Thank you Riley for your sermon on Sunday, from your COVID isolation on the next in our series Believing for your Breakthrough - Applying the Pardon Principal
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Matthew 6:12 New International Version
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Mark 11:25-26 New International Version
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Pastor Stephen spoke The Word on Sunday for our Mother's Day services.
God wants to Breakthrough into our lives - He needs to work in us before He works through us.
God is the Potter ... We are the Clay
Jeremiah 18 1:12
18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
11 “Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’ 12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’”
If you missed the 10am service, we encourage you to listen to Pastor Stephen unpack the 'Applying the Pliable Principle'. The Youtube link is attached.
What type of clay are we going to be?
None of us are the finished article. God is the Potter. Our loving heavenly Father is committed to the life long work He has started in you.
In summary we could say that Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
We all know that preparation is an important factor of life - from the big things to the little things - for birthdays, getting up in the morning, special events, meals.
As we have adjusted to the changing landscape of COVID and have had to be prepared for different options.
Pastor Sonya looked at the life of a King in the Old Testament, Hezekiah - how did he please the Lord with his preparations by maintaining a connection, commitment and trust in God with all he did.
2 Kings 18:1-3 (NIV)
“In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah[a] daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.”
Sunday was the start of our new sermon series - Believing for your Breakthrough and each week we are going to be talking about different principals that can help us to understand what it is to believe in our own breakthrough.
Riley looks at the story of Joseph from Genesis Chapters 37-42 - Joseph could have easily have felt that his opportunity for breakthrough had passed him by, but he continued to believe that his breakthrough will come. As each of us pray about our breakthroughs we wrote at the start of the year, or maybe it's one you've prayed about for many years, God has not passed you by. Click on the link to hear the whole sermon from Sunday 24 April.
2 Corinthians 12:6-10
6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But 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 Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God’s love conquers all—even death.
Together, let’s rejoice in Jesus’ triumph over death and the everlasting life we have in Him.
Catchup, rewatch and share the Easter Sunday Service at Marion Church of Christ as we celebrate the Risen King.
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Service of Shadows (Darkness) 2022 - available on the MCC Youtube channel to reflect on the readings from the Gospel (and seven candles) that represent seven “shadows” in Christ’s life:
1. The Shadow of BETRAYAL Matt. 26:20-25
2. The Shadow of INNER AGONY Luke 22:40-44
3. The Shadow of LONELINESS Matt. 26: 40-45
4. The Shadow of DESERTION Matt. 26:47-50; 55-56
5. The Shadow of ACCUSATION Matt. 26:59-68
6. The Shadow of MOCKERY Mark 15: 12-20
7. The Shadow of DEATH Luke 23:33-46
At the speaking of “IT IS FINISHED” the last candle is extinguished and each person present leaves in silence and the mood is mournful, reflecting on the death of Christ and the darkness that covered the world on Good Friday.
So what is Palm Sunday all about? Riley brings us The Word around Palm Sunday. Riley focuses on three things - The Donkey, The Pharisees and People.
Connect in with the Service on Youtube to hear the whole sermon, worship, communion and the study questions attached. Plus the special surprise at the end as we celebrate Palm Sunday as a congregation.
28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, , 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a]
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
The life and ministry of Jesus Christ might be summed up with one simple statement, "He set His face toward Calvary."
He was truly born to die. Not as we die, but to die a complete and vicarious death; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and eternally, that humanity need not do so.
This was God’s plan of His eternal purpose for His eternal people. It was in fact not a place of hopelessness and rejection but a place of hope.
Christ lived the life we could not live, and took the punishment we could not take, to offer the hope we cannot resist.
Whatever you’re facing, he knows how you feel. When you turn to him for help, he runs to you to help. Why?
He’s been there. He’s not ashamed of you. Your actions don’t bewilder him. Your tilted halo doesn’t trouble him. So go to him!
Let’s read Luke’s account of the cross:
Luke 23:32-47 (NIV)
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[b] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[c]”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[d] When he had said this, he breathed his last.
47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Catchup with Pastor Stephen as he takes us through The Word - the last in our current series on the Importance of Prayer in breakthrough - Persistence.