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Joy

Peter Williams (Sun, 04 Sep 2016)

Peter spoke about Joy.

To view these notes and questions in PDF format, click here.

Intro
Last time temple of God.
Yeah I know - andy and lou from little Britain
Leads me to joy.
Attitude can mean we miss joy.

Julian Adams fears too many Christians have been baptised in lemon juice.

UK girls becoming more miserable - study - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37223063.

Somebody was trying to find out the Eskimo for Joy. The word is ""Plonkiput". It means, wag the tail furiously." 

   FF Bruce    Peace if Joy resting. Joy is peace dancing.

Adrian Holloway    Jesus did not die that we might have a new type of misery!   

The Spirit of the Lord brings radical freedom to our lives. Freedom from legalism, guilt, shame, condemnation, self-hatred and self-rejection. Freedom from the power of sin, selfishness, manipulation and control. Freedom from the fear of death and fear of what others think of us. Freedom from comparing ourselves with others. Nicky Gumbell

Why should we be joyful?

John Piper Christian hedonism

C S Lewis    It is a Christian duty for everyone to be as joyful as they can be
Depression sufferers, it should not define you. You are in Christ.

1Pet 1:8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit

What have we got to be joyful about?

If you are in Christ….
You were chosen before the world began
God sent his son to die for you
You are saved and will go to heaven
You will be seated with Christ!
That's surely something to have joy in.

If heaven and glory are so wonderful, why do we not spend more time and energy focussing on them? Are we reasonable in this? What is the matter? Are we so full of joy that we need no more? or is there nothing in heaven for our joyous thoughts? There is! So stir up your heart to consider your calling on a regular basis. The saints everlasting rest, 1650 Richard Baxter

How can we develop a joyful spirit?

The Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit. So be filled, and go on being filled.
Opposite, no joy does not mean you don't have the Holy Spirit in you, but means you could have more.

Choosing to be
Power positive thinking NV Peale

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

Fyodor Dostoevsky    Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.   

Like love is cartoons, joy is....

Being Real
In Psalms they express their frustrations with life, but that does not mean they don't express joy too.

With the help of others
Others can help, Paul - make my joy complete

Creation - Piper
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. (Psalm 104:31–34)

God rejoices in the works of creation because they point us beyond themselves to God himself.

God means for us to be stunned and awed by his work of creation. But not for its own sake. He means for us to look at his creation and say: If the mere work of his fingers (just his fingers! Psalm 8:3) is so full of wisdom and power and grandeur and majesty and beauty, what must this God be like in himself!

These are but the backside of his glory, as it were, darkly seen through a glass. What will it be to see the Creator himself! Not his works! A billion galaxies will not satisfy the human soul. God and God alone is the soul’s end.

So we can get joy out of the stuff around us, but because it points to God. Not because of the thing itself. Ecclesiastes, Solomon, possessions.

Looking to God
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2Cor 4:7‭-‬9‭, ‬16‭-‬18

Where is your focus?

If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate! Nicky gumbell
Love sermon prep…..

Heb 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Praise and worship
Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

Isa 12:6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.

When should we be joyful?
Always

Ps103:2 forget not the lord's benefits

Adrian Holloway    No matter how bad things are there are always 10 things you can thank God for.

James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Jesus, for the joy set before him…

End
Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Questions for groups
What steals your joy?
What have you got to be joyful about? Adrian Holloway said “No matter how bad things are there are always 10 things you can thank God for.” Name 10
. How will you cultivate joy?
Remember, have you done a ‘Joy is….’ sketch or statement.
[If you have please let Peter Williams or Justyn Pride know so we can share it next week.]

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Our Confidence Is In The Gospel

Phil Hardy (Sun, 14 Aug 2016)

Phil preached on our confidence in the gospel.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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The Gospel

Neal Garratt (Sun, 24 Jul 2016)

Neal preached the gospel from Ephesians 2.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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Zacchaeus

Carly Spear (Sun, 10 Jul 2016)

Carly spoke about Zacchaeus. Luke 19:1-10

Zaccheus, a little man meets a big God!

Zaccheus had a curiosity to see Jesus and made the most of the opportunity by climbing a tree to catch even a glimpse of this Jesus that he had heard something about.

As Jesus walks past he calls Zaccheus by name and insists that he comes to his house. Very publically Jesus offers acceptance, welcome and grace to a lonely and lost man so used to rejection. His open heart and curiosity made him exactly the sort of person Jesus came to seek.

Zaccheus is a transformed man and one can only imagine the positive shock waves that went through the community. The rich man got through the eye of the needle and became a member of the family of God through his faith. There are lots of curious people up sycamore trees looking for Jesus amongst our friends and in our community. They might not realise they are looking for Jesus but they are searching for love, peace, acceptance, security, rescue, healing, help and purpose.

