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Discernment

Phil Hardy (Sun, 26 Mar 2017)

Phil continued our series on Spiritual Gifts preaching on discernment.

We apologise for the poor quality of this audio file.

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This gift of discernment is for every believer and is necessary for everyday living that we would not be blown about by every wind of doctrine, that we would know when our enemy is trying to deceive us.

That as we minister the kingdom to others we are more effective because we are able to discern and deal the root cause of any issue rather than just try to ease the symptom.

Paul when writing concerning spiritual gifts encouraged us to desire the best gift, he was not setting up one gift as more important than another, he was saying what’s the most appropriate gift for the situation that will deal with the root cause bring truth, healing, Freedom and deliverance.

Questions
1. In what ways can we test the spirits as described in 2 Timothy 2 v 15
2. Paul writing to the Ephesians “Our fight is with the unseen realm” how do we recognise these attacks and how do we resist them?
3. Is discernment only to be used when praying for some one? At what other times do we need to be able to the gift of discernment?
4. Paul encourages us to desire the best gifts? How are we to know what the best gifts are?

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Glory

Nick Grayshon (Sun, 19 Mar 2017)

Nick Grayshon from Holy Trinity Matlock Bath spoke on God's glory.

To view the bible verses Nick referred to (in PDF format), click here.

John 17:1-5
Jesus prays to be glorified
After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed: ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

1 John 1:1-3
The incarnation of the Word of life
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

Questions

1 Nick talked about us being those who God has chosen to show his Glory in, how does God show is glory in us? And how does his glory shine through us that others may see.

2 All that Jesus did was to bring Glory to his father the father always glorified his son. How do we understand this relationship? If we are sons of God what should our relationship with the father be like?

3 how do we keep ourselves humble when God shows his glory through us to others when they praise us for what he did through us.

4 John 15:8 "This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples"
How is it to the fathers Glory when we are fruitful? What is the fruit that brings glory to God?

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Heart For The Lost

Dave Wade (Sun, 12 Mar 2017)

Dave Wade continued our series on spiritual gifts, speaking on the gift of evangelism.

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Heart for the lost. Mt. 9:35-38

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mat 28:19

Gift of the evangelist. ... The special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to readily share the gospel with unbelievers in such a way that men and women often become Jesus’ disciples and responsible members of the Body of Christ. This gift is a practical gift.

The task of evangelism is an important spiritual exercise that all Christians should be involved with; God gifts certain members with an ability to have unusual sensitivity to when someone is ready to accept Christ, and will generally have greater success in leading people to Christ than other Christians. People with this gift should be active in training others to share their faith.

Acts 8:5-6, 26-40; Eph 4:11-14; 2 Tim4:5.

Jesus was the best evangelist around, he demonstrated his love for the lost and he equipped his disciples and then sent them. Today he wants to send us.

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38

I. Jesus Went To the People (vs. 35)
My question is; are we doing the same as Jesus did because he wants us to do?
How will we help to take Gods word to Gods world? We are called to be on a mission.

II. Christ Really Saw them
Today how do we see people?

III. He Had Compassion On Them
What is our compassion like for people compared to Jesus compassion?
How can we have compassion for people?

IV. Then He said
When was the last time you shared your story or told his story?
When was the last time you led someone to Jesus? It's exciting.

Further Questions

What equipping do you or the church need to help reach the lost?
What stops us today from seeking Gods heartbeat and saying send me?
Going out into this world to sow seeds for eternity and reaping.
We all have gifts to work together to advance the kingdom of God here in the Peaks
This is our season our time make the best of it for God.

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The Gift Of Faith

Justyn Pride (Sun, 05 Mar 2017)

Justyn continued our series on spiritual gifts, looking at the gift of faith.

A slogan in H. Samuel says faith is 'hope with a little bit of pixie dust'. Scripture says in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” RT Kendall simplifies it to 'Believing God'. Steve Backland says: 'God's promises, not our circumstances, are the evidence of what is really true. We don't deny negative facts in our lives, but we choose to focus on a higher reality: God's truth. '

We are all called to a life of faith - Gal 3:11 - the righteous shall live by faith, and 2 Cor 5:7 - we walk by faith and not by sight. It's about us living from Heavens perspective.

In Hebrews 11:6 we read that without faith it is impossible to please God. Our Father loves us consistently, but there is something that brings delight to His heart.

