1. You can come as you are. God loves you as you are not as you should be he loves your imperfections. We can be ourselves and walk our journey and find out who we truly are.
2. It is finished. Jesus took away the first to establish the second covenant. The New Covenant puts you in perfect standing with God even though you still arn't perfect.
3. Sins not the problem. Jesus was the offering to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself your sins and unrighteousness acts I will remember no more (Which ones all of them) sin was rendered powerless.
4. Law has no power. Jesus came to fulfil every bit of the law he came to abolish it.
5. Christ makes us righteous. We're in right standing with him because of his work. Stop trying to swim over the sea when there's a perfectly good ferry.
6. No condemnation. We can have a life blessed by grace because of the finished work of Christ.
7. We're not in trouble. We can never upset gods plans Gods work is water tight.
8. All is grace. Grace is outrageously unfair Grace declares we are winners before the game is over.
9. We're a messy church. We're all int the same boat, we're all broken and we have all sinned and fallen short. But jesus bridged the gap.
10. We're cracked pots. We're cracked pots let Jesus light shine through our imperfections. More light comes through a cracked pot than a perfect one.
11. Jesus shines through us.
12. We're accepted forgiven and loved. Don't miss the mystery. We are accepted forgiven and loved. Done!! You do not have to do anything for God to forgive you! its up to you whether you want to accept it. He's forgiven u so forgive yourself!
Romans 1:17- For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
The Old Testament law was made over 2000 years ago. Yet the church still preach and believe that Christians have to measure up to some moral standard or have to show complete obedience towards God otherwise if you don't your a sinner. The entire New Covenant screams the overwhelming good news of a loving, gracious God that didn’t primarily send His Son to come and change what we do, but to have a relationship with him and sit at the right hand of the farther, through GRACE.
The veil was torn for believers to be able to enter into the holy of holies basically have a connection with God with confidence and without fear not based on our own merits, but based on the perfect obedience of the one man Jesus Chris and his death on the cross, on our behalf. But through the centuries the church has sewed this veil right back up, depicting God as a harsh unloving God. Jesus received the full punishment for our sins and we received the full reward for His perfect obedience, and He imputed to us His Godly righteousness For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:17 NIV)
This Saturday at the Rock of York we had the wonderful Christine Chapman she brough an amazing message absolutely full of truth. Chris is available on twitter at (@ScandalousGrace) To listen to Saturday's message follow the link——->; (http://www.rockchurch.org.uk/media/detail.asp?ID=244)
What happened to sin?
Which Jesus do you follow?
This Saturday at the Rock of York we had a fabulous teaching from Anthony Chapman. You can find him on twitter at (@rockkiltlifter) To listen to Saturday's message follow this link: (http://www.rockchurch.org.uk/media/detail.asp?ID=242#)
There are two Jesus's the one of Abba daddy God or the domesticated Jesus the Jesus we like to shape and mould to be how we want him to be. Stop house training Jesus to not make a mess. Jesus will make a mess in your life but he will mess it up in a real good way. The Pharisees or shall we call them the religious crowd the ones who wanted the messiah. When he actually turned up on the scene they didn't want Jesus they wanted rid of him because he didn't fit the mould or shape they wanted Jesus to be.
Do you have room for the real Jesus?
He will mess up our lives in a real good way your heart connected to his, a relationship with him. Jesus says to people, follow me. Follow me means on the move the are always going somewhere so if your going to follow him you got to be willing to change and become. If you want to follow the real Jesus change has to come about you can not stay where your are or who you are. If you leave where and who you are Jesus will make you. Make you into the person you were made to be. He speaks to you for who you are the need is to follow him. Be willing to follow the Jesus of Abba daddy God not the house trained Jesus. We have become the people Jesus didn't want to be with the people who thought they had it all together just be willing and open. We become the religious crowd and don't want the Jesus of the gospels we want the house trained Jesus stop selling the unreal Jesus. We act like the religious crowd we contend with Jesus we need to deal with our Jesus and work with him. We are so immature lets grow up I don't want to follow a fake Jesus I want the Jesus of Abba.
Are you willing to leave the state your in and follow the Jesus of Abba.People need to be willing and hear the sound that connects you at heart level just you and Jesus. Live from the heart do it and your life gets sorted.If you here the sound he will make you stop trying to work things out. Be willing to crucify your Jesus and follow the Jesus of Abba. Don't let him be a religious icon just let him free in your heart God by the spirit wants to set us free.
