Saturday, August 4, 2018

Winter: Power in God's Timing


Outline of Service 12th August 2018

Winter:  Power in God’s Timing – Matt 24:20/Eccles 3:12



Hymn102:  The Day of Rest

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 46:  God is our refuge and strength

Bible Readings:                                                

·     God has a Best Time for Everything:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

·     Flee the evil of this World:  Matthew 24:1-22

·     A Godly Lifestyle:  2 Timothy 2:19-26

Hymn4:  God’s Timing

·     Solomon explained that there are times and seasons in our lives; sometimes we have to wait, sometimes we have to move, but we must look for God’s direction in all that we do

·     Jesus spoke about life under Satan’s rule, as being in the winter; He exhorts us to ask God to remove the evil from within us before Jesus Christ returns so that we can be changed and made like Him at His return

·     When Jesus Christ returns the Millennium, or the promised Sabbath Day, will commence; He exhorts us to flee the evil before that time so that we can fully enjoy the thousand years of rest with Him before entering into eternity

·     Timothy gives us some practical advice on the lifestyle that God wants us to follow, and we must ask God to give us POWER to flee the ways of the world

·     We don’t know when the winter will end, but, let us seek to God in prayer to prepare us in spirit and soul and body to be ready if it be that through His grace He chooses us to be one of those who will directly enter His Sabbath when Jesus Christ returns. 

Hymn 47:  Standing with the Saviour

Doxology

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Winter: Plan and Prepare


Outline of Service 22nd July 2018
Winter: Plan and Prepare – Acts 27:12
Hymn100:  Fed by God
The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 61:  Praise the Lord as we wait                                                                                  
Bible Readings:                                                  
·     Remember Lot’s Wife – bad planning and no preparation!  Genesis 18:18-33, 19:15-17, 22-29
·     Doing What We Can:  Acts 27:1, 6-14, 18-25
·     Meanwhile, We Wait:  2 Timothy 1-5, 13-17
Hymn46:  God’s Plan for now and beyond
·     Lot living in the Sodom and Gomorrah is like us living in the evil World today; we can also liken this to living in the Winter, or the time ruled by Satan, when we need to seek diligently to find God’s Way
·     Paul knew that his ship should wait in the safe haven during winter, even though this put limitations on what could be done, but the limitations needed to be accepted until it was safe (or in accordance with God’s timing) to move
·     Living in this world (like winter) puts many restrictions on us with regards our relationship with God, but we need to rest in His Presence until He makes clear the next stage of His Plan for each of us
·     Whilst we are waiting for the winter to finish we must develop an awareness of God’s Plan and Purpose and prepare by trying to follow the lifestyle He has set out in the Scriptures
·     As we await the return of Jesus Christ, when He will “pull us out” of the winter (as the angels pulled Lot out of the City), we must remain in the safe haven without becoming over-comfortable in it, with a Plan to Prepare for God’s coming Kingdom.  
Hymn 15 – Tune 13:  Preparing God’s People
Doxology

Friday, June 29, 2018

Winter: Potential or False Security


Outline of Service 8th July 2018



Winter: Potential or False Security – Jer 36:23-4



Hymn 117:  Learning from the Past

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 1:1-6:  Delight … in the Law of the Lord

                                                                                    

Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Potential – Accept or Reject Words of Instruction:  Jeremiah 36:1-10, 12, 15-16, 20-25, 27-30, 32

·     False Security:  Luke 16:19-31



Hymn 20:  Seeking to God

·     King Jehoiakim sat in comfort and burned the Words of the Lord, not fearing God’s Power and Might

·     The winter is like Satan’s rule; we can feel comfortable in this world now, but for long term comfort that comfort must come from a relationship with God and not from the things of this world, that is the devil

·     God’s warmth will carry us through winter to to summer, but the devil’s warmth will die out and lead us to a bitter end

·     The parable of Lazarus and the beggar shows us that there are bounds to our long-term relationships, but we have control of them right now

·     Let each ask God for understanding during “the winter” as we await the return of Jesus Christ (“the summer”) and hold the hope of being preserved wholly until that time.

Hymn 6:  Winter Will End!

Doxology

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Winter: The Feast of Dedication





Outline of Service 24th June 2018



Winter: The Feast of Dedication



Hymn 104

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 104: 1-5, 19-33 – God creates the seasons





Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Heeding the call of salvation and promise - John 10: 7-22

·     Reflecting on what is good - Ecclesiastes 2: 22-26



Hymn 46



·     The Feast of Dedication in Jesus’ time was not a Moses ordained feast. It was an 8-day winter festival to celebrate the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after Jewish freedom fighters overthrew an oppressive regime.

·     Like Jews of old, we too can take the quiet, contemplative time of winter to remind ourselves of God’s wonderful provision and prayerfully reflect on our walk with God and His plan for us.

·     We too can (re) dedicate our temples – our bodies – to His service and perhaps become God’s special people of promise.



Hymn 16 (Tune 20)



Doxology

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Winter: A God Ordained Season


Winter: A God Ordained Season – Gen 8:22



Hymn 115:  An All Seasons God

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 4:1-8   Put Your Trust in the LORD



Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Promise – A New Beginning:  Genesis 8:1-22

·     Promise – Summer and Winter:  Psalm 74:10-17

·     Promise – A New World:  2 Peter 3:1-14



Hymn 81:  Redemption Will Come

·     God ordained the seasons of the year; similarly, He has ordained seasons in the life of this World and in our personal lives

·     In doing this, God has promised that summer will follow winter

·     We know that God is in control even though sometimes we may feel stuck in winter!

·     Just as one season helps us appreciate the others, our life seasons teach us about different aspects of our relationship with God

·     We look forward to the dawning of the new season to come when Jesus Christ returns, and those who are alive will be changed wholly in spirit and soul and body and be made like Him.



Hymn 37 (Tune 26):  Believe and Seek

Doxology

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Post Pentecost: Ongoing Relationship


Post Pentecost: Ongoing Relationship – Acts 28:5



Hymn34:  An Inward Work

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 138:1-8   Praise and Protection



Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Promise - The Wise shall Understand:  Daniel 12:1-13

·     Power – An Ongoing Power:  Acts 28:1-6

·     Presence - An Available Personal Presence:  John 14:22-31 



Hymn 20:  A Personal Relationship

·     Daniel spoke of the Last Days when people would understand things which have been hidden

·     Paul demonstrated God’s ongoing Power in his life when he was not harmed by the venomous snake – working both inwardly and outwardly

·     Jesus had said that God’s Presence would be available constantly to believers – for ever

·     God’s Presence and Power are demonstrated both in physical events and in the peace that dwells in the hearts of those that trust in Him

·     The Holy Ghost will undertake an inward work of the heart within each believer to develop an ongoing relationship with God, to prepare God’s people in the Last Days for the return of Jesus Christ.



Hymn 51:  Seeing all things Clearly

Doxology

Monday, May 7, 2018

Live Like We Are Loved - Sydney Church 11th February 2018




Outline of Service 11th February 2018



Live like we are loved



Hymn

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 86:1-12 – Call on the Lord when in need





Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Moses felt inadequate at the burning bush - Exodus 3:1-15

·     Paul struggled to do what was right – Rom. 7: 1,12,14-15,19-25



Hymn



·     There are many benefits – physical and mental – to being loved.

·     Some of the greatest people in the bible were imperfect, but God loved them and they went on to do great things.

·     God’s love gives us strength; our love for God gives us courage.

·     God’s love for Israel is seen in his ongoing protection and regathering at Jesus Christ’s return.

·     Can we live like we are loved? Can we have the courage to follow God’s path for us?



Hymn



Doxology