WIC Weekly May 30th 2021
Warsaw International Church
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Worship every Sunday at ul. Miodowa 21 (near Old Town) at 11:00 AM
Entrance from Schillera Street
Sister Boriana gave a testimony encouraging us to be brave enough to talk to our relatives and friends about Jesus and to urge them to turn to Him and be saved. Boriana said she uses a "sinner's prayer" when a person really wants to receive Jesus. It is a prayer used by evangelist Benny Hinn, and I provide it here for all of us to use when we praying with unsaved but awakened souls:
Dear Lord Jesus; I believe you are the Son of God; I believe You came to this earth; died for me; shed Your blood for me; I believe You rose from the dead; ascended on high. Dear Lord Jesus; I come to You now; I need You, Lord; save my soul; forgive all my sins; come into my heart; I surrender to You now; wash me with Your blood; make me clean, and I will be clean; come into my heart and live Your life in me; right now I declare that You are my Saviour; I no longer belong to Satan; I no longer belong to the world; I no longer belong to myself; I belong to You; for ever I am Yours; and I am born again; Amen.
The prayer should be prayed phrase by phrase (i.e. as separated by the semi-colon), the seeker repeating the phrase after the praying person. Of course, we can use any prayer we want, but for those in need of inspiration the above prayer is excellent.
This Sunday a special Mothers Day / Ladies service will be held, organized entirely by our sisters - many ladies will be playing an active part in it.
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 every Saturday at 8 pm CET. 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
Brother Sharoon in Pakistan requests our prayers for his mother, who has undergone surgery. Please pray for her complete healing, and for Sharoon to be strong in his faith and able to perform his task of looking after the rest of the family.
We continue to pray for the health of Sister Anna's sister-in-law in Turkey. She may not be suffering from cancer after all - let's pray that that is the case!
Let us continue to pray that the pandemic and its consequences may cause increasing numbers of people to turn to Jesus in their need.
Please keep our asylum seekers in your prayers: the Green family in Azerbaijan, and Brother Vahid in the UK. They are still waiting for decisions on being granted refugee status.
Finally, WIC returns to in-person worship on 13 June, while services will continue to be livestreamed on Zoom. Please already pray for this process to go smoothly, and for our church to grow in numbers and spiritual strength when we go back.
Last Sunday's sermon was preached by Pastor Harry:
It was the Festival of Pentecost – and thousands of Jews had come to Jerusalem to celebrate it. It’s still celebrated today, in Israel: it’s called Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, a festival of thanksgiving for the harvest. All the followers of Jesus were there, because Jesus had told them to stay in Jerusalem, and that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit in just a few days’ time. They must have been really excited! And we know from the first chapter of Acts that there were already at least 120 followers of Jesus in Jerusalem. They must have been praying like mad. Wouldn’t we do the same if Jesus told us personally that we’d be baptized with the Holy Spirit within ten days?
So on the day of Pentecost, all these believers were together in one place when the sound of a roaring windstorm filled the house; and what seemed to be flames appeared on each of the believers. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and started praising God in other languages, which all the foreign Jews in the city could understand. Peter suddenly found himself the leader of the new church, when he spoke to the crowd to explain what was happening – he quoted Scripture from the Book of Joel: “I will pour out My Spirit upon all people, and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. Is it difficult to be saved? No! Just call on the name of the Lord, and you’ll be saved! Millions and millions of people are not saved, because they never call on the name of the Lord, deep in their hearts. They have no need of Jesus. They don’t believe in their hearts that Jesus Christ is God and Saviour.
What does it mean to be “filled with the Holy Spirit”? It’s obviously a really powerful spiritual experience, and we should all desire it – and if we had it, there would be revival all around us. But it happens rarely, only to a few people and in a few places. However, today I want to stress something that applies to all sincere Christians: we too have the Holy Spirit within us.
