Sunday morning worship 14th February, Ecclesiastes 3:9-22, Made for More

This Sunday we are joining King Solomon again to search for the meaning of life in Ecclesiastes chapter 3:9-22 with the sermon title "Made for More."

First Rathfriland Sunday Worship with Rev Boyd, Time for Everything, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Following on from the analysis of everything under the sun by Solomon where do we go? If wisdom can’t supply meaning; if pleasure can’t supply meaning; and work can't supply meaning; what then? He starts here in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 by saying, “To everything, there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven

Sunday morning worship 17th Jan. 2021, Rev Trevor Boyd, Wisdom is Meaningless

We move on from the general conclusion of Solomon in the opening verses Ecclesiastes of 1-11 that everything is meaningless or empty and goes around in circles to examine the subject of wisdom

Sunday Morning Service 10 Jan 2021 - Nothing New Under the Sun

Our Minister, Rev. Trevor Boyd, will lead and conduct our Morning Worship. The Bible Reading will be taken from the Book of Ecclesiastes 1:1-11.

The Crazy Life of Joseph, Strong-willed Judah Sunday 21st June First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church

We are reading and learning from Genesis 38:1-11. These chapters that we have been studying together have all revolved around a messed up dysfunctional family which at times reflects fragments and glimpses of our own families. “1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Many of us have avoided the pain of having our family story splashed across the tabloid pages but this family had their lives laid bare in the pages of Scripture for people to read generation after generation. It is a story that just does not go away but at least we are granted the courtesy of the full story and the full truth. This story must be important if it is inserted in the Bible for literally all the world to read. It is the history of the 12 tribes of Israel and their rocky start. It is the history of our salvation. What is gradually becoming clear is that God didn’t choose the family of Jacob for the good in their life because there was an awful lot that was very wrong. God doesn’t choose us because of the good we have done rather God chooses us because of what Christ has done. Jesus Christ the Saviour was born in the flesh as a descendent in the line of rebellious Judah. The typical churchgoer is of the mindset that God uses good people for His purpose. We still struggle with the idea that God can bring about change in the life of the ungodly, the down and out, those who in our opinion have crossed a line of no return. Yet, as followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to offer the gospel to everyone because Christ is the one who brings about regeneration, rebirth in the lives of those who are spiritually dead. Friends you and I may not have done the things that Judah did but just like Judah, we have sinned. In Judah there are hints of who we are, we are not as perfect as we might think we are. We all enter this world as sinners, it is Christ alone who will change us. You must have heard the saying, “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your relations or family. But, God did exactly that!

The Crazy Life of Joseph... a House of Lies Sunday 14 06 2020 First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church

In terms of family life, the story of Joseph is a wonderful encouragement to Christian parents, who will one day have to turn their children loose in the world. It may be in the form of sending a child off to a college, work, or university or marriage far from the supervision and influence of the parents. All who are parents will have to face the time when we cannot control the environment in which our children will live but trust that as God cared for Joseph, He will care for them. Joseph was abruptly torn from his father and friends and family. He was removed from any godly influences and encouragement. He was placed among people who did not believe in his God or his convictions. In Egypt, he was subject to the strongest temptations. And yet, apart from any Christian friends or fellowship, Joseph not only survived, but he was strengthened. We might be astounded that the roots of Israel’s race and religion go back to this dysfunctional family who has conspired to do away with their own flesh and blood. Paul taught in Romans 9 that election is not based upon the works which a person has done or will do in the future (9:6-13). Surely the choice of these sons of Israel illustrates to us the principle of election. God chooses whom He will for His plan and for His purpose and that choice is not based on the good that we have done, it is His good pleasure that we have been chosen. In addition to the doctrine of election we also have doctrinal teaching on the sovereignty of God which is summarized by these words in Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). This morning our family may not be perfect, we could be living a lie. God wants us to confess it to Him and allow God to use us. This morning we may be skilled in half-truths and deception, God wants us to confess it to Him and always seek the truth. What a difference there would be in this world if we didn’t live in a house of lies but lived in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ which is able to make us wise unto salvation.

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