We Have More Power Than We Think

October 5, 2018

Luke 10:1-11 “Later the Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. He gave them this charge: "What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands. So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands. On your way! But be careful—this is hazardous work. You're like lambs in a wolf pack. Travel light. Comb and toothbrush and no extra luggage. Don't loiter and make small talk with everyone you meet along the way. When you enter a home, greet the family, 'Peace.' If your greeting is received, then it's a good place to stay. But if it's not received, take it back and get out. Don't impose yourself. Stay at one home, taking your meals there, for a worker deserves three square meals. Don't move from house to house, looking for the best cook in town. When you enter a town and are received, eat what they set before you, heal anyone who is sick, and tell them, 'God's kingdom is right on your doorstep!’ When you enter a town and are not received, go out in the street and say, 'The only thing we got from you is the dirt on our feet, and we're giving it back. Did you have any idea that God's kingdom was right on your doorstep?’”                (The Message Version)

Just Stop It

September 13, 2018
The Holy Spirit is in you and He is there to enable and empower these changes
As you let go of the past
As you adjust your behaviour
As you change your life style
As you discover who you really are “in Christ”
As you change and then change again, and again, and again

When God Thinks of You

September 13, 2018

When God thinks of you - - And He does so continuously

He is excited about who you are

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)