Monday, December 26, 2011

Corinthian Chaos

What caused the Apostle Paul to say the following words to the Corinthian Church: “I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be”?

In 2012 this series will look at eight points of chaos that plagued the Corinthian Church. We know the word of God is timeless and its truth is relevant to any generation but you will be amazed at how similar the issues at Corinth are to 21st Century society.

The chaos may have continued to the present day but Paul speaks of the reality of God’s divine power to demolish strongholds leading to order, peace and harmony in our relationships with one another and with God.

Meet the Master

In 2012 Oreste will be looking at the book of Luke to see what Jesus is really like. If we are His disciples that means we are to follow Him and become like Him.

Sermon on the Mount provided a wealth of insight into what being a disciple looks like. This series from the book of Luke provides another angle by looking at Jesus in action. How did He behave? Was He a nice person? Was He blunt and to the point? Was he political and sensitive to social issues? What mattered to Jesus?

In this series we will meet the Master. Do you think you will recognise Him? Whatever we may discover about Jesus the essence of His response to us personally is welcoming, eternal and genuine – come and know me as I am and not how you seek to make me.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Your Time Will Come

Oreste's message on Sunday 25th December 2011 is available for download.

At Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus we can focus on the babe born in a manger and lose sight of the fuller scope of the celebration. The Christmas celebration heralds the announcement and declaration of Jesus the Christ who entered into our broken world to establish,build and bring to completion God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. This kingdom is an everlasting kingdom of justice, peace, truth, joy, righteousness and life. Apart from this kingdom there is no other that will endure into eternity. Jesus is what Christmas is all about and after the celebrations have ended the significance of Jesus has not. He is the Saviour and Lord of all. In the light of this revelation that has been given to all humankind our response to Jesus is clear - '...you must listen to everything he tells you...' (Acts 3:22). Your time will come when you must respond to Jesus. Be wise and listen to Him. Jesus is your guarantee of eternal life in God's everlasting kingdom.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Inspiration, Perspiration & Transformation Pt 2

Oreste's message on Sunday 18th December 2011 is available for download.

In part 2 of this message Oreste continues to look at the inspiring God given vision of the coming of His kingdom. This kingdom vision is to find practical expression in the communities that surround a local church. The responsibility to see this vision of transformed communities come to pass, belongs to all those who are disciples of Jesus Christ. For the disciple this means being committed to a local church, committed to the local community that church finds itself in and committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over their entire lives. When a disciple finds themselves positioned before Christ, their local church and the community in this way, they are free to be serving humbly, learning openly and living joyfully. It is from this position of freedom that the disciple is able to fulfil the assignments that God has appointed them to do for His glory and the blessing of the communities they are called to influence. In this way each disciple adds their unique piece of the puzzle towards fulfilling God's vision for local communities through the local church.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Inspiration, Perspiration & Transformation Pt 1

Oreste's message on Sunday 11th December 2011 is available for download.

In part 1 of this message Oreste talks about the inspiring God given vision of a redeemed, restored and regenerated society that honours God through its people who serve one another in humility, sincerity and with great joy. This society or community is the kingdom of God. It is this kind of God-inspiration that stirs the Jesus follower with the motivation to work hard for the coming of God's kingdom. This diligent work represents the perspiration of the disciple as they carry out their God-given assignments referred to in Ephesians 2:10. Inspiration and perspiration that flows out of the purposes of God for His people and His earth is what brings about a positive transformation in the individual life of anyone who seeks to honour God. It will also bring about positive transformations among groups of people, our local communities and the entire earth.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Living Like a Dead Man

Oreste's message on Sunday 4th December 2011 is available for download.

Oreste takes a look at the parable of the sower and the example that Jesus set His disciples when he washed their feet. Herein lie significant keys to understanding the Kingdom of God; it is this Kingdom understanding that becomes the catalyst that enables increasing abundance and fruitfulness in the life of a disciple. In the Kingdom of God understanding is always coupled with holy actions that are pleasing to Father God. In this message those actions find their place in scriptures where the Apostle Paul exhorts us to die to the attitudes, motivations, principles and methods that are opposed to the purposes, practices and knowledge of God. This is what it means to die to the old sinful self in order that you may live for God increasingly as a new creation; it is the outworking of the eternal life that Jesus came to bring His followers - it is living like a dead man.