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WIC Weekly July 4th 2021

Warsaw International Church

Mobile +48 601 331 032
Worship every Sunday at ul. Miodowa 21 (near Old Town) at 11:00 AM
Entrance from Schillera Street
Email: pastor@wic.org.pl
Website: http://www.wic.org.pl

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Our newcomers to last Sunday's service were Shirleen from Kenya, Asia from Poland, Christiana, Joseph and Ife from Nigeria, and Nicola who is also from Poland. An addition to our music team was Laura playing on the cajon.

Anyone can now worship with us, either in church or on Zoom, and recordings will always be available on YouTube. Sunday School will also be held simultaneously in church and on Zoom, now at 11:30 am CET.

Anyone can now worship with us, either in church or on Zoom, and recordings will always be available on YouTube. Sunday School will also be held simultaneously in church and on Zoom, now at 11:30 am CET.

For those who will be with us in church, please observe the usual sanitary regulations, and stay at home if you feel unwell. In church, you'll have your temperature taken, be able to sanitize your hands, and you must always wear a mask. You'll also be asked to sign a registry list if you're a newcomer, or sign an attendance sheet if you're a regular worshipper. Please get to church in plenty of time before the service starts. Practise social distancing and avoid shaking hands.

Here is your link for the Sunday service:
Warsaw International Church - Sunday Service
Meeting ID: 818 1714 5932

Recordings of our Sunday services are available on our wic.org.pl website or by googling "Warsaw International Church YouTube".

A prayer group meets on Saturdays at 8 pm CET (NB This Saturday there will be no meeting). Anybody in need of prayer or requesting prayer for others is very welcome. You can also pray in any language, so feel free to take part in these online meetings - the Zoom link is: Saturday Prayer Meeting
Meeting ID: 847 9391 7308

Thank you for your continuing support and prayers for our church and for one another. Please remember that WIC is entirely self-supporting: without your contributions we cannot operate as a church.

Should you wish to make a contribution to WIC, the church's bank details are as follows:

Warsaw International Church
Santander Bank Polska S.A.
IV/Oddział w Warszawie
ul. Jana Pawła II 17
00-854 Warszawa
Polish złoty (PLN) account: PL 63 1090 1056 0000 0000 0600 9128

Prayer

Please pray for Alex, an American diagnosed with brain cancer and given about a year to live, and his fiancee Caroline. Pray for the Lord to heal Alex in accordance with His mighty power and wisdom, and for both persons to be comforted by their awareness of His closeness to them, as well as His saving and healing grace.

Please also pray for Priyanka's father back in India to get to know Jesus, and for Priyanka herself to find a suitable apartment in Kraków.

An anonymous lady asks for prayer that her marriage may be saved and that her husband may rebuild his life around Jesus the Rock, from whom he has strayed.

Let us continue to pray that the pandemic and its consequences may cause increasing numbers of people to turn to Jesus in their need.

We ourselves need to pray for revival within us.

Last Sunday's sermon was preached by Pastor Harry on forgiveness: Dear Brothers and Sisters, by grace you are saved! You are saved. Jesus saved us on the cross. All we have to do now is worship Him!

Salvation by grace alone was the simple truth which the servant discovered in Jesus’ parable of the unmerciful servant. He owed the king a huge debt: ten thousand talents, or bags of gold. It was a debt he couldn’t pay off – he was stuck with it; and the only way it could be repaid was that his wife and children had to be sold into slavery. It was no good that servant promising to pay back everything – the king knew he could never do it.

In the same way, it’s our human nature to plead with God to give us more time. “Just give me one more chance, Lord”, we plead, “and I’ll change my ways, I promise. No more sinning. No more drinking; or smoking; or watching pornography; no more women to have sex with, one after the other; no more being selfish and holding back my help to others, or hoarding my money; no more anger, or unkind words, or harsh judging. I’ll go to church regularly and be a different person from now on”. But God knows it’s not possible, because we are stained with a sinful inclination, all the way through. As the well known hymn says, which we’re going to sing in a moment: “Your power, and yours alone, can change the leper’s spots”. God’s power. God can save us – and He has saved us, by His grace.

That’s exactly what the king did – he saved the servant. He said to him: “Forget your debt. I’ll cancel it”. Just like that – and he let the servant go. Notice that it cost the king a fortune. Lots of bags of gold. He had to write off all that money. And similarly, it cost God to cancel our debt – to write off all the sins we’ve committed against Him. We hardly ever think about that – which is a pity, because it might help us to realize more fully what price God had to pay to save us: the agonizing death of Jesus Christ, who is God who came to earth specifically to cancel our unpayable debt of all our sins we would have to make good! God came to earth to kill Himself for us – it was His plan from start to finish! Otherwise you and I would go to hell, because we would have lost our soul.

But when this servant had his debt cancelled, he did what almost the whole world does – he no longer thought about the king. And he no longer remembered that he had to change his life now. No more piling up new debts. We would say: “No more sinning – don’t just feel sorry about sinning, but turn away from your sins once and for all. Stop your sinning now! And you can do it, because God has saved you, and therefore gives you His grace and power to turn away from the devil!” But this servant didn’t change his ways. He found another servant who owed him a tiny amount of money, compared with what he himself had owed the king, and he started choking him in anger: “Pay me back now!” And when this other guy asked for more time, the servant refused, and had him thrown into prison. When the king heard about this, he was so angry he had the servant tortured until he would pay back everything he owed the king – in other words, the king cancelled his own cancellation!

