It's Time To Go
Peter Williams (Sun, 11 Feb 2018)
Peter started a new series - "From Exodus to Deuteronomy on the way to Joshua."
The Israelites were not lost in the desert, they were on a journey.
They learnt and grew on the way, physically and emotionally.
But God says “enough” and tells them to move on to their destination.
It's time to take the land.
But what about us?
Where have we been?
Website - mission statement
We exist to worship God & encounter his presence, committed to advancing his Kingdom through local church communities caught up in mission here and to the nations.
One of our founding prophetic verses was Isaiah 41:18: "I will make rivers flow on barren heights and springs within the valleys". Our expectation is for an outpouring of God's Spirit on dry and thirsty hills and valleys and we also believe that this river will flow out and affect towns and cities around the Peak.
God also gave a prophetic picture of fires burning in many places over the Peak District. This has shaped our vision for community groups in each community and for churches being planted wherever we have clusters of these groups
Our map looks like the desert Israelite one.
More recently God said that when we secure Matlock, then we will take the Peaks.
We are camped all around the Peak District.
We have small groups in the Peak District
But we have not seen the prophecy/command fulfilled to take the Peaks yet.
So how do you feel after wandering in the desert for the last 30 years?!
Disappointment or excitement?
People have left as they have not seen yet what god has promised.
Or because they are disillusioned on the journey.
God did not tell the Israelites how to get to where they were going, just that they needed to go.
Same with us.
Key people are doing things to gather, or change the expression of church locally.
Don't give up trying
What are people planning already / doing?
So as God tells us to go….. What are you going to do?
Israel were stuck in the desert, partly through choice, it's difficult to move a million people, but partly as it was not god's time yet.
Last week, Johnny B provoked us about why we might be disillusioned and not ready for new adventures. [Click here for last week's preach.]
But it takes the whole community to move, if they are to take new land, it can't be just a few.
As we read Deuteronomy we see them try with just a few, and it's not pretty. God is mobilising us, so together we need to start preparing to take the land.
What do you think of the journey we have been on as a church?
How do you feel about the command to take the land?
What are you going to do to see this realised?
Letting Go Of The Past
Jon Batsford (Sun, 04 Feb 2018)
Jon spoke about letting go of the past and dealing with our disappointment with God when things don't turn out in the way we expected.
X. Ice breaker
• Turn to the person next to you
• make sure everyone has a partner
• no one gets left out
• and say to each other “God is especially fond of you!”
• During the week of prayer...
• ...Didn't do much praying btw...
• ...some i felt like God reminded
• I want to start by summarising this church's prophetic journey over last couple of years
• It will give context
B. Context - What has/is God saying to us?
• A prophecy given to the elders recently talked about dreaming again for the Peak District.
• Andy Davis “I see a picture of an empty warehouse it’s in bits and it’s being filled. It’s for a season, fill it for the big picture.”
• Don't think Andy knew our new building had been a warehouse
• Paul Basson in Nov 17: He had a dream (?) and he felt God give a warning to us: “Be careful not to get so busy that you miss the presence of God”. It’s the presence of God that will actually be the main attraction for people.
• A couple of years ago: Paul Basson said God was telling us
• Talked a lot about enlargement - encompassing a greater area
• Time to be faithful in some bigger things - cf new building
• He wants us to be like new wine skins that can stretch but that we can be tempted to resist that because:
• stretching can be painful,
• We are comfortable and want to stay that way
• bad experiences in the past
• We think too little of ourselves
• There will be weapons fashioned against us but they will not prosper.
• Will not be ashamed. GREAT NEWS! I love that verse that says 'no one who trusts in the Lord will ever be put to shame'
C. Context Summary
If I can summarise:
• its time to dream about what God wants to do in the Peak District
• Enlargement - work to grow His influence through us
• The new building is part of this but it’s a tool for a time NOT the focus
• Our focus is:
• The people of the Peaks who don’t know him
• Jon adds - as well as continuing to be a church family that looks out for each other
• Staying in his presence AND following him when he moves
• It will take effort, might well be painful for us at times and there will be weapons that come against us BUT THEY WILL NOT BEAT US.
