Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin written in sandChristmas is over and roll on 2011. I love the final week of the year. That holiday feel when you get at least a couple of days to relax and hang up that sign on your office/workshop door ......gone fishin'.

Our family are always keen to get away to the beach, even for a day trip. For us, it is a great way to see out the current year and welcome in the new. For me the physical rest and relaxation has become a significant part of a spiritual rest and relaxation that enables me to prepare for the challenges and adventures of the year ahead. I better understand the purpose and value of the sabbath rest that God has given His people.

I hope you are able to hang up your "gone fishin' "sign and get that kind of rest to refresh you for the year ahead. Happy New Year to you and may 2011 be full of God's best for you in Jesus Christ.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, December 26, 2010

That Unwanted Gift

Oreste's message on Sunday 26th December 2010 is available for download.

The message is preceded by a brief testimony by Michael Tsekoutanis. In this message Oreste looks at circumstances in life we would prefer to avoid rather than go through. Those unwelcome circumstances may well be a gift from God intended for our transformation and blessing. Unlike an unwanted Christmas gift we can easily return on Boxing Day, these unwanted circumstances are not able to be returned; they are a necessary part of God's preparation for His people that gives them an increased capacity to live a joyful, peaceful and prosperous Kingdom life in Jesus.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Season to Surrender: Amnesty for All

Oreste's message on Sunday evening, 19th December 2010, is available for download.

In this message Oreste looks at Christmas as a celebration and joyful reminder that there is a season of amnesty given by God to all humanity. This amnesty is available for all people and is the only means of receiving a full pardon before God for all the things that stand to convict us during our lives. Be encouraged as you hear about God's patience with us and the kindness He extends to all of us.

Destined to Destroy Death

Oreste's message on Sunday morning, 19th December 2010, is available for download.

In this message Oreste looks at the significance of Jesus' first coming to planet earth where He was born as a babe on that first Christmas in Bethlehem. Although Jesus always existed, he made His earthly entry like all of us - as a baby born of a woman. However Jesus came as a human being to fulfil a unique God given destiny. Jesus came as one destined to destroy death and the destiny of every single person who has ever lived is connected to His destiny in one of two ways. What will your destiny be? In this message you will hear more about what this means for you. You might be surprised by what you hear!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Give Me a Foot Up

Have you ever needed to get over a fence or a wall only to find you couldn't muster enough strength to do it on your own? Some people seem to get over those fences easily whilst some of us struggle to go it alone. If we raise the fences another foot or so, no doubt there would be more people in need of help to get over the other side. There is no shame in needing someone to give you a foot up over the "fences" and "obstacles" we experience in life.

There was a time when I prided myself on going it alone and conquering those fences solo. There was even the occasional condescending thought towards "those people" that needed a foot up. Then came the time that life circumstances saw my fences raised by that extra foot and all of a sudden I became a part of the "those people" club.

I now thank God that I'm in that club. A correct understanding of the good news of eternal life and freedom from sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ, involves identifying yourself as a person in need of a foot up.

Jesus Christ came to accomplish what no other human being could do - to singlehandedly give all people that have ever lived the opportunity to get a foot up to a place they cannot reach on their own. That place is the perfect paradise of the Kingdom of God where justice, what is right, and mercy prevails. That place where joy and peace is forever in the atmosphere. Without a foot up from Jesus Christ, we can never make it into God's kingdom. The good news is that God is willing to give anyone who recognises their need of Him, a foot up into His glorious Kingdom.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pictures of Love

The Youth of Living Water Community Church ran the entire meeting on Sunday 5th December 2010. The message that morning is available for download.

In this message Jasmine Crennan looks at how we see and experience God's love, as she draws on Scriptures from the first letter of John. Joel Gillie and Sarah de Haan provide us with their personal stories on how they have encountered pictures of God's love.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Party Hard for God

We are approaching that time where Christmas parties hit us left, right and centre-office parties, family gatherings, girls' nights out, barbeques for the boys-the list could go on. Good fun? Yes they are. Personally I love celebrating.

