Sermon: Thursday 14th May

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Preached on 11th May 2020
(Christian Aid Week Matthias, Apostle)
by Antony Oakley

Acts 1:15-26

15A few days later there was a meeting of the believers, about 120 in all, and Peter stood up to speak. 16“My fellow-believers,” he said, “the scripture had to come true in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through David, made a prediction about Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17Judas was a member of our group, for he had been chosen to have a part in our work.”

18(With the money that Judas got for his evil act he bought a field, where he fell to his death; he burst open and all his bowels spilt out. 19All the people living in Jerusalem heard about it, and so in their own language they call that field Akeldama, which means “Field of Blood”.)

20“For it is written in the book of Psalms:

‘May his house become empty;

may no one live in it.’

It is also written:

‘May someone else take his place of service.’

21-22“So then, someone must join us as a witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. He must be one of the men who were in our group during the whole time that the Lord Jesus travelled about with us, beginning from the time John preached his message of baptism until the day Jesus was taken up from us to heaven.”

23So they proposed two men: Joseph, who was called Barsabbas (also known as Justus), and Matthias. 24Then they prayed, “Lord, you know the thoughts of everyone, so show us which of these two you have chosen 25to serve as an apostle in the place of Judas, who left to go to the place where he belongs.” 26Then they drew lots to choose between the two men, and the one chosen was Matthias, who was added to the group of eleven apostles.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/read/eng/GNB/Acts/1/

Singing the Faith 664 (cannot display due to copyright)

Psalm 15

What God Requires

1LORD, who may enter your Temple?

Who may worship on Zion, your sacred hill?

 

2Those who obey God in everything

and always do what is right,

whose words are true and sincere,

3and who do not slander others.

They do no wrong to their friends

nor spread rumours about their neighbours.

4They despise those whom God rejects,

but honour those who obey the LORD.

They always do what they promise,

no matter how much it may cost.

5They make loans without charging interest

and cannot be bribed to testify against the innocent.

 Whoever does these things will always be secure.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/bible-search/search:psalm+15/versions:GNB/

 

 

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