The Gift Of Administration
Justyn Pride (Sun, 11 Dec 2016)
Justyn continued our series on Spiritual Gifts looking at the gift of Administration.
To view Justyn's slides (in PDF format), click here.
Gift of Administration - 1 Cor 12:28-31
The gift is included in an list alongside apostles, prophets, evangelists, and miracles. It’s there for a purpose. The passage clearly shows that it is a spiritual gift, therefore it is given by and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit who heals, saves and delivers! We need to see this gift as of equal value as all the gifts and not separate into a ‘secular vs spiritual’ mindset.
The word Administration in greek is Kubernesis meaning ‘to steer, or rule or govern’. it refers to a ships captain or master and is about guiding or directing the ship towards a goal. Administrators are often ‘jack of all trades’ and can see things through the lenses of others as they steer the whole of the ship forward. They are broad and see a big picture.
There are plenty of administrators in the bible - God (the great architect who created and sustains all things), Moses, Daniel, Solomon and Stephen to name a few.
Some important points
• Faith - key for any administrator as we need to hear and believe God as we steer the ship.
• Spontaneous vs Planned - planning is vital and is not less spiritual than spontaneity. In creation God made everything according to his plan and order. Imagine if the fish had been made before the water!
• Flexible Structures - administration is about creating flexible wineskins/structures that serve the wine/product/service of the organisation. They are to sustain and bring life, not kill it. Inflexibility and focus on the structure, not on the spirit of the organisation creates bureaucracy and ultimate death.
• He wastes nothing - God works all things for good. He doesn’t waste our, or others mistakes, they are all learning opportunities.
• Handling Tension - nothing is perfect, but when tensions arise we need faith to see that the tension creates energy, and that energy should be used to bring the breakthrough needed.
1. We are called to ask for gifts, so it this is something we can, and should ask God for, even in a small measure!
2. Do you identify having the gift of administration?
3. Do you prefer spontaneity or planning? How do you feel about people to work the oppose way? How can we honour our differences?
4. In your work place, does the structure hind or help the life of the organisation? Can you bring something of the kingdom of God in that influence new life? How you manage, encourage and relate to others has a huge impact.
Ian Parfitt (Sun, 04 Dec 2016)
Ian continued our series on spiritual gift, looking at the gift of prophecy.
To view Ian's notes (in PDF format), click here.
To view Ian's slides (in PDF format), click here.
The areas Ian looked at were:
1. Old and New Covenant Prophetic
2. Prophecy today - Two types of prophecy: Spontaneous & Non-Spontaneous
3. Handling The prophetic - There are three phases of prophecy:
- R Revelation (hearing + speaking)
- I Interpretation
- A Application
4. Our Response to the Prophetic
Questions and activities for groups
Question 1: How do you see the role of prophecy in the church today?
Question 2: What helps or hinders you from hearing from God?
Question 3: Have there been prophecies spoken over you?* If so, what has been your response? (*Only give details if you’re comfortable to do so.)
Activity (optional): In small groups (3 – 4) pray together and ask God what he has to say for each member of the group.
Spiritual Gifts - Healing
Dave Wade (Sun, 27 Nov 2016)
Dave Wade spoke about the gift of healing.
To see Dave's slides (in PDF format), click here.
Encouragement to use the gifts --- of healings
1 Corth 12:7- 11. 14:1 & Rms 12:6
1Timothy 4: 14-15, 2 Tim1:6
I believe God is saying to his church today about the spiritual gifts and everyone is a gift to this church family for a purpose and God has and wants to give . spiritual gifts to help build his church so that it will grow and will reflect his glory here in the Peaks.
God wants us to refocus, reignite, the calling and gifts he has given us to build his church. Re ignite the passion.
1Cor12:7-9. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers. to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues and to still another the interpretation of tongues All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
1. Do you believe in spiritual gifts?
2. We all like gifts why do you think God gives us gifts?
3. Do we eagerly desire the gifts and what things might stops us?
4. Do you know the gifts God has given you and are you using them on a regular basis?
5. Where should we use the gifts and how often or what stops us?
6. What are your views on the gifts of healing are plural?
7. Share testimonies of healing to encourage others.
8. How can we create an atmosphere where the gifts are regularly displayed and consistently model them?.
Is there any questions about gifts of healing
Pray for each other to rekindle, fan into flame and fresh passion to use our gifts.
