When Jesus came he revealed one name of God above all other names. It is a name in which we see all the attributes of God - That name is Abba. He is a good good father. He is better than you could ever imagine. He is full of love & grace. He is always good and never changes. In these next weeks we are sitting under the revelation of Father - Come discover the love of your Abba - Good good Father
25.10.15 PArt 2 - You're a son not a slave
18.10.15 Part 1 - What perfect grace looks like when you mess up
It is impossible to underestimate the love that God has for you. He is a good father. All of the time. Sometimes we struggle to accept that because of a number of reasons - including the mistakes of our past - even our very recent past. What does God do when you are in a mess? There is one verse in the new testament that shows beautifully the love of the Father - even when you feel like you stink from the mess of yesterday. He is so good! Enjoy this truth that you are loved beyond what you could ever dream!
Why do you live like a slave when you have been born a son? Too often we allow the mistakes of our past to rob us of even believing that we can be used by God in that same area again. In the story this week Andrew shows the amazing love of Abba - our heavenly Father. Religion tells us that as believers, when we sin, we should repent and if we do then God may bless us. If not then we cannot expect anything from God. But the truth is much different. In Luke 15 we see that God will never allow us to earn what is ours by rights as sons. This is a great talk that will encourage you in the way that God loves you - He is way way better than you could ever imagine.
015.11.15 PART 4 -The truth is grace & grace is the truth
01.11.15 Part 3 - God celebrates you, Not tolerates you
You can probably live with the idea that God tolerates you after you have sinned. Only though if you say sorry.... But what about a Father who celebrates you? A Father who is lavish and way beyond what we would call generous? Our Abba is like that - You may think that your mess means God will not bless you and that all you can expect is the bare minimum. Stop that kind of thinking. In this talk we see how your heavenly Father only ever gives you the best no matter what you have done. Religious thinking will exclude you (the older brother in this story) but grace will free you to enjoy the best that God has.
What happens when you live with law in your heart? Can law & grace co-exist? We have never met a happy legalist! Judgement & pride only ever brings death. Jesus brought grace and truth and that tells you what is true - About you, about others and about what Abba thinks. In this final story we see how the Father loves us and deals with us even when we are stuck with the religiousness of our own hearts and how He leads us from that place.
22.11.15 - No Condemnation
What labels have you given yourself or taken on from others? When we look closely at the story of the prodigal son we see the Father never condemned either of His sons. He never called then anything but son. The boy who lived it up or the bitter legalist. His response to both was love. When we know that we are loved because of Christ we will change. Andrew teaches from the story of Simon Peter who was a normal, earthy man who made huge numbers of mistakes. Jesus though see's him through grace and gives him a name that calls out the treasure that was put in him. Jesus does the same for you. Rewrite the labels in your life!