Sermon Notes

DEFINE WORK // MADE FOR MONDAYS pt.3 // PS SEAN STANTON

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Col 3:15,17 (NIV)

Going To Work For God

For we are co-workers in God’s service. 1 Corinthians 3:9 (NIV)

God Modelled Work

Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17 (NIV)

 By Myself I can do nothing… I seek not to please Myself but Him who sent me. John 5:30 (NIV)

So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number… Rule over… Then God said, “I give you… Genesis 1:27–29 (NIV)

  1. Creativity

So God created mankind in His own image Genesis 1:27 (NIV)

We must care for and nurture the stories we tell ourselves about our creativity and ability. Just because we didn’t measure up to some standard of achievement doesn’t mean we don’t possess gifts and talents that only we can bring to the world. Brené Brown

  1. Community

Then God said, “Let Us make mankind in our image, in Our likeness… So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26–27 (NIV)

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 (NIV)

Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. Hebrews 10:24 (TPT)

  1. Stewardship

You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority.  Psalm 8:6 (NLT)

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. Matthew 25:14 (NIV)

Fundamentally, stewardship is about exercising our God-given dominion over His creation, reflecting the image of our creator God in His care, responsibility, maintenance, protection, and beautification of His creation. R.C. Sproul

  1. Provision

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. Genesis 1:29 (NIV)

God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

  1. Fruitfulness

I will look on you with favour and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. Leviticus 26:9 (NIV)

Then He told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilise it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ” Luke 13:6–9 (NIV)

  1. Limits

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)

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8–10 (NIV)

Six days you shall labour, but on the seventh day you shall rest. Exodus 34:21 (NIV)

Christ’s Finished Work

Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30–31 (NIV)

Give God a Go! // Made for Mondays Pt2 // Ps Lynda Stanton // 14-4-24

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

GENESIS 1:31 (NIV)

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

EPHESIANS 2:10 (NIV)

Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (Msg)

 

Do you recognise a slim window of opportunity when it presents itself?
Are you prepared to allow God to move through you, even when you least expect it, regardless of the odds?

 

1.  GOD CAN DO THE UNEXPECTED ON MONDAYS

 

 

Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was a giant of a man, measuring over nine feet tall! He wore a bronze helmet, a two-hundred-pound coat of mail, bronze leggings, and carried a bronze javelin several inches thick, tipped with a twenty-five-pound iron spearhead, and his armour bearer walked ahead of him with a huge shield.

1 SAMUEL 17:4-7 (LB)  

 

 

One day Jesse said to his son, David, “Take this bushel of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread to your brothers. Give this cheese to their captain and see how the boys are getting along; and bring us back a letter from them!

1 SAMUEL 17:17-18 (LB)  

 

 

Then he picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag and, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, started across to Goliath. Goliath walked out toward David with his shield-bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this nice little red-cheeked boy!

1 SAMUEL 17:40-42 (LB)

 

 

As Goliath approached, David ran out to meet him and, reaching into his shepherd’s bag, took out a stone, hurled it from his sling, and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and the man fell on his face to the ground. So David conquered the Philistine giant with a sling and a stone.

1 SAMUEL 17:48-50 (LB)

 

 

For He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 JOHN 4:4 (ESV)

 

 

2.  GOD HAS ALL THE DETAILS COVERED ON MONDAYS

 

 

The LORD now said to Moses, “Send men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to Israel.   He sent out twelve men, all tribal leaders of Israel, from their camp in the wilderness of Paran.

After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses, Aaron, and the people of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. This was their report to Moses: “We arrived in the land you sent us to see, and it is indeed a magnificent countrya land flowing with milk and honey. Here is some of its fruit as proof. BUT the people living there are powerful, and their cities and towns are fortified and very large. We also saw the descendants of Anak who are living there! The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.”

But Caleb tried to encourage the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

But the other men who had explored the land with him answered, “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread discouraging reports about the land among the Israelites: “The land we explored will swallow up any who go to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. We felt like grasshoppers next to them, and that’s what we looked like to them!”

