Pastor Tim Pianta 65 Main Street, Tolga, Phone 0418882605 Email ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Turn to Jesus

9Bible reference:  Acts 20:24; Romans 7:23-8:6; Romans 8:1; Romans 9:14

A man once said, there are two dogs inside.  The one you feed the most wins.

Original sin makes our bodies dead.   Paul tells us that he struggles,  he's carried around a 'dead' body.   He's complaining about the sinful nature that attacks us.  He's about serving Jesus Christ.   He says, what a wretched man I am; he wants to be rid of the sin nature that is a burden to the saved soul.  Yet Paul comforts himself with three things:

- a righteousness deep within him
- the Law of God written in him by the Holy Spirit (Romans 7:16);that he delights in the Law of God in the inward man (Romans 7:22)  All who are born again,  delight in the law of the Lord.  2 Corinthians 4:16
- his great comfort lay in Jesus Christ 

Whether we believe it or not,  we are winning.  We still live in this world and the pressures of the flesh attack us.   Paul still breaks out in praise.  Daily,  not just at church,  praise God.  It's a remedy to be much in praise.  Start praising God and you take on a different perspective.   It's Jesus Christ who delivers us.

Jesus is our advocate with the Father.  Don't fight the flesh. You'll lose.  Turn to Jesus!  He'll win the battle.

Blessed be God that gives us the victory in Christ.   Ephesians 3:17 - put your faith in Him,  and you will be established.

Our bodies are a house of clay.  The spirit is the life.  When you are born again,  you did not receive the spirit of bondage to fear.  Roman's 8:1

We have the privilege of justification (just as if I have never sinned); sanctification (fit to live in heaven), that we may walk after the spirit and not after the flesh (Romans7:23-8:6).

God had to something else because we are unable to keep the law.  He gave us Jesus.  Hebrews 10:4. 

Only Jesus, only Jesus saves!

Our treasury is Christ! We are pardoned from sin and death; freed from the judgments of the Law; freed from dominionation of the flesh 

Romans 8:5-6  What's in your mind?  Are you allowing the Lord to speak into your mind. Are you after the flesh or the things of the Lord.

You cannot your wealth,  worldly treasure,  house,  etc to heaven.
Those who are after the flesh dwell on earthly things.  Proverbs 23:7

How will you be in your life?  What they think, what they do, value shows what is their treasure.

What do you value?  What do you dwell on with the most satisfaction?

Your mind will be a seat of wisdom  or of decay.

Don't lose your life.   Keep your mind set on God and spiritual things.

Be a person of righteousness and integrity.   Turn to Jesus, not flesh to save you.

Turn to Jesus!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

It's no longer I that lives but Christ who lives in me!

Bible reference:  Acts 20:24; Romans 6:1-23

Do we want to live a life of victory or a life of defeat?

Our works will not save us; once we are saved, he wants us to be a masterpiece.

Live for what the Lord has given you.  All too often we've been taught that Church comes first.  But first is relationship with God and then family, etc and then we'll see the church grow.

Ministry is not singing,  etc.   Ministry is reconciliation with Jesus Christ.

We need to live out our mission.  

We tell people about the Lord, and the Lord gives the harvest.   The better we prepare the soil, the greater the harvest.

The purpose of our life: to be in reconciled relationship with Christ.

Galatians 2:20

It's no longer I that lives but Christ who lives in me!

We are dead to sin's control.   We need to run our relationships with authority,  not with control.   In Eden, when sin entered,  the authority was given to Satan.   Jesus died on the cross and took back the authority.

Who have you given authority to  in your life?

Christ is our all in all.  Christ is victorious over sin.  Christ cannot die again.  Death no longer has authority over Christ; and in Christ,  death has no authority over you.  Our part?  Don't let sin reign in your mortal body.

It is our responsibility to be Holy.  What does this mean?  You choose to set your life apart to turn to God and live His way. God loves you even when you make mistakes.

Each day we make the choice to obey and follow God.  Instead of going to sin, we go to God.

Every day offer your body to Jesus,  not as a work, but give Him the authority in your life. 

When we are a slave to sin, you don't live with righteousness. (v20 of Romans 6)  Being servants of God brings eternal life.  We're in the king's of God now.

Jesus asked us to remember his death and resurrection.   Baptism- why?  Mark 1:9  we follow the example of Jesus.   Matthew 28:18-20

Colossians 2:12 - an illustration of my new life in Christ.

Matthew 3:16 - we follow Christ's example of immersion (went up out of the water). 

