Fellowship in the Gospel of Jesus Christ

15 01 2014

This Sunday we started a new series on Philippians, starting with Philippians 1vv1-11 – here are the notes I took!

We should be constantly praying for opportunities to share the gospel.

Many of us lose our passion, we need to recover the joy and unity that Paul has in this passage. It’s written from a prison cell, not an easy place to have joy!

Paul’s primary purpose is making Jesus known. If as Christian’s we want to get more passionate, we need to get passionate about the Gospel, and sharing it.

Fellowship is so much more than a chat over tea and a biscuit.
Fellowship = Partnership.
Partnership is working together for a common purpose and vision. In this case, spreading the Gospel.

The church is a diverse group of people, unified by the Gospel. It’s not just a case of sharing the Gospel, but growing in it.

As Christians, we have been given the power of the Holy Spirit, God has begun something in us that He will finish, so have confidence – one day we will be perfectly like Jesus!

People feel like they know about Christianity, and tend to be cynical of it. They need to see us walk the walk as well as talk the talk – not in our own strength, but in the power of the Holy Spirit.

People need to see us united, as something different from the world.

A passion for God gives us a joy that curries, xbox and football cannot. [Can you tell our pastor is male?!]

There is no greater joy than leading someone to Jesus. What are we really passionate about?

“Don’t let my love grow cold, I’m calling out, light the fire again.”





Love one another – part 2

26 09 2013

As well as following the Love One Another series in our Sunday sermons (yes I know I’m a week behind, apologies!), we’re also looking at these commands in our housegroups. I doubt I’ll blog from them every time, but just wanted to share something that struck me this evening.

So we’re looking at loving one another, and what that looks like, and we read a very well known passage, 1 Corinthians 13 vv 1-7:

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Now I love this, it’s so over used in weddings, but that’s not even the sort of love it’s talking about! This is about God’s love for us, but also how we ought to be loving one another. This is what love looks like.

We were encouraged to put “Jesus” in the place of love, which makes for a beautiful reading. Then we were encouraged to put “I am” in the place of “love is” – now that’s hard to read!

So yea, how do we do that? Then we looked at Galatians 5 vv 22-23:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Check that out! There is SO much overlap there with what love is in the first passage! Patience, Kindness, just compare the two sets of verses! All we need is the Holy Spirit, and we will have those things that allow us to love those that are not so easy to love. How fab is that?





Putting your name in

18 08 2013

I don’t know if you’ve ever put your name in John 3v16, it’s something we did once or twice on youth weekends away.

It starts like this

For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believed in Him would not die, but have eternal life.

So then you insert your name instead

For God so loved Ineke that he gave His one and only Son, so that if Ineke believed in Him would not die, but have eternal life.

Try it out!

For God so loved ______________ that he gave His one and only Son, so if ______________ believed in Him would not die, but have eternal life.

This morning during communion a similar thought struck me that the same thing works in.

Even if you were the only person on the planet, God would have still given up His only Son to die for you!

I tried putting in my name

Even if Ineke was the only person on the planet, God would have still given up His only Son to die for Ineke!

Try it for yourself!

Even if ______________ was the only person on the planet, God would have still given up His only Son to die for ______________!

I reckon this’d work with a whole host of verses! Any suggestions?