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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Living the Christian Life as a Church

1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:22

[ Recap last week:  sanctification and love.  Allow God to do a work in your life. ]

The believers were concerned about what would happen if they died before Jesus returned.  

The apostles were driven out of Thessalonica, after about three weeks, only because they preached, Christ crucified.

We have many problems in the world.   They can only be resolved by coming to Jesus Christ.   You can only be restored by Jesus.  The cross is not a formula.  It's not about ideas; it's about a Man, Jesus Christ.

Timothy returned to Paul with an encouraging word and with questions.    They were able to stay with "Christ crucified ".

There was confusion about believers who had died before Jesus returns.
If you say you won't sin, the Bible tells us you are a lier.  But we can come and repent and we are forgiven.

Paul had not opportunity to teach these believers himself because he had to leave.  There were false teachers that caused confusion.   We need to be appointed by God and you need to read the Bible.

False teachers taught false doctrine, that caused panic, confusion and distress to the young church.

Paul spent time to teach when he had opportunity to and spent time teaching the church in different towns.

God can provide teachers but we have to make ourselves available to be taught.

We need to read scripture so that we grow up, mature and be equipped in God.

We're not here to condemn people but give clear instruction.  Read scripture.

"You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right."   2 Timothy 3:15‭-‬16

The need is for teachers to be given opportunity to teach and to teach properly. Ephesians 4

Teachers are really to run church; it's not their gifting and they get pulled everywhere.   Bible Teaching should give the result of growing up.  Edification - building up.  Teaching should allow Holy Spirit to allow revelation; not a feel good, tickle your ears stuff.

Paul wrote to teach truths and answer questions.  We can be assured of our salvation and give us every confidence in Jesus.
There is clear teaching to exhort moral living.  There should be clear teaching to remove doubts.

The church at Thessalonica had continued to experience persecution and some had died.  They had experienced this for simply putting their faith in Jesus Christ.   Paul set out a preaching plan to correct there concern that loved one in Jesus would miss out when Jesus returns.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Christian Living (1 Thessalonians 4)

1 Thessalonians 4 (NIV)

Paul is instructing in the ways of Christian living.  

Live as Christ would live.  So that we please God.   That we live holy and honourable.   We are called to live a holy life.   A life of purpose not idleness.

The Bible is written about God interacting with His people.  In OT people was told how to eat, what to wear, how to wear, tie up people with traditions.

Simple things like washing hands (Gospel of Mark)  became a burden to the people because the leaders commanded it, not what the Lord had said.

Abraham was considered righteous.   He obeyed God yet he didn't have '10 Commandments'.

Acts 15 v 20:  "Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood."

John 8:29: "The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."

This is what Paul had taught the Thessalonian believers.   They were encouraged to  do this more and more (John 8:29)

The Church in the Book of Acts grew because people loved each other and the Holy Spirit was present.

This church was a model church.  They had problems but it was not like the Corinthians or the Galations.

The way we live our life affects other believers.   We are the sons and daughters of the Most High. 

We are to rough each other up; :as iron sharpens iron....".  We are to hold each other accountable.

Galations 5:22  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,..."

To be a child of God we are called to love...

Jesus died on the cross because He loved...

His love is never passive, not reactive but proactive.

James 2
1 John 3
1 John 4 "Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world..."

Jesus gave us the standard of love.

John 15:1-13.  The disciples quarrel was 'who was the best'...
Jesus showed them what He expected of them.  He served them.

Jesus gave us a new commandment:

"This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.  There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  This is my command: Love each other. " (John 15:12‭-‬14‭, ‬17 NLT)

Holy - set a part for God so that God can come into our lives and be in us.

By this all people in the world will you are His disciples.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Queensland Mailbox Club

The Queensland Mailbox Bible Club is a non-profit, non-denominational organisation operated by Christians who volunteer their time and efforts to send out Bible lessons through the mail.

The  free lessons which are posted out to those who would like to learn more about God teach important truths from God's Word, the Bible, showing the way of Salvation. The lessons reinforce family values and wholesome living.

To find out more about the Queensland Mailbox Bible Club and to enrol, click here

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Love God, Love Others

Matthew 22:36-45

- Love God and love one another.
- Worship God  - everyday, anywhere.

Matthew 38:16-20

- The Great Commission
- All authority in heaven and on earth is now Jesus';
- make disciples of all nations (all ethnic groups and tribes);
- baptizing in name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; - baptize them into fellowship (not denomination).

