Hi team - here's the notes from last Sunday's discussion where we took a closer look at who the Bible tells us the devil really is, why we came to be at war with him, and how Jesus stripped him of power in this realm and gave it to us! Enjoy - welcome questions & comments!
This coming week at the local, we'll take a look at our role in the war against the kingdom of hell.
I was really excited to be called to a 'haunted' house in the neighbourhood this week - it's a privilege to be part of helping other people see the power God has over the kingdom of darkness. That house isn't haunted anymore - it was a great experience and God seems to be inviting those who live there into a new adventure with him.
So as we think about Easter, we most commonly hear about how Christ came to save us from our selfishness - our 'sin' - and set the world free from the pain our selfishness brings (Christians often refer to this as 'the curse'). Now that's certainly true but it's only part of the picture - the cross was also an act of war. Jesus told us he had come to bring judgement to Satan and 1 John 3:8 tells us the reason he came was to destroy the work of the devil.
This Sunday I thought it would be good to understand our role in this war a bit more. Jesus has called us to be a light that shines in the darkness - we are the seed he wants to plant in the field of the world. So what do we do when we come face to face with the real embodiment of darkness there? Jesus warns us not to boast in this, but he has given us authority over demons - so how do we use it in the way he intended?
Disciples who come to embody this aspect of Jesus' Way have a powerful impact in people's live - they help turn back the curse, bring life where death reigned, give strength to the downtrodden and set broken hearts free. Our community needs us to know how to do this - let's pursue that together.
See ya there - this Sunday, 11am-1pm at The Local (Trentham Community House, bottom Merton St, Upper Hutt).
Bless ya heaps team!
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Last Sunday we looked at the lives of Joseph, Moses, and Daniel to consider what it means to be 'sent' by God as his light in the darkness. There was a recurring pattern to their lives which is summarised above. You can also see this in the life of Jesus and, perhaps ourselves as well - if we allow the Holy Spirit to 'sow' us like seed the field of the world that Jesus described in Matt 13.
Where might God be trying to sow you?
Will you let him?
Hey friends, thanks for journeying with us so far. It's been two months and we're about to settle into a venue in the community. Really valued our conversation last Sunday and the challenges around being clear on vision and ensuring we build on the right foundations.
So here's some thoughts in case it helps you get a handle on what The Local is and who we hope to be...
Our aim or vision is this: To find the life that Jesus died and rose for, and work together to release this into our community.
The Bible tells us Jesus came to do two things:
So we are here to serve Christ by helping manifest his kingdom in this community and to help oppose the strategies the devil uses to hold people in bondage and misrepresent God's name. Let's set our community free!
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We'll spend more time on understanding the kingdom together soon, but for now here's a handful of principles we would like to guide how we gather together as The Local.
In terms of how we gather together, I suspect it's fairly obvious we're figuring this out as we go :)
This bit is just my (Carl's) opinion but there are three key things I'm hoping to see up and running eventually:
Bless you heaps friends.
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