Facing The Future With Faith And Courage
Phil Hardy (Sun, 20 Jan 2019)
Phil continued our series looking at Joshua. Phil spoke about how Joshua needed to face the future with faith and courage. We do too.
Joshua 1 : 1-7
• Last week Vicki introduced our series on Joshua and talked about how we are to respond to what God has said
• I have lived with a prophetic word for over 5 years now
• That word is The Moses Years are over the Joshua era is coming
• Moses my servant is Dead
• Joshua taking over from Moses – You can’t follow a dead man God appointed Joshua to lead the people, he was to fill Moses, Big shoes to fill
• God Given Territory was the promise to the people of God
V 2 - Therefore the time has come for you to lead this people
Maybe all of Joshua's life was leading to this point
Or maybe he was taken by surprise that God chose him to lead
Why not someone else why not Caleb he was the other f the 12 spies that went into the land and saw with Faith.
Maybe God knew Joshua already had it within him to be strong and very courageous
How do we go through a time of change with Faith and Courage ?
We live in times of uncertainty and change seems to be happening all the times
Times have changed
From joining this church some 30 years ago times have changed.
Things have changed, I've obviously changed in my appearance, but also i have changed as a person
• Not all change seems good - not quite as thin as i was, grey hair and a bit less of it
• Change can affect or even upset our plans or our routines
• Times of change bring fresh challenge, different ways of doing things
• Times of change can cause us to question God, ourselves and sometimes everything we have known
If nothing changes things will stay the same!
Is it time for something to change in your life?
So On the other hand
• Change can be good
• It can take us into what God has promised
• It can take us to full our dreams and visions
• It can bring us out of places where we have been stuck and feeling hopeless
What was changing for Joshua and the People?
• This was a time of use change for Joshua and the people of God
• Moses dies, he had led the people for 40 years,
• Joshua had served the vision God had given to Moses for those 40 years
• The people had only known Moses as their leader, that had only known mana fro Heaven, clothes and shoes that had never worn out. They only knew dessert life,
• A nomadic people
• Joshua had been their through all their journeying and seem the people guve themselves to idols, to immorality, to grumbling and complaining and accusing Moses
So how do we handle the changes being strong and courageous
Video clip - Evan Almighty
1. Whats your perspective, are you looking at the change being critical or negative?
2. Whats your response to change, its not like it used to be, the good old days things were better then
3. Things aren't the same now their not here, its all falling apart
As in the clip if some asks for strength and courage does God give them a nice warm fuzzy feeling or does he give them the opportunity to be strong and exercise courage?
God said the Joshua v5
No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
Joshua 1:5 NTL
Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance. Esv - Patience
Hebrews 6:12 NLT
If God has spoken to us about our future and the promise he made that is yet to be fulfilled both personally and as a church, how are we responding?
• What opportunity is there for you to be strong and courageous?
• How are you looking at your situation the changes in your life or even church life?
• Is it critical, complaining grumbling ?
• Are you looking with faith or fear to the future? In what way?
Are we getting ourselves ready and responding to the change with faith and Courage
1. God’s revelation concerning His promises,
2. His purposes for the peaks, and His presence with us.
Dreams For 2019
Phil Hardy Neal Garratt (Sun, 06 Jan 2019)
Phil and Neal set out the dreams for Church in the Peak for 2019.
The dreams are:
- The Lime Tree full on a Sunday morning - multiple services
- 3 new groups in places we don't yet have a group
- People saved and added through our Jigsaw projects
- Limelight and TotZone increased serving in the local community
- 20 people in their 20s
- 40 youth at the weekly drop-in
- Whole familes saved and added
- Our children to encounter God through KidZone and Treasure Tots
- Make disciples who make disciples
- Increase in signs, wonders and miracles.
Thanking God For Good Things
Phil Hardy (Sun, 30 Dec 2018)
Phil reminded us to be thankful for all the good things that God has done for us - individually and as a church - in 2018 as we look forward to what God has for us in 2019.
Phil Hardy (Sun, 16 Dec 2018)
At our Christmas Celebration, Phil spoke about Jesus being the perfect Christmas gift.
God's Grace Is Sufficient
Phil Hardy (Sun, 09 Dec 2018)
Phil spoke about living in the light and God's grace being sufficient to enable us to live for Jesus in a fallen world.
