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Sunday, May 19, 2019

God's People - Those Who Call Upon The Name of the Lord Jesus Christ

Bible reference:  Romans 10:14-17

God has a saving plan for this world and part of that plan is His people.

We need to see God's creation,  instead of the brokenness.   We communicate with you each day.   We grow, planted and watered in the Word.  That we keep a clear passage open to hear Your Word, not the voices of the world.

Who are the preachers? All God's people.   Shepherd's look after the sheep.   Sheep breed sheep.   It's not up to one person to preach,  it's up to all God's people.

Isaiah 52:7 - reference to Roman's reading.

We are to tell people about Jesus Christ,  our Lord and Saviour.   The bringers of good news are precious.   The most persecuted group of people in the world today are Christians.  

The biblical sense of  beautiful feet is not a Barbie doll look.  Feet are scarred, worn, tired, that bring the good news.   Bringers of the good news are precious people.   People of whom the world is not worthy. 

Paul and Margaret Brand - missionaries. Paul's mother was a missionary.

God has called people to send out.  If Church was taken out of Australia,  so much help would cease.   If Jesus isn't in what we do, then they won't get saved.

We keep preaching the message that Jesus Christ saves.  The preacher has to preach so people can hear it.  They must believe.   If they choose not to believe after a time of preaching,  dust your feet and move on.

Roman's 10:16-17 faith comes from hearing,  the word of Christ.   Paul preached all through Romans.  Romans 10:9.

Roman's 10:13 - everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved.   Jesus wants to know you and love you.   Calling on the Lord - if we don't repent we will repeat our sin.  We repent by turning to Jesus, otherwise we will continue to repeat our sin.   It's not just confession,  but repentance.   The Lord will do the work in you. 

Roman's 8:28

He is the overcomer of our sins, mental health,  health,  daily life's troubles. Jesus came for those who need help.

Mark 10:46-52 do we actually have the faith in Jesus like Bartamaeus? The evidence of our faith.

Psalm 18:3 - take our troubles to the lord.

Psalm 15
Psalm 91:15

God's salvation is total salvation of your being.  Sanctification,  edification.   God wants to be part of your life,  daily, intimately.

Let's turn to God.

1 Corinthians 1:2 - the church of God. A Christian is one who calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus!

Prayer points:

Pray that the love of God is shown in the world.

These are exciting times for God's people to bring the message of the Word to the world.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

You Are To Be One Who Heralds the Good News

Bible reference: Habbakuk 2:1-4; Romans 10:1-21

God has called each of us to be a heralder.  We are to speak out and tell people about Jesus.

We need to watch the temptation of being impatient.   People want more things and the salvation through Jesus is not enough for them.

God will not disappoint the believing expectation of the one who follows him.  Don't be worried with future or doubts.  Observe what God is doing.   God will not disappoint.   The broken humble sinner to take an interest in their salvation.

The walks and the works we do are a faith walk.  Some will walk and some will fall away.   God wants your heart.  Don't fall away. 

The heralding of the word has fallen away.  The church is losing because people don't know Jesus.  We can run programs,  feed the poor  and these are good.  Only those full of faith shall know joy.

Roman's 10:1-21

Sometimes we can be like Romans 10:21.  The relevance of this text is important to show how you came to be saved.  We cannot be the savers.  We are heralders.  Israel is to be made jealous for salvation, by the gentiles coming to faith in Jesus.   God is not finished with Israel,  he's just started,  and your part of it.

Salvation is not about a church denomination.   First and foremost,  we are a Christian.   Not an Australian Christian,  we are a Christian,  part of God's kingdom.

Anything that replaces what God wants is a high place in our life.  We can make our church a high place that replaces God.   A policeman talks about the letter of the law when he finds you.  Jesus talks about the spirit of the law.  When you follow the law of the word,  you will miss the spirit.   God still sends messengers.  Sometimes we don't want to hear what God wants to tell us.

How wonderful is the coming of the one who brings Good news. Joel 2:32 - calling out to Jesus.   We call out to Jesus, who comes and saves us.

Today, the  church is the most persecuted group.  Yet it continues to grow.   Jesus died upon the cross,  but he lives!

