The Need for Spiritual Fathers and Mothers
Justyn Pride (Sun, 17 Jun 2018)
On Father's Day, Justyn looked at the the need for the church to be spiritual fathers and mothers and to demonstrate the spirit of sonship rather than orphanship.
Unfortunately, there is no audio from this morning.
Sundays talk was based upon 1 Cor 4:15 where Paul is writing to the church in Corinth about how they are lacking in spiritual Fathers & Mothers in the church, but have many guides/teachers.
It’s easy to be one who tells others what to be doing, but harder to be a Father or Mother. A guide has followers, but a Father/Mother has children, and walk the journey.
God has revealed himself as a Father, and sent Jesus so that we could be reconciled to him, and be adopted into his family. He has done it all for us!
Fathers bring many things which include:
• Unconditional love, that brings amazing security and freedom. We don’t perform for love, but operate out of being loved.
• Our identity as dearly loved children. We are children of the King - royalty. How amazing is that! Fathers aid their children’s growth to maturity and to fulfil who they are. They ‘call out the gold’ in their children.
Sons are always sons, but grow and have sons and daughters of their own. They need to keep honouring their fathers and mothers, and be learners from their fathers and mothers.
The opposite of a son is an orphan. We can have an orphan spirit/heart which can be independence, always looking at the lack, operating for love, and not from love, or living in fear not freedom. We are not made to be orphans, but sons and daughters of God.
1. Have you had, or still have spiritual mothers and fathers in your life. What impact have they had?
2. Are you a spiritual parent to someone either in the church or not? Ask God to put someone on your heart.
3. Are there areas in your life where you feel more than an orphan than a son? Do you know what caused this? What is the truth that you need to believe, and any actions needs to operate in a different spirit?
Justyn Pride (Sun, 14 Jan 2018)
Justyn continued our series on Moses, looking specifically at God's presence.
The Hebrew word for presence is Face, which implying a close and personal encounter with the Lord. Face to face is close! Firstly we want him, because He wants us. Activity then comes out from this place.
1. It’s Relationship - From Genesis to Revelation it’s about God wanting relationship and intimacy with us His people. Exodus 19:6 shows God’s plan for us all to have direct access with Him. Exodus 20:18-21 shows how fear stop the people of Israel stepping into the fulfilment of this.
2. It’s Central - Exodus 33:12-17. His presence is a sign of the favour we have. It’s distinctive for the people of God. God is always present, are we present with him?
3. It’s can’t be limited - don’t try to define or recreate what encountering His presence is like. Moses went from a burning bush to an encounter with the glory of God where even he couldn’t enter the tabernacle. Don’t settle, or focus on how God meets with others. We are all unique.
4. It’s for you - in our corporate and individual gatherings the priority is intimacy with Him. We should have expectations of signs and wonders as that is what happens when the King comes. The reality of His kingdom breaks out. We need to first value His presence, not what he will do.
- Spend time just worshiping and enjoying God. Have no other agenda than enjoying Him, and don’t rush into asking!
- Do you believe that God is always present and always wanting intimacy with you?
- What stops you being ‘present’ with God in the day to day activities of life?
- Are there any ‘fears’ that stop you from stepping into greater intimacy with the Father?
- The cloud and pillar of fire where symbols of God’s presence and they led God’s people. We have his voice leading and directing us as His sons & daughters. What is he saying to you, dreams being stirred up?
The Vision and practicalities for The Lime Tree building
Phil Hardy Neal Garratt Justyn Pride Graham Kemp (Sun, 30 Apr 2017)
In our first formal Sunday meeting at the Lime Tree Building, Phil, Neal, Justyn and Graham outlined both the vision for the building and the activities of the church and design modifications that will be made to the building.
Please note that the questions in the Q&A session were not given through the mic. Hopefully you can work out what the question was from the answer that was given!
To view the slides about the Elder's vision (in PDF format), click here.
