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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ephesians chapter 4 (1)

Ephesians 4:7-16

The writer is naming the ministries of the church; not the governance of the church.  We are to particularly love each other.  We are to function first of all as a family.

1 Peter 3:8

Families are not built on regulations; families are built on relationships.
Church is to be built on relationships; fellowship; Acts 2:42 is how church is supposed to work.

Acts 2:42
Ephesians 4:3

Church is Christ's body.  Ephesians 1:23.  Jesus liked to call his disciples.   There is a way God's people are expected to live. It's important that we understand that what we do even in public either hurts or uplifts our body.
Jesus also referred to his people as 'sheep'. 

John 10

Church is to be led and cared for by shepherds  (Elders, Pastors)
God elects those who are to do ministries.   Ephesians 1-3 Paul spends time about nature of church as conceivedby God.

Ephesians ch 1

As God's children as we would like to think of our children; God wants to bless his children.

The church is edified and to edify.  The church is built up and to build up.
The role of the church is to be about God's business; not reacting to the world.

- the edifying/building up of the church.  When this stops we lose respect.

-  worship God is the first purpose of our life.

- the body is to live in the liberty and salvation won upon the cross.

- Proverbs 23 (wise instructions)

-  we should expect to experience liberty.  Christ has given us people with gifts to teach us.

- For the church to be respected and listened to; it is wise to do things God's way.

- the Jewish people expect God to bless them.  When theyare blessed they can bless others.   So too we should expect to be blessed so that we can bless others around us.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

How do you think?

Today we were in God's presence with Desert Springs Church.  

Ps Bob shared from Philippians 4:8
-think on these things...

In our daily lives we all have different experiences;
What happens in our day sometimes affects our thoughts.
Paul is encouraging us to think on the good things in God.

There are times of happiness and times of sadness.
Our thoughts can either direct us towards positive or negative thoughts.

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Mark 5:21-43 Ill child and sick lady...

We need to press in and get closer to God because we don't know what will happen tomorrow.

We need to come and fall at Jesus's feet and say 'Lord, I need you'.

Miracles can happen everyday.   Lots of times we don't receive because we don't ask.

We need to come and be at Jesus feet more often-come closer and closer more often.

Encourage each of you to come closer to Jesus.  

Each day pray and read The Word and worship.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Victor or Victim?

Luke 6:17-26 (NIV)

Jesus called his inner circle and after spending a night in prayer with his father, he called the 12 disciples.

Jesus and his disciples were met by a large crowd of people including those who were not jewish but gentiles.

Jesus had already a ministry of influence and they came.  Many came out of genuine human need. v 19

Jesus was not a magician, he is Lord.  He spoke with authority which was not like the jewish leaders.  He never came across as a person of authority.   He served with humilty and love.

Jesus is our example of how to serve.   He taught with authority and power, grace and love.

V20 (c/ref:  Matthew 5:1-12)
Jesus has a different thought pattern to the world. 

In the first part Jesus begins with 'blessed' (truly happy) not being happy (circumstances). 

In the second part he begins with 'woe'  (an expression of sadness and concern).  When we worry we are like the woeful people. 

v24 - don't we envy those who have wealth.  We despise those who are poor.  Matthew uses the phrase "poor in spirit". 

In many parts of the world people know God's blessings and riches of the heavenly kingdom because they don't have what we in the western world enjoy each day.

John 3:16 - believe (hop in the wheelbarrow😊) ie story of man who pushed a wheelbarrow across a tight rope across grand canyon).

If we are satisfied with the things of the world then you will know the riches of the world.  That is your reward. Money is your god.

But those who have sought the Lord and seek after heavenly things.  We can be satisfied.  We cannot however serve two gods; you cannot serve God and money.  You can only serve one master.

If you come to him hungry and thirsty for his word; he will give you all you will ever need.

God's money system has no end.  God provides all the world needs.   We still can't fight a storm. 

Let's get on God's blessed side not on the mournful side.

v22-23 today many want to be a prophet!  But we read in the OT that many of them wanted to run from this job!  (eg Hosea was commanded to marry a prostitute.)

W Wilberforce - he went against the tide of public opinion.   He campaigned against slavery.

We are either with God or we are not.

We will face opposition and criticism.

Do we want to be blessed or be pitied?

Do you want to be the victor or the victim?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Believing- an Action If You Are Real!

Bible Reference:  John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes (faith, trust, this is an action word) in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

1 Timothy 2:1-6  “I urge, then, first of all that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  That is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.  This has now been witness to at the proper time.”

Hebrews 4:1-11

What are we resting in
?  We rest in the finished work of Christ.  We rest in God.  What does this mean?  We are to be “human beings”  not “human doings”.  God has done salvation for us – through Christ.  All we have to do is take the rest He has given us and…rest.

