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Dave Harper (Sun, 19 Nov 2017)

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Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

Remembrance Sunday : Spiritual Warfare

Dave Watmore (Sun, 12 Nov 2017)

Remembrance Sunday service

Remembrance Day Poppies

Dave spoke on spiritual warfare, drawing parallels between the Israelites fight with the Amalekites and our position in Christ.

The Amalekites are the personification of evil reflecting unbelief, bitterness and despising of God. Rephidim means place of rest.
Joshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus
Moses holding up his hands is symbolic of surrendering to God and allowing God to search you in your inner being.
Moses grew tired but Aaron (which means exalted) and Hur (which means liberty or freedom) seat Moses on the rock and hold his hands up.
Remained steady is the same as being in faith.

Questions
How do you make sure you are at rest in your life?
How do you remain at rest? 1Thess 5 v 16 -18 How do you defend your vulnerable and weak areas of your life?
Have you exchanged your previous family identity to that of being in Christ? “All my family are rebellious, unforgiving, lazy........”
What does cultivating an awareness that God is always with you, mean to you? Psalm 139. Good place to finish off with contemplating this is worship.

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Faith

(Sun, 05 Nov 2017)

Paul Basson, from South Manchester Family Church, spoke on Faith and prophecy.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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The Moses Years - Bitter Water, Manna And Quail

Phil Hardy (Sun, 29 Oct 2017)

Phil continued our series on Moses, looking at how God was faithful to the Israelites, providing them food and water in the wilderness and showing his Glory, despite their moaning.

To read Phil's notes (in PDF format), click here.

Introduction
• Journeying with the Israelites
• Seen the hand of God deliver them from the Egyptians
• Song of deliverance in Ex 15

Ex 15 v 22
Oasis at Marah
Bitter water
Complained and turned against Moses
What are we going to drink they demanded

Miracle - piece of wood makes the water good go drink

The Lord tells them he is going to test their faithfulness
Verse 26

Manna & Quail

Ex 16

Led into the wilderness of Sin between Elim & Mount Sinai
There too the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron
Looking back to what they probably though were the good old days
Brought us here to starve
God provides for them food
All they have to do is faithfully obey
Verse 4 I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my Instructions

• Do you believe that God tests us? James 1
• How does he test us ? In the ordinary things of life

God provides enough for each day only will last 1 day
except on the sixth day where there will be enough that will keep for 2 days

Moses and Aaron speak to the people v 6
• The Israelites are a complaining people, may be a spirit of ungratefulness
• Does our nation have this spirit,? Look at trip advisor more complaints than positive comments
• Are you ungrateful ?
• Are you a complainer?
• We all need to be careful when we are complaining about those who God has given authority too who are leading. V8 "your complaints are against the Lord, not against us"

They didn't really know God
They didn't know who they were

Verse 9 & 10 They get to see the awesome Glory of God in cloud - sign that God is with them and with Moses and Aaron
Back to the test
Gods tests them by giving simple instructions over the provision of food. V 11 - 36

• Some it seemed could not follow the Lord's simple instructions
• They tried to keep food for the next day and it was rotten - we need fresh daily spiritual food
• The Lord gave them the gift of a day of rest so on the 6th day he provided enough for 2 days, but some still went out looking for food on the 7th day
• They were also to preserve food for future generations, it was placed in the Ark of the covenant.
• This instruction was for forty years
• How quick do we get bored or fed up of following and doing the last thing God told us to do?
• What was the last thing your loving heavenly father told you to do?
• Are you doing it?
• Are you doing it out of duty?
• Are you doing it from a place of Faith ? Knowing that what he is looking for is the obedience that comes from faith not duty

Ch17 - Water from the a Rock.
Here we go again, they complained and demanded water.
It takes another sign / miracle because they argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying "Is the Lord with us or not?"

