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Walking In God's Favour - Part 2

Phil Hardy (Sun, 15 Apr 2018)

Phil continued his preach from last week, looking again at walking in God's favour and goodness.

Introduction

Last week looked at Moses being favoured by God
Looked at what attracts Gods Favour - faith, believing in him
Some of the evidences of Gods favour

• God favour would bring them into the fullness of his promise he made to bring them into the promised land flowing with milk and honey
• Produce supernatural increase (Gen 39:21)
• Bring restoration of every thing the enemy has stolen (Exo. 3:21).

Gods Favour means
• You wants you to Stand permanently on favoured ground daily
• He wants you to be established in favour-consciousness that brings intimacy with God and empowers you to win every battle in life.
• The favour of God sets you apart from others,
• Helps develop strength of character, and gives you a confident hope of God's goodness that never disappoints.
• You can Learn how you can take hold of God's irrevocable favour on your life today and see the Lord turn every trial and testing time into a testimony, and
• Favour that causes your troubles to work out for your good!

Gods favour not defined by your circumstances, difficulty does not equal lack of favour

God favour on Moses and his people was
Exodus 34
“And he said, "Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. "Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:10-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

It would not come about without some battles, it would take courage and strength. It would mean sacrifice to do it Gods way but nevertheless It was Gods favour on his people.

The Goodness of God

Sometimes I get the feeling I'm missing something

Exodus 33 - All Gods goodness passed before Moses - God is good all the time it's his nature

When he says all his goodness will pass by, we know it's God himself it's who he is because he also says you cannot see my face and live. So we know it's him, Moses would know it's him.

The goodness of God is one of those things we affirm happily when things are going well, and find rather difficult when they aren’t.

Saying God is good, means he does good things and doesn’t do bad things or mediocre things or things which don’t quite work out.

God is good by definition; anywhere you find goodness you will, by definition, have God, and vice versa. You can’t have God without goodness, and you can’t have goodness without God.

This is the teaching of the whole of Scripture.
Everything God made was very good (Genesis 1:31).
No one is good except God (Mark 10:18).
All things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28).
Those who seek Yahweh lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10). And so on.

God's goodness not defined by your experiences. And should not be measured by our circumstances.

Personal testimony - it took me years to learn God this that I am favoured by God and that he is good and will work all things for good.

For years I heard people say God is good all the time but it did not feel like he was, my experience told me otherwise

Give thanks to the Lord for he us good - before the psalmist recounts what God has done he recognises that God is Good and that his steadfast love endures forever

Andrew Wilson - Incomparable P53
David knew this to be true even though he had many troubles and threats upon his life he had found his God to be good.
David's experience of God’s goodness from a place of suffering. In psalm 34 verse 19, he makes the announcement, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” Even with a good God, who is sovereign over everything and has the power to do whatever he likes, good people still suffer. His punchline, though, comes in the next phrase: “but Yahweh delivers him out of them all.” Evil happens, but “none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned” (34:22).
It could not be any other way. God is shown to be good from our experience, he is also good by definition. He has never been faced with a catch-22 situation, forced to choose between the lesser of two evils, or flummoxed into a decision that was anything less than completely good. Therefore — and this bit is both the hardest, and the most powerful, when we’re suffering — if God has done something, it is good. End of story.
We may well not understand why God has done it, of course. Job didn’t either. But we can be confident, based on Scripture and on our experience, that as sure as milk is white, Yahweh is good. Taste and see!
Neal likes rich chocolate cake he mentions it often. Whether you like chocolate cake or not you won't know unless you tried it. It's one think being told rich chocolate cake tastes good , but unless you try it for yourself you only have the the opinions others. You have to taste to find out He has been good to us by cleansing us from all sin, freeing us from the power that sin had over us, he been good by adopting us as his Children, he's been good by giving us his Holy Spirit, he's showed his goodness to us by giving us hope and a future in this life and the one to come. God is good for your present and future, in irrespective of your current situation or circumstances.

There's got to be something that's important about getting hold of this truth as it seems to me that those who have got hold of this truth live in a different spiritual place and experience supernatural increase

He makes all things work together for my good. - it comes about out of his goodness because he is good.
• Believe that He is good (Ps. 136:1).
• Believe that He is able (Eph. 3:20).
• Believe that He trustworthy (Ps. 28:6-7).
• Believe that He is unchanging (James 1:17).
Song Jesus Culture - your love never fails

Questions
How do you understand the Goodness of God?
Whats the connection between Gods Glory and his Goodness
King David said taste and see that the Lord is good - what is your understanding of this exhortation?
How can we live enjoying Gods goodness whilst going through some difficulty or serious illness?