NUMBERS 13: 1, 3, 25-33 (NLT)

 

 

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, andbringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-5 (NKJ)

 

 

With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.

PSALM 89:1 (NKJ)

 

 

Your faithfulness endures to ALL generations.

PSALM 119:90 (NKJ)  

 

 

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

 

And with a breath He can scatter the plans of all the nations who oppose Him, but His own plan stands forever.

PSALM 33:10-11 (LB)

 

If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

ROMANS 8:31 (NLT)

 

 

For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.

PHILIPPIANS 2:13 (NIV)

 

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.

EPHESIANS 3:20-21 (NKJ)  

 

A new Monday worldview // Made for Mondays pt1 // Ps Sean Stanton // 7/4/24

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15–17 (NIV)

God Made You For MONDAY

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Ps 19:1 (NIV)

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.” Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7 (NIV)

God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to enjoy an all-inclusive resort.” Genesis 2:15

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

God Designed Work As A GIFT

The work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place. Psalm 8:3 (NIV).

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13–14 (NIV)

ABAD (avad) — to work, accomplish, process, perform, labour, serve, worship.

Our work is designed to be an act of WORSHIP.

All of creation was affected by sin.

For the creation was subjected to frustration… We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Romans 8:20, 22 (NIV)

Sin separated us from God.

Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 (NIV)

God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

How we work changed. Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.  It will produce thorns and thistles for you… By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food. Genesis 3:17–19 (NIV)

A New Monday WORLDVIEW

1. Created For A Purpose

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

2. Love your Neighbour

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing right. James 2:8 (NIV).

God does not need our good works, but our neighbour does. Martin Luther

3. Change Your Attitude

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:14–16 (NIV).

4. Jesus Redeems All Things

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:45 (NIV)

Living in the resurrection // Easter Sunday // Ps Sean Stanton // 31-3-24

LIVING IN THE RESURRECTION

The angel said Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Matthew 28:56 (NIV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

A Resurrection Mindset

After His suffering, He presented Himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3 (NIV)

1. Jesus Showed Up

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace be with you!”  After He said this, He showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.John 20:1920 (NIV)

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be afraid.  Hebrew 13:56 (NIV)

Jesusresurrection brings victory over fear.

2. Jesus Modelled Community

They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. Luke 24:1415 (NIV)

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if He were going farther. But they urged Him strongly, Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.So He went in to stay with them. Luke 24:2829 (NIV)

Jesusresurrection creates true community.

When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognised Him, and He disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us? Luke 24:3032 (NIV)

Jesusresurrection brings victory over confusion.

3. Jesus Comforts The Broken

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him and who were mourning and weeping. Mark 16:910 (NIV)

Jesus resurrection brings victory over despair.

A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas, Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe. John 20:2627 (NIV)

Jesusresurrection brings victory over doubt.

4. Jesus Redeems Failure

The third time He said to him, Simon son of John, do you love Me?Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, Do you love Me?He said, Lord, you know all things; You know that I love You.Jesus said, Feed my sheep. John 21:17 (NIV)

Jesusresurrection brings victory out of our failure.

5. Jesus instructed and empowered

Jesusresurrection brings purpose and empowerment to our lives.

Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. 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 24:4549 (NIV)

Lets make our lives count. Dont you see that you cant live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? 1 Corinthians 6:19 (MSG)
Live generously. You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Rich as He was, He gave it all away for usin one stroke He became poor and we became rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 (MSG)
Lets share the Good News. What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God. Acts 20:24 (MSG)

Good Friday // Ps Lynda Stanton // 29-3-24

Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so we would stop living for sin and start living for what is right. And you are healed because of his wounds.

1 PETER 2:24 (NCV)

Though we come to the cross dressed in sin, we leave the cross in the “coat of His strong love” (ISAIAH 59:17 NCV) and girded with a belt of “goodness and fairness (ISAIAH 11:5 NCV) and clothes in “garments of salvation” (ISAIAH 61:10 LB).

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

COLOSSIANS 1:19-20 (NLT)

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

EPHESIANS 1:7-8 (NIV)  

1. Jesus was wounded, that we might be healed.

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.

