Sunday, July 29, 2012

Disappointment, Doubts & Dodgy Discernment Part 2

Oreste's message on Sunday 29th July 2012 is available for download.

Oreste concludes with Part 2 of this message where the issue of being offended by Jesus is uncovered as it relates to John's time of doubt in prison. Application to our lives is made where disappointment, doubt and dodgy discernment can be seen to flow from offence with Jesus.  Left unresolved our times of doubt can turn into hardness of heart. But where we confront our doubts and bring them humbly to the Lord they can be an opportunity for a greater and more robust faith.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Disappointment, Doubts & Dodgy Discernment Part 1

Oreste's message on Sunday 22nd July 2012 is available for download.

Oreste resumes the Meet the Master series from the book of Luke and looks at the doubts that faced John the Baptist who was now in prison.  John who had been successful in serving God is now unsure if Jesus is the one and yet he so confidently declared him to be the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."  What John experienced in prison and his circumstances is something we may all face as followers of Jesus at some time or another. We have our disappointments and our doubts which in turn impair our ability to rightly discern the work of God.  But there is something more fundamental to our times of doubt that may well surprise even the most faithful of followers. That is, that the manner of Jesus in outworking the purposes of Father God in the world, may be offensive to our expectations and preferences. Let's not stumble, take offense and fall away on account of Jesus but embrace and serve him who is both Saviour and Lord.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Grace of Serving Part 2

Oreste's message on Sunday 15th July 2012 is available for download.

Oreste concludes this message as he explores capacity and gifting as the means through which we are to serve.  Serving involves doing things we are motivated to do and things we are less inclined to want to do.  The mundane and the menial tasks still need doing and Jesus' example of foot washing sends a clear message that we are all to share in doing the lowly tasks. In this way we are to be faithful stewards of the capacities God has given us. As we are faithful with the few things God gives us He will gladly entrust us with more so that we can serve Him in newer and more adventurous ways.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Grace of Serving Part 1

Oreste's message on Sunday 1st July 2012 is available for download.

The grace of serving is released in disciples who wholeheartedly accept that Jesus is Lord of their watch (and thus their time). In this message Oreste speaks about serving as the giving of our time to serve God and others.  Jesus gave us the example of washing the feet of His disciples and commanded us to serve in the same way He had demonstrated. Such service is to be done with an attitude of humility, where we willingly lower ourselves for the glory of God and the benefit of others. God has gifted all of us with various capacities and we are to use them for the purpose of serving others so that He may be glorified. God expects His people to serve as Jesus served. This is the grace of serving.