16th December 2016
Emmy Wilson is from Holy Trinity Brompton Church in the UK and we were happy to have her back with us for a second time. Her work with Jackie Pullinger’s ministry in Hong Kong, bringing the Alpha Course into prisons around the world and ministering to people outside of the church is enlightening.
On Sunday, we heard stories from around the world of people who have been transformed by the love of God and who are now doing things to share His love with others. The title of her message “Love is a Verb” tells us that love is about action and getting our boots on the ground! Love is not a theory, not a starry- eyed feeling, not an elusive experience that only comes along once in a while. Love is a decision to make a difference and get involved with people in need.
I have used the word “Love Encounter” to describe what happens when we experience God’s love first hand. This is described in Romans 5:5 “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” I have been changed by the love of God and would be happy to experience fresh outpourings of His love in my heart but after hearing our speaker, I realised that the best way to have a love encounter is to simply go and love someone! You don't need to wait for a fresh experience of God’s love before you start loving others. Instead, start loving others and you will have a fresh experience of God’s love.
In the days ahead we are reaching out in Clementi to the elderly and families in need. We need volunteers to serve with our Boy’s Brigade Company at Queensway Secondary School. We are looking for teachers and helpers to serve with our new Royal Rangers children’s ministry on Sundays. The ministries of HCSA: The HighPoint Halfway House and the DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre would love to have volunteers give time to befriend residents. There are so many ways that you can connect with people who need to experience God’s love.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:7-12 NIVUK).
Let me encourage you to watch the wonderful message by Emmy and to go out and create a love encounter!