Planning Series – Week 1

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Luke 5:36-38
36He also told them a parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. Otherwise, not only will he tear the new, but also the piece from the new garment will not match the old. 37And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, it will spill, and the skins will be ruined. 38But new wine should be put into fresh wineskins. 

This verse talks about Old and New.
There is a vast difference between old and new.

The verse goes on to tell if we mix old with the new:
There will be a tear
They will not match 
They will burst
It will Spill
It will be ruined.

Does it ring a bell when these terms are spoken because as men we always have been mixing old with the new and many times we have been torn apart and we try to adjust but it does not match and it will burst open and it has spilled and finally it gets ruined.

Many times our plans have been ruined because we tried to match the old with the new.

Next thing we say is that why God took me to ruin
God did not take us to ruin but our own plans and mixing up landed us up in ruins.

As we start 2022 – as men we need to have a plan

Luke 14:28-30

28“For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost  to see if he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, after he has laid the foundation and cannot finish it, all the onlookers will begin to make fun of him, 30saying, ‘This man started to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

Luke 14:31-33
31“Or what king, going to war against another king, will not first sit down and decide if he is able with 10,000 to oppose the one who comes against him with 20,000? 32If not, while the other is still far off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33In the same way, therefore, every one of you who does not say good-bye to  all his possessions  cannot be My disciple.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.

Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Sermon preached by Pas. Naveen John (NJ) on January 8, 2022 @ 5:00 PM in Men’s Meeting

Knowing What belong to us – Introduction

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Knowing what belongs to us will give us a greater idea of who we are, what we can ask and what we can claim.

As a believer there are certain truths that we need to understand and if we don’t know or understand we will be doing everything wrong.

Our Passage of Study will be from Ephesians 1:3
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

Christians have been blessed with an inheritance in Christ Jesus.
Everything that Jesus Christ bought and paid for at Calvary belongs to the Christians now.
That includes all or every blessing in Christ Jesus.
 
Yet many Christians don’t know that all spiritual blessings are already theirs; instead, by prayer and believing God they keep trying to get what already belongs to them.
 
Christians who are not appropriating (Claiming) what is theirs already by death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus are missing out on their full inheritance in Christ.

Not only that, but if they keep praying for what already belongs to them – they are not walking in faith because they are not believing and appropriating God’s provision for them.
The Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith

Hebrews 11:6
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.

In His great grace and wisdom, our wonderful heavenly Father has already given the Church everything He knew we would need to make us richly endowed, strong for any battle or conquest against the enemy, and victorious over every circumstance.

We know this because our Father God blessed the Church with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

By Blessing us with all spiritual blessing, it was God’s intent and purpose to enable us to be victorious over the enemy in every circumstance.

When the Word of God says All it means all.

What does it mean that we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavens?
Every spiritual blessing includes everything God did for the body of Christ in Jesus’ redemptive work at the cross.

Everything God did in Christ belongs to the Church, the body of Christ.

God did for us to intend to bless us and enable us to carry out His plan on the earth.

Sermon preached by Pas. Naveen John (NJ) on January 9, 2022 @ 6:00 PM

Power Of Words

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Words play an important role in any individual life.
Many times we neglect the power of Words

Matthew 12:36 – 37
36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account 
for every careless word they speak
37 for by your words you will be justifiedand by your words you will be condemned.”

Words make us or break us
Words heal us or make us sick

According to the Bible, Words destroy us or make us full of life, happiness and health.
The words that we spoke yesterday make our life of what it is today.
Mark 11:23
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 

What we say, that is what we will be receiving.
The situations might be in chaos but we say what we believe rather than what we see 

2 Corinthians 5:7
We walk by faith, not by sight.

We can declare we are sick or we can declare we are healed
We can declare we are poor or we can declare we are rich
We can declare we are in bondage or we can declare we are redeemed
We can declare we are captive or we can declare we are set free
We can declare we are affected or we can declare we are released

What we say should be with belief and not with doubt.
Doubt is like a climber which climbs slowly and starts affecting our life gradually.
 
When we say we should believe that it will come to pass and it will be done to you.

Sermon preached by Pas. Naveen John (NJ) on January 7, 2022 @ 6:00 AM

Know Your Enemy

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

We began our Killer series last week and we had the Introduction 
As a believer we need to know our:
1. Position
2. Source
3. Rock
4. Enemy

Today we will start learning about our enemy
If we know our enemy well we will be able to handle our enemy by knowing the tactics and plans he has against us.

Knowing the character of our enemy should make us cautious how to handle him and how to tackle the arrows that Satan is throwing at us

Ephesians 6:11
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

John 10:10 
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
 

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

John 8:44
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Zechariah 3:1-2
1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
Matthew 4:3 
The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 

2 Thessalonians 2:9 
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,

Devil is a:
Thief
Adversary (opponent)
Roaring lion 
Murderer
Liar
father of lies
accuser
Tempter
Lawless one

Sermon preached by Pas. Naveen John (NJ) on January 9, 2022 @ 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM

Dead in Trespasses and sins

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Reading the Word of God is a blessing
Studying the Word of God is a blessing
Understanding the Word of God is a blessing

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We study the Word of God to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We don’t study to show others we are approved by God
We don’t study to show others how eloquent we are 
We don’t study to show others how great we are in scriptures

Even the devil can quote verses better than us, so study the Word of God to show ourselves approved unto God and not to others.

We will be studying from Ephesians 2

Don’t forget this letter was written to the Church of Ephesus.
Ephesus was a business center and a lot of people with different cultural backgrounds used to come.