2 Corinthians 3:17

Living by rules and regulations has a deadening effect on people's lives.   That's what the Pharisees tried to do with Israel.   Jesus brought a different message to Israel.   As Jesus the son of God humbly served the Father,  the Holy spirit empowered him to heal people.

Having been set free from sin, we become 'slaves ' of righteousness.   We either serve sin or righteousness.   Jesus wants to save us from self-striving.  Our life should be liberating - you want to be with God.

Roman's 8:2 We are free from our sin.  Keep that liberation.  Our fleshly human resources are not adequate to keep us.  Spiritual deadness - no life.

God gives liberation.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Our Eternal Salvation

Bible reference:  Acts 5:25-32

Our eternal salvation and how we know for sure.

We tell people about God, but it's Jesus who saves.   It's important that we tell people about Jesus Christ,  he is the One who saves.

It's important to ask yourself,  do you know for certain that you would go and be with the Lord.

Eternity is very, very permanent.   One day, each of us will know the true answer to this question.

Roman's 14:10

We have two appointments made for us:  Hebrews 9:27 - death and judgement.

There are two sure things in this physical world:  death and taxes.

Tragedy can happen at anytime.   God tells us in James 4:14.  We can make mistakes about a lot of things,  but not salvation.   Proverbs 14:12 - our feelings are not a safe guide; go by God's word and the Holy Spirit tells you.

If what you feel,  or hear doesn't line up with the Bible; don't follow it.  Check out what you're hearing against God's Word.   Mark 7:7. Know where stuff comes from.  God does not make rules to put us in slavery,  but freedom.

1 Corinthians 13:33.  God is not the author of confusion.   If the teachings don't come from God, they are useless.  

Each and every one can have a Bible to read.   God won't make you read it.  It's your choice.  We are not even going to be judged by what we personally believe. But by what God believes.

John 12:48 - your life is at stake.   Our soul is worth more than the whole world.   Matthew 16:26

What makes us different?  We are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.   We are set free by the cover of His blood on our life.

John 3:1-17. What are we to believe?  The most serious problem in our life is Sin.  It breaks our fellowship with God. 

Jesus paid the price for what we do wrong.   When He returns,  if we don't have the mark of salvation,  we will be passed over.  If we truly repent of our sins, confess our sin, and turn away from our sin, we can know in Christ we are saved.

1 Corinthians 1:4 - God's kingdom has broken into the affairs of men on earth.  The time is here, Gods kingdom is here.  Are you ready to receive?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Jesus Christ - Our Lord, Our Savior

Bible reference:  John 3:1-17

We have to be born of water and the spirit.   We are born of water - natural birth.  In Jesus,  we are born of the spirit (born again).

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures,  that he was buried,  that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...

We live in the age of information.   In Australia,  people are praying and we are seeing strife.  The first step in bringing the nation back.

We can't boil the Gospel down to a few words.   The Gospel message is Good News.  It addresses the problem we all have.  Sin.  We all sin.  God has to address this.   By Christ death on the cross,  he became our substitute.   He took our punishment,  that was rightly ours.

We cannot achieve God's forgiveness through good works.  People need salvation and be assured of our place in heaven.   Christian's are assured of this because God says.  Salvation is ordered to mankind.  

Mark 1:14-15 Jesus' first message was 'repent'.  You give your heart to the Lord,  you begin a transformation.   God is real.  It is not a fake thing.  Our salvation,  walking with the Lord,  can change a nation. 2000 years on, the gospel message is still changing the world.

God loves you and has a plan for your life.  I live the plan God has for my life.

Due to sin, people are separated from God.

Through Jesus Christ,  he is the way.  We are to repent; we call him Lord.  He is Lord of our destiny.  Jesus is the only way to God.

From reading the Bible,  we know Jesus travelled from place to place,  confronted the religious leaders, built a movement,  healed people who were sick, delivered people from disabilities,  demons.

Christian's proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.   When we become silent, someone else will proclaim a message - their version of 'good news '.

The early church proclaimed the good news.   They talked, shared,  cared for others.

The kingdom of God is not just about going to heaven one day.  It's about now.  Jesus shows this in the Lord's prayer-your will be done as it is heaven...

Jesus lived out the proclamation through the years of teaching, expelling demonic influence,  healing the sick, confronting the powers of the day head on - spiritual and physical.  

