Discipline

Discipline is generally not fun. Whether it is being disciplined in your health and fitness or in your everyday life. It is usually painful.

In the above verse it talks about discipline is the full sense of the word. The Greek word used here is paideia. It means discipline in the form of education, training, tutoring, disciplinary correction, chastisement and nuture.

For us as Christians to be all we can be for Christ it takes discipline. The positive meaning of education, training and tutoring and also the perceived negative aspects of disciplinary correction and chastisement.

At the time discipline is hard and often uncomfortable, but in the long run it always pays off. As Hebrews 12:11 says it bring a harvest of righteousness and peace for those trained by it.

I want a harvest of righteousness and peace. So I have to be disciplined and do the things God wants me to do. I also have to do the things that I know help me to live a disciplined life.

How about you? Do you want a harvest of righteousness and peace? It takes discipline – both the education side and the correction side.

Discipline

Discipline is generally not fun. Whether it is being disciplined in your health and fitness or in your everyday life. It is usually painful.

In the above verse it talks about discipline is the full sense of the word. The Greek word used here is paideia. It means discipline in the form of education, training, tutoring, disciplinary correction, chastisement and nuture.

For us as Christians to be all we can be for Christ it takes discipline. The positive meaning of education, training and tutoring and also the perceived negative aspects of disciplinary correction and chastisement.

At the time discipline is hard and often uncomfortable, but in the long run it always pays off. As Hebrews 12:11 says it bring a harvest of righteousness and peace for those trained by it.

I want a harvest of righteousness and peace. So I have to be disciplined and do the things God wants me to do. I also have to do the things that I know help me to live a disciplined life.

How about you? Do you want a harvest of righteousness and peace? It takes discipline – both the education side and the correction side.

Sermon: Being content in Christ, His strength and His provision


Here is the link to my sermon today. It came from Philippians 4 and was titled, “Being content in Christ, His strength and His provision”.

The main points were…

1. Get on well and work well with each other

2. Don’t worry, pray and give it to God

3. Focus on what is good and put God’s Word into practice

4. Be content with where God has you

You can find the link to it here. Unfortunately there is no audio today.

God Bless,

Dave

The message of the cross

For communion today I want to look at a verse from Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God”.

I understand this statement now. But, before I came to Christ I didn’t believe in the cross and I didn’t think it had any power for salvation. I was like one of the people who scoffed at Noah as he built his ark. They didn’t believe that the ark could save them…until the rain came.

Now I do believe in the power of the cross of Christ. I came to a point of faith in Christ. In this process, four main passages spoke to me.

1. I believed that Jesus was the only way to find salvation

Acts 4:12 – There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

2. I believed that even though I was a sinner Christ died for me

Romans 5:8 – But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

3. I believed that I was not good enough to make it to heaven on my own

Ephesians 2:8-9 – God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

4. I believed I needed to have Jesus as my Lord and Saviour

Romans 10:9-10 – If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

The message of the cross has great power. It has the power to take you and I from an eternity without God, to eternity with God.

So, as we take the bread and the cup today, let us remember the power of the cross of Christ. It is the very power of God for salvation. Let us pray.

Nothing can separate us from God

communion

Today for communion I want to look at a wonderful passage from Romans 8. In most Bibles it is titled, “Nothing can separate us from God’s love”.

As I read through the passage, I am overcome by God’s love for us all and how secure we are in His hands.

Romans 8:31-39

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In this passage we see three amazing things.

1. No-one can be against us

Verse 31 says, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”

What a great statement. God is on our side. He is for us. Nothing or no-one can be against us who comes close to His love, His power, His protection. He did not even spare His Son to make this possible. We are His and He is ours.

2. No-one can condemn us

Verses 33-34 – 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

God has given us right standing with Him because our faith in Christ. Christ’s death of the cross paid the price for our sin. And now Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us. Jesus is also seated in heaven pleading for us. He is on our side. He is in our corner. If God says we are right with Him, no-one in all creation can argue against us.

3. No-one can separate us from God

Verse 35 asks the question, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?” Verse 38 answers the question, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.”

