Ian led our service today with Roy, Mark, Amanda and Jonny assisting with worship. Matty shared some thoughts with us in relation to managing money. The phrase that best captures what he was sharing was to not buy things you don’t need with money you don’t have. He reminded people of the need to give back to Lord a percentage of what you earn, drawing principle that you reap what you sow. If you sow plenty you will have a rich harvest.
It was our privilege today to be joined by Timmy and Kassidy who shared an insight into the work of Youth With A Mission. He highlighted their work across the world and the ways in which both the founder of YWAM and the founder of WYAM Perth heard God’s voice on the way forward. Be warned, God will even speak to you in the shower.
Timmy shared with us his thoughts on the 3 keys to following Jesus
- Hearing God’s Voice
- Fear of the Lord
In thinking about Hearing God’s Voice it is important to recognise and remember that God speaks in many ways. The Bible shows God using a burning bush to talk to Moses, talking through prophets like Isaiah and Jerimiah, through the still small voice speaking to David in the cave or through his angels like Gabriel speaking to Mary and Joseph. Timmy posed us the question as to how we can hear His voice. Reading the Bible and setting aside time dedicated to Him that allows Him to speak. Timmy stated that God’s voice should be familiar to us, as familiar as our own parents, our family or friends who, when calling us, don’t need to introduce themselves.
Timmy moved on to speak about Obedience, he asked us all if we were aligning ourselves with God and with the things we should be obeying. He highlighted that Jesus was obedient to his father and he only spoke of the the things the Father commanded him to. This is highlighted in John 12 v49.
Obedience builds trust. It involves obeying the law, obeying parents and obeying the Lord. Failure to do all of these brings consequences. Disobeying parents brings a grounding or a loss of trust and already earned freedoms. Disobeying the law brings fines and other penalties. How much worse will the penalty be for disobeying the Lord.Finally Timmy also talked about Fearing the Lord. In proverbs the Fear of the Lord is well spelt out.
- 1:7 set out the beginning of knowledge,
- 2:1-6 we understand the fear of the Lord when we seek knowledge
- 8:13 sees the hatred of evil,
- 9:10 the beginning of wisdom,
- 14:27 the fountain of life and
- 16:6 the turning away from evil.
Timmy also explained what this should mean about Fearing of the Lord. It means we should revere and honour God, trust in Him, seek Him out, see in Him the very beginning of wisdom and knowledge and hate evil and sin.
Day to day it is hard to follow Jesus, not because he is difficult to understand but because the world we live in doesn’t want us following Him. The world follows social media, money, each other and whoever is the hero of the day or hour.
Sadly people don’t seem to realise Jesus was a revolutionary, a reactionary, he went against the grain against the established norms of the society he lived in. We’re going to need to do the same.
To follow Jesus we need to:
- Listen to God.
- Spend time with God,
- Be obedient to God and
- Fear the Lord.
This is not about attending church on a Sunday. This is about living like Jesus. It’s a relationship. It is not about what Jesus can do for use but following his example and how he lived.
Kassidy took us on a tour of the work of YWAM around the world sharing an insight into the peope she met and worked with alongside Timmy in Kolkata, Uganda Manila and other places around the world, often having to improvise and change plans when God had other ideas for what they would face and do.
She talked about the plans they have for future missions and teaching experiences and the hopes for raising funds to take these forward.
It was also our pleasure to have our newest “family” members in church, Jasper James from our Sunday church family and Lilly Mae from our Friday Filling Station family visiting the church in their first week of life. What is brilliant is that the border between our two families is getting more and more indistinct as time goes on.
Our church was filled with children this Sunday which made it all the more significant to pray for those children and adults struggling with pressing and serious physical and mental health concerns.