ISAIAH 53:4 (NIV)  

v5:  By his stripes (or wounds) we are healed.

2. Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness, that we might be made righteous with His righteousness.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him(Jesus Christ).

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 (NIV)

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.

ISAIAH 61:10 (NIV)

3. Jesus died our death, that we might share His life.

For God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God’s anger against us. He used Christ’s blood and our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath.

ROMANS 3:25 (LB)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

JOHN 10:20 (ESV)

4. Jesus was made a curse, that we might receive the blessing.

Having disarmed principalities and powers, He (Jesus) made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

COLOSSIANS 2:15 (NKJ)

5. Jesus endured our poverty, that we might share His abundance.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 CORINTHIANS 8:9 (NIV)  

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

2 CORINTHIANS 9:8 (NIV)

6. Jesus bore our shame, that we might share His glory.

He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed (stripped the clothes — stripped of power) the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.

COLOSSIANS 2:14–15 (NLT)

7. Jesus endured our rejection, that we might enjoy His acceptance.

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?”

MARK 15:34 (NKJ)

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

PSALM 22:1 (NIV)

For He (God, the Father) has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one (Jesus); He has not hidden His face from Him, but has listened to his cry for help.

PSALM 22:24 (NIV) 

See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are!

1 JOHN 3:1 (AMP)  

For when He died, so did your sin.

And when He rose, so did your hope.

For when He rose, your grave was changed from a final residence to temporary housing.

The reason He did it the face in your mirror.

STEP IN TO YOUR DESTINY // There is more // Ps Sean Stanton - 17.3.24

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

1. Complacency

If only Ishmael might live under your blessing! Genesis 17:18 (NIV)

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples. John 15:8 (ESV)

2. Weariness

When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over. Joshua 13:1 (NIV)

Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as He said. Joshua 14:1012 (NIV)

My servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows Me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land. Numbers 14:24 (NIV)

3. Fear

The kingdom of Og, (which was called the land of the giants). Deuteronomy 3:13 (NKJV)

A Passion For More

Lord, You alone are my portion and my cup; You make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:56 (NIV)

The people of Joseph said to Joshua, Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the Lord has blessed us abundantly.If you are so numerous,Joshua answered, and if the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you, go up into the forest and clear land for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites and Rephaites (the giants).

The people of Joseph replied, The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron, both those in Beth Shan and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel.But Joshua said to the tribes of Josephto Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out. Joshua 17:1418 (NIV)

Joseph had a dream. Genesis 37:5 (NIV)

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people Your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Acts 2:17 (NIV)

We are a great people, inasmuch as the Lord has blessed us. Joshua 17:14 (NKJV)

We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 (NIV) 

Prepare To Possess

So Joshua answered them, If you are a great people, then go up to the forest country and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and the giants, since the mountains of Ephraim are too confined for you. Joshua 17:15 (NKJV)

1. Clear Things Out

Regarding your former way of life, you were taught to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:2224 (NIV) 

2. Face Your Giants

We saw the giants, and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.Numbers 13:33 (NKJV)

David said, Is there not a cause? 1 Samuel 17:29 (NKJV)

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 1 Samuel 17:48 (NIV)

Just Do It 

Joshua spoke to the house of Josephto Ephraim and Manassehsaying, You are a great people and have great power; you shall not have only one lot, but the mountain country shall be yours. Although it is wooded, you shall cut it down, and its farthest extent shall be yours; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots and are strong. Joshua 17:1718 (NKJV)

4. Work In Unity

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! For there the LORD commanded His blessing. Psalm 133:1, 3 (NKJV)

5. Forget The Past

Manasseh means, God has made me forget all my trouble and all my fathers house. Genesis 41:51 (NIV)

6. Expect Fruitfulness

Ephraim means, God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction. Genesis 41:52 (ESV)

The Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21 (ESV)

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruitfruit that will lastand so that whatever you ask in My name the Father will give you. John 15:16 (NIV)

STEP IN TO YOUR DESTINY // Crossover into your identity // PS Sean Stanton // 3/3/24

STEP IN TO YOUR DESTINY

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!

