6th August 2017 - A LIFE OF WORSHIP

August 6, 2017

“Yet a time is coming, and has now come, when the true worshipers, will worship the Father, in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers, the Father seeks.” 
John 4:23 (New International Version)
 
Everyone worships something or someone.
 
We worship what we consider valuable. And it becomes obvious what’s valuable to us by how we live our lives.
 
Jesus tells His followers how we’re to worship God; how we’re to “declare God’s worth”; how worshiping brings us in line with God’s purposes for us.  
We’re to worship with thankfulness. 
We’re to worship “in spirit” (from the depth of our being), and “in truth” (with honesty and sincerity).   
 
Our worship brings God’s presence into all our life experiences and circumstances. 

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30th July 2017 - WE ARE…MEMBERS

July 30, 2017

“In Christ, we who are many form one Body, and each member belongs to all the others.”                  
Romans 12:5 (New International Version)
 
“…let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers.”                   
Galatians 6:10 (New International Version)
 
Jesus describes his followers as disciples, as ambassadors, and as members. 
Following Jesus is more than just believing in Him, it’s belonging. 
Believing without belonging makes us spiritual orphans! 
 
To truly realise what it means to follow Jesus, we need to be part of a church family. 
The church is the body of Christ. 
A member is valuable when they’re connected to the body.  So, if we truly want to realise the power of Jesus in our lives, we need to be connected to a church family. 
 
Many see the church as a building or an event, but more than that, it’s a family in relationship with God.  There’s a significant difference between attending a church service and being a member of a church family.  Ephesians 2:19 tells us that as believers in Christ, we’re part of God’s family, with an obligation to meet as a church family in relationship with God.

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23rd July 2017 - WE ARE…AMBASSADORS

July 23, 2017

“We are Christ's ambassadors.”  2 Corinthians 5:20
 
An ambassador is someone sent on a radical kind of mission.
They’re sent to build relationships - political, economic, goodwill, cultural, and spiritual.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that as Christians, we’re Christ’s ambassadors. If we’re going to follow Jesus, be “all in” for Jesus, we need to understand what it means to be an ambassador

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16th July 2017 - WE ARE … DISCIPLES

July 18, 2017

 “As Jesus was going down the road He saw Matthew sitting in his tax-collection booth, ‘Come be My disciple,’ Jesus said.  So Matthew got up and followed Him.”  Matthew 9:9
 
When Jesus was thirty years old He began His public ministry. 
The first thing He did was go gather a group of people who He could train. 
They’re called His disciples. 
 
Many times in Scripture we see that He invited everyday people to become His disciples.
 
He invites us too.

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9th July 2017 - FROM CAPERNAUM TO THE WORLD

July 11, 2017

Jesus taught in the Synagogue.
 
He travelled by boat over the Sea of Galilee.
 
He taught from the boat.
 
Many healings and miracles were carried out at Capernaum.
 
Are you being fed by a personal relationship with Jesus?
 
Are you taking Jesus the light of the world into the dark places ?
 
Are you being a Fisherman?
 
Take your God given gifts and let Jesus feed the people.
 
Simon Peter answered him Lord to whom shall we go? YOU have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the holy One of God

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2nd of July 2017 - THRIVING - STANDING STRONG FOR GOD

July 2, 2017

You must never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer if necessary to share the Good News. 2 Timothy 1:8
 
Daniel stood out because of his professional competence, his personal character, and his public commitment to God - so much so that he survived three kings and two empires. At the age of 82, he was still in demand and being promoted. Daniel’s success made others around him jealous.
 
When a group of them conspired against him, Daniel continued to pray and be faithful to God.

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25th June 2017 - THRIVING - IN THE TESTS OF LIFE

June 25, 2017

“I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you, that you possess brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom.” Daniel 5:14
 
Daniel was known for his wisdom and knowledge. The measure of a person’s success can usually be evaluated by their reputation.  When we need help with something we want to call on the people who know the most about what’s puzzling us.
 
Daniel was called on to “interpret dreams, explain the meaning of mysteries and solve difficult problems” (Daniel 5:12) and he was known as having the Spirit of God in him.
We can learn from Daniel, a man of integrity who put into practice what he learned and honoured God with his life.

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18th June 2017 - THRIVING - WHEN WE’RE SUCCESSFUL

June 18, 2017

“If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” Luke 16:11
 
Success tests our character.
Success raises in us questions of pride and humility.
 
As the leader of the Babylonian empire, King Nebuchadnezzar was the most successful man in the world at that time (Daniel chapter 4). But with pride, ego, and arrogance, he took all the credit for his success and never acknowledged God’s role in his life.
 
Nebuchadnezzar’s story helps us see some of the potential pitfalls that come with success, and how we can avoid them.

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11th June 2017 - THRIVING - WHEN THE HEAT IS ON

June 13, 2017

“As soon as the music starts, you are to bow down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Anyone who does not bow down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Daniel 3:5b-6 (Good News Bible)
 
Movies and sports teams give us plenty of people to idolise. Social media shows us how to make ourselves appear greater than we are. But God tells us He is to have first place in our lives. When confronted with social pressure to conform to the world’s standards, God is there to defend us when we believe in Him and declare our allegiance to Him. Trusting God frees us, gives witness in the world around us, and grows our faith.

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28th May 2017 THRIVING - WHEN OUR BELIEFS ARE BELITTLED

May 29, 2017

“Always remember what you have learned. Your education is your life, so guard it well.”  Proverbs 4:13 (Today’s English Version)
 
Most people don’t care what we believe. But there are a vocal few who want to belittle our faith. Daniel gives us an example of someone who was indoctrinated against God’s teaching for three years, yet he grew in God’s wisdom and understanding. His advice was ten times better than all the king’s other advisors (see Daniel 1).
 
Proverbs 23:23 tells us to “invest in truth and wisdom, discipline and good sense, and don’t part with them” (Contemporary English Version).  Good counsel for all God’s life long learners.

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