This makes us think. We are shocked by how ungrateful that servant is – but you know what?: we’re exactly the same! Jesus saved us on the cross – everybody’s sins have actually already been written off, cancelled, forgiven. Think of the worst dictator that comes to your mind – Jesus loved and died for him on the cross, and cancelled his sins! But what does such a dictator do? – and what do we do? He murders people. We just get angry with them. But do you remember what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount?: He said that, from God’s point of view, anger is the same as murder. The degree of the sin makes no difference to God – and that’s in contrast to what some churches teach. There aren’t any big sins and little sins – there’s just sin. And what happens if we continue in our sinning, without coming to Jesus for help and grace? Like the servant who was forgiven, but couldn’t forgive others, we could end up losing God’s forgiveness, one day – Jesus says it’s possible. If you don’t forgive others (doesn’t matter if you’re a believer or not), then God won’t forgive you. It’s an eternal law of God: the measure we use against others will be the measure God will use against us.

Brothers and Sisters, do we think of ourselves as good persons? If so, let’s examine ourselves a bit more deeply, just to make sure. For example, do you hold a grudge against anyone? Is there anyone you haven’t forgiven? Is there anyone you hate? Let’s look into ourselves. I did that, and it wasn’t long before I found some unconfessed areas of unforgiveness. They may seem trivial – but you can be sure they are blocking us from receiving the revival that God wants to give us.

For instance, there’s this elderly man who lives in the same apartment block. 15 years ago his dog tried to bite me, and he seemed a little unconcerned. So I didn’t say hello to him for 15 years – I just ignored him, even though I passed him almost every day, with his dog. He’s had 3 other dogs since then – the others all died a long time ago – but I still held a grudge against him and couldn’t forgive him. But quite recently, God convicted me of my sin, and we now say hello to each other every time we meet. I had to break the ice – it wasn’t easy. These seemingly little things can keep you and me from experiencing God’s revival – because in God’s eyes, they are not trivial. They are serious. He forgave us all our sins. We must forgive others their sins. If we don’t do that, we haven’t really accepted God’s salvation. The proof of accepting God’s salvation is that you and I change our ways.

Do we really love everybody? Jesus says we should, because He loves us. Has someone hurt us? – maybe a former lover? Maybe our next-door neighbour, or a close relative? Maybe we turned against someone because of a misunderstanding, and we’re still unwilling to forget and forgive this?

Let’s look again into our life. Are we bitter towards anyone, or resentful? Are we jealous of anyone? Is there someone who makes you angry when they get praised, and you are overlooked? We must confess these things to God, and ask Him to release us from the burden of carrying the hurt in our hearts. Or maybe someone has told you something about someone else – and you’ve believed them, and are now prejudiced against that person, without even checking whether it’s true or not? We must come clean. We must ask Jesus to forgive us and cleanse us, with a sincere heart – and He’ll do it, if we’re serious about it.

Dear Friends, we say we want to live victorious lives; and have revival; and lead the lost to Jesus; and pray for the sick and see them healed. But this won’t happen unless, by the grace of Jesus, we realize the evil that is still within us, and turn away from it in disgust. Our eternal life is at stake. Do you know why people go to hell? People go to hell not because they haven't been saved! They go to hell because they have been saved, but have rejected their salvation. We don’t want God to say to us, one day: “I forgave you. But you didn’t forgive others. Therefore I will change my mind and remove my forgiveness from you”. Jesus says it’s possible. This week, may that parable be on our hearts and minds – that we may stop living like that unmerciful servant. We can’t do it alone. We have to turn God, and ask Him to help us and forgive us. And He will – if we really are serious about changing. Amen.

Readings for 4 July

Readings for 4 July

Verse for the week: [Jesus said:]: "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6, 33).

Psalm: 81.
Old Testament reading: Proverbs 16, 1-9.
New Testament reading: Matthew 6, 33 and 19, 29-30.

Food of the Spirit

Forgiveness.....to.....Revival!

During a time of seeking God for revival, we can’t forget that turning from our sins is a very important step. We need to ask God about the sins in our lives — the sins that are holding us back from getting all God has for us.

What should we do when we realize the things we are doing are sins? You know, when God puts His finger on us and calls our actions "sins." This is something we don't like to hear. We would rather call it other things. We may even realize it is sin, but we have a list of excuses to help us justify ourselves.

Have we forgotten, what God calls sin is still sin? Do we need to be reminded there are no big and small sins? Sin is sin. Have we deceived ourselves so much we believe our pitiful excuses will touch God's heart and make Him want to look the other way when we sin? Is there a part of us that thinks God has done away with the concept that there are consequences to sin?

God loves us and does not want sin in our lives. The problem is we need to come to the place where we are sorry for our sins, ask to be forgiven, and decide to turn from them. We need to uncover the sin and deal with it.

"Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.' And You forgave the guilt of my sin" (Psalm 32:5 NIV). I have seen certain relationships and realized that sin was the root of the problem. God had called their actions sin. They wanted to call it something else. The problem was when God called it sin, it was sin.

We have to look into our own hearts. We should ask ourselves if there are things in our lives that need forgiveness. It may be hard to do, but God will lovingly show us the areas where work is needed. We should grow in God every day, and this is a good way to start. Do not ignore sin. We must deal with it. Bring it to Jesus! Allow His forgiveness to remove the sin in our lives. It may be hard to face, but we can't argue with God. When God calls it sin, it's sin.

"Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me" (Psalm 51:9-10 NIV).

Pastor, Pearisburg Church of God, Virginia USA

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