Newmarket International Church of Christ

Leo Teeuwen- April 2015

A City With Foundations!

 

Hebrews 11:10 

10 For he was looking forward to the city(A) with foundations,(B) whose architect and builder is God.

 

 Ephesians 4:4 

There is one body(A) and one Spirit,(B) just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

 

How did God build this city? What is this hope which called us? How is this hope new? How is this hope different then the righteous of the Old Testament?

 

Today I am going to share with you 17 propositions about this city which God built!

 

 

 

Proposition 1

God is in heaven!

Psalm 115:3 

Our God is in heaven;(A)
    he does whatever pleases him.

 

 

Proposition 2

Jesus came from heaven!

John 6:38

38 For I have come down from heaven(A) not to do my will but to do the will(B) of him who sent me.

 

Proposition 3

Jesus’ goal was to return to His Father!

 

John 13:1

13 It was just before the Passover Festival.(A) Jesus knew that the hour had come(B) for him to leave this world and go to the Father.(C) Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

 

Proposition 4

No one had ever gone to heaven before Jesus!

 

John 3:13

13 No one has ever gone into heaven(A) except the one who came from heaven(B)—the Son of Man.

 

Acts 2:34

34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand

 

 

 

Proposition 5

The righteous before Jesus went to Abraham’s side. Also called Hades or Paradise.

 

Luke 16:19-31

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.(A) 20 At his gate was laid a beggar(B) named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table.(C) Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham,(D) have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’(E)

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things,(F) but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.(G) 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them,(H) so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses(I) and the Prophets;(J) let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’(K) he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

 

 

Hebrews 9:6-8

When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly(A)into the outer room to carry on their ministry. But only the high priest entered(B) the inner room,(C) and that only once a year,(D) and never without blood,(E) which he offered for himself(F) and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.(G) The Holy Spirit was showing(H) by this that the way(I) into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning.

 

Proposition 6

When Jesus died He went to Paradise not heaven!

 

John 20:17

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers(A) and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father(B) and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

 

Luke 23:43

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

Proposition 7

When Jesus ascends He returns to the Father!

 

 John 6:62

62 Then what if you see the Son of Man(A) ascend to where he was before!

 

Acts 1:9-11New International Version (NIV)

After he said this, he was taken up(A) before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white(B) stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,”(C) they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back(D) in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

 

Daniel 7:13-14

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a](A) coming(B) with the clouds of heaven.(C) He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority,(D) glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him.(E)His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom(F) is one that will never be destroyed.

 

Proposition 8

Jesus receives from the Father glory and honor!

 

 Philippians 2:6-11

Who, being in very nature[a] God,(A)
    did not consider equality with God(B) something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing(C)
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,(D)
    being made in human likeness.(E)
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death(F)
        even death on a cross!
(G)

Therefore God exalted him(H) to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,(I)
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,(J)
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,(K)
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,(L)
    to the glory of God the Father.

 

Ephesians 1:20-22

20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead(A) and seated him at his right hand(B) in the heavenly realms,(C) 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion,(D) and every name(E) that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.(F) 22 And God placed all things under his feet(G) and appointed him to be head(H) over everything for the church,

 

Proposition 9

Then Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to reveal all mysteries and to teach all things!

 

John 7:39New International Version (NIV)

39 By this he meant the Spirit,(A) whom those who believed in him were later to receive.(B) Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

 

 Acts 2 

When the day of Pentecost(A) came, they were all together(B) in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.(C) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit(D) and began to speak in other tongues[a](E) as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing(F) Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.Utterly amazed,(G) they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?(H)Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,(I)Pontus(J) and Asia,[b](K) 10 Phrygia(L) and Pamphylia,(M) Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;(N) visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”(O)

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!(P) 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.(Q)
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,(R)
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.(S)
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,(T)
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood(U)
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord(V) will be saved.’[c](W)

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth(X) was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs,(Y) which God did among you through him,(Z) as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge;(AA) and you, with the help of wicked men,[d] put him to death by nailing him to the cross.(AB) 24 But God raised him from the dead,(AC) freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.(AD) 25 David said about him:

“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
    Because he is at my right hand,
    I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    you will not let your holy one see decay.(AE)
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.’[e](AF)

29 “Fellow Israelites,(AG) I can tell you confidently that the patriarch(AH) David died and was buried,(AI) and his tomb is here(AJ) to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.(AK) 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay.(AL) 32 God has raised this Jesus to life,(AM) and we are all witnesses(AN) of it. 33 Exalted(AO) to the right hand of God,(AP) he has received from the Father(AQ) the promised Holy Spirit(AR) and has poured out(AS)what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”’[f](AT)

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord(AU) and Messiah.”(AV)

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”(AW)

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized,(AX) every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.(AY) And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(AZ) 39 The promise is for you and your children(BA) and for all who are far off(BB)—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”(BC) 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number(BD) that day

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching(BE) and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread(BF) and to prayer.(BG) 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.(BH) 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.(BI) 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.(BJ) 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.(BK) They broke bread(BL) in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.(BM) And the Lord added to their number(BN) daily those who were being saved.