This Saturday at the Rock of York we had Anthony Chapman speak a fruity message. Anth is available on twitter at (@rockkiltlifter) To listen to Saturday's message follow the link——-> (http://www.rockchurch.org.uk/media/detail.asp?ID=240)
If you do the right things at the wrong time we get straggly bits that are not fruit bearing. But take life from the root from our heart and stop us from growing. Do you get a deep seated resentment for someone because of the straggly bits in your life not everything in life is their for us to be happy. If we ignore the straggly bits it will compromise our fruitfulness and stop us from growing and bearing fruit. There is a time and a season for everything under heaven. There is a time and a season for us to be pruned and for us to bear fruit. God prunes all our straggly bits he cuts away all the dead bits to let us grow. It is a process of making us smaller to make us into something bigger.Fruit is connected to root the straggly bits need to be cut of for our benefit to grow and bear fruit. Your blessedness is being compromised stop standing in front of sinners become friends because we can be pruned.
Don't compromise our blessedness there is a time and a season for everything. You are able to recognise the seasons to be pruned and the seasons to be blessed. The straggly bits need cutting up stop not listening and stop closing your eyes. Just be willing open your heart to God and just say I'm am willing to be pruned. God speaks much louder than an audible voice. Let people stretch your love. There is a time and a season for everything if you realise this you can grow and bear the fruits of the spirit. God loves you in all your stuff so just be willing. There is a time and season for everything don't miss your time, don't miss your season and don't miss your time to be pruned or you will mess up your fruitfulness if you do. Take care of business or your fruitfulness and blessedness will be compromised. We fight we don't want to get smaller to be bigger we keep wrestling and fighting with God. The things that offend us the most are to do with god more than the devil.There is a time and a season for everything and in acknowledgment in those things it is revealing. We let him love and prune us it makes us bigger and does not compromise our fruitfulness.
Stop pretending, and let soemthing real and good grow.Take a little time soon to identify and clear out the stragly bits in your life.
Let those fruits grow. Fruits of: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
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This Saturday at the Rock of York we had a fabulous teaching from a broken man just like all of us are cracked and broken. His name is Anthony Chapman if I was to describe him I would have to say a big softy with the biggest heart for the love of Jesus I have ever seen he is a true inspiration to me. You can find him on twitter at (@rockkiltlifter) To listen to Saturday's message follow this link: (http://www.rockchurch.org.uk/media/detail.asp?ID=237)
http://www.crosswalk.com/video/unlike-christ-video.html <——– here is a video that is about a google search done by someone it shows the suggestions to when you put in a letter so they typed in why are Christians so then went through the alphabet words came up like; Cruel, condemning, angry, arrogant and unchristlike this actually shows what people think of Christians and how we act. I find it really sad that Christians are so unchristlike. People should be a living manifest of Christ because of his amazing grace if peole started living out there god given identity and started to love, accept and forgive I think people would think differently about Christians.
There is nothing worse than a Christian pretending their perfect. Let the light shine through your cracks! I know I do it a lot at school people probably see more of the real me then I would like them to but that's fine because God wants to see my cracks and I want to live in the light and be open and have my shadow on show. I actually find it more harder at church to be me because if you really knew me you would know I am a very loud, angry person with not the best childhood or the fact I argue with my parents day and day out but I absolutely adore them and it only takes one thing and I snap but at church you probablly see the always happy Chloe who just hides evrything I am so glad at the Rock of York that I am loved and accepted for me and not as I should be.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9 NIV)
The history of the word 'Sincere' derives the modern from the Latin 'Sine' ('Without')and 'Cera' ('Wax'), and is attributed to ancient Rome, where sculptors would hide imperfections in their marble with wax later covered with chalk. A 'sine cera' sculpture, or one without wax, was one presumably without flaws, presented honestly, hiding nothing.
Everyone is like a pot that carries life. But not everyone carries a presence that blesses others. Religion tries to force people to follow laws to make them perfect, like pots without cracks. But if a light is put within a flawless pot and then covered, no one is able to see the light inside the pot. Perfect pots are not able to reveal internal light to illumine the way for others.
God chooses to shine through imperfect, cracked pots. People are blessed when our cracked pots let the light of Jesus shine through. Choose to be a glory-filled, cracked pot rather than an empty, pretty vessel.
