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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

We are called to be obedient to God

Mark 16:15&16

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

When we are obedient to the gospel, when we believe and are saved we are called to be baptised.

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

What does the Bible say?

1 Cor 15:1-4

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.  By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that 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,

Paul was reminding them of the gospel, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  The wages of sin is death, but Jesus paid it, taking the punishment of our sins, so we can have eternal life.  Without Jesus' death, we would be doomed to eternal punishment.

It is Good News to us.

1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 Cor 6:14
By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

The death of Christ is just as important as his resurrection.  A habit we can fall into is trying to fix up a person  who never died, was buried and raised up, "the old man".

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

We have to be obedient to the gospel of God.

1 Cor 13: faith, hope and love

Foolishness of man, cut a tree and made one part and idol and burnt the other half for fuel (Isa).  Gospel is death, burial, resurrection of our Lord

Sin is the opposite of obeying our Father in heaven.
Romans 6:3-5
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
God is after the new person, born of the Spirit.
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

When we turn around and accept Jesus, we should get baptised, its part of the deal.  Its a commandment. Jesus was baptised before he began his earthly ministry. Part of being born again is being baptised.  We also need to be part of a family, if we don't become part of Gods family we are orphans.

Rom 6:6
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,that we should no longer be slaves to sin

When we obey the gospel of Christ, we are no longer slaves to sin.  God has paid the price to make you free!

Rom 6:17
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.

We are going to be a slave to something, right or wrong?
Without repentance there is no forgiveness of sin.
When we get baptised, bury old self, sin and new person raised up.
Obey righteousness.  God calls you to walk in the light.  Don't pick up your sin.
God makes us righteous not ourselves.  We are buried (die), and are resurrected to life.  Representation of what God has done.

Gal 1:6-8
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel  which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!

Gal 1:9
As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
God paid a big price for us to be saved

Our place in all of this is to Grow Up and be mature people, who are able to do his work.  Tell people about the gospel.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

On Friday night, Tolga Community Church welcomed Ps Greg and Judy Willis from Timeline Ministries as they  brought a biblical awareness of the ‘Prophetic’ times in which we live.

BackGround:

Timeline Ministries is a full time faith based itinerant ministry established by Pastor Greg and Judy Willis who have been in full time ministry since 1984.

Pastor Greg and Judy will bring a clear understanding of Bible Prophecy, which will encourage and inspire people to live more effectively for the Kingdom of God.
For more information and to Contact Timeline Ministries click here.

Ps Tim from TCC with Ps Greg and Judy Willis

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Proverbs 31


When children are under their mother’s eye, she has an opportunity of fashioning their minds right.  Those who are grown up, should often call to mind the good teaching they received when children.  The many awful instances of promising characters that have been ruined by loose women, and love of wine, should warn everyone to avoid these evils.  Wine is to be used for helping or medicine.  Every creature of God is good, and wine, though abused, has its use.  By the same rule, due praise and punishment should be used as tools to grow confident and self-sufficient adults. All in authority should be more carefully judged than other men; and should be protectors of those who are unable or afraid to plead their own cause.  Our blessed Lord did not decline the bitterest dregs of the cup of sorrow put into his hands; but he puts the cup of consolation into the hands of his people, and causes those to rejoice who are in the deepest distress.

The name Lemuel means “unto God”

In Proverbs 31 we find a description of a virtuous woman of those days, but the general outline equally suits every age and nation.

She is careful to recommend herself to her husband’s esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing that he rule over her.
She can be trusted, and he will leave such a wife to manage for him.  He is happy with her. And she makes it her constant business to do him good.
She is one that takes pains in her duties, and takes pleasure in them.  She is careful to not waste time.
She makes what she does turn to good account by prudent management.  Many undo themselves by buying without considering where they can afford it.  She provides well for her house.  She lays up for hereafter.
She looks well to the ways of her household, that she may oblige all to do their duty to God and to one another, as well as to her.
She is intent upoin giving as upon getting, and does it freely and cheerfully.
She is discreet and obliging; every word she says shows she governs herself by the rules of wisdom.  She not only takes prudent measures herself, but gives prudent advice to others. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, and shows itself in the tongue.  Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world.
Above all, she fears the Lord.  Beauty recommends none to God, not is it any proof of wisdom and goodness, but it has deceived many a man who made his choice of wife by it.  But the fear of God reigning in the heart is the beauty of the soul; it lasts forever.
She has firmness to bear up under crosses and disappointments.  She shall reflect with comfort when she comes to be old, that she was not idle or useless when young.  She shall rejoice in a world to come.  She is a great blessings to her relations.  If the fruit be good, the tree must have our good word.  But she leaves it to her own works to praise her.  Every one ought to desire this honour that comes from God; and according to this standard we all ought to regulate our judgements.

This passage also applies to the Church.  The Church is the Bride of Jesus Christ.

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