Mom’s,Messes and Miracles

And she said, “O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.

1 Samuel 1:26-27 (NKJV)

This week we will be looking at the word that Pastor Edna shared on Mother’s Day this Sunday entitled ‘Moms, Messes and Miracles’. Ps Edna was sharing specifically around motherhood, but we’ll be taking the principles and applying them to our lives as believers.

Firstly, great people have great problems. We will inevitably face struggles in our lives and this does not mean that God has abandoned us. We must stay away from blaming and shaming and instead, take the opportunity to pour our hearts out to Him so that He can be our comfort and our rock.

Secondly, great people have great priorities. Even when there is a lot going on around us, we need to make God and our families the two primary priorities in our lives. This is especially true once we are married and even more so once we have children. We need to honour God and our spouse, and take good care of our children.

Finally, great people make God good plans their own. It is easy for us to make our own plans, but it is God’s purposes that will ultimately prevail. If we can submit to His plans we will be able to walk in the victory that He has for us.

  • In which areas of your life do you need to release control back to God?
  • Are you stuck in a cycle of judgement? Who can you extend mercy to in order to break it?
  • Is there genuine unity in your family? If not, who do you need to honour?

How To Have A Victorious Outcome

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)

This week we will be looking at the word that Pastor Louis shared on Sunday on ‘How to Have a Victorious Outcome’ when things get hard.

Firstly, it is important to maintain a humble heart and attitude. It is easy to try and put up a brave face when we don’t really know what to do. We must remember that even when we’re unsure and confused, God is still the way. He can work all things ‘for the good’ of His children.

Second, we must learn to take intentional action. When life gets hard, it can be easy to give up or to try to fix it in our own strength. Instead, we need to engage with God about practical steps we can take to walk on the path He has for us.

Finally, we need to live with focused faith. We must remember that although it is God, not us, that performs miracles, we still need to step out in faith. This looks like hearing God and obeying what He says, regardless of what it might look like.

  • In which areas of your life do you need to release control back to God?
  • Are you stuck in a cycle of judgement? Who can you extend mercy to in order to break it?
  • Is there genuine unity in your family? If not, who do you need to honour?

Relentless Love of God

Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

 

Jonah 3:10 (NKJV)

 

This week we will be looking at the word that Pastor Louis shared on Sunday titled ‘The Relentless Love of God’. Ps Louis mentioned four points that we need to be aware of.

 

Firstly is the call of God. There are a number of reasons that we might run away from His call, including rebellion, religion, lack of trust, fear, and lack of vision. We need to be sure that we are listening to and obeying the call of God in our lives. Secondly is the all inclusive love of God. We need to remember that God loves everyone! His love is not just for us, but also for the whole world, and even those people that we can’t stand.

 

Thirdly is the persistent grace of God. We can rest assured that in spite of our lack of faithfulness, God’s grace will never fail us. He will persistently pursue us in a way that we don’t deserve because He loves us so. Finally is the phenomenal mercy of God. Even when we make mistakes, sin, rebel, and run away from God, He is always faithful to forgive us and welcome us back into His presence should we just turn from our ways and repent.

 

  1. What in your life is preventing you from pursuing the call of God on your life?
  2. Who do you need to show love to in spite of your feelings for them?
  3. What do you need to repent from in order to walk in the mercy of God?

Living Hope

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”

 

James 2:13

 

This week we will be looking at the word that Pastor Louis Els shared on Resurrection Sunday on ‘Living Hope’.

 

Firstly, it is important to call to remembrance what this significant weekend means for us as Christians. Without this weekend, we wouldn’t have the freedom and victory we now have. But because of this weekend and what Jesus did for us on the cross, we can live with hope. We no longer need to be influenced by our circumstances or how we feel, but we can rely fully on Jesus, and through Him, we can receive the hope for tomorrow, the hope for the future, and we can be hope carriers.  

 

Secondly, we need to recognise that Jesus willingly, intentionally and lovingly, laid down His life. He CHOSE to do it – for YOU. We no longer have to live in bondage, fear, or confusion, but we can place our trust in Him.   

 

Finally, we need to check where we are getting our hope from and whether our lives are being influenced by it. Are we really placing our trust in God, or has it become a cliché or religious saying? We need to get to the place where we can acknowledge that we can’t do it on our own, and fully surrender to Jesus. We need to allow Him, who is our stronghold of Hope, to shower us with mercy and grace.  

 

  1. Do you find yourself saying that you trust God and believe, but still make your own plans?
  2. Are you having conversations in your head where the enemy is taking advantage of you?
  3. Are there any areas in your life that you need to surrender to God again?

What’s So Good About Friday?

How To Love Others Well

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 15:13 (NKJV)

This week we will be looking at the word that Pastor Louis shared on Sunday titled ‘How to Love Others Well’.

Firstly, we cannot love others if we do not operate in God’s love. We can’t hope to fully understand love on an intellectual level, but we can get to know love relationally, because God is love. We need to search for what God says about Himself in His word so that we can learn about His character. His love is not just a word though, so we also get to experience His love in our lives in practical ways too.

