Please take the time to listen to God’s Word shared to us around a ‘Fruitful Life: Addressing the “Fear Factor” from Riley Bertram shared at both services.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2 Tim 1:7
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
19 Then, as the Lord our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the Amorites through all that vast and dreadful wilderness that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea. 20 Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us. 21 See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
22 Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.”
23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. 24 They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshkol and explored it. 25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us.”
26 But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. 27 You grumbled in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’”
29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, 33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.
Mark closes the final chapter on the year-long series "A Fruitful Life". In this message, "The Finish Factor", Mark completes the story by looking at Paul's endurance to finish the race all the way to the end. It's here, by Paul's example we're shown how to remain fruitful to the very end.
2 Timothy 4:6-10
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
If you missed Sundays Services, or would like to connect with the sermon again, please go to our Youtube channel for "THE FRESH FACTOR" with Sonya Bertram
Sonya speaks on the practical application of how to remain fruitful in your Christian walk.
1 Corinthians 2:4
1 Thessalonians 2:3-8
If you missed Ashley's sermon on Sunday, it's now available on Youtube.
Ashley looks at two very different kings of Judea and how they chose to govern. He makes a direct correlation between their relationships with God and how we choose to live our lives.
2 Chronicle 28:1-4
2 Chronicle 28:5
2 Chronicle 28:20
2 Chronicle 28:22-23
2 Chronicle 28:24-25
2 Chronicle 29:27
2 Chronicle 29:1-3
2 Chronicle 29:19-21
2 Chronicle 30:26
2 Chronicle 31:1
2 Chronicle 32:1
2 Chronicle 30:18=19
2 Chronicle 32:20
2 Chronicle 32:22-23
2 Chronicle 22:33
If you missed Stephen's message on Addressing the Fish Factor, you can now watch on Youtube.
Stephen touches on topical, racial tension and how as a church and as individuals, we need to be there for those who are broken and in need. Firstly, we need to wash our nets to be effective fishers of people.
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+5%3A1-11&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25109a)] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A8-19&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25072a)]”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[[b](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A8-19&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25075b)]”
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[[c](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A8-19&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25076c)]”
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[[d](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A8-19&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25083d)]
If you missed Riley's sermon on Addressing the Fairness Factor, you can watch it on Youtube.
Riley talks us through how things may may not always appear "fair" walking with God.
Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful
than ten rulers in a city.
Please connect in with Stephen Scott's sermon from last Sunday - A Fruitful Life - the Fight Factor.
John 1:12 New International Version (NIV)
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
1 Timothy 6:12 New International Version (NIV)
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Please connect in with Bill Tyrie's sermon from Sunday 17 May - A Fruitful Life: Addressing the Forgiveness Factor
Matthew 18:23-35 New International Version (NIV)
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+18%3A23-35&version=NIV#fen-NIV-23752a)] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[[b](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+18%3A23-35&version=NIV#fen-NIV-23756b)] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Please connect in with Sonya Bertram's sermon on Mother's Day Sunday 10 May with A Fruitful Life: Addressing the Future Factor
2 Timothy 1:1-5 New International Version (NIV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my dear son:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
This week Sonya led us in The Word by looking at A Fruiltfullife: Addressing the Food Factor.
Sonya looks at the need for believers to maintain a staple and consistent diet of spiritual food to remain strong and steadfast in our faith.
Joshua 1:6-9 New International Version (NIV)
6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
This week Stephen Scott recorded the sermon remotely and on Utube addressing the Financial Factor.
This week we are took another step into the new style of MCC church services online while we are faced with the different challenges that COVID-19 poses for us as a church community.
We were super EXCITED to be able to bring you a WORSHIP segment as well as a COMMUNION REFLECTION and SERMON.
Please click on the link below to connect to the “Marion Church of Christ” online platform to see what's coming up for next week.
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* If you click the “schedule” tab you’ll see all the future “live” stream times and their content descriptions.
Ashley Nankivell will be brought God’s Word to us on Sunday around a ‘Fruitful Life: Addressing the “Flesh Factor”.
Colossians 3:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
Living as Those Made Alive in Christ
3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+3%3A1-11&version=NIV#fen-NIV-29522a)] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[[b](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+3%3A1-11&version=NIV#fen-NIV-29524b)] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Galatians 5:16-21 New International Version (NIV)
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+5%3A16-21&version=NIV#fen-NIV-29180a)] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 4:22-23 New International Version (NIV)
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
John 15 New International Version (NIV)
The Vine and the Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.