We live in the context of an apostolic and prophetic mandate to extend the kingdom of God and to bring heaven to earth. That requires faith and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 2:12-14 talks about how we need the Holy Spirit to reveal the things of God to us. Faith doesn't deny the reality of things around us, but lives in the greater truth and reality of Heaven. Faith roots us in the supernatural

Pastor Emmanuel says faith is you hear from God, do what you can do, and then see what God will do. In the west we have an immediate expectation.

In Hebrews 11 we see many men and women of faith who didn't see the fulfilment of the prophetic words God had given them in their lifetime. Abraham didn't see his descendants to be as numerous as the stars in the sky!

We need to have a culture that embraces mystery and celebrates each others faith steps whether it is successful or a seeming failure.

We need to declare the truth of God's promises. Steve Backland says: 'Faith indeed comes by hearing (Romans 10:17); therefore, we choose to speak these powerful truths to build our own faith. By doing so, we are believing that our experience will catch up to our beliefs, as Romans 12:2 teaches us.'

Application questions to select from:
- What does faith look like to you?
- Are you static in faith adventures because of past hurt and disappointments?
- Do you have prophetic words or scripture promises that you have 'shelved' and are passively waiting for God to fulfill? What does it look like to you to 'do what you can do, and then see what God will do'?
- With the new building project and gift days, do you feel in faith or fearful about giving? Can you identify why, and come through to the place of believing God?
- Use some of the declarations on the declarations download sheet linked below, or use them to inspire the declarations that relate to the specific prophetic promises that God has given to you.
Declarations Download

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The Gift Of Miracles

Phil Hardy (Sun, 26 Feb 2017)

Phil continued our series on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit looking at the Gift of Miracles.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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Words Of Knowledge And Wisdom

Dave Watmore (Sun, 19 Feb 2017)

Dave continued our series on spiritual gifts looking at words of knowledge and wisdom.

A word of knowledge is a way that the Holy Spirit conveys that the Father knows everything about us and this can open up people and situations to bring people back to the Father or bring clarity to someone seeking the will of God.
The word of wisdom is a verb to help someone move forward.

Pray for each other and ask the Father to speak to you on behalf of the person who you are praying for. Be bold. Be brave and don't be afraid to make a mistake.
I gave the example using Chris and Lucy Spear to pictorially demonstrate how this happens. I could have used some other examples but ran out of time. Perhaps you could act out some other examples to bring clarity to the way the Father and Holy Spirit work to set people free and bring glory to God.

Psalm 139.

There are no questions this week. Groups can practice moving in the gifts of knowledge and wisdom.

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Rise And Shine

Phil Hardy (Sun, 12 Feb 2017)

Phil spoke about not being spiritually dull because Christ lives in us.

Introduction
Isaiah 60 verse 1-5
• Rise & Shine – spring out of bed, alert ready for the day, full of energy, can’t wait to get started, looking forward to a great day, ready for anything, bring it on !
• Does that describe how you feel when you wake every morning ?
• Or is it struggling to wake up? Lacking energy a bit longer in bed so hit the snooze button, wake up slowly, in need of a coffee or tea to help wake you up to get you going, dreading the day ahead, same old same old, nothing really to look forward to, not feeling very motivated.
• I felt God wants to stir us with his wake up call
• Dull lives
• Living in shadows

Living to the max
• We are in Christ Ephesians tells us we are called and chosen to be in Christ
• Colossians 3 verse 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
• He is our life
• Jesus in you he is your light, he is the light that is to shine through you
• The life we now live is to be in him and him shine through us.
• Jesus said “I have come that they may here life and life to the full”
• People of different understandings of what it is to live to the max
• We’ve talked about being on an adventure, God’s invited us o an adventure with him to Rise and Shine with the glory of God

The Secret
• Watchman Nee – wrote a book not I but Christ “the secret of the Christian life” p109 & 110
• Christ is to be revealed to the world through his people, that’s you and me
• We have been placed by God , you each have a place where God has put us
• It’s your unique opportunity to reveal Jesus
• It’s your unique place to shine for him
• Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, who’s going to demonstrate it if you don’t
• We have been chosen to be the means by which his kingdom rule and reign comes into every part of society
• We want revival while it’s a sovereign move of God he still involves us