1 Thessalonians 3:10-13
Colossians 1:28

He wants us to grow up!  Men and women are to grow up; mature into Christ Jesus.  God wants to do a work in our life - to turn us intothe person who is like Jesus Christ.  We need to exercise our faith; allow God to grow us up and do a work in our lives.  We can only overcome sin in the Lord.   Paul prays so that he might see them and supply what is lacking in their faith.  They had to love one another and all people.  (v 11-13)

What we do in secret affects others.   It allows the enemy to come against us.
1 Corinthians 6:12-20

It's so important that we remain holy, set apart for God.  We need to realise how special we are (Christians) are to him?

We are to live our lives to be honouring to God.  Church needed to remember that holiness is important. The church at Thessalonica was casual about immorality.  First act - we must worship God. 

Philippians - selfishness and pride.
Corinth - carnal and wordly.
Galatians - legalistic  (man's rules rather than living by faith). 

Traditions are man made; God gives culture. 

We are not to judge or think we're better.  Debt is the biggest form of slavery in the world today.  We are to practice holiness.  Live to please God. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Bible Reference:  James 2:19
We are not called to be just believers; even the enemy believes.   Jesus called us to be disciples.
Ephesians - build each other up.  All to often we pull each other down.  It's important we build each other up!
1 Thessalonians 3:3-13
The love for the Lord and for his people is evident in people's lives.
Ephesians 1:15-16
Genuineness of faith and love for all people who are the Lord's.  Everyone should be encouraged.   We expect our children to make mistakes.   Failure is not fatal; it's the courage to carry on.
We should encourage spiritual children in their faith and walk with the  Lord.  We need to be encourages not people who condemn people.  Paul knew he had to correct some things but he encouraged the people first.
Life lesson:  encourage people even when you have to correct.
Life lesson:  Paul told the people he loved them.  We should do this also.
The love for fellow Christians comes from the Lord.
There is a great need in our Church today to encourage one another.
Acts 4: 36 - Barnabas
Acts 11: 22-24 Barnabas encouraged - people of encouragement.
Encourage one another; lift each other; build each other up.
Paul encouraged and im return he was encouraged. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

One night only - Stan Goodenough


How Australia helped - and still can help - to prepare the Way 

The Messiah is destined - according to the Bible - to establish His Kingdom in Jerusalem and from there to rule the world.    Before He comes - says the same Source - God will have restored the Jews to their ancestral land and its ancient capital.  

A hundred years ago, the British Empire - spearheaded by soldiers waving the Southern Cross-inscribed flags of Australia and New Zealand - conquered Beersheba from the Ottoman Turks, driving them from Jerusalem, the Galilee and, finally, right out of the land.

Fifty years ago, under the Star of David, Israeli fighters restored their biblical heartland with Jerusalem to its aboriginals. Today - in this double anniversary year - the battle is raging for Jerusalem. Nations and international organizations are trying to strip the Jews of their claim to this city and to its holiest site, the Temple Mount.  

In the spirit of ANZAC and in the legacy of the Lighthorsemen, Australia still has a momentous opportunity to again lead the Christian world - recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and becoming the first to move its embassy there.    Time to mount up!

Stan Goodenough a Christian South African writer, speaker and Israel tour guide - with Aussie and Kiwi ancestry - has lived in Jerusalem since 1991.  The conviction that Australia and New Zealand can yet play a major part in securing the Jewish people in their land brings Stan here on his fourth visit since 2014.  Urgency drives him: that the significant centenary years 2017- 2018 will see Australia and New Zealand further fulfil a wonderful destiny concerning the Israel.

Stan Goodenough is coming to Tolga Community Church for one evening only on Thursday 20th July 2017 at 7pm.  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

What Does It Mean to be a Christian?

1 Thessalonians

Paul and his companions planted church and was there for about 3 weeks.  He then sent Timothy back some time later to see how the young church was going.

Exodus 4
Luke 8:12-15

Paul wanted to prove the genuiness of his faith to the church and he loved the people.

In our church, many people have come through with great ideas, but they have not stayed because they have not loved the church in this place.  They have not been genuine in their love for the people.

In the church, many people are well off and have a lot of pleasures and they don't grow up!

Exodus chapter 4.  Do we see what is in our hand?  We have the Word of God in our hand.  With this we xan change the world around us.

How much power we have.  Moses was 80, a shepherd, he had murdered.    Yet how much did God use him?  He brought out the people of Israel from slavery.

Will you give the Lord your life?

What does it mean to be a Christian?

We need to pray for our nation.  Persecution is coming to 'the blessed' in the western world.  Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world who are being persecuted.

As Moses went out and use the staff, the enemy came against him.  God calls his people to do his work. 

Having your name in the book of life. You can be rich or poor but if your name is not in book of life - same reward - separated from God.  Total loss.

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