DIG for Saturday the 28th of March…..you do not have to go to a church…..Hebrews 10 v 24 and 25

Meditating for the message this week I came to a bit of a revelation; as a believer you do not have to go to a church.

Now that may seem a crazy statement from a pastor running a church.

Well, let me explain this to you.

I said that you do not have to go to a church, but I do believe that you should go to church; did you spot the small difference in those statements?

Church is not a building or a place; it is the body of believers.

Church is a group of people not a set location.

Church could be in a building, with a group of people, meeting every Sunday morning (I do that).

But church could also be meeting a couple of friends in their home to discuss the Bible and pray (I do that too).

And church could even be meeting brothers and sisters in Christ for breakfast and then going for a walk along the beach (I really love doing that).

Church is about fellowship with fellow believers and I do believe that we should all be doing that, no matter where or when we do it.

Meeting together in fellowship is for exhorting one another, to build each other up, to provoke each other into love and good works (Hebrews 10 v 24 and 25).

Church is about being blessed but also about blessing others, and I highly recommend it to you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your church, and thank you for my brothers and sisters who bless me and who I can bless in return”.

Hebrews 10 v 24 and 25…..And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching

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DIG for Friday the 27th of March…..what’s in a name….2 Samuel 9:6 and 12

I love the pictures, types and shadows that reveal truths about Jesus and we can see some of these in names.

In the story of David’s desire to bless Mephibosheth because of his love for his friend Jonathan we can see a little picture of Jesus, not just in the story itself but in the names of these characters.

First of all we have David himself. David means ‘beloved’.

Then we see David desiring to bless someone because of his friend Jonathan. Jonathan means ‘Jehovah given’.

Then we see the one who will receive this entire blessing – Mephibosheth, which means ‘dispeller of shame’.

And lastly, at the end of this story we discover that Mephibosheth himself has a son, and his name is Micha, which means ‘Who is like God’.

These names reveal something of the Lord Jesus Himself;

He is our Beloved, Jehovah given, dispeller of shame who is like God. (Hebrews 1:3)

It is great fun to study the Word and to find out what names mean as well as seeing Jesus in all those wonderful stories, and to grow more and more in our personal revelation of who Jesus is, all that He has done for us, and all that we are In Him.

Speak this our today…Thank you Lord, for your awesome Word, and for revealing Jesus to me in even the smallest details.

2Samuel 9:6…..Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

2Samuel 9:12…..And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha.