Sermon Notes

God's Promises // Step In To Your Destiny Pt.1 // Ps Sean Stanton (11.4.24)

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised. Joshua 1:3 (NIV)

1. Gods Destiny For Your Life Is Good

For I know the plans I have for you,declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

2. You Get To Choose Your Destiny!

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life. Deuteronomy30:1920 (NIV)

Step In To Gods Promises

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Mosesassistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. Joshua 1:13 (ESV)

Yesterdays Shadows

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:3536 (NIV)

3. Gods Correction

Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready. Joshua 1:2 (NIV)

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:1819 (NIV)

I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:1314 (NIV)

4. Gods Command

Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan. Joshua 1:2 (ESV)

Now therefore arise. Joshua 1:2 (ESV)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1 (NIV)

Go over this Jordan. Joshua 1:2 (ESV)

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of GodEveryone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:1, 4 (NIV)

Go over this Jordan. Joshua 1:2 (ESV).

Joshuas priests. Now, the Jordan is at flood stage, all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the waters edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing So the people crossed over. Joshua 3:1516 (NIV)
Elisha, the servant. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over. 2 Kings 2:14 (NIV)
Naaman the leper. So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 2 Kings 5:14 (NIV)
The Lord Jesus. When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. Luke 3:2122 (NIV)
5. Gods Commitment

Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land (the future) that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. Joshua 1:13 (ESV)

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5 (NIV)

Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Joshua 1:6 (NIV)

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. Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians12:9 (NIV)

Stepping into 2024 - Victory to His anointed // Ps Sean Stanton (4.2.24)

STEP IN TO 2024

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised. Joshua 1:3 (NIV)

Victory To His Anointed

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress (the day of trouble); may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. Psalm 20:15 (NIV)

Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to His anointed. He answers him from His heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:67 (NIV)

The Day Of Trouble

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Ps 46:1 (NIV) Our help comes from:

The Lord: Yahweh, the covenant name of God.
The God of Jacob: The God who loves and helps broken, imperfect people.
The sanctuary: Calling to mind the promised presence of God.
Out of Zion: Referring to the throne and sovereignty of God.

The Power Of Expectant Faith

May the Lord answer you, may He protect you, may He send you help, may He remember your sacrifices, may He give you the desires of your heart, may He make all your plans succeed, and may He grant all your requests so we may shout for joy in victory! Psalm 20:15 (NIV)

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4 (NIV)

You have granted him his hearts desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Psalm 21:2 (NIV)

Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

The Lords Anointed

Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to His anointed. He answers him from His heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of His right hand. Psalm 20:6 (NIV)

1. I Know

Now this I know Psalm 20:6 (NIV)

I know that my Redeemer lives. Job 19:25 (NIV)

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 (NIV)

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)

2. The Lord Gives Victory

Now this I know: The Lord gives victory. Psalm 20:6 (NIV)

This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but Gods. 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 (NIV)

3. To His Anointed

Be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 (NIV) 

Your anointing has made me strong and mighty. Youve empowered my life for triumph by pouring fresh oil over me. Psalm 92:10 (TPT)

I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. Luke 24:49 (NIV)

The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to Luke 4:18 (NIV)

I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills. Exodus 31:3 (NIV)

Stepping into 2024 - The Time of Your Life // Ps Sean Stanton (28.1.24)

STEP IN TO 2024

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised. Joshua 1:3 (NIV)

The Time Of Your Life

Seek first Gods kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. Matthew 6:33 (NCV)

Our Days Are Numbered

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numberedhow fleeting my life is. Psalm 39:4 (NLT)

Time For What Matters

Then He said to them all: Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23 (NIV)

1. Remember Eternity

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God. Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Time is short. Eternity is long. It is only reasonable that this short life be lived in the light of eternity. Charles Spurgeon

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! Psalm 90:12 (MSG)

2. Time Is A Gift

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numberedhow fleeting my life is. Psalm 39:4 (NLT)

I trust in you, Lord; I say, You are my God.My times are in your hands. Psalm 31:1415 (NIV)

3. Prioritise Gods Kingdom

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:1920 (NIV)

4. We Cannot Manage Time

Be very careful, then, how you livenot as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:1516 (NIV)

5. We Cannot Do Everything

An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions. Proverbs 17:24 (GNB)

6. Time Has A Cumulative Value

To whom will He teach knowledge?For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little. Isaiah 28:910 (ESV)

Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land.Exodus 23:30 (ESV)

7. Make Time For Renewal

God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done. Genesis 2:3 (NIV).