Christian life is not about an easy walk,  it's about getting dirty.  Let family know that Jesus loves them. 

The spirit makes us sure of what we will be.  Roman's 8:23

God wants to heal the whole person.   God wants to contend with what matters.

Our Gospel does not change from what Mark stated at the start of his gospel  - repent,  the kingdom of God is at hand.

God's work revealed in Jesus.

It's down to us.  When we encounter this reconciliation with one another,  Good news happens.






Sunday, April 14, 2019

Speaking Truth

Bible Reference:  Mark 8:31

Jesus is teaching his disciples.   Jesus wasn't the most popular person with the government of the day.

Martin Luther nailed his thesis on the church door and run for his life.
He had to let go of all he'd been taught.   He had to be transformed in his mind and life.

Jesus was crucified.   John 18:37 - Jesus came to speak about the truth.  Jesus came primarily to witness truth to the world; if we want to find truth, we find God.   He wants to transform your life in your relationship with Him.

Isaiah 53 (v10).  There is only way that God's purpose will be achieved; through the person of Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:3-8.  It's not our information of a person that makes us know a person; you have to spend time with the person. God has given us great and precious gifts.  Salvation is a great and precious gift.   God gives us the ability to overcome the impulses that try to destroy us.

God saves us to walk with him and have a God mentality.   Self-control,  charity,  kindness,  patience.  Relationship is walking together and caring for each other. We will endure.  As we learn to be godly,  we will have Christian affection for each other.  In the Church today,  offense is one of the greatest problems in the church today.   It's a spiritual issue.  Most of the epistles that Paul and Peter wrote were to families and extended families.

When you get this Christian affection and we start to love as God loves,  then the offense goes.

2 Peter 1:3-8
Isaiah 26:3-4

The Lord gives perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him.

Acts 20:24-28  Paul is preaching the kingdom of God.   If we want to see a change in our culture and nation,  we need to seriously preach the Kingdom of God.

When we finish this race of life, can we say that we did everything to preach the Gospel of salvation?

He wants good shepherd's for the church,  because Jesus brought with his blood.

We are not to hide.  In Australia,  the church has hidden and now the nation doesn't know him.

Our prayers need to be about what God wants.   The governing of our land?  Pray it's the leadership God wants.   Churches need good shepherds.  Families need to run as God wants so they are safe, successful.

Ephesians 1:11

You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father.   Your salvation is given by grace of God; the life you now lead should be one of obedience.

Revelation 22:18 - don't add or take away from the word of God.

We are called to live a separated life.  We are called to walk the way of God; not the wisdom of the world.   He chose you according to the purpose of the Father,  we are saved and purified by the blood of Jesus.

You were called to have the nature of God.

The price of our salvation was great.  It cost Jesus his life.  Jesus laid down his life, and took it up again.

John 17:23 - I am loved by God my Father,  just he loves Jesus.  When we take offense and fight do we show that?  No. 

Romans 8:1 - I am free forever from God's judgment because Jesus dealt with my sin when I am in Christ. We don't walk after the world,  but according to the spirit.

Hebrews 10:14 - forgiven of all our sins.  We can't accept Jesus and then go back to our old life.

We aren't believers, we are disciples.   Even Satan believes,  but he is not a disciple.  

Roman's 6:14. I don't have to fear anything nor fear death.  It doesn't mean bad things won't happen,  but we don't live under the fear.
Jeremiah 31:34. I am free from the lie that God remembers and keeps a tab on our sin. He doesn't.
Isaiah 54:17 You are righteous because you trust Jesus. 
Hebrews 10:10 Through the death and blood of Jesus Christ,  we are set free.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Finishing the Course - Recognize the Battlefield

Bible Reference:  2 Timothy 4:7-8; Acts 20:24

We must first recognize and understand that God has given us a ministry  - reconciliation.

If you want to do something with your life - meet God, your Father in heaven.

We are not volunteers,  we are conscripts.   Volunteers choose.  Our enemy works 24/7.  We are conscripts in the army of God.   We are called to stand firm.  Paul did.  He went with and without.   He was flogged,  shipwrecked,  stoned.  He said he was blessed.   It's not all about getting 'blessed' with stuff.