Hebrews: 4:11

Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. 

John 18:37-38
1 John 4:1-6

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Walk in Unity.

Love each other.  Like each other.

Ephesians 4:1-6

The first 3 chapters of Ephesians sets out how to live as God's people.

Popular belief today is that you can be a Christian and be a loner.  Scripture does not teach this.

We are to walk as God's people.   We are no longer our own but we are to walk as one of God's people; in his way.  Important to God and for our salvation.  

God wants us to be proud of walking his way but not be proud in it.  Don't think we are far above or we are better. We are not in  competition with each other.  We are to walk life together. 

Meek:  I know what's it like to have and not  have but I am content.

When strife gets in your life you won't cope unless you are walking life with God.

1 Corinthians 10:13
2 Corinthians   5:10

If you are finding it hard to forgive then you have not looked at yourself and what is going on in your life.

You cannot livein unity when you start to think you are better than someone else.

But by meekness and not competition we are to live together.   One hope, one faith, one heart, one author (God), we find our nature in God's nature.   God forgives, so we should forgive.

We are the vessels in which God lives.  The church should be the light to the world.

Our first walk should be unity.  If you are not in unity with God's people  then you are not living in His will. 

Now we are to put what we've learnt in first 3 chapters into action.  First action is unity.  Unity with other Christians is part of our salvation.
It's not an option.

God has called us to be together.   It's part of our salvation.

God wants us to put ourselves in a place where we can grow up. Become mature.

If you build a house on a good foundation you don't keep rebuilding the house.  The unity needs to be affected by the Holy Spirit.   Not uniformity. 

Unity is not about a hollow walk.  We should be looking to help someone else not take from someonw else.

We don't make unity; we keep it.  We need to keep working to keep walkingin unity.   Patience, love, life.

In the bond of peace; not by the bond of peace.  You can't be a Christian on the fence; you're either in or out.  Unity must be lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.   Outward signs do not bind Christians; peace with God through Holy Spirit, part of God's family.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Whatever you do, don’t lost your song!

The tests of life reveal how well you take instruction, what you've learned, and what you'll do in any given set of circumstances. What you've been taught is only theory, until it's been tested on real fire. Chuck Swindoll tells the story of a bird named Chippy:

'Chippy the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage singing, the next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. His problem began when his owner decided to clean his cage with a vacuum. She stuck the nozzle in to suck up the seeds and feathers at the bottom of the cage. Then the phone rang. Instinctively she turned to pick it up. She'd barely said 'hello' and then ‘sswwwwPPPPP!’ Chippy got sucked in.

The owner gasped, dropped the phone and snapped off the vacuum. She unzipped the bag and there was Chippy alive, but stunned; covered with heavy black dust. She grabbed Chippy and rushed to the bathtub, turned on the faucet full blast and held Chippy under a torrent of ice-cold water, power-washing him clean. Then she did what any compassionate pet owner would do: she snatched up the hairdryer and blasted the wet, shivering little bird with hot air.' Swindoll closes his story with these words: 'Chippy doesn't sing much anymore.' Life will test you, but don't let the struggles steal your song of life.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Romans 8:28-29 King James Version (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

1 John 3:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, [a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Life will test us.  When we become a Christian, life doesn’t become easy.  It becomes filled with purpose.  As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, transforming us to become like Jesus Christ, we are able to experience God’s peace even in the midst of trials.

Are you living in a cage, singing happily – life is good?  Or are you experiencing being sucked in, washed up, and blown over? 

What we’ve been taught really shows up in our life when trials come.  It’s theory until you are tested and what you have put in, will come out in the trials of life.  How well do we cope when tested?

Acts 2:42 - They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Reading the Bible, being in fellowship (church), breaking the bread (communion) and prayer – important practices we need to do regularly to grow and mature – to grow up in Christ. 
When life tests us, how do we respond?  Do we practice what the Bible says, do we turn to God in his Word and in prayer, do we seek breaking of bread (communion), do we continue in fellowship (going to church?) OR do we quickly fall away in the trials and busyness of life?  Do we phone our friends, even if they are well meaning to find the answers we wish to hear?  Or do we turn to God and His word and prayer?

Do we trust as Job did (Job 19:25 (Msg) – “Still, I know that God lives—the One who gives me back my life—  and eventually he’ll take his stand on earth”.) or do we trust people to give us their opinion? Do we rely on ourselves, or do we stand in faith (Heb 11:1) depending on God?
Hebrews 11:1 (Msg) “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”

Don’t lose your song in the trials of life as Chippy did after his trial with the vacuum cleaner – instead sing to your Savior and trust Him to bring you through.  Continue reading Scripture, continue attending Church, continue with regular Communion and continue to pray.

Be encouraged – God is with us, His children, even though the trials just as He is when we are experiencing the ‘good’ times!

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