On Friday, during the hours of 11-3, LIFE will be taking its passion and love for Jesus onto the streets and into peoples homes! Buzzin. We are doing this to fulfil a commandment that Jesus gave to his followers.
"So whatever you wish others to do to you, do also to them."
The truth is we are all familiar with this verse but if we are honest it is a constant battle to make sure we are living it out. We often forget this simple truth or we become selfish, looking only to our own interests and sometimes we want to live out this commandment but we just don't know when or how!
Well Friday is providing an opportunity for us to get one up in the battle to live out this truth. Teams are going to be organised to go into different peoples houses and show them the love of Christ in whatever way we can! whether that means hoovering the floor, clearing out the garden or praying for people. Other teams will be sent down to town with one mission. Spread the love of Jesus.
This is gonna be an incredible day and a great opportunity to impact the lives of so many. if you want to be involved please let Amy Mehta know, you can turn up on the day but it would be great for Amy to know how many people will be there.
"Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time will reap a harvest if we do not give up"
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Fix your eyes on the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
This statement is a promise from God, a promise that God will give you the desires of your heart.
I am so thankful to God that he keeps his promises. I have always had a desire to preach and have talked to God about this desire many times. I realised this morning that God has been so faithful with this desire he has provided me with so many opportunities to preach to so many different people. I would like to list some opportunities God has given me to fulfil this desire so that you can see how faithful he is.
The entire of Garth school over 1000 students - told them how a God has supernaturally provided for me and can do the same for them.
Life group - 6 passionate young people - talked about light always conquers darkness
Kerith Academy - 9 people who have given up a year to serve the church.
LIFE - An army of young people who want to change the world for God's glory.
Oakwood - 50 young people who are seriously searching
Next Steps - Unpacking the word of God with 40 young people
Kerith Community Church - got to speak at the baptism service, this is exciting because there were people there who have never heard or thought about Jesus before
Kerith Melle (In France) - a new but passionate church.
California - Get to travel with an outstanding man of God and have the chance to speak to some american young people
I tell you all these thing not to show how much I get to preach but to show that God is faithful in his promises! He is! There is no question, no dispute. It's a promise. It happens.
However at this point we need to realise the first part of the verse, fix your eyes on the lord. This is so key if we want to God to provide the desires of our hearts, we can't expect God to just give us what we desire if we aren't going to listen to him or follow him or ultimately love him. We need to keep ourselves fixed on the lord! Most of time we want to do this but we just don't know what fixing our eyes on him means, do we just look into the sky all day?! Something I found that helps me is by looking at the rest of Psalm 37 because there are key words in the psalm which give us a clue about what fixing your eyes on the Lord could entail. Take a look.
trusting, delighting, committing, being still, waiting patiently, not being jealous, doing good, hoping in God, enjoying peace, being humble, being content, taking risks, being generous, doing good again, speaking and living justice, not being afraid, refraining from anger, seeking God's wisdom and following his law.
If you don't know whether you are fixing your eyes on the lord then look at these words and phrases and then look at your life and see if you feel you are living these out.
We can't expect Biblical promises if we don't live out Biblical principals!
Monday, 9 May 2011
Will you spend your time:
Facing your fears or simply being afraid
Face your insecurities or letting them ruin your life
Raising money for project 125 or just spending all of yours
Arguing with teachers or actually listen to them
Respecting life leaders or just ignoring them
Texting on your phone during a preach or using your phone to take notes.
Saying thank you or moaning
Chasing romantic relationships or chasing a relationship with God
With God or without him
Changing the bad things in your life or just moaning about the bad things in your life
Serving this church or demanding that this church serves you
On facebook or actually having proper conversations
Listening to your parents or arguing with them
Thinking only about the benefits for you or thinking about the benefit for others
Being influenced by the world or influencing the world to be better and greater.
Focusing on school work or focusing on avoiding work
Taking opportunities that are given to you or just shy away and hope no one notices you
Demonstrating love to all people or demanding that people just demonstrate their love to you
Bullying people over form spring, facebook or actually encourage people
Trying to live the lifestyle God asks of you or trying to convince God that you lifestyle is best
Doing life your way or doing life Gods way
Listening to how much God loves you or striving for the love of people around you
Trying exciting new things that challenge you or just staying safe an comfortable where you are
By actually stopping smoking or just pretend that you will do it the future
Becoming bitter about your past or becoming better by learning from your past
Wearing a mask and just pretending that everything is great or are you gonna find people you trust and get real
Expecting everyone around you to organise you or getting yourself organised
Praying for the impossible to be made possible or just not trying because your afraid of the outcome
Trying to eat a balanced diet or just eating McDonald everyday and then acting surprised when you get fat.
Believing that you can do everything on your own or realising that you need as much help as you can get
Thinking that your God and you know best or trusting in the one true God and humbly asking for his wisdom
Checking your actions and motives or just saying live a little!
Working hard to achieve your dreams or just expecting usher to see you on YouTube
Learning from mistakes or just repeating them and hoping for a different outcome ( definition of insanity)
Getting angry at everything or learning how to control your anger
Getting drunk or learning to enjoy life without the need of anything (we knew this as children but we lose it as we grow)
Stressed out or chilled out
Hating or loving