A Word in Passing

Welcome to the Website of

Barnes Baptist Church

Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9QL



A WORD IN PASSING January 2018


What an incredible thing it is that the Creator of so vast and - for us - unimaginable a universe should be

so interested in us! That His desire should be to share the closest of relationships with you and me! And yet

it is true. God wants you to know Him as your heavenly Father. He wants you to love Him and to

experience His love for you. That, after all, is why Jesus came; why, 'The Word became flesh and made his

dwelling among us.' John 1:14.


He came because, "God so loved the world," John 3:16. He came because God loves you. He came to show

us what God is like and the extent of His love. He came to show how badly wrong and estranged the

relationship between Creator and creation has become, and He came to bring about reconciliation. He

came breaking into world history as only |God can, and breaking into it for you and for me. He came, not

that we might content ourselves with petty, easily broken new year resolutions, but that we, "might have

life and have it in all its fullness." John 10:10. Life as only God can give it.


None of us knows for sure what this new year holds in store for us. None of us knows what tomorrow

may bring. We live in a world of uncertainties. But of one thing we can be sure, the Lord of time - of today

and all our tomorrows - remains unchanging, constant. His love for us endures beyond the circumstances

of our lives - be they great or small. Indeed, the only thing that can ultimately frustrate His love for us is

our own decision to reject Him - turning away from Him and invariably turning inwards. An attitude both

foolish and self-desctructive. For when we turn away from He who is the 'life-giver' and the life He offers

us, what ultmately is left?


God wants each one of us to come to Him that we might have life. He wants us to exchange our

uncertainties for His certainties, His promises, His everlasting love. All these are ours when we ask Him,

ask 'the Word', the Lord Jesus, into our life, accepting Him as Saviour and Lord. Them along with His

certainties, His promises and His love come His words of assurance, that nothing - no-one - in past,

present or future,

'will be able to separate from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.' Romas 8:39


Let this relationship be your life's resolution and let His love be your life-giving investment.


Graham Pulham




I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year,

"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."

And he replied,

"Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light

and safer than any known way."


Louise Haskins