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Walking In God's Favour

Phil Hardy (Sun, 08 Apr 2018)

Phil spoke from Exodus 33:12-23 about walking in God's favour.

If I was to say "I know how to attract God's favour". You would want to know yes?
So it's definitely not something you start a conversation with.
"Hey, how are you? Good. By the way, I know how to attract God's favour."
So in the interest of not sounding presumptuous, let me put it this way: I know how to get God's attention and, so let's have a look at how we can attract more of the favour of God.
As we see in scripture one thing that attracts God's favour has been the spark that resulted in
Deliverance,
healing,
provision,
children born from dead wombs,
blind eyes opened,
the dead raised
Ears unstopped
Terminal sickness gone
and countless other miraculous events

Favour of God has resulted in people in our church been healed of cancer, barrenness, set free from addictions to alcohol, drugs and food etc.
This favour has enabled words of knowledge about a person's life revealing the very thing that keeps them from coming to know Jesus.
You would think that if all this was happening because of one simple thing, then everybody would just do it, right?
It would be simple. Go and find out what these people are doing and do the same thing! That would make the most sense to me.

I wish it was that easy. Alright, Would you like to know how to attract God's favour? Would you like to know how to get God's attention?
Exodus 33 v12
Favour means kindness beyond what is due to you; to be preferred; over generous preferential treatment; having an edge or an advantage over others; partiality; unmerited act of kindness; endorsement; help rendered to you without recourse to what you have done, omitted to do or your qualification. We call it GRACE

Attraction is to draw attention, pull in, magnetise, captivate, lure, or entice. When you want to attract someone’s attention you have to do something to make them notice you.

Gods favour to Moses and the people
How did Moses attract Gods Favour?
• He was chosen from the beginning, he had a life calling to fulfill
• He was a devout man, God humbled him through Life experience
• He feared the Lord - His first encounter with God at the Burning bush
• He was an incurable sacrificial giver - He sacrificed everything to follow the call from God
• He was a prayerful man - He sought God spent time with him God said "With Moses I speak face to face"
• He was a worshipper - He lived a life of worship.

God’s favour can bring a lot of blessings
Divine favour can
• Produce supernatural promotion and increase (Gen 39:21)
• Bring restoration of every thing the enemy has stolen (Exo. 3:21).
• Bring honour in the midst of adversaries (Exo. 11:3).
• Produce increased assets (Deut. 33:23).
• Give great and unusual victories even against impossible odds (Josh 6:20; 10: 9, 20).
• Give recognition and promotion even when you seem to the least likely one to receive it (1 Sam. 16:22).
• Produce prominence and preferential treatment, favour and kindness (Esther 5:8).
• Get petitions granted, even by ungodly civil authority (Esther 5:8).
• Change rules, regulations, even laws if necessary to your advantage (Esther 8:5).
• Win battles you did not even have to fight because God will fight them for you (Psalm 44:3).

• But there is a price to be paid, and that is righteousness.
• It comes through the new birth knowing we are Children of God, i mean really knowing, not just head knowledge
• Through faith even when our circumstances say the opposite
• Continuing in total obedience to God

The evidence of Gods Favour
The evidence of Gods favour on Moses and his people
• Released from slavery
• Released with wealth
• Had a promise of a land rich in every way for them to inhabit
• Provision on the journey
• But above all that and probably, the best was
And he said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
Exodus 33:14

And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name 'The Lord .' And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Exodus 33:19

Questions
Prophetically God has said its to me to dream again for the Peak District.
Do you believe this is God's favour on us as a people?
1. What are you dreaming about for the church?
2. What is the evidence of Gods favour on you?
3. Can you recognise it?

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It Is Finished

Neal Garratt (Sun, 01 Apr 2018)

!! Alleluia, Christ is risen !!

At our Easter Sunday Service, Neal spoke on Jesus's final words "It is finished". Neal focused on five things that finished and five others that began at that moment on the cross.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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Fear

Peter Williams (Sun, 25 Mar 2018)

Peter spoke from Deuteronomy 1, looking at why the Israelites were fearful.

To download these notes in PDF format, click here.

Israel and their journey and their fear.
Fear was the reason they did not take the land.
They felt like grasshoppers, they thought they would be crushed.
Surely God cannot be with us!
Why have you bought us here to die?

Who here is fearful?

My fears

Who here worries about their health?
Who worries about money?
Who worries about a loss of a job?
Who worries about their children?

