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Sun, Jul 13, 2014
Even when we mess up to the degree that King David did, there is hope — our God is a God who forgives and restores. Happiness comes from outward circumstances, whilst joy is an inward gift of God through the Holy Spirit, even during trials, through knowing Christ, His presence and His salvation. When we walk in harmony with the Holy Spirit, repenting and letting Him reign in our submitted hearts, we are led truly to worship God, which brings real joy. Additional scriptures: Nehemiah 8:10, Romans 14:17, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Luke 7:47.
Sun, Jul 06, 2014
We are secure in Christ, but when we stop combining the Word of God with faith, we stop growing, and the Word gets choked out of our hearts. We must ask God to cultivate in us the kind of faith that helps us overcome the devil and see through his schemes. When faced with temptation, our response should be to run (like Joseph)! Don’t try to negotiate with temptation. We need the Word of God to get deep into our hearts; furthermore, we can’t just know the Word of God, we have do do it. Additional scriptures: Heb 4:12, Mark 4:1-9. Genesis 39:1-12, 1 Cor 10:14, 1 Cor 6:18, Colossians 3:5-14, 1 John 5:13
Sun, Jun 29, 2014
This message followed a missions presentation about the Charisma Drop-In Center in South Africa, . We can’t just hear the Word, we must combine it with faith, otherwise it is of no value to us. We are richly blessed and given gifts by God — what’s important is what we DO with what God has given us. Whether we feel like it or not, we must do the right thing according to the powerful Word of God - faith comes with action. Additional scriptures: Hebrews 4:12, James 1:22, Matthew 13:58, Hebrews 3:19
Sun, Jun 22, 2014
Jesus was Himself baptised, even though He was sinless, "to fulfil all righteousness." As believers, we are baptised to identify with Christ's death and resurrection, and publicly confess our faith in HIs saving power. It is an outward symbol of an inward work of the Spirit of God; the old self has died, and we begin a new victorious life in Christ.
Sun, Jun 08, 2014
[Click on "notes" below to look at the slides as you listen - there are important visuals for the first 5 minutes.] Context and perspective are crucial. Two important parts of our big-picture perspective as Christians are that God has a purpose for us here on earth, good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10); and ultimately our citizenship is in heaven, where we will have new glorious bodies to go with the new heavens and new earth (Phil 3:20-21). Look at life through the lens of eternity. There is a perfect, exciting, amazing kingdom coming. Not only then, but also in the meantime, there is a purpose and place for each one of us. Do your current priorities reflect the future that God has planned for you?
Sun, Jun 01, 2014
Series: Interviews
Peet interviews Breakthrough, the Christian rock band from Minnesota, USA, composed of the Medin family siblings PJ, Drew, Shon, Catherine, Sara and Debra. Breakthrough has a special call to share the good news of Jesus through their music; and each one of us also has a unique call from God, for His glory.
Sun, May 25, 2014
We need to understand what the Bible says about water baptism, so we can act accordingly. We are commanded to be baptised once we believe in Jesus -- there is no reason to delay, if there's water nearby, as we see in the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch! When we are baptised, we identify with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection, as we go under the water and come back up. It is symbolic of being washed clean by Jesus, dying to our old self, and starting a new life in Him. The only qualification for being baptised is placing our trust in Jesus to save us from our sins. It is not a ritual, rather a powerful act of faith, in which we see God's presence, favor and faithfulness.
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.
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