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Friday, April 8, 2016

To Dress and to Keep

Psalm 68:6

In our daily life we often wonder who we are, what we are doing (even in this church).

Genesis 1
Man was created  for a purpose - to be in relationship.  Everyone has a free will.  When God made Adam and Eve He gave them some special things.  God is god  of past, present and future.  

We need to be ready everyday for  Christ's return.

Romans 17-20

We are part of God's creation.   Genesis is the seed bed of the whole Bible.   Where everything is found. 

The Old Testament is in New revealed; and the New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed.

God is not mysterious.   He wants to be in a daily relationship with us each day.  He created us to be special people.  God has given us a talent to take hold of and use and further His kingdom.

Like building a house where there are specialized trades; each comes and the house is built into one.   The same in Church-each of us has a talent given by God to contribute to the body.

Genesis 2 (v15)  God has taken each one of us and given us a job to do.  In church, we have been given a job to do in our church and place to dress and to keep this place he has given us.

God has planted us here to dress and keep this place He has given us.   Here we should begin to understand what God wants us to do.  Where God places us is a beautiful place.  We are placed here to do something special.

Everyday God came down and spoke with Adam.  Each day God wants to come and speak with us.  Each day we need to talk with God too.  

We have to care,  look after and keep our church.  Just like Adam had to dress and keep the garden.  

Who am I?   A special person to dress and to keep this place.

In Jesus Christ we are spiritual people; He requires us to do spiritual work. 

As Christians we must be naturally spiritual and spiritually natural.  The natural and the spiritual working together.

Faith without works is dead (James )  faith is spiritual part and works is natural.

Psalm 103:13-16 - how we stand before God.

As a church and individually we have a special job to do in God's sight. 

Each day God wants to cone and talk with us.  He wants to help us in our endeavors each and every day.

God has prepared a special place.   An appointed place.  We have an appointed and prepared place; set down to stay and dress and keep it for  God.

God places us in this specific place to dress and to keep this place.   A lot of people who need help, who are hurting; to bring together a special family to do a job for him. 

We're part of the body.  As we work together we become one.  Together we do great things.   Pray together;  worship together;  work together.   We have been given responsibility just like Adam.   Each of us have to dress and to keep what God has given us.   Be a watchman and take authority over those things which are not of God.    
To fight for the place He has guven us.  To keep evil out.  To be responsible and to be on guard.   God makes us a special people that's been to responsibility to dress and to keep this place.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Combined Service on the 29th May, 2016

Thanking God ….. thanking each other
Saturday
28 May 2016
www.thanksgiving.org.au
I can’t keep quiet about You.
God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.
Psalm 30:12 The Message

 Imagine a day when the walls of your church are as wide as the boundaries of your community!

 Imagine a day when your local government comes to your church for help!

 Imagine a day that puts a smile on the faces of the poor and disadvantaged people in your community!

 Imagine a day when the lonely find they have a friend!


 Imagine a day when the body of Christ across our Nation comes together in one voice of thanks to God for the Nation we live in and the blessings we enjoy in this great Southland of the Holy Spirit!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Heralders of the Gospel ( Part 8)


•  Salvation
•  Serve Jesus

Paul is writing to Timothy and instructing him to serve Christ.

Jesus came to testify about God the Father.  We are called to love and serve God.  We are about serving God.  This is our first duty.  Helping others comes from serving God.  Jesus wasn't just another person in the street.   Jesus came as a rabbi with authority.

Jesus is the Son of God.   He had authority.      Jesus told his disciples to love one another.   This is how to reveal God in our lives.

2 Timothy 2

God's word is not chained.  It is always free to do what God wants. If we are faithless;  he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

We need to be faithful to our Captain.   To please Christ.   How do you overcome your sin?  Turn to Christ.   We have the choice.   If God did this we wouldn't have the choice.  Yet God gives us the freedom of choice.  That’s how free God allows us.

The prize of the race for an athlete is to finish the race.  A soldier gets involved in the affairs of being a soldier, not in the causes of civilians.

It's so easy to get distracted.   We are to do what our Lord Jesus wants.  We are to do the will of God.   Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.  Paul is writing to Timothy whilst he was in chains in prison.  A lot of times we don't talk about suffering.   In Australia we don't come under suffering.   But in most of the world the Church is suffering for their faith in God.   Strife destroys the things of God.  Strife destroys your life. 

Titus 2:14  Why did God save you ?  To be his own people who are saved from doing wickedness ourselves; eager to do good.   We can only control our own actions. We live in a world of wickedness.   It's our choice to do good or evil.  God gives resources to do good; Satan gives resources to do evil.

What is this 'good'?  The Church is like a house.  Some things have greater value than others.  A car has more value than a comb.  Metal pots are of more value than wood or clay as they hold liquid.

Do you want to be a vessel of little value or of greater value?  It's our choice.  What is our main role in life?  We choose to make ourselves to be a holy vessel set apart to be a clean, holy, separated vessel for God.  If not we are simply a  'do-gooder'.

