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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Your Choice

Bible references:  John 5:30; 6:38; Eph 6:15-16; Eph 2:1, 5

We do have problems but we shouldn't have.   It's done!

Jesus died on the cross.  He rose again.   As his people we should live in victory.

After the cross:

He rose on 3rd day
He ascended into heaven
The Holy Spirit came down

Romans 7:7-12
When law introduced to us we have this rebellious nature in us
Law in its fullness = life
Law not fulfilled = death

We can't fulfill law ourselves,  we can't get there.  Christ died for us.

The law was excellent.   The problem is us.  The law has been fulfilled by Christ.   He fulfilled it, not us.

Romans 8:1-5

We can't live the law perfectly.
The law was excellent.

The cross has been done; Jesus gives us life.  He then gives us the Spirit.

We can choose whether to stand on our own merits (keep every law) or stand in the Lord (grace)

Your choice in life- sin or Christ.

Slave of sinfulness or a slave of righteousnessness.  Our choice.

Choose lawlessness you will become more lawless; choose Christ you will become righteous.

Where we put our faith - example to us is Abraham.

1 Corinthans 13 - faith, hope and love.

Faith - we come on board with God and walk the journey of faith.

We are declared righteous by faith in Christ and what He has done

Phil 4 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friend of God?

Bible Ref: John 17:4; Luke 19:10; Romans 3:23-25

Hezekiah -  the gold and silver didn't save him.  He went to Isaiah to ask for God's help.  185000+ Assyrians killed by angel.  Why did God help?  Hezekiah and Isaiah were friends of God

We are a friend of God

Jeremiah 31

Jesus fulfilled the Law.
Ceremonial law has been fulfilled
10 commandments still applicable today.  We need to read God's Word

We are not catholic we are not protestant.   We are the people of God!  If I am a friend of God he will help me because I am a friend of Him.

Last words of Jesus were 'It is finished.' (Gospel of John)  (paid in full) Not only did He die He is also the fulfillment of the Law.

Read Scripture.   If your idea doesn't match with scripture then your idea should be chucked out.

Paid in full- all the little bits, hard bits, things we don't remember.   Jesus paid all in full.

God is not interested in the detail of your life,  He is interested in your life.  It's more important that we are a friend of God.   Eg  David

John 17:4 Jesus completed the work for His Father.  Our Father is the God of Truth.  The god of lies is Satan.  We need to make sure we know who our Father is!

Luke 19:10  Jesus came to seek and save the lost.  Why?  Because God wanted his people back.

Romans 3:23 -25  Jesus died on cross to reconcile us to God
We all have a ministry - ministry of reconciliation.   Don't mix up with our gifting.

In OT God spoke through prophets and His word, I  NT he speaks through his Spirit.

We should never go back and redo what Jesus has done.  It is finished. 

When I stand before God do I stand in my own strength or in Jesus?  I want to stand in Jesus!

Galations 3:23-25
Matthew  5:17-18

Why was law given?  A way to show us what's right and wrong.
The law doesn't save you; it leads you to Christ.

The covenant people are the Jews.  That has never changed.

The Church is to go out and show the way to Jesus.

He called us (his people) out to show the way to Jesus.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

World's Perspective v God's Perspective

Bible References:  1 John 4:7-12; Matthew 26; Ps 12:1-8

What makes the times bad?

World's perspective: Lack of money, education, war, no work...

From God's point of view: 2 Tim 3:1

When righteousness goes times are bad; God lives in the praises of his people.  When the poor and needy are oppressed times are bad.

God cares for the fatherless, and poor,  the needy.

What answers do we have for such times for us?  We are called to confession and  repentance.
Sort out problems with God.

Sin - People who are evil; people who have evil intent & the proud.

Go to God and praise him.  Worship and honour him.  Do what he says to do.  He will help us.

No matter what our faults,  God is faithful.

We are to love people and bring them to God.  God does the "work" in their lives.

Scripture is about God and His people.  Not about God and this world;  it is a history of God and his people.

Put your life into God's hands, he will look after you.

Go to God not to other people.   Not programs,  but a relationship with God.

Stir each other up to praise God's holy name

People who laugh at you now won't be laughing when the roll is called in heaven and their name is not on it.

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.

A Great Way to share the Word

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