God-willing Pastor Peter Hage from St John’s Perth is our guest preacher and will also help with the baptism that will be held today. Pastor Hage advises he will preach on the Greatest Commandment – see Matt 22:34-46. There is connection with our text of a fortnight ago (by the time we get to the 25th) on the Parable of the Wedding Banquet (Matthew 22:1-4). The father expects his guests to be attired in wedding gear at the banquet he throws for his Son the groom. Saved by grace, we still ‘ought to try and do our best for God’ in response (Eph 2:8-10; 4:1). So it’s pretty simple in so far as this is where the Greatest Commandment fits in. In response to the great (sacrificial) love of God of sending his Son Jesus for our salvation (1 John 4:9-10) we in full freedom (Gal 5:1) love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40).
October 22, 2020 Pastor Matt Bishop