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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

HOW MUCH WE MATTER TO GOD

HOW MUCH WE MATTER TO GOD

July 8, 2019

Paul, writing to Titus, reminds us that … “Jesus saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). And one of the ways Jesus describes his task is … “I have come to seek, and to save those who are lost” (Luke 19:10). We could describe God’s mercy, which we experience in Jesus, as a mercy which takes the initiative, which takes the first step, and which “saves”.

Luke 15 tells the stories of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. Each of them tells us how incredibly valuable we are to God and of God’s deep desire to rescue us from ourselves, to recover our potential and to reconnect with us.

We celebrate “communion”, our reconnected relationship with God, by remembering Jesus life, death and resurrection for us – a sure sign of God’s mercy.

RICH IN MERCY

RICH IN MERCY

July 1, 2019

Paul writing to the church in Rome says - "Give yourselves completely to God - every part of you - because you've been brought, from death to life, and now you want to be used by God for good, and for his righteous purposes." (Romans 6:13)  
 
How incredible is that!  God uses flawed people just like us.
 
God’s mercy is at work in us.  Despite our feeling unqualified (by our perceptions of our gift, talents and abilities) or disqualified (by our past mistakes and sins) God wants to use us for purposes greater than ourselves.  We can simply be real and let God use our struggles to help others.

FORGOTTEN?

FORGOTTEN?

July 1, 2019

Isaiah 1:16-17 NIV
Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.

Most of us in church are aware of the need to avoid sin & to live lives which are pleasing in God’s sight by confessing and repenting of our sins. ie. sins of “commission”.
Generally we are not so aware that we shall also be judged by God for the things He requires of us that we have left undone. ie. sins of “omission”.
Chief among these sins of “omission” is His requirement throughout scripture that we minister to the orphans, widows, the poor and the oppressed.
How are you, how am I, how is our church being responsible before God for these ministries?
This morning we will look at scriptures in both the Old and New Testament which enjoin us to carry out this ministry & at our possible response.

THE GREAT PRETENDER

THE GREAT PRETENDER

June 17, 2019

Romans 12:9-21 

We all wear masks for so many different things in life. We can often be afraid to really let people know where we are at, so we just default to the "I’m all good" when really we could be dying on the inside.  

Paul challenges us to take off those masks and not pretend. He challenges us to a genuine love that is much deeper than the masks we can often hide behind.