MCF – Gagetown group – study & prayer

We move into our next part called Jesus, the beloved, only begotten Son. So let’s read Matthew 3:13-17, focusing on verse 17

Saving us from our sins, cost God the Father dearly. When John the Baptist baptized Jesus; we see God reaching down from Heaven and telling all how much he loves His Son. Jesus, the Lamb of God, made the sacrifice for our sins so that we can be reconciled to the Father. Remember when John the Baptist saw Jesus coming, he said “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29) Have you ever looked up the word salvation? It’s a noun meaning preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss. Isn’t that cool? We all want to be safe, so through His sacrifice at Calvary, Jesus became the Saviour of the world. Through his death and resurrection and your faith in the beloved Son of God, you are born again!

Jesus said in John 3:3b “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” His death was sufficient, Jesus paid your debt. We also remember John 3:15-17

Verse of the day…. Matthew 3:17

He is the Redeemer of the world, who died for sinners, the One who is the Soon-coming King!

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 – Gagetown group – study & prayer

This part is called Jesus, the life. We are reading from 1 John 5:1-13 and we will look at verses 1 John 5:11-12 

The last few weeks of study reminds me of what Jesus said in this passage; John 14:6 –  In our key verse John puts it like this: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” The word of God is very clear about this, easy to understand and no special interpretation is needed. All roads do not lead to God or Heaven. God, the Father, wants us to know that there is life; eternal life only in His Son. Jesus is The Life.

What Jesus said in John 4:14 … I don’t know about you guys, but that makes my heart explode with love for my Father God! To send his Son to save me after everything I have done in my life… WOW! Amen Halleluiah!!

Verse of the day… 1 John 5:11

He is the Redeemer of the world, who died for sinners, the One who is the Soon-coming King!

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 – Gagetown group – study & prayer

I hope everyone took the time to thank God for the beautiful days and all our blessings. Everything we have belongs to God; He made it possible for us to have it, so let’s be thankful to God…Amen?

This is called Jesus, the truth. We are reading from John 8:31-46.

John 8:31-32 is our focal point. But I would read all John 8 to understand what Jesus is talking about.

How is your relationship with Jesus, the truth? Jesus is the Living Word sent by God the Father. I got a quote for you “A Christian is not necessarily a disciple of Jesus BUT disciples of Christ are certainly Christians – believers who have leaned and are continuing to learn more and more of Christ Jesus. When we obey the Word of God and learn of Christ we grow in spiritual knowledge, our spiritual understanding matures”.  Listen, you don’t need to have a theological degree to preach the gospel. Preaching is about sharing Jesus, the truth. It’s about speaking the Word of God simply. God gave you the most precious gift of all, “Jesus” the truth, the way and the only life you will ever need. All through the OT Jesus was there. All the writers from Moses to Malachi pointed to Jesus. We need to thank God for sending Jesus to this dark world to save us and we can only be saved if we trust, believe and have faith in Christ: He is our redeemer. He is the only way to God the Father. Amen!

Verse of the day…. John 8:32

He is the Redeemer of the world, who died for sinners,
the One who is the Soon-coming King!

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 – Gagetown group – study & prayer

We call this one Jesus, the way.  We will read from John 14:1-11 and we will look closely to verse 6. Now, I don’t think I need to tell you how very important this is to our salvation…right? As verse 6 says “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Salvation comes only by faith, and faith is by hearing God’s word! And without faith it is impossible to please God. Nothing we can do physically can please God… nothing!

Which brings me to our duty as a Christian. We must be ready to stand up for the gospel when there is a discussion on which roads lead to heaven. God has clearly told us in His Word that there is only one way to heaven and it is through Jesus Christ His Son! Read (Matthew 7:13-14) So how will people know this if we don’t tell them? It is our job to tell them. Are we reluctant to stand up for the truth? Do we shrink down when we hear something wrong? God has called us to be the salt and light to the world around us. May God grant us boldness and wisdom!
Read John 14:1-11

Verse of the day…. John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me”.

MCF – “Star Top Group” – lunch hour study

Hi everyone,

Last week we discussed Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles (Feast of Booths) in John 7.  This feast was one of the seven feasts appointed by the Lord in Leviticus.  It took place in Jerusalem in October, right after the harvest, for seven days.  The purpose was to remember and celebrate God’s protection and providence in the desert; it was a feast of rejoicing in the abundance of God’s goodness.  In the midst of all the rejoicing, there were a multitude of sacrifices offered each day to draw the mind to atonement and forgiveness.

A libation (drink offering) of water followed the daily sacrifices.  This was to ask God to pour out his blessing of rain upon the earth.  The water for this offering was drawn the evening before from the Pool of Siloam.  The ceremony of water drawing was a jubilant occasion.  Instruments were played, people danced and sang songs.  Isaiah 12:3 says, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”  The next morning a priest would pour water that had been drawn from Siloam into the bronze altar in the Temple Court.