Jesus was so 'blessed ' he was crucified...for us.

To finish the course we need to feed upon and claim the whole gospel of God.   Paul didn't shirk anything that was hard. 

Recognize the battlefield. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

What is the sense of fighting the good fight for nothing?  We're there to win the crown of righteousness.

Ephesians 6:11-18 Our fight is not against circumstances.  It's against the spiritual realm.  The biggest problem today in church is "offense".  Seriously we need to confess and repent to God.

We need to be praying for God's will to be done in our nation,  our government,  people.  If we don't live on where God wants us, can you still praise God?  If you lost all you have in material possessions, can you still praise God?  What is your life built on?

Each day as we pray, pray for God's will to be done.  Pray for the saints.  The Christian's life is against the struggle of evil.  Its not an earthly campaign,  its a spiritual battle.   Take up the armor of God.  v13

The Lord is asking you to stand.  He does the fighting.   He's asking you to stand.  

We are asked not to pray about circumstances,  we're on the wrong battlefield.   A lot of Christians are not on Gods battlefield.   Instead of fighting with each other,  we're to love like Christ.   He died on the cross for us.  He fought his fight in the spiritual realm.  Our prayer life needs to be more about God's will instead of our 'sore toes.'

Our battlefield is against the principalities and powers of darkness.   When we get to heaven,  do you want to be asked,  where were you?  If you were the enemy,  where would you want God's people to be?  On the wrong battlefield.   Keep God's people distracted.

We need to:

Get over the offenses;
Love Gods people.

The apostle Paul was a SAS soldier.   He never quit.  He had zeal for the Lord.  Philippians 3:14-15

If you want to know what to do?  Don't ask your pastor,  fellow soldier; go and ask your Captain.   If you don't know or trust your Captain,  then you are on trouble.   First get to know the Lord!

If you don't know Jesus,  then you know nothing.   Knowing Jesus, if life's greatest adventure.

Cross reference: Acts 23-26; confronting those amongst us who tried to get saints caught up in contentions. Roman's 8:37

Stay on the right battlefield.  Even when you look foolish,  even when people ridiculed him.  Paul's life provides us a good example of fighting the good fight, and finishing the race.

God wants to make his residence in you; not in a building.   Paul lived his life to the fullest,  after he came to know Christ.

When things are wrong,  we don't stand for it.  Be on the right battlefield.   Paul did what the Lord directed him to do.   Our authority comes from God.  Won back by Jesus, though his death and resurrection,  he took it back from the evil one.

Our greatest sense of fulfillment,  accomplished all Christ wants us to do.  Fight the good fight.  The apostles suffered for what they believed in.   2000 years and still going, people are still enduring and standing good fight of faith. 

We need to stay on the right battlefield.  Our fight is against the powers of darkness.

Matthew 25:21; 2 Timothy 4:5.

Our ministry is reconciliation.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Missions and Community Development





Paul and Debbie Howells talk about the importance of community development that the Lord has had us do over more than 30 years. They acknowledge the importance of their reliance on the Lord as they ministered in the mission field.




Sunday, March 24, 2019

Living Life with Christ

Bible Reference:  Acts 20:34-38; Ezekiel 33:1-9; Ezekiel 3: 17-21

Each and everyone has a ministry - reconciliation.

Every person with potential.   The potential to know Jesus Christ.   While we were sinners,  Christ died for us.  Once we are saved, God calls us to serve.  Sometimes we look at people and think how can they come to know Jesus?  But someone may have thought that about me.
We are conscripts in God's army.  We don't have the choice to say the food isn't good or we don't like what we've been asked to do.  We are called to obey and serve.

We are to hear God's Word and then we are to speak out His Word.  If we don't warn those who don't know Christ,  they will die in sin.  To finish the course,  Paul said he had to testify to the truth of the Gospel.   We are not all missionaries,  we are not all 'Paul's ', but we are to testify to the truth.  If we don't tell our nation about Jesus, they will wander , lost.

If the watchman sees the enemy coming,  but doesn't warn the city,  it's the watch man's fault. But if the watchman warns the city but they take no notice,  then the fault is on their heads.

We need to tell people about Jesus!  Cross reference:  Matthew 18; Ezekiel 3 & 33.