 

Proposition 10

Jesus wins the battle with Satan!

 

 

Colossians 2:15

15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities,(A) he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them(B) by the cross.

 

 Matthew 12:29

29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

 

 

 

 

 

Proposition 11

Jesus receives this power as He approaches God’s throne after His ascention!

Daniel 7:13-14New International Version (NIV)

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a](A) coming(B) with the clouds of heaven.(C) He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority,(D) glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him.(E)His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom(F) is one that will never be destroyed.

 

Proposition 12

Jesus brings the righteous from Paradise with Him!

 

Ephesians 4:7-10

But to each one of us(A) grace(B) has been given(C) as Christ apportioned it.This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives(D)
    and gave gifts to his people.”[b](E)

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]10 He who descended is the very one who ascended(F) higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

 

Proposition 13

Jesus paid for the sins of all men when He entered heaven!

 

Hebrews 6:18-20

18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie,(A) we who have fled to take hold of the hope(B) set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,(C) 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.(D) He has become a high priest(E)forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

 

 Hebrews 9:24

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one;(A) he entered heaven itself,(B) now to appear for us in God’s presence.

 

 Hebrews 10:11-14

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices,(A) which can never take away sins.(B)12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins,(C) he sat down at the right hand of God,(D) 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.(E) 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect(F) forever those who are being made holy.

 

 Romans 3:25

25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[a](A) through the shedding of his blood(B)—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished

 

Hebrews 9:15

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator(A) of a new covenant,(B) that those who are called(C) may receive the promised(D) eternal inheritance(E)—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

 

Proposition 14

The righteous can now look for a new hope which is heaven!

 

Acts 7:54-60

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious(A) and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit,(B) looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.(C) 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open(D) and the Son of Man(E) standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city(F) and began to stone him.(G)Meanwhile, the witnesses(H) laid their coats(I) at the feet of a young man named Saul.(J)

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”(K) 60 Then he fell on his knees(L) and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”(M) When he had said this, he fell asleep.

 

Philippians 1:21-24

21 For to me, to live is Christ(A) and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart(B) and be with Christ,(C)which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

 

Philippians 3:20

20 But our citizenship(A) is in heaven.(B) And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

 

 2 Corinthians 5:6-10

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight.(A)We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.(B) So we make it our goal to please him,(C) whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us(D) for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

 

Revelation 7:9-17

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language,(A) standing before the throne(B) and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes(C) and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,(D)
who sits on the throne,(E)
and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders(F) and the four living creatures.(G) They fell down on their faces(H) before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”
(I)

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes(J)—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes(K) and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.(L)15 Therefore,

“they are before the throne of God(M)
    and serve him(N) day and night in his temple;(O)
and he who sits on the throne(P)
    will shelter them with his presence.(Q)
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
    never again will they thirst.(R)
The sun will not beat down on them,’[a]
    nor any scorching heat.(S)
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
    will be their shepherd;(T)
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b](U)
    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

Proposition 15

Men are judged at their death!

 

Hebrews 9:27

27 Just as people are destined to die once,(A) and after that to face judgment,

 

Proposition 16

There will be a final judgment!

 

Matthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes(A) in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.(B) 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate(C) the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.(D) 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom(E) prepared for you since the creation of the world.(F) 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,(G) 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me,(H) I was sick and you looked after me,(I) I was in prison and you came to visit me.’(J)

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’(K)

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me,(L) you who are cursed, into the eternal fire(M) prepared for the devil and his angels.(N) 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’(O)

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 

 2 Peter 2:4

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned,(A) but sent them to hell,[a]putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment;

 

Proposition 17

We will receive Jesus spiritual body on the last day!

 

Philippians 3:20-21

20 But our citizenship(A) is in heaven.(B) And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,(C) 21 who, by the power(D) that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies(E) so that they will be like his glorious body.

 

 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed(A) about those who sleep in death,(B) so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.(C) 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,(D) and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.(E)15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,(F) will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.(G) 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,(H) with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel(I) and with the trumpet call of God,(J) and the dead in Christ will rise first.(K) 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left(L) will be caught up together with them in the clouds(M) to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord(N) forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another(O) with these words.

