Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Sermon Summary







Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
                                    Diocese of Abuja
                         Cathedral Church of the Advent

1st Sunday after Easter - Sunday 23 April 2017

Today's Sermon

Theme:     Knowing Christ "The I AM Sayings of Jesus"
Topic:         The Bread Of Life
Text:           John 6: 25 - 69 (Key Text: John 6: 35, 48)

Summary:

I am the Bread of Life is the first "I Am" saying of Jesus in the Gospel of John.

This saying was revealed during the discourse of Jesus with the crowd who was seeking Him because of the bread they ate at the feeding of the five thousand men (John 6: 5 - 15 & 26)

Jesus used the term bread in His saying because bread was the basic form of food for life sustenance.

He thus used what the people could relate with to pass on spiritual truth to them

The following can be noted about Jesus being the Bread of Life

*        that He is the Bread that came from God to give life to the world (Jn. 6:33, 41)
*        The life He gives is Eternal life (Jn. 6: 27. 48 - 51)
*        Eternal life can be received by coming to Jesus and believing in Him (Jn. 6: 35)
*        The bread also speaks of His sacrificial death for the salvation of man (Jn. 6: 51)

Suggested Points For Application

1.      Being a Church member for donkey years does not automatically translate to knowing Jesus. We should press on to know Him experientially (Phil. 3: 10 - 12)

2.      Knowing Jesus comes by revelation. We should crave for revelational knowledge of Jesus (Matt. 16: 15 - 17)

3.      Our main aim of seeking Jesus should not be for our stomach or for material possessions (Jn. 6: 26-27)

4.      Only Jesus as the Bread of Life can give Eternal Life if we come to Him and accept His Lordship over our lives and believe in Him. (Jn. 6: 27, 35)

5.      One of the ways to partake of this Bread is in the Holy Communion

Daily Fountain 2017 - Walking By Sight




Sunday April 23
1st Sunday After Easter

Bible Reading:     John 20: 24 - 31

Topic:         Walking By Sight

When Jesus first appeared to the disciples, Thomas Didymus was not there.

When told by the other disciples that they had seen the Lord, Thomas would not believe until he had personally seen Jesus and touched Him.

He wanted to walk by sight. Jesus satisfied his curiosity.

On the occasion of His next appearance, the door of where the disciples were was closed as in the first time, He appeared before them without any hindrance. Thomas personally saw Jesus - the evidence of resurrection standing before him - and believed.

Are you "a Thomas" of our time?
Are you one of those who demand miracles or visible signs as evidence of God's Power?
Jesus expects you to grow in faith which comes by hearing His Word (Rom. 10: 17)

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11: 1)

By proclaiming Jesus as His Lord and God Thomas was declaring his total submission to the Lordship of Jesus over his life.

Is Jesus the Lord of your own life?

Prayer:

Lord, help me to believe without seeing, in Jesus Name, Amen

Memory Verse:   John 20: 31

"But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through His Name"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Door Of Hope






Saturday April 22

Bible Reading:     John 20: 19 - 23

Topic:         The Door Of Hope

In the evening of the resurrection day, ten of Jesus' Disciples had locked themselves up in a room for fear of the authorities.

Though Jesus had predicted His resurrection, nothing in the experience of the disciples had prepared them for what took place.

However Jesus miraculous appearance proved His resurrection to them beyond any shadow of doubt. He became their door of hope.

Jesus still remains the door of hope.

Is there a door closed and locked before you or a dark room of fear existing in your life?
Does your situation suggest no exit for you and no entrance for God?

Fear Not!

Call upon the Risen and Reigning Christ, He is not limited by human doors for with Him all things are possible and before Him all doors are open.

Prayer

Lord, let every door of hope the enemy has closed against me be opened by the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, Amen

Memory Verse:   John 20: 23

"Whosesoever sins you remit, they are remitted unto them and whosever sins you retain, they are retained"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - I Have Seen The Lord






Friday April 21

Bible Reading:     John 20: 1-18

Topic:         I Have Seen The Lord!

The resurrection of Jesus is the GREATEST EVENT in human history and marks the most profound demonstration of God's Power.

In commemorating the resurrection on Easter day we rejoice that we serve a Living God unlike man-made religions whose founders are dead and buried. We also live in the hope of resurrection to eternal life at the end of time.

In St. John's account of the resurrection, Mary Magdalene from whom Jesus cast out evil spirits (Lk. 8: 2-3) stands out. She in appreciation dedicated her lifetime to serving the Lord.

At the sepulchre when others including two of Jesus' Disciples gave up hope of seeing Jesus' Body, she tarried. She was rewarded by being the first to see the Risen Saviour and Lord and to announce it to the world: "I have seen the Lord, and He has spoken to me" (v. 18)

Have you experienced the Risen Lord and the Power of His Resurrection?
And are you witnessing His Resurrection to all around you?
If you are, be sure of His promise "..... that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor. 15: 58)

Prayer:

Lord help me to always appreciate Your grace upon my life brought by Your death and resurrection, Amen

Memory Verse    John 20: 17

"Jesus saith unto her, Touch Me not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father; but go to my brethren and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father and your Father and to My God and your God"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)