News -Latest Passion Sunday, Sunday 29th March 2020
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Friends of CWC,
Today, we will again be sharing online our Sunday message. Listen click on 'Listen' and select view
The theme this 'Passion Sunday' is 'Prayers of Jesus' based on the passage John ch.17 verses 1-26 which I would encourage you to read in your Bible.
John ch. 17 verses 1-5
Jesus Prays for Himself -Passion & Purpose.
The main theme for this part of the prayer is 'Glory.' 'The time has come' indicates the time of passion & resurrection of Jesus through which He honours & brings glory to God. On several occasions, in John's Gospel, the Cross is linked with Glory. However, in this instance, the main gist of this passage focuses on the Glory given to Father God & the Son Jesus. The purpose behind this shows that Jesus can give/offer eternal life to those the Father has revealed to Him. There is a sense that the outcome of Jesus' mission cannot fail because it is in the Father's hands.
David also knew about being in God's hands. In Psalm 31 verses 14-15 he says, 'But I trust in You, O Lord, I say, "You are my God." My times are on Your hands, deliver me from my enemies & from those who pursue me. Let Your face shine on Your servant. Save me in Your unfailing love. Let me not be put to shame O Lord, for I have cried out to You.' Again, in Psalm 61 verses 1-2, David cries out to God, 'Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to You. I call as my heart grows faint, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.'
We can feel insecure or afraid at times. Sometimes our circumstances can appear more than we can bear. In these times, you & I need to call out to God, just like Jesus & David did. We can ask one another for help or prayer when we need it too.
Jesus also knew the feeling of being overwhelmed. Consider for a moment, His time praying in the Garden of Gethsemane - with Peter, James & John - His three closest friends/disciples. You can find this account in Matthew ch. 26 verses 36-44.
Poem 'Gethsemane & Beyond'
Jesus, with His three closest friends
Trying to watch & pray - with those on which He could depend
Yet they went to sleep - leaving Him on His own
In anguish, tears fell like drops of blood -alone!
This happened to Him three long times
He agonised with His Father, "Yet not My will but Thine!"
He yearned for the cup to be taken away
But the Father's will was to be completed on 'Good Friday.'
For Jesus, the road of suffering was hard & long
But for the ultimate joy of the journey He carried on
He knew the purpose -from Heaven He came
To live, to die, then eternally to reign.
John ch. 17 verses 6-19
Jesus Prays for His Disciples -Promise of Power & Protection
The first theme of this part of the prayer is Jesus' revelation to His disciples. The subject is 'Your Name.'
Most probably the Name of the Father. Verse 6 suggests that the disciples already belonged to the Father before Jesus chose them. Note the stress on obedience here as a characteristic of those chosen. Verse 7 notes that everything Jesus has been given has come from God to fulfil His Sovereign purposes. This is developed in verse 8 where the knowledge of the disciples leads to faith. At this stage their faith was in its childhood stage, but Jesus looked forward to this faith progressing & becoming mature. In verses 11-12, Jesus prays for the specific protection of His disciples, "Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name - the Name You gave Me - so that they may be one as We are One." 'The Name' suggests both remoteness & nearness. God is both awe-inspiring & loving. The unity is to be like that between the Father & the Son."While I was with them I protected them & kept them safe by that Name You gave." Christ's power & protection is sufficient to meet every need. Such timely words for us also, as we pray for protection from Coronavirus COVID 19 for ourselves, our families & friends, & for those we come into contact with at work, in the supermarkets & in the communities in which we live.
In 2 Peter ch.1 verses 3-4, Peter highlights the power & promises of Jesus, in this way, 'His Divine power has given us everything we need for life & godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory & goodness. Through these He has given us His very great & precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the Divine nature & escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.'
Thank-You Jesus, for Your promises to us. May we be reminded of Your faithfulness to fulfil Your promises & may Your promises equip us to live godly lives that seek to serve & honour You in all we think, say & do.
