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Sun, Nov 02, 2014
Christianity is supernatural. Salvation is impossible without God’s perfect work in Christ on the cross, and the Christian walk is impossible without God’s Spirit in us. How can we live the Christian life? What makes it attainable? "Christ in us, the Hope of Glory” (Col 1:27). You can’t express love properly when you are insecure, but when you feel secure in your relationship in Christ, you can love and give. How Has God secured us in Christ? 1. Christ did for us what we could not do for ourselves - this is the basis for our security and salvation. 2. God has placed Christ within us through His Spirit - this is how we can live His way, as He works in us. God's Holy Spirit in us gives us both assurance of salvation and power for godly living. Nothing can be added to Christ's saving power. We are eternally secure as we trust in His work alone on our behalf. Additional scriptures: Matthew 19:24-26, John 3:3-7, Galatians 3:13-14, Romans 1:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 21:27, John 16:7
Sun, Oct 19, 2014
Forgiveness means release: of the offending person, as well as any bitterness, vindictiveness, and desire for revenge. It means giving all those things over to God to deal with on our behalf. This sets us free and enables us to love. Forgiveness is a balance of grace and truth. It is both a decision and a process. When an actual wrong is committed, we need to forgive as God forgave us; when it’s just little irritations that go against our personal preferences, we just need to bear with people, because we’re all different. Additional Scriptures: Colossians 3:12-14, Luke 7:47, John 13:35, Romans 5:5, 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, John 1:14, John 8:31-37
Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Forgiving as God forgave us -- that is the standard for Christians. Experiencing God’s forgiveness towards us in the gospel enables us to forgive others. God is the one who will settle the books in the end. Jesus stands between the Father and us, making a covenant relationship in which we win total forgiveness through Jesus. In turn, we need to extend forgiveness from the heart to everyone else. Additional Scriptures: Romans 12:19, Matthew 5:7, Matthew 5:43, John 1:14, Ephesians 4:15, Matthew 18:21-35
Sun, Oct 05, 2014
Series: Topical
Prayer is a two-way conversation, and never a waste of time. Prayer is entering the throne room of God; intercession is bringing others in there with us. There is more power in prayer when we do it together. Prayer is the expression of a reciprocal love relationship with Jesus. Additional scriptures: Hebrews 4:14-16, Leviticus 26:7-8, Song of Songs 2:14
Sun, Sep 28, 2014
Who sets the agenda for the front-footed Christian? The Word of God coupled with the Holy Spirit. The giants in our lives seek to diminish the glory of God, minimize His greatness, and usurp His authority in our lives. We must deal quickly with them. Our purpose is to display God’s glory to the world. David was a “type” or foreshadow of Jesus. David fought the giant Goliath on behalf of a whole nation to prevent them becoming enslaved. Jesus fought the devil on behalf of all of humanity, to free us from slavery to sin. When we stand before God, the goodness of Jesus will cover us, not our own goodness, which could never be enough. Our motivation to slay giants is so the whole world will know God is there and cares about them - His name is worthy to be upheld and displayed for all to see. Additional scriptures: 1 Corinthians 14:24-25, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:18-21, Hebrews 8:6
Sun, Sep 21, 2014
King David didn’t only have a literal giant to slay, he also had invisible ones later on, in the form of various temptations. He neglected his duty as king, committed adultery and murder, and used deception to try to cover it up. He was blinded to the lurking giant of his own sinful nature. Are we blind to any giants that are growing in our lives? The longer we wait to get rid of them, the bigger they grow. When Nathan intervened bravely and gently to bring David to restoration, David did not react with anger towards God for the consequences of his own sin, but with sincere repentance and moving on, with faith in the loving, forgiving, faithful nature of God. Additional scriptures: Ephesians 4:11-13, Jeremiah 17:9, Ephesians 6:12, John 3:16-18, Numbers 13:27-33, Numbers 14:36-38
Sun, Sep 14, 2014
How do we slay giants in our lives, like David did? We fight with our eyes open and identify our giants — something of great size, power or importance in our lives that occupies too much territory in our lives. We fight with inspired hope — by remembering previous victories, especially Jesus’ ultimate victory on the cross. Finally, we fight with God’s resources - the Bible, the Holy Spirit, prayer and believing friends. Additional scriptures: Numbers 13:27-33, Deuteronomy 9:1-3, Ephesians 6:12, Colossians 2:9-15, James 1:23-25
Sun, Sep 14, 2014
How do we slay giants in our lives, like David did? We fight with our eyes open and identify our giants — something of great size, power or importance in our lives that occupies too much territory in our lives. We fight with inspired hope — by remembering previous victories, especially Jesus’ ultimate victory on the cross. Finally, we fight with God’s resources - the Bible, the Holy Spirit, prayer and believing friends. Additional scriptures: Numbers 13:27-33, Deuteronomy 9:1-3, Ephesians 6:12, Colossians 2:9-15, James 1:23-25
Sun, Aug 31, 2014
Last week we learned from the book of Judges about Aksah (Caleb’s daughter), how she wanted all that God had for her, and boldly asked for it, trusting in her father’s big heart and generosity. This week in 1 Samuel 17, we see David as another example of taking on challenges in a front-footed way as a believer. "Front-footed" is a term originating from the sport of cricket, meaning taking on the challenge, taking the initiative, and being on the attack to be successful. We are charged to give ourselves first fully over to Jesus, and then to our brothers and sisters in Him, to advance the Kingdom of our King Jesus together! David looked around him, asked questions, assessed the situation, and made a front-footed decision to go win the war against the giant. He took ground away from the enemy, stepped up to the challenge and took responsibility. We do not need to lose heart because of the size of the enemy; we must realize Whose servants we are, how great our King Jesus is, and that we have His power backing us as we act in faith. What has God asked you to step up to? Will you step up to the plate in faith? Additional scripture: Judges 1:12-15
Sun, Aug 24, 2014
What does it mean to be a "front-footed" people, church, and community? How can we be pro-active, and live out of deep conviction, not out of convenience? God's resources are unlimited to fill our needs, and He loves for us to ask Him, as we learn from the account of Aksah, Caleb's daughter. He is generous with His mercy and grace. He is our spring of living water, a much better source than the broken cisterns of our own making. Additional Scriptures: James 1:6-8, James 4:2-3, James 1:17.
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