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Friday, May 20, 2016

Stars in my Crown (2)

2 Timothy 4 : 1-8

Timothy has been encouraged by Paul to keep going.  He has been hurt and has learnt about forgiving.  

Crown of salvation
Crown of doing the work of God

The love of the world can overwhelm us in this life.  Paul was guided by divine inspiration.   You can't get it from people; you will be  disappointed.

One thing Paul loved to have; his manuscripts.   When you stop learning and growing you become bitter; wither and die.  He did not neglect the necessities of life.  No one denies we need these.  But we also need to be thankful for the Holy Spirit and living God's way.

By living God's way, Timothy put stars in his crown.  

(Examples of reformers God used in church history: John Calvin - reformist in church history; Luther - reformist in church history)

It will profit God and others if Timothy kept the faith and preached the Word faithfully.

Paul also tells Timothy he will endure afflictions.   There are good times and not so good times.  If we don't share in the suffering of Christ;  have a heart that loves people like Christ,  we aren't following God's will.

We are all called to tell people about Jesus.   Jesus is the only one who can change our life.  Paul tells Timothy to fulfill his ministry - joy in your heart. 

No joy in ministry, some causes:

1.  Fear (bullied /not using resources God gives us)

2.  Unbelief (not trusting God to do what God says/ do we think people won't listen? )1 Peter 2:9

3.  Cares if this world (bills to pay, things that happen to us)

4.  Fear of Man (what God wants done; not what a man wants)

5.  Criticism and discouragement (a priest/holy man)

6.  Don't be overtaken by sin (letting the first 5 things get to you) (2 Timothy 4 v6-8; 1 Peter 5:4)

Paul had been a Pharisee.   He had persecuted Christians.   Then he met Jesus.

Paul understood about crowns.

Revelation 4:10 (Crown?  Take it to the Lord)

Timothy gets overcome by trying to please everyone and he can't.   He learns he only has to please Jesus.

God wants to give you a heavenly reward.  

To do our ministry - 2 Timothy 4 : 1-8

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Timothy - Will there be any stars in my crown?

2 Timothy 4:1-8

The Lord called Timothy to do a work. Forgiveness - reconciliation Paul writes to Timothy - Paul charges (gives him a direction) Timothy.

Before God and Jesus Christ who will judge the living and the dead;

People who hurt us - God will be the judge;
Paul understood the spiritual reality of how to conduct yourself;

If you take advice from a friend who will live out that advice in the presence of God;

Preach the Word! - That was the gifting given to Timothy by God;

Be ready all the time to preach (in and out of season );

Not just know the Word; not just read the Word but Preach the Word! Preach about Jesus; not about yourself.

Forget about yourself and preach Jesus! Preach when easy; preach when hard. Preach when fruit evident and when it is concealed. Convince, rebuke, confront.

2 Timothy 4 God is doing something wonderful in us. Left to ourselves we will do something different but allow God to make the change in your life. Look to the Word.

Turn away from fables. When people reject God's Truth, they don't believe in nothing; they believe anything! Please Jesus! Not people.

Fable 1 - you must earn your way to God.

Fable 2 - God only loves you when you are good. Not true! Jesus loved people when they drive nails in his hands.

Fable 3 - I'm better than you. Religion, offended easily. What have you become? God.

The testimony he gives to Timothy: fulfill your ministry!

In forgiveness - you forgive them but God does not tell us to just trust them and allow them to do whatever they want in your life.

Get out the unforgiveness and get your work bench clean. A mechanic has to keep his workspace clean so he can fix a motor.

Don't turn aside to fables. God does not want you to get more discouraged; he wants you to get more encouraged.

Forgiveness - we are commanded to do this.

Reconciliation - not necessarily going to the person who hurt us to sort out.

It's to do whatGod wants us to do - live out the life plan God has for us. Big tree in forest grows up (unforgiveness ) the big tree will stunt the growth and cause the young trees to die until the big tree dies. Then the young trees can see the sun and grow.

Luke 22: 10-20

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
28 May 2016
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

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