What is the relationship between worry and fear?
Fears are what underpin our worry.

Why worry about losing your keys. Drain example.
Sensible worry. But if that meant I had to keep my keys on a lanyard, and walked 2m from any drain, then fear would have set in.

Not only is fear a hindrance in your life, but it also places a filter of distorted perspective over your mind. Fear and anxiety produce worry, a false sense of security, and a desire for the things in this world.

Put God first and everything that you worry about and fear will take care of itself.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but continuing despite the fear.

Fear is the thief of dreams
Look at Israel - a whole generation missed out on a land of milk and honey!

God wants to deal with our fears.

WWJD?
Coming up to Easter
Garden Gethsemane, Jesus knew what was going to happen
Relaxed? into the will of God....
Fear at the cross....
Jesus cried and wept to the point of weeping blood. Now that's worry.

What does Jesus tell us?

John 14:26-7

So how should we behave?
Israel needed to remember who they were in God.
Israel needed to remember what God had done for them.

Freedom from fear.

2 Timothy 1:7
Isaiah 41:10
Psalms 55:22
Psalms 89:6‭-‬7
Philippians 4:6

Worry and anxiety don’t add any value and only rob today of it’s value
Luke 11:22-34

Questions for groups
What are the things you worry about?
What would be the underlying fear?
Do you really trust God that he can deal with those things?
Pray together that God would deal with those fears.

At the end of his preach, Peter read the words of "Good Things".

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Hannah's Story

Pippa Young (Sun, 11 Mar 2018)

On our special All Age Mothering Sunday Service, Pippa spoke on Hannah's story.

Despite being unable to have a child for years, Hannah:
1) kept going in prayer
2) gave back her treasures to God
3) was grateful and turned thankfulness to worship and witness.

To see Pippa's slides (in PDF format), click here.

Mothering Sunday Service

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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True Worship

Phil Hardy (Sun, 04 Mar 2018)

Phil started preaching from Exodus 32, with the Israelites building the golden calf, and explained how Jesus is looking for worshipers in Spirit and Truth.

Introduction

• Story so far -
They only knew God through Moses
Their understanding of God was distorted because they did not know him
God called them his very own people but in their hearts they were orphan
• God with us, week after week we know Gods presence with us
• Our journey into the promises of God is futile if God is not with us.

• Through Moses God was leading his people
a. Out of slavery with the wealth of Egypt
b. Into freedom
c. Into holiness
d. Into obedience
e. Into Faith
f. Into Trust
g. Into their inheritance, the promised land

• Moses had spent some time up mount Sinai with God
• When he returned he spoke to the people all that God has said
• God made a Covenant with the people

Exodus 24

Moses leads the people in an act of worship and confirming the covenant made with God, this is the response of the people

V3 - "All the words that the Lord has spoke we will do"

V7 - "All the words that the Lord has spoke we will do and we will be obedient

Moses, Joshua, Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the elders went up the mountain

Then God calls Moses up further.

V 15 to the end, I want some encounters like that

God proceeds to give further instruction about the sanctuary, the ark of the covenant, the table for bread, the tabernacle and its contents, the Priest and his garments, the alter and the craftsmen God has skilled to build it.

All these things have significance for the Gods people.

Chapter 32

• Whilst Moses is up the mountain with God the people want to go their own way
• It says Moses was up the mountain 40 days and nights
• The Israelites have short memories
• Only Days earlier they committed themselves to the covenant made with God
• Gold earnings were a sign of their wealth
• They used their wealth to make an idol for worship.

Romans 1 v 21-23 -
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
Romans 1:21‭-‬23 NLT

So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
Romans 1:24‭-‬27 NLT

Counterfeit Gods - Tim Keller
The human heart hates a vacuum. We never merely leave God because we value him little; we always exchange God for what we value more.

This is the most foundational meaning of sin: exchanging the glory of the immortal God for substitutes—anything we value more than God. If you have ears to hear, this should sound like the ultimate stupidity and the ultimate outrage—that we consider God, reject him as our supreme treasure, and trade him away. We look at the Creator and then exchange him for something he created.

• Who or what will you worship
• Worship not about our 40 mins on a Sunday morning
• Not about our songs we sing
• Not about our preferred style

We find a people here who are not fully satisfied with who God is

• They would rather worship an idol
• What struck me in this chapter was Aaron
• Aaron was the Priest and he gets caught-up with the people and take the lead in creating this false God for them to worship
• They sacrifice their jewellery to create this calf
• They declare heresy, claiming "these are your gods, O Israel they brought you up out of Egypt"
• Its important we keep a watch over our own lives if we think we stand be careful lest we fall, Paul, wrote

True worship

• Where your treasure is that's where your heart will be also

Tim Keller -

A culture filled with idols
Idols of the heart - Money can become.......

