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Sun, May 18, 2014
"Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever." ~ Westminster Catechism. We are called to love other people and reach out to them with the gospel, but we must be very careful in doing so, not to lose sight of our first love, for Jesus. Keeping our first love first enables us to love other people better. Are you truly offering yourself as a living sacrifice to God? It's the right and reasonable thing to do, in light of His mercy in first laying down His life for us. Our worship of God is every act every day done for Him - Sunday morning is just the very beginning.
Sun, May 11, 2014
This Mother's Day, we looked at a mother with great faith in Matthew 15. Motherhood is a highly visible example of laying one's life down and giving the best of ourselves. Jesus has given us His very best. Where do we stand in giving our very best for God? We give our best to God when we are a people of faith in Him. We generate faith as a church when we spend time together. Let's live 100% for God, as His faith-filled people.
Sun, May 04, 2014
Passage: Romans 12:1-8
Series: Our Call
First and foremost we are called to fellowship with God Himself. As He calls us to take on a task, we must fix our eyes on Him, not on the enormity of the task. We are called to big things because we have a big God. We must surrender not to the task, but to the One who called us to it. Jesus paid the highest price for our lives; we can trust Him now not only for eternity but for every day here and now, and give Him our very best, using the gifts He has given us for His high purposes.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014
We are ordinary people called to an extraordinary work because we belong to an extraordinary God. Jesus came into the world to qualify us for heaven, but also to qualify us to be His hands and feet and heart to the world. Increased personal faith leads to increased collective participation, which leads to increased effectiveness globally, in reaching people with God's glorious and powerful gospel.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014
When Jesus laid down His life of His own accord, God's justice was satisfied on our behalf. But things didn't end there. Jesus had predicted his own death and resurrection, and all the prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus as He rose again from the dead. As we read the scriptures and see traces of Jesus interwoven all through both Old and New Testaments, we see that it's all about Jesus. Disappointment, tradition and religion can keep us from recognising Jesus. He, however, wants to come in to our lives and have a personal, intimate relationship with each of us. What must follow the opening of the door is an outward response to solidify the inward work of God in us. He is risen!
Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Series: Topical
Looking back at the Cross though glasses of faith and victory. The Cross made possible the reconciliation of God and man, symbolized by the tearing of the thick temple curtain, from top to bottom. God took the initiative. Christ is not looking for our pity on Good Friday -- He's looking for a response of faith, thanksgiving, and praise.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Series: Topical
Looking back at the Cross though glasses of faith and victory. The Cross made possible the reconciliation of God and man, symbolized by the tearing of the thick temple curtain, from top to bottom. God took the initiative. Christ is not looking for our pity on Good Friday -- He's looking for a response of faith, thanksgiving, and praise.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014
Passage: Luke 22:39-46
Series: Our Call
Just as Jesus submitted His humanity to His Father in fulfilling His call, so also we must submit our humanity to the Father. We must be honest, be patient, and be persistent as we listen to the Lord and seek His plan for us. We can better come to terms with our humanness and be strengthened, by refreshing our spirits in the Word of God, particularly the Psalms which express every kind of human emotion and lay them open before God. Even Jesus had an angel come to strengthen and encourage Him in His time of need - God will provide the resources of heaven to help us fulfil our call from Him, as we call out to Him.
Sun, Apr 06, 2014
Passage: Luke 22:39-46
Series: Our Call
God's Call: our Pleasure, our Cup. Walking in what God calls us to can involve suffering, but also brings great joy. Jesus' call from His Father was our salvation through His suffering. We each have a different path God calls us to walk, in His strength, for His glory.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014
The difficulties and trials we go through can be used by God to minister to others, as a part of our call. God does not seek to disqualify anyone -- rather He is ready to qualify all of us as we rely on Him to bring us through our trials and out the other side to bless others. Our gifts and calling are not for ourselves, but for the benefit of others. (The laughter is about five members of the congregation putting on helmets at the beginning of the message in response to the previous week when Peet hit tennis balls and a plastic golf ball into the crowd!).
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