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Greg French Said What?

July 30, 2011

“Connect Group Notes – 25 July 2011

GOD CAN, IF YOU BELIEVE – Ps Greg French

‘Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.’ 1 Cor 9:24 (NKJV)

We lose hope when we lose sight of God’s capacity to breakthrough. To run our race means we need to choose to believe that God can.

– A boy is Healed, Mark 9:14-29
• Jesus says that all things are possible for those who believe, v23
• We need to move into a place of belief that God can v24

So how do we move from unbelief to belief?
– Understand that small things are important

Matt 10:29-30 The details of our life are important to God.

• We need to train ourselves to have faith in small things.
• Speak to molehills first, building your faith for mountains.
• We forget that to believe for the ‘small’ things is preparation for the ‘big’ things.
• We build belief, faith when we start believing with smaller things in life.

– Keep turning up

Acts 3:1 This man was positioned day after day for 38 years. The two men passing were pray-ers, heading to pray. They are walking past hundreds of needy people but they hear the voice of the blind man among others because they hear God’s voice in prayer.

• We too need to understand our voice will be heard if we keep turning up.
• We are strengthened and rebuilt when we continue coming to the House of God.

– Have a heart revelation, embrace unity
Acts 4:32-34 ALL needs met because they were of one heart, one mind.

• We need a revelation of God in our hearts, not just our minds.
• As we stand in unity and agreement with each other, power and grace build.

God says “I am the God who can, if you just believe.”
TALK ABOUT
1. What do you do when you lose faith?
2. How can you re-commit to persevering, continuing to show up to God’s place?
3. Who has God put in your life that you can stand in agreement with or for?” – Greg French, Connect Group Notes 25 July 2011: God Can If You Believe, 25/07/2011. (Accessed 28/07/2011)

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Zamekio Jackson Said What?

July 28, 2011

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Steve Munsey Said What?

July 27, 2011

“When you give your heart and you give it to God, where your treasure is, that’s where your heart is. And so you put your heart in your hand which is in the form of monetary- or money, or offering, and you say, ‘God! Here it is!’…” – Steve Munsey, GOD WANTS YOUR TAX RETURN (Pastor Steve Munsey on TBN), oo:08, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcyX2CCoLVk, Uploaded 30/04/2008. (Accessed 28/07/2011)

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“Now this makes the devil mad but it makes God happy. God says, ‘If you stand before me and do not stand empty handed’, that’s kind of hard to tell people to come and give an offering to you when possibly that-that they’re going through hard times.

God said, ‘I created this nation that in the Spring of the year, there would always be seed in their hand with their income tax, so that it would be a seed that they would have because no man will be able to stand before me and say, ‘God! I never had anything to give’.” – Steve Munsey, GOD WANTS YOUR TAX RETURN (Pastor Steve Munsey on TBN), oo:21, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcyX2CCoLVk, Uploaded 30/04/2008. (Accessed 28/07/2011)

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“God is saying, ‘Don’t look at the clouds! Don’t look at the storm! The kingdom dialogue is, is that if you give it shall be given. If you want to get out of trouble, start GIVING your WAY out of trouble.

I’m thinking about cash for you, that’s the deal. I’ve got cash on my mind cos it’s getting ready to happen to somebody.” – Steve Munsey, GOD WANTS YOUR TAX RETURN (Pastor Steve Munsey on TBN), oo:54, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcyX2CCoLVk, Uploaded 30/04/2008. (Accessed 28/07/2011)

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Steve Furtick Said What?

July 26, 2011

“Hey haters!

I hate to break this to you but your day is done. See we’re done with the way you sling shame and blame in the face of anyone, who doesn’t say what you say, see what you see, read what you read, think what you think, do what you do, how you do what you do.

But it’s not about you. We’re sick and tired of your pervasive propensity to pick a fight and hide the light, nit-picking every single pixel of God’s brilliant picture, seeing only your side in only black and white, so scared to death of difference, shaking your fists in the face of change.

I hear you hating on some people because they’re not deep enough. But it makes me wonder depth is more a measure of love then it is about whether people sync up with every idiosyncratic opinion you’ve got.