Tools for living by Grace
Submit yourself to God
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
James 4:6-8 ESV
Confess your sins first to God
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 ESV
Then to one another
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
James 5:16 ESV
1) In Romans Paul talks about the grace we have entered into through faith, how has this grace changed your life?
2) James 4 Says he gives more grace, what is your experience of more grace and how did you acces that grace?
3) Have you any stories of how hard or easy it was to share your sins with someone, what are the benefits of following what the bible says to do ?
Living In The Light
Phil Hardy (Sun, 18 Nov 2018)
Phil spoke on living in the light.
The meeting this morning was not recorded. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
• We have been looking at how we live
• Knowing who we are and living in the good of that truth
• Dealing with Sin
This morning I want to look at living in the light
Last time I put on the screen a quote about a man which read:-
"He lived his life in such a way that he made it easy for others to believe in Jesus"
I guess that's the challenge for us, could that be said of me or you.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:8-14)
1. How can we live in the light while we also live in this dark world?
At the beginning of Eph 5 Paul is continuing his encouragement to imitate God that began in Ephesians 5:1-7. He called the believers to imitate God by living a life of love, and by getting rid of sexual immorality of every sort, including activities, thoughts, and words. Here the believers are called to imitate God by walking as children of light.
1. In Scripture the use of light has two aspects, the intellectual and the moral. Intellectually it represents truth,
2. And morally it represents holiness.
To live in light therefore means to live in truth and in holiness.
As also the use of the word darkness has the same two aspects.
○ Intellectually it represents ignorance and falsehood,
○ And morally it is to do evil or have low morals or no moral boundaries and decline
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path,” In this reference, “light” refers to intellectual truth as found in God’s Word.
In Romans 13:12-14, “light” refers to moral deeds and “darkness” to immoral deeds.
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
In Isaiah 5:20, these words refer to both the intellectual and the moral. It says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
We the believers are in the light because we have been changed intellectually and morally.
How can believers continually imitate God by living in the light?
How can believers live in the light, as Paul writes in Ephesians 5:8-14?
To Live in the Light, Believers Must Remember that Light, Not Darkness, Is Their Nature
Remember who you are - You are a new creation in God
We have changed camps once we were darkness now we have been transformed into his glorious light
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (Ephesians 5:8)
Paul reminds believers that they were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord.
Note - Paul does not say believers were “in” darkness, but they “were” darkness.
This was our character our very nature and is true of every believer before coming to Christ.
There has been a definite character change in the life of every true believer. By using the term “children of light,” Paul reminds us that we NOW have our Father’s nature!
In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
In Psalm 27:1, God is called “light” and “salvation.” This is the character and nature of God our Father, and we have his nature.
2. In what ways is the believer light and the world darkness?
1. The believers show their light because they know God.
Romans 1:21-23 describes the world as intellectually darkened in reference to knowing God the Creator. It says,
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
People of the world have darkened minds. They profess to be wise when they are really fools. They deny the living God by worshiping false gods or denying his existence. Psalm 14:1 says the fool says in his heart there is no God. The world is dark because people do not know or even acknowledge God. But believers are light because they know the light—they know God.
2. The believers show their light because they know the gospel
2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” The world is blinded to the light of the gospel.
1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Though the world rejects the gospel, to the believer, it is the power and wisdom of God.
Not only are unbelievers blinded to the gospel, they are also blinded to Scripture in general. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
3. The believer shows their light because they practice the character of righteousness.
What is that people around you see in You - Personal story
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
As believers, we are called to put aside the deeds of darkness and clothe ourselves with Christ.
1 John 3:10 says, “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.”
Children of God are identified by their obedience to God, and unbelievers are identified by their disobedience.
Essentially, to be in darkness is to be ignorant of God and his Word and to practice rebellion in regards to those things. The world is darkness, but the believer is light. He knows the truth about creation, the gospel, and God, and he lives in view of these realities that the world rejects.
