Sunday, April 24, 2011

Death Destroyed, Life Lives

Oreste's message on Sunday 24th April 2011 is available for download.

In this message Oreste looks at the implications of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ for the life of the disciple of Jesus. There will definitely be a day when disciples of Jesus will be resurrected with imperishable bodies like that of Jesus, when He returns to earth to rule and reign over the nations. But there is also the biblical reality that the power of the resurrection must show in visible ways in the life of a disciple in the here and now, through the inward transformation of the heart and mind, showing itself in becoming more like Jesus. This is the process of being made holy. For the disciple of Jesus who is born again of the Spirit of God, this process should be as natural as a seed that germinates and grows into all that resides within it; that is, the likeness of our Master Jesus Christ.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

2012 Events: Real or Counterfeit

Can't help but notice all the 2012 euphoria - the Mayan Prophecy, the 2012 movie, the plethora of websites, posts, comments and the like speaking about the cataclysmic events that will occur on 21/12/2012 (or thereabouts).

This is an important time for followers of Jesus to refresh their understanding and seek to gain more insight about God's revelation in the Bible about our present circumstances and how they might relate to future events. As disciples of Jesus we need to be reading and studying the Scriptures with the illumination of the Holy Spirit, to better see the context and key markers of things that will come to pass in the time preceding the return to earth of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the "ruler of the kings of the earth" (Revelation 1:5).

Jesus made it clear that it is not for us "to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority" (Acts 1:7) concerning the fulfilment of His kingdom on earth and the return of Jesus to rule and reign over that kingdom on earth. Jesus also pointed out that we are to "watch out that no one deceives [us]" (Matthew 24:4) for many would come making claims in His name and would deceive many.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that the coming of the Antichrist would "be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing" (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10).

So 2012 may or may not be when Jesus returns as only God knows but we are to be watchful and aware of the signs as revealed in Scripture. Be reminded that counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders in accordance with the work of Satan must occur before Jesus returns. Will these occur in 2012? Let's be prayerful, well versed in God's word and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit so that if they do we will be ready and prepared to act as kingdom agents for God's glory.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Few But True

Oreste's message on Sunday 10th April 2011 is available for download.

In this message the issue of truthfulness is addressed as Jesus exposes the evil of an environment where meaningless oaths made up of many words and hollow promises were the order of the day. The essence of Jesus' teaching is to let your words be few but true; thus becoming a disciple who is true to their word and reliable in the service of the King.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Children of God - Part 2

Part 2 of Sash Stanceski's message on Sunday 3rd April 2011 is available for download.

In this message Sash continues to encourage us about the highest status of all - that of being a child of God. Sash emphasises the importance of the truth of God's word in recognising our identity as a son or daughter of the living God. We are reminded afresh of the similarities between our life in Jesus in the word of God and a tree.