The Cure For Anxiety
Neal Garratt (Sun, 30 Sep 2018)
This Sunday Neal looked at something that affects us all – almost every day and has a profound effect in our lives – That being worry and anxiety.
Matthew 6 vs 25 has the heading in my bible “the Cure for anxiety” which makes me wonder why we don’t look at these verses more often when worry comes? I also looked at Philippians 4 vs 6-9 which starts with “ don’t worry about anything” – Great in theory but what about practice? How do we make these verses work for us when we are in stressful situations and worry kicks in which can lead to anxiety? We need to look at these verses and see what they offer us practically?
Matthew gives some pointers to help:
Vs 26 – You are valuable to God – You have value which puts truth to the lie that you are worthless and useless which is what the enemy will always tell you!
Vs 30 – God cares for you! What me? Yes – He cares for you which is backed up by 1 Peter 5 vs 7 – “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”
Vs 30 – Action – Why do you have so little faith? Believe what God says that you have value and that he cares for you and trust him – There is a faith dynamic here that is very important – don’t be passive – exercise your faith muscle!!
Vs 32 – God already knows all your needs – Why would he withhold good things from you – That is not his heart?
VS 32 – Action – Seek first the kingdom of God above all else – Seek God and he promises he will be found –
Philippians also gives us help
Vs 6 – Pray about everything! Perhaps you feel you can only pray about big things – God is not interested in the small things of life – but actually he is! We can pray about anything and everything no matter how small or how big!
Vs 7 – Remember what he has done – This helps our faith and trust in God – the old chorus we used to sing said “Count your blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done” – Then we are told we will experience God’s peace and his peace will guard your hearts and minds – This is a lovely picture that Paul uses as if he was talking about soldiers guarding something of value – they surround it with their bodies and protect it – This is what God says he will do for you and me.
Vs 8 – Fix your thoughts – another action word – we have to fix our hearts and minds and not worry – Paul says fix your thoughts on what is TRUE, honourable, right, pure, lovely and admirable – things that are excellent and worthy of praise – Jesus would be a good place to start!!
Vs 9 – Put into practice all you have learned and received – then The god of peace will be with you – This is not a one off fix – we have to continue to put into practice what we have learned as we move forward.
Ephesians 6 vs 10-18 Tells us how to deal with the enemy when he attacks – which he will do = particularly in the area of the mind –
Vs 10 – Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power – so often we try and deal with issues ourselves and use our own strength? God says my power is perfected in weakness – so why are you trying to be strong? The worlds mantra is “when the going gets tough – the tough get going” – but that is not the kingdom way?
We have a sword and a shield – Use them in the fight and bring the word of God to the battle – so important in bringing truth to the lies of the enemy!
God’s promises are so important for us to remember in the heat of battle – I have chosen 5 which have helped me – Choose 3 yourselves this week and share them together – they will encourage you and help build up your faith and trust in God who never fails!
My five were:
Jeremiah 29 vs 11-13
Psalm 145 vs 13-14
Psalm 94 vs 18-19
2 Corinthians 12vs 9
Romans 8 vs 38-39
God bless and have a great, worry free week!
Why Am I So Crap?
Peter Williams (Sun, 23 Sep 2018)
Peter asked the question "Who Are You?"
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
Believing God's Truth
Jon Batsford (Sun, 16 Sep 2018)
Jon spoke about beliving the truth that God speaks about and over us.
Unfortunately, the recording did not work this morning, so there is no audio available.
1. What area do you struggle to believe / receive what God has promised you?
2. Ask God to give you / help you find a bible promise that tells you what God has for you in this area.
3. Homework! Keep reminding yourself this week of that bible verse and use it to reject any lying thoughts in that area.
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.
Neal Garratt (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)
Neal re-told the story of the loaves and fishes... complete with visual aids.
Unfortunately, the is no audio available from this morning. Sorry for any inconvenience.
This morning we looked at the story of the feeding of the five thousand from John 6 vs 5-14
We started by talking about sharing our “things” and how some us may find that quite difficult –
We hear phrases like
I might never get it back
People forget about things
Things get lost
It will come back damaged or broken
People don’t treat things the way I do and more….
What don’t we like to share? We looked at the following as examples,
Clothes, food, money, cars, books, Garden Utensils, Our house, Our time
We then looked at the story from the boys point of view and told the story as though he was coming home from the day and telling him mum what had happened! Starting with “mum you are not going to believe what happened today!
We looked at God’s provision which is always more than we think
Ephesians 3 vs 20 “ Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think …”
Five points to note about the story and what can we learn?
1. The boy had to share his lunch – without that sharing there would have been no miracle!
2. Don’t try and work it all out in your head as it will not compute! Phillip tried to work out how they would feed all the people and stated it would take eight months wages to feed everyone! Impossible! Yes – God does the impossible! We are prone to trying to work out everything in our head and do the maths – God does not work like that!
3. We need to give God the little we have and let him use it for his glory- In God’s hands it can be multiplied into abundance!
4. No matter what you bring trust God that he can use iot for his glory. You are never too young to bring your gift to God.
5. Don’t hold onto things so tightly that they cannot be a blessing to others – God owns it all anyway!
God does impossible things! Faith is believing God for the impossible -whatever the situation!
We looked briefly at the Widow of Zarapeth from 1 Kings 17 and saw how she had to trust Elijah and give him the first bread she made – then God multiplied the oil and flour so she had enough – We are called to trust and have faith in God so he can provide plenty for everyone and there be 12 baskets left over as well!!
Trust In The Face Of Uncertainty
Dave Harper (Sun, 22 Jul 2018)
Dave spoke on having trust in the face of uncertainty.
To view Dave's slides (in PDF format), click here.
Losing control anxiety! How would you explain this idea (see quote in slides)
Do you think vulnerability is weakness? How can it be the way to greater strength? (2 Corinthians 12:10)
How does the Holy Spirit help us to be strong (comforter meant to make strong, to fortify)
CAP Sunday - Everyone Needs Compassion
Charles CAP (Sun, 15 Jul 2018)
Today is "CAP Sunday". Charles from Brirmingham Central Baptist Church spoke from Acts 3 on having compassion.
Further notes and questions may be available in due course.
Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice
Vicki Mottram (Sun, 08 Jul 2018)
Vicki spoke from 1 Samuel 15 about Saul and the Amelekites. Saul dealt with the Amelekites, but not in the way that God had told him to do.
Saul and the Amekalites (1 Sam 15)
Moses at Meribah (Numbers 20)
Sometimes the God we see in the Old Testament can seem harsh or petty. This is partly because He wants to get across the message that He is in charge, and we alter His instructions at our peril. When we tweak His instructions, we are taking charge, and saying to God that we know better than Him.
The OT has several overarching themes. One of them is the repeated cycle of the people slipping into meaningless ritual, and God, through the prophets, calling them back into relationship with Him. He has made us for relationship, but it is a relationship which we bring nothing to other than ourselves.
We can slip into 3 particular traps when it comes to dealing with obedience / sacrifice.
1. Trying to make it up to God when we have sinned by sacrificing, when Jesus has already paid for it all.
2. The repetitive cycle of sin and repentance, without change.
3. Slipping out of relationship and into meaningless ritual.
How does the OT portrayal of God differ from our own experience? Why is this?
What does “the fear of the Lord” mean to you?
Sometimes we are so uncomfortable with the absolute power imbalance between us and God that we do daft things to feel the gap has lessened? Can you think of any examples either from scripture or your own experience?