Jesus Deficit Disorder

September 13, 2018

So, in many ways we no longer “life Jesus up” or exalt Him in our lives

We no longer stand in awe of who Jesus is

We do not see his majesty - His awesomeness

We are not experiencing His presence as Isaiah did in the temple (Isaiah 6)

Or see ourselves in light of His greatness

We are not embracing Him, His love, His acceptance … 

Instead, we are somehow working for His approval

Performance religion

I believe that we, the Christian Church, are at a crossroads right now

We can turn to the left - legalism (rules and regulations)

We can turn to the right - License / licensciousness / “extreme grace” / anything goes

Or, we can turn back to Jesus and who He really is 

The world is looking for…

“The Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6)



What’s in a Name?

September 13, 2018
When children are born parents have already chosen their name or names
The name chosen often honours a family member from a previous generation
The name embraces the hopes that the parents have for that child’s future
The name comes to describe who they are
Who they are known as
What they are known for
The name eventually becomes synonymous with who they are and how they live
Their character and the qualities they exhibit in life
When Jesus was born - God the Father had carefully chosen a name for His Son
A very specific Name with very definite meaning…
Luke 1:31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”
His Name was to be “Jesus”
The aspects of who He is
The abilities He has revealed
The character that we see
Knowing Him as fully as we can…
1> Helps us to worship Him better (Judges 6:22-24)
2> Helps our prayer lives (Genesis 16:13)
3> Helps us be more secure and less shaken in times of trouble and turbulence (Proverbs 18:10)
4> Helps us to represent Him in the right way in the world in which we live
When we pray:
When we pray “in the Name of Jesus”
Are our prayers ones that Jesus would pray?
Are we praying according to His character and nature?
Are we praying according to His words (1 John 5:14-15)
Because, if we are not, then we are taking God’s Name in vain
Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
When we worship:
We worship who He is
We rise above:
Our circumstances
Our situation
Our financial woes
Our relationship troubles
Our feelings
We worship who He is regardless of how we are doing / not doing
John 4:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Christian Fellowship

September 13, 2018


When I was first born again:

Fellowship was defined as “three fellows in a ship together”
Fellowship was seen as a “coffee with Christians”
Fellowship was simply getting together with others for whatever reason

Often these “fellowship” times were missing a key element - Jesus

And, in the Bible there are 6 main types of fellowship mentioned…

1> Fellowship of the Gospel

2> Fellowship of the Spirit

3> Fellowship of the Son


4> Fellowship of the mystery


5> Fellowship of His suffering

6> Fellowship of the believers (Church)


Fellowship with God consisting in:
The knowledge of His will (Job 22:21, Romans 12:1-2)
Agreement with His plans / will (Amos 3:3)
Mutual affection (Romans 8:38-39)
Enjoyment of His presence (Psalm 16:8-11; Acts 2:28)
Being conformed to His image (1 John 1:6; 2:6)
Participation in His joy (1 John 1:4)

Fellowship with other believers with one another:
In the work we share for Jesus (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:1)
In the commands we obey together (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:46)
In grace, love, joy (Malachi 3:16; 2 Corinthians 8:4)
In mutual spiritual and temporal interests (Romans 12:4, 13; 13:16)
In suffering (Romans 15:1-2; Galatians 6:1-2)
In His glory (Revelation 7:9)


The Call on the Believer

June 22, 2018

All or Some

May 24, 2018

The Writing on the Wall

May 5, 2018

This teaching looks at the story of King Belshazzar, grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, both of whom lived during the days of Daniel.

One day while doing while hosting a feast God interrupted his life by writing some words on the wall of the room he was in.

The words God wrote were “mene, mine, tekel, upharsin” and was a message directly to the king’s heart. But, only Daniel could interpret the meaning as he had done several decades before for Belshazzar’s grandfather.

Ralph will be looking at what God was saying to this man who really thought he was in control of the Babylon Empire and his own life and didn’t acknowledge that God was in control of everything. (see Daniel, chapter 5)