D. This preach
• It's hard to start a new adventure when we have not recovered from the last one!
• Either because you're still in it
• Or because it left a mark on you eg blisters
What I want to tackle today is a couple of those weapons fashioned against us that I believe want to hold us back.
E. Previous Experience - letting go of the past
Experiences can get us down:
Example 1: Pupfish Limited - publishing inspired books for kids. Got confused / disillusioned
• To get disillusioned you have to have an illusion
• My experience in this and other situations has been that I feel like God has spoken about where we are going.
• I then take that info and plot a course in my head that is the quickest and easiest route
• The trouble is God didn't say what route we are going by and I then get disappointed, when things don't go the way I planned.
Example 2: Prayed for colleague - he got better, then worse. Over stepped my authority? Wasn't listening to God? Got too excited? Doesn't really matter for the purposes of this story but I got knocked back and "once bitten, twice shy"
prayer for healing didn’t go the way i expected. Got disappointed - had a go and failed,
Example 3: promises as yet unfulfilled
We have some promises God has made and confirmed but we haven’t seen them fulfilled yet - that can make you tired or weary
What can we do about the disappointment we feel:
1. well, One answer is just to not set out on the journey; "keep your head below the parapet"...
...trouble is eternity is set in our hearts and God loves it when we mix faith and action; in my experience, that is when I come alive.
2. We can let God deal with our disappointment
God can help us and heal us of our disappointment and we will come back to that in a minute.
Although it can seem a huge obstacle to us, please believe me that God is able to deal with issues that stand in our way.
But first I want to talk about tips that can help us avoid disappointment
So are there ways to walk and not get disappointed?
(i) Look at What Jesus is doing Rather than at what he is not doing
1. Read John the Baptist in prison
2 Now when John heard in prison about what the Messiah, Jesus, was doing, he sent word by his disciples
3 and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?"
4 And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see:
5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them
6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me." - Matthew 11:2-6
2. But John is in prison because he challenged Herod over his inappropriate relationship
3. he did everything right but was suffering => disappointment!
4. maybe confused about Jesus’ activity??
5. He KNEW Jesus was the Messiah
6. leapt in his mothers womb when she met pregnant Mary
7. saw the holy spirit at Jesus’ baptism
8. Jesus says - Look at what God is doing - don’t get offended because the path you are on is not what you expected
9. Lets keep trusting God and not get offended
(ii) The person with an experience is NOT at the mercy of a person with an argument.
1. Opposition can get us down…
2. …or we can hold our ground
the story of the blind man healed, his parents and the Pharisees:
6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud
7 and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. - John 9:6-7
people wonder if he is the same guy - he tells the story
Pharisees get involved - he tells the same story
15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. ‘He put mud on my eyes,’ the man replied, ‘and I washed, and now I see.16 Some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.’
But others asked, ‘How can a sinner perform such signs?’ So they were divided.
17 Then they turned again to the blind man, ‘What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.’
The man replied, ‘He is a prophet.’
18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 ‘Is this your son?’ they asked. ‘Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?’
Parents involved but their afraid
24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. ‘Give glory to God by telling the truth,’ they said. ‘We know this man is a sinner.’
25 He replied, ‘Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!’
26 Then they asked him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’
27 He answered, ‘I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?’
28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, ‘You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.’
30 The man answered, ‘Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.
34 To this they replied, ‘You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!’ And they threw him out.
He seems like a simple guy but his simple story and the fact that he keeps telling it like it is demolishes the Pharisees arguments. They lose it and kick off because their folly is exposed.