There is much to celebrate at Christmas; so much more than the human mind can comprehend. However there is a joy of the heart that followers of Jesus experience through living life by the power and presence of the indwelling Spirit of God. Such a God-given joy has no limits and easily transcends the limitations of our minds to take in the fullness of what Christmas truly means.

The joy experienced by Jesus followers through connection with God our Father by His Spirit dwelling in us, gives us the capacity to see the wood for the trees at times like Christmas. It is important that we see the wood for the trees at this time.

We need to see and recognise the joy that is available for all the people of this earth, at a time where we rejoice at the day our Saviour Jesus Christ made His first entry to planet earth as a human being. Jesus was born into this world to commence a journey for our sakes; a journey that would lead Him to death through crucifixion on a cross for our sakes and ultimately to a joyful resurrection - again all for our sakes.

At Christmas, it is the cross and resurrection we must see over the commercial dominance of a secular celebration. Even where we may be pleased that we are doing well on this front (and may I say well done for doing so) let me leave you with a passage of scripture that will challenge most, if not all of us to go the next step. I do not think we have moved into this area of doing parties and celebrations, God’s way, anywhere near enough. Holiness means becoming more like Jesus. Are our parties, holy parties or Jesus kind of gatherings? May we reflect on this and take action to party hard God’s way.

Luke 14:1-14
1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.
5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull them out?” 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, November 28, 2010

WWW Netgroups.......doing L.I.F.E together

Oreste's message on Sunday 28th November 2010 is available for download.

In this message Oreste looks at the territory covered over the past three months, the response required for kingdom progress and how LWCC needs to structure itself leading into 2011, in order to respond to Jesus' command to go and make disciples.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Today’s Actions Lead to Tomorrow's Accolades

Imagine you are sitting in a chapel at the funeral service of a recently departed friend of yours. You listen reflectively, sadly and even joyfully as the life story of your friend is told through what many of us know as the eulogy.

As you hear stories and personal perspectives about your friend, you think back to some of those events you were a part of. For you these events provide the real substance of the things that are being expressed through the eulogy. The eulogy is warm and showers many accolades and words of praise upon your friend.

Let's consider that the accolades for your friend are justified and well deserved because they showed great character and were motivated by love and a desire to honour God in all things. What would be your response to hearing the accolades? Would you be happy, annoyed, feel some discomfort or be generally indifferent to the situation? You might experience feelings of inadequacy as you think about your life and what people might say if this were your eulogy.Or perhaps this experience may reveal a hidden fear that you will not receive any accolades at your funeral. Maybe you might not be thinking much at all beyond the fact that all of us will die some day.

I think it is good for us to be challenged to dare to imagine what people would say about us through the eulogy at our funeral. Would we be pleased with what we heard others say about us and the impact we had upon their lives? Or would we be disappointed or uncertain as to what others might say?

The actions we perform today will have a direct impact on the kind of eulogy we end up getting in life. Well deserved accolades do not come by chance but by intentional acts of selflessness where we consider others above ourselves. God calls His people to live this life of selflessness and He enables them to do so by the empowering presence of His Spirit in their lives.

If we are people who are determined to be led by the Spirit of God let’s aim to receive the ultimate accolade; that is to hear Jesus say “Well done good and faithful servant”. The selfless actions we take each and every day-today's actions-is what enables us to aim accurately towards receiving such an accolade from the Lord.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Body Talk:Perspectives from the People Panel

A panel discussion conducted on Sunday 14th November 2010 is available for download.

Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of the body as having many members or parts but forming one body. In this discussion, a panel of five members from Living Water Community Church, share their perspectives on the relevancy of this truth in their lives. The panel share the wisdom they have gained along the journey of finding their position and purpose in the body of Christ.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

So It Will Be, So It Will Happen

"Are these God's plans or your plans?"
"Is this what the Lord wants us to do?"
"Let's pray about it."
"Unless the Lord builds the house we labour in vain."
"What's the Lord's vision for us?"

