We are now a registered Charity!!
Our charity number came through this week.
Registered Charity Number : 1154404
Freedom Church Chester
The trustees are Keith Gamon (Christ Central, Manchester), Cheryl Price and Keith Cooper. This will mean that FCC will be able to claim gift aid. If you are a UK tax payer please let us know. Gift aid will cost you nothing, but means the church can claim 25% extra on everything you give.
At the end of chapter 1 Mark told us about the signs and wonders that Jesus did, but constantly emphasizing that it preaching that remains Jesus priority.
He is calling people to repentance – to a radical change of direction. The truth of the gospel needs to be proclaimed. But I hope you noticed that Jesus would not let just anyone proclaim it. Demon were told to be stay quiet – they certainly were not credible witness nor would they be accurate in the presenting of the gospel. They were under the ‘Father of all lies – Satan.’
Neither does he want those who are healed to go around telling everyone that Jesus was some kind of miracle healer. He didn’t want people just to look for him for short term physical healing because their greater need was for long term Spiritual healing.
But Jesus does care about every aspect of people life, so we have seen him heal both minor ailments like Simon’s mother-in-laws flu, and more serious complains. As we get into chapter 2 we see he heals the paralyses man. This healing is the first of 5 stories which share a common element – controversy! Jesus and His disciples our challenging the religious leaders, who are offended by Jesus actions. But Mark wants us to see that in Jesus, something radically new has begun.
Despite the kindness of Boaz, Naomi and Ruth are still in a desperate situation. Elimelech’s land in Bethlehem will have to be sold because there’s no one to inherit or work it. The reality is these women face poverty. But Naomi has a plan…
She knows that God’s law is there to provide and rescue a family in her situation.
For this plan to work it will involve Ruth getting married again. However, it was not without risk or danger. As we read through Ruth 3 we will discover that God is still at work even in risky situation.
Whether you like it or not – we face risk. You can’t avoid risk even if you want to. All of our plans for tomorrow’s activities can be shattered by a thousand unknowns. However, it is good to take risks for the cause of God.
God loves the mission battle cry of William Carey: “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.”
Or Jim Elliot who went as a missionary deep into the Ecuador’s rain forest and along with four other men, where they were martyred for serving Jesus. Listen to what he said “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose”.
How will things work out for Ruth?