On Thursday night I spoke at the Royal Holloway Christian union on Jesus’ words in John 8:58, “Before Abraham was born, I am!” This is Jesus claiming, in a clear and unambiguous way, to be the Almighty, Sovereign, Creator God. In our culture, and especially in student culture, a claim like this is offensive and arrogant. Jesus’ claim to be all life, all truth, the only way to God is not a popular message. But, even though it isn’t popular, it is true.
Later, I was thinking how this links with Ephesians in our current sermon series. We saw on Sunday in the second half of chapter 1 that Paul prays they will know God better. And the question is—how do we know God better? The answer from Paul is that they will know the hope to which they’ve been called, the riches of his glorious inheritance, and his incomparably great power. All of those things that Paul prays they will know are entirely wrapped up in the person and work of Jesus. Knowing Jesus, Almighty God, the great “I am!” is the simple answer to how we will know God better. The whole of the Bible points us to the Lord Jesus Christ who is God come to earth as a man to be our Lord and our Saviour.
Today, Michael Callaghan from St John’s, Egham will be continuing our series in Ephesians chapter 2. It’s a description of how God has used his incomparably great power in us, moving us from death to life, from outside of his family to in it, from not having faith to having faith. All of those are the gift of God. He does all the work to save us through his power—we do nothing. It’s a wonderful comfort to know God does it all. If it were down to me, even in the smallest way, I’d only mess it up. Wonderful it isn’t down to me—it’s all God’s word through the work of his Son.
30th October – SASRA prayer meeting – 6.30pm – Windsor Methodist Church
16th November – Monthly prayer meeting
2nd December – Windsor Fellowship Church Christmas Social
25th December – 10am – Short Christmas Day service at the Rector’s house
1st January – New Year’s Day ramble followed by tea & cakes
Rector, Windsor Fellowship Church