He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. Psalm 23:23 (NIV)

Stepping into 2024 - What to do first // Ps Sean Stanton (21.1.24)

STEP IN TO 2024

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised. Joshua 1:3 (NIV)

What To Do First?

Seek first Gods kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. Matthew 6:33 (NCV)

Spiritual Fitness First

Exercise daily in Godno spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. 1 Timothy 4:78 (MSG)

I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance You have persevered and have endured hardships for My name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. Revelation 2:25 (NIV)

1. The Priority For Your Heart Loving Jesus. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)
2. The Priority For Your Mind Renewal. Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature. Ephesians 4:2224 (NLT)
3. The Priority For Your Body Discipline. Even now,declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Joel 2:1213 (NIV)

Keys To Good Success

1. Put WHY into WHAT

So we make it our goal (our ambition) to please Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9 (NIV)

2. Commit to SUCCEED but Plan to FAIL

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though He may stumble, He will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand. Psalm 37:2324 (NIV)

3. Turn WHEN into NOW

God reminds us, I heard your call in the nick of time; the day you needed Me, I was there to help. Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Dont put it off; dont frustrate Gods work. 2 Corinthians 6:23 (MSG)

4. Turn INTENSIONS into ACTIONS

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of Gods grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:711 (NIV)

Focus on Gods power.

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 1 Peter 4:8-9 (NIV)

Focus on people.

The end of all things is near Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

Focus on your purpose.

The end of all things is near Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of Gods grace in its various forms. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides.

Focus on JESUS.

The end of all things is near So that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:711 (NIV)

Sean StantonSunday, 21 January 2024​​ of

Stepping into 2024 - Putting God First // Ps Sean Stanton (14.01.24)

STEP IN TO 2024

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised. Joshua 1:3 (NIV)

Putting God First

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31–33 (NIV)

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:2–3 (NIV)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.Romans 10:9 (NIV)

If we live, it’s to honour the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honour the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8 (NLT)

God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9–11 (NIV)

 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

Don’t fool around with other gods, the gods of your neighbours, because God, your God, who is alive among you, is a jealous God.Deuteronomy 6:14–15 (MSG)

The Principle Of First

  1. The priority of first love. I know your deeds, your hard work… Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.Revelation 2:2-4 (NIV)
  2. What we do first in a day, prayer and reading Scripture, will bless the day. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
  3. What we do first in our week, Sunday, will help set up the whole week. On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people. Acts 20:7 (NIV)
  4. What we give first, our tithe will bless the rest of our finances. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income. 1 Corinthians 16:2 (NIV)

The First Blesses The Rest!

Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. Matthew 6:33 (NCV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. …Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all… then your barns will be filled to overflowing. Proverbs 3:5–6, 9–10 (NIV)

Giving Puts God First

Bring this tithe… The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. Deuteronomy 14:23 (LB)

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And thereby put Me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you…  says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:10–11 (ESV)

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favour on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering, He did not look with favour. Genesis 4:2–5 (NIV)

God does not need our stuff; He wants to know where He places in our hearts.

Communion

The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23–26 (NIV)

Stepping Into 2024 - One Thing // Ps Sean Stanton (7.1.24)

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised. Joshua 1:3 (NIV)

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive (see) it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:1819 (NIV)

 ONE THING

Whats the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? Gary Keller

1. What One Thing Do You Need To Let Go?

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:1314 (NIV)

We break the power of the past by living for the future. Warren Wiersbe

What one thing do you need to leave behind to follow Jesus?

2. What One Thing Do You Lack?

Jesus looked at him and loved him. One thing you lack,He said. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me. Mark 10:21 (NIV)

What one thing is holding you back from following Jesus more fully?

3. What One Thing Is Needed In Your Relationship With Jesus

Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:4142 (ESV)

The one thing needed, is that which Mary chose, was to sit at Jesusfeet and hear His word. C.H. Spurgeon

The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by lifes worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. Luke 8:14 (NIV)

Remember, Gods DONE list is more important than your TO-DO list.

What one thing will you do to grow your relationship with Jesus?