 

Conclusion:

Hebrews 6:18-20

18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie,(A) we who have fled to take hold of the hope(B) set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,(C) 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.(D) He has become a high priest(E)forever, in the order of Melchizedek.(F)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Are Family

   The word “church” most often envisions buildings of wood, stone and concrete. Stained glass, ecclesiastical traditions and whispering quietly are memories many of us have of going to church. It is no wonder some people respond in a negative way to the invitation to come to church: to an excited, enthusiastic, non traditional fellowship of believers. My convictions have grown even more of late, that the Newmarket Church of Christ is not simply a religious organization but it is the family of God! With so many broken families in our world today it is hard for some people to relate to this term. As a movement of God, we must never forget that we are God’s children and therefore His family, a warm, loving, giving and serving family. It should be the goal of every disciple to celebrate daily his adoption into God’s household. In doing this we will ensure our joy and gratitude for all eternity.

            The value of family was made abundantly clear to me when my wife needed to have surgery. Although we were assured that the surgery was routine but is any surgery routine, especially if you are experiencing it for the first time? As they rolled my companion and friend away in a wheel chair I was overwhelmed with a feeling of emptiness, loneliness and despair. I was sure God was in control and that she would be all right but I had lost my mother to cancer and the thought of anything happening to my wife was truly frightening. I realized with such clarity at the moment how precious and valuable my family was to me. God blessed us, as Connie came through the surgery well but the memories of that moment will always be etched in my mind. You see, life without family would be very hard. I believe that is why God has given us both a physical and a spiritual family to be part of.

            Many people would be able to relate to what I just shared but they could never understand these same feelings toward any one in their church. Family is family but church, now that’s another story! That’s not the way God intended it to be. Those in the kingdom are truly our brothers and sisters and we must learn to love them as dearly as our own physical family. I still remember clearly the day I received a phone call from a close friend and sister in the church. She was engaged to one of my best friends. Peter Szeto had been a friend for many years. He had long served the church as a family group leader. His servant heart was renowned to many. After many years of searching he finally found the woman he wanted to marry. But God had other plans! One day as he was jogging he had a massive heart attack. He died instantly. The moment I heard the news I was in shock. Spiritually, I understood that Peter was with the Lord and I rejoiced over that. But the thought of never seeing my friend again was very painful. Being part of a family means that you will feel intense pain over the loss of someone you love dearly, who has gone to be with the Lord. As a family we must learn to rejoice with those that rejoice and weep with those that weep.

            Toronto is now called a mega-city. Like any other city of its kind we have all sorts of mega-sin. Greed is probably the greatest challenge to be dealt with. The financial stress everyone is feeling right now is evidence of that. Too many people can’t imagine their life without the excesses they have become used to. But there are also drugs and prostitution, adultery, child pornography, adultery and murder. Every year in the mega-city there is a celebration of a different sort. “Gay Pride Day” has become an international celebration of a lifestyle God calls sin. Over one half a million people crowd the streets of Toronto to proclaim to all, their acceptance of such a godless lifestyle. As a Christian, to see that many people who are openly defying God’s clear command is overwhelming. It reminds me of the challenge Lot faced in Sodom and Gomorrah. Peter describes it “for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard.” God is a loving God who doesn’t, “want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” He will not however, force people to do what they would not be willing to choose to do on their own. The sad reality is that many people do not want a relationship with God and certainly don’t want to listen to what God says. The importance of family occurred to me in this whole spiritual truth. I thought of how important Lot’s family must have been to him in the midst of the evil he saw every day. Or Noah’s family as there were only eight righteous people on the earth at that time. Our righteous physical and spiritual family becomes even more valuable in the midst of the evil we can see in the world around us. There may be millions of people who do not truly love the Lord but we must, as Noah and Lot did, rejoice with those that do!

            “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe…” Philippians 2:14-15. A star only shines bright when it is surrounded by the deepest darkness. It is hard to see it during the day. That is why God’s family, God’s children stand out in the midst of our world. The darkness around them defines and reveals who they are. In 1986 our family went to South Africa to be part of the original church planting that went to Johannesburg. Our goal was to establish a multiracial church, a true family of believers in the midst of so much racial hatred. As we would invite people to come to church their response was overwhelming. They could hardly believe what they saw. They came and saw people from every ethnic background worshipping God together. They saw whites and blacks hugging. They saw Indians and Chinese singing praises to the one Eternal Father. With a backdrop of “Apartheid” and racial hatred, this was too good to be true for people who had only experienced bigotry, hatred and exclusion. Some people would come to the church service holding an invitation before them like it was a ticket. They were insecure about being there but they were hoping their “ticket” would gain them entrance. The darkness of that society gave definition and substance to the light of each disciple. Truly they shone like stars in the universe.

            The Newmarket Church of Christ is not simply a group of religious people with common beliefs. It is the family of God! It is people of every tribe, nation and tongue who have been purchased by the common price of the blood of Jesus! It is people who once were lost in darkness, who have been adopted by a heavenly Father and then transferred into a kingdom of light! These truths are of extreme importance for every Christian to have convictions about. That God would choose us to be part of such an incredible family is evidence of His grace. Truly it can be said of the kingdom of God,” We Are Family”. And to God be the glory!

 

Leo Teeuwen

Newmarket, August 2012

 

 

 



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