Sunday, 30 March 2014

TONY LING SUNDAY 30TH MARCH

Hebrews 11 lists many heroes of faith for us to learn about and to learn from.  Tony focused on Moses.  

Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be ill-treated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
  • 'grown up' Moses was about 40 when God considered him mature enough to begin the work he had planned for him.  Maturity is not about age though.  You can have a 16 year old with a mature attitude and a 50 year old who still behaves like he was a child.  Jesus said we should be childlike in our faith but that is not licence to be childish in our behaviour. Squabbles and falling out is for children, with maturity comes the desire to live in peace, to forgive and restore relationships.
  • 'refused' Moses realised he could not have a foot in both camps and be both Egyptian and Hebrew.  We cannot as christians have one foot in the church and the other in the world - it doesn't work. If Jesus is to be Lord it has to be over every part of our lives. Recognise sins pleasures are 'fleeting' whereas the rewards of God are eternal.
  • 'with the people of God'  Moses knew his family was the people of God, he belonged with them. God's desire has always been for a family and anointing and gifting will be given when we are firmly rooted in the family of God.  No lone rangers!
  • 'disgrace... of greater value'  Jesus told us to store up treasure in heaven where it can't be stolen or destroyed. It may look like a loss of face or a defeat to us or we may feel we are not working to our strengths but if what we are doing comes from a desire to serve God and is done in obedience it's treasure in our heavenly account.
  • 'persevered' (or in Tony's version 'endured') The christian life is not plain sailing, we do encounter problems, sometimes it is really difficult, we do suffer hurt and loss but if we persevere (endure) and trust God either he will move the problem or enable us to stand strong and work our way through it with him.
  • 'kept the Passover' Moses was obedient to follow God's instructions to the letter and he saw deliverance not just for himself but for all the people. We need to be a people of God's word - read it, love it, live it. Jesus the word is our protection against our enemy and all his schemes.
How do we get ready for the move of God that Tony spoke over us?  Be a hero like Moses.  Choose maturity and put childishness behind us.  Choose to be 100% for Jesus and ditch anything from your old life that is holding you back.  Commit yourself to being a part of the family of God and working together to see the kingdom of God established here.  Choose obedience to God over selfish wants and desires and to hang in there with God when things get tough. Choose to read God's word and allow it to transform your thinking and power you up in faith!

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS

We were right about today being a significant time together but it very nearly didn't happen.  Our musicians arrived at the Winding Wheel this morning to find it all locked and bolted and no staff in sight due to an admin blip. Thankfully our friends at The Ragged School were able to help us out at a few minutes notice so we were able to go ahead.

After the worship Dave called forward people who are relatively new to the Chesterfield church to introduce them to our church family from Alfreton and Clay Cross.  There were about 20 people and each one has an amazing story of how God has worked to transform their lives.  Really encouraging to see them all together and realise God is doing some great things.

Tony Ling, who has a prophetic ministry, spoke about Moses from Hebrews 11 (see separate post) but finished by encouraging us that he felt we were on the edge of a move of God and to get ready for God to be doing even more amazing things in us and through us.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

CHECK OUT THE LATEST WORSHIP CDS ON THE BOOKSTALL THIS SUNDAY

       The Best Praise & Worship Album... EverThrive by Casting CrownsThe Art of Celebration by Rend Collective Experiment
There is a lot of really good christian music being released at the moment and Jayne has picked a selection of CDs for you to have a look at on Sunday.  There will also be a range of all sorts of books for children and adults as well as gift items. Take a few moments to have a look and see what's there.

Review: The Art of Celebration by Rend Collective
I became a fan of this group from the minute I heard 'Build Your Kingdom Here' from the last album.  As you probably know if the lyrics aren't good that ruins a song for me regardless of how great the music might be.  No danger of that here!  Great music and faith filled lyrics.

I defy you to sit still while you listen to this album.  It will have you dancing around your living room and lives up to the title 'The Art of Celebration'.  The style is distinctive with more than a hint of the Irish!  This is what they say about their work:

"We made this with our own hands and with one goal - to rediscover the art of celebration and remind ourselves that the joy of the Lord is our strength.  It is impossible to imagine pure joy and celebration without music....We tried to make it sound like fun.  It's what the Psalmist calls 'joyful noise'....  We used a bewildering array of the weird, wonderful, whimsical musical toys that we're still not too old to love, our native Irish folk instruments, some good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll guitars and even some synth-pop inspired elements.  We hope you enjoy it because we made it for you."

Have a listen and see what you think.


Jacky K


REMEMBER CLOCKS GO FORWARD THIS WEEKEND

If you forget to put your clocks forward this weekend not only will you arrive late but you will miss out on a fabulous time of worship as we all gather together from Clay Cross, Alfreton and Chesterfield.  We have experienced some terrific times of corporate worship recently where God has done amazing things.  You won't want to miss out!

