God has good plans for you

One of my favourite bible passages is Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (NIV Bible). That means that as a Christian, regardless of my current situation or circumstance, God’s plans for my life are always intact.

I am always excited when I remember that “God has a good plan for us”. Some of the thoughts that flashed through my mind a while ago are: “How can God possibly have a plan for me, or be the least concerned about my life? – there are billions of humans on the earth that require his attention”. Another thought is, “surely God has more important things to do than to focus on me and the mundane things in my life”. However, the truth of the matter is that the bible says, he does have a specific plan for every single one of us.

This is an extract from our recent study about God’s plan for every human being:
[1] God has a good plan for you (Jeremiah 1:5, Jeremiah 29:11)
[2] He has provided everything that you need to fulfil your earthly and spiritual plans (2 Peter 1:3)
[3] Although God has a good plan for everyone that is born, not everyone finds that plan. The first step or requirement for fulfilling or starting God’s plan (irrespective of age) is to become a believer/born-again (John 3:3)

What Is the Church?

It’s really interesting that when I ask people the question: “What is the Church?”, I often get differing answers.  Some people think that the church is a building where people meet, mostly on a sunday. If you are in England, some people imagine that it is a 16th century building with picturesque stain glass images. Others have said it is a social institution that tries to do good in the community.

We have been going through a teaching series during our sunday meetings, looking at what or “who” the bible refers to as the “Church”. I believe very strongly that a Christian really needs to understand clearly: what the church is, from a biblical perspective. Some of the things we’ve looked at are:

[1] What is the church (Scriptures: 1 Timothy 3:15, Ephesians 2:19)

[2] How did the church come about (Scriptures: Ephesians 2:8-10]

[3] How does one become part of the church (Scriptures: John 1:12)

[4] How does the church live (Scriptures: Acts 2:42-47)

[5] What does the church do (Scriptures: Mathew 28:18-20)

It’s been a really interesting topic to look at.