Going Deeper - Generosity - 19 May 2024

19 May, 2024 Phil Waugh

Phil Waugh (Mosaic Baptist Church Senior Pastor)

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: they gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in youa] – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality

2 Cor 8:1-14 [NIV]

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Minimal Facts of the Resurrection - Part 5 of After the Resurrection - 12 May 2024

12 May, 2024 James Ramsay

The Resurrection of Jesus - Minimal Facts of the Resurrection

James Ramsay (Mosaic Baptist Church - Page Pastor)

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

1 Cor 15:13-19 [NIV]

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From Perishable to Imperishable - Part 4 of After the Resurrection - 5 May 2024

5 May, 2024 Ian Alcorn

After the Resurrection – ‘From Perishable to Imperishable’

Ian Alcorn (TBC) (Mosaic Baptist Church - Gungahlin Elder)

Paul made passing reference to the defeat of death in 1 Corinthians 15:26. Now, Paul develops this hope more fully. Paul believes that a profound change awaits those who sow their lives in imitation of the suffering, dead, and risen Christ. This is, at least in part, Howe we ‘inherit the kingdom’ (1 Corinthians 15:50). This is a ‘mystery’ (1 Corinthians 15:51) or something beyond Paul’s complete comprehension. What Paul is confident in, as a result of the resurrection of Christ is that death itself will be (has been?) defeated. This brings us into a new reality or ‘victory’ (1 Corinthians 15:54,55, and 57). Sin, law, and death will all be ‘swallowed’ by this ultimate ‘victory’ of the ‘Lord Jesus Christ’ (1 Corinthians 15:57). Paul sees this vision of reality as reason to live lives radically dedicated to God. After all, our ‘labour is not in vain.’ (1 Corinthians 15:58).

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 [NIV]

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Implications of the Certainty of the Resurrection - Part 3 of After the Resurrection

28 April, 2024 Jim Curtis

After the Resurrection – Implications of the Certainty of the Resurrection

Jim Curtis (Mosaic Baptist Church - Evatt congregation)

It is difficult to know what to do with Paul’s testimony to the practice of ‘being baptised on behalf of the dead…’ (1 Corinthians 15:29). What follows, however, is Paul’s witness to the life he lives, and encourages in others, as he to trust in the new hope of the resurrection. Paul ‘faces danger’, ‘fights beasts’, and changes the way he lives (stops ‘sinning’). In essence, because the dead will be raised, Paul is sowing his life in this world as a seed fallen to the ground. This is no vain investment. Paul is willing to give his life for others and the gospel because he believes his earthly body will rise (as Christ’s did) in a new form. Once again, Paul taps into the ‘first Adam’ image and now aligns himself with the ‘Christ image’.

If the dead will not be raised, what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again?

And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!] Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

1 Corinthians 15:29-34 [NLT]

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Going Deeper in Church Growth - Part 2 of After the Resurrection

21 April, 2024 Steve Coster

Follow the link to view Steve Coster's message where he shared keys for going deeper in church growth.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Now Thomas (also known as Didymusa]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believeb] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Jn 20:19-31 [NIV]

John 20:19John 20:19-31-31John 20:19-31

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That Which Is of First Importance - Part 1 of After the Resurrection

14 April, 2024 Phil Waugh

Phil Waugh - (Mosaic Senior Pastor)

The opening of 1 Corinthians 15 sees Paul reaffirming the God-declared Good News that he has always preached to this church community. His story is not changing. As Paul begins this account, he affirms the ‘first importance’ of the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is not a fringe or marginal aspect of Paul’s account of God’s activity in our world. Rather it is central that Jesus died and rose again. Neither is this relegated to a spiritual or other-worldly reality. Paul goes out of his way to affirm the historic reality of the resurrection by listing those he knows who openly testify to the resurrection of the Christ.

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importancea]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 [NIV]

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Going Deeper - Becoming Effective and Productive

7 April, 2024 Ian Reid

View this overview of the key verse for our 2024 theme that explains what to add to our faith in order to go deeper.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:5-8 [NIV]

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It all comes down to this - Easter - Part 6 of Way of the Cross - Following Christ's Journey

31 March, 2024 Ian Reid

Click on link to view the Sunday service including Part 6 of the Easter 2024 series.

Sunday, March 31st Going Deeper into Easter:

Understanding the Empty Tomb. 1 Cor 15:12-22. The resurrection of the dead

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

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It is Finished - Good Friday -Part 5 of Way of the Cross - Following Christ's Journey

29 March, 2024 Ian Reid

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Good Friday Communion

The Death of Jesus

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. [John 19:28-35]

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