Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: March 2013

Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Unto Him who has loved us with an

everlasting love be honour, power and glory both now and forever. As a fellowship, we thank God for the month of February and we embrace March with great expectation.

One of the main highlights of February was the Discipleship Conference. There were a total of around 75 participants and the feedback from what Darren shared was excellent. We were all re-envisioned for living out the mandate Christ has given to His Church which is to make disciples of all nations. He also explained what Missional Communities are about and the need for a culture of discipleship.

A number people took on the challenge to pray in our streets and neighbourhoods. Some of us also prayer walked several of the streets around where our building is located taking asking the Lord to open our eyes to the needs around us. As we prayed with authority we were also very mindful of what the Lord said in Luke 10:2 that the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few.

As I shared in the last two Sunday services the Lord is inviting and challenging us to ‘Cultivate The Kingdom Culture’ -Through Making disciples. This is what Christ centred His teaching on and He lived out what this meant. He lived to please the Father and that is what those who follow Him must aspire to be and to do. It has been exciting to see people commit their lives to follow the King. Let us remember these precious ones as they continue their walk in the Lord.

The focus this month is Easter as we join with billions of others to reflect and to rejoice in what Christ accomplished for humanity. For many it will be another religious occasion but may I ask you to give a closer look at the empty cross.

In Isaiah 53: 1-5 The prophet Isaiah who was inspired to write this was describing Jesus. It is interesting that he starts off with a question who has believed our report? This tells me that what he is about to say is going to require faith to believe it. Then he poses another question to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

This shows that to really know Christ we need our ‘eyes opened’.

It always amazes me how some people will go to great lengths to try and prove that Jesus never existed, or even if He did that He was not the Saviour of the world. Please read Matthew 11:25-27 and Ephesians 1:17,18 and ask the Holy Spirit to give you a fresh understanding of what Christ has accomplished ALREADY for you and all humanity.

May faith arise in your heart again to take hold of all he has done because IT IS FINISHED! As you reflect on what this passage is saying I encourage you to declare this truth of the Divine exchange over your life and your loved ones.

1 Who has believed our report? and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

The Apostle Paul summarises this in 2 Corinthians 5:21[NKJV]

‘ For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him’.

Friday, March 1st, 2013 @ 21:52 by Pastor Harold Afflu


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