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Generosity

Phil Hardy (Sun, 20 Mar 2016)

Phil continued our study of the book of Acts and looked at generosity in the early church.

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

Introduction
• Working through acts could not ignore the generosity and giving
• Generosity and Giving were very evident in the church in Acts
• It is to be a part of the life of the church today and is
• No preaching this because it's an issue, but for our encouragement
• We have always been a generous church

Acts 2
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Acts‬ ‭2:42-47‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬
• In this passage, this blue print for what the church should be like we see that there was not only a willingness to bow generous but acted on it, so those that had sold their goods, land or property to help those in need.
• It was not an act done under duress, or any command from the apostles
• It was not a requirement to be able to be part of the community of believers
• It was a heart response to the Holy Spirit and seeing the need around them
“There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.”
Acts‬ ‭4:34-35‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬

3 points I want to make
1. Generosity demonstrates the heart of God and his love for us
• God did not spare his only son - “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
Romans‬ ‭8:32‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Matthew‬ ‭7:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬
• Gods desire that that we should lack no good thing
• Gods heart for us that if we have need we can ask because he is willing to provide all we need

2. Generosity shows our love for one another
• The same love they had received from the father was expressed by their willingness to sell up and to give to those in need
• The early church understood that ultimately God owned everything they had, so they were able to hold onto things in a proper way—with a loose hand.
• Their Encountering of a radically generous God created a radically generous people.
• “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John‬ ‭13:35‬ ‭ESV‬‬

3. Generosity expresses love for the lost, poor and needy
• In the acts 2 passage it seems there is a link between generosity and salvation
• This newly radically generous people who gave to those in need had a amazing affect on the community around them.
• In the context of them being fully devoted in every way, God added to their number those who were being saved every day
• There are lots of churches, but not nearly as many that are making a the most of an opportunity to make a difference in their community. Through looking at the early church, we see how their generosity made them to be a world changing church.
• We too are affecting people's lives through our varied projects want to continue to do so.

There's an added dimension to this, it's not rules or regulations,
There is a Grace to Give
“Grace leads us into the exciting adventure of faithful giving, and of proving the goodness of God and his ability to make grace abound to us so that we are always sufficient for every good work”
Terry Virgo Gods Lavish Grace
We can be generous givers not out of any duty or complusion, trying to be a good Christian and do our duty. Grace filled generosity is releasing. It sets us free from possessiveness, it sets us free from materialism, it releases us into us faith filled giving
• Luke 6 v 38 Jesus said
““give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.””‬‬

Conclusion
• Gods looking for that grace filled generosity among his people
• It demonstrates Gods love for us
• It demonstrates our love for one another
• It demonstrates his love and our love for the Poor, the needy and those who don't know Jesus yet
• Not that we are not already a generous church because we are, but my encouragement is that by being so we demonstrate the Kingdom of God in our communities to the praise and Glory of his name

I have been asked, will we be having a gift day for the building?
Change of use planning application is in
Lots of signs that God is in this
We want to act in faith following what God is doing
We will be having a gift day
Not looking to you or your bank account but to God
I joked at the prayer meeting “there’s thousands of pounds down the back of your sofa’s you know nothing about
100,000 Gift day

Questions
 What evidence is there that we are a generous church
 How can you demonstrate generosity in your community
 Have you allowed Gods grace to set you free from to be generous with all you have, in What ways are you proving Gods grace in this area of your life?
 Does the mention of s gift day fill you with faith or fear? If it's fear how can you move form fear to faith?

Here’s a prayer taken from Bethel Church Redding California that you can pray particularly if you are in fear and to move into faith.

Father I choose to trust you for:-
Jobs and better jobs, Raises and bonuses, Benefits
Sales and commissions, Favourable settlements
Estates and inheritances, Interests and income
Rebates and returns, Checks in the mail Gifts and surprises, Finding money Debts paid off,
Expenses decrease Blessing and increase.
Thank You, Lord, for meeting all of my financial needs
that I may have more than enough to give into the Kingdom of God
and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!!!

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About CAP

Terry Charker (Sun, 13 Mar 2016)

As part of our involvement with Christians Against Poverty (CAP), Terry spoke about their work and principles.