Baptism does not make you a Christian; it's an outward symbol of the commitment you have made in your heart with Christ.  You don't have to do a 10 week course.  You should be baptized as soon as possible.

Acts 8:35-39 There is no need to delay once you have accepted Jesus.  Baptism shows the victory in our life.   If you wait until you are perfect; you'll be dead first.   It shows we've given Jesus full authority in our life.  

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Living the Christian Life (doing)

Bible reference:  Matthew 22:34-40; Matthew 28:18-20

Last week- Salvation comes when we put our faith in Jesus Christ.   Works before salvation is for ourselves; after salvation for Jesus Christ.

In Matthew 28:18-20, we are all called to make disciples (not believers).  We are to also baptize them,  teach them everything Jesus has commanded us.

1.  Love the Lord our God with allour heart, mind and soul- worship.
Why did Jesus Christ come?  To reveal the Father.

2.  Love your neighbor as yourself - ministry. The early church loved each other and cared for each other,  people wanted in.

3.  Win disciples.

4.  Baptize disciples

5.  Teach disciples

Exodus 20:1-8


God says "I am your God,  and you will have no other god before me".

Read book of Ephesians,(grafted into  Abraham's line).

A man should say to his bride,  no other man, just him. Same for woman; her husband to have no other woman to be in his thoughts but his wife.

God and Israel are in a marriage covenant  (Ketublah).

We don't take God's name in vain.   Don't do anything that puts God's name down.   Only bring honor and glory to God's name.

Sabbath- Israel came out of Egypt; out of slavery.   God tells us to rest in Him.  Love Him,  worship him, rest in him.

Worship- Acts 2:42.  Model of early  church worship.  Read the Bible,  come together in fellowship,  break the bread(communion), prayer.

Ephesians 2:19 - church is not an organization; churches are families.  They act on relationships with some structure.  Family is an organism,  not an organization.

1 Corinthians 11:23-29
What's really important to God?  We love God and we love one another. The church is a family.   We are to be a family; belong to a family.  A Christian without a church family  is an orphan.   As an orphan,  you are vulnerable to attacks.   Families come around and protect each other.

We are to love our Christian brothers and sisters; our families.   Be involved in each other's lives.

1 John 3:16-17
When the Church does not show love(agape) for each other, then hatred is shown.  

Romans 12:1-13
Offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, a spiritual act of worship.   Allow God to change your mind.   You will act out what is in your head.

Every member of a church is a minister.  The people are the minister.  It is worth your while to teach someone about Jesus.

Revelation 1:5-6
He has made us a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father...

We need to make sure we Love God.   Without his love,  we can't love others.

Every believer is to be a minister of God.   The way we do life, how we live, even in our jobs.  Family doesn't just help 1 child,  the family helps all it's children.   All God's people need to practice giving into God's family.   Not just financial; all areas of family life. 

Everybody is worthwhile in the body.  

Ephesians 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:8‭-‬10 NIV

Sunday, July 21, 2019

We are put right by our faith in Jesus Christ

Bible Reference:  Romans 4:1-25

We put our faith in Jesus Christ.   He is the person who makes us right before God.  Abraham was declared right when he put his faith in God to put him right.   Abraham became the person from whom the Messiah would come.

From David's declaration God makes you right.   You are right because God says so.  Righteous works do not make people right.  Circumcision was given to Abraham after he believed.   The Law was given to show us that we have a need to be made right.  The promise of being right depends on God's grace.

Romans 4:16-24
Romans Chapter 16

We must be careful to not fall into the trap of trying to do good works to make us right.   We must just come back to God.  He makes us right.

Romans 5:1-5
A lot of times we hear God will bless,  bless, bless you.  We tend to think we get, get, get.  This produces selfishness.   But Paul said he was blessed even when he was stoned, shipwrecked.   Paul had peace with God in whatever circumstance he was in.  We have access to God's grace.  We can have joy in the hope of sharing God's glory.  In the garden,  Mankind lost the glory; through Christ,  we have been given the glory back.

All the good works happen after we put our faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:6-10
Come to God, ready to learn.  We still learn.  We learn because of what Christ has done for us.  While we were weak, he died for the ungodly; while sinners,  Christ died for us.   The believer is saved because of Jesus Christ.   He did the work, not us.  We cannot earn salvation,  what will save us is when we put our faith in Jesus Christ.   He imparts His life to the one who comes to him, believing in Jesus Christ.

We will want to do good works because of Jesus Christ.

It's important to study Gods Word and find out for ourselves.   God writes on our hearts after we come to Him in faith.  