He came to give us life

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 ESV
• Paul understood that his life was now hid in Christ with God and so the life he now lived in his flesh was to be by faith in the one who loved him
• The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1 ESV

Your time to shine
• It’s our time to shine
• What or who’s shadow are you living in? Fears and worry are shadows , people we feel inferior to, fear of others
• Is there any dullness in your life? I maybe spiritual dullness, it maybe you feel you have a dull mundane life, life generally is dull and more like just existing, surviving
• God’s got so much more to offer
• He wants you live life to the full

Time to shake off dullness – literally shake it off

Questions
1. How does us being in Christ and Christ in us affect how we live our lives?
2. Jesus came to give us life to the full, what do you believe the full life Jesus was talking about is?
3. Have you been spiritually dull? Have you shaken it off ? What’s changed?
4. How can the glory of God shine more in your unique place God has put you?

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Worship

Neal Garratt (Sun, 05 Feb 2017)

Neal continued our series on Spiritual Gifts looking at worship.

We apologise for the poor quality of this audio recording.

This morning we looked at the difference being Baptised in the Holy Spirit makes to our worship. We started by looking at Ephesians 5 vs 18-20 where we are encouraged to be filled with the Holy Spirit and make music to the Lord. Worship is about Jesus, For Jesus and to Jesus and Chris Tomlin says this
“ Worship centers our minds attention and our hearts affection on the Lord. Its not something we do out of obligation but rather is a response to who God is and what he has done – It’s a heart Response.”

What does the bible say about worship?
Psalm 149 vs 4 – The Lord inhabits the praise of his people
Psalm 16 vs 11 – In thy presence is fullness of joy
Psalm 22 vs 3 – The Lord is enthroned on the Praises of his people
Matthew 18 vs 20 – Where two or three are gathered in my name – There I am in the Midst
John 4 vs 23-24 – Worshipers worship in spirit and truth – The father is looking for those that will worship him that way.

We looked at how our worship comes together on a Sunday morning – Led by the Holy Spirit and not by us!

We start with praise that is generally about Jesus and for Jesus which will lead to worship which is more intimate and is us singing TO Jesus – This is personal and intimate and we looked at the difference between the two – Me talking to Pamela about Julia and the me talking directly TO Julia – what a difference! This personal intimate worship comes out of relationship and is just us and God – no-one else can do this for you – it’s all about your heart attitude and love for God. So often we thing a time of worship is for us – What can I get out of this? We have preferences about particular songs or a style of worship which can hinder us worshiping Jesus as fully as we should – Time of worship are primarily for Jesus and to Jesus – The fact that when we worship he speaks to us and encourages us shows his heart and how he longs for a people to worship him in spirit and in truth. As we worship we rekindle relationship with God which is what he has always wanted from his people since the fall in the garden of Eden – He longs for his Church to rise up and worship in spirit and truth.

So what changes in worship for us as the people of God?
It brings joy –
It brings strength
It beings perspective
It brings truth
It reveals Gods heart towards us
It brings peace
It brings increased intimacy – It makes your soul well!
It brings restoration
It brings Power and Gods presence back to the Church – This is not an option but a necessity!
It transforms us from earth to Heaven – To be lost in wonder love and praise gives us a glimpse of heaven!

Questions:

1. Terry Virgo says on his book The Spirit Filled Church – “ God is seeking those who will worship him in spirit and in truth, not in temperament and preference”
What do you understand by this statement and do you think we miss out sometimes because we rely on temperament and preference?

2. Does intimacy with God in worship seem a long way off, does it concern you that you don’t feel like that? – How can you change this and increase your relationship with God?

3. Bill Johnson says “ When we encounter his divine presence , transformation then occurs which goes beyond the reach of merely good ideas – This is transformation that first takes place within us, that we might cause transformation around us” - This transformation is vital for the Church and our communities around us – How can we play our part and how can worship help us in this?

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Communion

Peter Williams (Sun, 29 Jan 2017)

Peter continued our series on spiritual gifts looking at communion.

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

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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Prophecy

Adrian Koreen Horner (Sun, 22 Jan 2017)

Adrian and Koreen Horner from Open Door Church, Kettering continued our series on spiritual gifts, bringing various prophetic words both for the church and for individuals as well as looking at the story of Jesus walking on water.

Please note that only the 'whole church' prophecies are included in this podcast.

It also appears that only first 30 minutes or so of the preach were recorded. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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