Our harvest mission has come to an end at Tartaraghan PC and I wanted to share some highlights and reminders of the week past.
Henry Coulter joined at the men’s meeting on Wednesday. It was great to hear what International Meeting Point are getting up to on the Lisburn Road in Belfast. We were reminded that the world is a broken place causing many to be displaced from their country or to cause many of our own to end up homeless. But that the church can help those in need with food, shelter, education, fellowship and bible teaching. Henry thanked TPC for their contribution to the untied appeal which allows The International Meeting Point to continue its work and asked if any have an old bike they would like to donate he would gladly receive them. Click here to talk to someone about how to do this.
For our Ladies night we welcomed Rebecca Finlay who has been serving as a women’s worker at West Kirk Presbyterian Church and West Kirk Community Project (WKCP) on the Shankill Road in Belfast. Rebecca brought her down to earth attitude and her real life stories about the people of the Shankill Road. She was able to speak about a mixture of hope, despair, humour and many examples of God’s work in the lives of so many people and was a real joy and encouragement to listen to. Please pray for Rebecca as she continues to build relationships and bring the gospel to this local community.
Friday night we had Jeff Gawn with us. While the GB choir lead us in praise song Jeff opened the bible at 1 Peter 1:22 – 2:3. He taught us from this text that Christians are to grow up. Like a first year student getting his first blazer which drowns him, he will grow up into it. So Christians are to grow up in their salvation through obedience to the truth, loving others sincerely and ridding themselves of sins. This blazer of salvation will drown the Christian at the start but as they feed on spiritual milk they will grow up into it. The last thought from Jeff was to ask if we had in fact put the blazer on at all?
On Saturday night Trevor Matthews from Faith Mission joined us. He preached from Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43 the Parable of the Weeds. Trevor reminded us to pause and be thankful for the harvest that God provided for us this year but also for the harvest that is to come. This harvest will be at the end of the age when Jesus will return with his angels and gather His people to him like wheat is gathered into a farmer’s barn. Trevor took the time to explain and warn that Jesus also talked about the weeds growing amongst the wheat. At this end of age harvest all those who have rejected Jesus and His gospel will be gathered too, like weeds, and thrown into the fire.
On the Lords Day Rev Philip McKelvey opened the bible at Habakkuk 3 to explain that while life is hard God is good. He talked about how we have an example in the prophet Habakkuk who wrestled with God through prayer, through communion with Him. This brought patience and perseverance to Habakkuk knowing that Babylon would bring destruction on his people and contentment knowing that God is just and in charge. And through our communion with God, which at times means a wrestling in prayer with Him, we will find our strength and joy during these hard times.
That evening Charlie Anderson from ECM joined us for our evening service. He opened the bible at Colossians 1:3-8 and showed us that the gospel bears fruit in hearing it and understanding the “grace of God in truth”. This fruit was shown in the Colossians through faith, hope and love and Charlie showed us that even in the gospel starved countries of Bosnia and other eastern European countries these gospel fruits are evident in people who have been transformed by the power of the gospel. Charlie encouraged us to continue to seek to know the unknowable – the grace of God in truth, “this love that surpasses knowledge”.