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Week of April 8 - 15, 2012
There was a period in Samuel’s life when things became exceedingly serious.
National circumstances declined over some twenty years.
What was this man of God doing during this critical time?
He was travelling around four or five centres, exercising an itinerant ministry, faithfully teaching the Word of God year after year. He was founding mini theological colleges or divinity schools, or house groups and small fellowships of worshipping people.
Samuel had an immense impact upon the nation, as he created the right climate for a prophetic ministry to be exercised over the next two hundred years.
He was building for the future, and much of his work was out of public sight until the time was ripe.
His work subdued the destructive power of sin for a lengthy season.
Samuel built an altar of stone, as did Abraham.
These men were interested in establishing solid faith that would last.
Corruption, immorality, idolatry, spiritual carelessness and barrenness were transformed, as Samuel proclaimed and taught the Word of God, as it then was.
Jesus Christ developed this pattern spending three years preparing and training disciples, and teaching them that on this rock, “I will build my church”.
Paul taught Timothy to teach men, who in turn will be able to pass on that teaching to others. Four generations in one brief sentence.
Our task is to remain faithful to our remit, and our calling in Christ.
In these perilous and dangerous days, the only safe and secure place is to be with God in Christ.
It has been said that the real size of the church is seen in the size of the Prayer Meeting. Is there any reason to challenge that observation?
Nairn Christian Fellowship
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