A Word in Passing

Welcome to the Website of

Barnes Baptist Church

Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9QL

 

                                                       

                                                      A Word in Passing - November 2019


          "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

            that all of them may be one."                                                                                                         John 17:20-21


        Developing relationships in church isn't always easy. That's because Christians - both old and new - are far

   from perfect! There's always the possibility you'll get hurt, especially by those you may feel nearest and

  dearest to. It's therefore important to keep a right perspective and have the right priority in your relationship(s).

  Ultimately, toil and labourship in discipleship mustn't be vested in your love for them or in their love for you.

  People will disappoint you, let you down, hurt you. No, ultimately, your love and all that flows from that love  

  must be vested in Jesus. He is our sure hope. He is the One who will bring us to perfection. It is in Him and

  through Him that we will one day become all that we were created and have been called to be. It's in Him and

  through Him that we can best relate to each other on kingdom terms, at the kingdom level of love.


       Our relationship with Jesus is the essential, vital, incomparabble relationship. And it's that relationship that 

  best feeds and influences every other relationship we have. When we truly know Jesus we truly know ourselves

  and it's that Christ-centred perspective that best equips and enables us to truly know and relate to others as well.


                                                                                                                                                                                Graham Pulham