Let him use it.... Romans 12
Discernment and Identity
Phil Hardy (Sun, 20 Nov 2016)
Phil continued our series on spiritual gifts by talking about discernment.
These times together in the 3 areas are opportunity to discover our identity, allow God to shape us by encountering him, understand how we can affect our community by taking responsibility for seeing his Kingdom come where are, and build Holy Spirit filled communities that are effective and growing.
Here's the notes and some questions, but my encouragement would be take time to encounter God and let him give you fresh vision
The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, "Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.
GEN 13:14-15 ESV
What is the way God is leading us
Who we are in God , what do we carry?
We are on a journey of discovery as well as an adventure.
The children of Israel when they came out of Egypt knew they were slaves, it didn't take any discerning, they saw themselves as grass hoppers.
The majority of that generation died in the desert, the new generation who were going to possess the land didn't have any identity other than being a nomadic people.
God was to give then a new identity
Even when they went to Jericho they still had no idea who they were but the Canaanites knew who they were and were terrified of them.
We are to discern who we are, God’s new identity for us
How we perceive ourselves determines how we live When we know who we are well act accordingly.
“Everything you can comprehend through faith’s vision belongs to you. Look as far as you can, for it is all yours. All you long to be as a Christian, all you carry from God, all you long to do for God, and all that lies before us as a church are within the possibilities of faith”.
From where you are, what is it that you are seeing ?
What is it that you are longing for in God and how are you perusing it?
If how we perceive ourselves determines how we live – Is our perception of who we are lining up with who God says we are ? If not how can this be changed ? What signs can we look for that show a change in our identity ?
David West (Sun, 13 Nov 2016)
David West explained about God's love for us and how Calvary changed everything.
Unfortunately, the whole of David's talk was not recorded. The following notes, made by Peter, cover the whole preach.
Calvary changed everything.
It moved us from the old covanent to the new.
Love God with all your heart soul and mind
Love your neighbour as yourself
These are old covanent requirements
The requirements of the new covanent are always harder than the old.
So what's the requirement in the new covanent regarding love?
Jesus said he gave a new commandment, to love others as he does.
We don't love ourselves very well, so to have loved as we love ourself is not always great.
But Jesus wants us to love those that we would not associate with normally, and would do us harm.
So what would be higher than loving God with everything we have?
The emphasis shifts in the new covanent to how well God loves us, rather than how we love him! Our security and foundation has to change under the new covanent.
1 John 4. Without God there is no love. We love him because he first loved us.
God is never disillusioned with us as he had no illusions in the first place.
There is no condemnation even when we sin!
Did Jesus love John more than the other disciples? John was more convinced about the fact that he was loved by Jesus.
That gave John more security as a result.
Love will pull out of you the Spirit of adventure more. You will know you are safe in different environments.
It will also stir up in you a love for God more.
If it does not feel good, it means God has not finished yet.
When walking in the valley, we must not sit down and say woe is me. We need to walk and believe in the wow of God.
Jesus was kinder to Thomas than history has been!
How do we develop this love.
If you want to grow in your love for him, then grow in your confidence of his love for you.
We need to forgive 70x7. How much more will God forgive us?
How do we love those who do evil things?
Jesus, forgive hem for they know not what they do.
That was a transaction between God and Jesus.
Tongues and Interpretation
Dave Watmore (Sun, 06 Nov 2016)
Continuing our series on the gifts of the Spirit, Dave looks at tongues and interpretation.
All Gods gifts are unmerited but He wants us all to eagerly desire them.
Our Father has given us the gift of mission to our community and he has also given us the gifts to work to achieve this with Him.
The gift of tongues is one that is there to build each one of us up before God.
I used the illustration of the three gifts, a ring, a screw driver/drill and a bottle of moisturiser to illustrate my point.
The gift of tongues for personal use is a very flexible gift helping us to pray into difficult situations when we don't know the facts or have run out of words to pray.