I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life. Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

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

Crossover Into Your Destiny

Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. Joshua 3:14 (NIV)

Crossover Times

The Lord said to Moses, Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. Exodus 14:15 (NASB)

On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you cross the JordanTake possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land. Numbers 33:5053 (NIV)

You have never been this way before. Joshua 3:14 (NIV)

A Crossover Pattern

Thus says Yahweh, Who makes a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters. Isaiah 43:16 (LEB)

3. Follow The Lord

The Lord your God Himself will cross over ahead of you. Deuteronomy 31:3 (NIV)

When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. Joshua 3:34 (NIV)

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh. 1 Timothy3:16 (NKJV)

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

4. Sanctify Yourselves

Joshua told the people, Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you. Joshua 3:5 (NIV)

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:78 (NIV)

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will Psalm 51:1013 (NIV)

5. Take A Step Of Faith

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

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) 

6. Memory From The Miracle

They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan Riverjust as the Lord had told Joshua. They carried them to the place where they camped for the night and constructed the memorial there. Joshua also set up another pile of twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, at the place where the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant were standing. And they are there to this day. Joshua 4:89 (NLT)

Step in to your identity Pt.2 // 'Step into' Gods plans // Ps Lynda Stanton // 25.2.24

1.  HAVE CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S ABILITY

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.”

JOSHUA 1:1-3 (NIV)

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord God will be with you wherever you go.

JOSHUA 1:9 (NIV)

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

ISAIAH 25:2 (ESV)

The Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.

PSALM 121:8 (NIV)

As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

JOSHUA 1:5 (NIV)

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.

JOSHUA 1:7 (NIV)

COURAGE is confidence in God’s ability even in the face of our own uncertainty in our own ability or the circumstances that are around us.

(Louie Giglio)

How do you STEP IN to your destiny – STEP IN TO GOD’S PLAN.

Have confidence in God’s ability

2.  SET YOURSELVES APART FOR GOD

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

JOSHUA 3:5 (NIV)

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 water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam.

JOSHUA 3:15-16 (NIV)

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)

How do you STEP IN to your destiny – STEP IN TO GOD’S PLAN.

Have confidence in God’s ability
Set yourselves apart for God

3.  REMEMBER

Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.

JOSHUA 4:2-3 (NIV)

Remember to have confidence in God’s ability even in the face of our own uncertainty in our own ability or the circumstances that are around us.

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.

PSALM 33:11 (ESV)

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

How do you STEP IN to your destiny – STEP IN TO GOD’S PLAN.

Have confidence in God’s ability
Set yourselves apart for God
Remember 

4.  LEAVE YOUR SECRET AT THE ALTAR  

The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”

JOSHUA 6:17-19 (NIV)

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

ROMANS 12:1-2 (NLT)

How do you STEP IN to your destiny – STEP IN TO GOD’S PLAN.

Have confidence in God’s ability
Set yourselves apart for God
Remember
Leave your secret at the altar

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

JEREMIAH 29:11 (NLT)  

Step into your destiny // STEP INTO Gods presence // Ps Danielle Bate // 10.3.24

Today I want to focus some attention on something that Moses and Joshua had in common. The wonderful thing about these 2 leaders is how tangible God’s presence was during their lifetimes. They both heard from God, they talked with Him, Moses saw His presence in the burning bush, they both experienced His glory in the cloud and in the fire, and they carried God’s presence with them in the Ark of the Covenant.

How amazing is it to experience God’s presence in such real, tangible ways!

Now, we may not hear the voice of God in a burning bush like Moses, telling us what to do, or see the presence of God in a cloud that moves when it’s time for us to move and stays still when we’re meant to stay where we are, but I’m sure many of us can testify of times when we have felt God prompting us to step into something or warning us away from something. Maybe you’ve experienced a miraculous healing or provision that was beyond anything you could have humanly imagined. These are all signs that God is present in our lives and in our circumstances.