You’re FULL of opinions but you are low on the Spirit, cos the Spirit is LOVE, the spirit is PEACE, the spirit is KINDNESS and the only kind of words you ever seem to speak bring DEATH to the hearer and leave weakness in their wake.

You look like a toddler drawing lines in the sand, talking about how you are defending the truth, taking a stand, but for all your hating and pontificating and stances and games there’s no change.

Hold back, it’s a NEW day. Cos we are not looking for approval from you who give no respect and never neglect the chance to complain. Are you going to criticise or create, waste your time casting stones, breaking bones, belittling everyone you consider opposed. Are you going to exchange your hate, trade the pain of the same and embrace a new way to change the world.

On us, time has come and a new light has dawned to still the tongue of the cinic and pierce the heart of the sceptic. This generation is waiting to restore the hope of a nation.” – Steve Furtick, Hey Haters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCW9-MglCsw,  Uploaded 01/03/2011. (Accessed 26/07/2011)

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Mark Kelsey Said What? (II)

July 21, 2011

Proverbs 4:20-24 (NIV) 20 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. 21 Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, 22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.

The source of life is what’s in our hearts; we need to learn how to protect our hearts from anything that can infect us. Luke 6:45 (NJKV) reveals that we will speak out from the overflow of our hearts, therefore we need to carefully guard our hearts ensuring what we say will be creative not destructive.

Three areas to guard your heart from:

1) Stress
– Phil 4:6-7, Do not be anxious for anything but take it all to God, He can handle it. Our own understanding can be our worst enemy, instead we need to turn to faith and trust God.

2) Offence
-We will not have life flowing through our hearts if we are offended. We need to elevate our expectations of God having faith, and in turn lower our expectations of people, showing mercy.
-Insecurity will make you misread situations, allow God to gird up your confidence!

3) Unbelief
– The main cause of an unbelieving heart is isolation, from God and from people. If we start to see cynicism creeping in on us, we need to strengthen our prayer life, whilst also letting people guide and correct us; allowing them speak into our lives and help us.
– Rom 4:18-25, We need to believe against all hope! As far as the people around Abraham could see, there was no hope at all that he would have even produce one child, but Abraham believed anyway-against all hope and became the Father of nations.
The very things you struggle with are the things that will propel your life the most as you believe your way through them. Make a decision to stand on the promises of God (Romans 4:20) – “Today I am facing the ‘facts’ but I am still going to believe anyway!”

Questions
* Have you ever considered the weight of what you speak out in your current situation? How could your life be different if you chose only creative, life-filled words?
* Which area of heart “infection” you have battled? How are you learning to guard against it?” – Mark Kelsey, Connect Group Notes 4 July 2011: The Source of Life,  04/07/2011. (Accessed 22/07/2011)

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Chris Rosebrough Said What?

July 20, 2011

“If a person attends a church that doesn’t properly teach God’s Law AND Gospel but rather makes its evangelistic appeals by never discussing sin but instead says that Jesus will make a person’s life more satisfying (infomercial gospel), THEN that person does not know that they are a sinner who will face God’s judment and that Christ died for their sins and they need to repent and trust in Christ. That being the case, even if that person identifies themselves as a Christian, they have NOT truly been converted to the Christian faith.

The chart below will help demonstrate what I am saying. (Click on the chart to make it bigger)

Messages3If the reason that you associate yourself with Jesus is so that you can learn Biblical principles that will make your life more satisfying such as having a better career, less stress, better finances, and a better sex life then you’ve come to the WRONG JESUS and you are believing a Myth. (The Biblical Jesus hasn’t promised you any of those things). What is missing in far too many seeker-sensitive churches is the message of the cross, Christ’s atonement for sins, God’s just judgement against your evil and wicked behavior, repentance and trust in the promises of scripture regarding God’s mercy and forgiveness of sins won on the cross by Christ.

If there is no mention of sins, repentance and Christ Crucified for Sinners then the Biblical Gospel has not been preached (a false gospel has taken its place) and there are ZERO people truly being converted to the True Faith, regardless of how many thousands of people are filling the building.” – Chris Rosebrough, Am I saying…..?, http://www.extremetheology.com/message_of_the_cross/, 06/09/2007. (Accessed 17/09/2007)

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Bryan Wolfmueller Said What?