We are perfected in Christ. Stop waxing those cracks. Just be glad we're all crack pots ;)
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This Saturday at the Rock of York we had a lovely speaker with the biggest heart her name is Christine Chapman. She is available on twitter at (@Scandalous Grace) To listen to Saturdays message follow this link:(http://www.rockchurch.org.uk/media/detail.asp?ID=235)
Now this Saturday we introduced a refreshment area in our church foyer to get hot or cold drinks to take in to the meeting and also cookies and pastries. But we did it for free and lots of people were asking why and I explained to them it was to express community and it was basically to serve people and to serve God. It was nice just to see the smiles on people’s faces and the feel of community and love. I really felt that we were connecting to people.
To kick start the night we had some fab singing from our amazing band and singing team with a brand new song written by our pianist which was an absolutely amazing song. Before we did the new song beth the youth leader got up and just explained her week about how she had helped and talked to some lads in a prison chaplaincy she helps at. One of the boys mentioned a video about a lion that he watched when he was 14 which set him up for life. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btuxO-C2IzE) <—-here is the video
In 1969 a couple saw a lion cub for sale in harrods, cramped and lonely in a small cage they decided to bring him home. A local vicar allowed them to exercise the cub, now named Christian, in the church grounds but he very quickly became to big for their flat. The only thing they could do was to try and reintroduce him into Africa, which they managed to do a year later they wanted to visit him but were told that he was now head of his own pride and as such was completely wild and would not remember them. Undaunted they went any. After many hours of looking for the pride, they find him and he ran up to them and licked and hugged and loved them. He even introduced his wife.
Love crosses all boundaries, true freindship lasts for a lifetime. Exactly like in Romans-8:39 it says that neither Height nor depth or anything else in creation can seperate us from the love of God which is Christ Jesus. That nothing no mistake or failure or wrongdoing will stop God from loving you. This video helped me to realise that no matter what I can love anyone no matter how many times they missed the mark. Now im bad at this if anyone has done something straight away I am guaranteed first one to point the finger of judgement and this video inspired me this week to love without boundaries.
Last Wednesday night Anth mentioned the good old classic phrase everyone has a story but flipped it on it’s head and actually said that we are a story our life is a story. If we are a story because of that our life is still been written and the hand is still on the pen and because the hand is still on the pen the end has not yet been written. Don’t let previous chapters define you keep writing. New pages every day!
We don’t make enough of the finished work of Christ. We revert back to old covenant when we try to understand. We know that it’s finished in Christ and that he is enough so why do we go through life so worried about everything. We worry so much and we have an old covenant view but all God is saying is I love you. I love you as you are not as you should be.
The bible was not made for us to read alone it was supposed to be read in groups to iron it out so someone could say no when he was saying this he was saying it to this group of people. So it doesn’t apply to us so don’t get all worked up about it. People get all worried and feel ashamed and try to gain things by their own efforts and grab the first thing closest to the them whatever that may be but Jesus removes all accusation and contradiction So the only thing to gain is him. Focus on Jesus and not the problem every time you miss the mark he looks at you with a loving gaze and tells you he loves you.
Understand who we are in his eyes and we will start to become who we really are. Stop obsessing over how many times you’ve missed the mark instead obsess over the Son. Dont try to own your sin get your eyes on the perfector! With Love, Go and sin no more. Don’t forget what grace did. Don’t go back to building your life yourself but remember that love sees you as you are not as you should be.
KEEP CELEBRATING THE VICTORY OF CHRIST.
Just a little thing for you to think about: What would the church be like if we had no Bible but only knew that a righteousness is revealed by faith from first to last and only new about about the law of grace?
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The light and my Shadow
This Saturday at the Rock of York we had an inspiring message from Joel Chapman available on twitter (JCsinger1982) you can Listen to it here at this web address (http://t.co/DhFr6FnT) it will eventually be uploaded on to the Rock of York’s YouTube channel also.
Now Joel’s main point was that the closer we get to the light the more of our shadow that we will see. The problem people have with this is that we feel naked before Christ and that we are very open and potentially we could get hurt. But the amazing thing is that being able to to come Christ means you can show all your stuff, scars, wounds. Now people run from the fact that coming to CHIRST shows all your stuff that before you probably would of hidden from. But what they need to realise is that Jesus because of the sacrifice of himself that we can now come as we are with all our stuff and still be totally loved, accepted and forgiven.
There are two types of people you are either a Son worshipper or a shadows manger think are you managing your shadow keeping it will hidden and being quite closed or you living in the light loving the sun and being tottally open. Our shadows are a spectacle of grace if we trust Grace we don’t have to hide who we are.