For more information on CAP, please visit their website: https://capuk.org/.

Further notes and questions may be available in due course.

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Travelling Ministries

Colin Baron (Sun, 06 Mar 2016)

Colin continued our series on the book of Acts, looking at Barnabas and travelling ministries.

To view Colin's slides, click here.

Further notes and questions may be available in due course.

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Church As Community

Peter Williams (Sun, 28 Feb 2016)

Peter continued our look at the church in Acts, looking at the church as community.

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

What type of church do you want to be?

One Another’-ing verses

Love
Do not slander one another (James 4:11)
Love one another (John 14:34)
Do not grumble against one another (James 5:9)
Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)
Do not provoke and envy one another (Galatians 5:26)
Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
Respect or honour
Bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)
Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)
Encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25)
Comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
Build one another up (Romans 14:19)
Be hospitable to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
Belong to one another (Romans 12:5)
Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
Honour one another (Romans 12:10)
Carry each others burdens (Galatians 6:2)
Consider one another better than yourself (Philippians 2:3)
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
Be humble towards one another (1 Peter 5:5)
Be compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
Spur one another on (Hebrews 10:24)

Trust
Understanding or knowledge
Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)
Have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7)
Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)
Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)
Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
Teach one another (Colossians 3:16)
Do one not lie to another (Colossians 3:19)
Admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)

Gandhi, as a student in South Africa wanted to find out more about church after reading the bible. He found a church and was ushered to the back of the all white church. He said after, “I like your Christ, I don't like your christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” So India was founded by a Hindu!

Gandhi rebuked Christian missionaries saying “if christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the bible, all India would be christians.”

Simon Petit - sermon on remember the poor.
Short version https://youtu.be/pmVg9TQ4sPc
Full version https://vimeo.com/53658214

Alan Hirsch
All great missionary movements begin at the fringes of the church, among the poor and marginalised and seldom if ever at the centre...... When the church engages at the fringes it almost always brings life to the centre

David Livingstone
Sympathy is no substitute for action

Question
How are you going to be outward looking this week?

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Baptism In The Holy Spirit And Speaking In Tongues

Neal Garratt (Sun, 21 Feb 2016)

Neal continued our series looking at the book of Acts.

Today we looked at the Baptism in The Spirit and Speaking in tongues – we started looking at Acts 2 vs 1-15 and 36-41 – The day of Pentecost and what a difference there is before and after for Peter and that difference can be the same for us – before and after we are Baptised in the Spirit.

Historically there are some views that need to be looked at regarding the Baptism in the Holy Spirit to see where we stand as a church and movement?

1. You get it all when you get saved? -Old Evangelical view
2. You have to wait –tarry – before you get it – Old Pentecostal View
3. You have to mature as a Christian and it builds up and then explodes everywhere – rather like a can of fizzy drink – Keswick view

As Newfrontiers and CITP we would take the view that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience that can happen at salvation or subsequent to salvation – both are valid and the important point is that you receive the gift from God which is for everyone – just saved or not!

Who is the Holy Spirit – we looked at John 14 vs 16-17 and 26-26 – Jesus promises to not leave us but to send our “Advocate” - The Holy Spirit – an advocate is one who pleads our case before Jesus, helping , encouraging, strengthening, counselling and
Bring us into truth – This is important as he is the spirit of truth – Teaching us the truth, illuminating, revelation to our head and heart.

When the spirit comes there are often tow reaction as there were on the day of Pentecost -
This is God!
They are drunk!
There are always these reactions when the Holy Spirt moves and we must be careful of our own reactions when the spirit moves on people within the Church.

Common misconceptions regarding the Holy Spirit
Do I need to wait – No
Do I have to be a mature Christian – No
Do I have to go on a course – No

Its a gift from God for us as individuals and also for the Church as a whole to benefit from.

