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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

About the Bible

The Bible is God's Word to us. Human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

John 20:30-31

1. Miracles which declare His Divinity.

(1) His design of a miracle was open and graceful, not in the name of another, but in His own. “I say unto thee, Arise,” this distinguishes Him from prophets and apostles.

(2) The miracles of healing He did were with His authority and just the same as God to forgive sins.

(3) When He drove the buyers and sellers out of the Temple, He claimed as His own that Temple in which He often appeared as a common worshipper.

(4) And when He cast out devils, they sometimes confessed Him as the Son of God.


2. The Lord appeared among men in the lowest of condition,
 yet He gathered a people who were to receive Him as, “the Son of God.” There were “signs” which manifested His “glory.” Under His ministry bread multiplies, and thousands are fed; He walks upon the sea, In the storm His simple command is, “Peace, be still!” and the winds hear, and die away. And then He says, “Lazarus, come forth!” And when finally He, the Conqueror of death in His own dominion, appears, Thomas naturally says, “My Lord and my God!”
The record of our Lord's life is fragmented and it's details incomplete. He is presented as the means of the things we need to know for our salvation – In other words He is the only way to the Father and that is enough for anyone to know. Miracles come with and follow the Christ – they display His glory.

Isaiah 59:1-10

If our prayers are not answered, and the salvation we wait for is not shaped in us, it is not because God is tied of hearing prayer, but because we are tied of praying. This is sin in its true colours, and this is sin in its consequences, exceedingly hurtful, separating us from God, and separating us from all good, and only giving us evil. 
We do not have to feed our own destruction through wicked systems. No schemes of self shaped salvation can save us. Put on the Redeemer's robe of righteousness. Every man who is destitute of the Spirit of Christ, runs swiftly to evil of some sort; let us remember this; those who do not know the Divine truth and justice, are strangers to peace.
God has given us His word to help us in the right time – but because of our sinful nature we need to always be on guard from evil men and sometimes even ourselves. Let us not be lazy and make sure we talk to our God and saviour.
If we shut our eyes against the light of Divine truth, it is just with God to hide from our eyes the things that belong to our peace. The sins of those who profess themselves God's people, are worse than the sins of others. And the sins of a nation bring public judgements, when not restrained by public justice. Men may murmur under calamities, but nothing will truly profit while they reject Christ and his gospel.

The Bible teaches us that this is the day of salvation and salvation is our greatest need.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What the gospel of Christ reveals


Galatians 1:1-5; Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ and he was appointed by him and so by God the Father, who is one with the Son, and the Father appointed Christ as Mediator. Grace, includes God's good-will towards us, and his good work upon us and His peace. This comes from God the Father, as the source, through Jesus Christ. But observe, first grace, and then peace; there can be no true peace without grace. Christ gave himself for our sins, to make atonement for us - the justice of God required this and to this he freely submitted. The greatness of the price of sin is so great, that it could not be put away except the Son of God be given for it. Mark well the words, “for our sins.” We need to be redeemed from the wrath of God, and the curse of the law; but also to recover from wicked practices and customs, to which we are naturally a slave to. We are delivered from this present evil world by the sanctification of the Spirit and freed from its condemnation by the blood of Jesus. God does not call us to just accept Jesus, He calls us to be transformed by the blood and the spirit.

Galatians 1:6-9; Those who would establish any other way to heaven other than , will find themselves in a lot of trouble when they face the Lord and are judge what the gospel of Christ revealed by Him. The apostle presses upon the Galatians a due sense of their guilt in forsaking the gospel way of justification; yet he reproves with tenderness, and represents them as drawn into it by the arts of some that troubled them. In reproving others, we should be faithful, and yet endeavour to restore them in the spirit of meekness. Some set up the works of the law in the place of Christ's righteousness, and corrupt the gospel. The apostle solemnly denounces, as accursed, every one who attempts to lay so false a foundation. All other gospels not of Christ, are devices of Satan. To reject the moral law as a rule of life is to dishonour Christ, and destroy Him as the foundation for our justification, we must also accept that all dependence for justification on good works is fatal to those who persist in it. While we are zealous for good works, let us be careful not to put them in the place of Christ's righteousness, and not to advance any thing which may betray others into a delusion like this.

