Benefits and dangers of imagination:
Imagination Can Be Used to Love God or to Reject Him
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire [imagination] and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:9)
Idolatry is Reducing God to an Object (e.g., in Nature, a Human Being, or Idea) that You Can Make or Manipulate
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” (Exodus 20:4)
We’re to Love God With Our Whole Person
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ [And] ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
It’s Essential that We Imagine and Know the Lord Jesus Christ as He’s Revealed in the Bible (Especially the Gospels)
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation… He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullnessdwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:15, 18-20)
To Imagine God as He is in Reality Helps us to Worship Him
“Set your heart on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1)
Cultivating Lust is an Example of Using Imagination to Sin
“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28, ESV)
Vain Imagination Leads to Foolishness and Darkness
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” (Romans 1:21, KJV)
Jesus Activated People’s Imagination with Parables (The Prophets and Apostles Also Did This)
“Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables.” (Matthew 13:34, NLT)
We’re Transformed to Be Holy By Renewing our Minds
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)
God is Able to Do More Than We Imagine!
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
We Need to Wash Our Minds with God’s Word
“Make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.” (Ephesians 5:26)
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Mathew 18:19-20
In your Christian walk of faith it is important to pray together with other believers. Not only with your church, but with friends, your spouse, and other family members as well. There are some people who are a little afraid when it comes to praying out loud, but there is nothing wrong with praying silently while others pray out loud until that person becomes more comfortable. In prayer we are to align our lives with God’s purpose leaving our desires behind and when it’s all about God and his divine will we can have confidence that our prayers will be answered. Always remember it’s all about his glory and the advancement of his kingdom.
Our Parish prayer group divided into different group (area wise). Each group have an area coordinator.
Emmanuel Prayer Group – Mr. Aby Thomas(Area Coordinator)
Ebenezer Prayer Group – Mrs. Susan Jacob(Area Coordinator)
Shalom Prayer Group – Mr. Anil Cherian(Area Coordinator)
Bethel Prayer Group – Mr. Joseph Mathew-Lal(Area Coordinator)
Ajman Prayer Group – Mr. Jose Kunjummen(Area Coordinator)
Umm Al Quwain Prayer Group – Mr.Ajith Samuel(Area Coordinator)
Sunday School is about discipleship, fellowship, and growing and learning about Christ. Sunday School is an essential disciple-making strategy of the Church. As such, Sunday School has proven its effectiveness by teaching biblical principles and godly living to people at every age and stage of life.
The Sevini Samajam is an active organization of the St. Thomas Evangelical church Of India. It enables women to participate in the life and mission of the Church. The Sevini Samajam reaches out to the society by supporting evangelists, orphanages and medical missions. Sevini Samajam provides financial support for marriage and housing for the needy and also supports missionary work in urban areas.To strengthen the spiritual life within the group, the Sevini Samajam meets regularly for Bible study and prayer. We have prayer cells being held every Sunday. These prayer cells have been spiritually very inspiring to our members.
Below details of Sevini Samajam chain prayer topics.
Youth is not only the future, but God’s gift to the Church and society today. St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India, Sharjah parish has a good strength of Youths, actively involved in administration as well as in spiritual leadership. Our motive as an entire Youth Group is to engage together our youths of all ages, whether new or old, male or female, in fellowship with each other and fellowship with Jesus Christ. Through this fellowship we can grow not only in strength, but also as individual and in collective faiths.
We hope to build leaders among ourselves for the youths of the future, by cultivating not only our faith and confidence, but also by building our relationships with God and our reliance on Him. As part of the youth committee, we wish to officially welcome all the youths and ask for your participation in all the youth events so that our goals and the goals that we build with God’s guidance will be fulfilled.