In John ch.17 verse 13, Jesus prays to His Father & concerning His disciples, "I am coming to You now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of My joy within them." The possessive 'My' of Jesus is emphatic - no greater prospect could be conceived. In verses 13-18 there is a strong contrast between 'not of the world,' in verses 14 & 16 & the words 'out of the world,' in verse 15. The burden of the prayer is for protection from the 'evil one.' Twice Jesus mentions 'Your Word,' in verses 14 & 17 as a powerful agency. First, as a means of stirring up the hatred of the world & secondly, as a means of sanctification -the way to become holy or consecrated. The 'Word' here sums up the whole message of God in the teaching of Jesus, which the disciples were to proclaim to the world. Jesus didn't ask God to take His disciples out of the world, but instead to use them in the world. Jesus sends us into the world so we should not try to escape from the world or avoid all relationships with people who aren't Christians. We are called to be salt & light in our communities, & we are to do the work God sent us to do. 'We can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us,' Philippians ch.4 verse 13.
John 17 verses 20-26
Jesus Prays for All Believers - Proactive Preaching & Peace
Jesus had just spoken of the mission & making His disciples holy. He was confident that they would spread the Gospel & now He prays for all who would believe as a result. Jesus then prays to His Father for there to be unity among believers & the effect this would have on non-Christians, to convince them of the validity of His mission. This prayer is also a reminder for us to listen to Jesus & if needs be for us to be convicted if we are divided. As believers, you & I should be following the example of Jesus regarding humility & service. Paul supports this in his letter to the Philippians where he writes, 'Your attitude should be the same as that as Christ Jesus, Who, being in very nature God , did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself & became obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place & gave Him the Name above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven & on earth & under the earth, & every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,'
Philippians ch.2 verses 5-11.
Returning to John ch. 17 verse 21, Jesus prays regarding His believers "that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me & I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me."
Jesus emphasises the significance of unity among His followers, & again the standard is the unity of the Father & the Son.
In verse 22, He says, "I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as we are one, I in them & You in Me."
There are two indwellings - that of Jesus in us & that of God in Jesus. Verse 23 says, "May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me & have loved them even as You have loved Me." This time it is not only connected with Jesus' mission but also with God's love for people & for His Son. Verse 24, "Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, & to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world."
'I want' or 'I will that' describes Jesus' last will & testament for His followers. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to His Father, "Not what I will but what You will." To be with Jesus is the greatest blessing for the Christian.
Verses 25-26, "Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, & they know that You have sent Me. I have made You known to them, & will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them & that I Myself be in them."
We, like Jesus, need to pray in order for us to follow His example & for us to be a people of passion & purpose.
We need to pray, in order to receive the promise & protection as disciples of Jesus.
We need to pray, in order to be proactive in our preaching & to receive His peace 'that passes all understanding, ' & for that to have an impact upon the lives of those who are not yet believers in Jesus.
'Now may the God who brought us peace by raising from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ so that He would be the Great Shepherd of His flock, & by the power of His blood of the eternal covenant may He work perfection into every part of you giving you all that you need to fulfil your destiny. And may He express through you all that is excellent & pleasing to Him through your life-union with Jesus the Anointed One Who is to receive all glory forever! Amen!' Hebrews ch.13 verses 20-21.
So be encouraged, keep your focus on Jesus & let Him reveal more of Himself to you.
Pastors Rachel & David Kuru
SUNDAY 11 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICE & THURSDAY 11 A.M. BIBLE STUDY & PRAYER
We are sorry to advise that due to the Coronavirus Covid 19 Health advice being given by the Gobierno de Canarias, a decision has been made to cancel our Sunday morning worship services & Thursday morning Bible Studies & Prayer UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
If you need directions to our new church venue, please click Welcome above.
There is a church leadership team in place. We have eleven members including myself.
We are praying and planning the future of our church.
We have a list of available preachers, but if you know of any others, with their permission, and if they are able to agree with our Statement of Faith, please contact us with their details and availability.
We are thrilled to announce, that at a church leadership meeting (December 2019) we appointed joint Pastors for the Christian Worship Centre - Playa Blanca.
They are a husband and wife team, David & Rachel Kuru from Cornwall, UK.
They both have a nursing background.
They felt the call from God to leave their paid employment and train together at Bible College for ministry.
For the last two years they have ministered alongside a Pastor in an evangelical church in Cornwall, gaining experience of preaching, teaching, counselling and pastoral ministry.
They will commence their ministry here on 15th March 2020.
We thank the Lord for this answer to prayer. Please pray for them as they leave their current ministry and prepare to minister in Playa Blanca.
Pp Playa Blanca CWC Leadership team.