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

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Whatever it takes

John 17:20-25

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 
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Bible references:  John 17:20-25; Acts 4:34-5:11; 1 John 1:10; Psalm 63; Luke 14:27; Luke 14;33; Luke 9:23; John 8:31-32; James 1:22; Psalm 143:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16-18; Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:38-39

We all sin, to believe othewise is self deception.We're all sinners - the difference is that Christians are saved by GRACE.  We often try to create the appearence of something other that what we are - hiding.  Example:  Adam & Eve (Genesis)  God sees it all.

Salvation doesn't come from people's opinions, it comes from God.  When it comes to your story (testimony) people want to know what God has done in your life.

To be a disciple means to do whatever it takes.  Don't be just a believer - even Satan believes.  Be a disciple - one who puts themselves under the Teacher - Jesus Christ- and does whatever it takes to become like Him.

Psalm 63 (v1-5)

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

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