These are all valid considerations in determining the way forward in the purposes, plans and vision that God has set for individual people and local churches. However let's be sure we don't use these valid considerations in a way that paralyses us or others with a fear of taking any kingdom action. In Matthew 25:24-27 recall how harshly the master spoke to the servant who buried his talent because of such unholy fear:
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
Kingdom action represents the vital and necessary initial steps that sets up a process for growing, maturing and moving us to higher vantage points. These vantage points of maturity enable us to make better evaluations of whether God is a partner to those action plans we sense are of Him. God will not pounce on us if our actions, plans or approach needs adjusting.

I believe He is more interested in the attitude of our hearts than if we get the details of the actions and plans right. If we are truly sincere and humble in the process of planning as we approach it with much prayer and test it with the word of God, we need not fear getting it wrong. Why? Because a sincere and humble heart can be easily adjusted by the Lord and set back on course if things are off somewhat. Question is, are we genuinely sincere and humble before the Lord in seeking to do His will or are we hiding behind such spiritual sounding considerations as mentioned above to avoid taking the kingdom actions God is calling us to.

It is along our journey that involves kingdom actions and movement, that the knowledge and understanding of our Lord increases more and more. Through this knowledge and understanding we are better positioned to confidently identify the plans, purposes and vision of God for our lives and our churches. The momentum that exists through moving, means readjustment to a more accurate course is done with greater ease. Of course none of this will work where the heart is filled with pride and desires its own way in resistance to the ways of the Lord.

Our God, the Lord Almighty, is not averse to planning and setting purpose. We can be sure to trust Him that what He plans will be and what He purposes will happen. Don't take my word for it. See what the Lord has said in the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 14:24,26-27
24 The LORD Almighty has sworn. ,
“Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
and as I have purposed, so it will happen........
26 This is the plan determined for the whole world;
this is the hand stretched out over all nations.
27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, November 7, 2010

You're My Kind of People!

Oreste's message on Sunday 7th November 2010 is available for download.

If God were to exclaim, "You're my kind of people!", what would He see in these people, to bring Him to utter such a thing? This message explores this hypothetical yet practical question, through the connections that Jesus makes between our heart attitudes and our daily actions in His sermon on the mount. Are we up to the challenge that Jesus presents us with? This is the same challenge that confronted Cain as he brought his offering to God in the early days of human history.

Friday, November 5, 2010

What's in a Name!

Recently I was chatting with some family members and we came to the topic of the meaning of our names. I confessed I did not know what my surname “Pompetti” meant. Others at the table were able to tell me the meaning of their names.

For a few hours after those conversations, I felt like the unknown person who had no link to the past and was unclear about where I might head into the future. I reasoned to myself and thought, “This is ridiculous. I am a capable person who has no need of a name that has something to do with where my ancestors lived or the trade they practiced or anything for that matter”.

My intellectual reasoning although true on one hand, still did not take away that feeling that a rich heritage through a name gives a person. It reassures, gives confidence and security and can act as a springboard to move forward into the future. Such a name speaks of having come from a people with a purpose and a place and lives on into the future through subsequent generations (I am trouble as all my children are girls – but honestly this doesn’t bother me one bit).

I went on a quest to discover the meaning of my name through the power of google. And what a disappointment to find out “Pompette” (close enough to Pompetti) is French for “tipsy”. How lame is that! I choose to reinterpret this to mean “one who is joyful, happy and relaxed”. I like that much better.

But honestly, after my brief crisis of identity, I reminded myself of my place in the family of God as one of His people. I know that the name that matters the most for those of us with faith in Christ, despite our earthly name which may be good or bad, is the new name we will receive from our Lord at His coming. That new name will be written on a white stone as it says in Revelation 2:17. Again in Isaiah 62:2 we read of a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.

This name, that God has chosen for you and I, is the one that truly matters and is something worth living up to. In fact it is the very name that represents who you are and are becoming in the Lord, where you came from and who you belong to. I believe such a name will be unique to the one it is given to. It will reflect your individual distinction crafted in you by the hand of the Master by His Spirit. As we allow the work of holiness to take its full course in us, we will be people who live up to the name that our Father in heaven has given us. How exciting to think that we don’t know what this name is but as we grow to know Him more, it will become increasingly apparent to us and will be revealed upon a white stone on that great Day of the Lord.