To view Graham's slides in relation to the design and layout of the building (in PDF format), click here.
The Gift Of Faith
Justyn Pride (Sun, 05 Mar 2017)
Justyn continued our series on spiritual gifts, looking at the gift of faith.
A slogan in H. Samuel says faith is 'hope with a little bit of pixie dust'. Scripture says in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” RT Kendall simplifies it to 'Believing God'. Steve Backland says: 'God's promises, not our circumstances, are the evidence of what is really true. We don't deny negative facts in our lives, but we choose to focus on a higher reality: God's truth. '
We are all called to a life of faith - Gal 3:11 - the righteous shall live by faith, and 2 Cor 5:7 - we walk by faith and not by sight. It's about us living from Heavens perspective.
In Hebrews 11:6 we read that without faith it is impossible to please God. Our Father loves us consistently, but there is something that brings delight to His heart.
We live in the context of an apostolic and prophetic mandate to extend the kingdom of God and to bring heaven to earth. That requires faith and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 2:12-14 talks about how we need the Holy Spirit to reveal the things of God to us. Faith doesn't deny the reality of things around us, but lives in the greater truth and reality of Heaven. Faith roots us in the supernatural
Pastor Emmanuel says faith is you hear from God, do what you can do, and then see what God will do. In the west we have an immediate expectation.
In Hebrews 11 we see many men and women of faith who didn't see the fulfilment of the prophetic words God had given them in their lifetime. Abraham didn't see his descendants to be as numerous as the stars in the sky!
We need to have a culture that embraces mystery and celebrates each others faith steps whether it is successful or a seeming failure.
We need to declare the truth of God's promises. Steve Backland says: 'Faith indeed comes by hearing (Romans 10:17); therefore, we choose to speak these powerful truths to build our own faith. By doing so, we are believing that our experience will catch up to our beliefs, as Romans 12:2 teaches us.'
Application questions to select from:
- What does faith look like to you?
- Are you static in faith adventures because of past hurt and disappointments?
- Do you have prophetic words or scripture promises that you have 'shelved' and are passively waiting for God to fulfill? What does it look like to you to 'do what you can do, and then see what God will do'?
- With the new building project and gift days, do you feel in faith or fearful about giving? Can you identify why, and come through to the place of believing God?
- Use some of the declarations on the declarations download sheet linked below, or use them to inspire the declarations that relate to the specific prophetic promises that God has given to you.
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.
Being Sons And Daughters Of God
Justyn Pride (Sun, 26 Jun 2016)
Justyn built on Dave's preach last Sunday which was about the Fathers heart, and how we are now children of God, adopted into His family.
To view Justyn's slides (in PDF format), click here.
Scripture is clear that we are sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:16, John 1:12, Romans 9:8, 1 John 3:2, 1 John 3:1, Acts 17:28, Eph 5:1, Romans 8:17).
We look at Romans 8:19 and about sons of God being ‘revealed’. “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”. A stirring quote about this passage:
"The world is waiting for sons and daughters to know who they are. The Father wants to reveal us to the world by revealing His truth inside of us. This truth is what changes the world— it brings life where there was none, it offers hope to those that have never known it and it invites anyone who wants more to have it. The world is waiting for us to be our truest selves."
The question is what does it look like for us to live as children of God? Four areas were covered, but there are many more!
1. Identity - Free to be who you are
2. Risk - it’s ok to try and fail
3. Freedom - choices and decisions motivated from love
4. Authority - to advance the Kingdom
• Do you respond as a slave, servant or son (child of God) in circumstances? Could you ‘rest’, or does task, ‘have to, ‘expected to’ shape you?
• Risk - what’s God spoken over you and calling you to step out in, or into?
• Freedom - do you feel free to just enjoy God? To be you?
• Authority - do you believe you have authority from God and access to Gods resources?