Any of us can do this. THERE IS POWER IN OUR TESTIMONY
(iii) Pearls before swine - be selective as led by the spirit of God
1. Jesus only did what he saw his father doing - there were times when he walked past sick and needy people and did nothing for them. Not because he lacked compassion but because the Father wasn't asking him to deal with that situation at that moment
2. Jesus said: ‘Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces
3. Do you feel mawled
4. Story of the beggar in Whitworth Park - (puts me in a good light but there are plenty of stories that don’t).
Large middle age man asking for coach fare to get back to another city. Made a beeline for me and asked if I was a Christian. Asked me for money but I felt a check in my spirit and said no. He asked if I would pray with him. I did pray with him and he got angry. Later found out that he had got money from loads of Christians day after day and even seemed to be able to know who was a Christian!! There was no coach to catch - it was a scam.
5. Point is we are not doormats or a slave to sort out every problem that crosses our path - there is freedom in Christ and he will not test us beyond what we can bear.
What worked in a previous situation may not work in this situation. Just be led by the spirit - it actually brings freedom because you do not have to work out what to do - we just have to listen to the Holy Spirit and do what he says
(iv) Wait on God - unresolved situations
Isaiah 40:27-31 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;
31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
Why do you say ‘my cause is disregarded by my God... GOD’S NOT A LIAR - IF HE MADE A PROMISE HE WILL KEEP IT
cf Simeon - he waited his whole life BUT then he saw Gods son as a baby - the salvation of the world!!
If you wait - you will soar on wings like eagles - not flap til you have no strength to stay airborne any longer
• Fantastic SOZO experience
• If you have messed up, confess it to God and get forgiven - RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, FOR FREE!!!
• Have you got:
• disappointed - even bitter
• hardened your heart towards God
• don’t like to get too close to Him?
• LETS GET IT CONFESSED AND COME BACK CLOSE TO YOUR LOVING FATHER
• Are you Once bitten, Twice shy?
• tried it once got hurt
• felt God let you down
• don’t understand why he didn’t back you up?
• TALK TO GOD ABOUT IT, COME TO THE FRONT AND LET US PRAY WITH YOU.
• HIS WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS BUT HE IS FAITHFUL
• Do you feel
• LETS GET BACK TO TRUSTING GOD, WAITING PATIENTLY FOR HIM
• THEN WE WILL BE LIFTED UP ON HOLY SPIRIT THERMALS…
• …NOT FLAPPING LIKE CRAZY TRYING TO STAY UP!
Qu. 1 - Who is God especially fond of?
[Note: there is only one correct answer - each person asked has to say "me & you"!]
Qu 2 - Look at the section called "So are there ways to walk and not get disappointed?". Do any of these seem like they will help you with an area where you feel disillusioned, disappointed, warn out or afraid to get involved in what God is going to do through this part of his church in Matlock? Tell each other the parts that might help you.
Qu. 3 - Waiting on God (Isaiah 40:27-31) really seems to be his plan for us to overcome issues that are too big for us. What promises in the bible that will encourage you to keep trusting God to come through for you?
God's Plan Of Salvation
Neal Garratt (Sun, 28 Jan 2018)
Neal continued our series in Exodus, looking at Chapters 25-31 regarding The Tabernacle, its construction, fixtures and fittings, clothing and rules and regulations.
It seems onerous when first reading through these chapters but they are rich in imagery and everything has its purpose and all leads to one aim which is that God wants his presence to be with his people.
Exodus 25 vs 8 “ Have the people of Israel build me a Holy Sanctuary – So I can live among them” - This is God’s aim – The King is with his people.
This is important for two main reasons
1. It told other nations that Jehovah was with them – The King was in residence!
2. There was “Holy Ground” wherever they went and sins could be forgiven by the shedding of blood and sacrifice – God restoring a relationship with his people that was broken in the Garden of Eden.
We looked at the layout of the temple which showed how far we would have been from God even if we had been Jewish and not a gentile and that any relationship was always through the High Priest.
So what does this mean for us today and what relevance does it have?
John 1 vs 14 “and the word (Jesus) became flesh and blood and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only son from the father, full of grace and truth”
Dwelt among us literally means “pitched his tent” or “tabernacled among us” - He has pitched his tent in your heart if you are a Christian – This is how personal our relationship is now!
