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Destiny: Where am I Going?

Destiny: Where am I Going?

September 16, 2019

We often feel like our destiny, our eternal’ destiny … that’s a long way off. In fact most of us hope it’s a long way off and we don’t want it to be - tomorrow.  And, everything that has to be done today’, gets a lot more attention in our lives.  We figure ‘eternity’, will take care of itself.
 
But, the way we think about our destiny - it dramatically affects what happens in our lives today. More than we realise, the decisions that we make and the directions that we take, every day of our lives, are based on where we think we might be headed.  
 
So, if we think our destiny is ‘death and emptiness’ and there’s nothing for us, beyond the here and now - that’s going to affect the way we make decisions, every day of our lives.  And, if instead, our destiny is joy, our destiny is God’s love, our destiny is God’s goodness - that dramatically affects every day of our lives.
 
Jesus assured us that God created us to live eternally, that heaven is real, that God wants us to share in heaven and that heaven will be a renewing and rewarding place. 

Burning Questions

Burning Questions

September 11, 2019
Message by: Peter Godwin
They’re the “burning questions”, the big questions of life -  
Origin - where do we come from?  
Identity - what’s our purpose?
Destiny - where are we going?
 
We all need meaning, identity and purpose in our lives.  Soren Kierkegaard, the great Danish philosopher, when he was just twenty one, and a student, said - “I want to discover the reason why I should live and die.”  
 
In Christian faith, we believe our purpose comes from being ‘created’ in the image of God and being 
‘called’ to be, not just who we are, but also to become who we are in Christ.  Not surprisingly, this 
Biblical notion of being uniquely ‘created’ and uniquely ‘called’, gives all who follow Jesus, the deepest sense of ‘purpose’, the world’s ever seen. 
The Case For A Creator

The Case For A Creator

September 3, 2019
Message by: Peter Godwin
In his book “Origin”, author Dan Brown has one of his characters ask the questions – “where do we come from” and “where are we going to”?  They’re two of the most basic questions that we human beings ask.  
 
Christian faith answers those questions through our understanding that God is involved with the cosmos and with human beings.  We talk about Jesus entering human history (his incarnation), his miracles, his death and the historical evidence that he rose from the dead. That’s what the Bible is all about.  Increasingly, the evidence of science also makes a strong case for a “creator” whose nature and capacities are like those described in the Bible.
 
This Sunday, we’ll celebrate Father’s Day.  What a great gift dad’s can give their kids.  To help them answer the “origin” questions – where they come from and where they’re going.  
THE PERILS AND POSSIBILITIES OF SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

THE PERILS AND POSSIBILITIES OF SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

August 26, 2019

Picture someone who encourages you in your journey of faith? In what ways do they offer encouragement to you? Are you able to hear or receive encouragement in some ways better than others?

Now picture someone who challenges you in your journey of faith? How do they deliver challenge to you? Are you able to hear or receive their exhortation in some ways better than others?

Paul was both an encourager and an exhorter – someone whose words can lift us to our feet while offering us a gentle but firm nudge to get moving at the same time. This might be a rarer skill in others than we wish it would be – to hold encouragement and exhortation together in ways that we welcome and thank God for.

We’ll be looking at Paul’s words in Ephesians 4 about how we as the Church ought behave towards and amongst one another, so that we might ‘lead a life worthy of the calling to which (we) have been called’.

GET OVER YOURSELF

GET OVER YOURSELF

August 20, 2019

We are so good at living life for ourselves. It’s human nature to look out for ourselves and our own and to strive for a life of comfort. But Christ calls us to die to ourselves and live a life led by faith in Him (Galatians 2:20).

Living the Christian life is not about living life for yourself and satisfying your own needs, it’s all about loving God and loving people. So how do we achieve that? By learning to get over ourselves so that we can share God's love and the good news of the gospel.  

WOOLY THINKING ABOUT THE WILL OF GOD

WOOLY THINKING ABOUT THE WILL OF GOD

August 14, 2019

Sometimes we want God to give us a very clear message about what we should do. Should we expect clear answers? Gideon demanded a sign from God. He got an answer. Did he already know the answer any way? What did Jesus say to people who wanted a sign?

WHAT DO WE DO WITH ABUNDANT LIFE?

WHAT DO WE DO WITH ABUNDANT LIFE?

August 4, 2019

Isaiah 55:1-13

The whole idea of abundance is that there is more than enough - more than enough for us, more than enough to share. Living with an attitude of scarcity, or keeping ’secret’ that which Jesus so generously offers, is not the attitude of a faithful follow of Christ.

ARE YOU SERIOUS?

ARE YOU SERIOUS?

July 28, 2019

So, we drift along through life, really not thinking all that much about it. 

One foot in front of the other, the next day, the next … and the next. Pretty soon a year’s gone by and pretty soon … a decade’s gone by. Plod, plod, plod. 

So in the middle of your plod, plod, plod, can I ask you … how serious are you about your faith? How serious are you about impacting this world with the love of Christ? How serious are you about making sure that your life weighs in, for Jesus? 

The reason I ask, is that it’s a question that Jesus is asking. My fear is that a lot of people who call themselves Christians will get a rude shock on the day that they stand before the Lord. 

Jesus: Not everyone who calls me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who … 

Who what? 

Well that’s what we’re going to be chatting about in this message. 

The question that each one of us needs to answer is this: are you serious?

THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS

THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS

July 21, 2019

It’s one of the most freedom giving truths we find in Scripture … mercy forgives. 

There are, two sides to this truth. Jesus talked about it in Matthew 6:12 - “Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” One side of this freedom is when we personally experience God’s forgiveness. The other, when we forgive others. 

God’s wants to forgive us and God’s forgiveness is free, immediate and complete. 

We, of course, don’t always find forgiving easy. While our forgiveness of others doesn’t mean we “forget” what’s done or said that hurt us, nor that we always trust others again, it is to be unconditional. Paul, writing to the Ephesians says - “Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32). Often the only path to giving that kind of forgiveness is releasing it to God.

YOUR MINISTRY OF MERCY

YOUR MINISTRY OF MERCY

July 15, 2019

It’s one of the “be ... attitudes” – “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Mercy it seems isn’t a one-way street. It’s not just that God is merciful to us. We’re to be merciful to others. 

One definition of mercy is – “love in action”. 

It’s illustrated in Jesus’ healing the leper who came to Him and said – “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Mark tells us that Jesus was “filled with compassion … reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said, ‘be clean’” (Mark 1:40-45). 

Here, mercy is more than talk, emotions, feelings, pity … mercy is compassionate. 

We’re called into mercy by entering into people’s pain and helping to lift them out of it. 

May you be blessed as you live a merciful life.

Led To The Lost song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBPn1GzXR4s