WHEN GOD THINKS OF YOU…

When God thinks of you – – And He does so continuously

He is excited about who you are

When we look at ourselves – think about our life – we see:
Our circumstances
Our current situation
Our relationships or lack of them with others
The hurts and wounds that keep us anchored to the past
Chains on the brains
Our job
Our retirement
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The Only Way

Is Jesus truly the only way? The Bible states, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Many people believe that God exists. They just don’t believe that biblical Christianity is true or that Jesus of Nazareth is God born as a man – the human face of God and the Lord and Saviour of humankind.

Certainly, Christianity is by no means the only faith that lays claim to having “the truth.” There is also Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam (the Muslim faith) as well as many other religions that claim to hold “the truth.”

All serve a different deity, all have their own sacred writings, and all teach a different path of salvation.

So, how can we be sure that we are right and that we have THE truth? How can we know for certain that Jesus is THE Way – the ONLY Way to enter into Heaven when we die and leave this life behind? How do we defend this truth when challenged by those who do not believe?

In this teaching, Ralph will be leading us through an examination and discussion of this bold claim of Jesus being the only way. We will look at the proof that Jesus truly is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and that there is absolutely no other way to enter Heaven or experience eternal life.

CHARACTERISTICS OF A LEADER

What makes a person a good leader? A leader that others are willing to follow and work with to accomplish tremendous things in the world and in the Church today? What is it that separates an effective from an ineffective leader?
The answer is the character qualities of the individual person. The character of the leader is what makes a leader great. A great leader being someone who attracts people and makes things happen.
Some leaders are born; others are not. But both need to grow and develop as leaders. It is important that a potential leader recognize, develop, and refine the personal characteristics needed to be a truly effective leader, the kind people want to follow. Leadership development is essential.

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JESUS DEFICIT DISORDER

The early apostles were solidly committed to Jesus and gave their lives for Him

They were in awe of Him understanding that He is God

They saw His splendour

They had experienced His majesty

They had encountered His glory – “the glory of the only begotten of the Father” (John 1:14)

They gave up everything to follow Him and eventually gave their lives for Him – dying for their faith in Him

In everything they did they exalted Him – put Him first – lifted Him up for all to see Read more

What’s In a Name?

When children are born parents have already chosen their name or names

The name chosen often honours a family member from a previous generation
The name embraces the hopes that the parents have for that child’s future
The name comes to describe who they are
Who they are known as
What they are known for

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DYING TO LIVE

If you were living in the Century One – the days of the Book of Acts – and you heard the Gospel of the Kingdom and believed
Encountering Jesus as your Lord and not just your Saviour
You would have been immediately baptized by immersion in water…
The first day of the Church – Acts 2 – Peter is preaching
The Holy Spirit moves n the thousands who are listening to his words

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AN ENCOUNTER AND CONTINUING EXPERIENCES

1 John 1:1-4 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”

**To be born again means that we have had an encounter with the living God
We have encountered His love – 1 John 4:8

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THE GREATEST STORY – YOUR STORY

When I meet people I steer the conversation to discover / uncover their story
Who they are
Where they are from (physical – roots)
Where they have been (life experiences)
Where they are going (dreams and goals)
I want to understand what matters to them as a person – as a human being
I hear some neat stories

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So, You Are Saved – Now What?

The Christian faith is an exciting adventure that begins when you encounter Jesus and become born again
When you are first saved everything begins to change
The grass seems greener, the sky appears bluer…
But, then, reality sets in and things need to be dealt with on a daily basis
Life issues, problems, temptations, wrong thoughts just to name a few of the things that make up your “daily reality”
There are things that you did before you were born again and began your journey with Jesus that now need to be dealt with
You planted the seeds back then and now that you are saved you are dealing with the harvest
“That which you sow, you shall reap” (Galatians 6:7)

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