Hebrews 9 vs 11-15 – Christ has now become the Great High Priest – he has opened up a new and living way and fulfils the old covenant.
Hebrews 10 vs 1-18 – This outlines the old covenant and its practices and how different the new covenant is under Christ. He is the perfect Lamb that was sacrificed once for all time that we might be saved from our sins.
John 1 vs 29 – When John first sees Jesus he declares “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”
Mark 15 vs 38 – When Jesus died the symbolic tearing of the curtain from top to bottom opens up our access to God – no longer to go through the High Priest – but we have access to the father through Jesus and are encouraged to enter his presence!
No longer is salvation base on Race, tribe, family, circumcision, burnt offerings and sacrifices – but instead on Grace, mercy, free gift, salvation, The Holy Spirit and Forgiveness.
The change between the old and the new is so well illustrated by Paul in Ephesians 2 vs 12-19
Separate - Brought near
Excluded - Included
Strangers - Fellow citizens
No hope - Complete hope (Christ in you!)
Without God - With God through Christ
I used the illustration of an apple that is ¾ apple and ¼ pear to describe a new kind of fruit – I can show it to you, I can talk about it, I can write a poem about it and I can even take a video of it but until you taste it you will not know or fully understand what it tastes like – It’s the same with becoming a Christian – you have to experience it for yourself – Taste and see that the Lord is good says Psalm 34 vs 8 – and that is our cry!
1. The temple was lavish and very intricate – why do you think that was? What was God trying to achieve here?
2. We talk about Jesus being the fulfilment of the law – what do you think that means and how does the old covenant compare with the old?
3. Do we take being under the new covenant for granted and does that make us spiritually lazy?
Testimony & Words (Sun, 21 Jan 2018)
Due to the snow, there was no preach today. Various words and readings were given during the worship time.
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?
Same Old, Same Old
Phil Hardy (Sun, 07 Jan 2018)
Phil started the new year off with an introduction to our week of prayer looking at a prophetic word spoken over Church in the Peak in November 2017. The word relates to us being at a turning point. Also, Justyn gave an update on the building works being carried out at The Lime Tree.
To view the prophetic word referred to in Phil's talk (in PDF format), click here.
Topics to pray for this week are as follows (click the picture to open a larger, PDF copy):
• New year new start
• A time for a new resolution
• What is it that you want to achieve this year
• Have you any goals for 2018
We are already on a journey with God and its not that we always need to look to something completely new
We can look forward though to the adventure God is taking us on and with God there is always something fresh
God has fresh things for you this year - don't know if you believe that, have thought about it.
As i went back to work its that feeling of same old same old
But with God its different.
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
So i want to share with you parts of a prophetic word give to us at a leaders event in Manchester at the beginning of November by Andrew Davies.
In a book you very often get a blank page between chapters.
I can see for CitP one chapter has ended and there is a blank page before the next chapter begins
All that has gone before was to set the scene and foundation for whats to come
Nothing is wasted with God, the good and the not so good
But a chapter has ended and we are ti be the history makers writing the next chapter
In a story book the story build on the previous chapter we have our story to together to write
• We want to see the people of God knowing who they are and what it is that they carry in God
• We want to see the goodness of God manifest in all our lives
• We want to see the Gospel bearing fruit all over the peaks
• We want to see people set free from addiction and oppression
• We want to see the Kingdom of God advance and his rule and reign in every area of society in the Peak District
• We want to see break through in the miraculous seeing signs and wonders
Just to mention a few
So what will you dream?
There's a lot of history that's gone before that was good but at this moment you have a moment to dream about what you want to do in the Peak District and it is the Peak District, so often you think nation, nation, nation. God says actually at this moment dream about the Peak District
We are committed to the nations we are already involved in Turkey, India particularly
God is inviting us to dream not for ourselves but for the Peak District
We have a promise from Isaiah 41
you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the Lord ; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory. When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
Isaiah 41:16-18 ESV
How does that work out in across the Peaks?