It says in I Corinthians 14 that the gift of tongues is to edifying the born again Christian. Edifying means to build up. Share examples of when the gift of tongues has been useful to you in building you up when in a difficult situation.
Think of situations in the local community when it would be useful to pray in tongues to see the Holy Spirit break in.
Please consider my illustration of the Christmas gift that I did not remember having and had left unused for a year. Are you using the gift of tongues either in private or public?
What is holding you back from desiring the gift or using it?
Paul says eagerly desire the spiritual gifts. That includes speaking in tongues.
The gift of tongues is a wonder gift. Does it thrill you? If not, would you like to be thrilled with this gift that builds up?
When Jesus Says Come
Dave Harper (Sun, 30 Oct 2016)
Dave spoke about following Jesus when he calls you out of the boat.
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
Phil Hardy (Sun, 23 Oct 2016)
During today's All Age Meeting, KidZone explained about the "I AM" sayings of Jesus which they have been learning about this term.
To view the KidZone slides (in PDF format), click here.
Phil preached on how the "I AM"s can give us absolute assurance in God's plans for us.
Kari Jobe's "Forever" video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huFra1mnIVE. The rap starts at approx. 6m45s.
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
The Holy Spirit Is Essential For The Church
Neal Garratt (Sun, 16 Oct 2016)
Neal started our new series on the Holy Spirit.
This morning we looked at the Baptism in the Spirit and why being Baptised in the Spirit is so important for ourselves, our Church and the community we live in. We looked at 1 Corinthians 12 and made reference to Ephesians 4 and Romans 12. We talked about having potential and making sure we realized that potential in Christ. Being Baptised in the Holy Spirit helps is to fulfil our potential in ourselves, to the local Church and to the wider community we live in.
Let’s not be described as having made “Fair progress” or “Having potential” – let’s realize both and enter into all That God has for us and the Church!
Questions for Groups
1. There are undoubtedly things that hold us back from getting all that God has planned for us – we mentioned some this morning – I hope these resonated with you? Can you think of others that you struggle with? How can we overcome those things that hold us back?
2. Having looked at 1 Corinthians 12 and the kind of Church God wants for us – can you see how important each role is and how we should all work together to make one functioning body? If this happens what would have to change?
3. Think of Peter and Jesus - Are you personally prepared to step out of the boat – out of your comfort zone and walk on the water with Jesus- no matter the risks?
4. What potential difference will this make to our Church Life and the community we live in?
Have You Got A Taste For Adventure?
Peter Wiliams (Sun, 09 Oct 2016)
Peter continued looking at the vision we have been looking at for the last couple of weeks. Peter noted that in the Joshua Generation, it was the people who did the 'stuff', not the leaders. It is up to us, as directed by God, to make a difference in our communities.
To view Peter's slides (in PDF format), click here.
Ephesians 2 one in Christ. Ends in the spirit......
Priesthood of all believers
The Moses era is over and we are entering the Joshua era / generation.
Not so much about the leaders, as the community they are leading.
What is the Joshua generation like?
Where the Spirit of God is, there is power.
We have already established that each of you are full of the holy spirit.
So where you are there is power!
Beermat challenge to us - Have you got a taste for adventure?
Gifts spirit. This term. How does this fit with kingdom extension?
Corinthians - Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Distinguishing of spirits, Tongues, Interpretation, Hospitality, Encouragement and Administration
Ephesians 4 ministries
Apostles, Prophets, Teachers / preaching, Miracles, Healing and Tongues
Great commission - Matthew 28:18-20
Who are the unique ethni that you come into contact with?
Vision - a Christian presence in every community
Values unchanged, last 2 terms preaches
Presence god prized.
Reach peak district, small groups
Partnerships - current experience
Not giving up meeting together
How we do that, it's an adventure.
Not doing church but being church
Priesthood all believers
New beer mat.
We don't know how it will look.
But we know we have a god who does.
We don't know what things will work.
But we know what he has told us and we know what the spirit can do.
Questions for groups.
How do you feel about the adventure the church is on?
What do you think you bring to this adventure? What scares you about it?
What would you like to see God do?
Do you have any passions that you would like see encouraged by church?