Next, we can begin to look at what loving others looks like. Jesus calls us to love not just those who love us, but those who hate us. We can easily become passive or aggressive, but neither are right. We are to both pursue justice and also extend mercy. This does not mean we should be indifferent to abuse, but we are called to respond to dishonour with honour and to hate with love. We need to have mercy for people’s wrong behaviour without condoning their actions.

Finally, we need to admit that we can’t do this alone. Only through the power of God’s love working in our hearts can we truly love others well. When we accept God’s love into our lives, it changes how we relate and interact with others.

  • How have you experienced the love of God recently?
  • Who in your life do you need to love better?
  • How can you rely on the love of God to empower you to love others better?

The Reason For Things

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

1 John 1:1-4

This week we will be looking at the word that Ps Louis shared on Sunday titled ‘The Reason for Things’.

Firstly, we need to recognise the three different types of purpose: Primary Purpose, General Purpose and Specific Purpose. Primary Purpose is the purpose of God, General Purpose is to bring God glory and advance His kingdom and Specific Purpose is the specific way in which we are called to impact the world. We need to understand these purposes in the correct order so that we can live in God’s will for our lives.

Secondly, when we understand purpose, we get motivation. It instills in us a message, a mandate, a ministry and a mission. A message of the Good News and of Grace, a mandate to make disciples with a desire to follow Jesus, a ministry to share the Word of God, and a mission to share our deep relationship with Jesus with those we meet.

Finally, we can see the real manifestation of God’s power. When we believe what He says and obey what He asks we will see the impossible in our lives.

  • Which of the three purposes do you need to align with? (Primary, General or Specific)
  • Which area of motivation do you need to step out in?
  • What manifestation do you believe God wants to bring about in and through your life?

Family Transformation: Covenant

And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.

Hosea 2:19-20 (ESV)

This week we will be looking at the word that Pastor Drummond Robinson shared on Sunday continuing the series on Family Transformation, entitled, ‘Covenant’.

Firstly, we need to understand the difference between a covenant and a contract. We live in a world filled with contracts, but marriage is not a contract. It is a covenant, just like our marriage with Jesus Christ. Contracts are temporary agreements that are based on performance. A covenant is an irrevocable, unconditional, sacrificial commitment that is valid for life.

Secondly, we must make sure that we have values in place for our marriages, and all of our relationships. Ps Drummond shared seven ideas that can act as a ‘constitution’ for what is acceptable and what is not in our homes: God First, Mercy, Honour, Faithfulness, Friendship, Gentleness and a Safe Place.

We need to set our ‘constitution’ in place and keep it on our mind constantly so that it becomes second nature so that it can help us create strong, healthy relationships and ultimately, covenant marriages.

  • Do your relationships, especially your marriage, look more like a contract or a covenant?
  • What are the words that are in your ‘constitution’?
  • In which relationships do you need to establish these words?

Discipleship: Going Deeper

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

This week we will be looking at the word that Pastor Edwin Fillies shared on Sunday titled ‘Discipleship: Going Deeper’.

Firstly, we need to let God connect our potential to our calling. When He does this, we will find a sense of purpose and when we have this purpose no force of the enemy will be able to stop what God has placed inside of us.

Thirdly, it is important to realise that discipleship is inseparable from community. Getting someone saved is not the full extent of discipleship. Evangelism and discipleship are two parts of the same process. Evangelism is like a wedding. We love it when someone gives their life to God and we celebrate with them. Discipleship is like being married. It is a lifelong process that requires intentional work and time invested in relationship.

Finally, we need to rely on God’s power to bring multiplication. We cannot do this in our own strength. We need the Holy Spirit to help us by leading and empowering us. When we rely on His strength, we will see results beyond anything we could hope to achieve in our own power.

  • How can you allow God to connect your potential with your calling?
  • Where are you in your discipleship journey? Are you walking in intentional relationships or not?
  • How can you take intentional steps toward relying more on the Holy Spirit?

Breakthrough Starts With Us

By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

Acts 3:16

This week we will be looking at the word that Pastor Louis shared on Sunday titled ‘Breakthrough Starts with Us’.

Firstly, we need to understand that it is incredibly important for us to take responsibility for our relationship with God. To meet with Him and spend time with Him. We also need to make sure that we don’t just listen to worship songs or read books about the bible, but actually worship Him and read His word. It is so easy to get caught up in Christian things and lose sight of Christ. God is saying he wants our worship.

Secondly, God doesn’t just want to see breakthrough on a large scale; He wants to see breakthrough in our lives. God wants to bring freedom in our hearts so that we can carry that into the world and see breakthrough in the situations and circumstances that we are facing.

Finally,we need to share our faith and hope with the world. We are the carriers of hope that God has sent to those who have no hope and so we must share it with them. We also need to be aware that when people experience breakthrough, it comes through the name of Jesus, by faith in His name and with faith that comes from Jesus. We need to point those people to Jesus when they see us as their saviours because even though we might be involved in their breakthrough, it is all through Jesus.

  • Are your worship and quiet times in a good place? How can you be more intentional about your time with God?
  • What do you need God to break you through inside you so that you can see breakthrough around you?
  • Who can you share your hope and faith with? How will you go about doing so?