Thursday, February 24, 2011

How should we live?

Song(s) :
To God be the glory
Tell out my soul
Revive, Thy work, O Lord
My Jesus, I love Thee

Passage(s) : 1 Peter 1:6, 1 Peter 2:12,20
, 1 Peter 3:16, 1 Peter 4:12,16,19

How do we live in an ever increasing hostile environment?
1 Peter 1:13 - 25 - To live a holy life

What does it mean to be holy?
To be like Jesus.
- Behave as He would have
- Do things as He would have done
- Speak as He would have spoken

The more we are like Christ, the more impact we will make to others.

We can only fully experience holiness when we really receive Christ into our lives. Having a new nature & let God have a big place in out lives.
v 14 - Leave the old nature. Let God have His ways in our lives.

Why should we live holy lives?
1. v 16 - Because God is holy.
- eg. Abraham / Moses / Daniel / Paul

2. v 13 - Jesus is coming back.
- With great power / glory. 2 Peter 3 : 11 - 12

3. v 17 - All out actions / deeds will be accounted for
- Romans 14 : 10, 2 Cor 5 :10

4. v 19 - We are purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ
- Only Jesus' blood could pay for our sins Titus 2:14

5. v 21 - Sitted in the glory, power and dominance
- One day He will call us to share this glory for eternity

6. v 24 - Because life is short

What is the value of our lives? It is what He has been prepared to pay for.

Date : 30 January 2011
Speaker :

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bitterness

Song(s) :
I stand amazed in the presence
Child in the manger, infant of Mary
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy

Passage : Hebrews 12 : 14 - 15

Bitterness = Anger x Time
- It is something that lurks beneath the surface
- It can we something that we dwell on it and it gets worst

" He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason. He would not let me regain my breath buy would overwhelm me with misery."
Job 9 : 17 - 18

In Job, it is seen that things started off well, went down but ended well when Job drew back to God

Bitterness comes from us turning away from God.

Hebrews 12 : 15
Deuteronomy 12 : 18
- To be bitter means we have turned away from God

Bitterness affects/infects others - It causes great tragedy.

How to avoid being bitter?

1. Pray before the panic
- Not to be tempted to be bitter when things are going back
- Be faithful to God before and after a crisis
- Daniel - The king was affected by the bitterness of the official and signed the petition
- Daniel did not panic but did what he usually does. He prayed with the windows open
- Godliess comes out of a daily habit. It can't be switched on.

2. Doctrine before disaster
- Knowing it will bring us out of trouble
- Proverbs - Wise and prudent gives us knowledge
- Christianity is not a Disney Christianity where everything ends well
- 1 Peter 4 : 12 - Fiery trials - It will come to you
- Don't think it's strange - It's not unusual
- We are not exempted from difficulties
- True believers will be helped through it

3. Give thanks before tragedy
- Ephesians 5 : 20 - Giving thanks always
- Thank God for the apparent good and the apparent bad - Both are from God for His purposes
- Everything that comes from Gos is good
- Job - we receive good and evil
- Good is the will of the Lord

Bitterness causes an energy sapping result in our lives. There is much danger in keeping things in our minds.

"I know I should not..." - Commit all to God. Let Him work.

Jesus was never bitter for all that happened to Him in His life.

1. Hunted life
- He came as a king, being hunted down and hunted by men
- Religious people - Envy of Him
- Political people - Thought he wanted something of herod
- There was an implacable hatred against Jesus
- Isaiah - Man of sorrow

2. Happy life
- Jesus was glad / had joy
- There was great joy. Being delighted with the work of God going on in people's life
- Be of good cheer > The joy of the Lord > Reasons not to be bitter
- People wanted to draw near to Jesus to experience good cheer / joy

3. Helpful life
- Going about doing good
- Helped in soul - Dealt with body and sins
- Helped diseased / lepers / despised / incurable woman / the difficult people / dead
- When did He helped? At the end of the day
- Jesus welcomed all at all times
- He was moved with compassion

Jesus was Hounded / Hunted > Happy > Helpful
- Never once did He became bitter

Date : 16 January 2011
Speaker : Neil Osborne