We can be deceived into thinking that the gospel is weak and that people are doing just fine as they are. The gospel is powerful and totally relevant. We need to tell them the good news! The Holy Spirit makes us bold, brave and courageous.

How can we be ordinary people looking for curious people up sycamore trees?

PRACTICAL conversation pointers can be helpful in starting to tell people the gospel taken from Chris’ video message:

TWO truths
Did you know that God loves you & Do you know he has an amazing plan for your life?

ONE question
If you were to die today would you be absolutely certain that you would be with God in heaven?

THREE truths
- All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
- The wages of that sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus
- Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Questions

1: Read Isaiah 61 to see that what Jesus was doing in Jericho the day Zaccheus was saved is perfectly in line with what he said he was going to do in Luke 4:18. This is now our mandate too. How does that make you feel particularly when considering going out into the streets of Matlock on Sunday 17th July?
Practice Chris’ conversation starters – Remember, 3-2-1 or rather 2-1-3

2: Is your heart a bit harder than you would like it to be when considering the lost & lonely? How do you know when your heart is hard? Even a tiny measure of the compassion God feels for the lost can soften your heart in a moment. Just ask Him.

3: Do you feel unashamed and brave? Bravo! If not, then why do you think that is?
Paul could say ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes’

If you want courage and boldness to look up those sycamore trees for the lonely and lost then ask. He is the one that makes us brave!

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God's Compassion Through The Bible

Dave Watmore (Sun, 03 Jul 2016)

Dave spoke about God's compassion through the bible.

Dave set out that our Fathers plan has always been to show compassion to mankind from Genesis to Revelation. I didn't quite make it to Revelation this time. Exodus 34 v 6 the Fathers declaration of who he is.

I used the examples of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jonah and Ruth to demonstrate how our Father shows his compassion out worked by humans.

The two I picked out the most were Moses and the burning bush where Yahweh says how he has heard the cry of his people. Are we living in times when the Father has heard the cry from people and is saying "let my people go"?

Jonah was told to go to Ninevah (the Ibiza culture). Jonah eventually and reluctantly preaches and the people turn to God and Jonah moans that he knew the Father would show mercy and compassion and Jonah wanted judgement.

Matthew 9 v 35-38
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
The Fathers strategy is
We pray and as we do so, we gain his heart and compassion for people.
Should leadership in our community

Practical Suggestions

In order to try and help us all to start to pray for the people around us, I suggested that groups cut out the following tasks and then pull them out and put them into practice for a week. The idea is not simply to do a random act of kindness but in doing so, pray and have insight into Jesus' compassion for people. It will also change the atmosphere around you.

Write a letter to an old friend or relative you have not been in touch with.

Write to a public servant who is under pressure thanking them for their work. This could be a teacher, a nurse, doctor bin man etc.

Buy some flowers for a neighbour.

Write a note to a waitress or waiter thanking them for working hard.

If you have anymore ideas then feel free to add them to this list.

The idea is to pray first to be guided by the Holy Spirit.

Questions

If you want questions to then ask:

1. Exodus 3 Moses and the burning bush. Do you think we live in times where people are crying out for freedom? Is the Father saying "let my people go".

2. Jonah. Ask people to compare how they feel about people in comparison to Jonah. Encourage people to be open and honest but pray for the Holy Spirit to help you all gain more compassion for people even if we view them as "scum" as it says in Matthew 9 v 11 New Living translation. How does the Father view people? What lengths will He go to to see people saved?

3. Prayer is critical for evangelism are you praying for the out reach in two weeks time when we go into the streets in Matlock taking the good news and the power of his word?

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Being Sons And Daughters Of God

Justyn Pride (Sun, 26 Jun 2016)

Justyn built on Dave's preach last Sunday which was about the Fathers heart, and how we are now children of God, adopted into His family.

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

Scripture is clear that we are sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:16, John 1:12, Romans 9:8, 1 John 3:2, 1 John 3:1, Acts 17:28, Eph 5:1, Romans 8:17).

We look at Romans 8:19 and about sons of God being ‘revealed’. “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”. A stirring quote about this passage:

"The world is waiting for sons and daughters to know who they are. The Father wants to reveal us to the world by revealing His truth inside of us. This truth is what changes the world— it brings life where there was none, it offers hope to those that have never known it and it invites anyone who wants more to have it. The world is waiting for us to be our truest selves."

The question is what does it look like for us to live as children of God? Four areas were covered, but there are many more!

1. Identity - Free to be who you are
2. Risk - it’s ok to try and fail
3. Freedom - choices and decisions motivated from love
4. Authority - to advance the Kingdom

Questions

• Do you respond as a slave, servant or son (child of God) in circumstances? Could you ‘rest’, or does task, ‘have to, ‘expected to’ shape you?
• Risk - what’s God spoken over you and calling you to step out in, or into?
• Freedom - do you feel free to just enjoy God? To be you?
• Authority - do you believe you have authority from God and access to Gods resources?