Conclusion
There's much for us to learn from the Israelites
1. Are you a complainer? Who or what is you complaint is it against a person? Maybe you need to deal with it. We are told that if we have anything in our hearts against some one else we must first deal with it before we offer our worship to God.
2. Are you ungrateful or have a ungrateful attitude?
3. God is looking for those who follow him, Paul writes that we are to call people to the obedience that comes from faith. Are you following out of duty or love and faith for the one who has called you his child?
4. Is God testing you through the ordinary things of life, how are you responding ?

Prayer / Ministry
We are called to clothe the naked of the world not get naked with the world
We are called to provide a bed to sleep in get get in bed with the world
We are called to feed the hungry and the thirsty of the world not hunger and thirst after the world
Gods looking for a people who carry the Glory of our heavenly father where ever we go an in what ever we do.

Questions
1. Do you believe that God tests us? James 1
2. How does God test us ?
3. What can you learn from the this part of the story?
4. How can we live obedient faith filled lives without it becoming a duty or us resenting God.

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Jigsaw Project

Neal Garratt (Sun, 22 Oct 2017)

Neal and team present the various activities of the Jigsaw Project

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Mark 5.21-6.1

Andy McCullough (Sun, 15 Oct 2017)

Andy spoke from Mark 5.21-6.1

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Reaching The Nations

Phil Hardy Dave Harper (Sun, 08 Oct 2017)

Phil, Sundar and Ali spoke of their time in India.
To hear more about Home of Hope, please visit http://www.flmhope.org/.

Dave spoke of the work that is going on in Yalova, that our donations are actively supporting.
To hear more about the work in Yalova, click here.

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Baptism Service: Faith And Obedience

Dave Watmore (Sun, 01 Oct 2017)

Today was a special baptism service for Nikki and Kirsty.

Nikki's Testimony

Nikki's Baptism

Nikki

Kirsty's Testomony

Kirsty's Baptism

Kirsty

Following the baptisms, Dave spoke about the faith and obedience that we need when we follow Jesus and the parallels there are with Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt.

Dave showed two clips from the "Prince of Egypt".

The Israelites leaving Egypt:

The Israelites crossing the Red Sea:

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

After the service, we had our own mini-Passover meal: lamb pittas.

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The Passover

Neal Garrett (Sun, 24 Sep 2017)

Neal continued our series on Exodus looking at the Passover from Exodus chapter 11 and 12 and what it meant for the children of Israel and what the Passover signifies for us with regard to our salvation and position in Christ.

This is the passover clip from "The Prince of Egypt" that was played:

Background

Pharaoh was on a collision course with God as he did not know God and was not prepared to listen to Moses.
Exodus 5 vs 2 – Who is the Lord that I should obey his voice – I don’t know the Lord and I will not let the people go…

However,God had already made a covenant promise with Moses that he would set the people free from slavery and from Pharaoh’s rule over them – See Exodus 3 vs 6-8 … I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt.

Pharaoh does not listen to God throughout the plagues and so finally it comes down to the last plague where the first born of each family would die. However, God gave Moses specific instructions for the children of Israel and what they were to do to ensure their safety. They were to sacrifice a lamb and paint the doorpost and lintels of the doorway to the house with the blood of the lamb and when the spirit of God saw the blood he would not enter that house and would pass over. The children of Israel were duly saved by the shedding of blood of the lamb and herein lies one of the great themes of the bible – God rescuing his people by the sacrifice of a perfect Lamb and the shedding of blood.

This points us towards Jesus the Lamb Of God - our perfect sacrifice who rescues us and saves us through his sacrifice.
John 1 vs 29 – Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

We are children of a new and better covenant – Hebrews 10 vs 16 – Hebrews 10 vs 9

So how does this affect us today?

