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In Christ Jesus

Phil Hardy (Sun, 20 Aug 2017)

In Ephesians 1:3-14, the phrase "in Christ" or "in Him" is repeated 10 times. Phil outlined 13 truths about what being "in Christ" means for us.

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

Introduction

In him or in Christ is mentioned 10 times in these eleven verses (ESV)

Being “in Christ Jesus” is an amazing reality for all those who believe and have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, you are part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

It’s in Christ that once you heard the truth of the Gospel and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit.

This signet from God is the first instalment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

To be in Christ is more than a concept it a reality of our coming to faith and accepting Jesus into your life, it is to be a living reality in our lives that changes how we see ourselves , how we see God and will affect how we live.

It is breath-taking what it means to be in Christ. United to Christ. Bound to Christ. If you are “in Christ” lets look at what it means for you:

Benefits of being in Christ

1. In Christ Jesus you were given grace before the world was created. “He gave us grace in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2 Timothy 1:9). – Grace, getting what I don’t deserve, the unmerited favour of God.

2. In Christ Jesus you were chosen by God before creation. “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). No matter at what age you come to know Jesus it was planned for your life before time began .

3. In Christ Jesus you are loved by God with an inseparable love. “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39).

4. In Christ Jesus you were redeemed and forgiven for all your sins. In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses” (Ephesians 1:7). Past, present and future sin dealt with.

5. In Christ Jesus you are justified before God and the righteousness of God in Christ is imputed to you. “For our sake God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). A most beautiful exchange

6. In Christ Jesus you have become a new creation and a son of God. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith” (Galatians 3:26). How do we know someone has truly been saved, they are a new creation, old life style, thinking attitudes behaviour all changes when we are truly born again into Christ.

7. In Christ Jesus you have been seated in the heavenly places even while he lived on earth. “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). Its not a position to aspire to, we already have as a gift as we are in Christ.

8. In Christ Jesus all the promises of God are Yes for you. “All the promises of God find their Yes in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Every good promise in his word is ours its a yes from him

9. In Christ Jesus you are being sanctified and made holy. “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:2). Changed from one degree of glory to another by his grace.

10. In Christ Jesus everything you really need will be supplied. “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). He know what you need before you ask and he’s already made full provision for your need

11. In Christ Jesus the peace of God will guard your heart and mind. “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

12. In Christ Jesus you have eternal life. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

13. And in Christ Jesus you will be raised from the dead at the coming of the Lord. “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). All those united to Adam in the first humanity die. All those united to Christ in the new humanity rise to live again. How do we get into Christ?

Conclusion

At the unconscious and decisive level, it is God’s sovereign work: “From God are you in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:30, my translation).

But at the conscious level of our own action, it is through faith.
Christ dwells in our hearts “through faith” (Ephesians 3:17).
The life we live in union with his death and life we “live by faith in the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20). We are united in his death and resurrection “through faith” (Colossians 2:12).

This is a wonderful truth. Union with Christ is the ground of everlasting joy, and it is free.

Group Question

Did you know and understand these truths

How do they affect the way you live

Are there any lies you have believed they are contrary to these truths, if so what can you do to change

What are the blessings you receive by believing them

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Dave spoke about Love, Sin and the Prophetic Church.

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Colin Baron (Sun, 16 Jul 2017)

Colin looked at the life of Moses and what lessons we can take from it to help us deal with rejection.

To see Colin's slides (in PDF format), click here.

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CAP Sunday

Jackie Hughes George Russell (Sun, 09 Jul 2017)

Jackie outlined some of the work that she and the team of befrienders are getting up to in and around Matlock,

George spoke about the wider work of CAP and how they help calm the storms that their clients find themselves facing.

For technical reasons, the whole of the talk this morning was not recorded. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

To view George's slides, click here.

Watch Kylie's story.

For more information about CAP, please visit their website: https://capuk.org/.

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There is no recording from this morning. God's presence came powerfully during the meeting this morning. Various church members had powerful words.

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Phil Pierce (Sun, 25 Jun 2017)

Phil Pierce spoke about God's Kingdom.

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Prayer: Authority and Intimacy

Chris Spear Carly Spear (Sun, 18 Jun 2017)

Chris and Carly continued our series on prayer, looking at Ephesians 2: 1-7.

Chris shared his story of how God has been revealing to him the position he has as a child of God through a series of pictures. His story follows the line of the verses from Ephesians, describing the journey of us all when we were dead in our sin then made alive in Christ. The ‘But God…’ verse.

If you weren't there Sunday morning, hopefully the main points of his testimony can be remembered and shared between you!

The development of understanding has been in the areas of our authority from and with God, and how this comes out of a place of intimacy with the Father.

Questions

1. Why do some people feel like they are not worthy to live on the ‘41st floor’? (Do you?)

2. What does it look like to pray with authority?

3. How do we develop intimacy with the Father, both individually and corporately?

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Faith Filled Praying

Phil Hardy (Sun, 11 Jun 2017)

Phil continued his preach about praying.

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

To view Phil's slides (in PDF format), click here.

I guess it’s would be easy if there were some simple formula or step by step simple guide to prayer to follow and if you do that all your prayers will be answered

Just check off the steps and we’ve done our duty

Prayer doesn’t work like that though, God wants us to engage with him, it’s about relationship and our hearts been in tune with him.

Praying was never meant to be a duty or a chore, it is a privilege and essential to our developing and strengthening our relationship with our father.

God loves to answer our prayer, he doesn’t ignore he’s not being difficult or awkward, he wants us to find him to know him to partner with him.

He wants us to know his heart that we might pray with faith and expectancy.

We need to:
(1) pray faithfully
(2) pray decisively
(3) pray forcefully
(4) pray lovingly
(5) pray truthfully
(6) pray earnestly
(7) pray authoritatively

Conclusion

Prayer is a journey that is unique for everyone. Just as each of us has a different calling or job to do for God, each of us will travel a slightly different road in understanding what prayer really is. God will speak to each of us in different ways, and the way God speaks to one person can be markedly different from the way He speaks to another.

God isn't interested in getting us to learn rules and requirements and living life merely by following the dictates of a rule book, but He wants us to come to Him that we might know Him for ourselves. He wants a unique relationship with each of us just as He created each of us as unique individuals.

He wants to partner with us in our journey and live it out with us day by day. It's why He created humans, and it is His great joy when we come to Him without doubt or compromise to wholeheartedly get to know Him and let ourselves be fully known by Him. God is all about relationship, and the key to it is masterful prayer.

Faith filled payers are needed for seemly impossible tasks
For our nation to turn back to God
To see the Gospel penetrate every tribe tongue and nation
To see strongholds pulled down in the Name of Jesus
To see his kingdom rule and reign in every sphere of society

God majors in doing what is impossible with man
He loves to break through when all hope seems gone
So what are we going to do with prayer ?
If this is a new day for us then it has to be in prayer and through prayer

Questions

• What’s your prayer journey?
• What’s been your best prayer success and your worst?
• How would you like to see your prayer life grow?
• How can we be more effective in our praying ?
• What are the breakthroughs you are praying for at the moment?

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