Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Monday, 23 September 2013

I luu…luuu…lurrrrrrrve you.

Love.
Why is the word so hard to say for some people?
What is the meaning of this tiny word?

From greeting cards to bibles, the meaning varies.

This series shines light on "Love" from the pages of Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians:

(Sorry for the poor sound quality, this is an ambient sound recording)

Part 1 Intro to Love and invitation to chat about it

Part 2 Reading the Bible and commenting

Part 3 further reflection

Part 4 the finish...

Monday, 16 September 2013

Spiritual 'Things'

1 Corinthians 12
Some call them 'gifts'. But it's wider than that...
These points of empowerment of the church by the Holy Spirit. 
The Grace of God manifest through the varied and common activities of the Body of Christ. 
These mixes of divine unction, skills, and passion that come to characterize the 'offices', 'callings' or 'job descriptions' we would expect to be filled by people empowered with spiritual gifts.

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Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Monday, 9 September 2013

1 Corinthians 12 The Work of the Holy Spirit

When we look at the 'gifts of the Spirit' in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 we need to acquaint ourselves with the Gift-giver, the Holy Spirit.  Once we understand WHO this person is, with HIS will, and feelings and thoughts and actions, then we begin to recognize HIM at work in us.

The sinner, saved by grace, (only through the redemptive work of God, through the life of Jesus Christ and HIS death on the cross) has fellowship with the Holy Spirit, who is God.  God the Holy Spirit works in us through faith in Christ.

Here is some scriptural instruction on the work of the Holy Spirit:

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Part 4

Monday, 2 September 2013

1 Corinthians 12 Gifts of the Spirit

The sermon this Sunday was mostly about the gift-giver:
The Holy Spirit. Completely scriptural instruction on the Person of the Holy Spirit.

The normal-ness of the church, empowered in every aspect of service and every activity through the gifts that He gives.  The person, not the phenomenon of people responding to Him in wild ways.

The person:
referred to with masculine pronouns
who thinks, feels, and has a will
who is separate from God the Father or Christ the Son
who is the presence of God when we worship

We focused on the truth of scripture that God is the one who makes the church work. The simple reality that everything that happens in the church is The Spirit of God leading the church.  Often without fanfare, in unamazing ways, but when He does it, with eternal results.  This is just the beginning of the teaching about how to be the church yielded to the Spirit of God; led by Him.

There was a strong sense of the manifestation of the Spirit of God in the room as we focused on Him, that you may not get from this podcast, but the room was focused and alert and responsive to this message. We hope this helps your understanding of the church empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Part 1

Part 2