Consider your ways

Topic: Consider your ways
Haggai 1:1-15
These people are not bad people and they love God but they went back to the busyness of their life and say that it’s not time for God’s house to be rebuilt. The people love God but their priority has shifted. They had misplaced priority.
You can do all the right thing and still not get favorable result. Have you asked yourself why you have a problem in your life? The reason why you don’t ask is because you are scared of the answer because the answer is you.
There is a hole in every situation that’s why you have problem of sowing much and reaping little. We need to consider our ways so as to go into new thing that God has promised.
Consider your ways means reflect on your life or think about your life.
The people are not fruitful because God was not their priority. We also get caught up with so many things that we neglect God.
When you cut back on the things of God (e.g tithe, going to church), we have leakages in everything we do. Don’t cut back on God
God is no respecter of anybody but he favors whoever is faithful. That hole will not be patched unless you put God as priority.
Is God forgotten in your life?

Watch full sermon below.
Preacher: Pastor John Malcolm

Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path

The word of God takes us thru every moment in our life. There are 22 sections in Psalms 119 with 8 verses in each section. Number 8 means new beginning.
The number of the beast is 666 while numerical translation of Jesus is 888 which signifies strong attestation of new beginning.
Psalm 119:105
Sometimes we try to compare light with lamp but they are incomparable.
The word of God shows us the path. It teaches us discipline. When the word of God is a lamp to your feet, it only gives you enough light for you to step. It means taking one step at a time and relying completely on God.
We want to figure everything out but God doesn’t want us to worry.
If culture is your compass or any other man-made compass, then you will fail. Your compass should be the word of God.

Lamp is for the night, light is for the day
Matt 7:13-14
The one life we have on Earth is not the destination. Life begins when you die #EternalLife
All we need to do is to trust in God

Watch full sermon below.
Preacher: Pastor Trevor

The Lord’s Prayer

Matt 6:9-13
God has to be the foundation of all we do. The 66 words in the Lord’s prayer addresses our physical, spiritual, now and future needs. If we don’t send our prayers to the right place, it won’t be delivered.
If we send to heaven, it will never return void. It is a love letter to our Father in Heaven. It has a beginning, content and closure.
The letter was written with a date: ‘this day’

The order of the letter:

A. Introduction
Oh u are father: when we recognize our father then he will be able to bless us abundantly

B. 3 petitions relating to God
1. Hallowed be thy name
It means referencing God. We need to give Glory to God
2. The kingdom come
This is the purpose of God in our life which is to pray for his kingdom should come
3. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven
This should be our priority

C. 3 petitions relating to Us
1. Give us this day our daily bread
Daily bread is for nourishing. He wants us to come to him for every bit of sustenance
He knows what we need more than what we want
2. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
God doesn’t want us to ask for daily bread alone but to ask for forgiveness. It’s a plea of grace
3. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
Forgiving us now is great but God knows that as soon as we walk out we will be tempted and that’s why we need to ask God daily to keep us fresh
When we are very confident about our life, that’s the most dangerous time in our life

D. Conclusion
For thing is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen

Christ was mentioned 555 times in the Bible
31,102 verses in the KJV Bible
15551 even verses
Challenge: Pray for 21 days the Lord’s prayer

Watch full sermon below.
Preacher: Pastor Neil Thomas

Open my eyes

The word of God speaks down into our being and brings life. Psalm 119:18
Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.
Yhwh – God’s name was so refereed that it cannot be pronounced in in its entirety and they pronounce Yhwh instead of Yahweh.
Yhwh is from the Hebrew letters is interpreted as God giving his (10) commandments with grace such that when man go against the commandment, he can be restored and forgiven by grace.
If we cannot see what God is doing, then God can do nothing in our lives. The law being the Torah means instruction or teaching. Help me see wonderful things in your instructions

3 Step truth
1. Only when you see things that are behind the law then you can appreciate the law. Having and knowing the word of God is the key for a life of holiness and purpose
There are wonderful things God is teaching us. 2 Corinthians 3:18
The Glory of God was reflected upon Moses. When you spend time with God, his Glory wraps you up. When we read the Bible without the teaching of God, the Bible becomes another event.
2. No one can see the wonderful things for what they really are without God’s supernatural help

3. We must pray to God for supernatural illumination when we read the Bible

When we experience the power of God, we don’t become sinless but sin less. It’s not about proving yourself right but in the power of Jesus.

The ultimate goal of life

We need to have passion for God’s word, trust in him and lean not on our understanding.
Psalm 119 is all about the word

According to Psalm 119:11, hidden is translated to treasured
The ultimate goal of life
1. To glorify God by enjoying him forever
2. Or we could say the ultimate goal is not to sin
Because I didn’t sin, I can glorify God thereby enjoying him

important phrases in Psalm 119:11
1. The word: The word of God is not subjective but objective. Subjective is situational. Objective is taking the word of God in entirety. Do not underestimate the word of God

2. I have treasured: what do you call treasure? Treasure in Hebrew is tsaphan which means to hide or store

3. In my heart: The word of God from the book has to go from outside to inside (in the heart). It must be written on the tablet of out heart.

