On 14 May 2017, the first communion service was held in the new Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) outreach congregation in London. A preparatory service was held on Saturday afternoon, when Rev. William Macleod preached on ‘Adoption’.
He spoke of what adoption is: a stranger being taken into the family and treated as a natural child. We are all by nature children of Adam and children of the devil. How wonderful that the God against whom we sinned adopts us into his family and puts his Spirit into our hearts, assuring us of our adoption! He further spoke of the privileges and responsibilities of those who are adopted into God’s family.
On the Sabbath, Mr Macleod spoke on the words, ‘Unto you that believe he is precious’ (1 Peter 2:7), dealing with many of the attributes and actions of Christ which make him precious to us. In his pre-communion address he spoke on the words, ‘He loved me and he gave himself for me’ (Galatians 2:20): the One who loved; the one He loved and the amazing fact of his love.
In the post-communion address, he spoke on the earlier part of that verse, ‘I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live’. Having professed Christ to be our Saviour at his table, it is vitally important that we live lives consistent with that profession. We are to be crucified and dead to the world, but spiritually alive to the things of God since Christ lives in us.
Later, Murdo Campbell, an elder from Glasgow, gave his testimony and spoke of how God stirred him to go to church through the pleadings of his young daughter Ashley, and how God spoke through the preacher, convicting and converting him. Mr Macleod also spoke of mission work in Sri Lanka.
Around 20 people attended and all felt encouraged.
Services continue 3.30pm every Sabbath, at Ham Christian Centre, Lock Road, Richmond, London, TW10 7LN. All are welcome.