MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Brothers and Sisters!

Good morning all. Well, we are finally going to get some heat and hopefully some nice weather for the long weekend. God is GREAT!

So, in our last week study, we looked at how we are now reconciled with God through His Son Jesus, and only by Jesus, as God has showed us. Now let’s look at what Paul is trying to teach us on how “appearances” can be in vain. This topic should lead us to some great discussions. Please ponder the study notes below.

Remember guys, this week is stood down so I will see you on the 25th of May. I am looking forward to this one.
Read: 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Study notes for verses 1-2… 
VERSE 1… the grace of God comes through the death of Christ (5:14–19). Those who turn back from Christ show that their initial, apparent acceptance of God’s grace was not real but in vain.
VERSE 2… by quoting Isa. 49:8, Paul identifies his apostolic ministry with Isaiah’s prophetic role. Both call Israel to repentance and perseverance in view of the coming day of redemption and judgment (salvation).

Question…
How does Paul describe himself as he pleads with the Corinthians to not receive the grace of God in vain?

Please pray… I have a quote for my prayer,
“The most important part of the Christian is to grow in grace… to become more like the Lord Jesus every day, Whatever we need in life – is filled by God in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ our Lord”… AMEN?

Blessings All!
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS…
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!
Jimmy ;o)

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good  morning to you all!

How are you all doing today? I hope all is well. Can I ask that we all say a prayer for all those affected by the flooding? Pray to God for His hand of protection on those who need it, to place those who can help in the places that need it and his hand of healing on those that have been hurt or on those who have lost friends or family because of the flooding.Ok, so on with our message. We are still working on “Reconciliation”. What does it mean to be “reconciled”? To be reconciled, means to be reunited with someone from whom one has been alienated. Forgiveness can lead to restored fellowship. Sin leads to alienation from God, but through Christ, we can be forgiven and reconciled to God. “Be reconciled to God” (5:20) this is a wonderful invitation to the gospel (see also Rom. 5:11).2 Corinthians 5:16-21   The Ministry of Reconciliation
Study notes for verses 16-21…
VERSE 16-20… The redemption of a people who live for Christ by living for others is the beginning of the new creation (see Isa. 43:18–19; 65:17–23; 66:22–23). This new creation also begins Israel’s final restoration from God’s judgment in the exile (see the context of Isa. 43:1–21; 65:17–25).Reconciliation. These verses outline (1) the basis of Paul’s apostolic ministry of the new covenant (Paul’s own reconciliation to God through Christ); (2) its consequence (his ministry and message of reconciliation to the world for Christ); (3) its essential content (the forgiveness of sins because of Christ’s death); and (4) its call (on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God) ambassadors for Christ. Paul is God’s prophetic minister of the new covenant (3:4–6). He announces God’s “peace treaty” (see Isa. 53:5) with those who will trust in Christ to free them from the penalty and power of sin (2 Cor. 5:14–15; see Rom. 5:11).
VERSE 21… This verse is one of the most important in all of Scripture for understanding the meaning of the atonement and justification. The one who knew no sin is Jesus Christ (v. 20), and he (God) made him (Christ) to be sin. God the Father made Christ to be viewed and treated as “sin” even though Christ himself never sinned (Heb. 4:15; see Gal. 3:13). For our sake. God viewed and treated “our” sin as if it belonged to Christ himself. Thus Christ “died for all” (2 Cor. 5:14) and became our substitute. Christ took the punishment that we deserved (1 Pet. 2:24). The background for this is Isaiah 53, the most lengthy and detailed OT prophecy of Christ’s death. It contains several parallels to 2 Cor. 5:21 so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Just as God gave our sin and guilt to Christ (“he made him to be sin”) so God also gives Christ’s righteousness to all who believe in Christ. God now views and treats believers as having the legal status of “righteousness.” See further notes on Rom. 5:18; 10:3; 10:6–8; see also Isa. 53:11.

Questions…

  1. How has God reconciled us to Himself?
  2. How is it possible that we can become “the righteousness of God” in Christ?
Please pray… 
Dear God, we ask you today to be with all those struggling with the stress and damages from the flood waters. Give them hope and calm their hearts. We know this: all those suffering that are in Christ; you will provide help, strength and love to get through this bad time. Help your children be a testimony in this time of trial also. My glorious Father, we thank you for your Son and the work He has done for us on the cross. That is where we can lay our woes, at his feet, and He will help us endure. We pray this in Christ’s name… Amen!Blessings All!
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS… 
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!
Jimmy ;o)

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good morning,

Wow, did we get enough rain yet? I think I may have to row in to work! Just think how beautiful God’s gardens are going to be after all the rain stops and the ground is full of water. God always has a plan and with all his greatness, we will see what he has in store for us and it’s always great!