The meaning of the heart used in the old testament is the organ used for thinking and feeling. Gen 6:5
A heart is a store house Job 36:13
If you store up God’s word in your heart, it works inside and manifest on the outside Proverb 23:7

Watch full sermon below.
Preacher: Pastor Trevor

The Bible (Part 3)

Psalm 118:8 is the center of the Bible. Don’t trust man, man will fail you
Matt 4:1-4
The devil was questioning the position of Jesus that’s what the temptation is all about. Jesus overcame the temptation by the word.
The temptation of Jesus is to serve as an example to us so that when we go thru temptations we will stand and not fall.
Deut 8 is what Jesus was quoting i.e it is written. Bread is necessary but not sufficient alone. By every word that proceed out of the mouth of God we should live.
Most times we have regarded the word of God as duty rather than a privilege Acts 17:11.
We need to be open to the word of God and stop being familiar with the word of God. When you hear the word of God, do not harden your heart and read it to show yourself approved.
No compromise for the word of God Heb 4:12. Many of us go thru the word of God instead of letting the word of God go thru us
Start reading the word of God today and let the word of God go thru you

Watch full sermon below.
Preacher: Pastor Trevor

The Bible (Part 2)

The King James version (KJV) bible is the only authorized version and it was out in the 1500. Feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle in all 4 Gospels. The book of Acts is mostly regarded as 2nd Luke.

Barnabas was an encourager. When everybody rejected Paul he took him and when everybody rejected John Mark, he accepted mark. Epistles are divided into Pauline Epistles and general Epistles.
General epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2nd Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Jude
13 Pauline Epistles and others are general epistles

Book of prophecy: Revelation

The word is inspired by the word of God. The christian faith is based on the Bible. A key doctrine in Christianity is the inerrancy of scripture, meaning the Bible is original and its handwritten state is without error. The Bible itself claims to be the inspired word of God or God-breathe. 2 Tim 3:16

In old testament salvation is rooted in deliverance from sin while in the New testament, it is through Jesus

Canonization of scripture is needed because there were many books floating around in the early church and so much of people were dying for books which are not worth dying for. Canon refers to measuring rod or yardstick for true word of God. The complete Bible in 397AD i.e. 27 books of the new testament were formalized.

20 of the new testament has been generally accepted, the remaining 7 had to go through canonization. Authoritative, dynamic, generally accepted, prophetic and authentic are the yardstick used for canonization of scripture

Psalm 119:89. God’s word is settled and not evolving. Everything came into existence thru the word of God.
If you believe on the word of God then hold on to it else leave it. When we take God’s word, we need to take it in entirety and not pick and choose. God is showing his love, salvation and to make you live a holy life.

There is no middle ground, we must accept the Bible as exactly what it claims to be: God’s verbally inspired and infallible word

Watch full sermon below.
Preacher: Pastor Trevor

The Bible (Part 1)

A spiritual death happens when there is famine of the word of God. Amos 8:11
The reason for the famine is because the people didn’t want to hear the word of God.

Bible comes from biblia in Latin and biblos in Greek. The terms mean book or books respectively.
If you want fall in love with the word of God then u need to know the basics. The Bible is a compilation of 66 books by 40 authors during a period of approximately 1,500 years

The Bible was originally in 3 Languages
– Old testament was written in Hebrew and a percentage in Aramaic
– New testament was written Koine Greek

The Bible contains several more divisions beside the old and new testament: the pentateuch (1st 5 books), the historical books, the poetry and wisdom books, the books of prophesy, the gospel, the Epistles and prophesy

The pentateuch is form 2 Greek words pente (5) and teuchos (scrolls). It is attributed to Moses
In Hebrew, pentateuch is Torah meaning the law or instructions. Genesis contains most of history and Job is considered the oldest book in the Bible. The author is not known.
The historical books of Israel is from Joshua to Esther. Psalms have different authorship but David being the notable one. Others are anonymous
Psalm, job, proverbs, Ecclesiastes, song of songs are books of poetry and wisdom

There are 4 major prophet: Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel because they have longer chapter
There are 5 major books because Lamentations was written by Jeremiah.
The books of prophesy is Isaiah to Malachi. Daniel and Ezekiel were the contemporary prophet
Minor prophet Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah,Micah, Nahum,habakkuk  to Malachi

After Malachi, there was 400 years of silence of God’s word. After silence, then new testament. I.e Gospel
The gospel comes from the Anglo-Saxon which means God-Spell which translates from the Greek word Euangelion meaning good news

There are 3 synoptic gospel; Matthew, Mark, Luke because they have the same view point. John’s approach to the Gospel and recording of Jesus life and ministry is unique
Luke was with Paul and a Doctor. He was accompanying Paul everywhere he goes. Luke was writing to one of his friend who is a gentile Theophilus

Matthew was written for the Jewish crowd. John perspective is from the disciples approach

Epistles are letters written to the fledgling churches
13 epistles written by John, General epistles James
Revelation: prophecy books

The Christian faith is based on the Bible

Watch full sermon below.
Preacher: Pastor Trevor

When Jesus calls

Jesus calls all the time. When Jesus called the disciples, they left their nets and followed him immediately. Matt 4:20

What happens when you are called?
1. Listen
2. Act

What we are listening to? God or Noise
Are our decisions based on ideas or the word of God?
If we are actively listening to the word of God, we will not fall. Even if you stagger, because you are built on the word of God which is a rock, you will stand firm again.
God calls you everyday. He is here for habitation
When Jesus calls, we need to make a decision to follow. When we follow, we dont get to do things our own way. All we need is to completely follow

Watch full sermon below.
Preacher: Pastor Samantha

Unto us a child is born

God is giving us a child as gift. Isa 9:6-7
Why Jesus came as a child is because the eternal separation was broken between God and man. There was spiritual connection that happened and made the bridge.
Gen 3:15
In life, something unexpected happens. You might face something unexpected but it is something that God expects. The ruler of our government is that of a complete justice. It’s a government full of love. What is happening in the current government is the opposite of the government of God.
What can I do differently this Christmas?

Watch full sermon below.
Preacher: Pastor Trevor