1 : 1-4, where Peter reminds us of what original Christianity is all about. You are very welcome to come and investigate – also when you are not or not yet a Christian. And feel welcome to invite friends. It is possible again to come physically. We encourage to use this option – although you may also still join online of course.
It is allowed again to sing a few verses in the church service and no longer regarded as too risky. As a council we chose to do this in the end of the service with the last song. A very special moment, we really look forward to it. The request is yet not to sing loud. Hopefully you will also be there. If you don’t feel comfortable with it, it will be possible to leave the church building before this last song. Don’t feel upset to do this, everyone should really feel free (the host will also indicate this).
Treasure Seekers – in person
This week the kids learn how God wants to bless everyone, in the second part of the Treasure Seekers series “God on Mission”!
During the ICF Delft service, children leave for their own Bible teaching at Treasure Seekers part-way through the service, after the kids song, and rejoin for the final song of the service. The creche room is also available for 0-2 year olds. For those not attending ICFD in person, we’ll continue to send materials by email.
This week the kids’ Bible passage is Psalm 67. The Big Idea is that the psalmist asks God to bless his people so that all people on earth will know God’s gracious rule and also come to praise him.
The kids’ song is: As Far as East is from the West (So Great Is Jesus’ Love).
The memory verse is Psalm 67:1-2:
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us, so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.” [NIV]
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