So Why do I need to be Baptised in the Spirit?
1. Its scriptural – Acts 8 vs 12-17 and Acts 19 vs 1-7, Acts 2 vs 1-15
2. Brings power to our Christian life
3.Helps us to worship in a deeper more intimate way
4.Aids in us haring and knowing God’s voice
5. Brings a deeper and closer relationship with God. Increased assurance of salvation – Romans 8 vs 16 – The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit.
6.Releases the gifts of the spirit to us individually and to the Church – of benefit to all!

Often the Baptism in the Spirit is followed by speaking in tongues – Lets look at some practical helps that might rid us of the mystique that surrounds speaking in tongues.
1.The Holy Spirit gives the tongue (the language) - the words you have to physically speak
2. It is not passive – its active – You have to use your speaking apparatus – Lungs, mouth, lips, tongue and vocal cords – and don’t forget to breathe as well!
3. The enemy will always tell you that you are making it up – resist him and he will flee from you!
4.Not everyone speaks in tongues straight away – Expect to speak in tongues – But if you don’t you are not a second class Christian and you don’t get the silver medal instead of the Gold – Seek the gift after you receive the spirit.
5.Most tongues ate unique and different - don’t compare with someone else – If you want more than one tongue the ask!
6.If you use tongues in worship seek to interpret those tongues as well – you will be amazed at what is being said!

Tongues can be used Individually in worship and prayer times - increasing intimacy with God and releasing the presence of God in our worship times. Releases joy and faith.

Tongues in a Church setting can be very powerful and often release the use of other gifts. In a Church setting the tongue spoken out load should be interpreted so that all can understand what is being said – These tongues are man – God – worship, adoration and love – they will also release the prophetic which is different as the prophetic is God speaking to man – We may have to wait for the interpretation - don’t get confused!

1 Corinthians 12 vs 7 – To each one is given the manifestation for the common good – Very important – This is to build up, to edify to encourage the Church.

Questions

1. Does knowing that the Holy Spirit is our “advocate” help in our understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit. How does this work in practice?

2. Does this talk help you to understand the vital role of the Holy Spirit both individually and collectively?

3. I said that worshiping God without being baptised in the spirit was like worshipping in black and white and God wants us to worship him in full colour – does that help in understanding the difference and is that your experience?

4. John Piper says “ In the end the heart longs not for any of God’s good gifts but for God himself. To see him and know him and be in his presence in the soul’s final feast. Beyond that there is no quest. Words fail.We call it pleasure,joy,delight but these are weak pointers to the unspeakable experience.” Do you agree and isn’t this where we want to be as a Church?

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Salt And Light

Dave Watmore (Sun, 14 Feb 2016)

Dave spoke about salt and light from Matthew 5 v 12 at our All Age Meeting.

First of all we have to understand the context in which the scripture is written. This passage is at the very beginning of the sermon on the mount which is regarded as the best teaching on morality and attitudes in history by many religions.

Jesus would have taught this many times. We also see the similar teaching in Luke 6 as the sermon on the plain.

It is a non negotiable.

So I am planning to start with what does it look like to be salt and what does it look like to be light but more importantly HOW we can be salt and HOW we can be light in the world around us.

Much of this we are already doing but I feel there are some important emphasises we should hear from the Holy Spirit.

Salt

Many of us are aware that salt is used to preserve. What does that look like?

The passage tells us that if the salt loses its saltiness it will be thrown onto the road and trampled under foot. Salt can't be put in the compost nor on fields as it will poison the soil. Salt is only useful when it comes into direct contact with something else.

Bucket of ice and salt with tweezers.

To illustrate his point about salt, Dave showed this video about whether or not a bowling ball will float in the Dead Sea: https://youtu.be/ZhL68D9BPiw.

Bag of chips with a salt cellar on the top of the chips.

How do we gain our saltiness?

Before I was a Christian I was a nice man but I can't honestly say I was a compassionate person. When I became born again that changed.

It is about our friendship with Jesus.

The Holy Spirit has talked to me about explaining our FRIENDSHIP with Him not as just a relationship.

Let me explain.

If you're are inviting people to a very special event say your wedding or my 40th birthday party.......

You have only 24 places but you have 27 people on the list.

You have to reduce the number so you ask a friend to go through the list with you.

There are three the friend does not know.

