Pastor Tim Pianta 65 Main Street, Tolga, Phone 0418882605 Email tolgacommunitychurch@gmail.com

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Purposes of our Life

Matt 22:37-39

In OT God spoke through His Word and the prophets
In NT God spoke through His Word and the Holy Spirit (now)

1  Worship God  -  Love the Lord your God...worship God Matt 22.37, loving God.  God doesn't just want lip service, but fulfilling these life purposes.

2  Ministry -  Matt 22:39 - loving others.  Love people regardless, even the sand paper people.  

3  Evangelism - Matt 28:19-20 - ethnic groups, make disciples - v19a, Evangelism Individualism has caused so much harm, especially Christians.  How do we go and make disciples?  A disciple is different to a believer.  Satan believes in God.  A disciple is someone who follows Jesus, and has a relationship with Him.  The Holy Spirit is our helper.

4  Fellowship.  Until you taken home as a baby you dont have a family.  Baptism, incorporating people into a family.  A baby becomes part of a family when the mother and father pick the baby and take that child home.  Matt 28:19b  To lead in Church (be a Pastor) the first test is to pass is that you are a father or mother who can lead their children.  Organise your own family, if you can't organise your family, you can't organise the Church.  Check Bible terminology about what leadership terms really are, not 'church' (man made) terms.

5  Matt 28:20  Discipleship.  Older men teach younger men, older women teach younger women.

I am with you always...

God is not into pieces of paper!  Its about relationship.
To celebrate God we have to build relationship with Him each day.

We get inspired by God, and we can inspire.  We are created in the image of God.
Preparation, God will prepare you on how to go about things.

Church exists to demonstrate Gods love    John 13:35  1 John 3:16-23, Rom 12:13
In a family every person is a member, and every person is a minister.  Everyone should feel that they can promote their family. If we treat our 'children'horrible, will they promote that family?  Church.

Every task is worthwhile, important.
Every member is a 10 in some area.
God uses ordinary people!

Not how much we give or gather, but how much we can be involved.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Remembering Baptism: an act of worship

Mark 1 v 9.   Jesus set the example of how we are to live.

Matt 28.19 to 20
Baptism is not somdthing that can save us, it shows we are a believer
 1 John 2 v3
Surely we want to do what God wants for us
There us a way we do it and dont do it
Baptism should illustrate Jesus death and ressurection.
 1 Cor 15:3-5
Baptism is about demonstrating our new life as a Christian. If our life is just the same as before we were a Christian we need to check our life.
 Rom 6.4
Baptism does not make you a  Christian it shows you already believe. Baptism is the outward symbol of commitment you have made in your heart. Baptism is by immersion.
 Matthew 3 v 16
Baptism is not about duty, its about our response to God.
 Jesus' baptism is very powerful, part of Gods way of doing things.

The word baptise means to dip under water, not to dip in or on water.  Greek means to immerse or dip under.  Baptism is not about Pastor or Church.

Are we ready to be pulled apart and put back together better? There is pain it it,  but God makes us over better
Baptism symbolises a burial and a ressurection
 Acts 2.41
Everyone who is a Christian, should be baptised

 We dont sees things happen because we dont do things Gods way. Its not about being right, if we wait until we are right we will never get baptised
 Baptism is a response. If anyone needs to be baptised there is no need to delay

 Acts 8.35 to 38
 You make a statement to the world, its about His will for your life
Become a son or daughter, grow up!  Be part of the family of God, that is the Church!  If someone is annoying you, here is a thought, you are probably annoying them!  Being in church is about being in family. Become a mature person.  Orphans struggle in life.
As a Christian we should not be an orphan, we are called to be part lf Gods family, on earth it is the church.  The place to start is with baptism, Gods way.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Family

Notes:

1 Cor 9:22-23
What makes a church a family?     Church is meant to be living; not an organisation.

A Family is the people, not material items.

1.  Our salvation, born again.  When you are born, you are not part of a family until someone picks you up and brings you home.  You have want to be there too.

2.  What the Church stands for.  If you want to know what a family believes is important.

3.  The way we live our life is very important.

All that keeps us together is The Lord Jesus who is is central in our lives.  Don't let God walk out the door.  A church is a family.  A Christian without a church is an orphan.  A family provides support.  We stand up for each other.  One in union in Christ Jesus.  Now you are a saint.  Rom 8:1

As Gods people we enjoy great privileges.  We rely on Jesus alone for justification.  Putting on Christ according to the gospel, its about whats in your heart.  We shouldn't be living our 'old life'.

God wants us to come out of our old life and grow up.  Our special care must be for heaven.  The old things in this life are passing away.  It's really easy to get caught up in this life.  We shouldn't work for this earthly life alone.

What does it mean to be called a Christian?
A follower of Christ.

Most people live their lives without knowing why they live their lives.

What is the meaning of my life?  Why am I here?

Even before the world was made God had a plan for you.

We were planned for God's pleasure
so your first purpose is to offer real worship.
We were formed for God's family
so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.
We were created to become like Christ,
so your third purpose is to learn real discipleship.
We were shaped for serving God
so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.
We were made for a mission
so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.
(Ref: PDL)

Eph 4:1-5
We may even know our deepest need yet look for it in every place except God.
John14:6  I am the Way, the Truth and the Life no one comes to the Father except through me.

Remember your traditions.
Understand your purpose in his family.
God does not want us to hurt God's family, i.e. Christ and His Bride.

Ephesians 2:8-9
John 1:12-13
Rom 10:13

Its important to be in His family


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nehemiah 13:23-31


Notes:
Before you were born again you were a gentile, after you became a Christian you are now a saint.

Ruth and Rahab - did Ruth come into the nation as a Moabite or an Israelite?
What about Rahab?  They have been grafted in  to nation of Israel.  They left behind their pagan traditions and culture and chose to come under God's way as He had instructed Israel.

Ruth and Rahab took steps of faith.  Ruth took steps of faith and she never saw then end of the picture, if she had not been faithful to God were would never have known salvation, because Jesus Christ came through the line of David, of which both Ruth and Rahab are a part of.

Ruth said to Naomi, where you I will go,your God will be my Go;, she surrendered herself to God.

Israel at the centre of the world where God called this people to witness to the world.  Israel was and is a peculiar people; so too is the Church.

The Word of God -  we read the Word because its part of Gods order
Public Bible reading should be part of what we do as a "corporate" body.

Further Bible References:
Heb 11 great men and women of faith
Nehemiah 13 :23-31

433 BC Nehemiah went back to the King and then when Nehemiah returns he finds out his enemies have married into the priests and this has brought disorder and strife into Jerusalem.  God is of order; a proper order.  If we don't have order, families fall apart because of loss of order.

The wall wouldn't hold back enemies; it was the peoples relationship with the Lord that made them secure.  Note throughout the book of Nehemiah, that Nehemiah, always consulted God first.

Sabbath is resting in Jesus, this is the day that the Lord made!  We have a responsibility to ensure we follow Gods culture.

The Promise of Rest - Hebrews Chapter 4:1-9

4 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them,[a] not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

“So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest,’”[b]
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; [c] 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”[d]

6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”[e]
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.


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