You cannot get a richer, more secure and lasting heritage than that which is derived from the Name of our Father in heaven. The name we will receive from Him is reflective of His character and His nature; in other words reflective of His Name. This is so where we are His adopted sons and daughters by faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. This makes my mind go to amazing places as I pray the opening part of the Lord’s prayer: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name”.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Induction followed by message "Don't Step Over Lazarus"

Steve Wyndham is the Senior Pastor of Yarra Plenty Church, Melbourne and the ACC Victoria City North District Leader. Steve presided over the formal induction of Oreste Pompetti as the new Pastor of Living Water Community Church. The induction followed by a message Steve preached on Sunday 31st October 2010 is available for download.

The message from Steve challenges us to use our power of choice to bring glory to God, as we choose to recognise the Lazarus's in our community and actively seek to support them and not step over them.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Churches Grow as its People Grow

If we are sincerely walking in the way of Jesus as His apprentices, we would be itching to see growth in our lives, the lives of our fellow travellers and also in the number of new apprentices entering into the Kingdom of God.

The essence of such growth in the life of an apprentice, is an increasing intimate knowledge and love of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As apprentices, this increase in the knowledge and love of God returns Kingdom growth in our lives and our churches. With this kind of personal growth on the increase one can expect that churches full of Spirit filled, growing apprentices will grow numerically as a consequence.

The scriptures in 1 Corinthians 3:6 provides us with the mindset we are to take when seeking growth in our lives and in that of our churches:
"I [Paul]planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow."

As we do our assigned work (planting, watering), trusting in the Lord and in partnership (ie fellowship) with other fellow workers (Paul, Apollos, you, me....), God will bring about personal and numerical growth (God made it grow).

We are to be faithful in using the abilities and skills we have been given in response to the work God has assigned to us. The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 reminds us, that as God entrusts what belongs to Him unto us, according to His wisdom, we are expected to give God a return on what He has given us through completing the Kingdom work assigned to us.

Just as the Master in the parable was looking for his servants to use what they were entrusted with in order to gain more (provide a return), God is also looking to His people to do the same thing. Where we don't give God a return, like the wicked, lazy servant, we stand to lose not only what we have been entrusted with, but also our place in God's kingdom. Put simply - use it or lose it. Sobering words but nonetheless we must heed the warning in this parable and not presume it is speaking to the person next to us and not us personally.

As we faithfully use our gifts, abilities and talents we can be assured that our Lord will bring forth growth and increase and respond with the words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' (Matthew 25:21)

Increase that shifts us from the "few" to the "many" is of God in response to our faithful service. God expects us to give something back, through serving Him with our abililites, no matter how little we feel we may have. We have all been entrusted with some ability and gift, to offer up in our worship of God through the humble service of our assigned works.

So when we pray that God will bring more people into the Kingdom and make our church grow; when we ask for growth and increase, personally and numerically, God responds by seeking to change us personally and looks for us to faithfully use what we have been entrusted with, before more is given. Unless we are changed along the way of our journey, we will not have the character and maturity to cope with the increase and growth that God desires to bring to us and our churches. What this means for you and I, is that God will make our churches grow where we the people in the church are growing along the way. Churches grow as the people in them grow as God intends.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, October 24, 2010

L.E.A.P

Oreste's message on Sunday 24th October 2010 is available for download.

In this message you will be challenged as you hear about the acid test that demonstrates if you truly love people. Take the L.E.A.P test and allow God to develop and transform you beyond the level of your test results.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Light Along the Way

As I was praying this morning I sensed the Holy Spirit reminding me of the scripture in Psalm 119:105 - Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

As apprentices of Jesus we travel along the narrow path of life and freedom knowing that we follow in our Master's footsteps. It is a great comfort to know that the word of God provides a guarantee that we can travel along that road with light that can enable us to keep moving ahead in obedience to the Lord. In fact the word of God is that light - it is a lamp to our feet and helps us take the steps we need to in our journey of faith. The word of God is a light for our path so we don't grope about in the darkness of this world.