Emmanuel Withus
He is your financial adviser. When you have a problem with your money you go to him. He has always been very good and helped you out but you only know him from these times.

Lord Almighty
Whenever you need some advice you seem to meet him when you walk the dog and you happen to bump into him and he always gives good advice but that is the only time to see him. You have never invited him round for a meal.

Yahweh King
He is friends with all your other friends and he is seen to be a really good guy and cool. You've met him a few times but he's never been round to your house.

Jesus Christ
This is a friend who has always been there when you are down, comforts you when you are sad, is a real laugh when you are together, mixes well with all your friends. When you were out of work he helped you, when you hurt your back, he sent some friends to help you. You speak with him every day.

I want to use this as an illustration of that we are to convey that Jesus is our friend and not like our bank manager. The relationship is real, close and with a level of intimacy and knowledge of each other.

Light

The light of the gospel is about our actions being seen, preaching the gospel and the church standing up to be seen against injustice etc.. It is about sharing God's word with people. It is salt and light coming together.

Bryony bought a new torch to use on holiday. When I picked it up and turned it on, it shone straight into my eyes and I couldn't see.

We need to be bold in sharing God's word but we also need to be wise.

We have to learn to ask questions when people ask us questions.

You have to avoid misunderstandings.

Lesley and the friends.

How do you cope with that coming from a different faith? It opened up the opportunity because they then asked Lesley how she deals with things as a Christian.

The friend who always bombarded her with scripture but did not wait to explain what it meant. This only annoyed neighbour and turned her away from Jesus.

Knowing our theology is important and being able to explain salvation is for everyone.

We are however to work as a team. Some of us are better at communicating than others. Some are better at serving. We all have our place but we are all to take up that place.

Tot zone

Sue Carnell does the washing up to release, Josie and Angela and Betty to talk with the mums. When sue wasn't there, it all collapsed and Carly and Angela and Josie had less time to talk with the mums. Every job in the team is important.

We are to be like ushers or usherettes.

Psalm 119 verse 105

We are not to shine the light in people's eyes to blind them but to guide them. The seat we have for them is at the right hand of the Father, where they will know his love find a friendship with God. Where people are walking in darkness we can show a path out, one that gives a true hope not a false expectation that things will get better.

Questions

I believe we are being called to be friends of God. Based on the four examples, how do you think you are doing with your relationship with Jesus? Don't be afraid to be honest. Sometimes our relationship is good and sometimes it is distance. The encouragement is to renew that friendship with Jesus.

I gave the base line of faith as " do you think the UK will win the Eurovision song contest"? Is that more likely than your friend, colleague or family member becoming a Christian? Check you attitude and repent if necessary but come to a place where you can pray for people with faith. Encourage each other.

A good example of someone in the bible with a close friendship with God is Daniel.
Daniel 6 verse 11.
We are to stand before our Father for wisdom and help, to bring a lost world into friendship with the living God.
Daniel 6 verse 26 to 27
If your group likes to do a bible study then look at the whole story of Daniel in the lions den and then carefully study the verses above.
I left this part out as I had too much material to cover in the time. Daniel is however a great example of salt and light.
Discuss how he achieves this and how he gains his saltiness

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My Family - The Fellowship Of Believers

Carly Spear (Sun, 07 Feb 2016)

Carly continued our series looking at the book of Acts, focusing on our life together as a family of believers.

Acts 2:42-47

We looked at the blueprint for church life in Acts 2 and considered how it relates to us and how we could respond to the example we are given.

Who gathered? All sorts! Believers from every walk of life, sharing a commonality through their salvation in Jesus.

When did they get together? All the time, in large groups and in homes.

Why? A worship response to the new relationship they have with God and a sense of belonging to His family.

They devoted themselves to learning, loving and liturgy. The study of Scripture and the Apostles teaching was their first priority. They were a loving community, really sharing their lives. They were a group of worshipful believers, regularly sharing in the breaking of bread. Out of the overspill of this family community many saw the love of God and came to know Him for themselves.

