On Sunday morning, it was very special to have one of the Surrender key note conference speakers, Dr Tanya Riches share at this service. She is a researcher at the Centre for Disability Studies, affiliate of the University of Sydney, as well as being a lecturer at Hillsong College.
Tanya reflected on Luke 14:16-24 where Jesus told a parable about a man preparing a great banquet. When the invitations to attend were sent out some people gave weak excuses why they could not attend. Tanya mentioned that it was too late to cancel the feast, so the servants were sent out with fresh invitations from their master, all people were to come even those on the fringes.
As she explained the master is in fact our Heavenly Father, whose heart is to see His eternal house full of people. We as born again believers are His servants and are to continue seeking the lost and to keep issuing the invitations pointing them to Jesus, as there is still plenty of room in God’s kingdom. Thank you Tanya for a wonderful message.
Over recent weeks we have been looking over the Ten Commandments that God communicated to Moses, that are recorded in Exodus chapter twenty. Last Sunday Lawrie McArthur spoke on the ninth commandment “the false witness rule” as recorded in Exodus 20:16, “you shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.”
Lawrie reminded us that as with the other commandments listed in Exodus, Jesus took them into a New Testament setting and breathed deeper meanings into them,. Jesus showed new positive ways of living, especially towards God, other people around us and our neighbours.
In fact, as Lawrie pointed out Jesus gave his top two priority commandments, as recorded in Mark 12:29-31 “Hear O Israel; the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, love your neighbour as yourself.”
Lawrie also reminded us that we, living out as Christians, may be the only Bible many people that we come in contact with will ‘read’. So let us take the challenge and make sure we shine brightly for Jesus.
Over recent weeks we have been looking over the Ten Commandments that God communicated to Moses, that are recorded in Exodus chapter twenty. I spoke on the eighth commandment “the fraud rule” where it says in Exodus 20:15, “you shall not steal.”
In my message I touched on where the Bible records Jesus identifying someone who steals and looked at the parable that Jesus gave about the sower spreading seeds across four very different soil types. Jesus then expands on the meaning to His disciples in Luke 8:11-15 where he talks about the first soil type
“The seed is God’s message to men. 12 The hard path where some seed fell represents the hard hearts of those who hear the words of God, but then the devil comes and steals the words away and prevents people from believing and being saved.”
Here in this passage of Scripture Jesus identifies the devil as a stealer of the faith seeds that have been shared with people. It reminded me that we must continue to be in prayer for our unsaved friends. To see their hearts soften to the Gospel message and not to give up on them just because the enemy has snatched away previous faith seeds.
Over recent weeks we have been looking over the Ten Commandments that God communicated to Moses, that are recorded in Exodus chapter twenty. I spoke on the seventh commandment “the fidelity rule” where it says in Exodus 20:14, “you shall not commit adultery.”
Scripture tells that Jesus spoke about most of the Ten Commandments especially where he expands on them. In particular with the seventh command he takes it to a deeper and personal level as can be seen in Matthew 5:27-28 (Message Bible translation).
“You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.”
Once again, as with previous commands, Jesus provides very sobering words for His hearers to digest. Especially the aspect where we mistakenly believe we can somehow hide secret intentions in the shadows and recesses of our lives.
Hebrews 4:13 tells us that nothing can be hidden from God and as born again believers we are encouraged in 1 John 1:6-7 to walk in the light of Christ, where the blood of Jesus will purify us. May these amazing words touch and free us all, so the light of Christ shines brightly out from us.
Love Commandment No 6 - The Felony Rule Exodus 20:13 - Bill Tyrie
Yesterday Bill spoke on the 6th Commandment “You shall not kill” He linked this commandment with what Jesus taught about anger and anger words to others being the same as murder. So much in what we do and say needs to be under the control of the Holy Spirit. Before lashing out, we need to consider why we are so angry. It may be our own problem which needs to be dealt with by the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to confess and own our anger before the Lord and seek his healing and forgiveness.
Our sermon series God's 10 Love Commandments continues today with Riley Bertram speaking on Commandment No. 5 The Family Rule Exodus 20:12.
Bill Tyrie spoke on God's Love Commandment No 4: The Frailty Rule. Exodus 20:8-11
The Second commandment “The Focus Rule” where it says in Exodus 20: 4-5, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above, earth beneath, or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them, or worship them.”
As with the first commandment it was important for God to clearly state this second particular rule as the nations that surrounded Israel worshiped images of their many gods. Therefore God wanted Israel to solely focus on Him and His spoken words, not gazing at distorted images. By doing so they would be able to live in harmony with Him and be a blessed nation.
Sadly for Israel the Old Testament records examples of them struggling with the second commandment, in particular where they made and worshiped a golden calf, as recorded in Exodus chapter thirty two.
Today our world has created various distorted images and understandings of how they view God, but the Bible reminds us in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Reading and reflecting over scripture is a powerful way to feed our minds and keep us focused on God and his spoken words.