4. What One Promise Do You Need To Claim?

This one thing I know: God is on my side! I praise God for what He has promised; Yes, I praise the Lord for what He has promised. Psalm 56:910 (NLT)

Let God’s promises shine on your problems. Corrie Ten Boom

Which one promise from God will you claim?

5. What One Thing Do You Desire From God?

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. Psalm 27:4 (NIV)

The Lord is my light and my salvationwhom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my lifeof whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

  • Dwell I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truthYou know him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:1617 (ESV)
  • Behold The Son radiates Gods own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honour at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. Hebrews 1:3 (NLT)
  • Inquire The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, Samuel! Samuel!Then Samuel said, Speak, for your servant is listening. 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)

Sean StantonSunday, 7 January 2024 of

Finding Gold In Your Garbage // Ps Lynda Stanton (31.12.23)

Jesus saw what others didn’t He found what others missed.

 Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyes in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar.

MATTHEW 6:22-23 (The Message)

I ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

EPHESIANS 1:18-19 (The Message)

And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire.

MATTHEW 26:39 (AMP)

 

Jesus just wasn’t limited to it!

 

My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.

MATTHEW 26:50 (NLT)

It must happen this way to being about what the Scriptures say.

MATTHEW 26:54 (NCV)

 

All these things have happened so that it will come about as the prophets wrote.

MATTHEW 26:56 (NCV)

 

Through the Burnham’s struggle, God was seen.

Through Martin’s death, God was seen.

Through your problems and mine, may He be seen.

 

Surely you know I could ask My Father, and He would give me more than twelve armies of angels.

MATTHEW 26:53 (NCV)

 

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

HEBREWS 12:2 (NKJ)

 

Diamonds are just ordinary chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.  They saw the process through to completion.

(MINNIE RICHARD SMITH)

A smooth sea never made a skilful sailor.

SALVATION PRAYER

The Blessing // Ps Danielle Bate (24.12.23)

So the big question is ‘Why’? Why have I, why have you, been so blessed? The answer to that question is found in Genesis 12:2-3

I will bless you…and you will be a blessing to others.

Gen 12:2 (NLT)

In the opening verses of Genesis 12 the Lord tells Abraham,

‘Leave your native country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.’ Gen 12:1-2 (NIV)

 

Abraham went, and God blessed. But this isn’t the whole story. For that you need to read the rest of the sentence. Here’s how it continues:

‘I will bless you’, God says to Abraham,

‘and you will be a blessing…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’
Gen 12:3 (NIV)

In Numbers 6:24-26 the Lord speaks to Moses and tells him to ask his brother, Aaron the priest, to speak a blessing over the people:

 

The Lord bless you, and keep you (protect you, sustain you, and guard you);

The Lord make His face shine upon you (with favor),

And be gracious to you (surrounding you with lovingkindness);

The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you (with divine approval),

And give you peace (a tranquil heart and life).

Numbers 6:24-26 (Amplified Bible)

Ps 91:4 declares:

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armour and protection.

Ps 91:4 (NLT)

In Psalm 80, Asaph pleads with the Lord 3 times for His favour and approval, after acknowledging that they had abandoned God and His ways:

 

Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.

Psalm 80:3, 7, 19 (NLT)

God chose to show us His face in a way that does not create fear, but trust and love.

 

Paul puts it so beautifully in 2 Cor 4:6:

It started when God said, ‘Light up the darkness!’ and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

2 Cor 4:6 (The Message)

If we look at this passage in Exodus, God is literally telling Moses His name and describing Himself:

Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed His name, the LORD. And He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.”

Exodus 34:5–7 (NIV)

If you’ve ever felt unworthy of God’s grace, just spend some time reading God’s word and you will find countless examples of His love and grace towards others throughout history:

 

  • Moses doubted God at every turn, yet God graciously guided him.
  • The Israelites repeatedly rebelled against God, yet He graciously rescued them.
  • Rahab the prostitute bravely asked God to save her (in spite of her past sins) and He did!
  • David lusted after and had an affair with another man’s wife, he lied, and committed murder—yet God saw his heart and loved him.

John 16 Jesus talks with the disciples about what is to come concerning his going away for a time and then coming back again…what we now know as his death and resurrection. At the end of this explanation, He says to the disciples:

Everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me.

