Do you love Me more than these? (Communion. Tim Maurice, 26 August 2018)
We’re not the ‘good’ people we think we are. When Jesus asks, as He asked Peter, ‘Do you love Me more than these?’ (John 21:15), most of us would have to admit that there are other things we love more than we love Him. Without condemning us, Jesus invites us to join Him in His offering to find His provision for us to love Him first; to find His love, His faith and the grace of God.
Release from our own law (Study. Tim Maurice, 29 July 2018)
When we hear the word of the Lord proclaimed to us, our natural response as Christians is to mistakenly believe we have the capacity and integrity within ourselves to obey and fulfil His word. But this belief in ourselves is not only futile, it is self-righteous, opposed to the way of the cross, and can only produce death. The only way to life and the righteousness of God is by the blood of Christ, given to us as we join and abide in His offering and sufferings.
Deliverance from the other law (Communion. Tim Maurice, 22 July 2018)
Being a Christian is more than believing Jesus died for our sins. He did, but He was also bruised for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5). Many of us didn’t know we brought iniquity with us when we first believed, and that unless it is dealt with, it will remain in us and cause much trouble, even through we are Christians. What is our iniquity, and what has the Lord established to remove it from us?
The covenant of sonship (Bible School, 9 June 2018)
When God appeared to Abraham, He gave him the specific name and capacity he would need not to be afraid but to fulfill the work God had established for him to do as the father of every son of God who would ever walk in faith after him; faith not in the might, power or wisdom of man but in the Spirit and promise of God.
The Eyes of the Lord (Communion. Victor Hall, 27 May 2018)
The eyes of the Lord, as a flame of fire, are upon us. Because He loves us, He is walking among His churches to chasten, discipline and refine us, individually and together, to be all He has named us be and do all He has planned for us to do. How do we respond in the trials and tribulations His chastening hand brings?
Households of the New Covenant, Part 1 (Easter Convention. Bruce Hamilton, 31 March 2018)
It is the Lord’s desire that each one of us be established and brought to full maturity as a son of God. Rather than just waiting for something to happen some time in the future, we are on a journey from immaturity to maturity as the life of Christ is formed in us. How is His life and nature nurtured in us and in our households?
Households of the New Covenant, Part 2 (Easter Convention. Julianne Hamilton, 31 March 2018)
God’s Everlasting Covenant and the blood of Christ by which the New Covenant was inaugurated were not God’s ‘fix’ for a bad mistake. God doesn’t make mistakes. What Christ achieved through His cross was what God had always determined to achieve from before the foundation of the world – His life in us, and us in Him. How, then, are we to apprehend His life and live as Covenant families and households?
Households of the New Covenant, Part 3 (Easter Convention. Bruce Hamilton, 1 April 2018)
How we live as Christian individuals and households overflows into how we live in our communities and in the church. We don’t live one way in one context and differently in another. There is one life of the Son of God, and we are to embody His life. We can find God’s grace for our households to be led and ordered by His Spirit so that each member can grow up in the name the Lord has for them and so fulfil His purpose.
Circumcision and the New Covenant, Part 1 (Easter Convention. David Baker, 30 March 2018)
In the circumcision of Christ, if we are joined to His circumcision, our hearts can be circumcised. The body of our flesh can be removed so that we glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, finding the righteousness of His faith and being delivered from our own ‘righteousness’.
Circumcision and the New Covenant, Part 2 (Easter Convention. David Baker, 30 March 2018)
The sin and suffering of the whole world was laid on Jesus when He died our death, and by His offering He brought us back with Him from the death of sin. But what was our death? What was His? And how, why, and to what life are we brought back with Him?
Circumcision and the New Covenant, Part 3 (Easter Convention. David Baker, 1 April 2018)
When Jesus was nailed to the cross, He took with Him the legal decrees that stood against us and left them nailed there. When we join His circumcision, walking by the Spirit and not by laws, leaving them nailed to the cross as He did, we are set free to live and minister the life of God instead of judgements.
The light of the Gospel (Bible School. Tim Maurice, 10 February 2018)
There’s no point in our just knowing things about God without the life of God coming to us. We need to turn to Christ and have the veil that naturally obscures our sight removed so we can see and know the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.