Galatians 1:10-14; In preaching the gospel, the apostle sought to bring persons to the obedience, not of men, but of God. But Paul would not attempt to alter the doctrine of Christ, either to gain their favour, or to avoid their fury. In so important a matter we must not fear the anger of men, nor seek their favour, by using words of men's wisdom. Concerning the manner of how He received the gospel, he had it by revelation from Heaven. He was not led to be a saint merely by education, he had it by revelation from Heaven.

Galatians 1:15-24; Paul was wonderfully brought to the knowledge and faith of Christ. All who are saved, are called by the grace of God; their conversion is wrought by His power and grace working in them. There is little benefit to us to have Christ revealed to us, if he is not also revealed in us. Paul is prepared to obey without hesitating. To glorify God for his power and mercy in saving us, and to serve Him and His people should be our main focus. Let us always remember that Christ is our righteousness.

Galatians 3:23-25; The law did not teach a living, saving knowledge; but, by its rites and ceremonies, and sacrifices, it pointed to Christ, that they might be justified by faith. So the law, as the word properly signifies, is a servant, to lead us to Christ, as children are led to school by servants who have the care of them, that they might be taught by Him the true way of justification and salvation, which is only by faith in Christ. Most men continue to love their sins, being blinded and lulled asleep by Satan, through their own pleasures, interests, and pursuits.
But the awakened sinner discovers his dreadful condition. Then he feels that the mercy and grace of God is his only hope. And the terrors of the law are often used by the convincing Spirit, to show the sinner his need of Christ, to bring him to rely on his sufferings and merits, that he may be justified by faith. Then the law, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, becomes his loved rule of duty, and his standard for daily self-examination. In this use of it he learns to depend more simply on the Saviour - knowing that by his own works he falls short.

Ephesians 2:11-13; Christ and his covenant are the foundation of all the saints hopes. A sad and terrible description is here; but who is able to remove himself out of it? Let us reflect upon a person, separated for ever from the people of God, cut off from the body of Christ, fallen from the covenant of promise, having no hope, no Saviour, and without any God but a God of vengeance, for all eternity? To have no part in Christ! Salvation is far from the wicked; but God is ready to help his people; let us remember the suffering and death of Christ to pay the wages of sin.

Ephesians 2:14-18; Christ made peace by the sacrifice of himself; in every sense Christ is our Peace, the author, centre, and substance of our being at peace with God, and of our union with the Jewish believers in one church. Through the person, sacrifice, and mediation of Christ, sinners are allowed to draw near to God as a Father, and are brought with acceptance into his presence, with their worship and services, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, as one with the Father and the Son. Christ purchased leave for us to come to God; and the Spirit gives a heart to come, and strength to come, and then grace to serve God acceptably (the right way).

Ephesians 2:19-22; The church is compared to a city, and every converted sinner is free of their sin. It is also compared to a house, and every converted sinner is one of the family; a servant, and a child in God's house. The church is also compared to a building, founded on the doctrine of Christ; delivered by the prophets of the Old Testament, and laid by the apostles of the New testament. God dwells in all believers now; they become the temple of God through the working of the Holy Spirit. One of the things we need to understand is that it is the Holy Spirit we communicate with at this time – He is our Lord. Let us then ask if our hopes are fixed on Christ, according to the doctrine of his word? Have we devoted ourselves as holy temples to God through him? Are we habitations of God by the Spirit, are we spiritually minded, and do we produce the fruits of the Spirit? Let us take heed not to grieve the holy Comforter. Let us desire his gracious presence, and his influences upon our hearts. Let us discharge the duties allotted to us, by the gifting He has given us, to the glory of God.

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

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