Here's some check questions we can make to see if we are living in the light
1. Am I honest and above reproach in all my financial dealings? That includes giving God a tithe of your income.
2. Do I put myself in sexually inappropriate situations, or expose myself to harmful material?
3. Do I spend enough time with my family, and would they say that I do?
4. Do I tell the truth even when it brings me hurt or criticism?
5. Do I find it easy to say, ‘I was wrong. I’m genuinely sorry,’ or do I hold grudges?
6. Am I knowingly compromising any area of my life, or refusing to face the consequences of my actions?
7. Have I formed habits that are detrimental to my health, my job, my family, or my walk with Christ?
8. Am I proud, selfish, or arrogant?
9. Have I taken credit for things that others did and should have been rewarded for?
10. Have I failed to confess something to someone who should know of my wrongdoing?
11. Have I been insensitive or abusive to my loved ones? And if I have, what am I willing to do about it?
12. Am I spending enough time in prayer and in the Scriptures?
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.
1) How do we know we are light?
2) what is the evidence of this light? - what are the fruits in your life of this light ?
3) How can we live as children of the light and affect the darkness around us?
4)When you pray, ‘Lord, make me a better person,’ in what specific areas do you want to change, grow, and mature?
Here's some more verses concerning living in the light
for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
Ephesians 5:8 ESV
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
1 Peter 2:16 ESV
that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
Philippians 2:15 ESV
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7 ESV
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV
So as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
1 Peter 4:2 ESV
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Isaiah 60:1-3 ESV
Let us examine our ways…and…return to the LORD.’
Lamentations 3:40 NIV
Identity - Chosen, Loved, Saints
Phil Hardy (Sun, 04 Nov 2018)
Phil spoke on living your life in such away it makes it easier for others to believe in Jesus.
Please note that this recording stops after about 30 mins.
Questions for discussion are in bold.
Identity - Chosen, Loved, Saints
• We've been looking at Identity
• It's one of the reasons the children of Israel didn't enter the promised land the first time and could have been the second time had it not been for a prostitute named Rahab
• Our identity used to be based on family background, education, race, physical attributes and maybe some other things.
• But because of what Jesus has done we have been given a new identity for free.
• The life we now live we live by faith in Jesus (Galatians 2:20). It is through faith we understand that we are now radically loved by God
• You may have defined yourself or others have done it for you, maybe a parent or a teacher a boss or some other person who has had influence in or over your life.
• God has defined us as anointed, walking in authority, adopted into His family, ambassadors for Him, part of a royal priesthood and heavenly citizens.
• Realizing this identity change is foundational to being a true disciple of Jesus as our behavior comes from our beliefs.
Are you living in the good of your new identity in Christ?
Romans 1 v 1-8 : Paul makes 3 statements about our identity
• Knowing you have been chosen or called
• Illustration from being chosen for a team
• God chose you to be in Christ before the foundation of the work he has a plan for your life drawn up before you were born
• When Jesus called the first disciples it was a simple "Come Follow Me" I guess the thing was they were receptive to the call, fishermen called Simon and Andrew, and James and John, Mark 1:16-20
How do you Know God Chose you.?
• We sing many songs about his love and being loved by God
○ Your love never Fails
○ How he loves us
○ Good Good Father
• When you know your loved you it brings safety and security
• There is only one way to know how God loves me: Listen to what he tells me, and believe him.
Loved with a Great Love
“He chose us in him before the foundation of the world. . . . In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:4–5). He loved us before we were created or adopted.
This is what he tells us in the Bible about how he loves us. He saved us “because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave [you] in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2 Timothy 1:9). Before creation he loved you like this.
Paul calls this a “great love.” And what marks it as great, he says, is that because of it, God came to me and you in our bloody, filthy, traitorous, deadness of heart, and made us alive. “Because of the great love with which he loved us, God made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4–5). Great love made us alive. You
“To know this love, to feel this love for what it is, requires the experience of this love.” - How are you experiencing this love of God?
Crossing the line
Saints not Sinners:
5% Sinner v 95% Saint or do you feel that should be the opposite way round?
100% Saint -Fact
• When Jesus died on the cross we died ‘in Him’ and so we are now dead to sin and alive to God.
• We are no longer sinners who occasionally do the right thing but saints who occasionally sin.
• This means that we fight sin not by trying harder but by first recognising that sinful behaviour is no longer what we naturally do. Is this true for you?
