The Grace To Say No

Phil Hardy (Sun, 03 Sep 2017)

Phil looks at why we struggle with sin.

To view Phil's notes (in PDF format), click here.

• The Basics of the Christian Faith
• salvation, Our position in Christ
• If we have been set free from the law of Sin and Death
• If we are no longer slaves to sin
• some people if not many of us find it hard to say NO especially when tempted by something we really want and like

What’s the truth?
• How shall we who have died to sin live in it (Romans 6:2)
• Our old self was Crucified with him ….that we should not be slaves to sin (Romans 6:6)
• He that has died to sin is freed from sin (Romans 6:11)
• consider yourselves to be dead to sin (Romans 6:12)
• Sin shall not be master over you (Romans 6:14)
• Having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:18)

What’s the Struggle then?
• I know that nothing good dwells in me (Romans 7:14)
• “the good I want to do, I do not, but practice the very evil that I do not want (Romans 7:19)
• “wretched man that I am, who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24)
• Many Christians have struggles with sin issues, they find themselves caught in a trap and find it hard if not impossible to break free and live the life that God intended.
• Many also live under a cloud of do and don'ts not living in the freedom that God has won for them, thinking that to be a Christian is obeying rules and regulations.
• Grace Teaches us and provides us with God given motivations that set us free to prefer and choose Godliness and say NO from our hearts to the short term pleasures of sin.
• If sin was not so attractive to us it would not be such an issue, but it seems it is
• Galatians 5 tells us some of the lusts of the flesh that many well struggle with, if your struggling with sin you don’t need it spelling out you will already feel condemned and a failure
• We all have areas in our lives of vulnerabilities and weaknesses, its true of our human nature

The Good News
2 Timothy 1:9 - New International Version (NIV)
9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
Titus 2 11-14 NIV,
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. 15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
Amplified Bible
11 For the grace of God (His unmerited favour and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind.
12 It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world,
13 Awaiting and looking for the [fulfilment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One),
14 Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.

The Motivation is because of Grace
Mercy is – Not Receiving what I do deserve, when you should be punished and your let off, someone else has taken that punishment and you receive mercy you have not got your just deserts
Grace is – Receiving what you don’t deserve, the Unmerited, undeserved favour of God. So its by Grace !

How do we get this grace?
James 4:6
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the Humble
• Any attempt to minimise, play down, explain away or justify our sinful behaviour is an expression of pride
• Any Failure to take seriously the warnings in scripture regarding sin and especially sexual sin as also evidence of pride
• We must intentionally humble ourselves
• Best way confess our struggles first to God and then to another, Bring it into the light, sin loves to be in the darkness, hidden and secret if we expose it by bringing into the light we disarm its power over us. Choose to be accountable to another who you trust with your life.
• Humility leads to us being able to receive God's grace

2 Peter 1:2
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ
• Get to know God and the Lord Jesus Christ, this is how we actively appropriate the grace offered to us through humility
John 8:31-32 The Truth Will Set You Free
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
• Those the Son sets free are truly free
• God has given us everything we need for life and Godliness, His word, his example, his Holy Spirit, his free gift of Righteousness, his grace!

How Does Grace Teach us?
• It tells us we are totally acceptable to God through our faith in Jesus Christ
• We are Justified Freely as a gift – Just as if you had never sinned
Gods Lavish Grace – Terry Virgo Page 113 Chapter 10
• Grace teaches us about the terrible price that was paid for our sin- He gave Himself for us
• Grace Teaches us that this world is just a temporary thing, this present age there is a far better one to come, our time here is short, eternity awaits the New heaven and new earth are ahead of us.

• God wants people to be free from the power of sin to rule and dominate their lives
• Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one in you and in me
• Have you found this grace?
• Are you allowing yourself to be taught by this grace that enables you to say NO to worldly passions and live a full free life for God ?
• Or are you struggling with some sin issue, are you feeling condemned and a failure and can’t seem to break free,
• Today is a day of freedom for you if you choose it.

1. How would you explain the relationship between faith and fruit (or works)? If salvation is a gift, why is what we do relevant to what we believe? What difference does Gods Grace make?
2. Why is a life of submission to Christ’s lordship actually richer than one in which we simply receive spiritual perks without having to change the way we live?
3. How does chapter nature of grace impact your outlook on salvation, justification, and our struggle with sin moving forward?

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In Christ Jesus

Phil Hardy (Sun, 20 Aug 2017)

In Ephesians 1:3-14, the phrase "in Christ" or "in Him" is repeated 10 times. Phil outlined 13 truths about what being "in Christ" means for us.

To view Phil's notes (in PDF format), click here.


In him or in Christ is mentioned 10 times in these eleven verses (ESV)

Being “in Christ Jesus” is an amazing reality for all those who believe and have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, you are part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

It’s in Christ that once you heard the truth of the Gospel and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit.

