"Messenger" newsletter SEPTEMBER





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Pastoral Leader – Val Hulme ( Days Off Wed and Fridays)

email :   pastoral.leader@leighbaptistchurch.org.uk          TEL  07817142192

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Get directions from the instructions

By: Dr. Jeff Fuller ©  Rockfordbaptistchurch.org

Have you ever wished life came with instructions?  We wonder how we are to do things: How am I supposed to deal with that situation at work? How do I parent children? What about marriage? What in the world does God expect from me?

We often think God’s plans are too lofty, too big, even too grand and noble for us…especially when we hear things like: “God’s will is our sanctification.”

What does that even mean?

In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 we learn that sanctification is simply the process by which we become more like Jesus. We do that by reading the Bible.  Through the Word of God, we get to know Jesus better and to know His ways.

As we do that our eyes are opened to sin.  We realize sin is keeping us from God’s best. Once we recognize those sins for what they really are, and what they are robbing from us, we seek to avoid them.

We are able to pray, “And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13 ) Through reading the Bible and praying, seeking Godly wisdom we become aware of situations that make us weak and vulnerable to sin, and we adjust our lives to steer clear of such influences and draw nearer to the Lord.

As we read the Bible and live more like Jesus, we learn His way to love others.  We begin to see the immense needs of those around us.  We start to seek ways to aid them through the instructions of God’s precious Word.  Life becomes less about ourselves and more about loving those around us

We notice what a difficult job that really is, and we pray and ask God for help.  Hopelessness around us, struggles and heartaches, problems in our world tend to drive us to pray.  Seeking God for the answers.

People around us notice the changes, and our relationships with others are impacted by God’s love coming through us. While others take note of the changes, you see that sanctification is the process of becoming more like Jesus. Those changes ripple out to impact all areas of our life and following Jesus becomes more than what we do on Sunday.

“The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” John 7:38


Diary Dates


Tuesday 7th September 7:30 pm  Church and Congregation meeting  This meeting will be held in church.


Saturday 11th September 11:00 - 12:00  Zoom Coffee Morning


Thursday 23rd September  1:00 pm  Deacons' meeting


The Leadership Team have suggestions around reopening which will be discussed at the Church and Congregation meeting, following which a date for reopening will be announced

Our Pastoral Leader is on Annual Leave from Sunday August 29th - Sunday 5th September inclusive. 



After such a worrying health crisis for Allan (Dianne B’s son) we are delighted to congratulate  Paula and Allan, on the birth of a baby boy (name to be confirmed) on Tuesday 24th August, and to Dianne Berwick, the proud grandmother. We continue to pray for Allan’s continued recovery.


Congratulations also to Beth and Alex on the birth of Connie Marian, also on Tuesday 24th August, and to the proud grandparents, Kathleen and Bill Morton.



PRAYER REQUESTS  .   in a troubled world many need our prayers. Please remember HAITI,   AGHANISTAN   and  NIGERIA (Kathleen Gula) ,  & wild fires in Greece, Turkey Algeria and USA

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