Malachi Part 8 – The Coming Messiah Foretold – 20th December 2020

Reverend Phil Simmonds

PASTORS THOUGHTS

“The final chapter of Malachi – Chapter 4, speaks of the long awaited coming of the Messiah – Jesus, preceded by the coming of John the Baptist (referred to a s the Prophet Elijah). However, not many, especially in this day and age, would even think / realise that the celebrated “birth of Jesus” did in fact fulfill Malachi’s prophecy re an event that would also bring with it, the refiner’s fire of God’s judgment of sin! Thankfully, by God’s grace and mercy, Malachi’s prophecy also heralded the coming of the “sun of righteousness – Jesus, who would also bring the healing of salvation (for those who feared His Name) – both being achieved through Jesus’ birth and atoning sacrificial death on the Cross! Take some time out to think about what Jesus’ birth means to you? “

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Malachi Part 7 – The Faithful Remnant – 13th December 2020

Reverend Phil Simmonds

PASTORS THOUGHTS

“God’s promise of preserving, for Himself, a remnant of believers from all generations, has, and continues to be a wonderful encouragement to God’s people, especially in difficult and testing times such as was experienced at the time of Malachi. This has all been made possible in and through Jesus Christ as Romans 8:38-39 reminds, Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus—in whom God calls His people to Himself.
Can you say Amen to this wonderful promise?”

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Malachi Part 6 – Covenant Giving – 6th December 2020

Reverend Phil Simmonds

PASTORS THOUGHTS

This Sunday we’ll be looking at God’s viewpoint re: ‘Tithes and Offerings’. Firstly, Judah’s attitude (or lack of) towards Tithes and offerings, and secondly, its application from a New Testament perspective for today’s Christians. A good question to consider between now and Sunday (or any Sunday) is “why do I give an offering on Sunday?”

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Malachi Part 5 – The God of Covenant Justice – 29th November 2020

Reverend Phil Simmonds

PASTORS THOUGHTS

Another title for this Sunday’s message could have been “But who can endure the day of His coming?” Malachi 3 primarily refers to the long awaited birth of the Christ, but His coming would also bring God’s teaching, re how God’s Covenant people would live righteously and worship God The Father in a way acceptable to Him (Mal.3:4). Jesus’ teaching was to act, and still does act, like a “refiner’s fire”, challenging and correcting the sinful ways of the religious leaders and God’s people, eg. Sermon on the Mount, Matt.5 and the Seven Woes, Matt.23, God’s sanctifying messenger of the Covenant then, now, and in the future to come -finally as God’s Judge on the Final Day. Can you endure the Day of His coming, when ever that might be?”

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Malachi Part 4 – Broken Covenant Relationships – 22nd November 2020

Reverend Phil Simmonds

PASTORS THOUGHTS

Sadly, the Book of Malachi completes the Old Testament in an all too familiar note – the unfaithfulness of the people of Israel to their God and His Covenant – which had recurrently continued from Genesis to Malachi! In time, Israel’s unfaithfulness transcends into deeper levels which not only reflects upon Israel’s Covenant relationship with God – but also with each other through all aspects of life. This was to continue through into the New testament era and following generations. Thankfully Christians can learn valuable lessons from the teachings of God’s Holy Word – and as may be necessary, change their ways with repentant hearts.

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Malachi Part 3 – Consequences of Wrong Teaching – 1st November 2020

Reverend Phil Simmonds

PASTORS THOUGHTS

This week we look at the 3rd of God’s grievances – but this time it’s specifically against the Levite priests, who have dishonoured Him (and His Covenant with Levi) through their wrong teaching of the Law – which has led the people astray, and is therefore totally
unacceptable to God. Today, this would be primarily equated to Ministers / Pastors wrongly preaching/teaching from the Bible – God’s Word, in His Name. To help guard against this, God’s people should pray as the Apostle Paul requested in Ephesians 6:18-20.”

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Malachi Part 2 – Consequences of Blemished Sacrifices – 25th October 2020

Reverend Phil Simmonds

PASTORS THOUGHTS

“This week we look at the 2nd of the grievances God has against His people. Their offering of blemished sacrifices, which are totally unacceptable to God (as made perfectly clear in Lev. 22 : 17- 33), and consequently treated by God as being disrespectful and unworthy of His Name, which is to be honoured, especially by His people, whether in word, action or thought! Question for Consideration : How does the Christian Church honour or dis-honour God in Christ today?”

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