We Have More Power Than We Think

There is a neat story I have been studying now for a number of weeks

It is found in the gospel according to Luke – a medical doctor who became a powerful disciple of the Lord Jesus
He wrote the gospel named after him as well as the Book of Acts
Luke 10:1-11 “Later the Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. He gave them this charge: “What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands. So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands. On your way! But be careful—this is hazardous work. You’re like lambs in a wolf pack. Travel light. Comb and toothbrush and no extra luggage. Don’t loiter and make small talk with everyone you meet along the way. When you enter a home, greet the family, ‘Peace.’ If your greeting is received, then it’s a good place to stay. But if it’s not received, take it back and get out. Don’t impose yourself. Stay at one home, taking your meals there, for a worker deserves three square meals. Don’t move from house to house, looking for the best cook in town. When you enter a town and are received, eat what they set before you, heal anyone who is sick, and tell them, ‘God’s kingdom is right on your doorstep!’ When you enter a town and are not received, go out in the street and say, ‘The only thing we got from you is the dirt on our feet, and we’re giving it back. Did you have any idea that God’s kingdom was right on your doorstep?’”                (The Message Version)

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Misplacing (Replacing) Jesus 

Summary: You don’t know you misplaced something until you need it.

Have you taken your fellowship with Jesus for granted?
Have you ever misplaced something? You knew you hadn’t lost it, you just could not find it.
Maybe it was your wallet, a pen or your car keys.
You know what I’m talking about.
What do you do when that happens?

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Just Stop It!

The Bible states very strongly that we are “new creatures in Christ”

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
When you were born again
When you encountered God’s love
When you asked Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour
The Spirit of God came to live inside of you
The Holy Spirit came to live in your born again spirit

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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

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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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