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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Living in the Model Church

1 Thessalonians 5:1-28

People in remote areas of our country receive messages via the airwaves that are negative.   They need positive messages via radio that bring hope.
Pray for our fellow countrymen who live and work in the remote areas of our country.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

When we become Christians, life is not all rosy.  We live out our Christian walk, everday.  Test us, teach us Lord so that we grow in faith.

We are taught We give our heart to the Lord and it's all rosy.  Scripture does not teach this.  We need to live out our faith.  We are just like everone else, we need Jesus Christ.  We will be asked when we get to heaven, what did we do with His Son?

In Christ, our salvation is secure.  Whether we are alive or dead, we will be in heaven with Jesus.  There are responsiblities placed on believers.

Leaders:
•  when the respect goes from the leadership of the Church, the edification of the people goes.  God appoints the leaders of the Church.   Church is not a democracy; it's a theocracy.  It's not about the person but about God.   Failure to respect the authority in leadership is failure to respect God.

•  Those who oppose us; their reward will be God's punishment.   It's important to respect the authority placed by God.  When we fail to respect what God has put in place, then we don't edify.  If someone rejects Jesus because of my witness, I answer for it. 

•  spiritual leadership is to tend and shepherd the flock of God. ( example:  Peter - do you love me, asked by Jesus)

•  example is part of our witness.  Lifestyle is important.  Example is important.   Our example, our witness is so important.

•  Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.  Power is not example. 

•  counsel people who are lazy to work.  A lot of people in Australia today don't want to work and the church has not held this accountable.

•  the Church is to care and the downtrodden, orphans and widows.

•  the world makes the same mistakes everyday.  Jesus loved the world and laid his life down for them.

•  patience with people.

•  v 15-22  believers in everyday life.  Evidence - forgiving spirit; seeking to do good to one another and all people;   the example of maturity in the church has been lacking. 

•  rejoicing; giving thanks.  Giving thanks is a big deal.  It can be hard when you help someone and it's not good enough.  They don't give thanks.
We need to praise God for who we are.

•  Quench the Spirit.  Don't do this.  It has caused a lot of damage.  Don't despise prophesy or teaching.  Abstain from all forms of evil. Walk with God and he will walk with us.

Thessalonica was a young church under enormous pressure.   This church followed Jesus.   Rules can never replace love, compassion and caring.  It can't replace edification.

People groan under the weight of endless rules.   Human nature rebels against loads of rules. 

We need to be giving the message to people that God loves them.  Rules Rules and more rules went over the top. 

The biggest issue in Australia today is male suicude.  People need to know God loves you.   So much that He died for you. 

Paul wanted the people to grow up spirituality.   Mature.  Growing up  and looking after each other.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Australia Can Still Lead The Way (c4israel)

An opinion piece from c4isarel website by Stan Goodenough...

"One hundred years ago men from the Southern Hemisphere fighting under the flag of the British Empire opened the way for the Jews to come home. Today the battle is raging over Jerusalem. Donald Trump’s disinclination to announce his embassy’s move to the Israeli capital has opened the way for other nations to take the lead. In this Centennial year of the Battle of Beersheba, will Australia make the move it knows is right?"...

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blessed Hope

•  1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

The Apostle declares no special knowledge.  The Word of the Lord - sometimes we do things we don't need to do.  Use the Lord's authority; 'the word of the Lord '.

Jesus in Luke 24:13-26 taught two of his disciples about the authority of the Lord.   He should them their plans were contrary to the word of the Lord.

•  2 Timothy 3:13-16
•  2 Peter - the origin and purpose of scripture.   From God.  Scripture revealed to those who wrote it down.  Scripture can only be understood through revelation by the Holy Spirit.

Believers alive at the return of Christ will not be given advantage.   Verse 16 - the Lord himself will return.

•  John 14

The Lord Jesus himself is coming for his church.  He is coming as a King.  It will be different to his first coming.  It will be noticed.  The return of Christ will be noticed by the whole world.

Colossians 3:4

What Christ gives to you; you will keep.   This gives us hope.  We will be in glory with Him.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Psalm 138

I will praise you, Lord , with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.  I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame.  When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.  May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord , when they hear what you have decreed.  May they sing of the ways of the Lord , for the glory of the Lord is great.  Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.  The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord , endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.
Psalm 138:1‭-‬8 NIV
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

God calls us to Accountability

"And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4:13‭-‬18

The Apostle doesn't claim any special knowledgeable or have a special word.   A lot of people who say they are Christian talk anything but the word of God.  It would save us a lot of stress if we used the Lord's authority.   God gives us areas to work in his authority.   There are some areas that  are not our individual authority.   Jesus taught 2 disciples on the way to Emmaus the authority  of the scripture.

The Jewish people thought Jesus would down the Roman empire and they would be the rulers of the world.  But this was contrary to what God said.

Ephesians 4:11-16 "Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love."

2 Chronicles 7:14-17 "Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart."

We can't make ourselves right.  Jesus makes us right.  Do we believe that if we humble ourselves and pray and seek God's face and turn from our wicked ways, God  will hear from heaven and will forgive our sins and restore their land.

God is calling us (his people; his church) to accountability

Our Hiding Place

Psalm 32:7  "You are my hiding place; you will save me from trouble. I sing aloud of your salvation, because you protect me."

David knew in every circumstance that God is the place to turn.   As a Christian our first place to go is God who is our refuge.   To Him we turn to prayer and help. 

Psalm 55:6-7 "I wish I had wings like a dove. I would fly away and find rest.  I would fly far away and make my home  in the desert."

Allow the Lord to surround you with his songs of deliverance.  The psalms are inspired songs about God and his people.

The Bible is prominently about God and God's people.

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