Oh well, my planned daily update went well, didn't it!
And now y'all will get a quick rundown of the past few days' sermon texts.
On Friday morning, we had the Coinneamh Cheist, or Fellowship meeting. One of our own elders chose the text found in Jeremiah 15:16, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts."
It was such an appropriate verse, and he asked the men who were going to speak to tell how the Word of God became precious to them at the time of their conversion, and how it has been since then. Many of the men told something of their lives before salvation, what God did in their lives at the time of their salvation, and how things have been for them as pilgrims, journeying on to Zion, and how God's Word was a blessing to them at these different stages.
On Friday evening, Rev Tim McGlynn preached from Romans 2:1-3, with the theme of humility before God and how this is a real mark of a true work of grace in our souls.
Our Saturday morning service concentrated on the text Zechariah 9: 9-11.
At the service on Sunday morning, at which the Lord's people would partake of the Lord's Supper, Mr McGlynn preached on the astounding words found in Isaiah 53: "And it pleased the Lord to bruise Him."
Although wicked men took our Lord Jesus, mocked, scourged and crucified Him, yet it was all God's plan of salvation. When the sufferings He had to endure at Calvary were revealed to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemene, little wonder He 'sweated as it were great drops of blood' - He was to become a curse, and the prophecy in Zechariah 13:7 would be fulfilled: "Awake, O sword, against my Shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts."
The Father was to crush Him. The Father was pleased to bruise Him. And our Saviour was pleased to suffer 'for the joy that was set before Him'. All this because He desired to save His people from their sin.
Saved ... to have communion with Christ here in the world. Saved ... to have communion with Christ, where we will behold the face of our Beloved, and praise Him time without end.
In the evening, Mr Beers preached to the unsaved who sat in front of him. His text was from the well known chapter of Luke 15, from verses 3 - 7.
I love the way the enemies of our Lord summarized the Gospel of Luke: "And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, 'This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them'."
Is this not the best news EVER? .... That Christ came into the world to save sinners ... Hallelujah that this is the case.