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING IN CHESTERFIELD THIS SUNDAY 30TH MARCH

We are looking forward to welcoming Tony Ling as our speaker on Sunday.  Tony has an established prophetic ministry and is a terrific communicator.  Let's pray for Tony and ask God to help us prepare our hearts like good soil to receive the word that he brings

'Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.’ When he said this, he called out, ‘Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.’ Luke 8:8

Monday, 24 March 2014

AMAZING DAY

New Life Alfreton met in their new venue for the first time this Sunday at Firs Community Centre.  Dave preached that this was not so much a new beginning but more like a step of progression along the path of God's plan for Alfreton. An exciting year ahead for NLC Alfreton!

Chesterfield's meeting was this evening at 6pm and we had a great time.  Richard, Lucy, Patrick, Mark and Hannah led us in worship which ended in a ministry time praying for those amongst us who need a healing touch from God.

Petra shared a testimony about the work of restoration God is doing in her family encouraging us not to give up fighting in prayer for those we love. She herself has just been given a cancer diagnosis but wanted to declare before the church her faith in the goodness of God and the truth that God is our Healer. Then just to reinforce the point to our enemy she chose to sing us a wonderful song declaring 'I Am Redeemed'.

Martyn began his preach by reading from Isaiah 12:

And you will say in that day,
“I thank you, God.
You were angry but your anger wasn’t forever.
You withdrew your anger and moved in and comforted me.
I trust, I won’t be afraid.
God—yes God!—is my strength and song, best of all, my salvation!”

Joyfully you’ll pull up buckets of water from the wells of salvation.
And as you do it, you’ll say, “Give thanks to God.
Call out his name.  Ask him anything!
Shout to the nations, tell them what he’s done,
Spread the news of his great reputation!
Let the whole earth know what he’s done!
Raise the roof! Sing your hearts out, O Zion!
The Greatest lives among you: The Holy of Israel.
“Yes, indeed—God is my salvation
“Sing praise-songs to God. He’s done it all!

He urged us all to draw near to God and draw on the Well of Salvation which is Jesus and one young man did just that and put his life in Jesus' hands this morning.  What an amazing day!!





Wednesday, 19 March 2014

MAKE SURE YOU'RE AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME THIS WEEK!


This Sunday we have moved our meeting because there is a Wedding Fayre taking place at the Winding Wheel during the day. So Sunday 23rd March we will be meeting 6 pm - 8 pm in the Ball Room at The Winding Wheel.  Because of this Cafe Church is cancelled just for this one week but will be back on Sunday 30th March at The Compass.
Normal service is resumed the following week when we have a whole church meeting at 10.30am at The Winding Wheel with guest speaker Tony Ling.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

JESUS HEALS - HEART OPERATION CANCELLED!

Some of you may know this and some will not but at Christmas time I was in hospital for 16 days with heart problems and I was told I needed an operation. Last Friday I went to see the doctor and he said I would now be fine as long as I just took my medication and kept an eye on myself.  I had a hole in my heart and it wasn't healing and then suddenly it started to heal.  I can honestly say that I really really feel that God hears all our prayers and wanted me to be healthy again. So thank you to everyone who prayed for me and most importantly thank you God for making me healthy again! CP

Sunday, 9 March 2014

BEAUTIFUL AFRICA VIDEO FROM THE WATOTO AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHOIR


Come and hear the Watoto Choir in Chesterfield.  In concert on Saturday 26th April and Sunday 27th April 7pm at The Winding Wheel.  Tickets are free but we would advise you to book in advance as these concerts are very popular.  Contact us on 01246 455320 or info@newlifechesterfield.co.uk stating which night you would like tickets for and giving a postal address to send them to.

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN - GOD KNOWS YOUR NAME!

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  (Luke 12: 6-7)
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him – his name is the Lord.
 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the  prisoners with singing... (Psalm 68:4-6)









Sunday, 2 March 2014

GREAT NEWS!

What an amazing morning we have just had!  Hannah led us in worship for the first time and her enthusiasm for worship and love for God is just so infectious.  She encouraged us to reach to God for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Peter spoke from Jeremiah 31 about God's desire for a huge family.  He has done everything to make it easy for us to come to him.  It doesn't matter what kind of mess we have got ourselves into or how bad we think we are, God's response with wide open arms is 'Come to me.'

But I've saved the best until last!  This morning two people did just that - accepted the forgiveness Jesus bought for them at the cross and chose to live their lives from now on with Jesus as the boss.  The biggest and best decision they will ever make!  So God's family in Chesterfield has increased today.  Fantastic!