Discovering who God is together, and our identity in Him.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:1-3 (The Bible, New International Version)
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We’ve been looking at Matthew 13 and the stories Jesus told to explain the Kingdom of Heaven. We discovered in the parable of the yeast, the Kingdom of Heaven impacts, influences and permeates this present world we live in. We also discovered that God is one the who causes things to grow– including His Kingdom, but He does call us to be part of the story – to bring His Kingdom reality to this world.
Then last week I went on to talk about the cost in seeing the Kingdom of Heaven released.... this is an important message for us as a church as God is calling us higher and deeper.
I preached two messages on Dreaming Out Loud. My heart was to take you on a dreaming journey … a journey that includes vision and passion for what we believe we are called to do here in Port Macquarie.
It doesn't matter who we are, we are all on a journey...life is a journey. It's all about how we walk it out, what we learn along the way, and how we position ourselves for greater things.
The Lord reminded me of one of the promises that He gave us when we first moved up to Port Macquarie. It's in Jeremiah 29 4-7. But as I started to dig a bit deeper into this Scripture, He showed me more and I believe that it's a message for us for now.
Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favourably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us?
For your presence among us sets your people, and me, apart from all other people on the earth.”
Questions. We all have them. But do we take time to ask the right questions? Do we enter into conversation with Father, Son and Holy Spirit and ask them what they are doing - what do they want to reveal to us?
As a Jesus-follower, my life is a journey of learning to listen to the voice of Jesus and respond to Him. And so is yours. He speaks to us, wanting to engage, to have conversation and to be entwined in our entire life.
A couple of years ago, Caroline and I were sitting in a Church Planting workshop learning about other people’s experiences in starting new churches. As I sat there God spoke 3 words to me about Port Macquarie – “Walk every street.” God interrupted me with a thought that was injected mid-stream in my mind, loud and clear. How great that God gave me a specific instruction of something I should do as part of planting a church! It was so clear that I didn’t feel any need to ask “why”. I just figured that if God said it then I’d just get on with it...
This week I was reminded again that generally, as humans, we don't know what we don't know. We all learn as we go on this journey of life. I had an experience this week that showed me that my way of doing things isn't always the best way and often we need someone to teach us or show us the way.
“Love looks like something.”
Why is love greater than faith or hope? Why is love so connected to spiritual gifts and prophetic words?
1 Corinthians 13:3-14:1 – just a couple of verses with huge implications for every Christian. Living out our faith in Jesus must be a journey into God’s love – it’s a journey into God’s heart and His love for people.