I guess the key thing to remember as an apprentice of Jesus, is that we must constantly be immersing ourselves in the word of God in order for that light to effectively guide us in daily living. If you need to get a fresh kickstart on surrounding yourself with the excellence, wisdom and joy of the word of God in your life, can I suggest you read through all of Psalm 119. It is food for the soul. Feast on it and you will have light for the journey ahead.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Whittlesea Leader article - Ready to lead the flock

LWCC is in the local news; refer to the article about our new Pastor being "Ready to lead the flock" in last week's Whittlesea Leader (12 Oct 2010. Pages 26 - 27).

Oreste is now available three days per week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to Sunday mornings at our weekly service. We would love you to visit us this Sunday, for the Induction Service on 31 October, or you might prefer to contact us for a pastoral visit.

Reiterating Oreste's invitation: "I encourage people who used to go to church and who have dropped out to consider visiting us."

Oreste's induction service is to be held at 10am, Sunday 31 October, at Epping Memorial Hall.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

God is Passionate about the Purposes of His Heart

I have been having a feast of a time reading the book of Jeremiah. There is so much gold in these pages of Scripture. As I read chapter after chapter, I am seeing things about God that have not hit my eyeballs anywhere near as vividly as it has in my present reading of Jeremiah.

Alun Davies commented at the recent ACC Victorian State Conference, that he can only read a book once (no arguments from me there). He would never be interested in reading a book a second time. But he went on to say the Bible is different. You can read it again and again. And its fresh. You gain new insights, perspectives and points of view. The Bible is a living book. Amen to that Alun.

So let me say this - our God is a mighty God. He is to revered, respected, loved and feared. And there is no doubt that He is full of passion about accomplishing the purposes of His heart. In Jeremiah you are reminded time and time again that His purpose is to create a new thing on the earth, despite the failings of humanity as seen through the history of the unfaithfulness of the people of Judah; God is committed to creating a community of restored people with hearts to know Him and who desire to be close to Him. A community of people that brings God to express Himself as follows in Jeremiah 30:18-24:

18 "This is what the LORD says: " 'I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.
19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers,and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.
20 Their children will be as in days of old,
and their community will be established before me; I will punish all who oppress them.
21 Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them.
I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?' declares the LORD.
22
" 'So you will be my people, and I will be your God.' "
23 See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a driving wind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of
the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand this.

Can I encourage you to keep reading the word of God, again and again, with a
sense of expectation that God will speak to you and open your eyes by His
Spirit, so that today and in "days to come you will understand this".

Bye for now,
Oreste

Friday, October 8, 2010

Like Master, Like Apprentice:Working with Purpose Amongst the Crowd

As Jesus went about doing the works that the Father called Him to do, we should not be surprised that He was in amongst the people. The Scriptures tell us in Matthew 9:35-38 that Jesus worked in the synagogues and in the towns and villages where the people were. Today that would be equivalent to mixing with those in the church and those well and truly not in it and all shapes and sizes in between.

Matthew 9:35-38 (New International Version)
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

As Jesus mixed with the crowds, this enabled Him to see their need and it moved Him emotionally as He had compassion on them. What was the need that Jesus saw in them? Verse 36 says the people were like sheep without a shepherd for they were harassed and helpless. They needed protection and guidance from a shepherd that would care for them. Jesus is that shepherd- He is the good shepherd.

It is interesting to reflect on the comments that Jesus made to His disciples, in response to what He saw and was moved by as He mixed with the crowds. Clearly Jesus saw the great need among the people and in verse 37 goes on to speak of a plentiful harvest awaiting to be gathered among these sheep without a shepherd. But He also recognised that there appeared to be too few workers to gather in this harvest. Jesus was not called to bring them all in on His own but would need many other workers to join Him in the mission of gathering in the harvest. Jesus was to later command His disciples to go out among all peoples and make disciples of them. Thus when we think of workers in the context of these verses, it means the same thing as disciples or followers of Jesus.

