Moonbi Christian Fellowship.
( A Presbyterian Church )
Meets at 9 am every Sunday at the Coach House,
Churchill Drive, Moonbi.
Rev David Seaman 0422 089 746
Gordon 6761 2979 Alex 6766 6334
You are most welcome to attend.
PASTORAL LETTER No. 21
3rd August, 2020.
I spoke of repentance last week, and there is truly a great need for us to continually repent
in great humility, for “God loves a humble and contrite heart.” But in that last phrase, there
is a wealth of comfort for the truly penitent, for God LOVES that person. This is the great
comfort that we have, the promise of God wrapping his arms around us when we confess,
and comforting us when we obey. Part of that comfort is the peace in the knowledge that
when we truly confess and repent, that is, turn away from our sin, God tells us repeatedly
that our sins are forgiven, because of Jesus Christ’s loving death on the Cross for those
sins to be wiped away, and that amazingly he will remember them no more, that they are
cast into the depths of the sea, and thrown as far as East is from West.
One of the blessings of walking in the Spirit of God is that he reveals to us the tiniest of
sins, and enables us to indeed repent. Many who attend churches, claiming to be
Christian, will yet question their sinfulness. They don’t like continual preaching about sin,
but this is what Christ’s Cross is all about, the love of God, his forgiveness of sins, and the
penalty having been paid by Christ for us on that Cross. God’s Word continually stresses
that all have sinned, that there is no-one that is without sin, there is none righteous, no not
one. Dr. Steven J. Lawson writing about “ What is Truth?” states, “God is the one Source
and sole Author of truth. Sin is whatever God says it is. Judgement is whatever God says it
is. Heaven and hell are what God says they are. It matters not what man says, but simply
what God says. One word of what God says is worth more than ten thousand libraries of
what man says. “ Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar”. ( Romans
The worth of one word of God (actually several) is priceless when we hear upon our
confession, “Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more.” Repentance is at the forefront of
the Christian Gospel. In the Old Testament, Ezekiel, ch 14, verses 1 to 23, shows the
justice of God in dealing with the sinful Israel, the need for true repentance v6, and the
necessity of each person to be faithful like Noah, Daniel and Job, as no other person can
save them, simply because they are amongst godly people. Every one is responsible for
their own sins, and the judgement of God hangs over them, unless they repent and cling to
Christ, the only one able to save them completely. In the New Testament, it is telling that
John the Baptist commences his preaching by calling them to repentance. Matthew 3: 1-6.
“ In those days came John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying,
Repent ye...” Mark 1:14-15,Jesus also...” Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel
of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at
hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Jesus obviously continued urging people to
repent, for in Luke 13, verses 1-5, he indicates that all are sinful, “I tell you, Nay but,
except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.” in verse 3, and repeated in verse 5, to
press home the need of all to repent, lest we perish. Peter also in his first sermon, Acts
chapter 2: 1-47, when the hearers were pricked in their hearts being convicted of their sin,
asked Peter, “ what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptised every
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the
gift of the Holy Ghost.” V37-38.
Repentance then is at the very forefront of our walk with Jesus Christ. But also is the
promise of forgiveness, and the blessing and comfort of God. A note seen on facebook is
very telling - “ There may be some sins of which a man cannot speak, but there is no sin
which the blood of Christ cannot wash away.” Jesus Christ is our all in all. In him we have
our very life. Do you love Jesus Christ? God has said that in his new covenant, made
through Jesus Christ his Son, “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their
hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: ....and they shall
say... Know the Lord....I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and
iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:10-12. and in 9:26-28, “ he appeared, to
put away sin by the sacrifice of himself....so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of
many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto
salvation. Jesus is our all in all. Do you love him?
I am including with this letter a list of what God and Jesus is to us. Meditate on this, and
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins He suffered and bled and died;
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the crucified.
Sound His praises: Jesus who bore our sorrows
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.
Praise Him! Praise Him !
Tell of His excellent greatness!
Praise Him ! Praise Him!
Ever in joyful song!
Frances Jane Van Alstyne.
May God bless you and give you his peace.
* Pray for your minister and elders that they will be faithful shepherds of the flock that God
has given them.
* Pray for the flock. Pray for one another, that we may all be upheld by God’s Spirit.
Especially those that have become even more frail over these last months, or are battling
with various diseases and sicknesses. Pray that they will be encouraged in the Lord, to
persevere in faithfulness.
* Pray for us at Moonbi, for some are able to gather together for worship and fellowship,
but we are still unable to do so because of the “lockdown”.
* Continue to pray that the people of this nation will realise how far they have drifted from
God, that they may repent, that God may have mercy upon us all. That the Covid 19
pandemic will be used to this end, and thus be stopped in its tracks, just as quickly as it came.