April 20: Resurrection Sunday: Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Unlike other cultures and other religions Christians do not have a dead prophet; a dead leader or founder. As a matter of fact Christianity, true Christianity is not a religion at all. Religions have been made out of Christianity, but it is more a nature; a nationality; than an empty set of rituals and rules.

Jesus Christ, the Nazarene, significant enough to be noted by Josephus the Jewish historian and by Philo the Greek historian, to name but two, lived. He was known to be an honourable man; a teacher and a prophet; reputed to have performed miracles and also cause a disturbance in Jerusalem. He was executed, as an innocent man, in the fashion of the worst of criminals. He died and was buried among the rich, in a borrowed tomb. Empty-Tomb-Picture-07

But, the thing that makes this tale different to all of the other mythologies and philosophies out in the mix is the fact that after fulfilling the religious period to be declared officially dead, Jesus rose from the dead and showed himself to a large contingent of his followers for 40 days before his ascension; not as a ghost; but as a fully resurrected and glorified man.

At the meal that is referred to as “The Last Supper” Jesus informed his disciples that he was establishing a “New and Better Covenant.” Since his resurrection he has been alive to ensure that that new covenant is both fulfilled and its promises enforced for those who will only believe and live by faith.

As the final part of this series on “A New and Better Covenant”  the scriptural keys  to beginning to understand the principles that inform and support this new covenant relationship. A relationship that is available to anyone who will simply accept it and say yes; to accept the opportunity to become part of the covenant of strong friendship as a member of God’s very own family.

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Christ Is Risen – He Is Risen Indeed

 

April 18: Good Friday: What Really Happened At The Cross?

 

Good Friday: April 18: 3.00pm:

What Really Happened at the Cross?

Many Christians have spent time at Good Friday services around the globe year after year. A priest, who is a good friend of mine told me once “There would be enough splinters and relics of the ‘true cross’ to make a forrest.” They have heard the story of Jesus betrayal, conviction and execution many times over. As a result many have stopped listening; switched off.

The thing that is key to understanding what really happened there on the cross at Golgotha, Jerusalem’s midden heap; the place of the skull; is the focus on those words of Jesus: “It is Finished!”

What had finished? What had been accomplished? With his execution his CrucifictionV08disciples were scattered; disheartened and fearful for their  own lives. Sure that they would probably be next, Jesus’ death stunned them all.

“Like a lamb to the slaughter” Jesus was silent throughout the torture. We are told that he was so bruised, beaten and emaciated that he no longer looked human hanging there on the tree; upon the Roman implement of execution reserved for the most heinous of criminals.

What laws, promises, prophecies and rituals did jesus fulfil there; abandoned by the Father himself?  What part did Jesus’ crucifixion play in the establishment of the New Covenant?

Stripped completely naked, without the smallest thread of dignity left to him. His mother, his younger brother and a woman he had saved from being stoned by a mob, were all that remained of his followers at the foot of his crucified body upon that implement of a torturous death.

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What Really Happened at the Cross?

April 6: The Prayer of Commitment

“Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. Casting all your cares on him. Because he Cares for You.” 1Peter 5: 6-10

We need to remember that it is always God, Our Father’s desire to fulfil the desires of our heart; if those desires are in line with his will.

This message is a lifesaver for those who will learn its principles. A lifesaver because if we as believers learn to cast, or commit our cares and worries to God and learn to rest in his peace the effects of fear, worry and impatience will be dissipated; the physical and mental turmoil that can lead to physical illness and disease need not be a dominating force in and on our lives.

This form of prayer helps you to learn discipline by learning to leave those cares, once cast into the hands of the Lord, right there in his hands; allowing Him to deal with them as we have asked.

no fishingWe look at the importance of maintaining a positive confession about our life and our circumstances. As well as looking at where the real battle in our lives takes place.

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 Prayer of Commitment

As promised I have prepared a page of Personal Confessions that can be used to change the way you speak and think about what God has to say about you as a believer. It is a good thing to pray the word of God over your own life. This same set of confessions can be used to pray over loved ones, children and others. May they be a blessing to you.   Personal Confessions

March 30: The Prayers of Petition and Consecration

In this week’s teaching we look at two types of Prayer.

The Prayer of Petition, which is to change things and situations, never people. It is a prayer that is made in Faith because it is based upon the promises of God covering the situation that you are bringing before him. It is a confident, heartfelt prayer that is prayed with a confident expectation of a result. This form of prayer requires a knowledge of God’s will, as revealed in his word, for the life of his children in this earth.

The Prayer of Consecration, or Dedication, which is the only form of Prayer where the phrase “If it be your will!” is ever used. The example we have from Jesus’ own Christ-in-the-Garden-of-Olives-Paul-Gauguin-1889life is the prayer he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he faced torture, beatings, crucifixion and death as an innocent man. This kind of prayer would be prayed by someone dedicating their life to the service of God and his people; such as: “Father I dedicate my life to your service and if it be your will even to the mission fields in Africa.”

We must always remember that it is God’s desire that his children live a full and prosperous life, in this world. That is of course in direct proportion to the level at which our souls prosper.

A short message but an important one in learning how to be effective in our prayer life.

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March 23: The Power of Agreement

In this week’s session of Prayer School we looked at the Matt 18: 18-20 passage from a slightly different perspective than usual.

The Amplified Bible changes the terms Binding and Loosing to Unlawful and Lawful and gives a deeper understanding of OUR need to find out the will and character of God to be able to deal with such situations appropriately.

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Additionally we came back to the understanding of the need of an intimate relationship with God which will draw us closer to a place where we can agree and be in agreement. The point behind Jesus telling us in Matt 6:33: to “seek to know God and be in right relationship with him and all the rest will take care of itself.”  If we, as the church are more interested in what those around us are doing wrong, then we will find our attention is drawn away from that primary task.

Unless we actually do agree and have the knowledge from God regarding a subject of prayer the prayer of agreement will NOT work. If I’m praying in Faith and you’re hoping something will happen, we are not in agreement.

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March 16: All Kinds of Prayer

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This week we look at the various kinds of prayer outlined in the bible.

We start off with a brief outline of the message from last week as a foundation for this week’s teaching.

There is a need to learn how each type of prayer is made, so that it can be effective.

We discover that thereason why some people say that their prayers are never answered may well be due to the fact that they are not praying with either the right motive or the right way.

We take a brief look at Intercessory prayer and the prayer of Faith.

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March 9: Prayer School

This week saw the beginning of Prayer School at Open Arms Fellowship.

We looked at the difference between Praise and Worship and the way each, as distinctly different positions before God have become  confused into one animal called “Worship” suggesting that it’s all one thing.

Jehoshaphat from IIChron 20, became a focus as to the way those who desire to approach God need to look at ‘How’ they are approaching God.

We looked at the need to allow God to be God all the while maintaining an attitude of Praise. But, most especially in the midst of undesirable circumstances.

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Coming Soon: Prayer School

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One of the most misunderstood subjects in the whole of Christian teaching

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is that of Prayer. So many Christians will say: “I never get my Prayers answered.” Others will exclaim: ” How do I know if God hears my Prayers or not?”

Sadly, there are even people who will admit that they’ve “given that whole prayer thing up.” The problem is that God is the first person they turn to when they get themselves into trouble and ask him: “Why did you let that happen to me?”

Over a series of weeks we will look at the principles of prayer. The rules that govern prayer and also, most important of all, what the bible has to tell us  regarding this essential subject in the life of the Christian.

Prayer School will begin Sunday 9 March