Jesus gives us the key to recruitment difficulties when we need more willing workers or apprentices (i.e. disciples) to give us a hand with the greatest and most rewarding work that anyone could ever experience on this earth - it is simply to ask Father God for help! To ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers or apprentices into His harvest field. We do well to remember that the harvest field belongs to the Father and thus He is responsible for ensuring it is successfully harvested. However in His wisdom, our God invites us to be involved with Him in fulfilling this responsibility by asking Him to send out more workers/apprentices; and of course it goes without saying that we who ask are also to go out amongst the people as Jesus did.

We are to be apprentices of Jesus who are active in our community harvest fields. As apprentices we are to be making additional apprentices among all people. We are to ask our Father in heaven for help in this task by asking Him to send out more apprentices to lend a harvesting hand so that His kingdom will be realised on earth as in heaven.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Monday, October 4, 2010

Rest for the Weary Apprentice

My recent posts have been unashamedly focused around the thought of being a disciple or follower of Jesus. I would like to start using another word (instead of disciple or follower) to describe that relationship we are to have as believers with our Master Jesus Christ - that word is apprentice. We are to be the Master's apprentices. Essentially the words disciple, follower and apprentice all convey the same concepts but there is something new and fresh about the word apprentice - I like it.

Now that I've shared my new word with you, I want to remind us all of what Jesus said to us in Matthew 11:28-30. If you're inclined to think that this apprentice stuff is too heeeaaaavvvvy, think again. Jesus would have this to say to you:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sasha Stanceski - Nehemiah: A new beginning Pt 2

Part Two of Sasha's message on 'Nehemiah: A new beginning' delivered Sunday 3 October 2010 is available for download.

Part One of Sasha's message is available here.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Great Banquet

The mission Jesus has given us, is to go and make disciples among all people - no people group is to be excluded. Thankfully our Lord has given us everything we need to get the job done. Chief among what has been given to us as the church, is the authority to go out and do the mission. As this authority is from the living God, it is the highest of all authorities. So as Christians we are to go into our communities, workplaces, schools, universities and basically wherever we do life, with confidence and security, knowing we are on a mission of the highest importance given to us by the Master Jesus Christ.

We are to leave no group of people untouched in the fulfillment of this God-given mission. Jesus told a parable of a Great Banquet in Luke 14 that gives us a clear insight into the heart and mind of God, on the matter of who and how we are to reach with the message of the gospel. A person who is a disciple of Jesus will most certainly have a place reserved at the Great Banquet of the Kingdom of God.

The parable speaks of those who were likely to be well known to the Master of the house, and upon receiving an invitation to attend the banquet, they later came to make excuse after excuse on why they couldn't come. How disappointing! Jesus is speaking of people who failed to recognise their need and sought to satisfy themselves in life by determining what their lives should be about rather than submitting to God's highest plan for them . In our western world, of self sufficiency and self-reliance, it is easy to be deceived into justifying our actions as noble and necessary. These kinds of justifications can go on to become excuses like the ones made in the parable. This applies to people who call themselves Christians as much as those that do not.

To be a Christian means that one is to be a follower of Jesus and this demands total submission to His way of living, thinking, feeling, being and doing. If we end up being people who make excuses as those in this parable, we need to question whether we are walking in His footsteps. If we aren't fully following then what are we doing? Jesus expected that those who came to believe in Him would naturally go on and follow Him as a disciple. He never saw discipleship as something for the extra serious conscientious believer; He saw it as basic for all who surrender at the foot of the cross. Following is expected to flow from saving faith.

The good news is the Master wanted his house to be full for the banquet he was preparing. He didn't stop at inviting people to come to this great feast, even though they made their excuses, and decided other things in life were more important. The Master ordered that his servant go out quickly to bring in the poor,the crippled, the blind and the lame. This group of people represents those who recognise their need. These are the people who are often overlooked and bypassed by our society - a society of people who may well be those who declined to attend the banquet because other things were more important. The Master is delighted to have this group of people at his table. Of course this speaks of God's heart to have all kinds of people in His kindgom and if we are to walk as disciples of Jesus then our heart should be moving in the same direction. Can you say this is true of you?

