On Sunday mornings at 11am we meet to worship together at the Park Hotel, Midleton. This has been our meeting place for roughly the past year. Previously we met in the Craft Centre at the UDC grounds, Old Youghal Road. As the Church grew (where there is life there is growth) it became clear that the Craft Centre was too small, although we still use it for other meetings and events such as the Youth Club.
In the middle of a busy week it is helpful to take time out to read God’s word and pray together. On Tuesday evening at 8pm groups meet in our homes in Cloyne and Killeagh/Castlemartyr. Groups meet in Midleton on Wednesday at 8pm and in Lismore on Thursday at 8pm. Please email us if you are interested in joining us for Bible study during the week or have any other questions.
‘Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.’ Philippians 2:14-16a
‘Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are? You‘re the cooling down of gasses forming into solid masses.’ Have you ever studied the stars? Have you ever wondered how they twinkle and shine? Did you know there are over 100 billion stars in our galaxy alone? The Bible states that God made them, but not only that, God uses the stars as an illustration to describe His eternal people. God talked to His friend, Abraham, at the beginning of history and promised him that a massive number of people, like the many stars in the sky, would also believe God and befriend Him.
Stars, like humans are never the same. They all differ in colours because they all differ in the mixture of burning helium and hydrogen as they give off different temperatures and hues in the night sky. And yet they are all united in being God’s Creation. God made them all, and their collective twinkling points to the God who made them.
The Apostle Paul describes Christians as stars that shine out in a dark world, displaying the glory of God in their very lives… In his letter to the Philippian Church Paul writes that they are ‘…children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, shining like stars in the universe as they hold out the Word of Life.’
Most scientists believe stars form because of the collapse of a big cloud of gases called a nebula. But there are huge problems in order for that to happen and so other scientists believe that they can’t form spontaneously, in fact, no one has actually seen a star forming. The Bible describes a creator who made the stars. And we read in the beginning of the Bible that it was God, not just a natural phenomenon, that caused stars to form. Stars are a supernatural phenomenon. They are full of wonder. And then God uses the stars He made to illustrate the church!
God made stars to shine, just as He makes a specific people that are meant to shine as well! God causes the supernatural creations of His people to shine. We are to avoid grumbling and arguing for a start but we may go further and recall Paul‘s great list of fruit ‘in the Spirit‘ as new creations in Christ. ‘Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.’ These are all qualities in the Christian life that can’t be forced, they are the supernatural shine and twinkle of the Holy Spirit in God’s eternal, numerous people as He burns within us!
As Christians, like the stars, we have been made for a specific purpose. We are meant to shine, and as we do God is glorified. That’s why it is best to avoid the dark stuff of human nature. Bitterness, anger and arguing are not what God has made us for. If He has remade you in Christ, He has remade you to shine!