Ok, so I hope last week’s message made us think of where we are at with our Father. Sorry for so many questions, but there can never be enough to stir up our hearts and with the help of the Holy Spirit we will anchor ourselves in His word. With that, we move into chapter 5 verses 11 to 15

2 Corinthians 5:11-15

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Topic of study…

One has died for all, therefore all have died. By Christ’s death, the death penalty for sin (see Gen. 2:17) has been paid for all those who trust in him (see Rom. 3:21–26; 1 Cor. 15:3). The love of Christ controls us. See Titus 2:11–14.

  1. What moved Paul to try and persuade men?
  2. What motivated Paul to live for Jesus Christ?

Please pray…

Our wonderful Father, you are the greatest.  You are the one I come to, with all my thoughts. I thank you for your Son and for the Holy Spirit.  Thank you for the love and joy in your words, and for the grace and mercy we get for free through your Son. We fight with the darkness of this world but with your shield, sword and the armor of protection, we fight back in your name. All those we have that sit heavy on our hearts, please keep them safe and give us the words of your wisdom to help them in this dark world. We ask you for this strength in your Son’s name, Christ Jesus…Amen!

Blessings All!

Have a Great Day!

Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS… 

So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!

Jimmy ;o)

Saying goodbye

There is no universal way to say good bye to someone. Cultural, gender, familiarity and even seasons influence our good byes. We have some preparatory gestures to set the stage for departures. As a man I have hinted to my visiting guest that it was time to say goodbye by unbuttoning my pants and plopping down on the sofa. I have noticed women begin to re-tidy the kitchen suggesting she wants the house back in order and everyone should leave. Whether we enjoy the company of the person leaving or not we do try to make the act as polite as possible always suggesting we expect to see that person later.

When Jesus sat with His disciples and ate their last Passover meal together it was obvious to an observer that He was saying goodbye to them. Yet, they did not seem to pick up on it, or probably did not want to. He had dropped hints before that evening but his friends, family and followers seemed to ignore Him. They loved Him and wanted no part of His conversation that suggested He would be gone from their presence for a long time. He told them He would suffer and be murdered but it was difficult for them to accept, after all He was healthy, young and affected the lives of those who watched Him perform miracles or listened to Him speak. He was a good man who was funny, gifted and loved by many. But, because He choose to say goodbye to His earthly ministry that night, we never have to say goodbye to anyone without the possibility of seeing them again.

On Monday I gathered with others to remember the life of a believer who had succumbed to cancer. We sang songs, heard some great stories and were reminded that Bob was in heaven. Although we said goodbye to his earthly vessel, many present knew that separation was not permanent. Bob was a good man who was funny, gifted and loved by many. However Bob, like others gathered to say goodbye, believed they would meet again not because of who he was, but because of who He believed. Bob’s hope and belief rested in Jesus’ truths and promises and so believers saying goodbye knew they would see Bob again.

Earlier in the day, while looking at FACEBOOK, I had seen a notice about a colleague who had suddenly passed away on Sunday. I had last seen him in 1998 and although we had exchanged email and messages, we acted as if we would see each other soon. My friend was a good man who was funny, gifted and loved by many however I admit I do not know what he believed. A couple of times as I listened to stories of Bob’s faith, I could not help but think about my friend and what his farewell gathering would be like. I could not help but feel guilty of not taking my goodbyes seriously. I realized some people whom I’ve said goodbye to recently, I may never see again.

ACTION

Are there people you know whose goodbye could be for all of eternity? Are there people you can love-on and be used by God as His messenger of truth?   All of us can answer yes to both those questions and so we must do something to take away the sting of goodbye. Every goodbye doesn’t have to be offered as if it was going to be the last. Before followers of Christ we see God’s glory they are called to participate in the adoption processes helping people understand what God has in store for them as His children. Between the goodbyes we offer our friends, we can talk with God about how we can share His truth with those who do not know Him as Lord. We can make the effort to be the shoulder to cry on, the ear to listen, or even the hand to help up. We can ask to be a voice that shares His story.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we praise You for the joy of life, the emotional and physical experiences You grant us and the people You place around us. We know we have been given only a short time on this earth and are grateful for whatever time we have, however impress on us that You created us to be in eternal relationship with You and others. Help us share Your truth by our witness and our words so that our earthly goodbyes are truly only temporary events and that our friendships can last forever. We do need You to help us love others as You desire, with unselfish words and actions that may reveal Your heart to those we encounter. Thank you for our life and help us share its eternal purpose with all those we encounter. Amen