Tolga Community Church

Tolga Community Church
"We believe a Great Commitment to the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission will GROW a Great Church."

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

What we believe we value


In essential beliefs - we have unity. "There is one body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all..." Ephesians 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs - we have liberty. "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God...So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14:1, 4, 12 and 22

In all our beliefs - we show love. "...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all." 1 Corinthians 13:2

THE Beliefs WE BELIEVE and VALUE:

1, ABOUT GOD: God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are Co-equal and are one God.  Bible References: Genesis 1; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

2, ABOUT JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is Co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return some day to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Bible References: Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:6-30; Hebrews 4:1-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:1-16; Titus 2:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

3, ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is Co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under his control daily. The Holy Spirit provides each Christian with the necessary gifts to serve God and others.  Bible References: 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; John 14: 26; 1 Timothy 4:14; Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 14.

4, 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.  Bible References: 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; John 20:30-31

5, ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS: People are created in the image of God, and can choose to understand and listen to God. God has appointed man ruler over all creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are sinners and this separates us from God and causes many problems in life.  Bible References: Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2.

6, ABOUT SALVATION: Salvation is God's gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by Self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.  Bible References: Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12-1 3; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1-2

7, ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY: God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ. The person who believes is secure in their salvation for eternity. The grace and power of God maintain salvation, not the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. Bible References: John 10:25-30; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 5:6-12.

8, ABOUT ETERNITY: God created people to live forever. We either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or live eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is eternal punishment (Hell). To be eternally in union with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.  Bible References: John 3:16; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 5:30; 18:9; 23:33; Mark 9:43-45; Luke 10:15; Hebrews 6:1-8; Isaiah 14:11; 33:11-14; 48:22; 50:11; 57:21; 66:22-24; Daniel 12:2.

Friday, November 13, 2020

2Corinthians 1:8-10

 


For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us.  (2Cointhians 1:8-10)

 

Our passage speaks again of the Lord's resurrection power operating in our daily Christian lives, in the process of sanctification and spiritual growth. The setting in which the Lord did this resurrecting work was in the midst of trials while serving God.

 

Paul did not want other believers to be unaware of his difficulties. "For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia." Too often, we are tempted to keep our struggles totally private. Thereby, we rob glory from God, when He delivers us. Also, we keep others from learning important lessons that come from watching God fulfill the faithful promises of His word.

 

Paul's battles were severe on this occasion. "We were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves." Spiritually speaking, these trials were killing Paul and his missionary team. They were pressed down, overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless. When we are in hopeless despair, our sufferings seem to be pointless. Yet, our difficulties (like Paul's) have this invaluable purpose built into them: "that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead."

 

We have frequently noted that living by grace requires humility and faith. God gives grace to the humble, and faith accesses grace. Well, in the trials of life, God is working on developing these relational realities (spiritual realities that become real through a growing relationship with Jesus).

 

Trials and difficulties become occasions to be humbled before God. We are provoked to cry out to God in helplessness. Also, trials present new opportunities to trust in the Lord. When the trials are intense, God is purging us of the primary obstacle to trusting in God, and that is self-trust.

We are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. The Lord is able to give peace to the troubled conscience.

 

"Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead." When we are convinced that we cannot handle it, we call upon God, who faithfully resurrects us from our circumstantial death. "Who delivered us from so great a death?"

 

So our faith grows that He will continue to rescue us: "and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us." These blessings are given by him, as the Father of his redeemed family. It is our Saviour who says, Let not your heart be troubled. All comforts come from God, and our sweetest comforts are in him. He speaks peace to souls by granting the free remission of sins; and he comforts them by the enlivening influences of the Holy Spirit, and by the rich mercies of his grace. He is able to bind up the broken-hearted, to heal the most painful wounds, and also to give hope and joy under the heaviest sorrows. The favours God bestows on us, are not only to make us cheerful, but also that we may be useful to others. He sends comforts enough to support such as simply trust in and serve him. If we should be brought so low as to despair even of life, yet we may then trust God, who can bring us back even from death. Their hope and trust were not in vain; nor shall any be ashamed who trust in the Lord. Past experiences encourage faith and hope, and lay us under obligation to trust in God for time to come. And it is our duty, not only to help one another with prayer, but in praise and thanksgiving, and thereby to make suitable returns for benefits received. Thus both trials and mercies will end in good to ourselves and others.

In dealing with trails we can say “why me” or we can say “what does God want me to learn here”.

Monday, October 19, 2020

 

                The need for Christians to mature and be accountable

The difference between "attendees" and "members" is to grow up and be Committed

The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you are not committed to any specific church family.