We can watch and see bad things coming or happening.  But in the spiritual,  people don't want to hear.  If we don't tell them truth about the Lord, we are accountable.   If we tell them and they choose not to accept,  then it's on their head.  God's will is that none should perish.  We bear witness that it's only Jesus who saves.  Not the Church,  not Christian's, we bear witness to this.

If you choose to not rely on the work Christ did on the cross, you will be lost.

People need to confess AND repent and be convicted of their sin.  If they don't turn to the Lord, they come against his anger and judgement.

Paul uses a phrase - preaching the kingdom.   We need to turn to Jesus and turn our life over to Him.
Jesus is Lord and King in the kingdom of God. Its not a democracy.  Our lives must bear witness to the Lordship of Jesus. 

We need to bear witness of God's grace. Let us pray that we are faithful witnesses.  To finish the course,  we must keep the finish line fully in our sight.  We want to be the faithful person to the Gospel of grace.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Conscript Not Volunteer

Bible reference:  Acts 20:22-24

Some tele-evangelists seem to portray that being a Christian makes everything great.  But Scripture doesn't line up with this thinking.
People hated Jesus.  We enter by the narrow gate.

Everyone has a ministry.   It is a 24/7 ministry.  God has given every Christian a ministry of reconciliation.   We are conscripts, not volunteers.  We obey God.  Ananias went when the Lord directed him to go to Paul.  Paul went as the Lord directed him.   Why didn't Paul think that these afflictions seemed easy.  He didn't see himself as a volunteer but as a servant,  a soldier,  there under orders to serve his Commander.

Example:  Chaplin McKenzie (in first world war).  He served his Commander,  Jesus Christ on the battlefield.

Scripture does not call us volunteers.   The problem is that volunteers can choose to serve, not to serve, or leave all together.   Conscripts obey.  Jesus goes with us, to toughen up.   If we don't toughen up,  we will fall over.   If you're drafted into the army, someone saw something in you. 

We obey orders, even on the front line.  It takes a lot of nerve, it's frightening,  but we serve anyway,  because we are under orders.   Jesus went on the cross,  he sweated blood. 

We live in a country where it's easy, but one day it will change.   Soldier's are under orders.  They are not free to quit.  Sometimes you get hurt; toughen up.   Police, firefighters put their lives on the line, it's tough.

When people don't want to hear the Gospel message it can be tough.  We're not to quit.  Our job is not to build big churches,  great programs,  traveling the world; our job is to tell about Jesus Christ.

To finish the course,  you must recognize that you are a conscript.   Jesus paid for our sin.  Don't fall into the trap of looking at your sin.  Obey Jesus.  To find out how good Jesus is,  you have to get to know him.

Jesus is the driver of our motor vehicle in our life.   You can't get to an intersection and fight over the wheel.

Paul was willing to die for the Saviour.   God is still calling us to take the Message to a world that needs it. 

People think that one option in becoming a Christian you can go to church occasionally,  enjoy your life,  accumulate stuff, volunteer a little,  someday go to heaven.

But Paul didn't have that option.   He gave up everything,  time, money,  stuff, own choices.   Some people give up all the comforts of Australia and go across the world or around our own country.   They give up all to obey and deny ourselves to do the will of the Lord.

Mark 8:34-35

Jesus called people to radical self-denial.   Jesus has a different view,  a different way of doing things.   He's calling us to his cause.  He calls all of his people to be super committed.

Revelation 3:16 - people who are lukewarm  won't be there.

There are lots of people who have been killed for Jesus Christ.  Be thankful that someone cared to tell you about Jesus.   It will mean hardship at some level.   It may mean people will chuck off at you, you may miss out on promotions,  be subject to abuse.  We will suffer affliction.  But then comes the glory of God.

Why do I want to sign my life to Jesus if I will suffer affliction?  Well the world is short term, but forever is a long time.   Once you give your life to Jesus,  you don't have to fear. 
You will live either with Jesus forever or live forever apart from Him.  For Christian's we don't face separation from God,  we live each day for our Lord.

We must live in light of eternity, real glory comes when we are with God on heaven.

Live totally abandoned to Jesus.

To finish the course,  you are a conscript not a volunteer.   GOD CHOSE YOU out of all the people in the world.