The Apostolic Centres - Part One

September 12, 2017

Jesus is calling His people to embrace the new wine that He began pouring out in the early part of this century. He is looking for a people who are committed to “going into all the world and making disciples.” This new wine is being poured out in every nation of the world. But, it will take a new wineskin to hold the new wine.

This Church that embraces the new wine will no longer settle for “business as usual” as they will want to see every person come to know the saving power of the Gospel of the Kingdom and enter into a personal relationship with the King - Jesus.

The new wineskin will be a “sent” church (the meaning of ‘apostolic’). A Church that will welcome the fivefold ministry which is an expression of the fullness of Jesus’ ministry today in the world. And, a Church that will be a people of His presence walking in His power as they experience His peace.

In each region of the world God is raising up “apostolic churches” that are regional centres of renewal and new life. Your church could be one of these centres. Come and hear what a regional apostolic centre is really like - its form, its ministry, its impact.

Ralph will be tracing the early history of the Church as it spread through the then known world (the book of Acts). He will tell the story of the first two regional apostolic centres - Jerusalem and Antioch - linking them to the new wine that is currently being poured out into new wineskins in every nation as God births new apostolic regional centres today.

Not just a history lesson - but a story that is still unfolding today. A movement that God wants all of us to be a part of. Come and join us as we focus on worship and the Word.

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The Apostolic Model of the Church

September 12, 2017

Jesus is the apostle of our faith and the Church that He is building today is going to be both apostolic in nature and purpose.

But what will a church with an “apostolic” DNA look like. The Bible states that apostles are foundational to the Church. And, when they are the Church will have a certain look, taste, and feel to it.

This coming weekend Ralph will be teaching on “What Does Apostolic Mean?” and applying it to the Church today noting some of the changes that God is asking His people to make with His help. And, as we, the people of God and Jesus’ disciples, are the Church these are changes we will need to make within our own heart as well.  

A practical and biblical look at the future of the Church and the moving of the Holy Spirit today as He prepares His Church for what is about to happen in the neighbourhood and community in which we live.

 

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Nominal or Phenomenal

September 12, 2017

People-Pleasers believe:

  1. That they must be popular and well-liked by everyone – an issue of acceptance Instead of resting in the knowledge and assurance that God accepts them unconditionally
  2. That they must not upset people as they want everyone to be happy and like them

Folks, only God can do that

  1. That they must have people think well of them or else they have failed – people’s possible opinion of you is all important

Only God’s opinion matters 

  1. That they must do everything possible not to be rejected

Even Jesus didn’t succeed in doing that and He was certainly rejected

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Burning Your Bridges

September 12, 2017

Go to God and ask Him what personal plow does He want you to burn?

It is not easy to cut ties with the thing that is chaining you to a life you have become comfortable with but that is boring you…

But the real risk isn’t in launching out into a new life and a new path from God – burning the plows

The greater risk is staying in your old life of the ordinary

So, count the cost of burning the plows

BUT, also count the cost of not burning to plows

For the rich young ruler, whom Jesus told to sell everything / all of his possessions – burning the plows was too radical, too decisive an act

That’s why he walked away sorrowful (Mark 10:22)

The rich young ruler had just as much of an encounter with God as Elisha did

The only difference was that he wasn’t willing to burn the plows

The real tragedy for the rich young ruler was that he would never know what he missed out on

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“Revival” Christianity

August 11, 2017

The Church has a number of words that relate to the word “revival”

 

Refresh … “Times of refreshing in the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19) -

 

Renew … a spiritual stirring refocusing God’s people on the gifts that God has given to them.

                   “…fan into flame the gift of God”     (2 Timothy 1:6)

 

Restore … God adding back to the Church, His people, the things that have been lost through

                   neglect or that have been stolen by the devil (Acts 3:21)

 

Revive … God moving sovereignly bringing new life and power to His people that then sees

                 many unsaved people come into the Kingdom

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Afraid to Love

June 9, 2017

It is true:

That those closest to us can, and often do, hurt us the most

Reject, divorce, fail to understand, judge, criticize

And then, often we are afraid to reach out and love again

If you minister to someone in their time of need

Love them, accept, help, pray for, support them - - - That they often walk away, never say thanks, speak against you, gossip, spread rumours, abuse you

And then, often we are afraid to reach out and love again

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The Forest and the Tree

May 25, 2017

Often we miss seeing the forest because we are so focused on an amazing tree. We see what is in front of us today but fail to see how what we experiencing fits into a larger context. We often simply don’t see the big picture.

The same is true in our walk as believers. We don’t always see the big picture.

Because of this we often fail to understand what God is doing in our lives and in the Church. We live life in a God- vacuum and, as a result, it often does not make any sense. We feel victimized. We wonder where God is when you need Him the most. We struggle and strive and have no idea how to simply trust the Lord regardless of our circumstances and situation. So, anxiety and worry are our constant companions and are, at times, seriously overwhelming.

This weekend Ralph will be sharing with us the big picture that helps put every aspect of life into focus - a God-focus. We can see the meaning and purpose in every aspect of life no matter how hard or how mundane. God cares about every second of our lives and nothing is insignificant to Him. He knows, He cares, He is there for you. But, without the big picture we are often unaware of His present help in times of trouble.

This weekend - let’s look beyond the tree and see the forest. Come and hear about the big picture.

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The Way

May 17, 2017

Living as God created you to live - as a spiritual being alive to Him and in love with Him

What would this all look like?

FOR JESUS…

He lived life to the fullest
He spoke what He heard the Father say
He did what He saw the father do
He celebrated life every day 
He saw life as a God-gift
He experienced life daily - grabbed hold of it and fully engaged
He invested in people because people are all that matters
He stopped for people no matter who they were or their status in life
He took time for people - not in a rush
He loved everyone and they experienced God the Father’s love through Him
He accepted people for who they were and where they were at
He forgave those who hurt Him
He healed people and delivered them from demons and oppression
He walked in God’s supernatural peace
He moved in power
He always sensed the presence of His Father (except when on the cross)

And, He said to all of us…

John 14:12 “The things that I do, you do also….”

In other words:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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