TITLE: Responding to the Holy Spirit
PREACHER: Marcus Herbert
DATE: 29 OCTOBER 2013 – Sunday AM
Download MP3 message audio
(Right Click the link and choose the ‘Save As’ Option)
by Ryan Peter
One of the hardest things to believe in Christianity is that, quite simply, all our sins are forgiven and washed away through simply asking God to forgive us.
We complicate this endlessly. But the Bible is emphatic — our sins are washed away by the blood of the Lamb.
If they are washed away when you become a Christian, they are washed away as you live as a Christian.
Listen to this: THEY ARE WASHED AWAY. If you sin and sin and sin and sin constantly, doing the same thing, these are WASHED AWAY by the Blood of the Lamb. You can sin now and ask for forgiveness and then sin in the next moment and then ask for forgiveness. God doesn’t count your sins, He washes them away. We count them. He doesn’t. When God looks at you He sees you as righteous because you are in Christ.
Your sins are washed away. Washed away, washed away, washed away.
It’s so hard to really believe it, isn’t it? We want to constantly add conditions. Are you sorry enough for your sins? Are you determined to stop doing them? Did you repent properly? Did you do all the acts of penance correctly?
The promise is that Jesus washes away our sins if we ask. It’s really simple. When I first decided to believe in Christ I asked God to forgive me of my sins and he did so. I didn’t have to worry about all this other stuff. I simply repented and that was that. Why should I have to worry about it now?
Originally published at ryanpeterwrites.com
It’s The Exchange next Friday, 1 November. Trevor Hartley will be sharing on the topic, Business and God’s Kingdom.
Trevor is a Leadership and Performance Practitioner whose passion for talent and organisational development has led him to be invited to speak at a number of well known organisations and institutes and to participate on a number of key talent development initiatives globally.
He began his career as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte, where he transitioned to the Learning and Development field with his last position at the organisation being a National Learning Manager. After leaving Deloitte, he became a founding member of a niche learning and development company. During this time, Trevor also lectured at a well-known brand communications university on innovation and entrepreneurship. He then joined the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) to take up the position of Corporate Academy Product Director.
After that, he joined LeadStrong, a world class leadership, talent and business consultancy with an international influence and best practice experience in leading industries. The organisation’s vision is to be a catalyst for ‘unearthing potential’ while elevating the lives of the individuals, teams and communities that it partners with. See leadstrong.biz for more.
We’re looking forward to hearing Trevor’s talk on how business and God’s kingdom work together. See you next Friday!
Join our new LinkedIn group where we will inform of upcoming events and have a space to discuss topics relating to The Exchange and the marketplace.
To join, click here and then click on the yellow JOIN button at the top right. (You may need to log in to LinkedIn.)
Alternatively, log in to LinkedIn, search for “The Exchange, Johannesburg”, click on it when it pops up and then click on JOIN.
Looking forward to connecting on LinkedIn!
Thinking about – or know someone who’s thinking about – doing Cornerstone’s Life Team next year? Shannon Strydom was part of the Life Team in 2004. She was 22 at the time and had just completed her studies and year of community service as an occupational therapist. Here’s what Life Team was like for her.
I found Life Team to be an incredible experience involving lots of hard work, many challenges, tons of fun, awesome team mates – some of whom remain my closest friends – and times in God’s presence that were so life-changing that I remember them with clarity, even nearly 10 years later.
I’d like to highlight one aspect that was definitive for our year: the trips that we went on as a team. We went on more than 11 ministry trips and each provided unique opportunities to learn, grow and give. These trips included outreaches to Mpumalanga, Viljoenskroon in the Free State, Mafikeng and Mooi River; accompanying Marcus as he ministered in Port Elizabeth; braaing more than 2000 chicken wings for the celebration of a church transition in Venda; hanging out with another team in Cape Town; ministering to the church in East London; team building in Ramsgate; assisting at the Junior Youth Camp; serving at the Bloem LTT (now Equip) and the Lesotho LTT; and serving for a month in Malawi. Throughout the year, an understanding and appreciation of the apostolic heart of the Gospel was birthed in my heart.
Looking back over nine and a half years, it’s easier to pick out the milestones that shape your life, and I can say that 2004 was definitely one of those.
How you choose to respond to the opportunities and lessons that the experience of Life Team brings is up to you.
We’re looking forward to our Key Women meeting next week Tuesday, 5 November at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview at 8:30am.
Colette Meeske will be speaking on “The Fruit & Gifts of the Spirit” as part of the Discovering the Fruit of the Spirit series.
Invite friends and join us for what will be a fantastic time!
Discovering the Fruit of the Spirit: The Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit
Tuesday, 5 November at 8:30am
at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
Benard Road East, Morninghill, Bedfordview
Click here for a map