What does it look like for God to provide water for the dry and thirsty people?
• We are praying into this prophetic word as Elders and with our wider leadership team
• We are asking God for fresh dreams
• We want you to be included and dream with us for what God has for our region
This week we would encourage you to join with us in a week of prayer - Prayer sheet to help people.
Next Sunday evening we are going to gather for prayer at life works hub 7 - 8:30pm
What is that God has given you to do right here right now in this community and who has God given you?
We have what we need to get going
God is with us and wants us to see with the eyes of faith
God will grant us success in what we are already doing with what we already have
A picture of a empty warehouse doing in bits and it's being filled, it's for a season fill it for the big picture
We have been given a building for a bigger picture its not for Matlock its for the Peak District
So want to keep you upto date with whats happening at the Lime Tree so here we have some picture to show you
We also want you to have opportunity to see it so we are arranging a Saturday morning 10 Feb for everyone to be able to view where we it is upto
We will need some more money to finish the whole project.
Firstly we are pursuing grant money where we can based on our social action projects I.e towards a kitchen as thus will serve our Jigsaw Cafe, and also towards the works already completed in unit 13 for food bank & Clothes Bank, and with Job club starting this January
To complete the works and do the fit out in the Lime Tree with furniture, equipment such as lighting, Visuals, sound.
"And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.
Joshua 23:14 ESV
So here we are at the gateway to an exciting adventure and God fulfilling his great plan and purpose for us for the Peak District
You are here because you are called some for a long time some only for a short time
Know this though you are called by God to be part of this story of how God will come to and answer the thirsty cry of the people across the peaks.
Lets allow the prophetic word to challenge us, shape us and direct us into writing the next chapter
Lets dream together
Lets advance his kingdom
Lets enjoy his goodness and favour
Lets see what he will do on our behalf
There are no questions this week so that groups can pray into these areas during our week of prayer. Also, remember that there is a Church Prayer Meeting next Sunday evening (14th Jan) at Life Works 7pm.
Christmas Carol Service
Carly Spear (Sun, 17 Dec 2017)
Carly spoke at our Christmas Carol Service, looking at how God met Joseph exactly when Joseph needed it most. God meets with us too.
During the service, the following video was played.
Helena's story of Hope and Perfect Peace was shown during the service:
To read more about Helena's story and how she's finding hope in her struggles to conceive, visit her blog https://treasuresinthedarkness.net/.
Happy Christmas everyone.
Law And Grace
Peter Williams (Sun, 03 Dec 2017)
Peter continued our series on Exodus, looking at the law and grace.
1. Why did they need the law?
Exodus 20. Where was Israel in their relationship with God?
Seas parted, we'd be better off dead or back in Egypt.
We are hungry, why don't you provide? We don't like quail and manna.
The presence of god came visibly and they made a golden calf.
Missed the point of worship.
Poor relationship with God. But they were his chosen people.
You are not living with me. You are not connecting with me, so I need to give you some parameters to live by.
2. What did the law say?
10 commandments we all know.
All countries laws based on them.
It told you what do in all parts of your life.
What you should eat, when, and how.
What to do about mildew.
Whether you could have tattoos or how to wear your hair.
Leviticus, numbers and Deuteronomy
Do’s in the law are to do with worship. Worship the Lord your God…. Rules re temple, sabbath etc.
Thou shalt not’s all to do with personal conduct, how to live life.
Impossible to keep the law.
Was it ever god's intention that we would get to heaven through the law?
He has always been about relationship.
The rest of the old testament after the law are stories about how people struggled to keep the law, and not being in relationship with God.
God repeatedly asks Israel, where are you? Why have you deserted me?
He repeatedly tells Israel worship me, I am the solution, but they focused on the law and not on God.
All the law had been broken in Israel's short history
3. What did Jesus say about the law?
If you look at a woman you commit adultery.
If you call someone a fool you as good as kill them.