There are so many scriptures that tell of the benefits of God’s presence… joy, peace, guidance, strength, provision, wisdom…and the list goes on…so why wouldn’t we want Him to be in our life?

At the beginning of the book of Joshua, we see a transition take place when Moses dies, and Joshua steps in as the leader of the Israelite tribes. In chapter 1, verse 5, God says to Joshua:

As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Josh 1:5)

As we look at the presence of God this morning and how it was carried by Moses and then passed on to Joshua, I want to draw some parallels with a baton relay race, where a baton is passed from one person to the next.

Some of you may be familiar with the verse in 1 Cor 9 that talks about running a race to win. In The Message translation it says:

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.

I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No lazy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.

1 Cor 9:24-27 (Msg)

Whenever I’ve read this verse, I’ve always thought of it as being about a solo race, but what if we consider it as a baton relay race where the ‘one’ who wins is a team, rather than an individual?

But before we look at how we carry the presence of God throughout the relay race of life, I want to take a moment for each of us to consider whether we’re a spectator on the sidelines or whether we’re on Team God.

Am I a spectator or in the race?

  • Are you, perhaps, still sitting in the grandstands? You may have never heard about Jesus before or ever considered what it would mean to be part of his team. I’m so glad you’re here today and thinking about God and what part He might play in your life.
  • Are you injured on the sidelines? Have you been hurt or disappointed by people or God and taken a step back from your relationship with Him?
  • Are you like the runner I recently saw in a prominent international athletics team, who was waiting in position 3 of the relay and missed the handover? Have you been distracted by other things that have been going on around you and missed God opportunities that have come your way?

The question God asks all of us is, ‘Do you want to carry and experience my presence in your own life or are you content to just watch from the sidelines?’

In an arena, there are many spectators who are not engaged in the race. When the race begins, they can see the baton and the race taking place before their eyes, and there are moments when they feel like they’re part of the action, but they’re not in the race.

I think the Israelites were a lot like the spectators in the arena. When God first brought them out of Egypt, His desire was that they would become a whole kingdom of priests, a winning team. When Moses went up the mountain for the first time, God said to him,

“This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’”

Ex 19:3-6 (NIV)

God demonstrated over and over again that he was there for them. They had seen the miracles that set them free from slavery in Egypt and they had experienced God’s miraculous provision, but when the Israelites saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they became afraid. Ex 20 says,

They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

Ex 20:18-19

So instead of a whole nation of priests, they nominated Moses as the mediator between themselves and God. On many occasions, the Israelites took up their position as spectators, cheering when things were going well, and grumbling and complaining when things weren’t to their liking.

Some of us have probably been guilty of this too. Have you ever watched someone play a sport or a musical instrument, or paint a picture, and thought ‘I want to be able to do that’? Some people go ahead and take the next step, they get the singing lessons, they join the sporting team, they buy the brushes and paints…but some of us remain armchair critics…telling people what they’re doing wrong or how they could do it better, or just being envious of what others have, but unwilling to put the time and effort in that got them to that point.

Just like the armchair critic, sometimes we can desire the presence of God we see in someone else…their peace, their strength, their freedom… but we sit back and wonder why we don’t experience the same things.

Our theme this year is Step In, so are we prepared, like Moses and Joshua, to do what it takes to experience His presence…the time it takes to read His word, the commitment to develop our relationship with Him through prayer, a willingness to sacrifice things that we know are not good for us and choose to do the things that God delights in and designed for our good.

Just like a baton relay race, each of us will be able to recall that moment when we first decided to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour…when we invited God to be present in our life. That might even be a decision you’re thinking about making today. Once we make this decision, we can carry the presence of God with us wherever we go and pass it on to others.

  1. If we’re going to carry the baton, we’ve got to hold onto it

If we follow the life of Moses through Exodus and Deuteronomy, we see a man who held on tight to the presence of God. Moses learnt to lead Israel, not by his own strengths and abilities, but by walking daily in the presence of the Lord. When God first called him to lead the people out of Egypt, Moses was afraid of Pharaoh and of the people of Israel. In Exodus 3 he protests to God,

‘Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?