Things to think about(and check out in the Bible):

- we are to honour the Name of Jesus;
- we will honor people;
- we don't steal;
- our sabbath (rest) is in Jesus
- how many Wiseman came and saw Jesus?

Prayer Points:

- Western Papua New Guinea
- Persecuted Christians across the world
- Children being indoctrinated against their families wishes
- Encounter Ministries: September 20 & 21st at Millaa Millaa

Life's Priorities

Nehemiah understood the importance of the work he was under taking and was not distracted by those trying to trap him...

Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer. Nehemiah 6:2‭-‬4 NIV

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Religious Man

Bible reference:  Acts 20:24; Romans 2:17-29

The Religious Man

We are called to the ministry of reconciliation.   We will do it differently.   God gifts us in different ways.   God likes unity, not uniformity.

Romans 2:17-29

Paul is a very good example of a religious man.  Until he got to know Jesus,  then he understood the Gospel.   Religious people know the law, 10 commandments; instruction in the Law and God's rules for living.   They claim to be a teacher of children,  instruct the foolish,  help the blind. 

But they do the very things they preach against. They break the Law.  You can be circumcised physically,  but unless you heart is right  it's of no value.

They must refuse to apply Scripture in their own lives, but instruct in other people's lives.

Who has a "special " relationship with God?  We don't just accept God, there must be a life transformation.

Romans 3:1-26

We all fall short,  no one is worthy.   We can all fall into the trap of being religious.  

Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus.   We can meet Jesus,  but we need to develop our relationship with God.  God will have an impact on your life.

Romans 3:19-26

Each and every one deserves to have God's anger thrown on us.  The whole world is guilty before God.  The way to be right before God is not by trying to keep the Law.  The Law shows us we fall short.

V 22 - God declares you right before Him through faith in Christ Jesus.

V24 - God gifts us with redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   You cannot earn salvation.   It's a free gift from God.

V25 - Jesus Christ paid our sin through faith.   You can't sort your sin out.  Jesus paid for your sin in the cross.   God wants us to live our life He purposed us for.

Abraham- Genesis 12.

Through Abraham all nations of the world will be blessed.   God then enters into a covenant with Abraham.

God is never away from you; you move yourself away from him.   We are not to 'flog' ourselves,  but to come quickly to him in repentance.

There is purpose in why you are here.  God is a god of justice.   He wants a debt paid.  Jesus did your time.  It's paid for. He punished all sin when He punished Jesus.

We need to get the picture God has for us.  Who we are.  How much God loves you and cares for you.  

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Living the Christian Life (Education)

Bible reference: Romans 2

Some people don't have a formal education,  yet they can learn.

Some people receive an education. 

Education or no education; we can't escape God's judgment.   We all need God's mercy,  regardless of our education.   God does not show favoritism.  

The person who is educated,  can learn from nature as well.  He knows that there is a God with intelligence.   Many educated people try to reason out life.  They are challenged by answered prayer.  Sometimes you can't reason with intellectual reasoning.   The intellectual person knows there is a judgment,  he also knows God is merciful and compassionate.  He will try and find a way of escape.

We must have God who is just.  If not, then there will be no repentance or paying the price to make the unjust act right.  The price had to be paid. 

We are not to walk in another's pain.   We are to be compassionate but not take the hurt or pain on.  God calls us to love one another and care for others.   Without turning to Jesus,  repent,  to say to him; I want you to be Lord of my life.  Let Jesus take the steering wheel of our life.

The world we live in, knows we as a Church have helped people.   But we have failed to bring people to Jesus.  We can't sort our sin out.  Only Jesus Christ can redeem us.  Education cannot sort out our sin. 

There is a right and wrong.   We are  broken people in need of a Saviour.  We need Jesus Christ to be our saviour.  We can live in a place of anguish or live in glory and honour.

God will judge according to the true moral of a person.

God wants to see a heart turned to God. 

Either you are with Jesus; or you are not.

Romans 2:11

God respects those who obey Him.  God is no respecter of man's appointments.  God does not show favoritism.  He wants you because He sees your heart.

Acts 10:34
Book of Ephesians (taking down the barrier wall)

Being educated is not wrong.   But being educated does not mean you are better than someone who is not. 

God saves you according to the state and disposition of your heart.

Colossians 3:11

As a Christian,  the greatest thing we can do is to be a walking Gospel.   Trust Jesus.   He's our hope, he's our Saviour.

There is no condition,  no circumstance that God can't save you from.  Holy is putting your life aside for God.  When people open their heart to God, they can be saved.