Ephesians 2:1 – 2
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 

This verse talks about our earlier situation or condition
We thought we were alive when we were not saved.

Ephesians 2:6 
and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 

So all those people who have not been saved you are still dead and not alive.

Ephesians 2 starts of with very strong and powerful words.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins.

Every person who is in sin and transgression are dead

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 1:32
Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also approve of those who practice them.

Ephesians 2:1 is a very strong statement and as a believer we need to understand that people who are not saved are still walking in the way of disobedience and we need to have the passion and desire to save them from hell.

Jude 1:23
save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

Don’t forget our situation before we came to know about God.
We were dead in our sins and transgressions.

Let us make sure we do not walk in the path of death and we will not allow ourselves to walk in that path because it is going to land up in hell and eternal death.

Sermon preached by Pas. Naveen John (NJ) on January 1, 2022 @ 7:00 PM in Bible Study

Know Your Position

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

In 2022 we will be focussing on different killers and destroyers who are out to destroy us.

As a believer we need to understand our enemy, our position, our rock and our source.
When we do not know we will be moving in the wrong direction and we will be fighting in the wrong places rather than moving in the right direction.

Let us begin with few things and then we will go deeper as we move forward in the weeks to come.

1. As a believer we should know our Position.

Ephesians 2:4-6
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 

2. As a believer we should know our source

Romans 11:36 
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

3. As a believer we should know our rock

Matthew 16:15-20
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Sermon preached by Pas. Naveen John (NJ) on January 2, 2022 @ 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM Service

New Start

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone of you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

We will be learning 7 things that God is willing to give in a fresh way in this year

1. New beginning

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

2. New Heart
Ezekiel 36:26 – I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

3. New thing
Isaiah 43:19 – See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

4. New self
Colossians 3:10 –
And have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—

5. Newness of the Spirit

Romans 7:6 – But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

6. New Mercy

Lamentations 3:22-23 – Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end.

23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!

7. New Covenant

Hebrews 9:15 – Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

As a believer we need to know the God:
Who is with us (Rom 8:31)
Who is in us (2 Timothy 1:14)
Who goes before us (Deuteronomy 1:30)

Romans 8:31 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

2 Timothy 1:14 – By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

Deuteronomy 1:30 – The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes,

Isaiah 52

Wake up, wake up;
put on your strength, Zion!
Put on your beautiful garments,
Jerusalem, the Holy City!
For the uncircumcised and the unclean
will no longer enter you.

2 Stand up, shake the dust off yourself!
Take your seat, Jerusalem.
Remove the bonds from your neck,
captive Daughter Zion.”

Knowing our position we need to do what God tells us to do:
1. Wake Up
2. Put on your Strength
3. Put on your beautiful garments
4. Stand up
5. Shake the dust
6. Take your seat
7. Remove the bonds from your neck

Preached on January 1, 2022 Morning Service @ 7:30 AM & 9:00 AM Service

Know Your Vision

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

We have finished 2021 and entered into the year 2022
We can live 2022 as same as the last year or we can live a better life by doing what the Word of God has said.

In order to do what God has said we should know what God has said us or what God has called us.

Don’t forget God’s calling is for a purpose
God called Abraham for a purpose – to make him the father of faith
God called Jospeh for a purpose – to save Israelites from famine
God called Jonah for a purpose – to proclaim the destruction of Nineveh
God called Daniel for a purpose – to interpret the dream and to use him for the glory of God even in Babylon
God called every person for a reason.

 

God has called you and me for a reason.
If we need to fulfil the reason or purpose why we are called we need to have a clear vision.

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Every Vision was given for a reason
The problem with us we see vision but we are not doing anything about the vision that God is showing for us.

Every Vision has a reason:
Habakkuk 2:2 – It is for running
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”

Acts 16:9 – to come over
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

Acts 18:9 – Not to be afraid
And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent.”

Every vision is for a reason and as a believer if we are not going to be aware of the vision that God has put in our heart we would be able to stand and glorify God through our lives.

So we need to know our vision so that we can live according to the times.

1 Chronicles 12:32
From the Issacharites, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do: 200 chiefs with all their relatives under their command.

Esther 4:14
14 If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”

If we do not know our vision we would not be knowing the times that we need to stand by and many have been ignorant and not able to fulfil their calling because they do not know the time or the vision.

As a Church let us know our vision and the timing we are living in so that we can live a life that pleases God.

Preached by Pas. Naveen John (NJ) on January 1, 2022 @ 12:00 AM

God Isn’t Just

God Isn’t Just The God of

God isn’t just the God of

Steeples
Prayer meetings
Well-paying jobs
Mission trips
Intact families
Worship songs
Sunday school

All those visible spaces.

The ones we show to the world.
The ones that look like we have our act together.
The ones where we will be praised.

He’s bigger than that. Much much bigger.

His heart is bigger.
His presence is bigger.
His well-worn, tenderness is bigger.

BECAUSE

He’s also and especially the God of

Hospital visits
Broken hearts
Empty checking accounts
Funeral parlors
Rehab rooms
Sleepless and fitful nights
Bathroom floors
Messy selves and messy lives

The places where it’s just us and Him.

The ones only He can really see.
Hear.
Understand.
Guide.
Comfort.
Heal.

The places of

Loss
Despair
Loneliness
Doubt
Fear

That are also the places of

Growth
Hope
Belonging
Grace
Peace

The places that nothing and no one else can touch.

Except for this big big, “very present help in time of trouble,” tender-hearted God.

Those are the most sacred places of all.

And some of the most beautiful.

Written by Joanna Jerusha John Lechler