Law And Grace
Peter Williams (Sun, 03 Dec 2017)
Peter continued our series on Exodus, looking at the law and grace.
1. Why did they need the law?
Exodus 20. Where was Israel in their relationship with God?
Seas parted, we'd be better off dead or back in Egypt.
We are hungry, why don't you provide? We don't like quail and manna.
The presence of god came visibly and they made a golden calf.
Missed the point of worship.
Poor relationship with God. But they were his chosen people.
You are not living with me. You are not connecting with me, so I need to give you some parameters to live by.
2. What did the law say?
10 commandments we all know.
All countries laws based on them.
It told you what do in all parts of your life.
What you should eat, when, and how.
What to do about mildew.
Whether you could have tattoos or how to wear your hair.
Leviticus, numbers and Deuteronomy
Do’s in the law are to do with worship. Worship the Lord your God…. Rules re temple, sabbath etc.
Thou shalt not’s all to do with personal conduct, how to live life.
Impossible to keep the law.
Was it ever god's intention that we would get to heaven through the law?
He has always been about relationship.
The rest of the old testament after the law are stories about how people struggled to keep the law, and not being in relationship with God.
God repeatedly asks Israel, where are you? Why have you deserted me?
He repeatedly tells Israel worship me, I am the solution, but they focused on the law and not on God.
All the law had been broken in Israel's short history
3. What did Jesus say about the law?
If you look at a woman you commit adultery.
If you call someone a fool you as good as kill them.
Galatians 3:21, 23-25
4. What did Jesus do to the law?
He blew it out of the water! There is now no condemnation
1 John 5:13
Under the old covenant they had a relationship with the law.
Under the new covenant we are adopted and have a relationship with God.
5. What about us and the law?
World sees the law as the church.
A do not church, with a thou shalt not god.
Because…… The law we set ourselves to try to get closer to God. Read more, pray more, do more, drink less, laugh less.
We create ourselves a new law to live under…. Rather than operate in freedom
Rom 7 the law is like a husband, but we have been set free from the law
How do people act when they get out of a bad marriage? They have fun….
The law tells us do not covet etc, but it does not enable us to do it.
So why did god give us the law?
Public speak, no pick nose, make sure clothes right
Child queen for day, rights of the monarchy and do everything right.
Prime minister, know computer watched, everything you say monitored.
Except if you are trump!
We would live differently in these positions.
So as a Child of the king…….
1 John 5:2-3
Mark Driscoll The common portrait of god is that he must be manipulated and coerced into blessing people. Who do you think you are? P43
If I……. Then God will……
We create our own law all over again.
Law for the non believer. 1tim 1vv8-9
Law shows believers what is sinful. Rom 7v7
You will never reign in life and be free from the clouds of condemnation if you do not wholeheartedly embrace the free gift of righteousness. You need to enjoy the glorious liberty of being a child of God, thoroughly accepted, not on the basis of your present performance as a law keeper but thoroughly on the basis of his gift of righteousness of Christ fully reckon to your account.
P29 God's lavish grace, Terry Virgo.
6. Sinfulness, righteousness, and sanctification by Grace.
Rom 6:14 you are not under law but under grace.
First part, sin shall not be your master....
Grace sets you free. Free to live. Free not to sin.
It's all a matter of identity
"The meaning of life, the wasted years of life, the poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: 'grace.'"--Max Lucado
Tullian Tchividjian Contrary to what we would naturally conclude, the antidote to lawlessness isn't more rules but a deeper grasp of God's grace. Jesus + nothing = everything p101. Romans 6:1-2
But while the law guides, it does not give. It has the power to reveal sin but not the power to remove sin. The law shows us what godliness is, but cannot make us godly like the gospel can. The law shows us what a sanctified life looks like, but it does not have sanctifying power as the gospel does. So, apart from the gospel, the law crushes. The law shows us what to do. The gospel announces what god has done. The law directs us, but only the gospel can drive us. Jesus + nothing = everything p188
Legalism leads to Misery, Grace leads to Joy.
Legalism leads to slavery. Grace leads to freedom.
Legalism leads to being tight. Grace leads to generosity.
Martin Luther The sin underneath all our sins is the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ, and that we need to take matters into our own hands.
How do you want to keep living. Under law, or under grace?
Are you tied up in trying to obey the law rather than living in the freedom that grace brings?
God wants you to understand your true identity as a child of the king, and set you free to live in relationship with him, rather than as a slave to the law.
In what ways do you find yourself living under law?
So what parts of the law do you need to obey?
How does being released from the law by the grace of God help you with that?
Pray for each other for a revelation of your adoption
God's Heart For Us
Neal Garratt (Sun, 26 Nov 2017)
Neal looked at Exodus chapter 19 and God’s covenant promises to Israel, understanding that God’s heart was for his people and how that same heart affects us today.
1. God says that we are his treasured possession – We don’t always feel like that – sometimes we feel more like a burden than a blessing but how can we believe this not just with our mind but also our heart?
2. Who or what has the throne of your heart? There is often a battle for the throne and we have to ensure God has the rightful place? How can we ensure that happens?
3. We talked of us being God’s temple and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us – What responsibilities does that put on us? Do we need to be more careful than we are?
4. In Hebrews we read that we can have confidence to enter the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus. What so often holds us back from doing so and how can we overcome this?
Dave and Gill update
Dave Harper (Sun, 19 Nov 2017)
There is no audio available from this morning.