On the last day of the feast, the water libation rite reached its climax.  The shofar blew, the people waved branches, and the priests sang the Hallel (the psalms of praise, Psalms 113-118).  The actual Hebrew of Psalm 118:25 is transliterated as, “Save us now, we beseech thee, O Lord.”  They are reciting Scripture begging for a Saviour!  What a climax!  The priests circled the altar seven times and then poured out the water with great ceremony.  This last day of the feast was called Hoshana Rabbah (Hebrew, “hosanna in the highest”).

Then, John 7:37-39: “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”

On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stands up and loudly proclaims that he is the source of living water.  He was declaring who He was in the most public, most bold possible manner.  Imagine the uproar His statement must have caused!  The priest poured out the water libation as an appeal to God to provide water for the people, and Jesus tells them that He is the living water.  Radical.

(Remember, also, the woman at the well in John 4: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”)

The Feast of the Tabernacles is mentioned in Zechariah 14:16-19.  This chapter discusses the coming and reign of the Lord.  Verse 8 says, “On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem…” and then verses 16-19 discuss the Feast of the Tabernacles, that people must go.  The commentaries say that this is the only feast still appropriate during the Messiah’s reign:  The Passover was fulfilled in Christ’s death; the Day of Atonement fulfilled in acceptance in Christ’s salvation; the Feast of Firstfruits, in his resurrection; and Pentecost, with the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  But the Feast of Tabernacles, a festival of thanksgiving, celebrates the harvest of souls for the Lord.

In addition to  Zechariah and Isaiah 12, there is also Isaiah 44:3, which says, “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”  The people would have known these Scriptures.  Did they recognize their source of living water?

In light of all the symbolic and prophetic aspects of this feast, Jesus’ words and actions in John 7 take on profound significance.  There couldn’t have been a more beautiful and symbolic way to tell us that He is the Spring of Eternal Life.

In Christ,

Courtney

MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good day all,

God is GREAT! Hope all is well with you. Remember to praise the Lord for without him we would be lost in darkness. Thank you GOD!! For your son and the light that he has brought us.

Ok so moving along we look at 2 Corinthians 6:3-13  –  3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but a as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honour and dishonour, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

NOTE ON 6:7  weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left. The spiritual weapons God provides (see Eph. 6:11). Paul may have in mind a weapon for offense (usually a sword, on the right; see Eph. 6:17), and one for defense (usually a shield, on the left; see Eph. 6:16).

NOTE ON 6:3–13 Paul defends his ministry as an apostle by once again calling attention to his faithfulness amid the changing circumstances of his apostolic life. Paul’s ministry reflects God’s power in spite of human weakness.

Question…   What does he say about the Corinthians’ affections toward him?

 Verse of the Day… 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the 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

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

MCF - SMALL GROUP - ANDREW - FORM SQUARE - 2016-03-23 at 11.34.33 AMHello all,

Glory be to God in the Highest!! What a beautiful week this has turned out to be…so far. Let’s hope this is a good sign of better weather to come. So after last week in our discussion of Paul and his unseen faith, we saw that faith is the hope of everlasting life in the inward man being renewed in Christ – the Son of the living God!

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

5 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Study points…

  1. What did Paul know he would have if his “earthly house” were destroyed?
  2. What has God given us as a “guarantee” of the “life” to come?
  3. What remains our condition while we are “at home in the body”?
  4. What does our present condition require of us in our daily “walk”?
  5. What is the desire of the “confident” Christian?
  6. What is the aim of “confident” Christian?
  7. Before what must we all one day appear?

With this study my prayer comes from John 12:26…

26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

My God! El Eiyon, thank you for that assurance of eternal life and the new home in your kingdom. I praise you that I have been washed clean by the blood of your Son and I am thankful for all my blessings, seen and unseen. With the Holy Spirit in me help me do your will in Jesus’ 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 – “Star Top Group” – lunch hour study

This study  comes from the weekly Ottawa MCF group at Star Top.  
Here is a brief summary of our discussion this morning:

While in Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts, Jesus healed a lame man at Bethesda.  Because this “work” was done on the Sabbath, the Pharisees were angry and began to persecute him.  Jesus’ response was the focus of our study this morning, found in John 5:16-30.

Presented with a violation of the law, Jesus responded by telling the Pharisees who He is and who His Father is.  His words and His actions revealed several fulfillments of Old Testament prophecy of the Messiah.  Of all people, the Pharisees, who knew the Scriptures by heart, should have been able to see that this was the Christ, and yet they couldn’t.  It’s right there in the Scripture!  We are perplexed.

But for as much as we revile the Pharisees for their legalism and blindness (and the Jewish faith today for still not knowing their own Saviour), how often are they a mirror to our own hearts?  What truths are we not seeing, be it in our different churches and denominations, our understanding of who God is, or our understanding of who we are in Christ?

Courtney