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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.
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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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Encouragement

Carly Spear (Sun, 15 Jan 2017)

Carly continued our Spiritual Gifts series looking at Encouragement.

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

The amazing, gentle and powerful gift of Encouragement

To encourage someone is to give support, confidence and hope. Looking at it from a Biblical perspective the use of the gift is to point or draw someone into a more intimate relationship with Father God, to turn to God and to seek Him.

In the Old Testament the refrain ‘Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go’ is found repeatedly in Deuteronomy, Joshua and both books of Chronicles.
The Prophets were encouragers constantly urging the people to turn to the Lord, turn from their idolatries, to seek the Lord and repent.
Samuel encouraged the people to not ‘turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart’
Look at 2 Kings 17:13
There is purpose in the encouragement, turn and seek the Lord.

In the New Testament we see letters full of encouragement.
They are letters full of teaching, instruction, admonition amongst other things but the essence is always the forward, eternal perspective of ‘turn to God, seek Jesus’
Look at James and Paul in 1 Thess 5:14-24

We look to the Lord for our example of how to encourage. The Holy Spirit is the greatest encourager of all, his voice is easy to hear throughout Scripture. He always points and draws us to Jesus.

We need encouragement to follow the Lord, remember who we are in Him and to stick to what we are called to.
We need someone to run alongside us when it feels all uphill, reminding us to keep seeking and trusting Jesus when we feel discouraged.

The gifts God gives are for us, for each other and for everyone as we use them to demonstrate the heart of God. However and whenever we encourage people we are demonstrating the love, passion and joy of God. He is for us! To encourage someone is to reveal the nature of God. It is powerful!
The gift of encouragement is all about nurturing people towards a place of seeking and trusting the Lord.
ENCOURAGE ON PURPOSE FOR PURPOSE

Suggestions for application:

If you feel discouraged, do you know why? Ask someone to run up that hill with you in prayer.

Pray truth over each other, prophecy over each other to hear how the Holy Spirit wants to help you seek and trust Jesus.

How have you or could you use the gift of encouragement? It might help to remember a time when someone encouraged you and it made a real difference to your life?

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New Year - Wading Deeper

Peter Williams (Sun, 08 Jan 2017)

Peter welcomed us to the New Year and explained some things that God is saying for us as a church.

We apologise for the poor quality of this audio recording.

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

Wading deeper

Start new year.
New Bible reading through the Bible
Genesis and creation

The Amazon River in South America is the second longest river in the world after the Nile.  4,000 miles long, Peru through Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean.  It contains more water than any other river in the world.  The Amazon is so massive it actually contains more water than the Mississippi, the Nile and the Yangtze combined.
The Amazon River accounts for up to 1/5 of the earth's fresh water.
In one second the Amazon pours almost 60 million gallons, or 100 olympic swimming pools, into the Atlantic Ocean. One days worth of water flowing out of the Amazon is the equivalent of 12 years worth of water usage by the city of London, every tap, shower, toilet and all other combined sources of fresh water consumed by millions of people for 12 years!  It flows out of the Amazon every day....
This massive influx of fresh water actually dilutes the ocean's salinity, or saltiness, for up to 100 miles offshore.  The water flowing out of the Amazon creates a brackish water system of a combination of both fresh and salt water for literally hundreds of square miles!

Ezekiel 47:3-12

Maklaklu a phodiso - Rev 22
The massive effect started with what they were doing because they felt it was what God wanted them to do.

Maxwell 360° leader 2006
Leading from the middle
Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization. On the back there’s a tagline: “Don’t wait for that promotion! Start leading NOW… right where you are!”

The Arabah, lit. "desolate and dry area", the area south of the Dead Sea basin which forms part of the border between Israel and Jordan.
The old meaning, was for the Jordan Rift Valley, running north-south between the Sea of Galilee and Eilat. The Dead Sea is commonly called today the Arava Valley.

Dead sea is known as DEAD for a reason!
This picture is about the effect God can have through us in a desolate place.

Our environment is pretty hostile. To God, and especially the church. Little grows

Food bank

Salt and Light
Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus said that we are "the salt of the earth" and "the light of the world". Being salt and light is not optional.
Jesus did not say you can be...or you have the potential to be...He said you are.
Everyone who has trusted Christ for salvation and is born again is the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)

This is all about getting out there, doing the stuff, and seeing the society changed all around us.

The thing about wading in is you just don't know how deep you are going to go.

Deut1 Arabah
See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the Lord , the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’
Deuteronomy 1:21

What does it mean for us to take the land?

Ezekiel was led through the water.
Intimacy with God.

Random Samsung text during Dave Wades sermon
We need to be. It can be fruit pickers, carwashes etc. There is a place for doctrines and dogma and science and history and apologetics, but these things are not Jesus. Jesus is our model. Jesus and kingdom.

Nation changing movements were not started because someone had a grand plan and implemented it. Start small to achieve small purposes. And grow.

What does that look like?
When you secure Matlock you will take the peaks.
He means what he promised….. keyring.

There are no questions this week as all the Groups are meeting together.

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Carol Service

Peter Williams (Sun, 18 Dec 2016)

Peter spoke about what Christmas is really about and why the wise men gave the gifts that they did.

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

During the Carol Service, the children and young people re-told the story of the first Christmas:

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