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
Remembrance Sunday : Spiritual Warfare
Dave Watmore (Sun, 12 Nov 2017)
Remembrance Sunday service
Dave spoke on spiritual warfare, drawing parallels between the Israelites fight with the Amalekites and our position in Christ.
The Amalekites are the personification of evil reflecting unbelief, bitterness and despising of God.
Rephidim means place of rest.
Joshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus
Moses holding up his hands is symbolic of surrendering to God and allowing God to search you in your inner being.
Moses grew tired but Aaron (which means exalted) and Hur (which means liberty or freedom) seat Moses on the rock and hold his hands up.
Remained steady is the same as being in faith.
How do you make sure you are at rest in your life?
How do you remain at rest? 1Thess 5 v 16 -18 How do you defend your vulnerable and weak areas of your life?
Have you exchanged your previous family identity to that of being in Christ? “All my family are rebellious, unforgiving, lazy........”
What does cultivating an awareness that God is always with you, mean to you? Psalm 139. Good place to finish off with contemplating this is worship.
(Sun, 05 Nov 2017)
Paul Basson, from South Manchester Family Church, spoke on Faith and prophecy.
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
The Moses Years - Bitter Water, Manna And Quail
Phil Hardy (Sun, 29 Oct 2017)
Phil continued our series on Moses, looking at how God was faithful to the Israelites, providing them food and water in the wilderness and showing his Glory, despite their moaning.
To read Phil's notes (in PDF format), click here.
• Journeying with the Israelites
• Seen the hand of God deliver them from the Egyptians
• Song of deliverance in Ex 15
Ex 15 v 22
Oasis at Marah
Complained and turned against Moses
What are we going to drink they demanded
Miracle - piece of wood makes the water good go drink
The Lord tells them he is going to test their faithfulness
Manna & Quail
Led into the wilderness of Sin between Elim & Mount Sinai
There too the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron
Looking back to what they probably though were the good old days
Brought us here to starve
God provides for them food
All they have to do is faithfully obey
Verse 4 I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my Instructions
• Do you believe that God tests us? James 1
• How does he test us ? In the ordinary things of life
God provides enough for each day only will last 1 day
except on the sixth day where there will be enough that will keep for 2 days
Moses and Aaron speak to the people v 6
• The Israelites are a complaining people, may be a spirit of ungratefulness
• Does our nation have this spirit,? Look at trip advisor more complaints than positive comments
• Are you ungrateful ?
• Are you a complainer?
• We all need to be careful when we are complaining about those who God has given authority too who are leading. V8 "your complaints are against the Lord, not against us"
They didn't really know God
They didn't know who they were
Verse 9 & 10 They get to see the awesome Glory of God in cloud - sign that God is with them and with Moses and Aaron
Back to the test
Gods tests them by giving simple instructions over the provision of food. V 11 - 36
• Some it seemed could not follow the Lord's simple instructions
• They tried to keep food for the next day and it was rotten - we need fresh daily spiritual food
• The Lord gave them the gift of a day of rest so on the 6th day he provided enough for 2 days, but some still went out looking for food on the 7th day
• They were also to preserve food for future generations, it was placed in the Ark of the covenant.
• This instruction was for forty years
• How quick do we get bored or fed up of following and doing the last thing God told us to do?
• What was the last thing your loving heavenly father told you to do?
• Are you doing it?
• Are you doing it out of duty?
• Are you doing it from a place of Faith ? Knowing that what he is looking for is the obedience that comes from faith not duty
Ch17 - Water from the a Rock.
Here we go again, they complained and demanded water.
It takes another sign / miracle because they argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying "Is the Lord with us or not?"
There's much for us to learn from the Israelites
1. Are you a complainer? Who or what is you complaint is it against a person? Maybe you need to deal with it. We are told that if we have anything in our hearts against some one else we must first deal with it before we offer our worship to God.
2. Are you ungrateful or have a ungrateful attitude?
3. God is looking for those who follow him, Paul writes that we are to call people to the obedience that comes from faith. Are you following out of duty or love and faith for the one who has called you his child?
4. Is God testing you through the ordinary things of life, how are you responding ?
Prayer / Ministry
We are called to clothe the naked of the world not get naked with the world
We are called to provide a bed to sleep in get get in bed with the world
We are called to feed the hungry and the thirsty of the world not hunger and thirst after the world
Gods looking for a people who carry the Glory of our heavenly father where ever we go an in what ever we do.
1. Do you believe that God tests us? James 1
2. How does God test us ?
3. What can you learn from the this part of the story?
4. How can we live obedient faith filled lives without it becoming a duty or us resenting God.
Neal Garratt (Sun, 22 Oct 2017)
Neal and team present the various activities of the Jigsaw Project
Andy McCullough (Sun, 15 Oct 2017)
Andy spoke from Mark 5.21-6.1
Reaching The Nations
Phil Hardy Dave Harper (Sun, 08 Oct 2017)
Phil, Sundar and Ali spoke of their time in India.
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Baptism Service: Faith And Obedience
Dave Watmore (Sun, 01 Oct 2017)
Today was a special baptism service for Nikki and Kirsty.
Following the baptisms, Dave spoke about the faith and obedience that we need when we follow Jesus and the parallels there are with Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt.
Dave showed two clips from the "Prince of Egypt".
The Israelites leaving Egypt:
The Israelites crossing the Red Sea:
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
After the service, we had our own mini-Passover meal: lamb pittas.