3 Of The Dumbest Things I Did...
...That You Don't Have To
March 12, 2017 • Dr Mike Peters • Men's Breakfast with Dr Mike Peters
Father's Day 2019
Why We Must Honour Our Fathers • June 16, 2019 • Pastor James Richards
If we are going to flourish in life, the Bible makes it clear we must honour our father and mother. In this message, discover the results of honouring your natural father, spiritual father, and Heavenly Father. Further Scripture: Genesis 1:1, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Malachi 4:6, Ephesians 4:31-32, Luke 6:35, Hebrews 11:12-16, Joshua 24:15, Exodus 2:15, 1 Corinthians 4:15, Psalm 133:1-3, 1 Timothy 4:12, Matthew 6:9, Psalm 68:5-6, 1 Corinthians 4:15, 11:1 Apply The Word: Have you honoured and prayed for the father figures & leaders in your life? Have you come under righteous spiritual authority as a true son or daughter? Blessing and protection come when we are under authority. Look at the example of Timothy and Paul (1 Timothy 1:2, Acts 16, Philippians 2:19-20, 1-2 Timothy). Take note of your attitudes and actions in response to spiritual authority (whether a parent and/or leader). Consider the condition of your heart and what needs to change so that you are grateful, responsive, listening, and honouring godly authority in your life. Have you held on to hurts or pains of the past from a father or father figure? Have you left all pain or bereavement at the cross? The roots of pain of the past can hold you down and bitter roots will bear bitter fruit. Read Hebrews 11:12-16 and note what bad roots you need to cut; of unforgiveness or pain. Forgive and allow the Lord to in turn minister forgiveness and freedom to you too (Luke 6:35-37). Do you know God as your perfect Father? Do you know His characteristics and have a true relationship with Him? Do you approach Him as a child of God? Read below for 10 Characteristics of our Heavenly Father. If any of these aren’t your experience of God, pray that He will open your eyes to Him so you can live in all that He wants you to experience as a child adopted into the family of God. 1. He has adopted you into His family (Galatians 4:4-5) 2. He leads you to live in freedom (Galatians 4:6-7) 3. He shapes you in your life (Isaiah 64:8) 4. He knows what you have need of and provides for you (Matthew 6:8, 25-26) 5. He knows how to give good gifts (James 1:16-18, Acts 1:4) 6. He is full of grace and mercy towards you (Luke 15:22) 7. He comforts you and gives you peace (2 Corinthians 1:2-4) 8. He is trustworthy even in the hardest of times (Luke 23:46) 9. He encourages you (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) 10. He loves you (1 John 3:1-3)
From Human Power To The Power Of The Holy Spirit
Pentecost Sunday 2019 • June 9, 2019 • Jon & Hayley Stevens
The Holy Spirit is a great promise from God for His people. When we receive the Holy Spirit, all of us will be fully equipped to move in the power of God and see incredible fruit in our lives and ministry. In this message, we look back to the first Pentecost and see what we can expect when the Holy Spirit comes in power upon us. Further Scripture: Acts 4:8, 4:13, 4:33, 5:12, 5:28, 6:3, 1 Corinthians 2:4, 4:20, Luke 11:11-13 Apply The Word: Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Do you know and believe God’s promises to offer all believers to be filled Holy Spirit? God promises the Holy Spirit to all people (Acts 2:4, 17-18) – that includes you! To see great things in our life and walk with God, we must be completely filled with the Holy Spirit. To be filled, we must repent and die to our old way of relying on human power. We must hunger and ask for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:11-13). We must receive the Holy Spirit. Spend time in prayer and worship as an individual and as a group readying yourself to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Repent for the past, ask for the Holy Spirit, and wait for God’s Spirit to fill you. Do you see the supernatural in your life? Do you feel equipped to minister to the multitudes? Do you expect great power to move in and through you? When we are filled with the Spirit, we will see great fruit. Read Acts 2-6 (with some specific references in ‘Further Scripture’ above) and see what the apostles achieved after being filled with the Spirit. Reset your expectations and ask God to give you big dreams and use you in a big way to share the gospel, expand the Kingdom of God, and see miracles in your life and those who come into contact with you.
From Finding Followers to Forming Leaders
June 2, 2019 • Pastor Wes Richards
When people are won to the Lord, we must take care in making sure that we are forming them into leaders, not just followers and attendees. Jesus formed his 12 disciples into leaders and after He went to heaven, these men spread the gospel around the world. Further Scripture: Mark 1:19-20, Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 3:14, Matthew 10:1, Matthew 9:36, Matthew 10:8, Luke 15:3, Luke 7:3, John 13:12-16, Luke 19:10 Apply The Word: In the church there is a difference between people who say that they are followers of Jesus and those who are his committed ambassadors and leaders. Who would you identify yourself as? Do you have a "what can I get?" mentality or a "what can I give?" mentality? Are you a disciple? When you are a disciple you can make disciples. When we allow ourselves to be formed as a disciple, then we can reproduce this and train up more disciples. The disciples were not perfect people but Jesus formed them in love, in life and in leadership. We must be like Jesus in the way he formed his disciples. Are you focused on gathering a team and training disciples? Referencing Luke 15:3-7, are you willing to go after the one? Jesus came to save people and paid the ultimate sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary. Ask God to give you a fresh revelation every day. Jesus also served his disciples. How do you serve others at home, at work? Do you have a humble servant attitude? As leaders we must reap what we sow, because the fruit will bear in the people we lead.