John 16:33 (The Passion Translation)

If you don’t personally know this Jesus we’ve been talking about today, the one who protects and sustains you, the one who shows grace and mercy, the one who offers peace, I’d like to give you an opportunity to invite Him into your life right now.

In John 3:16-17 it says,

God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, [that’s Christmas and Good Friday all in one]

that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world [Christmas is not for condemnation],

but in order that the world might be saved through him [Christmas is for salvation].

John 3:16-17 (NIV)

Count Your Blessings

Johnson Oatman, Jr., E. O. Excell

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. 

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;

 

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.


Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done.

Emmanuel - The Word Became Flesh // Christmas Day Service // Ps Sean Stanton (25.12.23)

This happened so that what the Lord spoke through His prophet would come true: Listen! A virgin will be pregnant, she will give birth to a Son, and He will be known as Emmanuel,which means in Hebrew, God became one of us. Matthew 1:2223 (TPT)

In reality, that particular moment was like none other. For through that segment of time a spectacular thing occurred. God became a man. While the creatures of earth walked unaware, Divinity arrived. Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious One in a human womb.

The Omnipotent, in one instant, made Himself breakable. He who had been spirit became pierceable. He, who was larger than the universe, became an embryo. And He who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young girl. Max Lucado

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (NIV)

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.John 1:14 (NIV)

In the beginning was the Word —————The Word became
The Word was with God ———————————The Word dwelt among us
The Word was God ———————————————The Word became flesh
Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said: Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me. Hebrews 10:5 (NIV)
1. Jesus Was Able to Die

 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. Romans 8:3 (NIV)

The law could not defeat sin; it could only detect sin. Only Jesus could defeat sin, and  He did just that through His work on the cross. David Guzik

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

2. Jesus Is Able to Understand

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet He did not sin. Let us then approach Gods throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:1516 (NIV)

The record of the behaviour of Jesus on the way to the cross and of the crucifixion itself is almost unbearable, chiefly because it is so intensely human. If, as I believe, this was indeed God focused in a human being, we can see for ourselves that here is no play acting; this is the real thing. There are no supernatural advantages for this Man. No celestial rescue party delivered Him from the power of evil men, and His agony was not mitigated by any superhuman anaesthetic. We can only guess what frightful anguish of mind and spirit wrung from Him the terrible words My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?But the cry It is finished!cannot be one of despair. It does not even mean It is all over.It means It has been completed’—and the terrifying task of doing Gods will to the bitter end had been fully and finally accomplished. J. B. Phillips

3. Jesus Is Our Example

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)

4. The Value of Life

But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (AMP)

Life Changing Worship // The Way of the Worshipper Pt. 1 // Ps Sean Stanton (19.11.2023)
Follow The Guidance Of God // The Way of The Worshipper Pt. 3 // Ps Lynda Stanton (10.12.23)

THE WAY OF THE WORSHIPPER – PART 3 – FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE OF GOD

 

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.”

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

MATTHEW 2:1-11, 12 (NLT)

1.  ALWAYS LISTEN TO GOD’S VOICE.

 

After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

MATTHEW 2:13 (NLT)

 

Christmas isn’t so much about opening our presents, as opening our hearts.

JANICE MAEDITERE

 

Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep My ways.  Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.  Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

PROVERBS 8:32-34 (NIV)

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

PROVERBS 3:5-6 (NIV)

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

PROVERBS 3:5-6 (The Message)  

 

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for 40 years. A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was sterile and remained childless. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son. The boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.

JUDGES 13:1-3,5 (NIV):  

 

The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew, and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir in him.

JUDGES 13:24 (NIV)

 

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

GALATIANS 5:13 (NIV)  

 

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

GALATIANS 5:16 (NIV)  

 

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

GALATIANS 5:25 (NIV)

 

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

LUKE 11:28 (NIV)  

 

 

2.  GOD ORDERS OUR STEPS & DIRECTS OUR PATHS.

 

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

ISAIAH 30:21 (NIV)

 

When people’s steps follow the Lord, God is pleased with their ways. If they stumble, they will not fall,because the Lord holds their hand.

PSALM 37:23-24 (NCV)  

 

Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.

PROVERBS 16:9 (The Passion)

 

Since the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way?

