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Sun, Apr 03, 2016
Duration: 44 mins 26 secs
There are so many places in scripture that we see that “the few” are important to Jesus: the one lost coin, the one lost sheep, the one pearl of great price, the one thing Mary chose to spend time on, the two coins of the widow, the four things the early church focused on. Are we focused on and chasing many things like those who don’t know the Lord, or are we listening to God about the few important things that we need to give ourselves to more fully? What has God made us uniquely suited to do? Craig Meyer challenges us to take just one step up in obeying God’s call to “the few” He has specifically for each of us. Additional Scriptures: Numbers 13:1-33, Luke 10:38-42, Luke 21:1-4, Luke 15:4-10, Matthew 13:45-46, Ezekiel 22:30, Jonah 4:2-3, Judges 7:2-4, 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 1 Corinthians 9:24.
Sun, Mar 27, 2016
Duration: 41 mins 8 secs
If anything proves the Kingship of Jesus Christ, it is His resurrection from the dead. The resurrection is a radical happening, with implications for everything Jesus claimed about Who He is. It demands a radical response from people of integrity. Both His death and His resurrection are central and crucial. Christianity is deeply miraculous and supernatural -- not a theory or a religion, but a radical lifestyle of following Christ. If you believe Jesus rose from the dead, it changes everything. Love triumphs over hatred. Suffering does not have the final word. If Jesus rose from the dead, we need to listen to Him. His radical message, that He is the only way, the only truth, the only source of true life, requires a radical response. Let us “go and tell” what Jesus has done for us, and then love and pray for the curious, that they may change from curious to convinced, and then to committed, loving the truth that transforms. Additional scriptures: Colossians 3:1, Isaiah 41:10, Mark 8:31-33, Luke 22:42-43, John 11:25-26, John 14:6, John 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 15:17-20
Fri, Mar 25, 2016
Duration: 34 mins 57 secs
How do you explain Good Friday? Why is it still so significant today? Jesus’ life for ours, Jesus’ life in ours, and our life for others. Jesus is the spotless Lamb who was offered for the sins of mankind. He died not as a martyr, but as a Savior, as a substitute, as a sacrifice on our behalf. He took the shame, received judgment in our place, and freed us from the curse of breaking the law, and from the sting of death. This divine exchange took away our sins and gave us His holiness instead. We sinned, but His righteousness is credited to us through faith in Him. As a result of the cross, we are free and no longer under judgment, but under God’s grace and favour. God now smiles on us because of Jesus, and adopts us as His sons and daughters, when we acknowledge Him as Lord. Additional Scriptures: Isaiah 53:5-7, Matthew 27:46, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:3, John 3:16, Romans 6:22, Colossians 1:22-23, 28-29
Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 51 secs
The account of Mary and Martha teaches us the priority in worship: whilst we take the gospel out to others and minister to the less fortunate, we must prioritise our personal worship of Jesus, and learn from Him. All other "good acts of worship” must flow out of our worshipful relationship with Jesus. Preparations and service are good and necessary, but we must take care not to let them become distractions from our relationship with the One we are serving. Let us deal with our worries and distractions, turn them around and submit them to the Lord in faith, instead of comparing, complaining and taking offence. Only then can we, like Mary with her costly perfume, give our extravagantly loving and sacrificial Lord the extravagant worship He deserves. Additional scriptures: Joshua 4:10-11, Matthew 14:32-33, Luke 10:1-2, Luke 10:36-37, Acts 17:6, Revelation 3:15-16
Sun, Mar 13, 2016
Duration: 31 mins 18 secs
Worship starts when God breathes His life into our spirits and opens the eyes of our understanding about the true identity of Jesus. Worship is an outward sign testifying to an inner work of God, and thus is not about a place, but about a heart relationship. We all worship something, and we start to become more like what we worship. Where is God on our priority list? Enemies to worshipping the Lord can include comfort, convenience, apathy, fear, doubt, insecurity, arrogance, and overfamiliarity. If we recognise these factors in ourselves and turn them around to present them to God, we can get deeper into true worship. The disciples in the boat were at first terrified and doubtful, but when their eyes were opened to Jesus' identity as the Son of God, their response was heart-felt worship. The more important Jesus is to us every day, the more genuine our worship will be. Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 13:15, Matthew 10:32, John 4:21-26, Joshua 3:8-17, Matthew 14:6-21, Hebrews 8:6