• Anything can be come a idol, a god in our own hearts
• Not just the things of the world
• Ministry or calling, worship itself, our own gift and ability
• Other people and their ministry we can make a god in our hearts, following others instead of God himself.

What is true worship?

Romans 12 v1

• This for me is true worship
• In the preceding chapters of Romans Paul has revealed the great mystery of the Gospel and then says

A Living Sacrifice
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:1‭-‬2 ESV

This is the right and only acceptable response to Gods saving Grace
We have been made alive in Christ
Our bodies mean the whole person as our whole being, body soul and spirit have been redeemed.

• True worship is about heart
• Its what are we living for
• Where to we invest our time, money, our mind, our heart, our energy
• Is Jesus the one who we worship with all that you are and have?

• When we come together and say lets worship, that should not be the start of our worship but a continuation of a life of devotion to Jesus.
• Maybe you struggle with a style of worship or length of time we spend expressing our love and devotion to God
• Maybe it should be that it never enough, especially if it is a expression of our fully devoted life laid down as a living sacrifice which is our reasonable act of worship.
• A couple of weeks ago Peter read out Revelation 4, a picture of the kind of worship service going on in heaven constantly.

Conclusion

• God is leading us his people into all the promises he has made
• Gods looking for true worshipers
• God knows when we are faking it, when its just lip service
• God knows when we are being stiffed necked
• God knows when he is not No 1 in our lives
• Jesus said if you love me keep my commandments, that is if you love him you will, live a life devoted to him and it won't be i have to obey because the grace of God teaches us go say no to ungodliness and live a life worthy of the call of God upon us.
• John piper said "mission exists because worship doesn't"
• Jesus said to the woman at the well God is looking for worshippers those who will, worship in spirit and in truth

Will you be a true worshipper of Jesus?
Will you be Offering your whole being as a living sacrifice to him,
after all its the only reasonable thing to do in light of his great salvation and grace

Questions

What does it mean to be a true worshipper, Jesus said he is looking for those who will worship in Spirit and truth, so are you offering your life as a living sacrifices to Jesus?
What motivates you to express your love and devotion Jesus?
1. Are you worshiping the Lord only in a church meeting?
2. Is every moment of your life a worship offering to the Lord?
3. With the things we do to worship the Lord, are we pleasing God?
4. As a living sacrifice, is your life pleasing to the Lord?
5. Is what you do in the work place, at school, at home, when you go out, is that pleasing to the Lord?

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Building Project Update

Graham Kemp Phil Hardy (Sun, 25 Feb 2018)

Graham and Phil give an update on the building project.

To view the slides Graham shows, click here.

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What Is God Doing?

Phil Hardy (Sun, 25 Feb 2018)

Phil spoke from Jeremiah 1 v 11,12

Then the Lord said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?” And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.” And the Lord said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.”
Jeremiah 1:11‭-‬12 NLT

Jonny Batsford talked (listen again here) about look and see what God is doing not what he isn't. This caused Phil to ask the question "what is God doing in my life?" This took him back to a prophetic word he had 18 years ago and how God was working that word out in his life. Phil shared some of this personal word about Gods plans, it included the line "there are thing in my life i must let go off because if they remain they will get in the way of his purpose and call on my life."

Phil shared how he felt this was also for us a church. Is there anything that, if we don't deal with it, will be in the way of Gods plan for us?

Questions

Are there things that have got in the way between you and God, are you allowing yourself to be robbed ?

Is there anything you need to let go of ?

If they remain they will stop you fulfilling your full potential in God

If they remain they will stop you entering into the promise and purpose God intends for you life

What is it that God is doing with you at this time? Are you allowing him space to work in you life ?

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Submitting yourself to God

Phil Hardy (Sun, 18 Feb 2018)

Phil preached on submitting yourself to God.

Unfortunately, the meeting was not recorded so there is no audio file available.

Further notes and questions may be available in due course.

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."

Deuteronomy 1:1‭-‬8

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.

Church in the Peak journey

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.

Go
Matt 28:19-20
Acts 1:8
Rom 10:13-14
Ps 96:3

Don't give up trying
2chron 15:7
Isa 41:10
Gal 6:9
Phil 4:13

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.

Questions
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?

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