But God’s answer at the burning bush is,

‘I will be with you… Ex 3:11-12 (NLT)

It was only on the promise of God’s abiding presence that he agreed to go. Over and over again in his life, Moses brings this promise back to the Lord.

In Ex 33 he tells the Lord,

If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favourably on me – on me and on your people – if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.

Ex 33:15-16 (NLT)

He’s essentially saying ‘If your presence is going to leave me, I don’t want to go on. I’m not doing this without You.’

I’m sure many of us have experienced times when we felt that God was asking us to do something bigger than what we thought we were capable of on our own. God’s plans are often far greater than our own, and if we were left to fend for ourselves, we would probably be completely incapable of getting the job done. The truth is, that too many of us end up living small lives and not accomplishing the vision God has given us because we become overwhelmed by our fears and inadequacies. But the secret to overcoming this lies in what Moses and Joshua knew, that boldness only comes in the presence of the Lord.

We all need to have that determination to hold on to God’s presence and carry it with us wherever we go, in our homes and workplaces, in our relationships and in our decision making.

  1. If you’re the next person in the relay, you’ve got to start running while the person before you is still holding the baton

When you see the receiver in a baton relay race, they start running well before it’s time to take the baton.

If we look at where Joshua is and what he’s doing throughout Moses’ lifetime, he walks alongside him for many years before taking on the leadership of the Israelites after Moses’ death. He was positioned to watch Moses as he modeled a life that walked in close relationship with God.

This is a great reminder of the value in having good godly relationships between the younger and the older generations.

So, if you’re an older person here today, look for opportunities to be involved in the lives of some of our younger people…share with them out of the wealth of knowledge and experience you’ve gained throughout your life and encourage them with the testimony of the goodness of God and what He has done in and through you.

To the younger people here today, whether that’s young in age or young in faith, I encourage you to seek out older godly mentors and role models who are carrying the presence of God. If we look at Exodus 33, it says,

As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance…

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide, Joshua son of Nun, did not leave the tent.

Ex 33:9-11 (NIV)

If you are young or new in your faith, position yourself to experience the presence of God. How captivating must it have been for Joshua to be in the tent with Moses when the pillar of cloud came down and Moses spoke with God? Even after Moses left the tent, Joshua wasn’t in a rush to move on to the next thing, he wasn’t the first to leave. He wanted to linger in the presence of God. What a beautiful reminder for us in our busy, full lives, to choose to linger in God’s presence.

  1. Go when they say ‘Go’

In a relay race, the runner passing the baton has to tell the other runner when to go. If they say ‘Go!’ too early, they won’t have time to catch the next runner and hand over the baton. If they say it too late, they’re going to run into the next runner or lose momentum.

Joshua had learned the importance of being obedient to God. He’d seen far too many negative consequences when people decided to do things in their own way and in their own time. What could have been an 11 day journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, turned into a 40 year wandering in the wilderness.

When Joshua and the Israelites were camping beside the Jordan River, they didn’t go any further until the order went through the camp.

When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your position and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.

Josh 3:3-4 (NIV)

When they waited for God’s timing and allowed the presence of God to go ahead of them, the priests stepped into the Jordan River with the Ark of the Covenant and watched as the waters piled up so they could walk through on dry land.

There’s no point asking God to be present in our lives if we’re not prepared to be obedient to Him. If we run ahead or lag behind, we may still finish the race but there may be some missed opportunities along the way. What if our obedience has an affect on God’s momentum within our community and within our world. When we wait for His presence, and we’re obedient to go when He says ‘Go’, He guides us and makes a way.

  1. When you receive the baton, don’t look back, look forward

When the next person in the race is getting ready to receive the baton, they’re already running in rhythm with their teammate, their hand is outstretched behind them, but their eyes are facing forward. All of the practising, the timing, the relationship and trust that has been built up between the teammates has led to this moment of handing over the baton.

