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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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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.

Questions

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.

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The Prophetic

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.

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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.

Questions

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

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