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WIC Weekly October 25th 2020

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
Email: pastor@wic.org.pl
Website: http://www.wic.org.pl

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Our news

Last Sunday we were pleased to welcome Carmen, a street evangelist from Canada; Krzysztof from Poland; Chris Stone's wife Fran and their son William; and Takenori from Japan.

The sermon was delivered by Chris Stone on the deity of Jesus Christ.

After an initial hiccup with the livestream because one of the batteries had gone dead, the sound quality was better than it has ever been. This is due to Brother Eric procuring a more adequate laptop for our church.

BECAUSE OF THE VERY HIGH COVID-19 INFECTION RATE IN POLAND, THE CHURCH COUNCIL DECIDED THAT AS OF THIS SUNDAY (25 OCTOBER) OUR SERVICES WILL AGAIN BE ON ZOOM. THIS WILL ENSURE EVERYBODY'S SAFETY AND OF COURSE WE WILL AGAIN BE ABLE TO INTERACT WITH OUR FRIENDS LIVING OUTSIDE WARSAW AND ABROAD!

Thank you for all your support and prayers for our church and for one another.

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

This Sunday

Here is your link for our service on Zoom at 11 am CET:

Warsaw International Church - Sunday Service(https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81817145932?pwd=NHJTUkdWQWR3YU9FaFUwWEQzU2dxUT09) 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".

Prayer requests

Your prayers are requested for the grieving relatives of several Polish Lutherans who have recently died in a COVID-19 hotspot in the south of Poland. The deceased include Bishop Szarek (a former head bishop of the Polish Lutheran Church), Rev. Gajdacz (director of a Lutheran home for the elderly in Dzięgielów), and Rev. Wowra (a retired minister living in that home). Another person who was infected and died there was the brother of Rev. Grzegorz Giemza (Director of the Polish Ecumenical Council) who is a friend of and occasional worshipper with our congregation. Grzegorz's elderly mother has also been infected, and we pray for her to be healed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Grzegorz himself at this difficult time.

Let us also pray for the health and safety of all those connected with our church.

Sermon preached by Chris Stone on 18 October

Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.

Here is a mystery.

When Moses asked to see God, God replied: “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Ex.33:20

And yet, Isaiah, one of the greatest prophets of Israel said, “In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.”

The Apostle John says, “No one has seen the Father”. In fact, he says the same thing three different times.

And yet, King David said, “I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.”

And the Apostle Paul says God, “dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see.” 1 Timothy 6:16

And yet, Amos said, “I saw the Lord standing beside the altar.”

So which is it?

Is God invisible, concealed, unseeable or did the prophet Amos and Isaiah and King David see Him?

And if they did see God…
How tall was he?
How long was his hair?
What colour were his eyes?

Well let me answer the mystery right now.
Yes, God the Father is invisible.
And yes, King David and Amos and Isaiah really did see God.
And God in 500BC and 1000BC and even at creation looked a lot like Jesus.
Let me explain why I think this…

How does the Apostle Paul describe Jesus?
“He is the image
of the invisible God”.

So everything that is true of the Father, is true of Jesus.

The writer of Hebrews says it like this, Jesus is the “exact imprint of the Father’s nature.”

I cannot see the bones inside my hand.
But an x-ray creates an visible image of the invisible bones.

And so we come back to Philip and the Gospel of John,
“Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”

How does the Gospel according to John begin?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Well that’s mysterious!
And who is this Word?
What beginning?

We have to wait until the very end of the introduction to find out.
Verse 14 - And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,

So we know five things
The word became a human (became flesh);
John saw and heard these things first hand
(dwelt among us, and we have seen);
The word was a man; (we have seen His glory)
He is glorious;
He is the only Son of the Father.
only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Three more things:

He is full of grace and truth
You can trust him totally
He knows everything about you
And he still loves you
He is compared to Moses, the one who gave Israel the Law and is found to be greater.
And we know that his name is Jesus the Saviour.

And now we can understand verse 1 of the Gospel.

In the beginning was Jesus,
and Jesus was with God,
and Jesus was God.
Jesus was in the beginning with God.
All things were made (or created) through Jesus,

Does this passage remind you of anything?
Does it sound like any other passage in the Bible?

Genesis 1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

So we have Genesis 1- “In the beginning…”
And John 1 “In the beginning…”

We have Genesis 1 “...God created the heavens and the earth…”
And John 1 “all things were created” through Jesus.

Am I reading too much into this?
Can we see Jesus anywhere else in Genesis 1?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

Does this prove the Trinity? No.
Does this at least prove that God is a community? Absolutely.