• Discipleship is not self-help; God rescues and empowers us! One of the outward signs of this inward change is baptism in water, that all believers of the water).
• How does the realisation that you are dead to sin affect your approach to biding a disciple?
• Have you been baptised in water as a believer?
Practicing The Presence Of God
Phil Hardy (Sun, 09 Sep 2018)
Phil continued his preach from last week, looking at practicing the presence of God in our daily lives.
Adding to your Faith A call to holiness - 2 Peter 1: 1-11
• We all have a measure of Good intent, exercise more, try to eat more healthily,
• develop new habits and make improvements in our lives, read the bible pray more etc. Its not long before we have lost momentum
• Last week we looked at the Power that raised Jesus from the dead now being at work in us
• Peter helps us to us go see how that power works in us as he writes to those who share the same precious faith
• Faith given us because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ our God and Saviour
• He starts by asking God to give us more and more grace and peace, as we grow in our knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord
• God has given us the powerful means of knowing him and understanding his will for our life and this world, he has given us a book, full of truth, love, wisdom and grace, a boom full of him!
His provision is Sufficient
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
2 Peter 1:3, 4 NLT
• So here we come back to God providing us with his power by the Holy Spirit, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead to live for him a Godly life
• We are called to live Godly lives
• Not by our own strength as we know we will not make it
• He has provided all we need
• He is sufficient
• He has abundant grace or as Terry virgo puts it lavish grace
Gods Lavish Grace – Terry Virgo Page 113 Chapter 10
• God makes us winners
• Our start position is we are totally was clean, totally acceptable to God
• We have a total clean sheet
• Not something we can do for ourselves
• Out of our hands
• By Gods divine power we are able to live godly lives
• Not just to at the point of becoming a christ follower but everyday
• Empowered to make right choices
• Empowered to resist evil
• Empowered to reject the lies of the enemy
• Empowered to become like Jesus
Great and precious promises
1. The source is his divine power
2. The goal is godly living
The clue in connecting these 2 things is through the knowledge of the God who calls summons and draws us to himself.
This power is released to us through our knowledge of him.
We can become partakers of Gods Divine nature
Because Gods own Glory and Gods own Excellence, there are great promises that will prove that through these promises we may become partakers of his divine nature.
Power of God leads to - call to Glory in excellence (to know our calling) - precious great promises - escape from sinful desire in the world , sharing in Devine Godliness
Our living Godly is knowing our calling in God combating the empty promise of this world with the Devine promise that us in Christ Jesus.
The prize is knowing God and his promise
These promises of God are amazing, undeserved, and unfailing, they are one way God equips us to overcome the sinful desires we face daily.
In view of this:-
With these truths in our sight, looking at his provision, his glory and excellence, and his promises
Peter goes on to write
Make every effort to supplement (or add to) your faith with virtue (moral excellance), and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love" (2 Peter 1:5–7).
Here are a few questions on adding to your faith virtue and knowledge, feel free to use any of them as many or few as you feel appropriate
• Is your life characterised by moral excellence?
• Do you choose to think, read, be entertained by, and look on things that are virtuous and excellent?
• Is your character (speech, actions, and choices) morally excellent?
• Do you have a heart and appetite for things that are excellent, good, and pure?
• Do you have an energetic, vigorous faith? Is it active, alive, and growing?
• Are you fulfilling your intended, created purpose? What does your life reflect to others about the nature and character of God?
• Are you growing in your knowledge of God’s Word and His ways?
• Are you growing in your knowledge of God, in an intimate relationship with Him?
• What are you doing to nurture your relationship with Him and to get to know Him better?
• Are you spending consistent time seeking to know Him through the study of His Word and prayer?
• What things are you most motivated and interested to learn about?
• Are you able to take the Word and apply it to your life circumstances and to use it to minister to the needs of others?
Knowing The Power That Raised Jesus From The Dead
Phil Hardy (Sun, 02 Sep 2018)
Phil started the new academic year off looking at how we need to experience the Holy Spirit's power that raised Jesus from the dead.
Do you want to know more of God's power?
Do you want to experience his power working in you and through you?
How different would our everyday lives be if we knew and experienced Gods power in every area of our lives?
