Align Church Service – TIME

Object Lesson

  • By James (with help from Aimee)
  • Showed a pencil sharpener (shaped like a face) with a pencil in one “eye”.
  • Talked about “the log in your own eye”.

Celebrations

  • Tony started a four year, full time course in Art at The Learning Centre.
  • James had his 44th birthday this week.
  • JJ survived another week at Waiouru Army Camp learning life skills in extreme weather conditions.

Sermon

  • John 7:6 – Therefore Jesus told them, the right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.
  • Pastor Tuks

Ecclesiastes 3:1

  • There is a time for everything and a season for every purpose under heaven.
  • This is the time, this is the season, we are the people.

1. This is God’s ordained time

  • There’s a reason why God has brought us together.
  • Our relationships are critical.
  • So savour and cherish one another.

2. This is God’s ordained season

  • Seasons are special times of planting or harvesting.
  • Sometimes, we are to be planting: sowing seeds, giving time, money.
  • Sometimes, we are to be sowing: reaping the harvest, receiving instead of giving.

3. We are the people:

  • An army is a company of people with common training and purpose.
  • A church is a company of people with a common Commander (Jesus), training (Spiritual/Biblical) and purpose (being Christ’s hands and feet on Earth).

How do we know what season we are in:

  • Look at your life back then and look at your life today.
  • Look at the challenges that you are facing today that didn’t have yesterday.
  • Look at the decisions that you are having to make today.
  • Look at the people that God is bringing into your life.
  • Look at the opportunities that God is presenting you with.

Hosea 4:6

  • “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.“
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.” – Proverbs.
  • Means, if you don’t fear God (believe in Him, understand that He can save you) then you are not saved.

Isaiah 56:10

  • “Israel’s watchmen are blind; they all lack knowledge. 
  • They are all mute dogs that cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.”
  • Don’t be witless.  Be informed.  Be a change agent, by being a willing pawn of God.

Our Ideal Progression

  • God’s Word ==> Governs
  • God’s Calling ==> Defines
  • God’s Purpose ==> Mission

A worthy life motto:

  • If you haven’t got the balls to say something to someone’s face, then shut up.
  • This eliminates gossip and slander.
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