The Holy Spirit is a bit of a mystery to us. How can you imagine the Holy Spirit? I remember in a religious education class back in England, one of the pupils drew the Holy Spirit as being a sort of white sheet, with a head – like a ghost! Where is this Holy Spirit? What does He do?
There are several places in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of Jesus or the Spirit of Christ – or we are told that the Lord is the Spirit. So the Holy Spirit in a believer is, quite simply, Jesus in that believer. That’s awesome when you realize that what gives you your Christian identity is not some abstract, wishy-washy spirit which no one really understands, but it’s Jesus Himself! We may not always be aware of it, but His presence is constantly with us and within us. That’s why our hymns today, at Pentecost and most other weeks, are about Jesus.
You know, we desire to have this powerful Holy Spirit revival experience like the believers had in Jerusalem – but really, revival is something each of us should aspire towards individually. What’s the good of praying for revival around us and in others, if we haven’t got it ourselves? Each one of us needs to start nourishing the presence of Jesus within ourselves – nourishing Him, not starving Him. Jesus is already with us as the Holy Spirit, day by day, but do we talk to Him? Do we communicate with Him? Do we live our daily life so that we don’t grieve Him or sadden Him? Do we let Him lead us and correct us? I’m ashamed when I realize how close He is to me, but how often I let Him down, by ignoring Him, or conveniently forgetting Him, when it suits me.
Our readings today tell us what “Jesus in us” – I prefer to call the Holy Spirit “Jesus in us” for now – what “Jesus in us” actually does in us. First of all, we see that He’s called an “Advocate” – the Greek word is “Paraclete”, and it can also mean a Comforter, an Encourager, or a Counsellor. So “Jesus in us” defends us as an Advocate. Have you been treated harshly or unfairly by someone? If so, turn to “Jesus in you” as your shield and defence, because He is your Advocate. Are you upset about something? If so, turn to “Jesus in you” to comfort you, because He is your Comforter. Are you depressed and discouraged? If so, turn to “Jesus in you” to encourage you again, because He is your Encourager. And are you uncertain about what to do in the future? If so, turn to “Jesus in you” to give you direction, because He is your Counsellor. Don’t rely exclusively on your own reason, but think what Jesus might be saying to you, or what He might do in your place. Be open to His leading.
Again, it all sounds so simple – yet it’s amazing how often we fail to come to “Jesus in us” to resolve our problems. Just like people who don’t come to church for a long time – when you ask them why they didn’t come, they say they were going through a bad patch: which is a crazy argument! It’s crazy because, when we go through a rough time, being in church together with other Christians is the first place we should be – not the last! And in the same way, when we have problems to solve, then instead of turning to “Jesus in us” to help us, through His advocacy, comfort, encouragement and counsel, what do we do? – we try to deal with our problems by ourselves, as if God didn’t exist at all! We say we have the Holy Spirit – but we don’t take “Jesus in us” at all seriously, when we are in need of help.
Another thing that “Jesus in us” does, is that He convicts us of our sin and unbelief. The world doesn’t know Jesus, and therefore it makes up its own morality. You won’t go to prison if you spend your time and money in a casino, or a nightclub, or drinking, or smoking, or watching pornographic films – it’s all perfectly legal. But “Jesus in you” will tell you gently that these things are not for you – and you will then feel bad about it if you indulge in them. “Jesus in you” is convicting you of sin. Likewise, it’s no crime not to believe in Jesus – people can believe anything they want. But if Jesus is in you – if the Holy Spirit is in you – then He will convict you of sin if you turn away from Him. Someone was saying the other day that he feels he’s becoming complacent about faith – and then he said he feels guilty about that. That’s an excellent illustration of how “Jesus in us” convicts us of complacency – in other words, of not having the passionate faith we once had. But these are warning signals: “Jesus in us” is gently prompting us to do something to rectify the situation.
