Message Outline

Sunday 07 September 2014

Sermon by Dennis Jones

 Jesus is alive

 

2 weeks ago Cozett felt lead to speak about persecution

 

At that time I was preparing this message on a persecutor. Saul of Tarsus.

Saul was intent on wiping out these heretics who believed that Jesus had risen from the dead.

On the way to Damascus with authority to arrest any of these people he was knocked to the ground and heard that voice.

“Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?”

Saul asks. “Who are you Lord?”

“I am Jesus who you are persecuting”

OMG.

Saul is blinded. But later healed and very shortly after that he is preaching the gospel.

There were two things that changed Saul from persecutor to apostle:- The Prayers of the people and the resurrection.

The followers of Jesus I believe had engaged in powerful passionate and persistent prayer for Saul. They were following Jesus teaching.

Lk 6:28 Jesus said “Pray for those who persecute you”

2 Cor. 10:3&4 ”For though we live in the world we do not wage war as the world does.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary we have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

That divine power is prayer.

I believe it is not a call to prepare for persecution but a call is to work to prevent it.

The other thing that changed Saul was the fact that Jesus is alive.

Jesus died on the cross and he rose from the dead? Yes, but what does that mean to us. I’ll come back later.

Where do WE start in our effort to prevent persecution?

Don’t you know? We are at war.

Read   Eph. 6:10-18 With special attention to verse 18

We need a boost to our involvement in prayer.

This fellowship has a time for prayer and worship Tuesday nights here at 7:00pm let’s accelerate our prayer.

We need to pray for:-

1. The leaders of Isis, Hamas and all who persecute our brothers and sisters

In spite of all Saul did God still loved him.

In spite of what ever those who persecute us do, God still loves them.

It breaks his heart but He still loves them.

2. For the Muslim influence upon the young men be seen by then as invalid.

3. For people in authority. Federal, Provincial and Local governments

4. Prayer walking and evangelism are other areas that would reach the lost like the Festival of Hope.

 

I believe that to some extent we in the west have become somewhat apathetic and complacent about the resurrection.

Let’s go back to Good Friday

The disciples are like dead men. Jesus is dead.

Their life has been taken from them.

But when Jesus appeared to the disciples there was an almost delirious enthusiasm, and an amazing drive and joy of the disciples in the early church.

Without the resurrection the men and women who had followed Jesus would have just gone home.

No one would have felt lead to write the story of what Jesus did. Saul would not have gone to Damascus. So he would never have written the epistles.

Therefore we would not have the New Testament.

Where would we be?

Can we catch that enthusiasm again? Yes we can!

What does it mean for us that Jesus is alive?

In Matthew Jesus said. “Where ever two or three come together in my name I am there with them.”

 

He is here.

 

Today we have been in the presence of Jesus.

Message Outline

Sunday 03 August 2014

Sermon by Dennis Jones

God never gives up

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Ps. 46:7

Why Jacob? Why not Joshua, Abraham, Moses even Joseph. But Jacob?

Let us take a look at Jacob’s life.

Born a twin but not an identical twin.

First: Hairy and Red. Called Esau means red

Second was smooth skinned but was delivered at birth holding on to his brothers heel and so was named Jacob

“the one who grabs or the deceiver, Jacob lived among the tents. He also lived up to his name

Jacob proved to be an extortioner by withholding food from Esau in order to get his birthright.

Then he shows up as the deceiver when he lies to his blind father and steals Isaacs blessing intended for Esau.

Esau angry plans to murder Jacob. Jacob makes a quick exit.

Following his father’s advice to not marry a local foreign woman  he traveled north to his uncle Laban.

When negotiating his wages With Laban he agrees to work seven years if he could marry Labans daughter Rachel

Jacob suffers as he made his father suffer’ and is deceived and finds he has married Lila

He does marry Rachel a short while later but only on the condition that he works another seven years.

Then having served those years when Jacob is negotiating wages again Laban agrees to let Jacob cull his herds of any imperfectly marked sheep.