Questions

1. Did anything shared through the testimonies or in the talk aid your understanding of church as family?

2. Could you relate to any of the challenges that make living in community difficult for you?

3. What practical steps could you take to demonstrate your devotion to the fellowship of believers?

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Word And Spirit

Peter Williams (Sun, 31 Jan 2016)

Peter continued our series looking at the book of Acts.

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

Questions

What distracts you most from the word?
What distracts you most from preaching?
What helps you engage with the word and spirit?
What excites you most about Acts 2?
What would you like to see God do most?

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Power And The Holy Spirit

Neal Garratt (Sun, 24 Jan 2016)

Neal continued our series looking at Acts, looking at the necessity of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Readings:
Acts 2 vs 36-41
Acts 3 vs 1-19

This morning we continued in out study of Acts and looked at the beginnings of the early Church and its foundations.

We looked at how Peter had denied Christ three times as he was arrested and yet now in Acts was preaching with great power, conviction and no fear – so what had changed?

These were ordinary fishermen changed by the power of the Holy Spirit into men with power and authority. How did this happen?

Acts 1 vs 4-5 – Jesus advises the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they receive the Holy Spirit and reminds them that John Baptised with water but in a few days you will be baptised in the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1 vs 8 – You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit come upon you….

Acts 2 vs 1-14 – The Day of Pentecost comes and baptises them in the Holy Spirit giving them both power and authority which is what Peter demonstrates as he preaches! 3000 people saved is the result!

Acts 3 vs 1-11 – The lame man from birth is healed by Peter and John – Silver and Gold have I none but what I have I give to you – stand up and walk in the name of Jesus! This mans life was normal – every day he went to the gate to beg and it would have been like that forever had not Peter walked by on that day – a divine appointment and his life is transformed for ever! Peter had no money but what he had was far more valuable and it was possible because Peter had been given power and authority which he used – This is so wonderful and where we want to be individually and as a Church. The power of the spirit in operation and changing peoples lives to dramatic effect!

We looked at how these transformations in us are not by our own efforts but by the power of God working in us – as Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones writes “ The world was turned upside down not because of what they did,but because of what God did to them,in them and through them”

We looked at the importance of the presence of God in our meetings and how we must hold onto that and encourage seeking after the Holy Spirit and his presence not only in Church but also in Community Groups and in our individual times with God – this is so important for us and for the Church.

The message has not changed since Jesus was commissioned – good news to the poor, freedom for prisoners, recovery of sight to the blind, release the oppressed and to proclaim the favourable year of the Lord – 2016 is still the favourable year of the Lord and it still needs to be declared – with power and authority!

Let’s seek after the Holy Spirit and his anointing in everything we do and see the results – Power and authority is given to each of us – lets use it for his glory!

Questions:

1. Phil Moore says the following “ Ours is still a world where Jesus vision looks like its completely mismatched to his ragged bunch of followers, yet Acts gives ordinary Christians his blueprint for success. If you feel lie a very ordinary Christian , this should strike you as good news. The book was written about ordinary Christians in the past , to encourage and equip ordinary Christians in the present!’

Does this help us understand that we may feel ordinary but with the power of God we can become extraordinary! Just like Peter!

2. What our reaction when we see need? Can we be bold like Peter and John and say silver and gold have I none but what I have I give to you? What do we have to give and how do we get more!!

3. We need to be continually filled with the spirit to be powerful and effective – Peter was filled on the day of Pentecost and again in Acts 4 vs 8 and again in Acts 4 vs 31 – This is very important for us all – How can we ensure this happens and give it priority in out busy lives?

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The Church Having Gospel Impact

Phil Hardy (Sun, 17 Jan 2016)

Phil started a new series looking at key events in the book of Acts.

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

Acts – A new Beginning

We want to build a church freed from complacency and endeavouring to grow in gospel impact, faith, prayer, generosity, action and influence.

Introduction

• It's a new day
• We look back on all Gods done its brought us this far
• We love forward as there is so much to be done, vision to be fulfilled, Gospel impact to be made

Acts 11 v 19 – 30, The Antioch Church

Scattered through persecution
Gospel was only for the Jews

Here we have a gigantic step forward in the history of the church

• Used the opportunity to advance the Kingdom – Preached Jesus as Lord to the Gentiles
• Gospel impact – A great Number Believed and turned to the Lord, no one turns to the Lord without first believing
• Social Action
• Holy Spirit upon them
• Exhorted the faithful to the Lord
• Steadfast Purpose

In Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.