Still the house is not full and the Master orders the servant to get anyone who is willing to come to the banquet to do so. He orders the servant to go far and wide so that everyone will have the opportunity to attend the biggest bash ever. Again this is the heart of Father God. Is this where your heart is?

Bye for now
Oreste

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Kingdom Authority and the Church

Oreste's message on Sunday 26 September 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

God the Holy Spirit

Oreste's message on Sunday 19 September 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

God the Son

Oreste's message on Sunday 12 September 2010 is available for download.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Authorised to Go and Make Disciples

The parting words of Jesus before He ascended to the right hand of God the Father in heaven, provides the Church with a clear imperative for the task she is called to perform. This is the task, we the Church have been given, by our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, until the day He returns again in power, glory and might to rule and reign over the earth for a thousand years. At that time the kingdom will have come fully, visibly and practically with Jesus as King over the entire earth. His faithful and obedient subjects will have the honour of ruling and reigning with Him. What an age it will be! But we are not there yet. There is unfinished work to be done.

The task is set out in Matthew 28: 18-20, a passage known as the Great Commission, where Jesus says all authority in heaven and earth has been given to Him. We know that all authority belongs to God the Father and as a result of the faithfulness and obedience of Jesus as the Son of God towards His Father , He has now been handed this extensive and far-reaching authority that spans heaven and earth. Jesus goes on to command His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations,baptising them in the name of the triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and teaching them to obey everything He commanded them.

As a local church, we at Living Water Community Church, are responsible to exercise the authority that Jesus has given us to go and make disciples among the people in our community and beyond. A disciple is a follower and reminds me of the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:1 - "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ". When a person becomes a disciple of Jesus Christ, the kingdom has truly come within them, as Jesus is Lord over their life, ruling and reigning over their heart. A supernatural transformation has occurred in the life of a disciple by the indwelling presence of God the Holy Spirit. This transformation in the lives of people is critical before any earthly kindgom can be established with Jesus physically and visibily reigning over it. A kingdom populated with people who still have divided and self-seeking hearts, would be no different to the way our world has operated ever since Adam and Eve allowed their hearts to be ruled by sin and self-interest. But the Kingdom of God is not like any kingdom our world has seen. It is a kingdom where Jesus reigns in righteousness, justice, peace and mercy; a kindgom where the hearts of the people are unified and submitted to the loving authority of our righteous Creator God.

So our task as a local church is to co-operate with God to increase the population of people who are disciples or followers of Jesus. Of necessity, discipleship means a person is one hundred percent devoted and dedicated to Jesus and fully submitted to Him. This is what it means to have Jesus as your Lord. Is Jesus Lord of your life? Are you a disciple of Jesus?

We have looked at the Great Commission in this post. In my next post I will be sharing some thoughts about the Great Banquet in the Kingdom of God.

Bye for now
Oreste

Sunday, September 5, 2010

God the Father

Oreste's message on Sunday 5 September 2010 is available for download.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Thy Kingdom Come - A Monumental, Magnificent and Mighty Reign

Hi, I am Oreste Pompetti, the new pastor at Living Water Community Church. I am absolutely over the moon about the unanimous endorsement I received from the congregation last Sunday. I feel very supported and love you all at Living Water Community Church. I look forward to working together with all of you to fulfil the purposes of God in our part of the world.

By the way, I love where we live. Epping, Lalor, Thomastown, Mill Park - this great City of Whittlesea - You gotta love it. God loves it. And He is calling us to extend His kingdom in Whittlesea (and beyond) in readiness for the day when our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, will return to usher in a monumental, magnificent and mighty reign that will eclipse this earth and finally deliver what we have all been longing for- righteousness, justice and the eradication of oppression and evil from our beautiful world.

