Justified By Faith
Dave Watmore (Sun, 11 Nov 2018)
Dave spoke about our justificiation with God being through faith and not through excuses.
Did you understand the idea that we are all Vicky Pollard?
How often do you act like Vicky Pollard?
Do you understand the justification by faith and how does this apply to your everyday walk with Jesus.
Do you still have habitual behaviour that hobbles you and stops you running for Jesus?
Do you have labels on you that cloud your vision?
Be honest with each other but pray to be able to walk in righteousness into your future.
Dave Watmore (Sun, 21 Oct 2018)
Dave spoke about repentance from 2 Corinthians 7:10 to show that Paul talks about Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow in repentance.
Dave referred to the scene in The Jungle Book where Shere Khan meets Kaa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXjviLBYrS8.
Dave also used the example of worldly sorrow as a “get out of jail free card “.
Please discuss if this is understood. For example you ask God to forgive you simply to be able to carry on living the way you were.
Paul was looking for the repentance to result in a life style change.
A good example of the way to repent is Psalm 51.
Discuss how David’s repentance is first to God and then asks for the Holy Spirit to cleanse him and change him.
If people keep sinning in the same area, then discuss if they have truly understood Godly repentance.
This could be a very sensitive issue with many. We need to move on from a 'simple' understanding of cheap grace like the get out of jail card, but not slip into guilt. Worldly sorrow leads to guilt. Remember 1 John 1 v 7.
What Is The Message Of The Church?
Dave Watmore (Sun, 01 Jul 2018)
Dave used lessons from Jonah to show thta the message of the church is about forgiveness.
Jonah hated the Assyrians because of their violence towards the Israelites.
He did not want the Lord to relent from judgement because be felt he had a genuine reason for their destruction.
The Lord however loves the whole of his creation not just his people but those who don’t know him yet.
Question: What is your view of the Lord? Are you working your way toward showing those around you what God is like? Slow to anger, full of compassion and mercy.
We see at the end of the story of Jonah that the Lord supplies a plant for shade but then takes it away. This is a prophetic picture of Jonah. He wants mercy and grace for himself but his bitterness and unforgiveness (the worm) means that the Lord has to show him justice (something he deserves)by taking away the shelter of the plant.
The story of the cricketers shows the everyday effects of our sin.
Question: The story you might regard as an extreme for them and not you of revenge because of humiliation. Do you wish to see others fail or suffer because of hurts they have inflicted on you? (Schadenfruenden)Be honest because it is a very human reaction. We however have one who has set us free from the sinful nature. We have to apply that.
Corrie Ten Boom.
Please see the link to the story of forgiveness.
I recommend that you read this. What struck me was the analogy of the church bell ringing.
Remember you will wait for ever if you are waiting for the feeling to come and forgive someone. You need to make the choice
Do not say “God help me to forgive”. He has done this already by dying on the cross and giving us his word to be obedient and forgive.
Can you help each other pray and choose to forgive people brings to your mind.
Pray, I choose to forgive ....... they made me feel ....... (angry, humiliated rejected for example).
Then ask for the Spirit to come and heal you all.
Remembrance Sunday : Spiritual Warfare
Dave Watmore (Sun, 12 Nov 2017)
Remembrance Sunday service
Dave spoke on spiritual warfare, drawing parallels between the Israelites fight with the Amalekites and our position in Christ.
The Amalekites are the personification of evil reflecting unbelief, bitterness and despising of God.
Rephidim means place of rest.
Joshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus
Moses holding up his hands is symbolic of surrendering to God and allowing God to search you in your inner being.
Moses grew tired but Aaron (which means exalted) and Hur (which means liberty or freedom) seat Moses on the rock and hold his hands up.
Remained steady is the same as being in faith.
How do you make sure you are at rest in your life?
How do you remain at rest? 1Thess 5 v 16 -18 How do you defend your vulnerable and weak areas of your life?
Have you exchanged your previous family identity to that of being in Christ? “All my family are rebellious, unforgiving, lazy........”
What does cultivating an awareness that God is always with you, mean to you? Psalm 139. Good place to finish off with contemplating this is worship.
Baptism Service: Faith And Obedience
Dave Watmore (Sun, 01 Oct 2017)
Today was a special baptism service for Nikki and Kirsty.
Following the baptisms, Dave spoke about the faith and obedience that we need when we follow Jesus and the parallels there are with Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt.
Dave showed two clips from the "Prince of Egypt".
The Israelites leaving Egypt:
The Israelites crossing the Red Sea:
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
After the service, we had our own mini-Passover meal: lamb pittas.
Love, Sin And The Prophetic Church
Dave Watmore (Sun, 23 Jul 2017)
Dave spoke about Love, Sin and the Prophetic Church.
Further notes and questions may be available in due course.
Words Of Knowledge And Wisdom
Dave Watmore (Sun, 19 Feb 2017)
Dave continued our series on spiritual gifts looking at words of knowledge and wisdom.
A word of knowledge is a way that the Holy Spirit conveys that the Father knows everything about us and this can open up people and situations to bring people back to the Father or bring clarity to someone seeking the will of God.
The word of wisdom is a verb to help someone move forward.
Pray for each other and ask the Father to speak to you on behalf of the person who you are praying for. Be bold. Be brave and don't be afraid to make a mistake.
I gave the example using Chris and Lucy Spear to pictorially demonstrate how this happens. I could have used some other examples but ran out of time. Perhaps you could act out some other examples to bring clarity to the way the Father and Holy Spirit work to set people free and bring glory to God.
There are no questions this week. Groups can practice moving in the gifts of knowledge and wisdom.
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?
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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