Sun, Mar 06, 2016
Duration: 40 mins 3 secs
What is prayer and why do we do it, individually and together? God has chosen the church to be His witness on earth; we can help release resources from heaven through prayer in faith. Is your faith weak? Come to God and pray obediently anyway. The believers praying fervently for Peter’s release from prison were astonished to see him arrive at the door, even though they had been earnestly asking God to help him. Never underestimate the power of a praying church! God has chosen to let us partner with Him in fetching resources from heaven to advance His Kingdom here on earth. Prayer grows us as people in Christ and as a church family together in Him. Additional Scriptures: Acts 4:29-31, Matthew 6:6, James 5:13-16, Psalm 142:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Luke 22:40, Luke 18:1, Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 4:16, Ephesians 3:10, Matthew 6:10, Ephesians 6:12-13, James 4:2, John 16:24, 1 Peter 3:12
Sun, Feb 28, 2016
Duration: 35 mins 47 secs
Moses was a deliverer, leading God’s people out of Egypt (symbolising our slavery to sin), and Joshua then led them into the Promised Land (symbolising our spiritual inheritance). Jesus’ work on the cross does both for us. Our inheritance in Christ moves us from brokenness towards wholeness, more and more as we continue following Him. To step into our inheritance by following Jesus, we must set ourselves apart for Him, move forward and obey. We must keep our eyes on His covenant relationship with us, on His Word, and on His presence with us. Following Jesus opens the way for us into grace, peace and hope. Additional scriptures: Romans 5:1-2, Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Galatians 3:1, Ephesians 1:3, Exodus 19:10-15
Sun, Feb 21, 2016
Duration: 43 mins 19 secs
Rahab’s life shows us that God will use whoever will open up their lives to Him, regardless of their background. She developed a faith through what she heard about the living God, and it saved her from destruction, while helping God’s people in a major way! The scarlet cord hanging in the window was critical to the survival of Rahab and her family. It is symbolic of the blood of Jesus, given for the whole world, but which must be applied. The blood of Jesus, through His death on the cross, opened the door for us to step into our inheritance. Step into your inheritance in Christ humbly, confidently, patiently, and victoriously! "What happened in Christ’s death gives the greatest possible hope for sinners. There we find forgiveness for sin, freedom from condemnation, salvation from God’s wrath, power to put sin to death and to grow in godliness, strength in weakness, perseverance in suffering, certainty amid mystery, and hope for eternity." ~ John Piper. Additional Scriptures: 1 Samuel 30:6, Heb 10:24-25, James 2:25, Matthew 1:5, Joshua 6, Revelation 12:11, Philippians 3:7-11, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 6:12, Hebrews 10:36
Sun, Feb 14, 2016
Duration: 48 mins 11 secs
The people encouraged Joshua by pledging their support for him, praying for him, taking their responsibilities seriously, and reminding him of the word of God. We need encouragement from God and also from each other. God created the church, the body of Christ, for good reason — we need one another. We encourage one another with love and truth, helping each other to succeed and to avoid falling. As we remind one another of the promises of God and of eternity with Him to come, we encourage one another also by using the gifts God has given us, listening to each other, walking alongside each other and strengthening each other’s hope. Step into your inheritance and then encourage others to do the same! Additional Scriptures: Romans 5:5, Joshua 1:7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Hebrews 10:24-25, Hebrews 3:13, Romans 1:11, Colossians 4:7-11, Romans 12:6-8, James 1:19, Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 4:15, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.
Sun, Jan 31, 2016
Duration: 37 mins 11 secs
Joshua had to exercise a lot of courage to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Jesus had to show far more courage, as He purposely faced death on our behalf with the sins of all the world laid upon him. We also need to step into courage to claim the inheritance God has for us here and now. It’s not about feeling courageous, it’s about acting courageously despite fear. Our courageous acts open doors for others and strengthen them to walk in faith with us. Additional scriptures: Mark 14:36, John 10:27, Nehemiah 1:11
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