GENTLENESS: 27th September, 2015 – “The Proper Application Of Power” – Rev. Keith Jobberns

GENTLENESS — The Proper Application Of Power

Sunday 27th September, 2015

Rev. Keith Jobberns

Bible Reading:  Galatians 5:22-26

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25

 

1. Gentleness is:

 

Not weakness but power under control

 

2. A family trait of God’s people:

 

Moses

Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all men that were on the face of the earth.

Numbers 12:3 (RSV)

 

Paul

Though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children.

1 Thessalonians 2:6, 7

 

Jesus

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:29

 

3. What will gentleness look like where I exercise power?

 

a. Considerate

By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you.

2 Corinthians 10:1

 

b. Tender

But you, man of God …. and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

1 Timothy 6:11

 

c. Restorative

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.

Galatians 6:1

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:12, 13

 

d. Inclusive

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.  Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 

2 Timothy 2:24, 25

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 

1 Peter 3:15

 

GOODNESS: 13th September, 2015 – “Goodness” – Pastor Brian Codrington

GOODNESS

SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2015

PASTOR BRIAN CODRINGTON

Bible Reading:  1 Peter 2:4-12

 

How do you define “goodness”?

 

Is there a standard for goodness? Is there a measure for us of what goodness looks like?

 

“…..and God saw that it was good” Genesis Chapter 1

 

“…..you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive”  Genesis 50:20 (NASB)

 

Why is “goodness” important?

 

  • We were created in Christ Jesus for good works

 

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:8-10

 

See also Matthew 25:14-30

 

  • We are called to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord

 

“…..We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”   Colossians 1:9-12    see also 3 John 11

 

Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for you?

 

HOW CAN I GROW IN PATIENCE?

 

In some cases, remove the pressure by planning better.

 

So what is God’s purpose and how do we go about living good lives?

 

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”   1 Peter 2:9-12

 

Our purpose – a ‘good life” in “blessing the nations” Genesis 12:1-3

 

 

Goodness in Action

 

With PRAYER for wisdom and discernment as the foundation:

 

  • Providing for needs

“At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.”     Acts 9:36      Matthew 25: 31-40

 

Who can you assist right now?

 

  • Inspiring and equipping

Jesus with the Samaritan women (John 4:13-42)

 

  • Listening and engaging

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”  Romans 12:15

 

  • Rescuing where necessary

 

  • Introducing Jesus!

 

 

Goodness in Reaction

 

  • The main thing—Don’t judge!

 

 

The Foundation

 

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”  John 15:4

 

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”   Luke 6:43-45

 

PATIENCE: 30th August, 2015 – “Patience” – Pastor Brian Codrington

GROWING IN PATIENCE IN A TROUBLED WORLD

 

Bible Reading: James 1:2-12

 

WHY IS IT DIFFICULT TO DEVELOP PATIENCE?
– Our world is increasingly impatient – the cultural challenge

 

– It goes against human nature – the natural challenge

 

“A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.” Proverbs 14:29

 

“A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.” Proverbs 15:18

 

Personal check:  Who have I been impatient with lately? Are they battling with specific issues now?

 

WHAT’S GOD’S PERSPECTIVE?

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life”. 1 Timothy 15-16

 

But his timetable is different to ours…..

“as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9

 

HOW CAN I GROW IN PATIENCE?

In some cases, remove the pressure by planning better.

 

But in those issues that are more than just a matter of better planning, we can:

 

Discover a bigger perspective

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 (AMP)

 

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” Proverbs 16:9

 

Develop a sense of humour

“A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life.”  Proverbs 14:30 (Living Bible)

 

Look at annoying people through the eyes of Jesus

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

 

Cultivate the fruit

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

 

BUT A WARNING…….

BEING PATIENT, WAITING ON GOD, IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH LAZINESS

“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” Hebrews 6:11-12