“Impacting The World The Way Jesus Did” – Pastor Brian Codrington – Sunday 17th May 2015

IMPACTING THE WORLD THE WAY JESUS DID

Values- Part 5              Isaiah 61:1-11

Pastor Brian Codrington                 Sunday, 17th May, 2015

We are compelled to communicate the Gospel in word, sign and deed, by using our gifts and resources to share the Good News and to pursue justice and mercy, especially on behalf of the poor and marginalised.

While we pray that any we meet will respond to the Gospel, we engage on a “no strings attached” basis simply because we ourselves are recipients of God’s grace.

We are compelled to share the Good News of Jesus.

1. Compelled by what?

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again”                          2 Corinthians 5:14, 15

2.      Compelled  to do what?          Live For Christ!!

“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again”

2 Corinthians 5:15

Justice “giving each person what they are due as someone created in the image of God”.

3.      Compelled  to be used how?

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour ….They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”  Isaiah 61:1-4

So what does this mission of justice, mercy and renewal look like?

4. So, how can we engage in that work of renewal and redemption?

  • Pray that God will continue to grow a compassionate heart.
  • Look for commonalities.
  • Encourage cooperation, not competition.
  • See People as individuals, not a part of some larger pool.
  • Don’t  play the blame game.
  • Grab of God’s promise that you are saved to make a difference.
  • Realise that compassion is contagious.
  • Just do it!

How well do I live out this value of ‘compassion’?

 

“Family”- Pastor Luke Montgomery – Sunday 10th May 2015

Values Series

“FAMILY”

Pastor Luke Montgomery

Sunday, 10th May, 2015

“The value of FAMILY is integral to the heart of this church. At its core, it recognises the adoptive nature of Jesus as he took mankind from a situation of helplessness to becoming his children. This is the foundation that we use as we seek to assist in the creation of strong families in the Hills. It also redefines our definition of family, affecting how we view the home, workplace and church we spend our time in. A family should be a place where anxieties are met with peace and where shortcomings are handled with grace. A home should reflect the nature and character of God.”

 

“Whole Of Life Discipleship” – Rev. Keith Jobberns – 3rd May 2015

VALUES SERIES – SERMON NOTES

WHOLE OF LIFE DISCIPLESHIP

Luke 9:23-25; 14:25-27, 33

Rev. Keith Jobberns – 9.30am Service – Sunday, 3rd May, 2015

 

The Call: Fan or Disciple

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.   Luke 9:23

Large crowds were travelling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.   Luke 14:23

Daily cross carrying….

  • Death to self
  • Surrender to grace
  • Sign of hope

 

The Cost: Everything or Nothing

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?   Luke 9:24-25

In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.   Luke 14:33

Bonhoeffer:

When Jesus calls a person, he calls them to come and die.

Unrivalled love.

But the cost of non-discipleship:

No peace

No forgiveness

No hope

 

The Character: Maturing to become more like Jesus

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.   John 15:5-6

Spiritual disciplines

Personal Faith Community
 Prayer  Worship
 Study  Celebration
 Meditation  Small Group
 Fasting  Seminars
 Retreats  Conferences
 Retreats

 

The Commission: Discipling on the way

Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.   Matthew 28:18-20

Personal Faith Community
Family Children & Youth Community
Friends Worship Services
Neighbours Step Beyond / LTN
Work & Leisure Contacts Men’s Shed / Playtime
Retreats S/T Mission Trips

 

 

“Without Jesus, We Can Do Nothing!” – Rev Peter Clarke – 26th April 2015

VALUES SERIES – SERMON NOTES

GOD DEPENDENCY: “Without Jesus, We Can Do Nothing!”

John 15:1-7

Rev. Peter Clarke – 9.30am Service – Sunday, 26th April, 2015

Without me you can do NOTHING

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.   John 15:5

It is not that we thing we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success comes from God.   2 Corinthians 3:5

Dependence upon the Father

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.   John 5:19

Pride

For all that is in the world – the lust of flesh, the lust of eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the father but is of the world.   1 John 2:16

–          The key to eternal life and transformation is abiding in Jesus

What does God dependency look like for a faith community in the Hills?

–          It starts and continues with surrender to God

Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you!   James 4:7-8

–          Be willing to submit everything

–          Surrender our lives to Jesus Christ.

God delights in using ordinary Christians who come to the end of themselves and choose to trust in his extraordinary provision. He stands ready to allocate his power to all who are radically dependent on him and radically devoted to making much of him.   David Platt

–          When we abide in Christ, the fruit of the spirit will be produced and we will be used to draw others to Christ

We will be people of prayer

–          He comes to those who seek Him. Let us never cease seeking!

Pray without ceasing.   Thessalonians 5:16-18

–          Prayer is the voice of our dependency

–          God desires intimacy with us

We are a praying church

–          Prayer chain

–          Before every service 8:30am

–          Prayer once a month – 21st May

The next morning Jesus awoke long before daybreak and went out alone into the wilderness to pray.   Mark 1:35

One day soon afterward Jesus went to a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.   Luke 6:12

We will step out in faith

–          Empowered to go beyond ourselves and manifest God

  •  Faith in the Hills
  • Trusting in the word of God
  • Being obedient to God
  • To be people of real conviction
  • Praying for people
  • Trusting God in all areas of our lives

If we value God’s dependence we will depend on God’s Presence

Those who wait on the Lord… shall walk and not faint.   Isaiah 40:31

Keep the Lord before us continually.   Psalm 46:2

–          Ask God for guidance

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.   2 Chronicles 7:14

“Gospel” – Rev Peter Clarke – 19th April 2015

VALUES SERIES – SERMON NOTES

THE GOSPEL

1 John 4:9-16

Rev. Peter Clarke – 9.30am Service, Sunday 19th April, 2015

The Gospel

–          What is the Gospel?

–          The Gospel’s Uniqueness.

–          Living out the Gospel in your life and what does that look like?

–          Gospel Centred Community.

1. What is the Gospel?

“God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so   that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  John 4:9-10 (NRSV)

“Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:6-8

Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.”  John 15:4 (NRSV)

2. What makes the Gospel unique?

I am accepted through Christ.

The Gospel humbles and affirms us. Flawed and sinful – yet LOVED and ACCEPTED.

“For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NRSV)

Living out the Gospel

A. Gospel centred business

B. Jesus – never far from the spoken word.

C. Contentment

D. Impact on daily life

E. Community

F. Money

G. Conflict

F. Trials

“ I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5