Take a read of Psalm 72 – reflect on it, see Jesus as the King, see yourself as one of those flourishing subjects in this kingdom of peace and joy. Mark my words, this vision of the Kingdom Come in Psalm 72 will happen whether we get involved or not. I for one want to step into this coming age and look Jesus in the eye with confidence and without shame. Join me in this quest.

Our Father in heaven has given us authority through our saviour Jesus Christ to fulfil the vision he has called us to. He expects it of us. Are you up for it? I pray that you will be.

While I am on the topic of authority, this month I would like to take a look at authority –namely authority that we have been given by God – with whom all authority rests. If you are not able to get to our Sunday morning services to hear any of these messages, why not download the messages onto your MP3 player and have a listen. This is a great thing to do as you’re going for your morning walk or mopping the floors or mowing the lawn.

Have a great week and I hope to see you at Living Water Community Church this Sunday. I would love to meet you if you’re new to our community or if it’s been a while since you’ve spent time with us. There’s a vacant seat with your name on it.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Welcome to our new Pastor - Oreste Pompetti

Living Water Community Church (LWCC) is pleased to welcome Oreste Pompetti as our new Pastor. Oreste's appointment was unanimously endorsed by the LWCC members at the Special General Meeting held on Sunday 29 August 2010.

Oreste has a very passionate and committed connection to the broader community in which the Church is located, having lived in the area for seventeen years. Further to this, Oreste's history with LWCC provides him with a deep connection with the congregation, having shared life with the Church for approximately nine years.

Oreste commences as part time Pastor at two days per week on Tuesday 31 August 2010. He will normally be available at the Sunday Morning Service, Tuesdays and Thursdays, however this will expand by one day in a few months.

Simon Murray's Message

Simon Murray is a Pastor of Yarra Plenty Church (YPC), leading the YPC Pastoral Care, Counselling and Community Care areas of the church.

Simon's message on Sunday 29 August 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sasha Stanceski - Nehemiah: A new beginning Pt 1

Sasha has been a valued member of LWCC for many years and is recognised as a teacher of God's word.

Part One of Sasha's message on 'Nehemiah: A new beginning' delivered Sunday 22 August 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ben Anastasiou's Message

Ben's message on Sunday 15 August 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Father Heart Ministries

Over the last 20 years God has been preparing Jim & Lynne Watt to establish Fatherheart Ministries in Australia. James & Denise have been helping people to personally experience the love of God the Father for many years. They have taken this amazing revelation around the world into Europe, Asia, the America's and Oceania. Jim & Lynne have a real passion to see this land of red dust plains and summer rains experience the love of our heavenly Father.

Their message on Sunday 8 August 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sally Agostino's Message

Sally Agostino is from Diamond Valley Baptist Church.

Sally's message on Sunday 1 August 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Oreste Pompetti's Message

Oreste Pompetti is an ordained minister and has been a member of LWCC for many years.

Oreste's message on Sunday 25 July 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jim Vaughn's Message

Pastor Jim Vaughn is a member at LWCC and a counselor working with Chaplaincy Australia in the bushfire torn regions of Victoria.

Jim's message on Sunday 18 July 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sam Grimshaw's Message

Sam is Youth Pastor at Yarra Plenty Church (YPC), and is a member of the State Youth Alive team.

Sam's message on Sunday 11 July 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Karen Freeman's Message

Karen Freeman leads our children's ministry and has been a member of LWCC for many years.

Karen's message on Sunday 4 July 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Jenny Tunley's Message

Jenny Tunley has been a member of LWCC since it's inception, she is on the current Board, and plays a vital part within the life of the church.

Jenny's message on Sunday 27 June 2010 is available for download.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Steve Aherne's Message - Psalm 37

Steve Aherne is National Director of Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Australia; National, International and local speaker.

Steve's message on Sunday 20 June 2010 is available for download with the supporting slides.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Oreste Pompetti's Message

Oreste Pompetti is an ordained minister and has been a member of LWCC for many years.

Oreste's message on Sunday 13 June 2010 is available for download.