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We are a Facebook church. 

We seek his face. 

We open his book!

I got this corny idea from – where else? – but from Facebook! It was on a church sign overseas, shared by a Facebook friend!

But it does say something true about our church at our best (and probably any decent church).

1. Seek God’s Face

In the Bible, Psalms 105:4 says,

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”

It’s an image for knowing God and knowing his blessing (rather than turning our backs on him, and having him turn his back on us.)

The song-writer’s context for this instruction is praise and worship: giving thanks to God for all he has done.

Given all his goodness to us, most of all in sending Christ, as we’ve just celebrated at Christmas, of course we want to seek God’s face!

I see this sentiment expressed in 3 of our values at St Michael’s:

  • Prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit.
  • Courageous calling on people to repent and put their faith in Christ.
  • Gatherings of breadth and depth in confession, creed, song and prayer.

They are all ways in which we seek God’s face.

2. Open God’s book

In the Bible, 1 Timothy 4:13 says,

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.”

These are the same Scriptures that Paul later says in his second letter to Timothy “make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” and are “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:15-16).

I see this sentiment expressed in 3 of our church’s values:

  • God’s Word, the Bible, as our ultimate authority and guide.
  • Consecutive reading and explanation of the Bible as our basic method of ministry.

That’s why and how we open God’s book. It means that we always have readings from Old and New Testament and a solid sermon in our church services.

Seeking God’s face. Opening his book, the Bible. These are not the only things we do at church. But they are very important to us.

Warmly in Christ, Rev Sandy Grant

Senior Minister

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