This Sunday 24th July 2011 marked our first anniversary of officially meeting together on a Sunday. The meeting was taken by Roger Fay, the pastor of Zion Evangelical Baptist Church, Ripon.
He spoke on Mark chapter 9 verse 29 "So He (Jesus) said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting".
We were reminded of the reality of a personal devil and Satan at his worse in the case of the boy with an unclean spirit. The nine impotent disciples who caved in and stopped trying under the pressure of this extraordinary evil.
There is hope "This kind can come out" and Jesus did cast out the spirit.
Finally we considered the phrase " but by prayer and fasting", which was seen not merely as abstaining from food but a concentration in prayer through a particular way of life through self denial.