Growing up;

1.       Discovering Spiritual Maturity

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

2.       The purpose of Spiritual Maturity

Then we shall no longer be children, carried by the waves and blown about by every shifting wind of the teaching of deceitful men, who lead others into error by the tricks they invent. Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, Who is the head. (Ephesians 4:14-15) 

v  Misconceptions about Spiritual Growth

3.       Growth is automatic: "In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again." Hebrews 5:12

"…Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." Philippians 2:12-13

Truth: Spiritual growth is intentional

4.       Growth is mystical and intended for a few: “But keep away from those godless legends, which are not worth telling. Keep yourself in training for a Godly life.” 1 Timothy 4:

Truth: Spiritual maturity is available to all believers but there are no shortcuts!

5.       Growth is instant

Truth: Spiritual growth is a process that takes time.

6.       Growth is only knowledge: "Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do." James 2:18

"For though once your heart was full of darkness, now it is full of light from the Lord, and your behaviour should show it" Ephesians 5:8; "You will know them by their fruits." Matt. 7:16

Truth: Spiritual maturity is demonstrated more by how you act than by what you know.

7.       Growth is only personal:  "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love

and good works. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another..." Hebrews 10:24-25; "For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen." I John 4:20

Truth: Spiritual maturity requires family-like relationships

8.            Growth is through study only

Truth: Spiritual maturity requires all the purposes of God in your life. Spiritual growth begins with a commitment, is a gradual process, involves developing habits, and is stimulated by the relationships that you find in the church.

"…Your faith in God has become known everywhere." 1 Thessalonians 1:8

"Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:33

             Disciples are known by what they are committed to

To grow up in every way to Christ takes commitment to the habits necessary for Spiritual Growth

“But continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, now and forever! Amen.” (2Peter 3:18)

             What is “Spiritual Maturity”?

 “And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God: we shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ’s full stature.” Ephesians 4:13

             Spiritual maturity is being like Christ.

“Those whom God has already chosen He also set apart to become like His Son, so that the Son would be the first among many brothers. And so those whom God set apart, He called: and those He called, He put right with Himself, and He shared His glory with them.” Romans 8:29-30

             Spiritual Maturity is not a gift.

“There has been enough time for you to be teachers- yet you still need someone to teach you the first lessons of God’s message. Instead of eating solid food, you still have to drink milk. Anyone who has to drink milk is still a child, without any experience in the matter of right and wrong.” Hebrews 5:12-13

 

             Spiritual Growth is intentional

Spiritual Maturity takes DISCIPLINE: “But keep away from those godless legends, which are not worth telling.   Keep yourself in training for a godly life.” 1Timothy 4:7

We become what we are committed to

             THE four most important Spiritual Habits

 Putting Christ first in my Time, Relationships, Money, Prayer and to Worship God

 1.            Time alone with God each day: The habit of a daily time with God (Reading God’s Word)

James 1:22 & 25. Personal Bible reading and prayer each day. Mark 1:35, James 1:25 and

Romans 12:12

2.            The habit of Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25.

Being a committed team for God. Fellowship with believers in a small group and church.

 3.            The habit of Tithing: Revealing our heart to God and giving to invest in the future through a  weekly tithe to God 1Corinthians 16:2; 2Corinthians 8:7; Matthew 6:19-21.1 Timothy 6:18-19 and                   2 Corinthians 9:6

 4.            The habit of Prayer: Romans 12:12.

              By developing these four habits we will:

1. Know the Word of God

2. Have the mind of God

3. Have the heart of God

4. Do all to the glory of God

5. Have the character of God

Mature Believers are called Disciples. I cannot be a Disciple without being disciplined. The more disciplined I become the more God can use me. Jesus said, “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27

So Jesus said to those who believed in Him, “If you obey my teaching you are my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

             Attitudes of Disciples

1. They confess their sin to be open daily to hear God's Word. “So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the Word that He plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.” James1:21

2. They do not get so preoccupied with life’s problems and distractions that they do not hear God Word. “That is why we must hold on all the more firmly to the truths we have heard, so that we will not be carried away.” Hebrews 2:1

3. They are serious and act on what they hear and learn. They are not superficial.

“Do not deceive yourself by just listening to His word; instead, put it into practice.” James 1:22

“Do what I say and you will live. Be as careful to follow My teaching as you are to protect your eyes. Keep My teaching with you all the time; write it on your heart.” Proverbs 7:2-3

             Disciples read the Word and Hear the Word

What we believe we value

In essential beliefs - we have unity. "There is one body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and...