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God created sex, man created marriage.

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Grace removes the worry as to whether you’ve done the right thing.

A measure of one’s freedom is the capability to give freely.

Remember Christ is the Judge, His Spirit the advocate, and the Christian is only a witness.

 

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Extract from Jim’s Preach ‘Waiting’

Full Notes in Preaching

Luke 10:38– 42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their journey, they came to Bethany where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

But Martha was distracted by all the serving. She came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha,” the Lord answered, “only one thing is needed.
Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I see it as right and proper that as a society we should look after the weaker ones in the community. With that mindset I was delighted to read that at the very beginning of the church (recorded in the Book of Acts) newly converted Christians were selling their property to finance the support of the poor.

I thought that as Christians today we imitate them by doing the same and that this would revitalise the church and bring many to know Jesus. I thought, as many did at that time, that we should base our church on the church of Acts and do what they did.

But in time I realised that that was not the answer. Imitating what other Christians had done was not the way forward. The Lord showed me NOT to base my actions on the actions of the church of Acts, but base them on what the church of Acts was based on.

The church of Acts was based on Jesus. They were responding to what He inspired them to do and they were empowered by the Holy Spirit.

We often hear Christians say that we should imitate Jesus’ example and be like Him. But we fail to walk on water, heal all who come to us, multiply loaves and fishes, and raise the dead. We fail miserably to imitate the supernatural Jesus and resort to trying to imitate His humanity, by trying to be loving and caring. But we fail.

But Jesus didn’t ask us to imitate Him. He asked us to follow Him. Follow Him by responding to him, wanting to know what he is saying to us and responding to His leading.

Truly imitating Jesus is saying in your heart ‘your way not mine Lord’, in everything.

Paul wrote; Ro 15:18-19 ‘ I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in my ministry, by what I have said and done, by the power of signs and miracles, all through the power of the Spirit.’

Just like Jesus, Paul accomplished everything through the power of the Spirit. And the Spirit only empowers the things the Lord calls us to do.

Doing only what the Lord leads us to do is my goal and my desire for Liberty. Like Paul I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through us. I know there are those at Liberty with the same ardent belief, goal, desire and purpose.

Someone who once came to Liberty critically asked, ’Why does Liberty not have a programme of good works like other churches do? The simple answer is that Jesus has not led us that way at this time. He has led others down that path but at present is not leading us that way. We only want the works He leads us into. He always leads his children down their own unique path.

We want supernatural God works not our own good works. We want to imitate Paul and be truly Christ like and accomplish everything through the power of the Spirit.

Jesus gave up His job left home and trusted God for His next meal and a place to sleep. Jesus told his disciples ‘”Take nothing for the journey, no bread, no bag, no money, no spare clothes.” Like Jesus the apostles relied totally on God and never did good works only God works.

That is the foundation of the church in Acts. Christ like they absolutely trusted God for everything. Everything they needed to live and to find their direction in life.

Jesus waited 30 years for His ministry to begin, the disciples waited in the upper room, Paul waited in the Arabian desert and I waited 20 years for Jesus to call me to start Liberty. And at the God appointed time He opened every door and removed every obstacle to establish it.

In tonight’s reading we find Mary sat at Jesus’ feet learning, in another story Mary is sat at Jesus’ feet worshipping and in another story she is sat patiently waiting for Jesus to arrive. She was criticised for this. But scripture tells us Mary responded when Jesus called her.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sat resting awaiting the call, blow the criticism, I’m waiting on Jesus. I’m not rushing anywhere I’m waiting at His feet because I only want his ways, not mine.

There have been countless criticisms of those that have patiently waited for the Spirit of Jesus, waited for the mighty rushing wind that serves and saves, feeds and fills, cures and comforts, invigorates and inspires. In my view it’s always worth waiting for.

Jesus we wait. We wait for the wind of your Spirit and for you to do your work in us and through us.

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