Education won't save us.  With Christ all things are possible.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Being Right With God

Bible reference:  Acts 20:24

Paul's commission in life.   The task of testifying to the Gospel of grace.

We are to lead people to where they can meet God; we can't change them.  We lead them, and the Holy Spirit dies the work.


In our country,  this explains much of what is happening in our nation.  The failure of our nation will not be without, but from within.

Simple man - ordinary man.  Uneducated man.  From nature, he can see there is a supreme intelligence.  

Today,  we are taught that there was a large explosion that caused our world into existence???!

Yet man will reject the truth that God created the world and dream up something entirely different.

When you give your heart to God, he no longer sees you as a sinner.   You may sin, but under God's grace,  we are saved.  Not by any of our good works,  but by His grace.

Reference:  Romans 3:23

The sinfulness of man - not acknowledging the supreme intelligence of God; there is a surprise ability to care for and keep the world in care.

God takes care of the seasons and the order. Man does not.  When we get away from God,  we become ignorant.  Being ignorant is no defense.   When we do not follow God but follow the images of animals,  birds, people - that is idolatry.  Following after idols, brings confusion.  

If you want to change your way?  Follow God and obey Him.  People change the glory of God and make idols of creatures and God will give then up to their evil desires.   God will give then up to perversion / give then up to their evil desires.  

He who loves evil hates the light.   Confession is light bringing everything to the light.  We prefer to not have our deeds and thoughts to the light.   We cannot be brought to a greater slavery than to be a slave in prison to their own lust.  Pray for them.  They need  release.

The great release?  Romans 8:1-4

As a Christian, the first purpose in life is to worship God.

Not being educated is NO excuse for not knowing God.

Isaiah 53:4-9 & Isaiah 44

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Purpose In Our Life - Complete the Mission The Lord has Given us to Do

Bible Reference:  Acts 20:24

"But nothing, not even my life, is more important than my completing my mission. This is nothing other than the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus: to testify about the good news of God’s grace."  Acts of the Apostles 20:24 CEB /

Completing the mission the Lord has for us to do.  We will know who we are; your people.

Romans 16:25-27

Jesus Christ came from the line of David but he was also the divine Son of God.   God also raised him from the dead.

A disciple - a disciplined way of life.  We are loved by God and members of His body.

God has called you and set you aside from this world.   We are holy saints; people of God; we are Christians.

Only God through what the Jesus Christ has accomplished through his death and resurrection, salvation and eternal life.

The Roman church suffered great persecution.   They were loved by God and called to be his saints.   As we go about our life as a Christian,  we are hurt unless we have the Holy Spirit.   The enemy will try and hurt God's people through various means.

Matthew 5:3-12

Blessed and joyful (not 'happy') whatever you go through,  you can be blessed and joyful.   The kingdom of grace is such because the kingdom of glory is for them.  God sees not what we do, but what Jesus does.

True repentance is not just turning our life around and accept God's will in our life; we are obedient to God; we trust God. Humble and continued dependence on the mercy of God.   Total dependence and obedience to God.

Heaven is the joy of the Lord for them; earth is not their home.  Those who mourn will be comforted by God.

God is not a lover of the proud; the one who pushes others around will held accountable.

Moses was the meekest person in the Bible.   Caleb was obedient and received by capture what was promised to him.   Judas Iscariot missed out.

Offense in the church today is a big problem.   How do we accept correction?  Are we offended or are we humble enough to accept correction?

Our righteousness comes from Jesus Christ.   We need to how we stand before the Lord. 

When we hunger and thirst for righteousness, God will be with us.  The Holy Spirit will grow us.

We need to have compassion and help them.  Pray for those who are having difficulty and don't know Jesus.   They need to be rescued from hell.

Heart is purified by faith in Jesus Christ.   None but the pure of heart will see God.  Heaven wouldn't be pure if we went in the way we were before we were saved by faith in Jesus Christ.

Peacemakers love to keep the peace; live at peace.  If you are not a peacemaker then life becomes very tiring.

There is nothing in our suffering that could bring merit to God.   We are blessed in Jesus!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Blessed are those who mourn,  for they will be comforted.   Blessed are the meek,  for they will inherit the earth.   Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,  for they will be filled.   Blessed are the merciful,  for they will be shown mercy.   Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they will see God.   Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God.   Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Matthew 5:3‭-‬12 NIV

When we are out there preaching the Gospel, its important we know who we are in Jesus Christ!

Don't go out into Mission by your own strength; be prepared and obedient.   Live as God's people with God's power.   It is a battlefield; we need to have full protection of God.   We have work to do .