Discover the Beauty of being a Woman
March 12, 2017 • Pastor Adriana Richards
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.
From Fragmented Families To Fruitful Families
May 26, 2019 • Pastor James Richards
To see fruitful families, we need to change the culture. We must build up our families and homes and build the church as a family and home; all centred on the rock of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. Further Scripture: Deuteronomy 11:11-14, Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 12:1-3, 2 Timothy 1:5 Romans 8:15, Revelation 22:17, Psalm 68:6, Psalm 25:16, Philippians 4:8, Hebrews 11:6, Joshua 24:15 Key Points: 1. By Establishing The Word As The Foundation And Framework Of The Home (v18-20) // 2. By Winning Over Hearts And Minds (v18) // 3. By The Power Of Christ-Like Example (v18-19) // 4. By Cultivating An Atmosphere Of Faith (v19) // 5. By Putting Your House In Order (v18-20) Apply The Word: What are the foundations and frameworks of your family? Do you build on past experiences, emotions, or scripture? What place does the Word have in your family and home? Note how things happen in your family and what drives the direction or decisions of your family. Make a plan of what you need to change and build in your family so that every word, decision, and action is established on the Word of God. How is direction given and received in your family/home? What is the default atmosphere in your home and what is permitted to happen in your family? Whether you are a parent, sibling, or child, as a follower of Christ you have the responsibility to model Christ-like living. What you model (prayer, reading the Word, worshipping, faith, obedience) and what you permit (sin, unrighteousness, or rebellion) will define the direction of your family. List the cultures that manifest in your family and how well you are modelling the key points #1-5 above. Compare the attitudes, experiences, habits, and routines of your family to the bar set in our key passage and the list set out in Philippians 4:8. Decide today how to put the five culture-changing actions from this message into action.