PROVERBS 20:24 (LB)

 

Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

COLOSSIANS 3:2 (The Message)

 

Whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honourable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things – fix your minds on them.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8  

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

PSALM 23:4 (NCV)

Go the Distance To Seek God // The Way of the Worshiper Pt.2 // Ps Sean Stanton (3.12.2023)

Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to Him those He wanted, and they came to Him. He appointed twelve that they might be with Him and that He might send them out… Mark 3:13–15 (NIV). ​​Knowing — Growing — Sowing

THE WAY OF THE WORSHIPER

Go the Distance To Seek God

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship him. Matthew 2:1–2 (NIV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1–2 (NIV)

It is the awesome glory of God’s existence, character, plan, presence, promises, and grace that gives me reason to work hard and not give up, no matter whether we are in a ‘good’ season or one that is stormy. Paul Tripp

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)

Consider (count) it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:2–7 (NIV)

1. Count — A Joyful Attitude
Count it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. James 1:2 (NIV)

In this world you will have trouble. John 16:33 (NIV)

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Job 13:15 (NKJV)

He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10 (NIV).

2. Know — An Understanding Mind
Because you know… Jas 1:3 (NIV)

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)

3. Let — A Surrendered Will
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 (NIV)

Not only so, but we also glory (sing, exalt) in our sufferings (crush, press, squeeze), because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3–4 (NIV)

4. Ask — A Believing Heart
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 (NIV).

Instead of looking at God through the lens of our circumstances, we need to look at our circumstances through the lens of who God is. Sarah J. Hauser

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)

Fear the Lord your God, serve Him. Deuteronomy 6:13 (NIV)

Away from Me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ Matthew 4:10 (NIV)

Revieve – An Act Of Faith
When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:6–7 (NIV)

Acceptable Generous Worship // The Way of the Worshipper Pt.4 // Ps Sean Stanton (17.12.23)

THE WAY OF THE WORSHIPER – Pt 4 – 17.12.23

Acceptable Generous Worship

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him. Matthew 2:12 (NIV)

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:1011 (NIV)

They bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts. Matthew 2:11 (NIV)

Acceptable Generous Worship

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Godthis is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1 (NIV)

1. We Worship With Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Gods mercy Romans 12:1

With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. Romans 12:1J.B. Phillips

2. We Worship With Joy

They rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. and they fell down and worshipped Him. Matthew 2:1011 (ESV) T

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with painSurely He took up our pain and bore our suffering. Isaiah 53:34 (NIV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

3. We Worship With Generosity

They bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:1011 (NIV)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV)

  1. Worship with words.

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praisethe fruit of lips that openly profess His name. Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)

  1. Worship with service.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of Gods grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

  1. Worship with finance.

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income. 1 Corinthians 16:2 (NIV)

4. Wise Men Still Worship

They bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts.Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 (NIV)

Gold is a gift for a king.Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Fatherto him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:56 (NIV)

Frankincense is a gift for a priest. We do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet he did not sin. Let us then approach Gods throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:1516 (NIV)

Myrrh was used in burialNicodemus (and Joseph of Arimathea) brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesusbody, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. John 19:3940 (NIV)

Such a High Priest truly meets our needOne who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered Himself. Hebrews7:26-27 (NIV)

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28 (NIV)

Sean StantonSunday, 17 December 2023

Vision Sunday (26.11.2023)

Our Vision: Growing lives connected to Christ, His cause, and community.

So we continue to tell people about Christ. We use all wisdom to counsel every person and teach every person. We are trying to bring everyone before God as people who have grown to be spiritually mature in Christ. To do this, I work and struggle using the great strength that Christ gives me. That strength is working in my life. Colossians 1:28-29 (ERV)

1. Know God

2. Find freedom

3. Discover purpose

4. Make a difference

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)

Key Verse and Theme 2024

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised. Joshua 1:3 (NIV)

 

A YEAR TO STEP IN

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised. Joshua 1:3 (NIV)

As soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap. Joshua 3:13 (NIV)

The Jewish New Year — The Year Of Open Doors. The decade of the “mouth — speech,” and by extension “word,” “confession,” “expression,” or “declaration.”

You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favour] shall shine upon your ways. Job 22:28 (AMP)

These are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name. Revelations 3:7–8 (NIV)

For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9 (NKJV)

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in. Revelations 3:20 (NIV)