Baptism Service at Holy Trinity Matlock Bath
Neal Garratt (Sun, 02 Oct 2016)
Today we had a great joint service with Holy Trinity Matlock Bath during which six of our young people were baptised.
There is no audio available of Neal's preach about Thomas the Tank Engine's friend Henry, who needed the right coal to make him work to the best of his ability.
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
Priests Appointed By God
Phil Hardy (Sun, 25 Sep 2016)
Phil continued his preach about our priestly status and laying a foundation and building on it with some vision for what we feel God has said and the way he is leading us.
Week 2 – A Kingdom of Priests
HEB 4:14-16 ESV
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
• Each one of us is here to fulfill a God given purpose
• In revelation, the summing up of all things there’s this declaration
"You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God ; and they shall reign on the earth. " (Revelation 5:10 ESV)
• We are all called
• We are all chosen
• Not of ourselves God has made us to be
• We believe in the priesthood of all believers
• The reason Jesus was revealed to destroy the works of the evil one,
• We exist to make Jesus known across the Peak District region
Our priestly call is;
• We are to minister first to God -Worship
• The presence of God manifest among us refreshing renewing changing empowering as we approach the throne grace where his presence fill everything in every way
• We are to minister to one another – Jesus said they would know we are his disciples by our love for one another
• We are to minister to those who do not know
• God has made available to us al we need to be equipped to do all 3
• This term is about us getting equipped
• This is about Jesus and his Kingdom rule and reign in all the earth that, before he comes again the gospel will be made known to every tribe tongue and nation, not just words but demonstration of kingdom
• This morning I want to speak from the heart
• I want to share what we feel God has spoken to us
• The reason we are hear, to make Jesus known in every community, village, & town of the Peak District, to affect towns and cities around us, to send to the nation’s
• God spoke some years ago and said “when you secure Matlock you will take the peaks”
o How we secure Matlock is by our being established in the town
o We already are well on the way to that Through the many thing we already to here
o The building is part of that establishing, we will be submitting a fresh application next month change of use
What we are doing in the Hope Valley is to make Jesus known, we are doing this by
• Praying in the area
• Partnering with other Christians in the area
• Training how to reach out
• Encouraging other churches who are willing to and share a desire to reach the area
There is no village or town off limits , where ever you live, work, socialise is where you are free to bring the kingdom to affect culture.
As a family of churches Newfrontiers has a calling from God to change the expression of Christianity around the world
We are seeking to do that here in the Peaks
We are to change culture both in the church and in the world around us
I’ve lived with something God spoke to me some years ago at our 25th celebration
Moses / Joshua – what God spoke to me from this story
Moses years – all together, one place, gathered around the temple, nomadic, everything supplied, weren’t warriors, it was mainly a new generation not known Egypt.
Joshua era – together they took the promised land of the Cannanites, city after city and established themselves in each place. They had to establish community, society, social care, health care, education, businesses of every kind. They established who they were always mentioned to be in the land God meant for them to have.
It’s time for us to do the same – establish who we are in the region God has given to us.
• Change the culture of the church
• Affect the culture around us
• Bring God’s Kingdom rule and reign to the Peaks
Our joining with HT MB is about us being who we are called to be
Our reaching the Hope Valley a area we have had no community of believers is being who we are called to be
Our reaching out into the communities we have community of believes is us being who we are meant to be
We have not been necessarily looking for a new Moses. One day we may have a Joshua like lead elder
• We have a call from God, many promises and we want to be trained and equipped to fulfill that call so that’s why we are looking at the gifts of the Holy Spirit, why we are doing Sozo .
• We are going to work out this call and to seek to enter into the fulfilment of every good promise made to us.
Hope that helps you get a picture of where we feel God is leading us
Hope your heart has been stirred
You are qualified to be part of God’s great plan for us by his grace he chose you and appointed you and made you to be a priest to our God bringing his rule and reign into every place we are and that has given us influence.
These are some of my notes not all though. Questions may not necessarily be the right thing this week but to discuss what I shared and pray. Pray for one another especially if there is things from your past Christian experience that would hinder you from entering fully into the future God has for us.
Who Are We In God?
Phil Hardy (Sun, 18 Sep 2016)
Phil spoke 1 Peter 2 about what being a royal priesthood means for us.
To view Phil's slides (in PDF format), click here.
Further notes and questions may follow.
Being In Christ
Neal Garratt (Sun, 11 Sep 2016)
Neal spoke about what "being in Christ" means.
To view Neal's slides (in PDF format), click here.
This week we looked at being “ In Christ” and what this means for our Christian Lives and the truth that this should bring to our thinking- Moving head knowledge to heart truth being the key – we looked at lots of scriptures so we can base these truths in scripture and I have listed them below so you can re-read them in your own time. These are important as the truth sets us free.
Ephesians 2 vs 4-10 – This was where we started looking at the promises God has made to us about being “In Christ” and the difference it should mean to our lives.
We looked at seven truths regarding being in Christ
1.God chose us before the foundation of the world, to redeem us and forgive all our sins.
Ephesians 1 vs 4-8
Romans 8 vs 29
2.In Christ we are a new creation – Sons and Daughters of the King!
2 Corinthians 5 vs 7
Galations 4 vs 4
3. In Christ we are justified before God and the righteousness of Christ is given to us.
2 Corinthians 5 vs 21
1 John 4 vs 10
Propitiation - meaning “A sacrifice that turns away God’s wrath and turns it to favour”
4. In Christ we are being sanctified or made Holy.
1 Corinthians 1 vs 2
Galations 5 vs 22-25
5. In Christ you are loved by God with an everlasting Love
Romans 8 vs 38-39
Ephesians 3 vs 17-19
6. In Christ we have peace
Phillipians 4 vs 6-7
John 14 vs 27
7. In Christ we are seated with him in heavenly places and have eternal life with Him.
Ephesians 2 vs 6
Romans 6 VS 23
All these promises are from God and are fulfilled in Christ
2 Corinthians 1 vs 20
and all our needs are met in Christ!
Phillipians 4 vs 19
1. Being “ In Christ” should make us secure in our faith and walk with God and yet so often we feel insecure – why do you think this is the case?
2. Which verses mentioned above have helped in your understanding of what being “In Christ” means for the Christian?
3. Peter said last week “Fear, worry and concern – all these things don’t define me because I am in Christ – Joy comes when we move that knowledge from our head to our heart.
What do you feel defines you and what can change that perception?
4. How do we move head knowledge to our hearts – what works for you – perhaps share with your group what works for you as this may help other people?
Peter Williams (Sun, 04 Sep 2016)
Peter spoke about Joy.
To view these notes and questions in PDF format, click here.
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?
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....
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?
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…
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.]
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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(Sun, 07 Aug 2016)
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(Sun, 31 Jul 2016)
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Neal Garratt (Sun, 24 Jul 2016)
Neal preached the gospel from Ephesians 2.
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
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:
Did you know that God loves you & Do you know he has an amazing plan for your life?
If you were to die today would you be absolutely certain that you would be with God in heaven?
- 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.
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
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!