Christian Community Churches of Australia

Christian Community Churches of Australia
"We believe a Great Commitment to the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission will GROW a Great Church."

Sunday, October 10, 2021

GRACE

Karma in India or Hindu philosophy a universal causal law by which good or bad actions determine the future modes of an individual’s existence.

Grace is the opposite of karma, which is all about getting what you deserve. Grace is about getting what you don’t deserve.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God

In His grace, God is willing to forgive us and bless us, despite the fact that we fall short of living righteously.

In Christian terms, grace can be generally defined as “God’s favour toward the unworthy” or “God’s compassion on the undeserving.”

Grace is a most important concept in the Bible, Christianity and the world. It is most clearly expressed in the promises God reveals in the scripture and embodied in Jesus Christ.

Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely, the peace of God given to the restless or the unmerited favour of God.

Romans 5:12-21 Speaks of death through Adam and life through Christ

Romans 5:21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God shows us His power through our weakness

2 Corinthians 12:9 and He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”.

Ephesians 2:4-9

4. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5. Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6. And raised us up together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

7. That the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of his grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus

8. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not for yourselves, it is the gift of God,

9. Not of works unless anyone should boast.

It is important to fully understand that we are saved though faith by the grace of God and not by any works that you can do. Jesus Christ went to the cross, died and was raised again so that we could receive God’s grace.

Spiritual growth doesn’t happen overnight; we “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 2:18). And how does this happen?

Through the five means of grace, which are prayer, searching the scriptures, the lord’s supper, fasting and Christian fellowship. (Elaine A. Heath)

Acts 21:32 And know brethren, I commend you to God and the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

And don’t forget grace is: "A short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks"

An example of the grace given to me is;

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Steps to Growth

 Ephesians 4:14-16 

Three steps to spiritual growth – renewing our minds through Bible reading, confessing our sin, and repenting of that sin. We will look at three more steps that will build our spiritual life. 

Any believer – new or mature – would be wise to receive godly counsel.  Great men and women of God have taken a terrible plunge away from God because they were too proud to admit weakness or been seen to have sin in their life.  The Lord sees us as we truly are, but none of us see ourselves that way.  We need a friend who will be completely honest about our faults and mistakes.  Godly counselling won’t be critical or condemning, but rather will prove loving and kind – even though it may seem tough – it will build up.

Another step toward spiritual maturity is to serve the Lord, which we do by serving others. To exercise our gifting. There are times when this even means ministering to someone who tends to elicit our worst qualities.  By becoming involved in his or her life, we will learn patience, acceptance and ultimately love that is God’s love, Agape love.

One final step is to respond properly to trials and suffering.  We all wish that our greatest growth came during the calm times of our life.  But the truth is, we make the most spiritual progress when we face difficulty.  Focusing on God instead of on the source of our adversity is the appropriate response.

So the question is, do you really want to move ahead in your Christian walk?  To do so requires time, attention and commitment. Letting go of all I am.  But, if you choose to journey down God’s pathway to growth, you can expect to become more Christlike every day.

To every believer is given some gift of grace, for their mutual help. All is given as seems best to Christ to give. He receive them, that he might give to them, a large measure of gifts and graces; particularly the gift of the Holy Ghost in salvation. Not a mere head knowledge, or bare acknowledging Christ to be the Son of God, but such as brings trust and obedience. To acknowledge Christ has full authority in a disciple and this authority is to be present in the church and exercised as such. Appointments in the Church are to exercise in God’s Authority only.

There is a fullness in Christ, and a measure of that fullness given in the counsel of God to every disciple; but we never come to the perfect measure till we come to heaven. God's children are growing, as long as they are in this world; and the Christian's growth tends to the glory of Christ. The more man finds himself drawn out to improve in his station, and according to his measure, all that he has received, to the spiritual good of others, he may the more certainly believe that he has the grace of sincere love and charity foundational in his heart – one thing the scriptures are clear about is the love of God will be in the heart of his people – if this is not present, trouble will arise in the people of God. The Old Testament is full of these accounts. The history of the church bears witness to this. At the heart of God’s salvation is forgiveness, this is not optional – it is mandatory.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

He who Overcomes

 


Tolga Community Church is hosting a Healing crusade in the Tablelands far north Queensland on 9th to the 11th September 6pm start and finish 9pm . You are welcome to experience the power of God and receive your healing. The spirit of God is moving very powerful in this season and time when everyone is in fear of what's happening around the world.

GRACE

Karma in India or Hindu philosophy a universal causal law by which good or bad actions determine the future modes of an individual’s existen...