Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S January 2022

REV JOHN K-S 05-2021Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston


I’m sure that many are hoping that 2022 will be a better year than last year. But there will continue to be many challenges ahead. Last October, Pope Francis warned that the interlinking crises of the pandemic and climate change have created “a perfect storm” about to cause havoc to human civilization
The Bible contains much sound advice for daily life, even in adverse circumstances. Much of the New Testament was written to Christians undergoing persecution. The Old Testament provides much good teaching about life: the Book of Proverbs for example. But the wisest advice is found in the New Testament, especially in the teaching of Jesus
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. Encouraging our trust in our heavenly Father’s love and provision, he said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. On another occasion he taught, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Do to others as you would have them do to you
St Paul, who wrote many of the Letters in the New Testament, gives this advice: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things...And the God of peace will be with you
St John, the writer of a Gospel and three Letters, warns however, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth”. Happy New Year!


published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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