Sermon Series Slides
The “In-a-Body” Experience
Have you ever had an “out of body experience?” Where you feel like your looking back at yourself and you’re somehow disconnected? I’d like to suggest that you experience that every day. Why? Because when we become part of Jesus we become part of His body in the very same way as we are part of our own bodies, but we often feel disconnected from the “body of Jesus”. We need the “In-a-body” experience.
Sept 15. Communing with your new self. There is power in communion both in our connection with Jesus and with fellow believers- but not if we don’t recognise it. We need to accept and believe that Jesus and His healing body are able to make us whole.
Sept 8. Signs of Connection. How do you recognize yourself? How do you tell you’re connected to others? In what “outward” ways to we accept and then wear the signs that we are now part of something bigger?
Everybody knows that the success is found in the training. If you don’t work hard and discipline yourself, get up early, choke down the pain and push yourself- you’ll never become the person you want to be. There are too many traps on the way, too many trials, too many walls to climb. So we gotta get serious about our faith and think ninja- Christianity.
August 18. The Student becomes the Master. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to say to some junior Christians, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” Growth is the goal of every Christian- and growth means helping to grow others.
August 11. The Obstacle Course. Of course there’s obstacles in faith. Big, giant, difficult, perfect obstacles. Every one is meant to be a training ground for your future faith, but not if we don’t make it past the first hurdle.
August 4. Are those Pyjamas? I guess theres a big difference between those who are dressing up like Ninja’s and those who mean business. The same goes for faith- are we in it to win it? Or are we wearing costumes at the contest.
How long do you think? Not how long do you think for, but long in future do you plan for? Most of the time we’re thinking in moments, tasks and maybe weeks at best. But the best choices come when we think all the way to the end and ask ourselves- what’s it’s all about. The Holy Spirit helps us to make all our choices with heaven in mind- the true endgame.
July 14- Heavenly Choices. 1 Corinthians 8. We would love to think that our choices are our own and only affect us, but does that “knowledge” build anyone else up? There may be choices in our lives that need to be made from another, higher, perspective to help us accomplish a higher goal.
July 7- Heavenly Romance. 1 Corinthians 7. Since Adam had his Eve people have sought for completion in the pursuit of Romance. But is there a higher perspective for relationships and marriage
Everywhere you look these days we are bombarded with advertising. Buy this, have that, get more. All these messages appeal to the human spirit because we all think more is better. More sex. More experiences. More likes. More Stuff. But God has something better for us that doesn’t leave hungry in 10 minutes, It’s a secret called contentedness.
June 30 – Feeling Sow Sow. The great thing about a seed is its unlimited potential- unless you eat it. Sow the seed and it will produce even more seeds, which can be resown and resown again- constant growth. Unless you eat the all the seeds. God wants us to be sowers and loving it.
June 16- Bon Appetite. That’s a saying I’ve never needed encouragement in before a meal- I always love to eat. But of course not all eating is good for us, so how do we learn to balance what we need with what good for us?
June 9- Hunger Games. The movie creates a scenario where there are limited resources and only one winner. A metaphor for life? It sounds like hell but it’s the way we are trained to live on planet earth. Surely God has something better than hunger.
The Spirit’s Mentors
If I told you that in every situation the best advice is to “follow the Holy Spirit”, I would be giving the best Biblical advice for life. And I suppose well-meaning Christians give and take that advice, but its only part of the picture. Many people get His leading wrong because they are immature and need help hearing and understanding what God is saying. We need Spiritual Mentors. The problem is- who can I trust?
May 19 The difference between Shepherds and Hirelings. Jesus said, “He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.” John 10:12. It’s hard to know who to trust for advice, but the reliable bet is on the one who is willing to share your fate.
May 12 - The difference between Sacrifice and Surveys. Mothers Day. Paul says, “But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.” 1Thessalonians 2:7. Why is the most powerful recommendation for advice the care and sacrifice of the source?
May 5 - The difference between Fathers and Teachers. Paul says, “For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers.” 1Corinthians 4:15. Theres a lot of people who are happy to share their opinions, but there’s not many who can be like a Spiritual Father to us, so what’s the difference?
We are individuals, hand-crafted by God for unique purposes and plans. But rather than be originals we are always being pulled into conformity. Why? Is it some outside force, is it culture, is it pressure? Yes, but it’s not pressure from without, it’s pressure from within. Our need for value from others makes us conform to their values. But God is greater and is a better source of value.
April 14 - Credit Crisis