The summary quote was by Simon Holley 'Sustainable Power' - This is the truth. You have been bought out of slavery, you are alive to God. You have eternal life, you are free from condemnation. You are now inseparable from the love of God, you are a triumph and a reconciler and a fruit-bearer and one with the Father. We need to realize! Much fruit grows out of the realisation of who I am in Christ. Abiding replaces striving, enjoying replaces earning. Loving replaces longing and basking replaces bemoaning. Freedom kicks out slavery and warrior replaces subservient.
It’s important that when we find areas of wrong thinking, or behaviour that we don’t rush into ’new thinking. There may be things that have shaped us to how we and which we need to deal with (it may involve repentance or forgiveness of others or ourselves).
Pre-Christmas All Age Meeting
Justyn Pride (Sun, 13 Dec 2015)
Meeting at the Matlock Town Football Club, we had a pre-Christmas All Age Meeting today, followed by a shared tea.
There is no recording from this morning.
The Lord's Prayer
Justyn Pride (Sun, 23 Aug 2015)
Justyn continued our series on the Kingdom of God by looking at the prayer that Jesus taught us.
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
Justyn Pride (Sun, 14 Dec 2014)
Justyn continued our look at Church life, focussing on the importance of Sundays.
We are shaped by our past experiences of Sunday's, our personal make up, and also culture.
Question: what have been your previous experiences of church Sunday gatherings. What do you find engages you the most? Why is that? If we are a body and made up of a variety of different parts, what implications does that have for my preferences and tastes?
Question: the video of 'if Starbucks markets like a church' didn't get shown but I would encourage you all to watch it at http://youtu.be/D7_dZTrjw9I. It was a tongue in cheek video but did make many valuable observations about how church can be. What stuck out for you? What areas could you, and us as a church improve in. Please do feed back any thoughts to Justyn. We want to keep improving!
The second part of the talk focussed on us having the big picture about Sunday's, and to lift our heads always from the 'my preferences' side of things. It's not that those things aren't important, but they can be overly focussed on and we lose sight on who it is all about - Jesus.
We read Genesis 1:27-28 and 2:1-3. There we discover Gods mission to Adam and Eve to be those who multiply and effectively extend the garden, push out and to subdue. This is extending the Kingdom of God. It is our mission as well. The church is the agent of the Kingdom, as we are the ones who get to extend the Kingdom. The kingdom is much bigger than the church as it is wherever the rule and reign of God is demonstrated. The can be through you in the work place, at home, at the school gate, down the pub. It is the kind act to someone, the way you serve someone, being counter cultural at work or in some other context. Salt and light makes a difference!
Before Adam and Eve got to work, God rested! He didn't need to rest, so it was for Adam & Eves and therefore our benefit. Before we get into mission mode, we need to rest and meet with God.
Question: why is it important that we encounter God before engaging in mission? Do you believe it is important? Is there anything that hinders you in this, and how can you work through it?
My conviction is that we need to have a kingdom perspective when it comes to our Sunday gatherings. We are called to encounter the King, know His Fathers love, our position as children of the King, and be empowered by the Holy Spirt in our mission to go.
Question: What is your expectation when we gather?
Question: Is there anything that needs to shift in your thinking & heart with regards encountering the king, living as a son or daughter of God and living in the reality of playing your part in extending Gods Kingdom?
Justyn Pride (Sun, 11 Aug 2013)
Justyn spoke from Ephesians 3:14-21.
To see a PDF version of Justyn's slides, click here.
Justyn spoke of how Paul, even though he was suffering troubles himself, spent his time praying for the Ephesian church so that they may not become discouraged. God is the head of our family and he has limitless resources.
Justyn identified three reasons why we may not see God's abundance all the time:
(1) God trains us to be able to deal with situations - like a parent training a child to use scissors;
(2) Our expectations may be too small - God can to so much more that we ask or imagine; and
(3) Are we using the wrong measure - Luke 6:38 "As we measure others, so it will be measured to us".
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.