July 16, 2011

“What is the most dangerous thing in the world? I suspect each person would have a different answer; what do you think? Lions, tigers, bears (or snakes, I’m not a fan of snakes)? Do you think different diseases like cancer or diabetes? Perhaps Islamic terrorists or communist dictators top your list. If you’re a farmer locusts or drought might be the most dangerous thing. What do you think is the most dangerous thing in the world?

While all the answers listed above are different, they all have something in common: they kill. The thing lions and cancer and terrorists have in common is that they murder, and the more they kill the more dangerous they seem. But what does the Bible say about this? What does Jesus say is the most dangerous thing in the world?

First, Jesus tells us not to fear physical death. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” [Matthew 10:28] Physical death is not the most dangerous thing. There is something worse: judgment and condemnation. This is to be feared.

This is why Jesus teaches us the most dangerous thing in all the world is false teaching. That’s right: false doctrine. I’m sure that if I did a survey of a thousand people, asking them the question: “What’s the most dangerous thing in the world?” that the answer ‘false doctrine’ would never show up; that is, unless we ask Jesus.

Just about every time Jesus (and in fact the entire New Testament) uses the word ‘Beware’ He is using it to warn against false teaching and false doctrine.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” [Matthew 7:15]

False teachers are dangerous because they come to kill and destroy, not our bodies but our souls. Every false teaching strikes at Jesus; every false doctrine obscures the clarity of the Gospel. And false teachers are made even more dangerous because they are hidden under outward righteousness; these wolves dress as cute cuddly lambs.

Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” [Matthew 16:6]

Jesus gives this warning to His disciples as they were on the sea of Galilee, soon after feeding the five thousand and then the four thousand men (with their families). The disciples think that Jesus is criticizing them because they forgot bread. To this Jesus responds:

8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11 How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. [Matthew 16:8-12]

Jesus warns against the false teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees, and what is their false teaching? First, the Pharisees and Sadducees rejected Jesus. They saw that He was the promised Messiah, and knowingly rejected Him and plotted His death. Second, the Pharisees and Sadducees sought to achieve a righteousness by their own works and efforts. They needed no forgiveness, no Savior, because, in their own eyes, they had no sin. Such false teaching destroys people eternally.

The Lord’s apostles also repeat this warning. From His jail cell St Paul writes to the church in Philipi:

“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation.” [Philippians 3:2]

The ‘mutilation’ are those false teachers who required Gentiles to be circumcised before they could join the church. Such false teaching displaced the truth of the free grace of God with the lie that works are needed for salvation. Paul repeats this warning to the Colossians:

“Beware that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” [Colossians 2:8]

The false teachers in Colosse tried to draw the Lord’s Church away from her Jesus by tempting them to philosophy, human traditions, the so-called wisdom of the world. Again, this false teaching is dangerous because it pulls our faith away from Jesus and the promise of our forgiveness.

Like St Paul, St Peter also warns the church about the most dangerous thing: false teaching.

“You therefore, beloved, seeing that you know these things before, beware that you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.” [2 Peter 3:17]

Peter’s warning stands alongside the warnings of Paul and our Lord Jesus: Beware of error; beware of evil workers; beware of false prophets. With these commands the Lord’s church is put on constant vigilance against any error or false teaching that would threaten the simplicity of Christ, the words of the Scriptures, and the comfort of the Gospel’s promise of the forgiveness of all sins.

What’s the most dangerous thing in the world? According to the Lord’s word it is false teaching. May His church continue to pray that the Lord would keep His church in the purity of His Word, that knowing the truth we would know the freedom of the forgiveness of all sins and the sure hope of eternal life. Amen.

Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word;
Curb those who fain by craft and sword
Would wrest the Kingdom from Thy Son
And set at naught all He hath done.

Lord Jesus Christ, Thy power make known,
For Thou art Lord of lords alone;
Defend Thy Christendom that we
May evermore sing praise to Thee.

O Comforter of priceless worth.
Send peace and unity on earth.
Support us in our final strife
And lead us out of death to life. Amen.” – Bryan Wolfmueller, http://www.extremetheology.com/2007/10/the-most-danger.html, 25/10/2007. (Accessed on 17/07/2011)