Jacob then breads more sheep that are his. Laban and his sons are not happy with this

Jacob then heads for home with all he possesses without saying good bye.

He hopes Esau will have cooled off.

The men he sends to tell Esau he is coming. They return with the news that Esau is coming to meet him with 400 men

In a panic Jacob shows his self-centeredness and splits his family in two and sets them apart so he can escape with whichever half Esau dose not attack.

He is therefore willing to sacrifice half his family to save his own skin.

Left in the valley the wrestles all night with an Holy being

In the morning this Holy says “Let me go.” Jacob answers “Not till you bless me.”

He wants a true blessing not one on behalf of someone else as he had done when he lied to his father..

But this Holy being asks the same question his father asked him

What is your name? Jacob says “I am Jacob” the deceiver; the liar, the extortioner.

The Holy being blesses him and says “Your name will be Israel” No longer Jacob the Deciever, But Israel (He who wrestled with God.)

This was an Epiphany for Jacob. He had met God

A decisive moment a metanoia; a complete change of direction

Jacob is a new man. It is as if he was born again

When Esau arrives Jacob faces him together with his with his whole family and there is a reconciliation.

So, what do we learn from all of this? What do we learn?

We all wrestle with God?

We can see from this why God is the God of Jacob.

He is some one we can identify with.

Not Joshua, Abraham, Moses or Joseph.

 “God of Jacob” reminds us that he is the God who came to earth in the form of a man and died on the cross for you and me (The Jacobs) and rose again;

for us, who are willing to meet him and confess, like Jacob, to who and what we are and experience a metanoia, as we are born again.

God did not give up on Jacob in spite of his sins.

God doesn’t give up.

God never gives up

Likewise we should never give up.

Do you have family or friends who have not accepted Jesus ?

Dont give up praying them into the kingdom.

Are there things you are working for? Don’t give up.

We are praying for Transformation; We must not give up

We will not give up because,

The Lord Almighty is with us. The God who didn’t give up on Jacob is our fortress.

Message Outline

Sunday 06 April 2014

Sermon By Dennis Jones

Transformation:

On Sunday we witnessed a documentary video of two of the many examples of God’s transforming power changing whole societies and communities from pagan to Christian societies.
Hemmet in the US and Alamalogo in South America
In each of the cases problems appeared to be beyond fixing.
Crimes of all kinds were rife. Gangs and drugs among other things were everywhere
In each case they were healed but the process and the result were different.
But there was a common ingredient? Yes. 2 Chronicles 7; 14
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways I will hear from heaven and heal their land”
Do we have a problem that we can’t fix? I think so. It is not as obvious as what we saw but just as problematic.
We live in a Secular rather than a Spiritual society.
Some say we are now an educated society and don’t need religion.
The truth is their education has not been completed.
What would a transformed Thornhill look like.?
Churches full. It would look like a revival.
We would meet Christians on the street.
We would have a loving caring community
There would be prosperity, full employment No poor under-privileged people
If you would like to see that?
It is going to take work.

Where do we start?
What does this land need to be healed of?
Bob Beckett (One of the pastors from Hemmet suggests each community needs to:-.
Research its history; asking. Who were the founding fathers?
When we look at history of this region it’s not a good scene.
When you look at it we are want to say OMG

Thornhill was founded by Free Masons a pagan secret society.
The name Jesus must not be used in the Free Masonry Lodge meetings,
Secret names for God like Jabulon. This is a name made up of Yahweh Baal & Osiris
They have other names that they use from time to time but when a mason is introduced to the highest order of masonry they are told the real name of God is Lucifer.

In addition on the political front there was an organisation called The Family Compact, made up of Anglicans only. There was Religious political control. Not democracy.
Only Anglicans could vote and children born to non Anglicans were illegitimate.

First nations peoples also cursed the land.

Bob Becket also says
We should soak the community with prayer just as we would pray for a person.
So we should pray for salvation, for the community to have an experience of God and blessings of wealth, peace, love, joy, health.

So, How and where do we begin.
Prayer and lots of it. Interceding for the community.
Prayer releases God’s power to perform His will.
And His will is “That none should perish but all to come to repentance.”

