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Sun, Dec 21, 2014
Series: Topical
Duration: 21 mins 40 secs
Jesus humbled Himself, let go of His position and privileges, loosened His grip, and did things on His Father’s terms, not His own, all the way to death. You can’t find a better example for us than Jesus. He is Lord, with absolute authority over our lives. Are you happy with Him being Sovereign over your life? Do you truly believe that after Jesus humbled Himself, He was exalted by God the Father? Let’s humble ourselves, before God has to humble us. In due time He will lift us up. Let’s trust God to promote us and give us favour at the right time. Additional scriptures: Acts 2:32-35, Heb 4:14-15, John 17:5, Psalm 25:9, Proverbs 3:34, 1 Peter 5:5-6, Matthew 23:12, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 15:33
Sun, Dec 14, 2014
Pride says, "I will do it my way.” Humility says, "I will do it God’s way.” Philippians 2 encourages us to think like Jesus thought and act like Jesus acted — to have the same attitude of humility and submission to God’s plan that Jesus had. How willing are you to relax your grip on your prerogatives and privileges? How loosely do you hold your positions and possessions? Of what should we empty ourselves, in order to fulfil the mission God has set before us? Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 5:8, John 3:30, Colossians 1:27, Luke 4:3-8, John 3:16-17, James 3:18, Galatians 6:7, Matthew 20:26-28
Sun, Dec 07, 2014
Series: Topical
Duration: 38 mins 45 secs
Humility is not weakness. Humility is strength under control. Joseph was in a very difficult situation. He was a man of mercy and kindness and wanted to treat Mary as well as possible, while doing the upright thing. He faced most questionable circumstances, but Joseph had the humility to be willing to step into God’s bigger plan and bear the societal shame. Joseph didn’t have to say much, he just had to be the right person for the job, showing mercy, forgiveness, and love. Are we willing to allow God to work inside of us to change us? When we walk in integrity and humility, sometimes we are called to do extraordinary things (things that are “not normal”). Joseph was obedient despite the personal cost. Are we ready, like Joseph, to be shaped into "instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work” ? Additional Scriptures: Philippians 2:1-11, Deuteronomy 22:20-29
Sun, Nov 30, 2014
What is the detail you are most stressing about today? Is God interested in the detail of your life, or only in the broad strokes? Our actions will show what we believe about this. If we think He’s not interested, we take matters into our own hands, and worry about them. The Word of God tells us the truth - He IS interested in the detail, even down to mentioning our daily need for food and clothes. Worrying is totally useless. We are told rather to be anxious about nothing, pray about everything, and give thanks in all things. The God of peace will then be with us.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014
Solomon, the wisest and richest man on earth, left a legacy saying all was in vain. The Queen of Sheba, who had no spirit left in her after meeting Solomon and seeing his greatness, is mentioned in the New Testament as as a witness on behalf of Jesus. She saw beyond Solomon to what God wanted for her, and responded positively. This even laid the groundwork for Jesus to be hidden and protected in Egypt, a nation where the Jews were once slaves. How much more do you think you can do in your life than Solomon? We live by faith, not by sight. Our goal is to please the Lord. Additional Scriptures: 1 Kings 3:8-14, Luke 11: 31-32, Eccles 1:14, Luke 17:11-20
Sun, Nov 16, 2014
God is committed to the success of the plans He has for us, to our character growth and to our maturing process with Him. Just as Jesus took the disciples to the other side of the lake through a storm, God is taking us on a journey through life that isn’t always comfortable, but He’s in control of it and we need to trust Him through it, and know who He is: the Messiah, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Additional scriptures: James 1:2-4, Romans 8:28-31, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:17, 1 Peter 1:6-7, 2 Peter 1:3-9, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Mark 8:27-29, John 11:25, 1 John 2:1, John 14:6
Sun, Nov 09, 2014
Christ in us is the hope of glory. When we trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross and not in our own performance, He becomes our wisdom, righteousness, holiness and redemption. God sets His seal of ownership on us, the Holy Spirit, a deposit and guarantee of eternal life ahead. We are already fully accepted in Christ through grace before we do a single good work. We have no need to earn God’s favour or to prove ourselves. But as we live in Christ, we will start to embrace His qualities and character (e.g. patience, graciousness…). We bear Jesus’ Name - let us represent Him well! The more fully we believe what He has done for us, the more we will want to live a life bringing honour and glory to Him, and the deeper our joy will be. Additional Scriptures: John 14:6, 16-26, Matthew 28:20, Roman 5:5, 1 John 1:8, Hebrews 12:14, Romans 8:31, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 2 Corinthians 5:5, Ephesians 1:13-14
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
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