Calamity, troubles, strife, angels, demons, fears, worries, not even the powers of hell. Nothing in all creation can separate us. We are His and He is ours. We are safely held in the palm of His hands.

Today as we take communion and remember what Christ has done for us. Let us remember these three wonderful truths from Romans 8 – no-one can be against us, no-one can condemn us, and no-one separate us from God’s love.

Let us pray.

Sermon: The priceless value of knowing Christ

Here are the links to my sermon from today. It was from Philippians 3 and titled, “The priceless value of knowing Christ”.

The three main points were…

  1. The priceless value in knowing Christ – knowing Christ is far more important and valuable than anything else in this world.
  2. Pressing on towards the goal – we need to press in to Christ and our relationship with Him with the discipline and determination of an athlete.
  3. We ARE citizens of heaven – we need to live a life worthy of our new home and status.

The link to the full text is here and the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

Jesus is the way

I shared this for communion today in church…

This week I for communion I have been thinking about the plaque on the wall behind me and the verse on it. As we can see it comes from John 14:6. It says…

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.”

As I have thought about this verse I reflected on how Jesus really is the Way. As I pondered four things came to mind.

1. Jesus is the way to pardon

1 John 1:9 – But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Because of Adam’s fall all mankind is affected by sin. It permeates our world and our lives. Each of us becomes accountable for our own sin.

The good news is that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for our sin. He alone is the way to pardon through repentance and faith in Him.

No one else is all the world can pardon us but Jesus. Jesus is the way to pardon.

2. Jesus is the way to purity

1 John 1:7 – But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Jesus Christ is the way to purity of heart. His shed blood on the cross was done so we could be reconciled to God.

Jesus left the glories of heaven knowing full well His mission. It was to come and seek and save the lost as Luke 19:10 tells us.

Jesus’ blood covers all of our sins. In fact, it washes them away. Not just some sins, but all sins.

3. Jesus is the way to peace

John 14:27 – I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

The world like never before is lacking peace. At every turn we hear of wars, terrorism, mass shootings, hatred, separation, drug abuse and more.

People seek for peace in many ways. Some through family, some through possessions, some through education, some through wrong relationships.

Jesus is the only way to true and lasting peace deep in our souls. When we turn our lives over to Him, He promises to give us a peace that is not of this world. It tells us in Philippians 4:7.

We need the peace of heaven in this life. The only place to get is from Jesus.

4. Jesus is the way to power

Philippians 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Many in this world seek power for their own good and own glory. They want to rule and lead others. They want to build their own kingdoms.

Christians however seek a power that comes from on high. They seek the power not for their own glory, but for God’s glory.

As Christians we want the power Jesus to live lives that overcome this world. We also seek power to help those around us and to share our faith with others. It is a selfless power we want.

Jesus is the way to power. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit who empowers us from on high. The first step is to trust Jesus.

Closing

So today as we take time to stop and remember Jesus and His sacrifice for us. Let us remember. Jesus is the way to pardon, the way to purity, the way to peace and the way to power.

Let us pray.

Sermon: Shine brightly with the attitude of Christ

Here is my sermon from today. It was titled, “Shine brightly with the attitude of Christ” and looks at Philippians 2:1-30.

It has four main points as follows…

  1. Have the attitude of Christ – be unified, be interested in others, be humble
  2. Shine brightly for Christ – continue to shine whether Paul is with them or not
  3. Paul commended Timothy – he cared for the Philippians, he cared for Christ’s work, he helped Paul greatly
  4. Paul commended Epaphroditus – a true brother, a co-worker, a fellow soldier, and a messenger in his need

You can find the full text here, or the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

Sermon: Living wholeheartedly for Christ

Here is my sermon from today. It looked at Philippians 1 and was titled, “Living wholeheartedly for Christ”. The main points were…

1. Paul was thankful for the Philippians and he prayed that they would grow in their faith.

2. Paul was thankful that Christ was being preached. Even though he was in prison.

3. Paul lived his life for Christ. To Paul to live is Christ, to die is gain.

4. Paul asked them to live as citizens of heaven. He wanted them to represent Christ well.

You can find the full text here

God Bless,
Dave