We’ve also read that “Jesus in us” teaches us how to pray. How many times have you felt that you don’t know what to pray for? – or even how to start your prayers? But the passage in Romans shows us that “Jesus in us” is actually praying to God on our behalf, through our “groanings” and isolated words and phrases – because “Jesus in us” is praying for us “in harmony with God’s will”. We don’t know what that will is. We might pray for somebody’s life to be sorted out – and then that person gets even bigger problems! Has God ignored our prayers? No! It’s just that His will is much wiser and better than what we desire for that person, or for ourselves. Through our prayers, “Jesus in us” will lead us, and will lead the people we pray for – that’s a tremendous source of comfort to me! It teaches me that when I pray for something or someone, then God acts – although I may not see any result.
Which brings us to the greatest verse of all: “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them”. “Jesus in you” will make everything work out for the best for you! We don’t see it like that at all – we hate everything that seems unpleasant to us. Fortunately, God knows our needs far better than we do – and we should simply learn to trust Him more. Only much later do we see that a bad experience was actually a blessing in disguise.
So you see, the Holy Spirit is “Jesus in us” – and He never leaves us. He nudges us, prompts us, provokes us, while at the same time being ready to lead and comfort us. So He’s in us – but are we going to nourish Him, or are we going to starve Him? I hope these words will give us a bit more meaning to the next hymn that Janet’s going to sing: “Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me”. Yes, He calls from within you. This Pentecost, let’s make the Holy Spirit of “Jesus in us” our constant foundation and guide. Amen.
Readings for 30 May
Verse for the week: "Finally, brothers and sisters, 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" (Philippians 4:8).
Psalm: 139, 13-14. Old Testament readings: Deuteronomy 6, 6-7; Proverbs 23, 22-25. New Testament reading: Philippians 4, 4-8. Gospel reading: 2 Timothy 1, 1-9.
Food of the Spirit
Biblical Prayers For Lost Loved Ones
By Kim Butts
When we consider family and friends who are living outside of a relationship with Jesus, it is sometimes difficult to know how to pray effectively without giving up. Often, it is not enough to proclaim the message to those we love. There are forces of darkness working overtime to keep people from hearing and responding to the Gospel. The salvation of people is a spiritual battle, but God has given us spiritual weapons with which to fight and make a way for those we love to enter the Kingdom of God.
Here are nine biblical ways to pray for lost people we care deeply about:
1. Believe that their salvation is possible. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God’” (Mark 10:25-27). Prayer: Lord, I believe that ______’s salvation is possible! 2. Intercede for them daily – do not give up! “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:1-4). Prayer: Lord, I bring ______ to Your throne! Help me remember to let heaven hear his/her name every day! 3. Ask God to draw them to Himself. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44). Prayer: Father, draw ______ to Yourself so that he/she can hear and believe the Gospel of Christ. 4. Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict unbelievers concerning sin, righteousness and judgment. “When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). Prayer: Lord, please convict ______ of sin and help them to recognize that righteousness comes only through Jesus Christ. 5. Ask God to remove the veil that blinds the minds of unbelievers. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4). Prayer: Father, please remove the veil that blinds ______’s mind. Do whatever You need to do to get his/her attention. 6. Know that you have the authority to demolish strongholds. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). Prayer: Lord, I pray in the powerful name of Jesus that You will defeat the work of Satan in ______’s life! 7. Ask God for good soil. “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (Matt. 13:23). Prayer: Father, please help the Gospel to fall on good soil in ______’s heart so that he/she will hear the Word and understand it! 8. Yield to the will of God. “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow” (1 Cor. 3:6-7). Prayer: Father, teach me, as I pray, to yield to Your plans and purposes for ______ instead of my own. 9. Praise God for His victory over the power of the enemy. “You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob. Through You we push back our enemies; through Your name we trample our foes. I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your name forever” (Psa. 44:4-8). Prayer: Father, we praise You, that in the name of Jesus You will have the victory in ______’s life.
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