Message Outline

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

Sermon by Cozette Marcello

Why Am I Here? Do I Matter?

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.

Main Points:

GOD KNEW YOU BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD AND HE CHOSE YOU TO BE BORN. HE CHOSE WHAT YOU WOULD LOOK LIKE, HE CHOSE WHAT FAMILY YOU WOULD BE PUT IN, HE CHOSE THE COUNTRY, THE NATIONALITY, AND HE CHOSE THE EXACT DAY AND YEAR YOU WOULD BE BORN. HE PLACED IN YOU A CERTAIN TEMPERAMENT, PERSONALITY, GIFTS, AND STRENGTHS AND CAUSED YOU TO BE ALIVE AT THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY. WHY? HE HAS DESIGNED YOU AND CALLED YOU TO MEET A NEED THAT NOBODY ELSE CAN MEET QUITE LIKE YOU.
Every single body makes a difference and there is only one qualification for someone to have a purpose; if you’re breathing God has a purpose for you. As long as you have breath, somebody needs what you have. Your gifts, your talents, your love, and even your smile.

For example:
A person who has changed the world with an invention – the inventor states that a book he read so deeply touched him and was the driving force that directed and inspired him to create his invention. Now to whom do we owe the debt of gratitude for enriching our lives so significantly with the invention? The inventor? Or the author of the book that the inventor freely admits led him to a life of inventing in the first place. Or was it the high school teacher who convinced the author that he had talent and not to quit school. Or was it the mother of the high school teacher who fostered in her a love to help children. And so on and so on.
Billy Graham has led perhaps millions to the Lord in his life span but who were all the ordinary people, unseen and unheard of people who inspired, mentored, encouraged, challenged or spoke into his life? Maybe a third grade teacher, the neighbour‘s wife, the school bus driver who took him to school everyday. These people didn’t know they were interacting with one of the most beloved Christian evangelists of all time. I believe every soul won will be accredited to their heavenly account as well.

We Christians sometimes tend to think that if we are not talking about Jesus or the Gospel, then everything else really doesn’t matter. That is so far from the truth. WE HAVE ALL QUOTED ST. FRANCIS WHEN HE SAID, PREACH THE GOSPEL AT ALL TIMES, AND IF YOU MUST, USE WORDS. We are so interconnected that our every action has a ripple effect that affects us all. We set in motion a chain reaction of events that bring light or darkness into our lives and the lives of those around us.

What an awesome privilege and yet an immense responsibility. Every day the opportunities are endless FOR GOD TO USE US but we have to be purposefully present because a kind word, an encouragement, a listening ear, even a smile can be powerful.We are so busy living our lives that if we are not careful, people became faceless. The check out girl at the grocery store. The neighbour’s teenage son. The waiter at the restaurant.

God Bless and have a wonderful week.

Message Outline

Sunday March, 9 2014

Sermon by Fermin Marquez

Essentials in Giving Thanks to God

Most times you find people are making a list of things they want or need from God but very few people are making a list of things they want to thank God for.

But even if you forget to thank Him for all the blessings you have received, it will never disqualify you of His unconditional love. You can rest assured that God is still faithful and good all the time.

Here are essentials in giving thanks to God from Psalm 100

Give thanks to God for He is our covenant keeper.

Give thanks to God for He is our creator.

Give thanks to God for He is our shepherd.

Give thanks to The Lord for He is good and His love endures forever

And His faithfulness continues through all generations.

Message Outline

Sunday March, 2 2014

Sermon by Dennis Jones

“The Beauty of Jesus”

His beauty is seen in his love which is demonstrated in the following beautiful qualities.

His beautiful compassion. It was not that he saw peoples needs but felt them. As if he put himself in their shoes

His beautiful generosity

His beautiful humility

His beautiful purity

His beautiful peace, joy, patience, gentleness, kindness and self control.

He calls us to follow Him

We need to pray that the beauty of Jesus will be seen in us as we meet people.

In doing so we will be preaching the gospel and only using words if necessary.