The Bible says that “God is Love”.
But who was God loving for all those millions and billions of years before there was a universe, and a world and humans on that world?
Answer: Himself.
The Son loves the Father and the Holy Spirit;
And the Spirit loves the Father and the Son;
And the Father loves the Son and the Spirit.

  1. The day that Abraham saw Jesus
    John 8:54-59
    Who do you make yourself out to be?”
    Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him.
    In this passage Jesus makes two important claims about himself.
    That he is older than Abraham;
    That Abraham actually saw Jesus and was glad.
    So who was Abraham? Abraham lived in the Middle East around the year 4000BC. He travelled a lot in the area that today we would call Iraq and Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. He was the first Patriarch of Israel.
    So when did Abraham physically see Jesus?
    In Genesis 18:1-3 we read:
    And the Lord God appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant.

Now, if you read the whole passage you will see that two if the “men” are in fact angels. In the Bible angels are spiritual beings that can take different physical forms. But the third “man” is actually God. You’ll see that in V.1, v.10, v.13, v.14, v.17 and six other places in that chapter alone. Firstly, note well that, in the Old Testament, it says that God is in the form of a man. And who is this man? My answer: Jesus.

  1. The day that Isaiah saw Jesus
    John 12:41
    41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.
    Isaiah said these things because
    Isaiah saw Jesus’s glory and
    Isaiah spoke of Jesus.

When did Isaiah see Jesus’s glory?
When did Isaiah speak of Jesus?

Well there are two possibilities.
Isaiah saw Jesus in a vision.
E.g. Isaiah 53:5-6
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

That is very true, but I don’t think it is what the Apostle John is talking about here. Instead, there is one time that the Prophet Isaiah sees God
And he’s a human (listen for the words sitting and robe)
And listen for the word - Glory

Isaiah 6:1-3
In the year that King Uzziah died (740 BC) I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

John 12:41
Isaiah said these things because
Isaiah saw Jesus’s glory
In 740 BC, the year king Uzzaiah died
In the temple
Sat on a throne
Surrounded by angels
And finally, when did Isaiah speak of Jesus?
Well, it’s nearly Christmas and Sister Janet read to us from

Isaiah 9:6-7
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name [the name of the Child ]shall be called
Wonderful Counselor,
and his name [the name of the Child ] shall be Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end.

Readings for 25 October

25 October is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost.

Verse for the week: [Jesus said:] "The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8, 11).

Responsive reading: Psalm 112.
Old Testament reading: Proverbs 4, 20-27.
New Testament reading: Hebrews 6, 7-8.
Gospel reading: Matthew 13, 24-30.

Testimony

I never went to church, and I was always in trouble, using drugs and committing felonies at 11 years old.

I did 12 years in maximum security state and federal prisons.

When I wasn’t in prison, I climbed trees for a living, and I was narcissistic.

I thought religion was what weak people leaned on because they were afraid of life.

In my late 30s, my wife suggested we go to AA to get sober. I thought that was a great idea because I knew she needed help if our marriage was going to last.

I met a higher power in AA but hadn’t met Jesus yet.

After two and a half years being sober, we split up. I got drunk and loaded and ended up in jail.

Afraid because I could see where I was headed, we started going to church at 40. I was baptized, had six kids, and was still married to the same beautiful wife.

But God still didn’t fully open my heart to Jesus.

Two and a half years later, my wife and I split again because of her drug use, and I ended up loaded again.

Then, after a lifetime of pain and sorrow, I saw that if I wanted Jesus, I needed to surrender to Him in all my ways, not most or a few - in all my ways!!

So I did two and a half years ago, and now I run a very successful business. My family is all healed, and we go to church 3 times a week.

I’ve witnessed miracle healings, and I experienced a miracle healing in my spine last year.

The doctors were calling me daily for spinal surgery after my MRI came back, but I took my issue to the altar and literally felt my spine heal.

After months of being limp, my arm was able to move.

That’s only a tiny bit of what the Lord has done in my life and the lives of my wife and kids.

We are on the board of our church today. From 17 felonies to being on the board of our church!

Only God can make moves like that.

Today Jesus comes before everything, before wife, kids, business - everything!!!

We love Him, and He provides all our needs.

I start my day with Jesus, putting on His full body armour, I lean on him all day, and at night I’m in the word and worshiping Him continuously.

He saved a wretch like me.

From an IV drug user ex-convict who looked down on Christians to being a follower of the one and only God.

I pray my brief story touches one person and gives them hope.

And remember Proverbs 18:21: there is the power of life and death in your words.

Speak life into every situation.

God bless every one of you.

Patrick, United States

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