God wants us to follow him because it's coming out of our heart.   If we live following Christ then others will see and be drawn to God.  We will always have people that need help.

The woman came to Jesus and washed his feet and blessed Jesus.   She gave to him.  Jesus told her to go and sin no more - that was her choice.  She gave up all to follow Christ.  That night that woman 'died' to the world. 

Jesus came to testify to the Truth - the Father.  We can't fix this world up.   That’s not our job.  First we make sure we are a holy vessel.   Doing good is having God living in us.  Without repentance there is no salvation.   You can confess but no salvation without repentance.   That means we choose to get sin out of our lives and do good.

Keep ourselves from sinning by making the choice to follow God. Who influences you -who you choose to listen to - either God or Satan.  We overcome sin in Christ Jesus.   We live in a sinful body.  But even though you will make mistakes,  confess,  repent and choose to put Christ in your life.   Two choices - we choose either good or evil, life or death

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Heralders of the Gospel ( Part 7)

2 Timothy 1 : 12-18

We think it's about what God gives to us.  We expect to be given to us.  God abundantly gived to us and we must be a vessel that pours out. 

As Christians we don't go to hell but we will stand before the judgment seat of God and answer to the question "what have you done with my Son?"

When you have children one of the greatest rewards is to see them take what we have taught them and become responsible, giving and Christ minded people in our community.

2 Timothy 1 : 12-18

Counting all things as rubbish except what matters in eternity.   What is deposited in you in Christ.   Paul has been part in teaching Timothy.  All the times he had plenty won't be asked about.  The assurance of faith consists of trust in Christ.

Keep trusting in Jesus to bring you through.   We can know it all? Paul knew it all.  Paul then meets the Lord on the road to Damascus;  Paul doesn't just know about the Lord, he knows the Lord.

We can rest in that great gift of life that Jesus gives.  If your realization of Christ is hardly there; there will be no big picture of what Christ can do.  Don't let offence get in the way.  Don't come to take; come to give.  Christ came to give not take.   He didn't have to.

In Christ there is united the divine and human nature.  He knew what it was like to be like us and be tempted;  but he knew how to live as God wants us to live.

To know God our heart must be open to Him.  The greatest challenge in life is to change.   It can be very hard to change.  A lot of times we take offense and we get upset  because we need to change.

Do you think how we lived offended him?  He has sympathy for us; he knows what is right and what is wrong.   Jesus loves us in spite of our offense.   God can identify with each of us.

Paul goes on and talks about apostasy.

John 6:60-67
There have been those who give their heart to the Lord but don't finish the race.  When we get challenged we turn away from Christ and from brothers and sisters in Christ.

V66-67  From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with him no more...

Onesiphorus refreshed Paul; he gave to Paul.  He was kind to Paul, often.   He took care to seek Paul out and find him

He received the 'prophets reward'. Read through scripture and find out more.

Onesiphorus did this to honour Jesus;  he loved the Lord.  

We are not saved to look good.   You can't do good and be saved.  You can be saved and do good.  It's not enough to expect God to give and give.  We are to do our part and we will have to give an account of our life.

You can't go around doing what you like; we need to be accountable for our actions; life; beliefs.  Now is the day.  We are the vessels.   God saved us to be a vessel to carry goodness,  teachings of God and to show them outwards.  You are the friend that He can use to flow out to those around you.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Heralders of the Gospel ( Part 6)

2 Timothy 4:1-8

John F Kennedy said "think not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country".

Or  "think not what your church can do for you but what you can do for your church".

Reputation,  whether we like it or not,  matters.  If people don't see the value of a person;  they won't see the value in a person.

Abraham - Genesis 12

God gives us His Word and causes us to preach His Word.  You don't have to strive to be a good person;  you have to trust God.

Satan promises good but pays evil; promise pleasure but pays with pain;  promises life but pays with death.

What God promises you will have.  Life,  heaven, truth.

Holy Spirit works on our conscience.   Our conscience is our advisor and our accuser.  Your conscience will judge you - right or wrong.  

People who don't do anything with  their conscience can't be trusted and will lead you astray.

Friendship is important.   True friends help you and walk with you through good and bad times.  A mate who is not honest with you is not a real friend.   We need to be honest, true.

Paul tells Timothy not to preach stuff that tickles ears.  Preach truth.  God takes penalty of sin away so we sin less;  not more!

Faith shows how fair dinkum we are.  Faith is not just about trusting God to do His part.  We also have our part to play in our faith.  Faith is about us being faithful to God. Living out what we believe in God.

We think it's about the power God puts in us.  Its about God displaying His power.  Not about us; about what God is doing in your life.

Romans 8 - share in the suffering of Christ.   Do we see people as Christ does.  What would you take as the greatest proof of friendship a man can give?  Even when the time comes when people won't  acknowledge true doctrine;  preach the Message,  be insistent on it.

We always think God's our friend;  but are we a friend of God?   Do we feel that same burden that God feels about people?

Run the race; keep the faith.   Don't look for instant fixes; self gratification;  worldly things.

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