Talk Notes from Sunday 27th Dec 2015


Theme What matters most to you? (1)

What is more important God or self?

What is more important doing what you want or what God wants?

Allowing God to be in charge.

 

 Funny reading for today you might say

So what was the most important part of the last 2 days for you?

 

Did you say thank you to the person who made it so?

 

 Did you make the service of celebration and worship Friday?

Did you make time to pray or read your bible this week?

Did you stop and spend time with Jesus this week?

 

Only 9% of people who claim they are Christian actually do any of that monthly

Have they turned up to the wedding?

 

 Other things were more important than the wedding.

What would have happened if the Sheppard’s said wait a few days we need to get someone else to watch the sheep, we just need to finish our meal, we need to shut down our game and text our friends first.

 

Or if the wise men had decided to take some detours on their way to worship the new king

 

Those God had first called had given up they had any number of reasons not to come to the wedding.

Others where called instead

 

 

We Need to be saved and wearing transformational clothes otherwise we will stand out as not belonging there.

People can often tell a Christian from the others around them, by the way they act talk and shine.

Clothes which show you care about others and God before yourself.

 

 For Many people Jesus is just a swear word, God is a occasional insurance policy

Like the people in this story they fail to turn up for the big event because other things are more important and anyway  we can always come another time.

 

 Wearing The right clothes brings

Phil 1 11 The righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Phil 2 20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. 21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ

 

The right clothes are being full of the Holy Spirit, covered by the blood of Christ

 

Robert talked about being humble people last week

that humbleness comes from putting God first in all things.

From accepting that you can not do it all ourselves

 

Math 22    14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

It is a sad fact that many who hear the message ignore it

They are not thinking of future life  but only the present life

Will you accept the free gift God has given in Jesus, you have been called will you chose to be transformed and put on the clothes of Christ the King.

 

 

Pill 1  11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation-the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ[ for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Romans 6

22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

So what Matters to you?

All the things you want, have planed and desire

 

or

 

Gods will and direction for you

 

You need to decide, what matters to you and make decisions based on that

 

UCB

‘Let it be to me according to your word.’
Luke 1:38 NKJV
The story of the virgin birth illustrates how close God wants to get to us. In a sense He’s asking you the same question He asked Mary: ‘Are you willing to let Me in?’. Just as Mary conceived the Christ Child,
Jesus can be born in you and live His life through you. What an amazing thought. What a privilege! Paul prayed ‘…that Christ may dwell in your hearts…’ (Ephesians 3:17 NIV 2011 Edition). John said, ‘Those who obey…live in him, and he in them’ (1 John 3:24 NIV 1984 Edition). Jesus promised, ‘If anyone…opens the door, I will come in’ (Revelation 3:20 NIV 2011 Edition). All God asks is an invitation and an open heart. God was with Adam in the garden. He was with Abraham and called him His friend. But as a redeemed child of God, Jesus is in you. And He will keep growing in you until He comes out in your words, your attitudes, your lifestyle, and the choices you make each day. Are you struggling with bitterness? Or worry? Or unforgiveness? Or bad habits? Since Jesus lives in you, you have access to His awesome power. That’s why Paul talks about ‘striving according to His power, which mightily works within me’ (Colossians 1:29 NASB). God isn’t looking for great talent, He’s looking for simple trust. Mary must have felt overwhelmed and inadequate when she heard what God had in mind for her. Nevertheless she said, ‘Let it be to me according to your word. Make that your prayer too.

 

 

Let us pray
Math 22 1-14

Parable of the Great Feast

22 Jesus also told them other parables. He said, 2 “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. 3 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!

4 “So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’ 5 But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business. 6 Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them.

7 “The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town. 8 And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. 9 Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ 10 So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. 13 Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

Phil 1 9-11

9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation-the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ[b]-for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Phil 2 19-22

19 If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along. 20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. 21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. 22 But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.
 

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2 responses to “Talk Notes from Sunday 27th Dec 2015

  1. It is a sad fact that many who hear the message ignore it.

    Although that may true for some, many others examine the message and find it has no cause to grant it any confidence.

    They are not thinking of future life but only the present life.

    That’s because if the former is untrue – and it has every indication that it is untrue, then the present life is the sum total. This has profound implications on how one lives in the here and now.

    When this is the only life one has, then it becomes precious. One must become responsible in it for reasons that are pertinent and justified on its own merit in the here and now. To put off being an autonomous moral agent in this life and bearing sole responsibility for your own actions and substitute an accordance to what others tell you is necessary to gain access to the next is a capitulation of being personally responsible, personally accountable. Justifying living today for some hypothetical afterlife life (you’d think this was a clue…) is in effect an avoidance technique for being all grown up and facing up to one’s life not as it may someday, perhaps, maybe… be but as it actually is. Right. Now.

    In effect, what I am suggesting is that those who live towards some future life through piety cannot be as moral as those who accept full responsibility for this one. And the reason is straightforward: in comparison, the pious are not autonomous because they grant to their religious beliefs the right to arbitrate their actions and decide for them what is and is not moral.

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  2. “When this is the only life one has, then it becomes precious.”

    Very true and it is why living it out as God intended is so important. We only have one life to get it right then judgment, followed by eternal death or everlasting life.

    “what I am suggesting is that those who live towards some future life through piety cannot be as moral as those who accept full responsibility for this one.”

    I must disagree with this, Christians are expected to take full responsibility for their actions. However we can ask forgiveness if we are generally sorry, it is not a cheap I am sorry and do it again system. You have to want to do better and that often means taking responsibility and dealing with the situation, saying sorry to the people you have hurt and paying back any debt. Forgiveness means taking responsibility for your previous actions.

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