This signet from God is the first instalment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

To be in Christ is more than a concept it a reality of our coming to faith and accepting Jesus into your life, it is to be a living reality in our lives that changes how we see ourselves , how we see God and will affect how we live.

It is breath-taking what it means to be in Christ. United to Christ. Bound to Christ. If you are “in Christ” lets look at what it means for you:

Benefits of being in Christ

1. In Christ Jesus you were given grace before the world was created. “He gave us grace in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2 Timothy 1:9). – Grace, getting what I don’t deserve, the unmerited favour of God.

2. In Christ Jesus you were chosen by God before creation. “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). No matter at what age you come to know Jesus it was planned for your life before time began .

3. In Christ Jesus you are loved by God with an inseparable love. “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39).

4. In Christ Jesus you were redeemed and forgiven for all your sins. In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses” (Ephesians 1:7). Past, present and future sin dealt with.

5. In Christ Jesus you are justified before God and the righteousness of God in Christ is imputed to you. “For our sake God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). A most beautiful exchange

6. In Christ Jesus you have become a new creation and a son of God. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith” (Galatians 3:26). How do we know someone has truly been saved, they are a new creation, old life style, thinking attitudes behaviour all changes when we are truly born again into Christ.

7. In Christ Jesus you have been seated in the heavenly places even while he lived on earth. “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). Its not a position to aspire to, we already have as a gift as we are in Christ.

8. In Christ Jesus all the promises of God are Yes for you. “All the promises of God find their Yes in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Every good promise in his word is ours its a yes from him

9. In Christ Jesus you are being sanctified and made holy. “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:2). Changed from one degree of glory to another by his grace.

10. In Christ Jesus everything you really need will be supplied. “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). He know what you need before you ask and he’s already made full provision for your need

11. In Christ Jesus the peace of God will guard your heart and mind. “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

12. In Christ Jesus you have eternal life. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

13. And in Christ Jesus you will be raised from the dead at the coming of the Lord. “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). All those united to Adam in the first humanity die. All those united to Christ in the new humanity rise to live again. How do we get into Christ?


At the unconscious and decisive level, it is God’s sovereign work: “From God are you in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:30, my translation).

But at the conscious level of our own action, it is through faith.
Christ dwells in our hearts “through faith” (Ephesians 3:17).
The life we live in union with his death and life we “live by faith in the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20). We are united in his death and resurrection “through faith” (Colossians 2:12).

This is a wonderful truth. Union with Christ is the ground of everlasting joy, and it is free.

Group Question

Did you know and understand these truths

How do they affect the way you live

Are there any lies you have believed they are contrary to these truths, if so what can you do to change

What are the blessings you receive by believing them

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Adopted Into God's Family

Neal Garratt (Sun, 13 Aug 2017)

Neal spoke about the importance of our adoption into God's family and what it means for us.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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The Trinity

Dave Harper (Sun, 30 Jul 2017)

Dave preached on the Trinity and how God can only love us because he knows love.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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Love, Sin And The Prophetic Church

Dave Watmore (Sun, 23 Jul 2017)

Dave spoke about Love, Sin and the Prophetic Church.

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Rejection: Lessons From Moses

Colin Baron (Sun, 16 Jul 2017)

Colin looked at the life of Moses and what lessons we can take from it to help us deal with rejection.

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

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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CAP Sunday

Jackie Hughes George Russell (Sun, 09 Jul 2017)

Jackie outlined some of the work that she and the team of befrienders are getting up to in and around Matlock,

George spoke about the wider work of CAP and how they help calm the storms that their clients find themselves facing.

For technical reasons, the whole of the talk this morning was not recorded. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

To view George's slides, click here.

Watch Kylie's story.

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God's Presence Came

(Sun, 02 Jul 2017)

There is no recording from this morning. God's presence came powerfully during the meeting this morning. Various church members had powerful words.

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God's Kingdom

Phil Pierce (Sun, 25 Jun 2017)

Phil Pierce spoke about God's Kingdom.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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Prayer: Authority and Intimacy

Chris Spear Carly Spear (Sun, 18 Jun 2017)

Chris and Carly continued our series on prayer, looking at Ephesians 2: 1-7.

Chris shared his story of how God has been revealing to him the position he has as a child of God through a series of pictures. His story follows the line of the verses from Ephesians, describing the journey of us all when we were dead in our sin then made alive in Christ. The ‘But God…’ verse.

If you weren't there Sunday morning, hopefully the main points of his testimony can be remembered and shared between you!

The development of understanding has been in the areas of our authority from and with God, and how this comes out of a place of intimacy with the Father.


1. Why do some people feel like they are not worthy to live on the ‘41st floor’? (Do you?)

2. What does it look like to pray with authority?

3. How do we develop intimacy with the Father, both individually and corporately?

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