So again, I'm sorry for the terrible bad updates :/
I've started to think that maybe i should change to once a week instead of once a day. It might make it more interesting to read and I don't have to forget that often. If i keep it to weekends or so. Though if I do i should have it on Sundays so you can hear the new preach i hear each week.
Okay I'll start with the preaching that was last Sunday, I was on two meetings that day, first in the morning when pastor Ian preached and then in the evening when pastor James Murray preached. Lets start with pastor Ians preach. He talked about how we should step out of the boat, just like Peter did when Jesus walked on water. Peter didn't hesitate, he walked out on the water to be with Jesus. So so shall we. We should walk on water and when we do we have to trust that God will do amazing things for us. God rewards the ones with faith. Hebrews 11:6 says "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him".
Though, when Peter walked out to Jesus he saw the waves and lost focus and instantly began to sink. Cried out for Jesus to save him. While Jesus reached out his hand to him he said "you of little faith, why did you doubt?" Which leads us to the next, walk by faith and not buy sight. We need to keep our focus on God and not look at all the circumstances. We have to walk by faith and trust God has us, if we doubt we sink. And faith comes from hearing. If we here God telling us to do something we can not doubt! We need to walk on the water and trust God. Not lose focus on what God called you to do, as long our eyes are on God we wont sink but one little miss focus and we will begin to sink.
He said a thing that touched me deeply, "failure is never final". Those four words hit just right, Failure is never final. It's easy to think that, that if you fail you are done. Not the case, to fail you must try and try is not failure. To try and step out of the boat in the first place takes courage and faith. So even if you would of fail it dose not mean its over! Find back to the focus and keep walking!
This leads us to the next thing he talked about, "safe option or faith option". To stay in the boat is the safe option. You're safe and can't sink BUT your not moving. You can always choose between safe option or faith option. This was a good thing for me to hear, it's to easy to take the safe option. It shouldn't even be an option. It should be a habit to just walk out of the boat and walk by faith!
This was shortly what pastor Ian preached about. The things I felt was for me and that I understood.
Pastor James Murray talked about how the church in general all over the world. Most people think that the church is for the "good people". So they don't think they belong there, because they aren't "good" people. He talked about how church is inclusive and not exclusive. Church is a hospital for the hopeless, not a country club for the elites. People that goes to church are not "good" people, they are broken people who come together to kneel at the throne of grace. This is what church should be like! He gave a few good examples and one of them was that if someone stands in front of church smoking, some may be saying things like "how can they call them self Christians, how can they smoke in front of church!". James said that yes they might be standing in front of church smoking but six months ago they stood in a dark lane smoking something else. We don't know their story, where they been. Church is a hospital for the broken not a place "good" people go. He also said this "God only work with messed up people, because that's all there is". I thinks that's wonderful to hear. God works with the messed up people because everyone are messed up in different ways.
Two really good preaching, I'm so happy to have witnessed and heard them live!
See ya mate!