The summary quote was by Simon Holley 'Sustainable Power' - This is the truth. You have been bought out of slavery, you are alive to God. You have eternal life, you are free from condemnation. You are now inseparable from the love of God, you are a triumph and a reconciler and a fruit-bearer and one with the Father. We need to realize! Much fruit grows out of the realisation of who I am in Christ. Abiding replaces striving, enjoying replaces earning. Loving replaces longing and basking replaces bemoaning. Freedom kicks out slavery and warrior replaces subservient.

It’s important that when we find areas of wrong thinking, or behaviour that we don’t rush into ’new thinking. There may be things that have shaped us to how we and which we need to deal with (it may involve repentance or forgiveness of others or ourselves).

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The Father Heart Of God

Dave Harper (Sun, 19 Jun 2016)

On Father's Day, Dave spoke about the Father Heart of God.

Questions

When Jesus said 'I will not leave you as orphans' (john 14:18) what do you think he meant and how would he accomplish this?

Though we may well know the biblical truth about our relationship with God as Father we can often struggle with acceptance and approval issues. How can we deal with this??

Dave encouraged us that the Father brings hope to our heart and read the following encouragement
"Help emerged as I began to explore entering the silence, not in some rural idyll but a desert space where I might hang out with God and converse with him about who I was. It was within this silence I discovered I was deeply loved by God, had always been known by God, that God was more deeply embedded within me than I’d ever known. Slowly I stopped measuring myself against my views. I exchanged insecurity derived from my uncertain friendshipse for the security of knowing God. The restless anxious chatter in my head, while never stilled, lost its power to determine who and how I showed up in life. My inner anxious self was shattered and hope was birthed, a hope with which to wage war against the internal chatter that made me doubt myself, lose my confidence and constantly compared me to others."

Do you think you could do this more yourself?

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Evangelism

Peter Williams (Sun, 12 Jun 2016)

Peter spoke about evangelism.

Word association.
When you talk about Christianity what do people think?
When you talk about church what do people think?

Evangelism is a dirty word. It fills us with dread and fear, or others with excitement.
What do you think of when you think of evangelism?

What's missing or late in all the lists of words?
Jesus!
How could he not be the one thing that is first on all the lists.
We can be so distracted with church, Christianity, Christian culture, that we forget the fact it's all about Jesus!
When you talk about Jesus what do people think?

Video https://youtu.be/5MKcFunW2lk

Jargon. Christian culture.
But should our culture not be totally Jesus?

We can do one of two things, Give people jesus, or give them wasted sewage. We can either point the way to the way or confuse them with a load of things that will never feed their need for God. There is a place for doctrines and dogma and science and history and apologetics, but these things are not Jesus - they are just humanly manufactured attempts to make people think that having the right idea is the same thing as loving and following Jesus. P26 Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism by Carl Medearis

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1‭-‬5

Acts 3 healed in Jesus name.
Acts 4 tried for healing in Jesus name
Acts 5 tried again for preaching Jesus

Tell the story of Isa from the book. P133
Jesus and the stories about him captivate people.

I get myself into trouble for being too open and honest. People say to me I need to play my cards closer to my chest! When it comes to Jesus though…..
The problem is we shy away from being fully truthful.
What did you do at the weekend, or over half term?
I went to church, I went to a festival.
If you went to concert, you'd say I saw….. in concert.
I saw Jesus heal a whole bunch of people.
I met with Jesus and experienced his peace once again.
How different would the conversation be?

We talk about the church a lot. Now she is important, she is the bride of Christ.
But let's not deify the church.
Jesus is god the son.
Let's talk about him. Let's raise his name up.

Sam Poe "We are not introducing people to the 4 spiritual laws, but to Jesus."

Bill Johnson "Jesus, our magnificent obsession."

Francis Chan "Being a disciple maker means you will begin to look at the people in your life differently. Every person in your life is created in the image of God, and Jesus commands every one of them to follow him. God has placed those people in your life so that you will do everything you can to influence them. Following Jesus means you will be teaching other people to follow."

In the book Speaking of Jesus he does not call himself a Christian, and he does not go to a church. He perhaps goes too far, baby out with the bathwater, but it's his reaction to Christian culture.

So how will we do church, small groups, etc, to see our friends, neighbours, work colleagues etc meeting Jesus and seeing lives change?

J John "Jesus sacrificed 200 pigs to save one man. How much would you give to see someone saved?"

Jesus freak
https://youtu.be/kbB0QrBIs9k


Questions for groups
1Cor 2:1-5 “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
What does that look like?
How do we do that?
How should we change church and groups to be more Jesus focussed?

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