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Everything we have been entrusted with belongs to God. It all comes from Him and belongs to Him and ultimately it must be accounted for before Him. Embracing the call to stewardship is all about accepting our God-given responsibility, not as duty but as an opportunity to love and serve others, and clarifying what we are responsible for, who we are responsible to, and to whom we have a responsibility towards.
We all speak with an accent. But what we say also has a spiritual accent. So what accent do you speak with? Is it an accent of life that flows from a renewed, God-focused heart? Or is it an accent of death that flows from a world-focused heart? The good news is that through a continuing relationship with Jesus, we can renew our heart daily, and start speaking life to those around us.
Conversations are an essential part of human relationships. But are you really listening to others when they talk to you, or are you just thinking about what you will say next, or coming up with a better story than the one they're telling? Listening doesn't happen in a vacuum; it takes all of our senses to truly hear what people say. So who do you need to really listen to today?
God didn't create us just so we could be saved and reconciled to him. That is part of the story, but not the whole story. If we do nothing with our faith, it is like preparing to go for a swim but not actually jumping in the pool. We are prepared by God to encounter Him and others. We are prepared by God to do the good works that He has prepared for us to do.
There are many lines in our lives that we can't or won't cross; lines that are created by society, our upbringing and even our religion. Sometimes these lines can separate us from God, and limit our understanding of Him and relationship with Him. So what are the lines in your life? And are they keeping you from a deeper encounter with Him?
There are so many things competing for our attention, affection and devotion and sometimes they can take on a disproportionate level of priority in our lives. Jesus came to liberate our hearts from these false gods and bring us into vital relationship with the one true living God, whom to know is life eternal.
James 4:8 promises that if we “draw near to God he will draw near to us”. But that is not the end of the story. And what does “draw near” even mean? The book of James gives us some practical ways to live as Christians so we can draw near to God, but the key lies in the attitudes of our mind and the condition of out heart.
John 4 tells the story of a Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at a well, and encountered a deeper contentment than what can be found in the physical world. So how content are you? Not your contentment with surface level things like cars or money, but how content are you at your soul level? Have you encountered the contentment that can only be found in Jesus?
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) - It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
God wants us to seek Him out; for it is when we start to look for Him that he finds us. But how we search for him is determined by the desires of our heart. So we have to ask ourselves ‘how is my heart?’ Is it distracted by the things of this world, or is it whole-heartedly searching for God?
Sometimes we put distance between ourselves and God and end up missing out on the intimacy He has invited us to enjoy with Him. When we are far from God he comes looking for us and, with gentleness and kindness, calls us back to the place of close relationship with Him.
Have you ever been in a tough place, and just needed God to show up in your life? Special guest Dr Haydn Nelson returns to speak from the book of Acts and from his own experience about being in a tough place, not knowing what was next or if there was a next, and seeing what God can do in those situations. Because it’s never over until God says it’s over.
Guest Speaker Steve Fraser speaks about Luke 8:40-56 and the way Jesus treated two different people with desperate needs, and how lessons learned from Jesus have been lived out in his own life, through his work as an ambassador for Water For Africa and in an encounter in Tanzania with a special girl named Halima.
Human love is limited by the filters and qualifiers we put on who we love and how we love. Jesus demonstrates God’s unlimited love to us. We need to fill ourselves with God’s love so we can live out that love and transform our lives and the lives of others.
We don’t always see people the way God does - as made in His image. Christ calls us to a higher and better way of seeing people and helps us examine our assumptions and fears that getting in the way of us loving and treating all people the same.
Leadership has become a dominating theme of our culture. We tend to think of leadership in terms of those who lead countries or corporations; those who lead in times of crisis and upheaval; those who lead and fail in the public arena. But how many of us are comfortable defining ourselves as leaders? There are many moments in our lives, big and small, where we lead others. So in those moments, how do we lead well?
Jesus is a fantastic example of what it is to be a servant. But He also shows us that there is an inseparable connection between the call to lead and the call to serve. In order to lead, you must understand that leadership is not about power, position, privilege or prestige – it is all about service to others.
How do we balance our lives between expectation and reality? Is balance even possible? Guest speaker Sidhara De Mel looks back to the story of Eve, and shows that if we stop trying to live our lives as a balancing act, and start living in the purpose God created us for, then we can live our lives to the full.
How would you feel if all your dreams came true? Why does success sometimes feel empty? Carey Nieuwhof spoke at the Impact Leadership Conference, and in the evening session shared thoughts and lessons from his own life and from the life of King Solomon on how we can find meaning in the dreams and success in our own lives.
Not many of us consider ourselves to be leaders, because we tend to have a narrow definition of what it means to be a leader. As followers of Jesus, we are all called to be leaders of others, and to lead people to Christ. So we need to ask ourselves two questions: where is God calling me to lead, and what does being a kingdom leader look like for me?
None of us like to wait. And for Christians, waiting for God to fulfil a promise can be very frustrating. In the Old Testament, Abram and David had to wait decades for God to fulfil their promises. Guest Speaker James Aiton explains that in the waiting for the promise to come to fruition, we shouldn’t be idle. God is using that time to prepare us so we are ready and able to fulfil His promise.
Jesus isn’t always who we think he is. We may think we know Him, but we need to continue to learn more about Him so that the full measure of His glory and majesty can be revealed to us. Beau explores three aspects of Jesus’ character, and how they will help us grow in our relationship with Him.
Jesus called his disciples to deny themselves, take up their crosses and follow him. These non-negotiable demands of discipleship lead us to complete trust in Jesus and whole-hearted obedience to Jesus. This is the path to abundant and everlasting life.
It is easy for us to want revenge for things that are done to us; to want to hurt those who hurt us. In His life, Jesus said some really counter-cultural things, and one of those things is ‘love your enemies’. He teaches us that this is more than just tolerating those who mistreat us, or being kind to those who try to ruin our lives. So how do we love our enemies?
New beginnings are often accompanied by celebration and the new life we receive in Christ is no different. There is a sign, symbol, ceremony and celebration that accompanies the receiving of resurrection life in Christ and it marks a defining moment in the journey of faith.
It is often said that life is a Journey, but where is that journey taking you? Jesus came so that we could journey through life with purpose and meaning, and above all with the knowledge that He will lead us through death to the Joy of our Heavenly Father.
Why we give and how we give are infinitely more important to God than what we give. The motive for our giving and the attitude with which we give determine whether or not our generosity delights heart of God. In this message we discover 7 attitudes of the heart that the scriptures say should find expression through our generosity.