Jesus Regularly spoke in parables. He used stories of everyday people and places to point to an unseen spiritual reality. The people and places Jesus described in His parables are culturally different to our context today. We will explore the cultural understanding and the modern equivalent of the truth Jesus is teaching to help us see the reality of the unseen Kingdom of God in our everyday.
Throughout the Gospels, people encounter Jesus and their lives are profoundly changed. This is the great purpose of God. He enters our world to rescue and redeem us. The Bible’s great narrative is that despite our rejection of God, and the pain it causes, He pursues us. No matter the circumstances, failure, success, or pain, Jesus has the power to transform every person’s life. We are all invited to look to Jesus and find our joy in an encounter with Him, our Saviour.Life Group Book Sermons at Mackenzie Campus
Dozens of times throughout the New Testament we find Jesus’ followers instructed in the life they are to live and experience with One Another. In promoting unity, love, care, forgiveness, humility, service, encouragement and grace it is clear God’s heart for his people is that we would learn to live well within the community of people where we have been placed.
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When Jesus walked the earth, He reached out to those who were seen as untouchable, unlovable, unreachable and living without hope. When Jesus died, He died to forgive the sins of all mankind. When Jesus comes again, the picture He has given us to look forward to is a gathering of people from every nation, every tribe and every language. No one is beyond the reach of God’s heart and no one is beyond the reach of His power to save.Life Group Book Sermons at Mackenzie Campus
Celebrate the joy of our eternal salvation in Jesus reflected in the saving of Israel recorded in the book of Exodus. Be reminded of the urgency to pray for our nation to be saved and be equipped to share the story of salvation with those that we live work and laugh with.Life Group Book Sermons at Mackenzie Campus
Grace seems too good to be true. There must be a catch. There must be something we have to add to grace to make the grade with God. There must be some fine print we are missing that means we miss out on a free gift. Grace seems too amazing. Grace seems too good to be true.
Throughout the centuries and across all cultures, people have been adding to the gospel of grace to make it fit with our human understanding of receiving what we deserve or earning what we work for.
The church in Galatia had heard the gospel of grace and had gladly received the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus’ death on the Cross as a sacrifice for their sins. They received a gospel of grace but soon turned to a gospel of works, adding certain cultural requirements and adherence to certain laws to be certain that they were right with God. This was not the gospel and it was not good news for anyone, yet we still do the same today.
This series will journey through the book of Galatians to clearly outline the simplicity of Gods amazing grace and to identify some common ways that we add to the gospel or grace today, robbing us of the relationship that God has intended for us. My prayer is that believers will be amazed at God’s grace, unbelievers will receive the gift of grace and we will all be set free from legalism to enjoy his grace.
Jesus ministry was characterized by supernatural miracles. He taught with power and authority that was beyond what anyone had heard before. He healed the sick. He cast out demons. He had power over nature and He provided for people in miraculous ways. When Jesus sent His first followers out to continue His ministry, He gave them power and authority to do what He had been doing.
Jesus displayed the extent of His supernatural power when He overcame death and was raised to life after 3 days in a tomb. He defeated the power of sin and death once and for all. There is nothing beyond the power of Jesus and no one above the authority of Jesus. He is the King with all power and authority in heaven and on earth. When we surrender our lives to King Jesus, He gives us His power and sends us out in His authority to proclaim the good news of His Kingdom; to cast out demons and to heal the sick.
As we read through the book of Acts we see the supernatural life was natural for Jesus’ first followers in the early church. Their life and ministry looked remarkably similar to Jesus life and ministry. Everywhere they went miracles followed and whoever they ministered to, God’s power was displayed. At Gateway, one of our values is to be, “Supernaturally Down to Earth.” We believe God is calling us to a lifestyle where we believe and expect God to work supernaturally through us as he did through Jesus’ first followers in the New Testament Church.
We believe that the supernatural power of God is available for everyone today! This series will educate us about the supernatural worldview of Jesus and demonstrate the power and authority of Jesus, given to His followers. I pray that we will all expect God to do more through our lives and ministry than we have ever seen before.
“Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By Faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
This series is based in Hebrews 11, learning from the ancients that lived by faith as to how we can live by faith today. We will identify what they did to be commended by God because of their faith and how we can develop the same confidence to respond to God in the same way.
The ancient legends were commended by God not because of their extraordinary human ability and achievements, but because of their faith in His power to do the impossible. They obeyed what God told them to do even though they could not yet see how God was going to do it. They believed that in the beginning, God was able to form the universe out of nothing and that He could do the same in their time.
They had such confidence in the nature and the power of God that they acted by faith and not by sight, discovering that God is faithful along the way.
We will unpack the stories of the legends listed in Hebrews 11 by looking at other passages in Scripture that describe their story of faith more fully. Each of their stories reveals to us the nature of God and points to the eternal plan of Jesus to redeem mankind. When ordinary people live by faith in Gods power, God does his best work.
Our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. There are no limits to what God can do today, other than the limits that we place on Him through our lack of obedience, understanding or faith. The Old Testament records the stories of ordinary people who stepped out in faith when they faced the impossible and saw God do extraordinary things which only God could do.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
The Book of Acts records the acts of ordinary people filled with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel of salvation and plant churches that would transform the community for generations to come. A life of faith in God has always been one that is lived with a great expectation of what only God can do.
This series will be a journey through the book of Acts, inspiring us to pray, serve, share and give with the same faith as the early church who expected God was able to do more than they had ever seen before.
As we celebrate our 90th anniversary as a Church family, it is important to look back, celebrate and be thankful for all that God has done in the past. It is equally imperative that we look to the future to prepare and pray for God to do even more than we have ever seen Him do before. I don’t believe God is asking us to do more and make ourselves more exhausted than ever before but I do believe He is calling us to expect Him to do more than what we have ever experienced before.
If we expect God to do less than or equal to what we have seen Him do before, we will prepare for the status quo and probably achieve it. But if we expect God to do more than what we have ever asked or imagined, then maybe we will see God do more than what we have ever seen Him do before.