Martha gets a bad wrap


Often when we think of Martha and her sister Mary we often think of Martha in a bad light. 

When Jesus comes over to see them, Mary sits with Jesus and Martha is rushing around getting things done. She complains to Jesus and asks Him to tell Mary to help.

But today I noticed that Martha gives a very good response to Jesus’ question when they are talking about Lazarus dying and being raised.

 In John 11:25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

In verse 27  Martha says, “Yes, Lord,” “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” 

Martha’s response is brilliant. It is very similar to Peter’s response when Jesus asks, “Whom do you say I am?” Peter says, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15-16).

Martha gets a bad wrap sometimes. Perhaps we should remember her response to Jesus about who He was?

God Bless,

Dave

Sermon: The Greatest Intervention of ALL Time

Hello all,

Here is my Easter message from today. It was titled, “The Greatest Intervention of ALL Time”.

I read from John 19:16 to John 20:9 and it included four main points.

1. Jesus intervened to bring us life more abundant
2. Jesus intervened to bring us hope
3. Jesus intervened to bring us victory over sin and death
4. Jesus intervened to bring us salvation and eternal life

If you would like to read the whole message you can find it here. You can find the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

The Easter message is Good News, but there are some challenges too

Here is a snippet from our April newsletter…

The challenges of the Easter message

As I have been preparing for Easter 2017 I have been reflecting on the challenges that come with the Easter message. There are two that really stand out to me – one for the unbeliever and one for the believer.

1. What are you going to do with your sin?

For the unbeliever, the message of Easter can be quite challenging. The Bible tells us that Jesus left heaven to live amongst us and die for our sin on the cross. He took our punishment that we deserved upon Himself. He died in our place.

As human beings, we all sin. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that we “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standards”. We also read that our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).

The Good News of the Easter message is that we can have our sins forgiven because Jesus came to die in our place. He took our punishment so we can escape what we deserve (Romans 6:23).

In accepting what Jesus has done for us – asking for forgiveness and receiving Jesus into our lives as Lord and Saviour – we receive forgiveness, acceptance from God and a new beginning. We are born again into God’s eternal family.

The challenge for the unbeliever is what will you do with your sin and will you accept what Jesus has done for you?

2. Will you live out the Easter message every day?

For the believer, the challenge of Easter is a call to live wholeheartedly for the Kingdom and its cause. Just like a believer can be a “Sunday only Christian” and only really live the Christian life at church, we can be an Easter only Christian too.

The challenge of Easter is to carry its message every day. We need to live and breathe the Easter story. We need to carry the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus every day.

Wherever we go and whatever we do, Jesus’ name needs to be on our lips, His love in our hearts and His work in our hands. We need to let streams of living water flow out of us and His love must impact the world around us.

The Easter challenge for the believer is to live a life of true devotion and true commitment to His cause – the salvation of all mankind.

Two Questions

Today I want to ask you two questions. Will you accept what Jesus has done for you in the Easter message? And if so, will you live with total commitment to Him, His will and His cause in this world?

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You that You died for me on the cross. I thank You that You took the punishment for my sin. Right now I ask for forgiveness of all I have done wrong. I am sorry. Please come into my life as Lord and Saviour, please guide me and lead me in all I do. Help me to live my life in a way that lives the Easter message out each day. Help me to live my life for Your Kingdom and its great cause. I pray that from this day forward I will follow You wholeheartedly and never look back. Thank You for saving me, for giving me eternal life and adopting me as Your child. In Jesus name, Amen.

Children of God sermon summary

I am not on the roster to preach this weekend so I thought I would share a summary of last weeks message I preached. It was called “Children of God…” and focuses on what we have and what we need to do as Children of God.

If you want to read the full message, you can find it here or find the audio here.

1. Children of God love God and obey His commands

1 John 5:2-3 NLT – We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey His commandments.  3 Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.

We become children of God by putting our faith and trust in Jesus. This is when we are born again into God’s eternal family. This is when we receive His Holy Spirit and our lives are changed forever in an instant and they progressively change over time into the image of Christ.

One of the ways that John says we measure this change is by our love for God, our love for His other children, and our obedience to His commandments.

2. Children of God overcome the world

1 John 5:4-5 says, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.  5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Children of God overcome the world. How do we overcome the world? We overcome the world because of our faith in Christ. The world says we are hear by chance. Our faith in Christ says we are hear by God’s plan and purpose. The world says we are born, we live and we die and that is the end of us. Our faith in Christ says we are eternal beings with a future hope of spending eternity with Christ in His Kingdom. The world says we are measured by what we do and what we own. Our faith in Christ says we are measured by who we belong to and how much He paid to purchase our freedom. Jesus paid it all.

3. Children of God have assurance that Jesus is the promised Messiah

In verses 7 and 8 of today’s text it says, “So we have these three witnesses [in heaven–the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And we have three witnesses on earth]– 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood–and all three agree.”

If we read verse 6 it tells us plainly what the terms water, blood and spirit are referring to. “And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by His baptism in water and by shedding His blood on the cross–not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with His testimony.”

As Christians, we can have confidence that Jesus is the Messiah. From the testimony of water, blood and Spirit. And also from the fulfilled prophecies, by His resurrection from the dead and God’s confirmation from heaven at His baptism.

4. Children of God have assurance of salvation and relationship

1 John 5:13-15 –  I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.  14 And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him.  15 And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.

Two main points come out of these verses. One is that we have assurance of salvation because we believe in the name of the Son of God – we have put our hope and trust in Jesus. The second one is that we have relationship with God because He hears us when we pray.

As children of God we can be assured of our salvation and relationship with God. I know because I am resting in Jesus for my salvation, that I am in relationship with God and He hears me.

5. Children of God need to look out for each other

In the last section of the text it reminds us that we are all in this together and we need to look out for each other.

1 John 5:16-17 says, “If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it.  17 All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.”

It is just so vital for us to look out for each other. This life gets tough at times and temptations come at us all. That is why we need to stand together and help each other through. If we see someone caught up in sin, we need to help get them back on track.

Closing Summary

As we finish this series and our look at the Book of 1 John I want to list the main points that God prompted me to bring out today.

  • Children of God love God and obey His commands
  • Children of God overcome the world
  • Children of God have assurance that Jesus is the promised Messiah
  • Children of God have assurance of salvation and relationship
  • Children of God need to look out for each other