We Must be ready for Jesus to take his Church Forward

• The early Christians were bold, daring and adventurous in doing something that had never been done before

We Must be ready to see what God is doing and do it with him

• Barnabas saw what God was doing
• Doing it with God
• Encourage new Christians who might be different from us
• Dependant on Grace
• Exhorted the young christians
• Stayed full of the Holy Spirit

We too can have the experience Barnabas had and see the Lord add to his people.
Some words of caution.

Danger of Looking back

We can get caught up with what's and be consumed with what's gone before because we don't handle change and advancement well

It's not like it used to be !

We must be careful we are where we are because
• God has lead us
• spoken to us through the prophets
• Opened doors for us
• Sent workers for the task

So to look back in

• Not looking back in nostalgia
• Not looking back in false sentiment
• When facing difficulties only have just left Egypt God’s people looked back saying it was better in Egypt and wanted to go back, We know that was not true.

Will only serve to hinder our future, just as it did for God’s people

To be complacent

to be complacent is to be self-satisfied and unconcerned. Someone who is selfsatisfied is someone who has accomplished something but is now resting on their laurels, no longer concerned about the things that once led to their success. Nobody ever plans on complacency, it just sneaks up on you, and when it does it can be devastating.

• We have good projects running
• We do lots as a church
• When you think of all we do
• Jigsaw – inc food bank, café, clothes bank, assisting with accommodation, furniture, advice
• Totzone – 2 sessions on a Tuesday full of unreached people, serving lonely mums with children in our community
• Mens ministry – men can be lonely too,
• Women's ministry
• Community bible study
• Alpha

We have done and are doing a lot of things but we can become complacent in these things

The churches described in the book of Acts particularly the Antioch church seem anything but complacent. Right from the beginning, in Jerusalem, we see a radical church growing in gospel impact, faith,prayer, generosity, action and influence. These characteristics were then repeated as new churches were started in other regions.

Looking forward - The Future Belongs to those who pray

How can we avoid looking back with longing for what's gone before and complacency?

2 Keys
Prayer
Presence of the Holy Spirit

These 2 things were key in the early church in Acts

It is Prayer invites the wind of the Holy Spirit, and It is prayer that hoists the sail to catch the power of the wind to propel us into God's mission

All that we have have accomplished has been through prayer and God speaking and leading us in those times

Wherever we see gospel impact, exploits of faith, radical generosity, social action and pervading influence, we find It's God moving people to pray and the Spirit giving power and direction in response to those prayers for action.

After last summer I was stirred afresh about prayer and my question was:

What does the prayer life of this church look like in 2016?

We shared it with our wider leaders group and as a result we are starting by increasing the opportunities we have to pray together for the promised future Impact God wants us to have across the Peaks

It looks like this

Sunday Morning 9:45 – 10:15 Prayer meeting
Once a month worship & prayer night instead of group that week
And looking to see if extending the prayer time on a Friday morning would help say 7:00 – 9:00 come and go as you can. Survey through Groups to see if people would come more if extended

Conclusion

There is still much for us to do together,

CH Spurgeon: ‘I would that this rushing mighty wind would come upon His church with an irresistible force that should carry everything before it ... Come, Holy Spirit,come. We can do nothing without You; but if we have Your wind, we spread our sail and speed on toward glory’.

• look forward with the eyes of Faith
• Do away with complacency
• God is with us for the future he has planned for us
• We have some exciting things to look forward to

Questions for groups

1) We Must be ready for Jesus to take his Church Forward
a. How can we be ready for Jesus?
b. Is there any complacency that we need to overcome? How can we overcome it?
c. How did the church move forward in Acts? How is Jesus taking his church forward today

2) We Must be ready to see what God is doing and do it with him
a. What do you see God doing?
b. How should we be ready?
c. What do we add to what he is doing?
d. If it's a new day what's new about it? How do you embrace the new things that is going to do?

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