Just as a runner is focused on the prize, Joshua has learned to trust God and is focused on God’s promise that they are going to enter the promised land. Just as the runner feels the baton in their hand and knows the weight of responsibility, Joshua carries the presence of God and knows how important it is to hold onto it because he’s seen what happens when people decide to let go of God and do it their own way and in their own strength…a whole generation has died in the wilderness because they underestimated or disregarded the power of God’s presence.

God says to Joshua,

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

As Joshua crosses over the Jordan River and leads the people into the Promised Land, it’s the presence of God that gives him strength and courage. He is continually directed by the voice of the Lord in where to move, where to rest, how to build, and when to take new ground.

The Presence of God today

During Joshua’s lifetime, the presence of God was carried in the ark of the covenant, and this was placed in the Holy of Holies – the innermost chamber of the tabernacle or the tent of meeting. It was so sacred that only the High Priest could enter it, and only on one day out of the entire year. A thick veil separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the tabernacle. The veil was a symbol of the separation of God from sinful mankind.  It marked the boundary between God’s pure holiness and the wickedness of mankind.  If someone went beyond the veil into the Holy place, they would die immediately because their sins separated them from the presence of a Holy God.

So how does this relate to us today?

The prophet Jeremiah foretold of a time when the Ark of the Covenant would no longer be a tangible symbol of God’s presence among His people. In chapter 3 it says:

“In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord.”

Jer 3:16-17 (NIV)

If we fast forward to the time of Jesus, we see that He was the one who road into Jerusalem on a donkey while a large crowd of followers gathered and joyfully praised God and cried out ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Luke 19:38 (NIV)

It was Jesus who was crucified on a cross on the hill of Golgotha in Jerusalem, and as He took his last breath, God himself, physically tore the curtain in the temple from top to bottom.

It symbolized the fact that mankind’s separation from God had been removed by Jesus’ supreme sacrifice on the cross.  Since Jesus was without blemish, without sin, and kept the law perfectly for us, His death satisfied God’s anger against humanity’s sins, once and for all.  Now we all have access to God’s presence because of Jesus’ sacrifice.

But even though Jesus rose back to life on the third day after his crucifixion, he pre-warned His disciples that He would not be staying with them, but would send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit instead. In John 14 He says:

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:16-18 (NIV)

God’s presence is not always so bold and obvious as we would like it to be, but His word promises that He is with us, not just one or two special priests, but everyone who wishes to be a part of His team.

So what is the prize we are running towards?

Eternal life

But remember, this isn’t just a solo race. God’s desire is that none should perish, and everyone would come to a place of repentance and relationship with Him. (2 Pet 3:9 NIV)

Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, he told his followers to:

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

Matt 28:19-20

Each of us receives the baton – the presence of God; we have the privilege of carrying it throughout our life; and the responsibility to pass it on to others, so they can also receive eternal life and experience the power of the presence of God for themselves.

We need to hold on to the presence of God, seek Him out and listen for His voice.

We need to journey alongside others as we carry God’s presence, being prepared to pass it on at the right time.

We need to be obedient to the voice of God, prepared to go when He says ‘Go’. We need to wait for His timing and His instructions because they are full of wisdom.  

We need to keep our eyes facing forward. God’s presence is no longer behind us. He’s clearing the way ahead, He will demonstrate His power, and He promises to be with us.

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If you’ve been sitting in the grandstands or waiting on the sidelines, I want you to know that through Jesus, we all have access to the presence of God. Noone is excluded. But we have to decide to join the team, we have to choose to take hold of the baton.

If you want to carry the presence of God, He is going to ask you to surrender or give up your own way of doing things, but any good coach will require their team to do things the way they believe is best. But I assure you it will be worth it to be freed from your sins and to receive eternal life. I want to give you an opportunity to ask Jesus into your life today. He’s the only one who can restore your relationship with God, so you can carry His presence with you wherever you go.

Step In To Your Destiny Pt.1 // God's Promises // Ps Sean Stanton (11.2.24)

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 INTENTIONS 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 - 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

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)

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)

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)

 

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)

Receive – 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