Galatians 3:21, 23-25
4. What did Jesus do to the law?
He blew it out of the water! There is now no condemnation
1 John 5:13
Under the old covenant they had a relationship with the law.
Under the new covenant we are adopted and have a relationship with God.
5. What about us and the law?
World sees the law as the church.
A do not church, with a thou shalt not god.
Because…… The law we set ourselves to try to get closer to God. Read more, pray more, do more, drink less, laugh less.
We create ourselves a new law to live under…. Rather than operate in freedom
Rom 7 the law is like a husband, but we have been set free from the law
How do people act when they get out of a bad marriage? They have fun….
The law tells us do not covet etc, but it does not enable us to do it.
So why did god give us the law?
Public speak, no pick nose, make sure clothes right
Child queen for day, rights of the monarchy and do everything right.
Prime minister, know computer watched, everything you say monitored.
Except if you are trump!
We would live differently in these positions.
So as a Child of the king…….
1 John 5:2-3
Mark Driscoll The common portrait of god is that he must be manipulated and coerced into blessing people. Who do you think you are? P43
If I……. Then God will……
We create our own law all over again.
Law for the non believer. 1tim 1vv8-9
Law shows believers what is sinful. Rom 7v7
You will never reign in life and be free from the clouds of condemnation if you do not wholeheartedly embrace the free gift of righteousness. You need to enjoy the glorious liberty of being a child of God, thoroughly accepted, not on the basis of your present performance as a law keeper but thoroughly on the basis of his gift of righteousness of Christ fully reckon to your account.
P29 God's lavish grace, Terry Virgo.
6. Sinfulness, righteousness, and sanctification by Grace.
Rom 6:14 you are not under law but under grace.
First part, sin shall not be your master....
Grace sets you free. Free to live. Free not to sin.
It's all a matter of identity
"The meaning of life, the wasted years of life, the poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: 'grace.'"--Max Lucado
Tullian Tchividjian Contrary to what we would naturally conclude, the antidote to lawlessness isn't more rules but a deeper grasp of God's grace. Jesus + nothing = everything p101. Romans 6:1-2
But while the law guides, it does not give. It has the power to reveal sin but not the power to remove sin. The law shows us what godliness is, but cannot make us godly like the gospel can. The law shows us what a sanctified life looks like, but it does not have sanctifying power as the gospel does. So, apart from the gospel, the law crushes. The law shows us what to do. The gospel announces what god has done. The law directs us, but only the gospel can drive us. Jesus + nothing = everything p188
Legalism leads to Misery, Grace leads to Joy.
Legalism leads to slavery. Grace leads to freedom.
Legalism leads to being tight. Grace leads to generosity.
Martin Luther The sin underneath all our sins is the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ, and that we need to take matters into our own hands.
How do you want to keep living. Under law, or under grace?
Are you tied up in trying to obey the law rather than living in the freedom that grace brings?
God wants you to understand your true identity as a child of the king, and set you free to live in relationship with him, rather than as a slave to the law.
In what ways do you find yourself living under law?
So what parts of the law do you need to obey?
How does being released from the law by the grace of God help you with that?
Pray for each other for a revelation of your adoption
God's Heart For Us
Neal Garratt (Sun, 26 Nov 2017)
Neal looked at Exodus chapter 19 and God’s covenant promises to Israel, understanding that God’s heart was for his people and how that same heart affects us today.
1. God says that we are his treasured possession – We don’t always feel like that – sometimes we feel more like a burden than a blessing but how can we believe this not just with our mind but also our heart?
2. Who or what has the throne of your heart? There is often a battle for the throne and we have to ensure God has the rightful place? How can we ensure that happens?
3. We talked of us being God’s temple and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us – What responsibilities does that put on us? Do we need to be more careful than we are?
4. In Hebrews we read that we can have confidence to enter the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus. What so often holds us back from doing so and how can we overcome this?
Dave and Gill update
Dave Harper (Sun, 19 Nov 2017)
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