Here's a bold truth
Romans 8 v 11
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
Paul makes this amazing revelation,
This was a new concept for the new Christians
A new understanding
The first 16 chapters of Romans Paul writes this amazing revelation of the mystery of the Gospel
Back to the Beginning
This is not where we first see the activity of the Holy Spirit though but right back at the beginning of creation
The spirit of God who in Genesis 1
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”
Genesis 1:1-2 NLT
In Genesis 2
“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”
Genesis 2:7 NLT
“Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
Zechariah 4:6 NLT
Through the Old Testament the Spirit of God is at work demonstrating the greatness of God
A new Way
In the New Testament Jesus ministry truly began when he was filled with the Holy Spirit at his water Baptism.
At the end of Ephesians 1. the final section is one long sentence, a prayer comprising nine verses and 168 words.
Paul's prayer turns into a revelation, he's almost preaching at this point
In this prayer, Paul asks that the recipients of his letter might know God better and what it is he wants them to I know
The more this happens, the more we will also know the hope and power that are ours in God.
As Paul prays for us to know God's power, he begins to expound upon this power and the way it reveals the glorious power of Christ.
In effect, Paul has begun preaching in his prayer.
Yet he is doing this not to be manipulative, but rather to exalt Jesus Christ and draw us into the exaltation.
The power of God for us was seen most dramatically when God "raised Christ from the dead" (1:20).
The resurrection of Jesus was not some poetic way to express the victory of goodness or a myth dreamt up by the first Christians to dress Jesus up as divine.
Rather, the resurrection was something many of the earliest followers of Jesus experienced as a real, historical event.
To be precise, they did not witness the resurrection itself, but the resurrected Jesus who, much to their surprise, had conquered death and appeared to some of them
There were to many witnesses to deny that it had happened
This passage says that the very power that raised Jesus from the dead is not just available to us but the one who exercises that power lives in you!
We do not control this power, of course, as if it were some universal force.
Rather, we have access to such power because God dwells in us and among us through the Holy Spirit.
As we do the work God has given us to do, he helps us with power that exceeds our comprehension and expectations.
As we live our lives going about our day he is always there and available
We can call on him at any moment
When you need help its not like if your car has broken down wand you call the recovery service who promise to be there in under 1 hr.
• He is always present!
• Always available!
• Always fully equipped with what you need!
We can have confidence in him and his power to o the works of the kingdom, at all times, not just when we fell particularly close to God or "spiritual"
David knew he was "a very present help in time of need"
Do you want to know and experience this kind of power, which is true and authentic in everyday life?
I do! And I suspect you do too.
Paul in his prayer, prays that we might know this power of God for us, the power that did in fact raise Jesus from the dead.
“I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.”
Ephesians 1:16-23 NLT
In Ephesians 1:19-20, Paul writes that the same power that the Father used to raise Jesus from the dead is at work in us. This is a strong message from someone who is chained in a Roman prison while he writes this. That fact does, however, make the promise even more powerful and relevant. Paul assures us that whatever happens in our lives, whatever challenges we meet—even severe persecution—God will absolutely fulfill all His purposes for us and His promises to us. Our lives might sometimes look unimpressive, as Paul’s did at the time, but look at what God has done through Paul’s ministry through the ages! The same power that is doing that today also works in us. This certainly motivates us to pray with Paul that our eyes be opened to see how good and generous God is, how He loves us and how we need to ask Him to help us see our lives from His perspective. No power, human or spiritual, will be able to thwart God’s good plans for us.
Perhaps As we take communion this morning we can make this a prayer for one another and ourselves
That in everyday life we would know this power at work.
1. When have you experienced God's power in your life?
2. In what areas of your life right now do you need God's power?
3. How are you growing in your knowledge of God, what has he been teaching you?
All-powerful God, I do want to know your power, the power that raised Jesus from the dead. I do want to experience this power as it continues to transform my life and as you work through me for the work of advancing your kingdom.
Help me, Lord, to know you well so that I might know your power. Help me to live with confidence in your power. Empower me to do your will, and to live for your glory in every part of life.
The Lost Coin
Phil Hardy (Sun, 19 Aug 2018)
Phil spoke about the parable of the widow and the lost coin. During the preach, most people helped Sarah look for her lost coins.
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.