1. We need to know and understand our position in Christ – that it is not our righteousness that he looks at but the righteousness of Christ- Our position as sons and daughters is secure.
2. Jesus sacrifice gives us “ right standing” with God and we are acceptable to him as our debt has been paid – Jesus took our place and was our substitute- all our sin fell on Jesus. (Romans5)
3. WE can enter God’s presence with boldness not timidity – Hebrews 10 vs 19

Once we understand these promises of God and capture his amazing plan of salvation we have to worship! Hebrews 13 vs 15

God was always looking for a people to worship him and right at the beginning of the Exodus story told Moses to say to Pharaoh “ This is what the Lord says – Israel is my first born son. I command you to let my people go so they can worship me”

Nothing changes – God still seeks a people who will worship him in Spirit and in Truth and when we realize what a great salvation we have and what God does for us on a daily basis we can do only one thing – Worship the King!

Questions:

1. Does the story of the Children of Israel leaving Egypt help in our understanding of our own salvation and does the Passover aid that understanding?
2. The old covenant let peoples sins be forgiven by the shedding of blood and a sacrifice – The new covenant is based on Jesus sacrifice – Once and for all – Do we understand the difference between the two and how does that understanding help in our walk with God.
3. Why do we not boldly come into God’s presence? What holds us back and what can we do or understand to help us in this situation?
4. Did looking at the Passover help in your understanding of communion and why we take communion?

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Exodus Redemption In Action

Peter Williams (Sun, 17 Sep 2017)

Peter Williams introduces the new series on the book of Exodus, and looks at Chapters 1-11, ‘Living in Slavery. To view Peter's notes (in PDF format), click here.

Hi

1-11, Living in slavery, The effect of sin.

Do you have anything in your life that you are slaves to?

How did they end up there? God led them to Egypt.

Why were they in slavery? Because there was an evil Pharaoh.

They were enslaved just living life in a foreign land.

Phil ‘We need to be radical and ruthless’

Phil talked about sexual sin and pornography.

If lent what tomorrow, what might you consider giving up? What would you consider not giving up?

Smoking

Caffeine

Alcohol

TV

Phone. Do without. Distracted already this am. Airplane mode in church?

Facebook

Reading, even Christian books

Church? Meetings and sermons.

Exercise

Diet

Recurrent sin

Matt 5 - Where your treasure is there your heart will be also…..

None of these things is inherently evil

What is sin? Anything that gets in the way of God.

The root of all sin is that you don't have enough

Signs of slavery....

IF I don't.... then.

...

Not possible

....

Panic....

What are we slaves to?

Why did we end up there?

How much was wilful?

Do you feel like you are in slavery?

What are you building with?

Are we building with bricks and straw?

We need to build on the cornerstone.

John 8:31‭-‬36 - How short were their memories. A bit like pharoah.

Where is freedom found?

Jesus

Truth

Adoption

Matthew 6:22‭-‬24

Divided loyalty

Even our light is as darkness to god. We need his purity not ours.

Money is an example. If if is your master you are a servant.

Wesley. Earn more, save more, give more.

Romans 6:12‭-‬16‭, ‬20‭-‬23

Freedom.

Righteousness.

Saved by Grace.

Do I sin? Yes. Should I be mastered by it, no.

Redemption in action.

From slavery to adoption.

Name that tune

Pompeii by Bastille

Oh where do we begin?

The rubble or our sins?

So where do we start?

I’d suggest with the sins. Without the sin there’s less rubble.

When we try to clear our rubble, we keep sinning, and the rubble keeps accumulating.

We don't spot the sin rolling in, the sin that so easily entangles.

Romans 12:2

PJ Smythe -  When his kids misbehave  Daddy loves when you are good. Daddy loves you when you are naughty. Daddy loves you all the time.

God does not say “Stop doing that”, He says, “But you are my son!....”

Don't let the good things get in the way of the best.

Bad things obviously mislead.

Good things mislead more easily.

Do you have anything in your life that you are slaves to?

We need god's insight to see these things.

We need god's wisdom as to how to respond

We need god's spirit to lead us into righteousness

Knowing you are a son changes how we behave

Questions

Is there a ‘secular’ song that speaks to you about godly things?

Is there anything that you realises enslaved you?

How do we keep the right theology in our heads, and not focus on our sins or shortfalls?

What will you do differently as a result of thinking about slavery?

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