Fore Street Topsham, Exeter

Minister : Reverend Paul Collings BTh (Hons) : email : : Telephone : 01392 206229 : Mobile : 07941 880768

About Us

St Nicholas Methodist Church has existed on the present site for over 150 years since it opened in 1867.

We are a friendly community of believers where all are welcomed. We help each other to worship God, and strive to live more like Christ in service beyond the walls of our church building.

Part of the
Exeter Coast and Country Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Saturday, 11 June 2022

The Call to Holiness

The experience of Christian holiness may finally be defined as one in which our whole being is redirected towards the highest spiritual end—that is, likeness to Christ, and in this we are granted the continual help of the HolySpirit.

When considering  what holiness means for the disciple we  must not make the mistake of supposing that holiness means the eradication of any of our normal human appetites. 

The redirection and control of all to the divine glory—yes; but the elimination of humanity none.

The truth is that no part of me—eye, temper, hand— is in itself evil, though each may be put to an evil end as my will may determine or allow.

The question is are we struggling to become holy in this time of uncertainty, or putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves to become something more than what God is requiring? Are we face to face with our humanity as we figure out what the next few months will look like for us and those we love? Perhaps we should learn how to be patient with ourselves. Remember that every saint who came before us was as human as we are. Remember that we have a Saviour who was human in every way. Phillipians 4:15 tells us that Jesus himself was able to sympathise with our weakness. He was tempted in every way yet did not sin. With our eyes on Jesus, look to the example of every saint who, in loving God, became more human and less sinful. St. Iraneaus said, “The glory of God is a human fully alive.” With this in mind, delight in your humanity as He continues to make you holy.   

Heavenly Father, Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to comfort us in our weaknesses. You give us strength when we cannot take another step. Guide us into all truth, remind us of your ways, and give us boldness to testify about what you’re doing in our lives. You shape and mould us into a purer reflection of your Son. 

May you guide our steps, our thoughts, and our attitudes as we partner with you in faith, in obedience, and in submission. You are wholly trustworthy, and we praise you that you sparked the flame of faith in our lives and that you keep it going by your power. Pour out your Spirit on us so that we might testify about you to those who need your transforming power in their lives. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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